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Comment Re:Is this really "counting" (Score 1) 184

Another interpretation could be that the chance of them noticing where the capsules go is higher when you increase the quantity. When the metro is coming, you don't count how many persons there are in the wagon, you just get on the one that has some place left; no arithmetic involved.

Comment Re:Saw on ubuntu forums and other sites (Score 1) 303

What if we sent the captcha to them by e-mail as a two megabyte image attachment?

Anyone trying to do things with bots would need an e-mail server that can handle tens of thousands of 2 MB e-mails, and ALL e-mail service providers would be able to insta-ban them based on bandwidth usage. Heck we can even make it easy for e-mail service providers to recognize our 2MB capcha e-mail images, by naming them capcha.jpg. Any account that gets more than 10 captcha e-mails in a single day is banned by gmail/yahoo/etc.

I swear, I'm a fucking genius. This only took me 30 seconds to think of.

please give me your email to send you several hundred emails every day. Your 7Gig at google will vanish quite quickly, besides you getting banned for being a spammer... oh wait..


Submission SPAM: Bulgaria: first to request Cyrillic domain names

__NR_kill writes:
"Bulgaria became Monday the first nation to request the registration of an Internet domain in Cyrillic. In submitting their letter, the Bulgarian authorities took advantage of the fact that the delegates at the ICANN Conference currently taking place in Paris are expected to make a decision for the setting up of multi-lingual first level domains."
So Bulgarians being the first to translate the Bible to Bulgarian, using what is nowadays known as the Cyrillic alphabet in XIX century, making it the third officially recognised translation by the Vatican after Latin and Greek, are now pioneering again in the efforts to make the internet more accessible to a broader spectrum of people.

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Feed Newsforge: Information sharing at the NSA (video)->

The topic of information sharing among US intelligence agencies, the FBI, and other federal agencies has attracted attention since 9/11. At Defcon XV, I had the opportunity to ask Tony Sager, chief of the National Security Agency's Vulnerability Analysis and Operations Group, about information sharing within the agency.
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Submission Speed of light exceeded by German physicists?->

Tibore Escalante writes: Two physicists in Germany claim that they've exceeded "c":

"'We have broken speed of light'";

Quote: "The pair say they have conducted an experiment in which microwave photons — energetic packets of light — travelled "instantaneously" between a pair of prisms that had been moved up to 3ft apart.

Dr Nimtz told New Scientist magazine: "For the time being, this is the only violation of special relativity that I know of.""

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Submission Are the current operating systems IPv6 ready? 3

__NR_kill writes: While there is much hype about many of the advantages of Windows Vista and Ubuntu Linux and which one is better for what, are they actually IPv6 ready? It seems not. The newly installed Ubuntu 7.04 loads automatically the ipv6 kernel module, which in my case (IPv4 only network), dropped the network throughput from 100mbps to about 10mbps. I wondered why for about a week, until I came across this funny thread, explaining it all. Then I remembered having a client running Windows Vista and complaining about p2p programmes killing completely his network to the point that Firefox failed loading the homepage (google). I gave it a try — I disabled IPv6 for the network interfaces of his Vista box, rebooted and the p2p programs were not affecting in any way the overall network performance. Two different operating systems — same problem — same solution.

My questions to the slashdot community are whether you've experienced similar problems and what are the criteria an operating system is IPv6 ready when two of the most popular systems fail on such simple tasks even when IPv6 is not used? How are ISP's expected to roll out IPv6 when such breakage occurs?

Submission Man with tiny brain shocks doctors

mernil writes: "New Scientist reports: "A man with an unusually tiny brain manages to live an entirely normal life despite his condition, which was caused by a fluid build-up in his skull /.../ Intelligence tests showed the man had an IQ of 75, below the average score of 100 but not considered mentally retarded or disabled. "- What I find amazing to this day is how the brain can deal with something which you think should not be compatible with life," comments Max Muenke, a paediatric brain defect specialist at the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, US."

Feed Engadget: NASA tests future moon landing robots on Canada's fake moon site->

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NASA is testing two new robots designed to for future moon landings in a crater in Canada, both of which are equipped with some high end kit designed to analyze their surroundings. Loaded up with "GPS, stereo cameras, laser scanners and sun trackers," the K10 Black and K10 Red can laser map terrain over 3,000 feet away, and fire radar into the ground and detect features up to 16.4 feet down. Running on regular laptop batteries, the robots are able to cover over 120 acres of ground and operate for up to five hours at a time, providing far more information than the restricted space-suit wearing astronauts are able to gather. Now all NASA's gotta do is get the robots onto the moon by the around-2020 date that the adminstration keeps mentioning.

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Office Depot Featured Gadget: Xbox 360 Platinum System Packs the power to bring games to life!

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