from the what-could-possibly-go-wrong dept.
sciencehabit writes "A project to drill deep into the heart of a 'supervolcano' in southern Italy has finally received the green light, despite claims that the drilling would put the population of Naples at risk of small earthquakes or an explosion. Yesterday, Italian news agency ANSA quoted project coordinator Giuseppe De Natale of Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology as saying that the office of Naples mayor Luigi de Magistris has approved the drilling of a pilot hole 500 meters deep. The project’s organizers originally intended to bore a 4-kilometer-deep well in the area of the caldera late in 2009, but the plan was put on hold by then-mayor Rosa Russo Iervolino after scientists expressed concerns about the risks."
jontk writes: "I was just over at CyberNet where they mentioned a Firefox extension called Tab Effect that was just released today. It adds a 3D "cube effect" when switching between tabs and has to be one of the coolest things I've seen since XGL itself. I had no problems getting it to work on my system but the author, along with a few commenters it looks like, ran into some issues with it crashing Firefox. Luckily I didn't have these problems and I can't wait to see this extension get developed even further!"
Bert writes: "Spam has been researched a lot. But what The Spam Test is trying to do is
turn the spam research around. In stead of looking at e-mail spam on a macro
level, the people behind The Spam Test are preparing for an extensive
micro-level spam study. In order to get an interesting amount of data they're
asking internet users to help them.... by getting them spammed. Even though they
are looking at this from the popular side of science, it looks like an
interesting view on spam research none the less."
LqdEngineer writes: "How many of the Slashdot crowd use or have used a Dead Man's Switch designed to perform some action if you don't check in for a certain amount of time? Recently, I decided to put one together using MySQL and some Cron jobs, but I wanted to see what others have their Switches set up to do in the event you fail to check in. E-mails to loved ones? Send encryption keys to friends/family? Hate mail to your boss? Has anyone ever been on the receiving end of a Dead Man's e-mail? I can't even imagine how creepy that would feel."
An anonymous reader writes: It seems that even the technology pundits at the BBC's tommorrows world blog, are spewing forth misinformation to the masses. Apprently 1080i is inferiour as
"Many televisions in the last year had a top resolution of 1080i — a slightly less high quality resolution where the lines in the image are shown sequentially instead of all at once in the case of 1080p."
inetsee writes "Fortune Magazine's annual '100 Best Companies to Work For' list is out, and Google topped the list in their debut appearance. Some highlights of the benefits of working for Google that caught my eye were the free gourmet meals and the massages. The chance to spend 20% of your time working on your own personal projects also sounds very appealing. Of course, with resumes rolling in at the rate of thousands a day, the competition is fierce."
Ice Wewe writes: BBCNews has an article on how having penetrative intercourse can help with public speaking.
"New Scientist magazine reports that Stuart Brody, a psychologist at the University of Paisley, found having sex can help keep stress at bay.
However, only penetrative intercourse did the trick — other forms of sex had no impact on stress levels at all.
Volunteers who had had penetrative intercourse were found to be the least stressed, and their blood pressure returned to normal faster than those who had engaged in other forms of sexual activity such as masturbation. "
Gyppo writes: San Francisco has signed an agreement with Google and Earthlink to provide free wireless Internet access to The City. As part of the contract, Google would offer free Internet service at 300 kilobits per second. EarthLink would own the network and offer a faster service, at 1 megabit per second, for $21.95 per month. The next step is a vote by the city's board of Supervisors "which promises ample debate over issues of ownership and revenue that could delay or derail the plan."
An anonymous reader writes: The Web Security Trends Report focuses on dynamic code obfuscation as a method to hide malicious code, a trend that is growing in popularity among hackers as a means of bypassing traditional signature-based solutions in order to propagate malware. The report also describes recent specific incidents of sophisticated hacker attacks that take advantage of Web 2.0 technologies to embed malicious code in high-traffic web sites. In addition, the report includes a review of web security threats that emerged this year and the outlook for security trends in 2007.
StarkinProgram writes: The Playstation 3 Controller, known as the Six Axis, has won an emmy. In particular, it has won a Technology and Engineering Emmy. Sony has certainly gotten creative with this product. Does Sony deserve this Emmy, and should the glory really go to the Nintendo Wiimote? Has the Sony hype gone too far?
An anonymous reader writes: Space.com is reporting that NASA has decided to use the metric system for its new lunar missions. NASA hopes that metrication will allow easier international participation and safer missions. The loss of the Mars Climate Orbiter was blamed on an error converting between English units and metric units. 'When we made the announcement at the meeting, the reps for the other space agencies all gave a little cheer,' said a NASA official.