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Comment: Re:Get over yourselves (Score 1) 652

by threat_or_menace (#40557773) Attached to: Texas Scientists Regret Loss of Higgs Boson Quest

The real problem is that the LHC and SSC were intended to be sister designs, neither an only child.

The energies needed for the current work are more than half of the maximum output at the LHC - the SSC would have been the higher energy design, capable of operating at energies ~3x that of LHC.

What that means is that in addition to at least 10 years of lost experiments, we'll be waiting for probably quite some time for the next large physics instrument to be built to explore a lot of the questions the current experiment sheds a little light on.

Comment: Re:Damn you George Bush!!!! (Score 1) 217

by threat_or_menace (#37672626) Attached to: US Government Seizes Email of WikiLeaks Volunteer

I think it is well worth reminding people what Obama promised and what Obama delivered, on surveillance and on whistleblowing.

The poster you're pulling the long face over did not mention parties, he mentioned two personalities. The latter personality is
doing everything he can to demonstrate the importance of contintuity over all else in US politics.

Your choice to muddy the waters by bringing up political parties brings NUTTTC. PO.

Comment: Re:We at PETA were only *mostly* crazy before (Score 1) 348

by threat_or_menace (#37450498) Attached to: PETA To Launch Pornography Website

There actually are folks (quite a lot of them) sexually aroused by cruelty to animals. Hence the sturm und drang about the "crush" videos about ten years ago, when The End of Days was heralded by folks paying actual money to watch girls in high heels stomp on mice, birds, etc.

My memory is that in the UK the animal rights nutbags managed to write remarkably broad laws covering all of this stuff.

PETA will probably have, as its charter paying subscribers, folks for whom this is a thrill, and with better-looking models than they're used to seeing.


+ - Animal Rescuers Defy Orders, Enter TEPCO Radiation->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "While this story has largely been ignored by the press, the situation in Fukushima radiation zone is deteriorating. Reports state there may be as many as 10K dogs and head of cattle still in the radiation zone. Videos are surfacing showing locals entering the zone to drop food all over towns for the animals — all way defying mandatory evacuation orders!"
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+ - Red Hat CEO on patent trolls: Just pay them off-> 1

Submitted by
jbrodkin writes "With Red Hat on the verge of becoming the first billion-dollar company focused exclusively on open source software, it has attracted quite a bit of attention — from lawyers waving patents. And although Red Hat fights lawsuits when it deems it necessary, CEO Jim Whitehurst says it's often just better to pay the trolls to make them go away. "When it's so little money, at some point, bluntly, it's better to settle than fight these things out," Whitehurst said. Red Hat has been forced to pay out claims to the likes of FireStar Software and Acacia, and Whitehurst indicated Red Hat has paid off various other companies behind closed doors. "Some of them are [public] but we often seal them in settlement," he said."
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+ - One-Way Sound Walls Proven Possible->

Submitted by disco_tracy
disco_tracy (1780182) writes "Imagine a room where a band is playing. Neighbors can't hear the music, but if someone outside the room is talking, the musicians can hear it. The concept — a kind of one-way mirror for sound — seems imaginary, but two Italian scientists recently pushed this kind of sound manipulating technology closer to reality."
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Comment: Ah, that digital kindbud at the EFF (Score 1) 520

by threat_or_menace (#35970488) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Leave My Router Open?

The EFF dresses up their appeal ( in BS rhetoric about a 'tragedy of the commons' that's
ensuing as people turn on WPA at home.

No. This is people configuring their equipment as recommended. This is what a successful education campaign looks like. The fact that when the tech first hit, everyone was setting it up wrong does not mean that's how we ought to leave it.

Even the EFF admits that the time for just leaving the door open yet has not yet arrived. Consumer routers don't do network segmentation
and traffic prioritization well enough yet.

My favorite EFF knee-slapper:

"There is currently no WiFi protocol that allows anybody to join the network, while using link-layer encryption to prevent each network member from eavesdropping on the others. But such a protocol should exist."

OK, so I should leave my network unprotected because a protocol that doesn't exist, should?

Whiskey, tango foxtrot, you digital hippies. Would you please go loiter somewhere else?

Comment: Re:Anyone know... (Score 1) 520

by threat_or_menace (#35414222) Attached to: iPad 2 Forces Samsung To Reevaluate Galaxy Tab

You're starting from a false premise, about what's cheap and what margins ought to be. Granted, that's reinforced by the pricing on the unlocked Samsung (500-600 in the US) and the pricing on the Motorola tablet.

Take a look at the Barnes and Noble Color Nook, a 7" wifi android tablet with an IPS touchscreen that sells for $250. It's a solid enough build that tons of folks are happily rooting and overclocking them.

Social Networks

"David After Dentist" Made $150k For Family 234

Posted by samzenpus
from the is-this-real-life? dept.
It turns out recording your drugged child pays pretty well. 7-year-old David DeVore became an overnight sensation when his father posted a video of his ramblings after dental surgery. To date that video has made the DeVore family around $150,000. Most of the money came from YouTube, but the family has made $50k from licensing and merchandise. From the article: "The one seemingly minor decision to make the video available all over the Internet set off a whirlwind of changes for the DeVore family. Within just four days, 'David After Dentist' received 3 million views on YouTube and the younger David quickly became an Internet celebrity. His father quit his job in residential real estate (did we mention they live in Florida?), and the family started selling T-shirts featuring cartoon drawings of their son post-dental surgery."

Comment: Re:Some justification to fining Spamhaus (Score 2, Interesting) 378

by threat_or_menace (#32591928) Attached to: Spamhaus Fine Reduced From $11.7M To $27K

This defense doesn't work for the torrent aggregation sites (Pirate Bay, Isohunt, etc.) and it would only work here if the various spam lists really were willing to staff the "unlist us" addresses as thoroughly as the "list us" addresses.

I work at a nonprofit that has health care and gang outreach as two chunks of what we do. I have had emails inviting a group of people to a meeting around gang violence flagged as spam in the past, because the subject line was thought to be spammy. Heaven forfend that one of our providers should dare to talk about viagra or erectile dysfunction in an email.

I am not sure if it was Spamhaus per se, but one of the times we were added to a blacklist, I was able to get us pulled immediately. But I was warned by the fully automated removal system that that was a one-time deal and if we were listed again, I would have to wait patiently while they got around to deciding what to do.

With the Barracuda list, there's a for-profit company with 800 numbers that are answered, at least. I don't remember now who it was, but one of the RBL providers got into a pissing match with Yahoo over their mailing list configuration and blackholed Yahoo's outbound mail servers a few years ago.

Accountability with these lists is a problem. The court case immediately at hand isn't interesting one way or another, since it wasn't contested.

Accountability, on the other hand, is something that needs to be addressed a lot better by the RBLs.


Politically Correct Zoology 218

Posted by samzenpus
from the cover-all-the-naughty-bits dept.
flynny51 writes "Dr. Dylan Evans of the School of Medicine, University College, Cork, Ireland, has had a two-year period of intensive monitoring and counseling imposed upon him and as a result his application for tenure is likely to be denied. His offense — sharing an article from a peer-reviewed journal on fellatio in fruit bats."

An Animal That Lives Without Oxygen 166

Posted by timothy
from the besides-me dept.
Julie188 writes "Scientists have found the first multicellular animals that apparently live entirely without oxygen. The creatures reside deep in one of the harshest environments on earth: the Mediterranean Ocean's L'Atalante basin, which contains salt brine so dense that it doesn't mix with the oxygen-containing waters above."

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle