Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?

Submission + - SpaceX Zuma Launch a Failure (

Al Katawazi writes: Unnamed sources have reported the total loss of the Zuma payload lofted upon a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday night. Reports indicate that the satellite failed separate from the second stage of the rocket. SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell has denied any problems with the SpaceX systems resulting in the loss. Northrop Grumman, the contractor who had constructed the multi billion dollar satellite had opted to mate it to the Falcon 9 using their own custom adapter rather than using the standard SpaceX interface.

Submission + - Ibuprofen Linked To Male Infertility, Study Says (

An anonymous reader writes: Men who take high doses of ibuprofen for months at a time may be at greater risk of fertility issues and also other health problems, such as muscle wastage, erectile dysfunction and fatigue, scientists have found. Research on healthy young men who took the common painkiller for up to six weeks showed that the drug disrupted the production of male sex hormones and led to a condition normally seen in older men and smokers. The 18 to 35-year-olds who took part in the study developed a disorder called “compensated hypogonadism” within two weeks of having 600mg of ibuprofen twice a day. The condition arises when the body has to boost levels of testosterone because normal production in the testes has fallen. Doctors in Copenhagen who led the study said that while the disorder was mild and temporary in the volunteers, they feared it could become permanent in long-term ibuprofen users. This would lead to continuously low levels of testosterone, because the body could no longer compensate for the fall.

Comment Re:My experience with freerange bikes looks like t (Score 2) 208

Even in place like the space center where I know for a fact you can leave a brand-new Alienware laptop unattended for weeks at a time in full view in a not actually public but still accessible to many area with nothing holding it down but a power and Ethernet cable.

I guess at NASA you can't really count on gravity holding stuff down...

Comment Re:Well, this tells me modern software is shit (Score 1) 253

...your car would go faster too if you took out all the windows, airbags, seatbelts, the doors and panels, stripped out the seats, air con, reduced fuel tank size to 10% of current capacity, not many people though would say that the car was better and today's cars are shit because of everything they come with.

So the PC equivalent of this?

Comment Re:White noise can be copied too (Score 1) 219

Yes, white noise is Gaussian. But if you copy a white noise track created by someone else then that copy is no longer Gaussian relative to the original track - it's instead identical.

Yes! We first have to determine if these are two independently generated sets of random data. If so, then the algorithm is setting a false positive. However, a randomly generated set of data will be extremely unique. If it's copied, you should be able to tell.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Best Streaming Device

Thelasko writes: The network card on my 2013 Samsung smart TV has died. It's $65 for a new one, but considering the poor support of this platform (YouTube and other apps no longer available), I'm considering getting a separate streaming box instead.

I primarily only watch Amazon Prime, Netflix, and YouTube for streaming, and am wondering what Slashdot users have found to be the best option. I'm considering Roku or Chromecast because they are well known and supported. However, I have heard a lot of news about Kodi devices being more hackable. I am running a Rygel server on my PC, but rarely use it.

I'm not the only one that will use the device, so it needs to be simple to use.

Slashdot Top Deals

I like work; it fascinates me; I can sit and look at it for hours.