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Comment: Stand Tall Bronies (Score 1, Insightful) 417

by Totally_Tux (#43717513) Attached to: The Bronies Get Their Own Charity
Hi Everyone,

I feel there is a lot of misunderstanding about Bronies so I want to help shine some light into this.

I'm a proud Brony. I'm a guy in my 30's, work full-time in the field of engineering, have a broad range of hobbies and yes I'm a bit of a geek. When I first hear about 'Friendship is Magic' in late 2011 I had exactly the same thoughts as everyone else, but I checked it out on YouTube and found it to be a surprisingly high-quality show. I thought initially I was the only person in my town that liked it, but there are thousands of Bronies just in my state in Australia.

But what makes this show special is how social it is. From the art, music, regular meet ups it's a great way to make friends with other fun people. From my involvement over the past 18-months I'm proud to say that this community has supported many worthwhile community projects (such as projects in Uganda, Burundi, and Tanzania). Now that the Brony Thank You Fund is an official charity is another great development from this great fanbase.

The Brony Thank You Fund put out an ad on the same network as the actual show a while ago. Worth checking out.

Brony Thank You Ad

I highly recommend people take a look at John de Lancie and Michael Brockhoff's documentary about Bronies. I guarantee it'll be entertaining.

http://www.bronydoc.com

Yes we go against certain gender stereotypes in society. But what are stereotypes really? If I really genuinely like something, especially something that is as positive as MLP, then I say 'rm -rf Gender-Stereotyping-For-No-Good-Reason' to that!

We don't bar women into Engineering or Computer Science, so in 2013, what is really so wrong with adults liking a cartoon show that emphasises friendship, fun and positivity towards everyone?

To all of the Bronies reading this (and there are millions of us), Bro-Hoof!

+ - Bronies Documentary Released->

Submitted by Totally_Tux
Totally_Tux (452763) writes "John de Lancie (or 'Q' in Star Trek:TNG), recently helped produce the 'Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony'. It started out as a KickStarter project, and after a very successful fundraiser and a lot of hard-work, the movie is now a full-length feature documentary. It is a respectful, insightful and entertaining full-length feature film on the Brony community. A trailer can be found here, and the film is available from Scrnland as a paid DRM-free download.

As far as interesting sub-cultures go, Bronies or adult fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic would take the cake (pun intended). If you've never heard of Bronies, they are not just fans of the show, but extremely talented artists, musicians, and responsible for a number of charities groups doing good works all around the world.

Bro-hoof and make the world 20% cooler and kinder!"

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Security

+ - Mega Defends its Security Practices->

Submitted by Dangerous_Minds
Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "Recently, Slashdot posted about how cloud storage company Mega was "riddled" with security holes. Freezenet points out that Mega has issued a response to some of these criticisms including one which criticized its use of SSL. Mega responded saying that if you could break SSL, you could break things much more interesting than Mega."
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Intel

+ - Intel to exit motherboard business after Haswell->

Submitted by massivepanic
massivepanic (2816295) writes "After 20 years, we’ve learned that Intel plans to exit the motherboard business. This announcement won’t impact Haswell — Intel motherboards will be available in normal volumes and quantities for the fourth generation Core i7 products. After that, Chipzilla will rely on boards from third parties like Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI. If you like Intel’s own motherboards, there’s no reason to avoid buying one for Haswell; Intel has confirmed that the next-generation boards will carry the same warranty and support for BIOS updates as previous hardware. On the manufacturing side, however, this announcement could shake up the entire motherboard business."
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NASA

+ - NASA's News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery->

Submitted by Totally_Tux
Totally_Tux (452763) writes "This looks like a significant event, has something been found? From the press release:

"NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.

The news conference will be held at the NASA Headquarters auditorium at 300 E St. SW, in Washington. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website at http://www.nasa.gov./ ""

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+ - NASA News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery->

Submitted by tpheiska
tpheiska (1145505) writes "NASA Sets News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery; Science Journal Has Embargoed Details Until 2 p.m. EST On Dec. 2

NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life .

The news conference will be held at the NASA Headquarters auditorium at 300 E St. SW, in Washington. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website at http://www.nasa.gov./"

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Comment: Re:There's a reason they call it extreme (Score 2, Informative) 233

by Totally_Tux (#32874124) Attached to: The Search For the Mount Everest of Caves

Because stirring up silt can completely block your vision and can be very disorientating (and may lead to a snowball effect with regards to line entanglement and panic). If you're unable to find your way of the cave by other means (guideline, blind navigation), then you'll die as you'll run out of time and consume all of your gas.

Fundamentally, we're not designed to survive for very long in such an environment. You only have a finite amount of gas to get your butt back to the surface.

Comment: Re:There's a reason they call it extreme (Score 1) 233

by Totally_Tux (#32872446) Attached to: The Search For the Mount Everest of Caves

For these extreme dives you'd think they'd also work their way down with spare air tanks so they never had to worry about going all the way back up to the top, just back to the last air tank drop.

They already do. Part of the pre-dive plan is to work out how much gas (plus reserve) is required for the dive. If needed additional tanks can be staged further into the cave. Stage tanks are used to provide gas to allow for exit out of a cave.

I also wonder if they couldn't engineer some kind of capsule that could be inflated in a larger chamber to serve as a base on longer dives, possibly with an air line from the surface, sort of a base camp.

Yep look at commercial divers doing saturation diving

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturation_diving.

For cave divers doing long decompression stops, an underwater habitat can be used. This provides some relief from cold water and allow the diver to eat and drink (keep up their energy and metabolism).

The habitats can be constructed out of a very large metal or sturdy plastic tub, secured to the cave ceiling. The diver removes equipment and once in the habitat can decompress out of the water at the same ambient pressure as the water depth.

Note that you would only think about doing this if you are spending several hours of decompression in hostile water environment.

For long linear cave penetration base camp can be set up on dry land (out of the water) in between cave sumps.

The Almighty Buck

Man Selling His Life On eBay 343

Posted by kdawson
from the but-wait-there's-more dept.
A number of readers have sent in the story of the guy in Perth, Australia who is selling his life on eBay. 100 days before the auction opened, he put up a site detailing all that was on offer: house, car, jet ski, friends, job, and so forth. (No wife.) The auction has five days to run and the bidding is up over $300K, supposedly from qualified bidders. The seller says: "Upon completion and settlement I will walk out of my home for the last time in just the clothes I am wearing, and carrying only my wallet and passport."

New crypt. See /usr/news/crypt.

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