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+ - Part of Antarctica Suddenly Started Melting at a Rate of 14 Trillion Gal. a Year

Submitted by merbs
merbs writes: Sometime in 2009, a long-stable, glacier-filled region in Antarctica suddenly began to melt. Fast. A team of scientists with the University of Bristol made the alarming observation by looking at data from the CryoSat-2 satellite: The glaciers around the Southern Antarctic Peninsula, which had showed no signs of change through 2008, had begun losing 55 trillion liters (14.5 trillion gallons) of ice a year. And they evidenced no signs of slowing down.

Comment: Re:Patents (Score 1) 107

Eh, hardware companies have a way different perspective about patents than software ones. If your company's been around for many decades and products take many years to develop and get to market (unlike software), patents are way more effective at their job of "put your ideas on paper and show them to the world". Having a short term monopoly on that idea is awfully brief when it takes so long to build up public infrastructure.

+ - Coffin remains tell life story of ancient sun-worshiping priestess->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit writes: Once upon a time in the Bronze Age, a girl was born to a family of sun worshipers living in the Black Forest of what is today Germany. When she was young she became a priestess in the local sun cult, and soon attracted the eye of a tribal chief who lived far to the north. The girl’s family married her off, and she went to live with the chief in what is now Denmark. She often traveled back and forth between Denmark and her ancestral home and eventually gave birth to a child while she was away. Sometime before her 18th birthday, she and the child died. They were buried together in an oak coffin, the young woman wearing a bronze belt buckle in the shape of the sun.

How do we know? A new study of the 3400-year-old girl’s chemical isotopes, along with more conventional archaeological evidence, tells us so. At least, these are the conclusions of scientists who recently analyzed the teeth, fingernails, hair, and clothes of the Egtved Girl, so named for the Danish village where archaeologists first discovered her in 1921.

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Comment: Forget the GPA (Score 4, Insightful) 125

by Sowelu (#49686207) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Security Certification For an Old Grad?

All it says is how hard you leaned on the grindstone fifteen years ago. Totally useless as a predictor by the time you're four years out of university (some would say much earlier). You got the degree, you've been exposing yourself to technologies, you're staying more current than some (not very good) currently-employed programmers and security guys. Put that GPA out of your mind entirely.

Comment: Good lord, the parking (Score 1) 296

by Sowelu (#49648523) Attached to: A Visual Walk Through Amazon's Impact On One Seattle Neighborhood

I grew up in Ballard. They were already starting to do this in the 80s, I remember when my neighbor's house got replaced by an apartment. As much as I liked the way things were early on, I really hope they make these new places big enough to have parking garages. Ballard is already way too low on on-street parking, and the roads are hideously narrow (plus traffic circles everywhere, oh man do the fire departments ever hate that).

They've been wrecking the place for decades trying to build a big suburb on top of small town infrastructure. Please, just put Ballard out of its misery and rebuild it from the ground up. Only hipsters live there now anyway.

Comment: Re:This seems batshit crazy. (Score 1) 216

by Sowelu (#49631589) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

Because I don't buy into the media frenzy that every cop everywhere is untrustworthy, and in my personal judgment, allowing them to do their jobs is more likely to benefit than harm me. Example, there's a lot of mail theft in my neighborhood, petty vandalism, street racing through school zones, and some guy emptying a handgun magazine in a parking lot in the middle of the night a few months ago. There's also no local police abuses that I know of, and when I've dealt with the local police they've been very friendly and helpful.

Maybe if I lived in the Orwellian dystopias that other posters seem to live in, I'd feel differently, but over here I'd like them to keep working as efficiently as possible.

Comment: Re:This seems batshit crazy. (Score 1) 216

by Sowelu (#49625663) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

If you walk down a public street, you might not have a conversation with everyone on the street. But that doesn't mean if the cops ask a random guy if they saw you that they can't say "yes", or the guy you bought a hot dog from, etc...

A surprising number of people trust the police to have good intentions when they're trying to find someone...and you know what, if the cops came to my door and asked if I've seen a guy around the neighborhood with such-and-such description, I'm pretty sure I'd give them a prompt and truthful answer. I suspect most people in late-1700s America would too, no matter what you think the founding fathers might have said.

If you want a telecommunications company that won't give up your info without a warrant, go start one.

Comment: Re:This seems batshit crazy. (Score 1) 216

by Sowelu (#49625581) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

You're broadcasting to pretty much anyone. Roaming is, or at least used to be, a thing. Even if it's not turned on, I know my cell phone at least tells me that it can dial 911 using another network even when it's out of range of mine. So yes it's talking to a lot more than just the one provider...same with wireless access points that broadcast their name (or wifi devices that constantly search for them).

The degree of technical confidence is inversely proportional to the level of management.