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Comment: Re:Waze in LA is dangerous (Score 1) 86

by Ormy (#49539253) Attached to: Traffic App Waze To Alert L.A. Drivers of Kidnappings and Hit-and-Runs

The dick move is using the exit lane to pass people.

Although the slip roads (on ramps and off ramps for you yanks) are typically much shorter in the UK, people do this all the time, in London especially, and it is indeed a dick move. If one person does it they save a bit of time and it doesn't affect anyone else, but if more people do it they save less time and it slows everyone else down. I and a lot of other drivers just stubbornly refuse to let them merge back in, but there's always going to be someone idiot who will let you in.

+ - False color astronomy images lead to truer pictures than ever 1

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang writes: When you look out at the nebulae in the night sky — especially if you’re seeing them with your eye through a telescope for the first time — you might be in for a big surprise. These faint, fuzzy, extended objects are far dimmer, sparser and more cloud-like than almost anyone expects. Yet thanks to some incredible image processing, assigning colors to different wavelengths and adjusting the contrast, we can make out detailed structures beyond what even your aided eye could ever hope to perceive. Here's how the magic happens, and what it teaches us.

+ - Using Adderall in the Office to Get Ahead

Submitted by writes: The NYT reports that drugs like Adderall were once only prescribed to help children with attention deficit disorders focus on their school work but then college students found those drugs could increase their ability to study. Now a growing number of workers use them to help compete. What will happen as these drugs are more widely used in the workplace? According to Anjan Chatterjee, the use of neurotechnologies to enhance healthy people’s brain function could easily become widespread. "If anything, we worship workplace productivity by any means. Americans work longer hours and take fewer vacations than most others in the developed world. Why not add drugs to energize, focus and limit that annoying waste of time — sleep?" Julian Savulescu says that what defines human beings is their extraordinary cognitive power and their ability to enhance that power through reading, writing, computing and now smart drugs. "Eighty-five percent of Americans use caffeine. Nicotine and sugar are also cognitive enhancers," says Savulescu.

But congnitive neurologist Martha Farah, says that regular use on the job is an invitation to dependence. "I also worry about the effect of drug-fueled productivity on people other than the users," says Farah. "It is not hard to imagine a supervisor telling employees that this is the standard they should aspire to in their work, however they manage to do it (hint, hint). The eventual result will be a ratcheting up of “normal” productivity, where everyone uses (and the early adopters’ advantage is only fleeting)."

Comment: Re:the endgame is ironic here (Score 1) 289

by Ormy (#49521041) Attached to: Robot Workers' Real Draw: Reducing Dependence on Human Workers

The problem will come because people still want to retire at 65 and live to 165; problems will come because people will keep breeding when there is no work and then expect others to pay for their offspring; problems will come because they expect to keep the same inefficiencies in place and will resist commonsense changes (Example closing Post Offices that no longer pay for themselves); problems will come because they expect the government to restrict competition because it means their job (or their company).

Rubbish, in the idealised utopia (practically unlimited energy, sustainable use of limited resources and sufficiently advanced robots to perform every task unsupervised) then nothing has any COST. You can breed until we hit density limits without working, because there is no COST to having children. You can operate a post office that does nothing because if there is no cost there is nothing to pay for, any individual or entity can exist at zero cost. I believe its technically possible but human nature (i.e. greed) will prevent it from ever happening in practice.

+ - Copyright For Sale: What the Sony Docs Say About MPAA Buying Political Influence->

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An anonymous reader writes: The linkage between political funding and the major copyright lobby groups is not a new issue as for years there have been stories about how groups like the MPAA and RIAA fund politicians that advance their interests. Michael Geist digs into the Sony document leak to see how the MPAA coordinates widespread buying of politicians with political funding campaigns led by former Senator Christopher Dodd to federal and state politicians. The campaigns include efforts to circumvent donation limits by encouraging executives to spend thousands on influential politicians, leading to meetings with Barack Obama, the head of the USTR and world leaders.
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+ - The logistics of an eSports tournament->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Wargaming's hugely popular World of Tanks game sees its biggest tournament of the year, The Grand Finals, taking place this weekend. In an interview published today, the developer's eSports director, Mohamed Fadl, reveals just what goes into preparing a tournament for both thousands of spectators at the venue, and millions more streaming online.

"The infrastructure behind such an event is the most challenging task," he reveals. "Ten highly qualified IT managers, 28 on-air casters and around 50 additional TV staff will be doing their best...A TV level production setup, 170 computers, a total of 1.3GB/s bandwidth and 16 cameras plus 14 player cameras." And all for just 12 teams playing one strategy game.

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+ - New Device Combines the Advantages of Batteries and Supercapacitors-> 1

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula writes: Scientists at UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute have developed a new device that combines the high energy densities of batteries and the quick charge and discharge rates of supercapacitors. The hybrid supercapacitor is reportedly six times as energy-dense as a commercially available supercapacitor and packs nearly as much energy per unit volume as a lead-acid battery.
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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 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 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 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 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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