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Comment security by accident (Score 1) 227 227

One company I occasionally do contract work for seems to have solved this by designing their new engineering office building to be constructed mostly of steel, including metal slats as sun shades on the windows. As a result, it's damn near impossible to connect to a mobile phone network while inside.

Comment Re:Paving with bricks (Score 3, Interesting) 183 183

In .nl, bricks are only used in older side streets that see little traffic (i.e. they're there because they've been there for a long time and it hasn't been necessary to resurface the road). New construction favors tarmac. Tarmac is cheaper to put down as it's all done with giant machines, while bricklaying takes a lot of manual labor. Tarmac is also safer because you have more grip, and it's a lot more comfortable to drive on.

This plastic road would be easier to put down than bricks because it comes in large sections you can crane into place.

Comment Re:Question about deep space pictures (Score 1) 108 108

To get an idea of how bright the sun is at Pluto, try Pluto Time.

Sunlight is much weaker there than it is here on Earth, yet it isn't completely dark. In fact, for just a moment near dawn and dusk each day, the illumination on Earth matches that of noon on Pluto.

We call this Pluto Time. If you go outside at this time on a clear day, the world around you will be as bright as the surface of Pluto at noon


'Pluto Truthers' Are Pretty Sure That the NASA New Horizons Mission Was Faked 321 Screenshot-sm 321

MarkWhittington writes: Forget about Apollo moon landing hoax theories. That is so 20th Century. Gizmodo reported that the "Pluto Truthers" have followed the astonishing images being sent back by NASA's New Horizons probe and have come to the conclusion that they are faked. After all, if the space agency could fake the entire moon landing, it would be child's play to fake a robotic probe to the edge of the Solar System.

Comment Re:Don't buy it! (Score 1) 65 65

No. During the war, the fact they'd cracked Enigma was kept a secret to prevent the Germans from adopting better (potentially unbreakable) encryption.
After the war, yes. The British saw Enigma being used by various governments and decided to keep the secret a bit longer.

Colossus was never used to crack Enigma, it was designed for the Lorenz cipher machine which used a different principle.

Comment Re:Non-problems, except for traffic (Score 1) 410 410

Property values are going up

You say that like it's a good thing. Sure, existing owners may like it, but making housing less affordable has all sorts of undesirable consequences. It forces less affluent people to find housing further away which increases their commute time and increases traffic. It creates an underclass of people who are too rich to live in rent-controlled housing but too poor to buy a house.


Twitter Yanks Ads UK Activists Say Could Trigger Seizures 63 63

After complaints from UK charity Epilepsy Action, Twitter pulled after less than a day two ads that the group said might cause epileptic seizures. The in-house ads, in the 6-second format of Twitter-owned Vine, consisted of flashing video which the Epilepsy Action said "was dangerous, as it could potentially produce seizures in people who have photo-sensitive epilepsy."

Google Photos Uploading Your Pics, Even If You Don't Want It To 217 217

New submitter Adekyn writes that, according to David A. Arnott of The Business Journals, the Google Photos app will sync your photos — even after you have deleted the application from your device. From the article: All I had to do to turn my phone into a stealth Google Photos uploader was to turn on the backup sync, then uninstall the app. Whereas one might reasonably believe uninstalling the app from the phone would stop photos from uploading automatically to Google Photos, the device still does it even in the app’s absence. Since making this discovery, I have re-created the issue multiple times in multiple settings on my Galaxy S5. I reached out to Google, and after reaching someone on the phone and describing the issue, was told to wait for a comment. Several hours later, I received a terse email that said, “The backup was as intended.” If I want to stop it from happening, I was told I'd have to change settings in Google Play Services. A video of the process accompanies the article.

Comment Re:Look outside, not inside (Score 1) 195 195

Those "quick scans of the instruments" are quicker when you can glance at the HUD (which can be done without refocusing) instead of having to look down at the dashboard and refocusing your eyes.

"quick scans of the instruments" are the whole reason the HUD was invented.

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