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Comment: Freaky (Score 2) 110

by alaskana98 (#46130499) Attached to: Russia's Dyatlov Pass Incident May Have Been Explained By Modern Science
The Dylatov Pass incident is one of the more freaky, but lesser known horror events of the 20th century. I'm a paranormal buff and I only learned about it in 2008. Whether the outcome was just the result of a series of unfortunate but scientifically explainable events or something more of the paranormal variety, here are some key takeaways from its Wikipedia page:

-Six of the group members died of hypothermia and three of fatal injuries.
-There were no indications of other people nearby apart from the nine travelers on Kholat Syakhl, nor anyone in the surrounding areas.
-The tent had been ripped open from within.
-The victims had died 6 to 8 hours after their last meal.
-Traces from the camp showed that all group members left the camp of their own accord, on foot.
-To dispel the theory of an attack by the indigenous Mansi people, Dr. Boris Vozrozhdenny stated that the fatal injuries of the three bodies could not have been caused by another human being, "because the force of the blows had been too strong and no soft tissue had been damaged".[2]
-Forensic radiation tests had shown high doses of radioactive contamination on the clothes of a few victims.[2]
-Released documents contained no information about the condition of the skiers' internal organs.

No matter how you slice it (no pun intended), this is some freaky shit.

+ - What the World Might Look Like if Microsoft, Apple and Google were Counties

Submitted by alaskana98
alaskana98 (1509139) writes "Slovekian artist Martin Vargic has created a breathtaking old world style map depicting the major players that comprise the 'Internet ecosystem' as if they were countries. From the Slate article:

            "The Internet map's nation-states aren’t represented precisely to scale, but it does take their Alexa rank into account, so that one can easily see which kingdoms are the United Stateses and Chinas of the Internet and which are the Tuvalus and Luxembourgs. One real-world dichotomy that’s reflected in the Internet map is the concept of an Old World and a New World, with AOL, Microsoft, HP, and IBM composing a sort of online Europe, while Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest form a virtual North America."

Can a new version of 'Risk' be far behind?"

Comment: Re:Wish it was not split into 2 movies (Score 1) 130

by alaskana98 (#41391761) Attached to: New <em>Hobbit</em> Trailer Debuts
I got bad news for ya. He's splitting it into THREE parts. I'm guessing the first movie will cut off right before they get to Mirkwood, the second will have them going from Mirkwood to when Smaug is first shown, then the third will deal with Smaug and all the other grandiose things that happen after that.
The Military

+ - Remembering Mustard Gas

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "Deborah Blum, author of "The Poisoner’s Handbook," writes that last week the US Army announced that its excavation of an old chemical munitions dump – unfortunately located in one of Washington DC’s more elegant neighborhoods – had turned up remnants of two of the ugliest weapons developed in World War I — mustard gas and the arsenic-laced blistering agent Lewisite. Mustard gas contains concentrated sulfur which when mixed with other ingredients become a ferocious form of sulfuric acid. Technically known as a vesicant, or blistering agent, mustard gas burns on contact, through material, through leather, through skin, raising a thick layer of oozing yellow blisters, searing the eyes into crusted blindness. It was rarely instantly lethal but always excruciatingly painful. “I wish people who talk about going on with this war whatever the cost could see the soldiers suffering from mustard gas poisoning,” wrote one nurse, telling of teenage boys strapped down to their beds, fighting for breath, their voices burned away to a hoarse whisper, praying to die. All in all, more than a million soldiers were injured by the poison gases used in World War I and almost ten percent of them – some 91,000 – died. Outlawed by the Geneva Protocol of 1925, mustard gas has been used as recently as 1988 in the war between Iraq and Iran, and although most of us have forgotten just how wicked these materials can be, the discovery of the chemical dump serves "as a valuable reminder," writes Blum, "that some chemical experiments should really be left, forever, in the past.""

+ - iPhone 4G Revealed?->

Submitted by alaskana98
alaskana98 (1509139) writes "Apparently a prototype of the forthcoming iPhone 4G has been found on the floor of a San Jose bar.
Somehow the folks over at engadget obtained pictures of the device and posted them on their site. The device supposedly sports
80 gigabytes of memory, a self facing camera and a new OS. Unfortunately, the device no longer boots.

If this is legitimate, some poor Apple employee surely must be losing sleep over this!"

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Shuttle Reentry Over the Continental US 139

Posted by kdawson
from the boom-boom dept.
TheOtherChimeraTwin notes that the shuttle Discovery will land at Kennedy Space Center on Monday morning at 8:48 EDT. The craft will make a rare "descending node" overflight of the continental US en route to landing in Florida. Here are maps of the shuttle's path if is lands on orbit 222 as planned, or on the next orbit. says: " takes the shuttle about 35 minutes to traverse the path shown... Observers in the northwestern USA will see the shuttle shortly after 5 am PDT blazing like a meteoric fireball through the dawn sky. As Discovery makes its way east, it will enter daylight and fade into the bright blue background. If you can't see the shuttle, however, you might be able to hear it. The shuttle produces a sonic double-boom that reaches the ground about a minute and a half after passing overhead."

+ - LatLng Is The New Address 1

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "With the location land rush in full swing, TechCrunch's Erick Schonfeld declares it's time for an open database of places and calls on the Big Dogs of location — Twitter, Google, Foursquare, Gowalla, SimpleGeo, Loopt, Citysearch, etc. — to make it so. An open database that maps latitude and longitude coordinates to businesses, points of interest, and even people's homes should just be part of the basic fabric of the mobile Web. Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley was enthusiastic about the idea, says Schonfeld, while Twitter founder Jack Dorsey was a little bit more lukewarm and cautious. Time for Larry and Sergey to invite the Families to a sit-down at 37.423021,-122.083739?"

+ - Master Facebook Password Was 'Chuck Norris'-> 1

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I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property
I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "A Facebook employee has given a tell-all interview with some very interesting things about Facebook's internals. Especially interesting are all the things relating to Facebook privacy. Basically, you don't have any. Nearly everything you've ever done on the site is recorded into a database. While they fire employees for snooping, more than a few have done it. There's an internal system to let them log into anyone's profile, though they have to be able to defend their reason for doing so. And they used to have a master password that could log into any Facebook profile: 'Chuck Norris'. Bruce Schneier might be jealous of that one."
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+ - Will Apple's rumored tablet be called the 'iPad'?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The site suggests in this article that Apple's rumored next-gen computing device may be called the 'iPad'. To support their claim, the article states that patents have been recently taken out on the IPAD name by organizations that may be associated with Apple. What do you think? Are they on to something, or is this merely a copyright decoy filed to throw off speculators?"
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Apple Patches Massive Holes In OS X 246

Posted by timothy
from the well-it-wouldn't-be-polite-to-patch-windows dept.
Trailrunner7 writes with this snippet from ThreatPost: "Apple's first Mac OS X security update for 2010 is out, providing cover for at least 12 serious vulnerabilities. The update, rated critical, plugs security holes that could lead to code execution vulnerabilities if a Mac user is tricked into opening audio files or surfing to a rigged Web site." Hit the link for a list of the highlights among these fixes.

+ - Twitter joke led to Terror Act arrest->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "When heavy snowfall threatened Paul Chambers’s travel plans, he tweeted: "Robin Hood airport is closed, You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!" Unfortunately for Mr Chambers, the police didn't see the funny side. A week after posting the message on the social networking site, he was arrested under the Terrorism Act and questioned for almost seven hours by detectives who interpreted his post as a security threat."
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Air Canada Ordered To Provide Nut-Free Zone 643

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-nuts dept.
JamJam writes "Air Canada has been told to create a special 'buffer zone' on flights for people who are allergic to nuts. The Canadian Transportation Agency has ruled that passengers who have nut allergies should be considered disabled and accommodated by the airline. Air Canada has a month to come up with an appropriate section of seats where passengers with nut allergies would be seated. The ruling involved a complaint from Sophia Huyer, who has a severe nut allergy and travels frequently. Ms. Huyer once spent 40 minutes in the washroom during a flight while snacks were being served."

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