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Comment: Never let it go... ever (Score 1) 514

by sc0p3 (#38390494) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Protecting Tech Gear From Smash-and-Grab Theft?
I was buying a lock-cable in a computer store (ironically) and put my heavy laptop down on a table to reach into wallet to pay. Within a 5-second window someone had taken it out from under me...

I ran outside, chased him down, got him in a headlock and yelled out for the police and arrested the guy!

Moral of the story, never ever let it go. I was incredibly lucky and learnt my lesson.
Earth

Severe Arctic Ozone Loss 259

Posted by Soulskill
from the santa-needs-sunblock dept.
iONiUM writes "The BBC reports that 'Ozone loss over the Arctic this year was so severe that for the first time it could be called an "ozone hole" like the Antarctic one, scientists report. About 20km (13 miles) above the ground, 80% of the ozone was lost, they say. The cause was an unusually long spell of cold weather at altitude. In cold conditions, the chlorine chemicals that destroy ozone are at their most active.' This is the first time in observational history that the Arctic ozone has been depleted to such extensive levels (abstract). This will mean high UV problems for Russia, Greenland and Norway."
Biotech

Making Fuel With Newspapers and Bacteria 185

Posted by Soulskill
from the finally-a-use-for-newspapers-in-the-internet-age dept.
Debuting on the front page, Lifyre writes "Scientists at Tulane have found a natural bacteria (dubbed TU-103) that produces butanol. While butanol-producing bacteria aren't new, there are a few important points about this particular bacterium. It is the first natural bacteria that converts cellulose directly to butanol without the cellulose needing to be processed into sugar first, and it can do this in the presence of oxygen, which kills other butanol-producing bacteria. The simplification of the process could significantly decrease the production costs of butanol. This bacteria could allow virtually any plant product, such as newspaper or grass clippings, to be used to produce fuel for conventional vehicles."
Hardware Hacking

How Printed Circuit Boards Are Made 88

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the can-i-have-an-electroplating-machine-for-xmas dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Ever wanted to see how printed circuit boards are made en masse at a professional production house? Well, here you go. The folks over at Base2 Electronics recently got to tour Advanced Circuits, a PCB production house. They took some rather incredible pictures and explained the process along the way."
Biotech

The Average Human Has 60 New Genetic Mutations 246

Posted by samzenpus
from the magnetic-colon dept.
mcgrew pointed out a story about a new study that found the average person is born with 60 genetic mutations, very few of which involve weather manipulation or an amazing healing factor. This number was less than expected, leading the researchers to believe human evolution happens more slowly than previously thought. From the article: "Sixty mutations may sound like a lot, but according to the international team of geneticists behind the new research, it is actually fewer than expected. 'We had previously estimated that parents would contribute an average of 100 to 200 mistakes to their child,' Philip Awadalla, a geneticist at the University of Montreal who co-led the project, said in a press release. 'Our genetic study, the first of its kind, shows that actually much fewer mistakes, or mutations, are made.'

Comment: Sad Day (Score 1) 200

by sc0p3 (#36408428) Attached to: Australian-Built Hoverbike Prepares For Takeoff
Its a sad day when 90% of the comments I've read here are from trolls and doubters. Slashdot posts a fascinating article about a really cool new invention and if there is anywhere he should find support it should be here. If everyone says its "snake oil", "don't listen", "don't try", "go away" we'd never have the Wright Brothers who would easily be discounted as inventors tinkering in their workshops today.

He's already facing tough odds and breaking ground. An innovative technology community should understand that.

I know this will probably be marked trolling; just check yourselves. Support instead of heckle.

PS I'm a kiwi. I have no reason to support this team, but damn, tip of my hat to them. Bloody good job Aussie.
Australia

Australian-Built Hoverbike Prepares For Takeoff 200

Posted by Soulskill
from the who-needs-a-jetpack dept.
Zothecula writes "Adventurous motorcyclists might be familiar with the thrill of getting airborne at the top of a rise, but the Hoverbike is set to take catching some air to a whole new level. With a 1170 cc 4-stroke engine delivering 80 kW driving two ducted propellers, the inventor of the Hoverbike, Chris Malloy, says with its high thrust to weight ratio, the Hoverbike should be able to reach an estimated height of more than 10,000 feet and reach an indicated airspeed of 150 knots (278 km/h or 173 mph). At the moment these are only theoretical figures as the Hoverbike hasn't been put through its paces yet, but Malloy has constructed a prototype Hoverbike and plans to conduct real world flight tests in a couple of months."

Comment: Re:Sounds like (Score 1) 1229

by sc0p3 (#36288256) Attached to: Activists Destroy Scientific GMO Experiment
Its well known politics not shortage are the reason for famine. The reason we don't feed the poor is because if they stop paying for it the price will diminish and industries will collapse. We've had enough to feed everyone for years.

GMO keeps it value added so they can charge a premium, using suicide seeds keeps it in the control of Monsanto. Its pretty much all an evil-empire sort of reality but life in a capitalist world without sufficient regulation.

I support GMO research but also support choice, we need to keep GMO's super tightly regulated & in labs to preserve the rights of people to choose organic food. In the US GMO is everywhere - its virtually impossible to choose not to eat it.
Hardware Hacking

Micro-SD Card Slot Abused As VGA-Port 77

Posted by Soulskill
from the hack-it-till-it-fits dept.
dvdkhlng writes "The Ben NanoNote open-source hand-held computer has often been criticized for not being very extensible hardware-wise. A community effort now starts to challenge this by shipping the so-called UBB board, which plugs into the micro-SD port, making 6 I/O lines available to hardware hackers. The most impressive use so far is this VGA port implemented by just a few resistors, with signal-generation mostly controlled by software. The guy who did this calls it an 'unexpected capability.' Schematics and source code are available under the GPL."

Comment: As usual... (Score 2) 1017

by sc0p3 (#35867882) Attached to: Is Sugar Toxic?
As usual on Slashdot people post without actually RTFA at all... His point is that Fructose is 10x worse than Glucose, because it inhibits satiation response meaning you eat more, as well as cross linking compounds in the liver (sclerosis) leading to liver failure. Also that compared to glucose; 10x more fructose reaches the liver that needs to be processed, and that because of the specifics of fructose processing reaction - It isn't processed, leading to build up, generation of high density LDL protein (heart attacks), insulin resistance, diabetes. Its a toxin! Simple! And much more toxic than water.
Botnet

+ - Former Internet Vigilante Gets Two Years For DDoS->

Submitted by RedEaredSlider
RedEaredSlider (1855926) writes "A computer programmer who once volunteered for Perverted Justice, the producers of "To Catch a Predator," was sentenced Friday to two years in prison for launching a botnet that attacked the organization's web site.

In September, Bruce Raisley, 48, of Kansas City, Mo., was convicted by the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He had created a virus that spread to about 100,000 computers and launched a number of DDoS attacks in 2007 and 2008."

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