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Comment: Re:40 Dog Years, Maybe? (Score 1) 684

by ripler (#45880431) Attached to: Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

I was in MN in Jan 1994, playing in a band. I think it was Mankato, but I know it was the home of the Viking's training camp, and the week after the Cowboys knocked them out of the playoffs. I expected them to be upset about that, since we were from TX. Little did we know that TX had recently acquired a hockey team. >_>

It was -52F when we got done playing that night. They were saying it was the coldest they had seen in a decade. It was definitely the coldest this TX boy had ever seen, or ever wished to see again. I remember when I shut the car door, the bar that connected the inside handle to the door latch snapped in two. Had to roll down the window, and open the door from the outside after that.

Happy to have lows in the teens today, and one of the few chances I'll have this decade to pull out my 20 year old coat from that adventure.

Comment: Kids these days.... (Score 4, Insightful) 328

by ripler (#45723179) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can Digital Music Replace Most Instrumental Musicians?

Ironic that Herbie Hancock was used as an example. It wasn't so long ago that Mr Hancock would have been the poster's point made with synths vs real piano players. Musicians make the music. The instruments are just tools. There has always been, and will always be crappy mass produced pablum. Likewise, there will always be musicians who rise above the rest. The tools they use influence the sound, but the artist creates the experience.

Now, get off my lawn!

Businesses

+ - Are 12-16 Hour Workdays 'A Good Life'?

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "'It's important to me,' former Opsware CEO Ben Horowitz recalls saying as he threatened a manager for termination because one of his subordinates failed to conduct 1:1 meetings, 'that the people who spend 12 to 16 hours/day here, which is most of their waking life, have a good life. It’s why I come to work.' Ben seems to be cut from the same management cloth as new Yahoo CEO Marissa "I-Don't-Really-Believe-In-Burnout" Mayer, who boasted how she solved the work-life balance problems of mother-of-three 'Katie' [presumably Twitter's Katie Stanton], who was required to attend nightly 1 a.m. video conference calls with her Google Finance team in Bangalore, by no longer making Katie also stay for late meetings on her Google day shift on those occasions where it'd make her miss her kids' soccer games and recitals."
NASA

+ - New NASA Data Casts Doubt On Global Warming Models-> 2

Submitted by bonch
bonch (38532) writes "Satellite data from NASA covering 2000 through 2011 cast doubt on current computer models predicting global warming, according to a new study. The data shows that much less heat is retained by carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere than is assumed in current models. 'There is a huge discrepancy between the data and the forecasts that is especially big over the oceans,' said Dr. Roy Spencer, a co-author of the study and research scientist at the University of Alabama."
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Android

+ - Ask Slashdot: How do you protect data on Android?

Submitted by
Gibbs-Duhem
Gibbs-Duhem writes "Dear Slashdot,

It makes me very nervous that my android phone has access to my email/AIM/gtalk/facebook/... protected only by a presumably fairly easily hacked geometric password protection scheme. Even more because simply attaching the phone to a USB port allows complete access to the internal memory and SD card regardless of whether a password is entered. I have no idea how much of that information ranging from cached emails to passwords stored in plaintext is accessible when mounting the device as a USB drive, and that worries me.

I have a lot of sensitive information in my email, including passwords for websites and confidential business/technical strategy discussions (not to mention personal emails ranging from racy emails from boyfriends to health discussions). My email and messaging client passwords are difficult to type (or even remember), so I would ideally want them saved in the device, although at least having something like a keyring password that needed to be re-entered after a time delay would make me feel better. This leaves me relying on encryption and OS level security to protect me.

I'm okay with this on my real laptop and computers as my hard disks are software encrypted and I make a habit of locking my session whenever I leave my desk. For instance, if I lost my laptop, the odds of the thief getting access to my information is minimal. However, I don't feel that this is at all true for my phone (which is frankly far more likely to be lost).

How is it that the slashdot security pros handle this issue? Do you just not use email or the many other incredibly convenient capabilities of new android smartphones due to the risk? Or are there specific ways in which we can guarantee (or at least greatly augment) the existing security practices?"
Government

+ - Oklahoma Wants To Open Its Skies to Drones->

Submitted by nonprofiteer
nonprofiteer (1906180) writes ""A new air corridor to be reserved exclusively for unmanned aerial drones could turn Oklahoma into the prime drone development region of the United States.

Oklahoma state officials are currently pushing for the corridor, which would stretch for approximately 80 miles between Fort Sill and the town of Clinton, to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

If approved, the air corridor would be the first civil airspace in the country where unmanned aircraft could be flown without prior FAA permission.""

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Science

+ - High-Tech Gas Drilling Is Fouling Drinking Water->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Drilling for natural gas locked deep in a shale formation--a process known as fracking--has seriously contaminated shallow groundwater supplies beneath far northeastern Pennsylvania with flammable methane. That’s the conclusion of a new study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The analysis gives few clues, however, to how pervasive such contamination might be across the wide areas of the Northeast United States, Texas, and other states where drilling for shale gas has taken off in recent years."
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Hardware

+ - Supercomputers Model Nuclear Future->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "What would a core meltdown look like in reactor x if it happened today? How is it possible to minimize nuclear waste and create more efficient nuclear facilities? These are a few questions being visualized on Oak Ridge National Lab's supercomputer..."
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Idle

+ - Best. Geek. Wedding. Invitation. Ever.->

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kfogel
kfogel writes "Karen Sandler (a lawyer at the Software Freedom Law Center) and Mike Tarantino (a professional musician) are getting married in May. They've sent out the coolest wedding invitation ever: a beautifully packaged flexidisc record where the invitation itself is the record player. That's right: It's paper! And it plays a record! The song itself was written by Mike, is performed by Karen and Mike together, and FTW is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. The person who designed the invitations — a friend of the couple's — has blogged about it. It's also made Make Magazine, Mashable, and Geek.com."
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Government

+ - Texas Agency Exposes 3.5M People Via Public Server->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "The Texas Comptroller’s office said today that records containing personally identifying information of about 3.5 million Texans were left exposed on an agency server that was accessible to the public. The records contained the names and mailing addresses of individuals.

Despite being required by Texas administrative rules established for agencies, the exposed data was not encrypted. The Comptroller’s office also admitted that internal procedures were not followed, leading to the information being left on the server for a long period of time without being purged as required by internal procedures."

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