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Submission + - Comet Catalina to pass by Earth for the final time

StartsWithABang writes: Originating from the Kuiper belt and the Oort cloud, comets are generally thought of as periodic objects, with their initial trajectories having been perturbed by either Neptune, another distant object or a passing star or rogue planet. But most comets aren't periodic; they're transient instead, where a trip into the inner Solar System gives them additional gravitational perturbations, causing them to either fly into the Sun or gain enough kinetic energy to escape entirely. This latter fate is the case for Comet Catalina, which reaches perihelion on November 15th and then heads out of the Solar System after putting on one final show for observers on Earth.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How to include a trademarked term in an online listing ( 1

huckamania writes: My kids are growing up and my wife is selling some of their old clothes. She was surprised to get a takedown notice because she used a trademarked term we'll call XXX. This term is in popular use (95% according to company YYY that holds the trademark) and not using it in her listings means less buyers will find the item. I thought it might be possible to include a disclaimer in the description like "Disclaimer: This product is not an XXX from YYY brands" with that being the only mention of the XXX trademark. Is that fair use or just obtuse?

Submission + - New Android phones hijackable with Chrome exploit (

mask.of.sanity writes: Google's Chrome for Android has been popped with a single exploit that could lead to the compromise of any handset. The exploit, showcased at MobilePwn2Own at the PacSec conference, targets the JavaScript v8 engine and compromises phones when users visit a malicious website. It is also notable in that it is a single clean exploit that does not require chained vulnerabilities to work.

Submission + - NASA announces that Mars' moon Phobos is doomed ( 4

MarkWhittington writes: NASA announced that the days of Phobos, one of the moons of Mars, are numbered. Recent images of the moon show long, shallow grooves in its surface that show the early signs of structural failure. In about 30 million to 50 million years, Phobos will be pulled apart by Mars’ gravity.

Currently, Phobos orbits Mars at a distance of 3,700 miles, closer to its planet than any other moon in the solar system. Mars is slowly pulling Phobos closer to it at a rate of 6.6 feet per second. The tidal forces of Mars are already acting on the moon as it hurtles slowly but steadily closer, suggests Terry Hurford of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Comment Re:That's not a bomb, it's a clock! (Score 2) 657

It would be nice if we stopped painting entire organizations, professions, states and countries every time a story like this comes out. In the discussion of this story, the role call of villains includes the USA or 'murica, Texas, the city of Irving, Republicans, Teachers, Police and most of all White People. At most there was a handful of people involved and a free press with an activist citizenry turned the whole thing around.

This kid has gone from oppressed to a likely poster child in about 6 hours. Good for him. I hope he makes the most of this opportunity.

As far as politics is concerned, it is just as likely that a cop and a teacher are registered Democrat as Republican. They both belong to a union, not that there is anything wrong with that. As far as immigration is concerned, I don't see how this applies. Republicans want technical people to legally immigrate and immigrants in general to not burden our welfare system or behave criminally.

Comment 1/3 of all CO2, but no warming (Score 2, Interesting) 130

About 1/3 of all CO2 produced by humans in all of history has occurred in the last 18 years and yet there is no statistical warming during that time. CO2 is logarithmically challenged, as discovered by Arrehnius, the demi-god of the AGW movement who first proposed that CO2 is a greenhouse gas. It's funny that the AGW crowd only ever cites his first paper on the subject and its ridiculous sensitivity. It is tragic that after all these years of doom and gloom from the AGW crowd that they are finally bringing down that sensitivity to the levels that Arrehnius determined in his follow up work.

Most so-called deniers only deny that there is a run-away effect, that all feedbacks are positive, that you can retroactively alter the temperature records to compensate for time of day and siting issues, that you can splice one proxy temperature record with another and put it on the cover of an official IPCC document and that you can continue to cite models and studies based on those models when CO2 is following the worst case scenario and the actual temperature is below the best case scenario.

Finally, quoting the 97% consensus is just plain stupid. It's either made up from whole cloth or based on a severely flawed study. You can't scream anti-science at people and ignore the mountains of bad science published in the name of AGW every year.

Comment Exactly (Score 1) 442

Mars is a great big, dry gravity well. We as a species are better off learning how to live in space. There are more resources between the Earth and Jupiter then we have access too currently.

Even with advanced propulsion, humans will have to learn to live in space. We are a long way from colonizing mars, it's such a pipe dream.

Comment Caveat (Score 1) 220

If there is a fire in a crowded theatre, you should yell "Fire!". That is why all of these people speaking out against the 'Draw Mohammed' contests as shouting fire in a crowded theatre are wrong. Radical Islamists, including those that would kill to prevent or avenge cartoons of their prophet, is a real issue, as proven in Garland, Texas.

Comment Wallpaper or papercuts (Score 0, Flamebait) 294

This is a new thing that pseudo-scientists and fellow travelers are using, the meta-meta-study. It's either taking a bunch of studies and using them to paper over the problems with your own pet theory. Or it is death by a thousand paper cuts, with more and more 'me too' studies and rolling them together to support your own pet theory.

This is how we get memes like 97%, which is either some survey of some small group on an email list or a bunch of grad students picking, and more importantly excluding, papers that match a word search for global warming. Whether that is scary run away global warming or just noticing that we are coming out of an ice age doesn't seem to make a distinction for these people. Pointing that out gets a response that implies you are directly responsible for all of the carbon pollution in the world.

The upside is that they will probably block you if you dare mention that the greenhouse effect is logarithmically challenged.

MSDOS is not dead, it just smells that way. -- Henry Spencer