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+ - Experts Say Hitching a Ride in an Airliner's Wheel Well Is Not a Good Idea 2

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Hasani Gittens reports that as miraculous as it was that a 16-year-old California boy was able to hitch a ride from San Jose to Hawaii and survive, it isn't the first time a wheel-well stowaway has lived to tell about it. The FAA says that since 1947 there have been 105 people who have tried to surreptitiously travel in plane landing gear world-wide on 94 flights — with a survival rate of about 25 percent. But agency adds that the actual numbers are probably higher, as some survivors may have escaped unnoticed, and bodies could fall into the ocean undetected. Except for the occasional happy ending, hiding in the landing gear of a aircraft as it soars miles above the Earth is generally a losing proposition. According to an FAA/Wright State University study titled “Survival at High Altitudes: Wheel-Well Passengers,” at 20,000 feet the temperature experienced by a stowaway would be -13 F, at 30,000 it would be -45 in the wheel well — and at 40,000 feet, the mercury plunges to a deadly -85 F (PDF). "You’re dealing with an incredibly harsh environment,” says aviation and security expert Anthony Roman. “Temperatures can reach -50 F, and oxygen levels there are barely sustainable for life.” Even if a strong-bodied individual is lucky enough to stand the cold and the lack of oxygen, there’s still the issue of falling out of the plane. “It’s almost impossible not to get thrown out when the gear opens,” says Roman.

So how do the lucky one-in-four survive? The answer, surprisingly, is that a few factors of human physiology are at play: As the aircraft climbs, the body enters a state of hypoxia—that is, it lacks oxygen—and the person passes out. At the same time, the frigid temperatures cause a state of hypothermia, which preserves the nervous system. “It’s similar to a young kid who falls to the bottom of an icy lake,” says Roman. "and two hours later he survives, because he was so cold.""

Comment: WTF is a 'gigafactory'? (Score 2) 193

by Ormy (#46799429) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory
Dear Tesla, Do we really need another unnecessary buzzword? Does 'gigafactory' mean 10^9 (or even 2^30) individual factories? Is that what you mean by economies of scale? If so then that's pretty cool and you can have your new word. Or do you just mean a really big factory? Because if so then making up a new word to make it sound cool is just lame, don't do it. That is all.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware for Bandwidth Management? 1

Submitted by DeathByLlama
DeathByLlama (2813725) writes "Years ago I made the switch from DD-WRT to Tomato firmware for my Linksys router. I lost a couple features, but gained one of the best QoS and bandwidth management systems I have seen on a router to date. Admins can see graphs of current and historical bandwidth usage by IP, set minimum and maximum bandwidth limits by IP range, setup QoS rules, and see and filter graphs and lists of current connections by usage, class or source/destination — all from an elegantly designed GUI. This has allowed me to easily and intelligently allocate and adjust my network's bandwidth; when there is a problem, I can see where it's coming from and create rules around it. I'm currently using the Toastman's VPN Tomato firmware, which has about everything that I would want, except for one key thing: support for ARM-based routers (only Broadcom is supported). I have seen other firmware projects being actively developed in the last few years, so in picking a new 802.11ac router, I need to decide whether Tomato support is a deal-breaker. With solid bandwidth management as a priority, what firmware would you recommend? Stock Asuswrt? Asuswrt-Merlin? OpenWRT? DD-WRT? Tomato? _____?"

Comment: Metabolism of a god (Score 1) 459

by Ormy (#46404179) Attached to: Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan
Anecdotal evidence/I feel like bragging on the internet. I eat what I like, (high fat, high carb, all fast food, literally anything goes) and maintain ~80kg (181cm height) with minimal exercise (15 minutes cycling per week and 20 pressups+situps every morning). I'm 25, situation has been pretty stable since 17-18. More exercise and high-protein/low-carb and I can bulk muscle and lose body-fat pretty quickly. The point I'm trying to make is I think the variation in an indvidual's metabolism (and/or natural genetic body/shape/size) and amount of exercise play a much larger role in body-shapelifespan than carb/protein/fat proportions (assuming you're recieving all 3 in amounts between zero and insane).

+ - Dissecting the CIA's Lost Spy Scandal, Its Biggest Since 9/11->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "The AP, the Times and other news organizations knew for years, but they didn't spill the beans until Friday: Robert Levinson was an enterprising retired FBI agent who ended up getting captured in Iran while working under an "unapproved" contract for the CIA. His job was to supply information for an agency program related to money laundering; his output was prodigious and "helpful," despite the fact that he was not on an official contract in March of 2007, when he traveled to Iran to meet with a potential source and an American fugitive.

That's when Levinson was captured by local authorities, and disappeared, to become the longest held American hostage."

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+ - How one BlackBerry shop switched to Android and BYOD->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "BMI, a hospital chain in the UK, had been a BlackBerry shop since 2006. But when BMI switched to a new phone operator, it was right around the time that BlackBerry announced it was putting itself up for sale. The company used Enterproid Divide to replace BES and Exchange ActiveSync, and bought a bunch of new Android phones for employees. Plus, employees who wanted to keep bringing their own phones to work could do so, as Divide gave the company a single way to manage them all. Imagine this scenario playing itself out around the world, and you'll get an idea of the depth of the hole BlackBerry is in."
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+ - The ethics of 3D printers

Submitted by cheeseandham
cheeseandham (1799020) writes "We've all heard the words "Would you download a car?" — but what about a car key?

RevK finds that 3D printing of keys (for physical locks) is possible from scratch and are quite resilient, then experiments with embedding cheap neodymium magnets in order to make ABS keys ("British Kite Mark 3 star rated") and ends up with questions on the ethics of posting the OpenSCAD file for these keys.

Should the OpenSCAD files for the keys be posted? Should we have a 3D printing responsible vulnerability disclosure process? What other questions should be asked before 3D printing becomes mainstream?"

+ - Hutterite Fertility Data and Modern Fertility Anxiety->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Part of the background to the current confusion on how long fertility lasts is the paucity of good data. Nobody knows exactly at what rate fertility declines with age today or if it’s the same average rate all over, because doctors can’t mandate that a big group of people have unprotected sex constantly for decades for the sake of an experiment. Most people use some form of birth control unless they are trying to get pregnant (including restraint, withdrawal and lessened frequency of sex over time in many relationships, as well as pills, condoms, diaphragms, etc.). The closest thing to a thoroughly controlled experiment of women’s fertility so far involved a Protestant religious sect called the Hutterites, pre-1950."
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Comment: Re:How safe is it driven within the law? (Score 1) 961

by Ormy (#45584225) Attached to: Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?
You are exaggerating the difficulty and danger of driving this car at road-legal speeds by quite a large margin. I have driven a Carrera GT on the road (in the EU, not the USA, but its much the same) and on the track. It has traction control, it has massive amounts of grip even at low speeds without downforce, if you are keeping within the speed limits it would be almost impossible to get near the limit of traction in this car (unless you throw it into a very tight corner way too fast, thats when you need stability control), and therefore very safe. My mother could drive this car around a city without incident, it wouldn't be at all fun like you said, but not automatically dangerous. Infact it might actually be safer because the brakes are exceptionally good, plus the visibility is much better than some other top-end road cars (lamborghini I'm looking at you). The danger of a car like this comes when you exceed the speed limits (by a large margin). If I were to do 60 in a 45 limit in a top-end saloon (BMW etc) it wouldn't be too tricky, the car is likely to be front engined and/or 4WD which makes for pretty predictable handling, plus all the driver aids would help you out a lot if things went wrong. Plus all the safety equipment etc which a Carrera GT certainly doesn't have. If this same impact had occurred in a high-end saloon, one or both drivers would probably have survived. If you're doing 70-90mph in a 45 limit in a Carrera GT, thats a recipe for total disaster and no driver (professional or otherwise) should be stupid enough to try it. Apparently this one was. You can tell from the state of the car he was doing at least 60 (probably more like 80) at point of impact, so he must have been doing 70-90+ when he lost control. IMHO cars like this should come with many warnings and perhaps a limited speed when on public roads (80-90ish), but the car itself is not dangerous if driven within the legal limit.

+ - The Quietest Place on Earth Will Cause You to Hallucinate in 45 Minutes

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Industry Tap reports that there is a place so quiet you can hear your heart beat, your lungs breathe and your stomach digest. It's the anechoic chamber at Orfield Labs in Minnesota where 3ft of sound-proofing fiberglass wedges and insulated steel and concrete absorbs 99.99% of sound, making it the quietest place in the world. "When it’s quiet, ears will adapt," says the company’s founder and president, Steven Orfield. "The quieter the room, the more things you hear. You'll hear your heart beating, sometimes you can hear your lungs, hear your stomach gurgling loudly. In the anechoic chamber, you become the sound." The chamber is used by a multitude of manufacturers, to test how loud their products are and the space normally rents for $300 to $400 an hour. "It's used for formal product testing, for research into the sound of different things — heart valves, the sound of the display of a cellphone, the sound of a switch on a car dashboard." But the strangest thing about the chamber is that sensory deprivation makes the room extremely disorienting, and people can rarely stay in the dark space for long. As the minutes tick by in absolute quiet, the human mind begins to lose its grip, causing test subjects to experience visual and aural hallucinations. "We challenge people to sit in the chamber in the dark — one reporter stayed in there for 45 minutes," says Orfield who says even he can't stand the quiet for more than about 30 minutes. Nasa uses a similar chamber to test its astronauts putting them in a water-filled tank inside the room to see "how long it takes before hallucinations take place and whether they could work through it"."

Comment: Star Conflict (Score 1) 555

by Ormy (#45544191) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?
Star Conflict is my current staple MMO. Its mulitplayer like League of legends and World of Tanks (made by same people as WoT), gameplay is semi-physically-realistic space-combat (mouse/keyboard only), VERY similar to freelancer, fast-paced, mostly twitch-based (which is a must for me). Its F2P, you can also P2W if you're not very good, but skilled players will do very well without paying at all. My first MMO was Jumpgate (EU server) and I became a well known player before the EP2 expansion, shortly after which I left with many others. After that I couldn't get into EvE Online at all, I couldn't have any fun unless I had physical control of the ship at least semi-flight-sim style. Played on a few freelancer online servers but the lack of content meant it got old very quickly. I was looking for a good multiplayer space-combat game for a while, and Star Conflict is excellent. However after a few months I'm missing the overall sense of progression and achievement you get from a real MMO. I'm looking forward to Star Citizen and (if it ever materializes) Infinity: Quest for Earth. If anyone has any suggestions along those lines I'd be grateful.

+ - More Evidence the NSA is Harming American's Economy 2

Submitted by anagama
anagama (611277) writes ""Cisco has seen a huge drop-off in demand for its hardware in emerging markets, which the company blames on fears about the NSA using American hardware to spy on the rest of the world. ... Cisco saw orders in Brazil drop 25% and Russia drop 30%. ... Analysts had expected Cisco’s business in emerging markets to increase 6%, but instead it dropped 12%, sending shares of Cisco plunging 10% in after-hours trading."

This is in addition to the harm caused to remote services that may cost $35 billion over the next three years. Then of course there are the ways the NSA has made ID theft easier. ID theft cost Americans $1.52 billion in 2011, to say nothing of the time wasted in solving ID theft issues — some of that figure is certainly attributable to holes the NSA helped build.

The NSA, its policies, and the politicians who support the same are directly responsible for massive losses of money and jobs which might cause one to wonder, why do these people hate America and Americans so much?"

Comment: Re:Chemical Weapons Suck (Score 1) 659

by Ormy (#44800121) Attached to: Should the U.S. bomb Syria?
Yes, this, my view exactly. A civil war is a country's own business but the use of chemicals weapons sets a precedent for future wars, we cannot allow that. I don't care who bombs Assad aslong as whoever does it makes it clear that it was punishment for his use of chemical weapons, not for starting a civil war, and that the outcome of the civil war is of comparatively little consequence. Would mod you up but I'm out of modpoints.

+ - Chris Kraft upfront with criticism of NASA->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "The problem with the SLS is that it's so big that makes it very expensive. It's very expensive to design, it's very expensive to develop. When they actually begin to develop it, the budget is going to go haywire. They're going to have all kinds of technical and development issues crop up, which will drive the development costs up. Then there are the operating costs of that beast, which will eat NASA alive if they get there. They're not going to be able to fly it more than once a year, if that, because they don't have the budget to do it.

In the private sector we've got an Atlas and a Delta rocket, and the Europeans have a rocket called the Ariane. The Russians have lots of rockets, which are very reliable, and they get reliable by using them. And that's something the SLS will never have. Never. Because you can't afford to launch it that many times."

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