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Comment: Re:Get it right (Score 2) 102

by olsmeister (#47390835) Attached to: Two Earth-Like Exoplanets Don't Actually Exist
Before we sent a generation ship, we would need to know a hell of a lot more about what's going on than just a sneaking suspicion there may be a planet and it may be in the habitable zone. At a minimum, we would want to have directly imaged the planet and verified from its spectra that it has a decent atmosphere and hopefully already has life.

Comment: Re:Wonderful car analogy! (Score 1) 255

by olsmeister (#47377913) Attached to: Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice
It's really not a very good analogy. For the analogy to hold, the courts would have had to rule that a company that manufactures a computer that was used as an exit node is liable. This ruling is more akin to saying that it's illegal to leave the keys in your ignition because someone could take your car and commit a crime with it.

+ - Are U.S. Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "The Toyota Prius is pretty darn popular, especially in California. One might think that hybrid sales are on the rise as gas prices continue to fluctuate, but it seems hybrid sales in the U.S. might be peaking. Researchers at IHS Automotive found that U.S. hybrid sales haven't kept pace with the rest of the market. In the automotive world, conventional wisdom states that adding a model to a brand or segment will increase sales--but that hasn't happened with hybrids. The number of hybrid offerings has almost doubled from 24 in 2009 to 47 in 2014--but U.S. hybrid sales haven't dramatically increased. In fact, hybrid market share actually declined from 2009 to 2010, and then again from 2013 to 2014. So if consumers aren't buying hybrids, what are they buying? It seems some hybrid early adopters are now switching to plug-in hybrids or electric cars stating that these models are just nicer to drive. Is this already the beginning of the end in some way for hybrids, or is it merely a blip on the sales chart?"

+ - Declassified report: Two nuclear bombs nearly wiped out North Carolina->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "On a January night in 1961, a U.S. Air Force bomber broke in half while flying over North Carolina. From the belly of the B-52 fell two bombs — two nuclear bombs that hit the ground near the city of Goldsboro.

A disaster worse than the devastation wrought in Hiroshima and Nagasaki could have befallen the United States that night. But it didn't, thanks to a series of fortunate missteps.

Declassified documents that the National Security Archive released this week offered new details about the incident. The blaring headline read: "Multi-Megaton Bomb Was Virtually 'Armed' When It Crashed to Earth."

Or, as Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara put it in back then, "By the slightest margin of chance, literally the failure of two wires to cross, a nuclear explosion was averted.""

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+ - Polish Scientists Invent Remote DUI Detector->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Polish scientists have published a paper describing an invention that can detect drunk drivers as they pass by. Specifically, the system uses laser to detect the presence of alcohol vapor in the air inside the cabin of the vehicle. Such a system could revolutionize the detection of drunk driving."
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+ - Physicists Prove Surprising Rule of Threes->

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An anonymous reader writes "More than 40 years after a Soviet nuclear physicist proposed an outlandish theory that trios of particles can arrange themselves in an infinite nesting-doll configuration, experimentalists have reported strong evidence that this bizarre state of matter is real."
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+ - EIA Trillion Dollar Monterey Shale Estimate Cut By 96%, US Shale Oil Cut By 2/3

Submitted by steam_cannon
steam_cannon (1881500) writes "The U.S. Energy Information Administration ( is planning to release a major 96% reserve downgrade to the amount of oil and gas recoverable from the Monterey Shale formation, one of the largest oil/gas reserves in the United States. After several years of intensified exploration the Monterey oil shale play seems to have much less recoverable oil and gas then previously hoped. This is due to multiple factors such as the more complex rippled geology of the shale and over-hyped recovery estimates by investors. By official estimates the Monterey Shale formation makes up 2/3 of the shale reserves in the US and by some estimates 1/3 of all crude reserves in the US. Not a drop in the bucket. Next Month the will be announcing cutting it's estimates for Monterey by 96%. That's a huge blow to the US energy portfolio, trillions of dollars, oil and gas the US might have used for itself or exported. Presently the White House is evaluating making changes to US oil export restrictions so this downgrade may result in changes to US energy policy. As well as have a significant impact on US economy and the economy of California.

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"Monterey Shale...Comprising two-thirds of the United States’s total estimated shale oil reserves" (2013)"

+ - Google Rolled Out Panda 4.0 Update->

Submitted by creativeshory
creativeshory (3469251) writes "On May 20, 2014, head of Google’s webspam team Matt Cutts announced on Twitter that they have released version 4.0 of the Google Panda Algorithm. Panda algorithm is designed to prevent sites with poor quality content from working their way into Google’s top search results.
Google is frequently updating us on Panda refreshes and updates. However, Panda 4.0 is a bigger update. It must be a major update to the actual algorithm when compared to a data refresh because Google has made changes to how Panda identifies sites and has released version 4.0 of the Google Panda algorithm."

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