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Comment Re:remember Plato and Thales (Score 1) 74

It is tempting to think that the flooded area contain traces of ancient advanced civilisations but more realistically, they are probably not very different from those found on solid ground. After all, the flooded areas only represent a few percent of the whole area occupied by humans at that time. Even assuming that the coastal regions were the more densely populated, it is difficult to imagine that an ancient advanced civilisation would not also have occupied some areas that are now inland.

Comment Re:Secrets die with the creator (Score 1) 74

Future historian may not be able to read our electronic forms of storage but they will have plenty of artefacts to study. A middle size landfill site from the 20th century is likely to produce more objects than 4000 years of ancient Egypt history.

The fact that they won't be able to visualize your porn collection won't matter much for them.


Comment Re:A Few Years Ago.... (Score 2) 348

I have a few moderation points to use but I cannot figure out if I should classified your post as Troll, Insightful or Funny.

The thing that pisses me off with gimp is not the UI or saving by default to XCF. I am interested by raw image processing and I would be very happy to use and to contribute to the new 16bit depth features. Unfortunately, the GIMP devs are actively doing everything they can to prevent peoples from trying the current development version. No major release for more than 3 years and no available development release for testing? Be serious guys! This is insane.


Comment Re:The moon could have been artificially created. (Score 1) 93

The article mentions that the moon was tidally locked from the start but does not explain why. At first I was a bit suspicious because that is a huge assumption. The paper in explains that in more details.

Also, another reason for having 12 months is that this number is, like 60 and 360, quite remarkable because it has a lot of divisors. Simply speaking 12 is the smallest number that can divided by 2, 3, 4 and 6 while 60 can also be divided by 5 and 10. That is why we still count eggs in dozen, times in 60 minutes or 60 seconds, days in 24 hours (2*12) ...

In ancient calendars, the time was often measured in 'moons' which made a lot of sense for hunter gatherers so when farming was invented, they switched to a yearly based calendar and it made sense to decompose the year in 12 months (so a convenient number) that also had the advantage of being relatively close to the moon period.


Could a Change In Wording Attract More Women To Infosec? ( 291

itwbennett writes: "Information security is an endeavor that is frequently described in terms of war," writes Lysa Myers. "But what would the gender balance of this industry be like if we used more terms from other disciplines?" Just 14 percent of U.S. federal government personnel in cybersecurity specialties are women, a number startlingly close to the 14.5 percent of active duty military members who are women (at least as of 2013). By comparison, women are well represented in other STEM fields: "As of 2011, women earn 60 percent of bachelor-level biology degrees. Women also earn between 40 and 50 percent of chemistry, mathematics and statistics, and Earth sciences undergraduate degrees," writes Myers. Why the difference? Myers points to a comment from someone who taught a GenCyber camp for girls: "He found that one effective way to get girls to feel passionate about security was to create an emotional connection with the subject: e.g. the shock and distress of seeing your drone hacked or your password exposed," writes Myers.

Comment Re:Any NASA Brains? (Score 1) 87

From what I remember, there was no concept of directory in the very first version of DOS (no disk but tapes, ...) and / was, and is still, used for passing options to programs. When directories were added they had to choose a separator amongst the available reserved characters. Since / was already used they went for \.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang