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Comment Pictures from a BOAT! (Score 1) 325

I too thought there had to be pictures. In this day and age eye witness accounts == pictures. I found a few pictures, and they aren't very sensational. Prepare to be disappointed!

These are were taken from the blog of the Oceanographic Research Vessel Alguita detailing their travels this year. They have eye witness accounts of the plastic garbage. It turns out the plastic is not even close to a island, or anything island like. The plastic that is out looks like the byproduct of a will-it-blend episode.

To get any detectable and easily studied plastic they set out a small net and trawl for the plastic:

"[T]rawls today were the highest plastic concentration we have seen yet" ... "The pictures are from 2 ea. 2 hour trawls covering 1 meter wide by 6 miles long."

Regarding the difficulty seeing it:

"Then when I went up to sit on the boom to get a higher vantage point for spotting bigger pieces, the first thing I noticed was, I could no longer see the small fragments, so if you are on the deck of 300 ft ship, you will not even see the real problem. I tried to film the small bits, but I don't know how well it came out."

"[T]he plastic we have accumulated from the trawls-these are the tiny fragments which we will not be able to quantify and classify until we get them back to the lab.

Source: http://orvalguita.blogspot.com/2009/07/t.html

Hmm... I should probably post this to wikipedia...


Solving Obama's BlackBerry Dilemma 374

CurtMonash writes "Much is being made of the deliberations as to whether President Obama will be able to keep using his beloved "BarackBerry." As the NYTimes details, there are two major sets of objections: infosecurity and legal/records retention. Deven Coldeway of CrunchGear does a good job of showing that the technological infosecurity problems can be solved. And as I've noted elsewhere, the 'Omigod, he left his Blackberry behind at dinner' issue is absurd. Presidents are surrounded by attendants, Secret Service and otherwise. Somebody just has to be given the job of keeping track of the president's personal communication device. As for the legal question of whether the president can afford to put things in writing that will likely be exposed by courts and archivists later — the answer to that surely depends on the subject matter or recipient. Email to his Chicago friends — why not? Anything he'd write to them would be necessarily non-secret anyway. Email to the Secretary of Defense? That might be a different matter."

Submission + - LASA Balloon Launch reaches 2nd Highest altitude (greatballoonchase.ca)

bentfork writes: "LASA (The LAnark Space Agency) successfully launched a weather balloon this Sunday. It reached a peak altitude of 122,323ft (That's 37 284m, or 6.71 leagues!) and is #2 in the record books! The track along with the photos can be views in Google Earth (kmz), or Google Maps. The project page is available at greatballoonchase.ca. 200+ Images are available on a coral cache"

Comment Very cool article (Score 2, Interesting) 149

Micro machining with house hold items is a quite impressive feat. I can imagine building some awesome circuits with this and a conductive pen

However this image:


Is quite impressive. It is a excellent demonstration of what you can build with these channels. Quite cool.

Now where can I find a hand-held corona discharger?


Submission + - Open Source alternative to $25k F5 Appliance (o3magazine.com)

Shawn Wilson writes: "Nginx (Engine-X) provides a FOSS alternative to high priced Global Traffic Management Appliances from F5 Networks and Global Server Load Balancers from companies such as Foundry Networks and Nortel. Nginx provides a fast and lightweight solution that enables Global Traffic Management. GTM or GSLB is a technique used to direct browsers to faster local copies of the same web content, by using the source IP to identify the geographical location of the user. Detailed installation and setup instructions are available in issue 6 of o3 magazine, a free open source / business digital magazine. The magazine is showcasing the solution, as it is hosted on a Content Delivery Network using the very same solution. Using F5 or another vendor, would have cost the magazine approximately US$250,000, instead of two weekends to configure and test the solution."

Submission + - Alienware: CableCard Not Ready for Mass Market

An anonymous reader writes: Alienware doesn't think CableCard is ready for the mass market. The Dell subsidiary is coming out with some high-end Media Center PCs but won't sell them directly to consumers because the HD-enabling CableCard "requires the expertise of a reseller and installer." CableCard was supposed to be the savior for Windows Media Center, which has been inhibited by its inability to support high-def content. Alienware made its fortune by selling tricked-out computers to gamers, so it's telling that the company doesn't think its traditional geeky customer can handle CableCard without professional help.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - The Great Internet Swear Word Project (doyoukissyourmotherwiththatmouth.co.uk)

morner writes: "The great internet swear word project aims to find the best swear word in the world according to you, the internet. Each visitor to this page is offered a choice between two randomly selected user-submitted swear words, their vote is recorded and fed into a Condorcet voting algorithm. Over the course of many thousands of votes, an accurate picture of the group preference emerges and thus, or so the theory goes, the world's best swear word may be identified unambiguously. YMMV."

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ..." -- Isaac Asimov