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Comment: Suggested new name (Score 1) 426

They could improve its reputation by changing its name from 'Microsoft Internet Explorer' to 'Blackwater Internet Explorer'.

The original owners of 'Blackwater' are also frantically doing name-scrubs, so the name is currently unoccupied. (Blackwater --> Xe (2009-2011) --> Academi (2011-2014 )--> Constellis (2014-whenever people catch on to the new name).)

Comment: Re:Where is the data? (Score 1) 49

by Viadd (#39538923) Attached to: JAXA Creates Camera That Can See Radiation

There are two main imaging techniques that work in moderate-energy gamma-rays: Coded Aperture which use a shadow mask; and Compton Imaging.

According to this article the camera uses Compton Imaging. In this technique you look at gamma rays that scatter off of one detector and into another. Each detector tells you where the interaction occurred and how much energy was deposited. From this information, you can derive for each gamma ray that it came from somewhere on a hollow cone (with its tip at the first interaction point.) If you detect many gamma rays you can look at where the cones intersect, and that's where the gammas are coming from.

Comment: Emergency cell tower (Score 5, Interesting) 90

by Viadd (#36922130) Attached to: Hackers' Flying Drone Now Eavesdrops On GSM Phones

How often have you heard of people who are lost in the woods/at sea, and who could have called for help if they had cell phone connectivity?

They could fly one of these as part of a search. Even if the owner isn't actively using the phone, the drone could detect the electronic serial number of each phone in its coverage area and match it against the lost person's phone.

Comment: Re:The leaking pipe isn't 5 feet in diameter (Score 1) 799

by Viadd (#32201042) Attached to: Gulf Gusher Worst Case Scenario

If it is 53 cm instead of 5 feet, then scaling from the video is off by a factor of (5 feet/53 cm)^3 = 24 and his 4 bbarrels per second becomes 15 thousand barrels per day, assuming he only made that one mistake.

This is not good, but it is closer to the mainstream media than to the Revelation-quoting Alabaman.


California Legislature Declares "Cuss-Free" Week 262 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the f#*k-those-f@^king-f%&kers dept.
shewfig writes "The California legislature, which previously tried to ban incandescent light bulbs, just added to the list of banned things ... swear words! Fortunately, the measure only applies for the first week of March, and compliance is voluntary — although, apparently, there will be a 'swear jar' in the Assembly and the Governor's mansion. No word yet on whether the Governator intends to comply."

The life of a repo man is always intense.