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Comment: Re:Simple Idea: (Score 2) 70

Just because something starts out as military hardware, doesn't mean it doesn't have valid, peaceful uses.

The helicopter is a great example. Some military hardware has uses other than killing people and breaking things.

I could see something like an RQ-1 being used in much the same way as traffic and police helicopters are used today. They should have the hell regulated out of them, of course. Not just for privacy, but for safety.

Comment: A few more potential facts (Score 1) 353

by snorris01 (#38305910) Attached to: Bloggers Not Journalists, Federal Judge Rules

I happened across a blog (http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2011/12/crystal_cox_oregon_blogger_isn.php) that had some potentially illuminating facts.

- she was her own legal representation
- the law seems to say that he should be shielded

I'm not surprised there would be a shocking verdict in a case when the defendant is acting as their own legal counsel. From the snippet of the law in the blog, it seems like it should have been an open an shut case.

No person connected with, employed by or engaged in any medium of communication to the public shall be required by ... a judicial officer ... to disclose, by subpoena or otherwise ... [t]he source of any published or unpublished information obtained by the person in the course of gathering, receiving or processing information for any medium of communication to the public[.]

Unless her blog was so bad that it could not be considered "any medium of communication to the public"

Comment: Re:If you've nothing to hide... (Score 5, Interesting) 878

by snorris01 (#33041432) Attached to: Facing 16 Years In Prison For Videotaping Police

I'm sure that the founding fathers would have had an amendment of the constitution that guaranteed against what is going on right now.

People should also focus on how unnecessarily dangerous that traffic stop was.

Why did off-duty officer feel it was necessary to endanger his own life, the motorcyclist and the life of the motorists in the nearby vehicles? His weapon was drawn before he announced that he was a police officer. Somebody who would have chosen fight over flight could have caused a serious altercation. IANAPO, but why couldn't the officer have recorded the details of this obvious lawbreaker and reported it to a marked unit to take care of traffic violations?

I'm hoping there are other details I don't know about, but the video evidence seems to indicate an investigation of the officer's conduct would be prudent.

Comment: Re:yep... (Score 1) 778

by snorris01 (#30191514) Attached to: Ten Things Mobile Phones Will Make Obsolete
That is just the ticket.

I have taken my $35 ironman from being submersed 60' below sea level to 20,000'+ pressure altitude, all within a matter of days. It has traveled from hot deserts to snowy mountains to swamps and survived extended G loading.

The only 'maintenance' it has needed in the past eight years are three new wristbands and a battery.

I can't imagine any multi-use device even getting close to that (especially at the low cost). There will always be a benefit and need for device specialization.

Comment: Re:Would an airplane be of any use? (Score 1) 252

by snorris01 (#29948318) Attached to: Find DARPA's Balloons, Win $40K
You can really limit down the search area by doing some research first. If these are traditional cabled weather balloons, near areas of high population density, and at altitudes visible to the ground, they will be a flight hazard. Based off those assumptions, they should either be in restricted areas or NOTAMed. Too bad that idea alone isn't worth any money.
Biotech

Evolution's Path May Lead To Shorter, Heavier Women 411

Posted by kdawson
from the short-but-neither-brutish-nor-nasty dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Yale University researchers believe that if evolutionary pressures of sexual selection and reproductive fitness continue for another 10 generations, the trends detected in their study may mean that the average woman in 2409 AD will be 2 cm shorter, 1 kg heavier, will bear her first child five months earlier, and enter menopause 10 months later. 'There is this idea that because medicine has been so good at reducing mortality rates, that means that natural selection is no longer operating in humans,' says Stephen Stearns of Yale University. 'That's just plain false.' Stearns and his team studied the medical histories of 14,000 residents of the Massachusetts town of Framingham, using medical data from a study going back to 1948 spanning three generations, and found that shorter, heavier women had more children than lighter, taller ones. Women with lower blood pressure and cholesterol were also more likely to have large families as were women who gave birth early or had a late menopause. More importantly, these traits are then passed on to their daughters, who also, on average, had more children. The study has not determined why these factors are linked to reproductive success, but it is likely that they indicate genetic, rather than environmental, effects. 'The evolution that's going on in the Framingham women is like average rates of evolution measured in other plants and animals,' says Stearns. 'These results place humans in the medium-to-slow end of the range of rates observed for other living things.'"
Power

Low-Power Home Linux Server? 697

Posted by Soulskill
from the how-long-can-a-car-battery-power-it dept.
mpol writes "For years I've been using a home server with Linux, but recently I've been having doubts about the electric bill. I'm not touched by the recession yet, but I would like to cut costs, and going from a 100-Watt system to a 30-Watt system would save me 70 bucks a year. The system doesn't need to do much, just apache, imap, ssh and some nfs, but I do prefer to have a full-fledged system, where I can choose what to install on it. I also don't really care if it's a low-power Via or an ARM processor as long as it's cheap. I'm aiming for $300 or less for a full system, which I could then earn back in about four years through power savings. I've been reading about the Western Digital Mybook World Edition, which has an ARM processor but isn't that easy to install Debian on. A Mac Mini draws about 85 Watts, so that isn't an option either. Something a bit more than turn-key would be fine, but preferably not a complete hack-job. Adding a temporary CR-ROM or DVD-ROM, or a USB disk with an iso to install from would be nice. Any Slashdotters run nice and cheap low-power Linux systems? What can you recommend?"
Software

Sneak Preview of New OpenOffice 3.2 377

Posted by timothy
from the an-org-y-of-improvements dept.
omlx writes 'The last developer milestone (DEV300m60) of OpenOffice.org has been released. The next version of OpenOffice.org 3.2 has more than 42 features and 167 enhancements . The final version is expected to be available at the end of November 2009. Many companies have contributed to this version, like RedHat, RedFlag and IBM, making OpenOffice more stable and useful. I couldn't stop myself from seeing new features and enjoying them. So I downloaded the DEV300m60 version. After playing with it for many days I could say that OpenOffice developers have done very good work in it. Well done!"
The Internet

Internet Traffic Shifting Away From Tier-1 Carriers 153

Posted by kdawson
from the shake-hands-with-the-big-boys dept.
carusoj writes 'The way traffic moves over the Internet has changed radically in the last five years. Arbor Networks next week will present the results of a two-year study, drawing on more than 256 exabytes of Internet traffic data, which found that the bulk of international Internet traffic no longer moves across Tier-1 transit providers. Instead, the traffic is handled directly by large content providers, content delivery networks, and consumer networks, and is handed off from one of these to another. You can probably guess what some of these companies are: Google, Microsoft, Facebook. Arbor says there are about 30 of these 'hyper giant' companies that generate and consume about 30% of all Internet traffic.' Here is the Arbor Networks press release on the report.

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