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Submission Summary: 0 pending, 11 declined, 5 accepted (16 total, 31.25% accepted)

Submission + - Slashdot Security Certificate expired on 04/21/2013 3

djl4570 writes: Here's what Chrome has to say about this.
The site's security certificate has expired!
You attempted to reach, but the server presented an expired certificate. No information is available to indicate whether that certificate has been compromised since its expiration. This means Google Chrome cannot guarantee that you are communicating with and not an attacker. Your computer's clock is currently set to Monday, April 22, 2013 1:02:39 AM. Does that look right? If not, you should correct the error and refresh this page.
You should not proceed, especially if you have never seen this warning before for this site.

Submission + - Hello Kitty in Space (

djl4570 writes: The four minute video documents a seventh grade science project that uses a helium balloon to lift several Go Pro cameras, a high altitude data recorder and a GPS tracker to an altitude of over 90,000 feet. This science project is an excellent example of integrating technology to measure, document and recover the experiment.

Submission + - Apple Whinging about Samsung Press Release ( 3

djl4570 writes: Samsung released to the press documents that had been excluded by Judge Lucy Koh. According to Samsung "The judge's exclusion of evidence on independent creation meant that even though Apple was allowed to inaccurately argue to the jury that the F700 was an iPhone copy, Samsung was not allowed to tell the full story...The excluded evidence would have established beyond doubt that Samsung did not copy the iPhone design," An article at another site described judge Lucy Koh as "Livid" The defendant released exculpatory evidence that had been suppressed by the judge. This after many stories in the tech press portray the case as Samsung versus Lucy Koh instead of Samsung versus Apple.

Submission + - Formation of an Ox Bow lake as seen by the Google Earth Time Machine ( 1

djl4570 writes: An excellent study in the gradual change of geographic features as a river meander becomes an ox bow lake when the river current cuts through the meander. The same Google Earth feature can be used to view changes in urban and suburban geography. The historical data is a work in progress. The region I looked at only has images going back to 1993. Other regions will have a different mix and depth of data.

Submission + - Tablet Newspaper c1994 (

djl4570 writes: "Paleofuture has an interesting video of a tablet computer envisioned by an Information Design lab founded by Knight Ridder in 1992 to bring the newspaper into the electronic age. This video is an interesting look at early tablet concepts in light of Apple and Samsung litigating over Tablet related IP. The video looks like a promotional video for internal use or to woo investors. It is surprisingly prescient for an era when we were running Mosaic or a beta version of Netscape and that many of us were using third party software such as Trumpet for a SLIP connection.
Of course this video does not foresee paradigm changes such as the massive expansion of the Internet which gave us sites such as Drudge, the explosion of blogs or the corresponding erosion of trust in the main stream media."

Submission + - Does the iPad canniblize Macbook sales ( 1

djl4570 writes: CEO Tim Cook thinks so. I've spent some time playing with an iPad. It was interesting enough for me to test the waters with a Galaxy Tab. This submission originates from my Galaxy Tab docked in an external KB. I've been surfing casually for awhile now and the answer is no. Tablets will not replace laptops anytime soon. Far too many sites have tablet hostile controls. Even /. Places the UID icon right next to the logout button. Works if you're using a stylus but not so well with a fingertip. The clickable NWS maps are unpredictable using a tablet. Other sites such as have mobile sites optimized for the portrait format used by smartphones. The onscreen keyboard is awkward and slow to use but I have moderated and posted a comment or two using the on screen keyboard. I don't see tablets replacing laptops any time soon, but I do see them converging much the same way this tablet is docked to a keyboard looks like a small laptop.

Submission + - Life on Mars found – in 1976 by Viking Lander (

djl4570 writes: "The USA’s Viking mission found life on Mars, says a new paper that has re-analysed data collected by the two probes." Using advanced mathematical techniques to treat the old experimental data as complex system could reveal a signal that was not previously detected. Time will tell if we actually get to see the rat-bat-spider-crab live in 1080p.

Submission + - A Homemade Sterling Engine ( 1

djl4570 writes: "A two minute Youtube video of a proof of concept Sterling engine made from a tin can, rubber bands, plastic wrap and what looks like paperclips soldered together all powered by a single candle. This is a bit of engineering geekdom that demonstrates a deep understanding of the principles behind the Sterling design."

Submission + - Google Punishing Chrome for SIxty Days (

djl4570 writes:

Google is pushing its own Chrome browser down in search rankings for 60 days following reports that the company was involved in an ad campaign that paid for links to bolster search traffic.

According to Sullivan, it appears that Google contracted its Web ads out to a firm called Essence Digital, which in turn asked a company called Unruly Media to implement the campaign.

I see this as an astute move on Google's part. Rather than circle the wagons they say oops and correct the problem. Google understands that such link pimping is a cancer that undermines the integrity of their search engine. That's why it isn't allowed and now Google is saying we don't support a double standard either.

Submission + - Righthaven Looses In Colorado ( 1

djl4570 writes: "Federal Judge John Kane ruled that Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas lacked standing to file copyright infringement lawsuits in Colorado under its lawsuit contract with the Denver Post and abused the Copyright Act in doing so. Righthaven was ordered to reimburse the defendant his costs including reasonable attorneys fees."

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