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+ - Is it time for Carbon Monoxide detectors in commercial vehicles?

Submitted by bbsguru
bbsguru (586178) writes "While the details of the story may not be certain for months, there are some reports from the California Tour Bus Crash last week that made me wonder. What if the truck really was on fire before the crash? What if that fire was in the cab, as reported by (at least some of) the eyewitnesses? If so, carbon monoxide poisoning could account for the seeming unresponsiveness of the FedEx truck driver. Should commercial vehicles be required to have the $15 device that could have prevented this?"

+ - US FCC Decision to improve WiFi speeds "Nationwide"->

Submitted by bbsguru
bbsguru (586178) writes "Wi-Fi networks will soon be improving thanks to a vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today.
    The FCC voted unanimously to open 100 MHz of wireless spectrum in an unlicensed 5GHz block . The move will increase the number of frequencies available to unlicensed wireless networks (such as those set up through Wi-Fi routers) by nearly 15 percent, and in turn, allow them to handle a greater level traffic at higher speeds.
    In English: Private Wi-Fi networks in your homes, businesses, convention centers, airports, music venues, etc., are about to get a lot faster.
    “Today’s action represents the largest amount of spectrum suitable for mobile broadband that the Commission has made available for auction since the 700MHz band was auctioned in 2008,” the FCC wrote in a statement.
“Access to these bands will help wireless companies meet growing consumer demand for mobile data by enabling faster wireless speeds and more capacity.”
    The increased spectrum should mean that Wi-Fi networks will be less congested, and next-gen routers will be able to take better advantage of gigabit broadband speeds that are cropping up all over the country."

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Comment: +1 Nomination for AWESOME (Score 4, Insightful) 22

by bbsguru (#46376999) Attached to: Gesture Recognition Without Batteries
OK, so the effect of body position and proximity on a received signal has been known for a long time. Interpreting it and assigning meaning isn't that big a stretch, I guess. But to combine that with this kind of low (no?) power implementation is brilliant!

I suppose some killjoys will complain that the parts of the world most in need of low power tech are also those most lacking in the ambient signals needed to make this work. Pffft! This is simply brilliant.

The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-day-for-a-flight dept.
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment: Re:Debian (Score 1) 573

by Tubal-Cain (#43271249) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

I came here to say this. Debian is a good OS and is as mainstream as you can get without lots of fluff and it Just Works. I like that its not a "flavor of the week" distro, its what "flavor of the week" is *based on*.

Heh. Back in 2008 a classmate of mine was flabbergasted that I was running Debian. He didn't consider it to be a proper distro. Like it was some mythical proto-distro framework for others (Ubuntu et al.) to build on, rather than something to be used by mere mortals.

Comment: Re:Chrome sync is dangerous. (Score 5, Funny) 232

by Tubal-Cain (#43145379) Attached to: Netflix Using HTML5 Video For ARM Chromebook

It brought all my bookmarks on to his machine!. So I deleted them in his machine, then they were also gone from my account in my Chromebook. Not only that all HIS bookmarks were on my machine. I deleted them. Then I found all my saved web passwords were on his machine! This screw up after bragging about two factor authentication.

You didn't disable Sync on his machine before deleting?

Comment: Re:Jackpot? (Score 1) 243

by Tubal-Cain (#43122221) Attached to: Tesla Motors To Pay Off Government Loan 5 Years Early

Ignoring all the ridiculous things in that list, your house doesn't have sufficient service to quick charge a car for 160 miles of range in 20 minutes.

I've seen suggestions before of having a home charging station; basically a battery pack that is always slow-charging, ready to dump it all into the EV when you need it.


+ - Caffeine Improves Memory in Bees->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "After a long day buzzing between flowers, even the most industrious worker bee could use a little help remembering which ones she wants to return to the next day. Some plants have a trick to ensure they end up at the top of the list: caffeinated nectar. A team of researchers bombarded honey bees with floral smells paired with sugary rewards, some of which contained the same levels of caffeine found in the nectar of coffee and citrus flowers. Three times as many bees remembered the odors associated with caffeine after 24 hours, when compared with the scents associated with sugar alone. When the researchers applied the stimulant directly to honey bee brains, it had a positive effect on the neurons associated with the formation of long term memories. Now, they want to see if bees go out of their way to feed on caffeinated nectar, perhaps even ignoring predators to do so—behavior that, if observed, could shed light on the neurological processes behind addiction."
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Comment: Re:It's been decades. (Score 1) 815

by Tubal-Cain (#43090211) Attached to: Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

But vendor lock-in is objectionable because it does, to whatever extent it succeeds, make you a slave.

That's not slavery. It's more like a protection racket.
You could refuse to buy an upgrade, but as time goes on compatibility with your customers and contractors will become more and more troublesome. You could completely drop our software, but the transition could be expensive and you'll be even less compatible with your customers and contractors. Or you can just pay up.

Comment: Re:Quite actual - Not! (Score 1) 100

by Tubal-Cain (#42995319) Attached to: Debian Project Releases 7.0 "Wheezy" Installer Candidate

Do you know what happens when there's a freeze of the next stable? Well, it's easy, we don't upload to SID. But we upload to Experimental instead.

You brought up the amount of Sid in Ubuntu. My point was that only a small portion of Ubuntu "needs" to be bleeding edge, and that Sid is "good enough" for the rest of it. Now you're arguing that... Sid isn't bleeding edge because development happens in experimental? Yeah, I know. That's fine. I'm not worried about it.

The kernel 3.8 has been released 6 days ago. Do you think that's reasonable to expect that it reaches Debian in less than a week? I don't. Debian experimental has Firefox 19, and Libreoffice 4 and XFCE 4.10.

Not reasonable, no, but I wasn't about to claim 3.7 as the current version.
It doesn't matter what versions are in experimental, because - like you pointed out at the start of the thread - Ubuntu imports from Sid.

Comment: Re:Quite actual - Not! (Score 1) 100

by Tubal-Cain (#42991917) Attached to: Debian Project Releases 7.0 "Wheezy" Installer Candidate

Well, have a better look before spreading lies. For kernel, web browser and libreoffice

Stable - 2.6
Testing - 3.2
Unstable - 3.2 (released July, 2012)
Current version - 3.8
Those 3.6/3.7 files seen in your link? Experimental. Yeah you could make it work, but then you aren't running Sid anymore. Not entirely. And if you run too much experimental for too long, something is going to end up horribly broken.

Stable - 3.5
Testing - 10esr
Unstable - 10esr (released March 2012)
Current Version - 19.0

Stable - 3.5
Testing - 3.5
Unstable - 3.5 (released February 2012)
Current version - 4.0

YOU DO have very recent packages available, even right now, during the freeze of testing. I haven't checked DE and X, since I don't know what you run (eg: which graphic card, and which environment you like).

I run XFCE on testing, not that it matters.

Stable - 4.6
Testing - 4.8
Unstable - 4.8 (released Jan 2011)
Current Version - 4.10 (released April 2012)

Like I said, Sid isn't bleeding edge. Of the packages here, the newest in Sid is the kernel: 7 months old.

It's also worth noting that drivers receive unblock from the release team so that they can enter stable.

Well that's great (and I genuinely mean that), but a bleeding-edge enthusiast would only see that 3.2 != 3.8.

Elegance and truth are inversely related. -- Becker's Razor