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'Weekly Episodes' Coming To Star Trek Online 62

Posted by Soulskill
from the no-janeway-holodeck-episodes-please dept.
As Star Trek Online ramps up for its Season 2 patch, the game's executive producer, Daniel Stahl, spoke in an interview about an interesting new feature: weekly episodes. Quoting: "The team has wanted to capture the spirit of the TV shows by having something new to look forward to each week. We all remember when the various series were in full swing and there was the anticipation of tuning in every week to see what happened next. It wasn't always a continuing story, but it was always Star Trek in some way or another, and over time you became familiar with the characters and plots that developed. We are curious to see if this can be replicated through the game. Every week we plan to have something new for players to do. Sometimes it could be getting an assignment to resolve a trade dispute between two races. Other weeks it could be making First Contact with a new alien race. Other weeks you might find yourself deep in trouble and have to find a solution to your predicament."

Pacific Trash Vortex To Become Habitable Island? 323

Posted by samzenpus
from the welcome-to-malignancy-island dept.
thefickler writes "The Pacific Ocean trash dump is twice the size of Texas, or the size of Spain combined with France. The Pacific Vortex, as it is sometimes called, is made up of four million tons of plastic. Now, there's a proposal to turn this dump into 'Recycled Island.' The Netherlands Architecture Fund has provided the grant money for the project, and the WHIM architecture firm is conducting the research and design of Recycled Island. One of the three major aims of the project is to clean up the floating trash by recycling it on site. Two, the project would create new land for sustainable habitation complete with its own food sources and energy sources. Lastly, Recycled Island is to be a seaworthy island. While at the moment the project is still more or less a pipe dream, it's great that someone is trying to work out what to do with one of humanity's most bizarre environmental slip-ups."

Comment: It doesn't say JUST the name. (Score 3, Informative) 510

by sesummers (#31978176) Attached to: Mass. Data Security Law Says "Thou Shalt Encrypt"
I just read the law. It defines personal information as: ...a Massachusetts resident's first name and last name or first initial and last name IN COMBINATION WITH any one or more of the following data elements that relate to such resident: (a) Social Security number; (b) driver's license number or state-issued identification card number; or (c) financial account number, or credit or debit card number... [capitalization mine, for emphasis.] IOW, a customer database is fine- it doesn't have to be encrypted, unless you also store the customers' Social security numbers, drivers license numbers, or credit card data. Without any of that stuff, you're just storing data you could have obtained from scanning a phone book.

Comment: Re:Who exactly is fighting back? (Score 1) 641

by sesummers (#31974164) Attached to: Climate Researchers Fight Back

Seems to me including at least two decimal places would be expected from the scientific community

What would be expected from the scientific community is that they present result data with only the precision of the measurements used to compute it. I learned that in eighth grade science class. Why didn't you (and the climate "scientists"?) Aggregated data from hundreds or thousands of thermometers with precisions of at BEST a tenth of a degree, many of which are in dark painted boxes exposed to sunlight, or near air conditioners, or black-topped parking lots, does NOT produce results accurate to hundredths of a degree. Showing numbers like 14.72 can be intended only to fool the public into believing their data is far more accurate than it actually is. It apparently works. On you, anyway.

It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C. - A.D. 65)