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Comment: Re:Truckers Diggers and Wings (Score 1) 176

by kulervo (#44875291) Attached to: Flies See the World In Slo-Mo, Say Researchers

Yes! I was hoping someone would make the connection. It's a rare day in life when you get to say that an idea in Terry Pratchett's fiction is scientifically validated!

The idea in the book was that there were little gnomes that lived around/among us but were so small that they lived their lives on a different time frame. They were so fast and so discrete that regular humans rarely noticed them.

Per Wikipedia there is a movie on the way.

Comment: Re:Hike the Appalachian Trail (Score 2) 228

by kulervo (#43100331) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice For Summer Before Ph.D. Program?

Absolutely. I thru hiked the AT between work and law school. I made good friends I am in touch with 10 years later, and a set of memories I will never be able to surpass.

Standard start dates are around now for an August/September finish, so you might have to settle for a long section hike instead of a thru hike (2000 miles).

DRM

+ - DRM could soon be in 3D printers-> 1

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another random user (2645241) writes "Downloading a car – or a pair of sneakers – will be entirely possible, although Ford and Nike won’t be particularly happy if people use their designs to do so.

A new patent, issued this week by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and titled ‘Manufacturing control system’, describes a system whereby 3D printer-like machines (the patent actually covers additive, subtractive, extrusion, melting, solidification, and other types of manufacturing) will have to obtain authorization before they are allowed to print items requested by the user.

In a nutshell, a digital fingerprint of “restricted items” will be held externally and printers will be required to compare the plans of the item they’re being asked to print against those in a database. If there’s a match, printing will be disallowed or restricted."

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Idle

+ - Portland Maine (Over)reacts to Zombie Warning-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "According to the local news source the Portland Press Herald Portland, Maine officials overreacted to a "hacked" road sign warning motorists of Zombies Ahead. As Mainers gather food and supplies for a long winter ahead these kinds of distractions can be a major problem for the all too serious local government. In the end they failed to get the joke, understand the seriousness of unsecured electronic communications, and to see that people really don't need/care about every little message their government gives them."
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The Internet

+ - Wikileaks paywall draws Anonymous's wrath->

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SternisheFan writes "Hacking collective Anonymous has hit out at Wikileaks for -rather astonishingly -imposing a paywall on most of its content. Attempting to access Wikileaks' Global Intelligence Files, Guantanamo Files, Iraq War Logs and other documents triggers an overlay page asking for donations -and which can't be closed unless one is made. (It's possible, though, to avoid the paywall by disabling JavaScript). Oddly, payment options include MasterCard and VISA, both of which have previously withdrawn payment support for the site -and both of which were subequently hit by DDoS attacks from Anonymous in support of Wikileaks. The paywall was initially introduced yesterday for the Global Intelligence Files only. After it was publicly slated by Anonymous, it was withdrawn -only to reappear on a larger scale hours later. "The obvious intention is to force donations in exchange for access. This is a filthy and rotten, wholly un-ethical action -and Anonymous is enraged," says the group in a statement. "No longer will Anonymous risk prison to defend Wikileaks or Julian Assange from their enemies. No longer will Anonymous risk prison to supply material for Wikileaks disclosures." The group says it won't attack Wikileaks' website, as it has a policy of leaving the media alone. But, it says, it has other weapons. It's preapring a dossier of unethical actions by Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange, and plans to release it to the media in a few days. Now, that should make interesting reading.

    by Emma Woollacott, TGDaily"

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Comment: Re:Neighbors (Score 2) 340

by kulervo (#41597887) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Video Monitors For Areas That Are Off the Grid?

Vlm -

I know it is ridiculous, but a personal anecdote:

I was hiking in Virginia, somewhere along the Appalachian Trail. I was up on top of a ridgeline when I saw some junked tires near the trail but in the woods. It took me another 30 minutes of downhill walking to get to the next road crossing. Now it is possible that there was a closer road that I (a non-local) did not know about, but I would like to point out that it was still up-hill. Someone had hauled tires up hill just to throw them in the woods.

People apparently are quite willing to spend time and effort on this kind of crap.

Comment: There Will Come Soft Rains (Score 1) 1365

by kulervo (#40912759) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

I haven't read it in a long while but Bradbury's There Will Come Soft Rains isn't necessarily pessimistic, but it is very melancholy. I found that most of the Martian Chronicles were similarly melancholy. The basic premise of that period was always that nuclear war was inevitable and Bradbury used the Martians as a good foil to expose the folly of the Humans in his stories. Even then the Martian societies weren't very joyous, they were more mellow and resigned.

The whole story line has stayed with me for many years, but none as well as Soft Rains.

Comment: Re:Thomas Covenant (Score 2) 1365

by kulervo (#40912637) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?
Yeah, I had a semester where I read Thomas Convenant for fun/independent report, then I read The Bluest Eye and The Things They Carried for class. The name of the class: Evil in American Literature.

I still say Thomas Covenant is worth reading though, lots of great moments for the other characters, lots of great other characters. Foamfollower particularly.

Comment: Re:Thomas Covenant (Score 1) 1365

by kulervo (#40912321) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

Let's see, in the first book an abandoned leper/former author rapes a young woman because she exposes him to something that heals him, all while he denies that she is more than a figment of his diseased imagination. And that's not a spoiler because it happens at the beginning and things go down from there. (I wrote a paper on Thomas Covenant as the perfect anti-hero in high school.)

I wouldn't say that it's not worth reading (I read both trilogies and will get around to reading the third eventually). Many of the characters are lovely people, and the endings are not quite as bleak as it sounds. In fact the endings are pretty happy compared to the rest of the story line.

Comment: All of this, none of this (Score 1) 646

Hey OP: Firefox, Web of Trust, No Script, HttpS everywhere, and a half dozen other random odds and ends as the mood takes me. Then I spot check the history, and talk to them about why I am doing it. But I'm one of the less technical readers of /.

The rest of us: All of this, but with none of the hate. This is mostly a matter of style, and if OP wants to filter, let him filter. If someone else wants to monitor 24/7, let them do it. If naked guy wants to shut the door to his play room, more power to him for being able to afford a play room. We ought not scream about how his choosing to restrict is anti-freedom, 'cause that's silly. In the end I doubt it is going to lead directly to irreparable criminal degeneracy. I am young enough that I had internet porn, and I'm okay.

As to why I filter? I filter the real world for their safety: I put rails on their cribs, tell them the street is off limits till they learn to look both ways, and I filter their Internet. And when they start climbing out of the crib, asking to cross the street, or trying to circumvent my filters, then I know that it is time to move on. Hell, I give my 9 year old lock puzzles with prizes in them just to encourage puzzle breaking. And there are people out there wanting to hurt them, and trolls, and people wanting to scam them. If there weren't my kid wouldn't have spent 10 bucks on Cooking Momma ingredients, not knowing it was real money, before I noticed.

IIRC, one of the reports from the Freakonomics guys said it didn't really seem to matter what kind of parenting books you bought, as long as you were the kind of parent who bought parenting books.

Android

+ - Free Apps Eat Your Smartphone Battery-> 1

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judgecorp writes "Here's a reason to pay for smartphone apps. The free versions can spend three times as much energy finding and serving ads as they do on their actual job. Research from a Purdue university scientist found that as much as 75 percent of the energy used by free apps goes on accessing location services, finding suitable adverts and displaying them."
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