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Comment: Re:Make it DARKER dammit. (Score 5, Insightful) 218

by garyisabusyguy (#49162557) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

I think that you need to look at the generation of authors that created Star Trek TOS, they (like Roddenberry) were military veterans from WW2 and seemed to believe that good could overcome evil, bridges could be built across cultures and the idea of service to the betterment of their society wasn't an alien idea.

Harlan Ellison wrote one of the darkest original episodes, City on the Edge of Forever, and maybe the popular acclaim that it received allowed younger authors to take the series into different directions. When TNG was produced the authors were largely younger than the original group, with Roddenberry providing oversight through the the later series that were almost playing a neo-classical hand with references to past episodes and different riffs on themes.

Now Roddenberry is gone and the ownership of Star Trek has been taken over by generations of authors that never knew life before there was a Star Trek...

At least that is my long-winded summation of how we got to where we are now. What would it take to get it back in line with TOS? Maybe a dose of optimism and belief in conquering great evils and striving for a greater society. Maybe it just isn't a widely held set of beliefs anymore

It is that sort of spine that Spock brought to the new productions when he was brought into the story line. I think that is what we will miss most about both Nimoy and Spock

+ - Ask SD: How do you handle the discovery of a web site disclosing private data?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I recently discovered that a partner web site of a financial institution I do business with makes it trivially easy to view documents that do not belong to me. As in, change the document ID in a URL and view someone else's financial documents. This requires no authentication, only a document URL. (Think along the lines of an online rebate center where you upload documents including credit card statements.) I immediately called customer service and spoke with a perplexed agent who unsurprisingly didn't know what to do with my call. I asked to speak with a supervisor who took good notes and promised a follow-up internally. I asked for a return call but have not yet heard back. In the meantime, I still have private financial information I consider to be publicly available. I'm trying to be responsible and patient in my handling of this, but I am second guessing how to move forward if not quickly resolved. So, Slashdot, how would you handle this situation?"

Comment: Re:Relatively high temp... (Score 0) 58

138 K is -211 F

According to the omniscient wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

Either liquid He or two stage mechanical coolers are used to get the superconducting magnet down to 77 K
They also note that He is in short supply

So, these new materials, which seem to be able to operate at about twice the temperature of current superconductors (thanks AC above for pointing out mistake)

What does than mean in terms of cost, maintainability and overall benefit of keeping something at 138 K as opposed to 77 K?
Does it allow for different techniques?
Does it allow for wider applications?
Does it cost less, and if so by a little or a lot?

Comment: Relatively high temp... (Score 0, Redundant) 58

So when they talk about high temp semiconductors, it is still around -211F

What does this mean in practical terms?
Is this an easy temperature to maintain?
What techniques or materials could we use to keep that temp?
How does power generation and pulling off waste heat factor into it?

I look at all the heat handlers in a datacenter and wonder, ok what if we step this down a couple hundred degrees

+ - Oracle Sues 5 Oregon Officials for "improper influence"

Submitted by SpzToid
SpzToid (869795) writes "Following up on an earlier Slashdot story, the Oracle Corporation has filed a rather timely suit against five of former governor John Kitzhaber's staff for their "improper influence" in the decision to shutter the Cover Oregon healthcare website, while blaming Oracle to defuse the political consequences. Oracle argues the website was ready to go before the state decided to switch to the federal exchange in April.

"The work on the exchange was complete by February 2014, but going live with the website and providing a means for all Oregonians to sign up for health insurance coverage didn’t match the former-Governor's re-election strategy to 'go after' Oracle,” Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger said in a statement.

Kitzhaber resigned last week amid criminal probes into an influence-peddling scandal involving allegations that his fiancée used her position in his office for personal gain."

+ - As Big As Net Neutrality? FCC Kills State-Imposed Internet Monopolies->

Submitted by tedlistens
tedlistens (1697590) writes "On Thursday, before it voted in favor of "net neutrality," the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to override state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina that have barred local governments and public utilities from offering broadband outside the areas where they have traditionally sold electricity. Christopher Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance said the move was as important for internet competition as net neutrality: "Preventing big Internet Service Providers from unfairly discriminating against content online is a victory, but allowing communities to be the owners and stewards of their own broadband networks is a watershed moment that will serve as a check against the worst abuses of the cable monopoly for decades to come." The laws, like those in over a dozen other states, are often created under pressure from large private Internet providers like Comcast and Verizon, who consequently control monopolies or duopolies over high-speed internet in these places."
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Comment: Re: Queue it up (Score 1) 132

by garyisabusyguy (#49151885) Attached to: Vandalism In Arizona Shuts Down Internet and Phone Service

Yep, warm winters cause an influx of derelicts to Phoenix hoping to avoid freezing to death elsewhere. A (normally up) construction market and people just loosing steam on the way to California makes for a volatile mix in AZ. Once that summer sets in the 110+F exterior temps result in the overheated people think they are in the wild west and shootings become so standard that they don't even make the evening news

Comment: Re:Really need to post information about the act (Score 1) 56

by garyisabusyguy (#49151207) Attached to: Patent Trolls On the Run But Not Vanquished Yet

Tomatoe/tomato, you say 'unique legal standards protected by Erie', I say bullshit local custom exploited by trolls

Not claiming that the juries are corrupt, just unsophisticated and willing to believe that some troll claiming to have 'invented' a technique that is disputed by prior art, that any person who has been using the internet for the past 2 decades, would recognized

Comment: Re:Thieves looking to steal metal? lolwut? (Score 4, Interesting) 132

by garyisabusyguy (#49151163) Attached to: Vandalism In Arizona Shuts Down Internet and Phone Service

A friend of mine was trying to 'help out' some down on their luck folks and they said 'thank you' by ripping all of the copper out of her rental house. She replaced it all with PVC and they came back and ripped out the walls again expecting there to be copper in there.

Tweekers have an incredibly high level of motivation and a relatively low level of guilt for the things they are willing to do for money

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