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Comment Re:Well, that's embarrassing (Score 3, Insightful) 484

Well, just like how conclusive carbon dating of the shroud of Turin to the medieval period completely eliminated the throngs of faithful who believed in its miraculous origins

Or how the discovery of the Tomb of Jesus, which would appear to completely invalidate the ressurection and divine origin of Jesus, caused Christian worldwide to renounce their faith.

The faithful will continue to believe, regardless of the scientific evidence. And in this case, as the summary itself mentions, there's a perfect reasonable explanation for the date - the parchment could have been an older parchment that was re-used, which happened often enough in that time period. This will change nothing.

Submission + - Ashley-Madison hack claims first victims->

wired_parrot writes: Toronto police are reporting that 2 unconfirmed suicides have been linked to the data breach. This follows pleas from other users of the site for the hackers to not release the data before it was exposed- an anonymous gay Reddit user from Saudi Arabia, where homosexuality is illegal, pleaded for the data to be kept private: "I am about to be killed, tortured, or exiled," he wrote. "And I did nothing". And when The Intercept published a piece condemning the puritanical glee over the data dump, one user whocommented on the article said she's been "a long term member" of the site because her spouse's medical condition has affected their intimate life. Her spouse knows she's engaged with other Ashley Madison members, she says, but now fears she will likely lose friends and have to find a new job now that her association with the site is out there.
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Comment Re:Just starting now? (Score 3, Informative) 373

Yes, obese passengers have caused air crashes before. The most infamous one I can think of was a Cessna Caravan 208 that crashed in Pelee, Ontario. The findings of the report showed that the average passenger weight was 240lbs in that flight, whereas the airline was using an average weight for men of 188lbs at the time, which contributed to the aircraft being over 500lbs than estimated. This is a bigger issue with small aircraft, where your weight margin is much tighter.

Also note that passenger weight doesn't only include his body weight - it also includes all his carry-on belongings and clothings. Which is another reason a party of hunters with heavy winter clothing and hunting gear can weigh significantly above average as in the above crash

Comment Re:Yeah 22 seconds? (Score 1) 664

If it was above his property and below 500ft, the drone was trespassing. You own the airspace above your property, up to where FAA regulated airspace begins. Which is why New York property owners are able to sell the air above their property through air rights for millions of dollars.

Perhaps the property owner was reckless with firing a shotgun, but the drone operator should in the very least be charged with trespassing.

Comment Re:Brilliant! (Score 1) 465

Not to mention that most of the railway trackage that would have to be built, in both the Russian and the American sides, would be mostly going through permafrost. Permafrost is not the most stable foundation for a railway bed - when the Chinese built the Qinghai-Tibet railway they had to include passive cooling with ammonia refrigerant to keep the soil at a stable temperature, and avoid warping of the tracks. And even then, they are running the risks of having to reconstruct the permafrost section of the track due to unanticipated global warming effects. The chinese only had a short 500km section with which they had to contend with permafrost. The Russian-American railroad would have to contend with thousands of kilometers of permafrost.

And if there were really that much of a business case for a US to China railway connection, the same case could be argued for a China to Europe railway connection,which already exists. Yet despite being a more direct route to Europe than an ocean route, the existing Eurasian Land Bridge only carries 1% of the China-Europe trade. The vastly more expensive US to China connection would be an even more dubious business case.

Comment Re:Might want to reconsider paying the fine... (Score 1) 528

The difference is that you own the property rights including air rights above your property up to 500ft, so any aircraft flying below that altitude above your property is trespassing. Ownership of air rights is an old and established concept from as far back as medieval roman law - "Cuius est solum, eius est usque ad caelum et ad inferos", or "For whoever owns the soil, it is theirs up to Heaven and down to Hell". In modern times a practical limit of 500ft has been established by the US supreme court for air rights above your property, in urban areas extending to 1000ft. This has been sufficiently established that one's air rights above your property can be sold, and in places like New York City can command large sums of money.

So whether the drone was 50ft or 200ft is irrelevant - he was still trespassing on his property either way.

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 1197

This was already decided by the US supreme court as 500ft above your property. See Griggs v. Allegheny County (1962). Air rights over your property are a clearly defined and old concept - it was already established in medieval roman law. They're an established form of property rights, so much so that in many locales air rights over one's property can be sold for substantial sums. NYC developers in particular have been keen in acquiring property air rights.

Comment Hydrofluidic computer from the 50s (Score 1) 620

I once assisted a university physics laboratory that was using a mechanical hydro-fluidics computer originally developed in the 1950s. Because it was used as a controller in a radiation environment which would have interfered with electronic computers, it was never replaced. To my knowledge, the computer is still used precisely because it fills such an important niche.

Comment Length of time doing a degree (Score 1) 306

The biggest problem is that there is large length of time between deciding on a degree and getting a job after graduation. A typical STEM degree will take 4-5 years, and another 2-3 to complete a master's degree, unfortunately a requirement for many positions. With the 7-year gap between entering a degree program and graduation, the employment market could fundamentally change. Degrees that pay well currently do so because there is a shortage of qualified people in those programs - if large number of people enter those programs, it is likely there will be a glut of people later on in those programs, and the wages will return to average levels.

Comment Re:Take pictures and look at them later (Score 1) 60

True, but now you have to ensure that the drone won't accidentally veer off course and accidentally strike the aircraft, causing a very expensive repair job. I would think that if you wanted to merely snap photos of the top of the aircraft, one could mount cameras at the top of the hangar looking down, to provide an overview of the aircraft. More reliable than a drone and no need for operator training.

Comment Re:How can they afford it? (Score 0) 528

They can afford it because:

1) They get a third of the number of foreign students that the United States attracts

2) German universities tend to be a "no-frill" affair, with large auditoriums, limited to no athletics programs, and none of the social life seen in American campuses, Most students tend to study locally, so generally there are no dorms. They are more comparable with American state colleges. This isn't a bad thing, in my opinion, but those who go to college hoping for the experience of the "college life" will be disappointed if they go to Germany.

Submission + - Egyptian repairman outranks Google->

wired_parrot writes: An Egyptian repairman found unexpected fame when typing google into Google within Egypt turned up his name instead. The unassuming repairman managed to unexpectedly outrank Google in search results, a finding that surprised even him, who was unaware of his high search ranking when contacted.
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Submission + - SourceForge MITM Projects-> 2

lister king of smeg writes: What happened?

SourceForge, once a trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.

Some project managers decided to leave SourceForge – partly because of this, partly just because there are better options today. SF staff hijacked some of these abandoned accounts, partly to bundle the crapware with their installers. It has become just another sleazy garbage site with downloads of fake antivirus programs and such.

How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.

As this story has been submitted several times in the past several days, by various submitter and is going around various other tech forums( https://news.ycombinator.com/i... , https://soylentnews.org/articl... , https://www.reddit.com/r/progr... ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?
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Submission + - SourceForge assumes ownership of GIMP For Win, wraps installer in adware->

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that SourceForge is assuming control of all projects that appear "abandoned." In a blog update on their site, they responded saying in part "There has recently been some report that the GIMP-Win project on SourceForge has been hijacked; this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current. "

SourceForge is now offering "to establish a program to enable users and developers to help us remove misleading and confusing ads."

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