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Comment: Do you have to do more than find a foreign DNS? (Score 1) 206

by zzyzx (#38358140) Attached to: House Panel Moving Forward With SOPA

It looks like this bill just forces ISPs to change their DNS information to not have sites in it. As horrible as that is (and it IS ridiculous), what would stop people from using 206.47.244.61/206.47.244.103 (Those are from Toronto via a quick Google look up. They're perhaps not the best ones available, but it's the kind of thing that you can search for.) or something at which point the Internet is exactly the same? Am I missing something?

Comment: Re:well they trigger on right on red, just over th (Score 1) 262

by zzyzx (#37206322) Attached to: NYC Mayor Wants Traffic Camera On Every Corner

The ones in Redmond, WA don't trigger for that if you stop... but they did give me a warning once for not coming to a complete stop first. The speed I was going?

0.012 mph

Yes, technically illegal, but I had thought I had come to a complete stop. The precision they have is beyond what a human does.

Transportation

Solar Car Speed Record Smashed 72

Posted by timothy
from the hats-are-off-to-you dept.
An anonymous reader writes with word from Australia that "There's a new world record for the fastest solar-powered land vehicle: 88 km/h average speed over one kilometre in a lightweight car that uses about the same power as a toaster." As the article goes on to explain, this solar racer, built last year by students from the University of New South Wales, managed to nab that speed record earlier this month on an Australian navy base airstrip.
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Scientists Find Tears Are the Anti-Viagra 207

Posted by samzenpus
from the blood-hound-gang-is-wrong dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The male test subjects didn't know what they were smelling, they were just given little vials of clear liquid and told to sniff. But when those vials contained a woman's tears (collected while she watched a sad movie), the men rated pictures of women's faces as less sexually attractive, and their saliva contained less testosterone. Is this proof that humans make and respond to pheromones? The researcher behind the study doesn't use that controversial word, but he says his findings do prove that tears contain meaningful chemical messages."

Comment: Re:Guilty much? (Score 1) 685

by zzyzx (#34443474) Attached to: Graduate Students Being Warned Away From Leaked Cables

This is insane. I tell the freaking truth about unemployment and it's flamebait?

Every single person I have ever met who has used unemployment actively avoided getting a new job

The assumption here is that you know enough people to form a significant sample size. If you have a dozen friends who leeched off of UI, it doesn't mean that the millions of people on it are all doing that any more than the fact that it saved me a few times while it took me a few months to find a new job means that no one would abuse it.

Transportation

Heroic Engineer Crashes Own Vehicle To Save a Life 486

Posted by kdawson
from the delta-vee dept.
scottbomb sends in this feel-good story of an engineer-hero, calling it "one of the coolest stories I've read in a long time." "A manager of Boeing's F22 fighter-jet program, Innes dodged the truck, then looked back to see that the driver was slumped over the wheel. He knew a busy intersection was just ahead, and he had to act fast. Without consulting the passengers in his minivan — 'there was no time to take a vote' — Innes kicked into engineer mode. 'Basic physics: If I could get in front of him and let him hit me, the delta difference in speed would just be a few miles an hour, and we could slow down together,' Innes explained."

Comment: Re:One step forward, two steps back (Score 1) 350

by zzyzx (#33644898) Attached to: New Legislation Would Crack Down On Online Piracy

I actually came up with one once - a subscription service that allows unlimited mp3 downloads with the monthly costs split up by percentage of downloads. While would customers pay the $10? Well first a limited subscription could be built into the cost of an MP3 player to get people addicted to having access to anything without even having to search for it. But the second part of this is to have a contest system where only registered members could vote for various bands. The winner would get a prize. So if I'm a huge fan of a band and they ask me to go and vote for them, I'm going to be tempted to keep my membership active.

Comment: Re:Governmental Takeover? (Score 1) 350

by zzyzx (#33644750) Attached to: New Legislation Would Crack Down On Online Piracy

"Instead, libertarian thought is a belief in the greatest possible reasonable amount of freedom for everyone. "

Only true if you don't care about freedom of assembly (only true if there is public property which there wouldn't be in Libertopia). Of course you'd also have to miss that many of our freedoms come about because we don't have the dubious "freedom" to sign a contracts that would let the powerful easily bully around the weak. It would not be hard to effectively enslave people in a Libertarian society through non-compete clauses and obfuscated language. For that matter, a majority could commit legal genocide by just refusing to sell any of them food or let them use private roads to leave the area, but - hey - at least the rights of the shop owners and road creators wouldn't be destroyed.

Cellphones

Why Overheard Cell Phone Chats Are Annoying 344

Posted by timothy
from the they-drown-out-the-bark-of-my-gun dept.
__roo writes "American researchers think they have found the answer to the question of why overhearing cell phone chats are annoying. According to scientists at Cornell University, when only half of the conversation is overheard, it drains more attention and concentration than when overhearing two people talking. According to one researcher, 'We have less control to move away our attention from half a conversation (or halfalogue) than when listening to a dialogue. Since halfalogues really are more distracting and you can't tune them out, this could explain why people are irritated.' Their study will be published in the journal Psychological Science."

Comment: As opposed to what exactly? (Score 1) 686

by zzyzx (#30479306) Attached to: Not Enough Women In Computing, Or Too Many Men?

"only "boys" are stupid enough to go into a field that's globally-fungible, where entry-level salaries are declining, "

I'd like to know what fields out there are having increasing entry level salaries and can't be outsourced. Most of the examples given - like plumbing - require the existence of other people making good salaries to pay for the services so if all manufacturing jobs go away, we're pretty doomed in general.

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