Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:What does it mean? (Score 4, Informative) 160

by StatureOfLiberty (#48853363) Attached to: A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

I'm going to ask a question and risk downmod: I wonder how many saying, "Right on!" over that are bent out of shape over laws forbidding another competitor who doesn't have to play by the rules: local government, a "company" with the power to tax, and make you pay for the service whether you want it or not.

Let's see, shall we?

Wilson, NC built its network because there was no high speed internet available to local businesses. The existing provider refused to work with Wilson to move them to something faster. So, they built their own.

So, Wilson, NC now has fiber to the home. And, it is cheaper than the crappy service they had before.

You can't refuse to provide service to a community and then whine when they decide to serve themselves.

The legislature later passed ridiculous restrictions on community broadband. Wilson is grandfathered for the most part.

Comment: Re:damage control mode (Score 2) 450

Wow! If corporations are people too, Intuit appears to be acting like a very stupid one. It is painful to read their responses to the complaints on Amazon.

For example:
"As I've mentioned in many other places, you are NOT required to upgrade to Premier. You can still use forms mode to complete Schedule D and print/mail your return to the IRS. There is no forced upgrade or requirement that you purchase Premier."

I literally was going to order TurboTax tonight. I've been using it for years. Not anymore.

+ - The Mystery Of Glenn Seaborg's Missing Plutonium: Solved

Submitted by KentuckyFC
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "In the early 1940s, Glenn Seaborg made the first lump of plutonium by bombarding uranium-238 with neutrons in two different cyclotrons for over a year, The resulting plutonium, chemically separated and allowed to react with oxygen, weighed 2.77 micrograms. It was the first macroscopic sample ever created and helped win Seaborg a Nobel prize ten years later. The sample was displayed at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley until the early naughties, when it somehow disappeared. Now nuclear detectives say they've found Seaborg's plutonium and have been able to distinguish it from almost all other plutonium on the planet using a special set of non-destructive tests. The team say sample is now expected to go back on display at Seaborg's old office at Berkeley."

+ - Mars Rover finds evidence of Taco Bell?->

Submitted by ColdWetDog
ColdWetDog (752185) writes "Most methane on earth has a biological origin — microbes, cows, burritos. It has been long observed that there is a very low level of methane production on Mars. It's specific origin is unclear. Certainly one answer would be some sort of biologic process. The Mars Rover, Curiosity has been sampling methane levels on a regular basis and has noted several small spikes.

A BBC article discusses the data further and offers some clues and further areas of research. Unfortunately it is a bit premature to postulate that the Martian Counsel can order takeout."

Link to Original Source

+ - China officially became the world's largest economy, ahead of the United States

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "For the first time in 150 years, the USA has lost its title of the largest economy in the world to China. China officially became the world’s largest economy, ahead of the United States, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). According to the latest figures of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) just released in December 8th, 2014, China has come ahead the United States as the world’s largest economy. China’s GDP will indeed reach 17600 billion in 2014 against 17400 billion for the United States. These data are calculated using the method known as “purchasing power parity”, which is economically significant. It measures the purchasing power of different currencies in a common unit as opposed to changes in exchange rates. Now China represents 16.5% of the global economy in terms of real purchasing power, ahead of the US, 16.3%. According to IMF estimates, the gap should continue to widen in the coming years. By 2019, China would reach more than 26,800 billion of national wealth, against just 22,000 billion for the United States. The United States had become the leading economic power in 1872 after overtaking Britain."

Comment: Re:Conventional roasted but want to do a smoked on (Score 1) 189

by StatureOfLiberty (#48506321) Attached to: I prefer my turkey ...
I smoke turkeys and chickens quite often. The Weber Smokey mountain cooker (18.5 inch diameter one) is a great and affordable smoker. The larger one (22.5") looks compelling but takes a lot more charcoal to cook. The temperature is also harder to regulate. Make sure you brine the bird. It will keep the white meat from getting dry while the dark meat is coming up to temperature. When done right, smoked turkey and smoked chicken are both wonderful.

Comment: Community is just as important as car (Score 4, Informative) 195

by StatureOfLiberty (#48435555) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?
You need to find a car that has a strong community of people who like to make these kinds of changes. I have a Prius (actually 2). There is a ton of information on the car. For example, someone posted instructions for ordering parts and wiring in accessories that allow you to unlock the car by touch from the passenger door handle and the rear hatch. That feature was only offered by Toyota on the top models in 2011.

PriusChat is my favorite place for researching maintaining and enhancing my 2 Priuses. Good luck and have fun!

Comment: Most interesting fight - M0xer-4 (Score 2) 48

by StatureOfLiberty (#48090557) Attached to: Send Your Own Radiosonde 90,000 Feet Into the Sky (Video)

Leo Bodnar launched a small balloon with a 11 gram payload. The payload is solar powered and has telemetry. Balloon hobbyists have been watching the flight since July 12th 2014. It is still flying. It has circled the earth (not at equator) about 5 times now I believe.

B-64/M0XER-4 Flight Web Page
APRS Position

Simply amazing. The longest flight I can recall prior to this was one that was launched in California and made it to somewhere near the Mediterranean sea a few days later.

Comment: Re:Bad way to conduct policy (Score 1) 131

by StatureOfLiberty (#47912727) Attached to: The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?
That certainly sounds good. But, the reality is that many times the elected officials' and their appointees' involvement is the problem. And most of the time the public doesn't know and doesn't care. When the 'broadband over power lines' debacle was going on during the FCC Powell years, a friend of mine privy to some of the discussions said that when FCC engineers were talking to industry engineers things progressed in a reasonable way. As soon as the political appointees showed up, things went stupid. The engineers could no speak frankly and just work through the issues. And in the end the FCC literally created regulation based on incorrect physics. Fortunately, BPL pretty much died on its own. So, we dodged one there.

Factorials were someone's attempt to make math LOOK exciting.