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Submission + - How Analog Tide Predictors Changed Human History (

szczys writes: You'd think Tide prediction would be quite easy, it comes in, it goes out. But of course it's driven by gravity between the moon and earth and there's a lot more to it. Today, computer models make this easy, but before computers we used incredible analog machines to predict the tides. The best of these machines were the deciding factor in setting a date for the Allies landing in Europe leading to the end of the second world war.

Comment Was an Amazon device my Mom bought new (Score 1) 70

It wasn't and required another's account removed, all of this Mexicans information was displayed down to their credit card number, and other personal info; making sure we wanted this information removed.

We did laugh at it later thinking of the problems this person would of had if we were that type.

Comment Re:They demanded my ID and power bill (Score 1) 232

> still use internally hosted IRC quite a bit.

As someone that's used IRC for over twenty-six years, I'd love to use it at work, but I don't think there are any good iOS IRC apps with notifications. The Facebook app is very low power and the notifications are reliable. All of the other chat apps we tried either used so much power they made our phones warm to the touch, or they missed notifications. I have to use Skype to talk to my wife, and it kills my battery in less than thirty minutes. Facebook's chat doesn't have a noticeable effect on battery life.

Try explaining and getting others to use UseNet.

Submission + - East Texas judge throws out 168 patent cases (

walterbyrd writes: The ruling comes from a surprising source: US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap, the East Texas judge who has been criticized for making life extra-difficult for patent defendants. Gilstrap, who hears more patent cases than any other US judge, will eliminate about 10 percent of his entire patent docket by wiping out the eDekka cases.

Submission + - Let's Not Go to Mars writes: Ed Regis write in the NYT that today we an witnessing an outburst of enthusiasm over the literally outlandish notion that in the relatively near future, some of us are going to be living, working, thriving and dying on Mars. But unfortunately Mars mania reflects an excessively optimistic view of what it actually takes to travel to and live on Mars, papering over many of the harsh realities and bitter truths that underlie the dream. "First, there is the tedious business of getting there. Using current technology and conventional chemical rockets, a trip to Mars would be a grueling, eight- to nine-month-long nightmare for the crew," writes Regis. "Tears, sweat, urine and perhaps even solid waste will be recycled, your personal space is reduced to the size of an SUV., and you and your crewmates are floating around sideways, upside down and at other nauseating angles." According to Regis every source of interpersonal conflict, and emotional and psychological stress that we experience in ordinary, day-to-day life on Earth will be magnified exponentially by restriction to a tiny, hermetically sealed, pressure-cooker capsule hurtling through deep space and to top it off, despite these constraints, the crew must operate within an exceptionally slim margin of error with continuous threats of equipment failures, computer malfunctions, power interruptions and software glitches.

But getting there is the easy part says Regis. "Mars is a dead, cold, barren planet on which no living thing is known to have evolved, and which harbors no breathable air or oxygen, no liquid water and no sources of food, nor conditions favorable for producing any. For these and other reasons it would be accurate to call Mars a veritable hell for living things, were it not for the fact that the planet’s average surface temperature is minus 81 degrees Fahrenheit." These are only a few of the many serious challenges that must be overcome before anyone can put human beings on Mars and expect them to live for more than five minutes says Regis. "The notion that we can start colonizing Mars within the next 10 years or so is an overoptimistic, delusory idea that falls just short of being a joke."

Comment Re:tailpipe-test 'em (Score 1) 301

if anyone's truly worried about vw/audi failing emissions... based on what the computers have to report about it, tailpipe-test them and see if they are lying.

Was a time a Volkswagen had no concerns. They were exempt from a California emissions sticker others had to get.

Older models weren't able to pass the test due to it's air cooling.

You've been Berkeley'ed!