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Comment: Large Moon (Score 2) 143

by eckman (#42186307) Attached to: Other Solar Systems Could Be More Habitable Than Ours

We may have 25% less radioactive elements in our planet's interior than some of these other planets, but we have a large moon that is causing a significant amount of tidal friction. That should help close the internal heat gap a bit...and as a bonus it keeps our axis fairly stable.

There are many different types of homes out there. Some just have better floor heating than Earth. I rather like our bright heat lamp in the sky...so do the plants in my yard.

A good discovery nonetheless. I'm excited that life may have more places where it can exist, and perhaps even thrive like it has done here on Earth.

Comment: Harness the blast wave (Score 1) 235

Since we are talking future science here it would make sense to harness the incoming blast way and convert it back to energy that can be used for the next flight. The problem is building the infrastructure to do this at the destination, but if they can figure out how to go faster than light I'm sure they can find a way to make this a reality too.

+ - Has AT&T Lost its Corporate Mind?

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Ponca City, We Love You
Ponca City, We Love You writes "Tim Wu has an interesting (and funny) article on Slate that says that AT&T's recent proposal to examine all the traffic it carries for potential violations of US intellectual property laws is not just bad but corporate seppuku bad. At present AT&T is shielded by a federal law they wrote themselves that provides they have no liability for "Transitory Digital Network Communications" — content AT&T carries over the Internet. To maintain that immunity, AT&T must transmit data "without selection of the material by the service provider" and "without modification of its content" but if AT&T gets into the business of choosing what content travels over its network, it runs the serious risk of losing its all-important immunity. "As the world's largest gatekeeper," Wu writes, "AT&T would immediately become the world's largest target for copyright infringement lawsuits." ATT's new strategy "exposes it to so much potential liability that adopting it would arguably violate AT&T's fiduciary duty to its shareholders," concludes Wu."

+ - Personal encryption tested in U.S. District Court 1

Submitted by Senior Frac
Senior Frac (110715) writes "A U.S. District Court is reviewing a case where a man has refused to give his encryption password over to authorities. This individual, from Vermont, is accused of having child porn on his laptop and is refusing to hand over his encryption password. His defense is one of self-incrimination. This ruling is one that is important beyond the child porn aspect into other, less onerous, cases, so I would encourage everyone to look past the scumbag defendant and at our own data."
The Military

+ - SPAM: President exempts Navy from environmental law

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coondoggie writes "In a highly controversial case, the US Navy played its trump card today as the President issued an order exempting the service from environmental laws and granted it permission to use sonar in training operations off the coast of California. At issue was the need to protect whales and dolphins from mid-frequency active sonar that could harm them, experts said. [spam URL stripped]"
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+ - IE 7 now an Optional Update?

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DikSeaCup writes "I've been noticing over the past week or so that the previously (unless I was hallucinating) "Critical Update" of "Internet Explorer 7" on the Microsoft Update site was no longer listed as a "Critical Update", and is now listed under the "Optional Software" category. Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed this? I haven't seen any relevant news items about it — have I suddenly been transported to Japan without realizing it?"

Comment: Ice cubes in our ocean (Score 2, Interesting) 548

by eckman (#17985710) Attached to: Cosmic Rays and Global Warming
From the article:
"The best measurements of global air temperatures come from American weather satellites, and they show wobbles but no overall change since 1999."

Ice in a glass of water will cause the water to stabilize right around the freezing point. Even if you slowly heat it, the temperature will remain around freezing...that is until the last of the ice melts.

It's logical to think that the same is happening in the oceans. The ice is helping keep the oceans at a fairly constant temperature and the oceans are absorbing the extra heat from the atmosphere.

The problem is that it looks like the oceans' ice is melting at an alarming rate.

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