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Submission + - Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship to Cross Atlantic Without a Crew->

Zothecula writes: If you should encounter a crewless ship out on the Atlantic Ocean in a few years, don’t worry about it being the ghostly Flying Dutchman it may be the Mayflower, however. No, not the square-rigger that brought Pilgrims to America, but the Autonomous Research Ship (MARS). Plans call for the wind- and solar-powered trimaran to sail itself from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 2020 – the 400th anniversary of the original ship’s journey – carrying out a variety of research projects along the way.
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Comment Did you read the entry? (Score 1) 212

So did you read the part in the entry that says " ancillary rights such as merchandising contract rights, as well as the original 35mm master elements, are owned today by Warner Bros. Entertainment. Warner has owned Superman publisher DC Comics since 1969."? Monetizing it and making money from it may be considered merchandising.

Submission + - Cisco's two presidents resigning->

alphadogg writes: Cisco’s co-presidents plan to resign on the eve of the company’s new CEO taking the reins. Rob Lloyd and Gary Moore will step down July 25 as incoming CEO Chuck Robbins implements a flatter organizational structure. Lloyd, president of development and sales, and Moore, president and COO, were tabbed for those posts two-and-a-half years ago by outgoing CEO John Chambers to better align product development and sales, and to streamline company operations.
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Comment $86 fare? Won't last long. (Score 2) 515

The fare may be at $86 at first, then when they realized that they are losing money to self driving vehicles and people that want to be able to sight see and go when they want to go instead of when the train is scheduled they will do something about it. Most likely putting tolls on the connecting highways and keep on increasing them until they get the traffic they expect on the rails. Then of course the train fare will be increased to make more money as the fare setting authorities see the power and market value they now have.

Submission + - Ebola virus found to be defective zombie virus->

kallen3 writes: The Center for Disease Control has announced that the Ebola virus originated as a zombie virus but has mutated to it's present form. What is a concern to many epidemiologists though is that there are some indications that not all strains of the zombie virus has mutated into a form of Ebola. Dr. Moreau of the CDC says that there are indications in local folklore that there are zombies wandering the back country in those countries currently affected by the Ebola strain of the zombie virus. The current concern that Dr. Moreau has is that those infected by the Ebola strain being brought back to their home country may spread the Zombie virus if the Ebola strain mutates back to it's original form.
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Comment OpenMeetings (Score 4, Interesting) 164

Ever tried OpenMeetings (http://openmeetings.apache.org)? It has a whiteboard in it and I have been in group discussions using it, voice and video. Not as good as a face to face but better than having to travel especially when weather makes it difficult. I think Google Hangouts does something like that too but have not tried it.

Comment This is nothing more than a swamp cooler (Score 1) 183

which really will not work in areas that experience a monsoon season during the summer seasons. For example in Arizona the monsoon season starts beginning of July and last through September. The monsoon (not a weather service term for you purists) is typically when the dew point is at 55 degrees for 3 days. Guess when a swamp cooler looses effectiveness? When the wet bulb is at 55 degrees. So it is only useful during 2 months of the year in the U.S. desert souhwest.

Comment progressives are not for everyone (Score 1) 464

I wear them all of the time and have not a problem with using them with multiple or single monitor computers. The first time I ever put them on there was about 30 seconds of disorientation until I go used to them. You also need to be sure to use the right frames.

However there are people where I work who can not wear any type of bifocals so they use 2 different glasses. They have tried progressive and traditional bifocals in various combinations of frames but still are unable to use them.

Comment Re:Google? (Score 4, Insightful) 85

As someone pointed out you have to have some idea of the project you are looking for. I have found many software projects on Freshmeat/Freecode just by going there 3 or 4 times a week. Sometimes there will be things listed that I had not given any thought to and then I see it listed there found it intriguing went to the web page and checked it out. Later on I would go back and download it because I would recall months later when the need arised it was there. Trying do that with google, what would be the search string, "New software"? Especially for us not searching for anything specific and just wanted to find new open source software in general.

Comment Circuit Cellar (Score 1) 41

I seem to recall that years and years ago Steve Ciarcia wrote a series of article in his Circuit Cellar magazine about making sensors and a home built EEG. If I recall correctly it used relatively inexpensive parts and off the shelf sensors when necessary. All designed for the hobbyist and much lower in cost. Of course I may be wrong. But still wondering, whats the big hoo haw about something this expensive?

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How Earth's Biosignature Will Change As the Planet Dies 95

KentuckyFC writes "As the Sun expands into a red giant, life on Earth will die away. Now astrobiologists have worked out how this will look to distant observers watching the biosignature in our atmosphere. They say the first major effect of warming, about 1 billion years from now, will be a dramatic drop in atmospheric carbon dioxide as the oceans absorb more of it. That's bad news for trees and plants, which need carbon dioxide for photosynthesis, so they begin to die off. Since plants produce oxygen, atmospheric levels of oxygen will also drop, killing off the animals. Roughly 2 billion years from now, the only living things on Earth will be microbes. However, methane levels will have risen dramatically, caused by decaying plant matter. And decaying animals will release a gas called methanethiol, which breaks down into ethane, which ought to be visible too. Finally, they calculate that about 3 billion years from now, the oceans will boil and Earth will be a barren planet with little if any biosignature at all. But all this is not just a subject of morbid fascination. With the next generation of space telescopes, astronomers should see similar biosignatures on Earth-like planets around other stars that are also beyond their sell-by dates. So we'll be able to watch them die off first."

What the gods would destroy they first submit to an IEEE standards committee.

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