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Comment Re:so frustrating would it be (Score 1) 316

That's the main problem. Those drugs might have been stored in a freezer or air conditioned room for twenty years. But there's no guarantee that there wasn't a hot or cold day. One solution would be to have environment sensitive cards that would have segments that changed colour based on the maximum and minimum temperature and humidity.

Comment Re:It's a FRY TOY, what do you expect? (Score 1) 200

I'm sure there are some science fair projects that you could do with them, especially those with the polychromatic rainbow colors:

1. Why does polychromatic metal have different colours?
2. Why is there resistance to a spinner changing axis?
3. Which ones have the greatest angular momentum?
4. Which are the easiest to accelerate?

Comment Re:No evidence when one does not look (Score 3, Informative) 104

That's like the story of the UK series "The Avengers". Back in the 1960's, they did an experimental shoot with colour filming, but the contract wasn't to make a colour series. So these films were made, then forgotten about. But the knowledge about the filming remained. Then one day, a woman calls the studio up to say they were clearing out a shed and found tins of film reels up under the roof. These were the lost color episodes.

Many other missing recordings have been found elsewhere:

http://ianhendry.com/the-aveng...

Comment Re:social responsibility (Score 0) 112

OK, let's stop work on Internet hardware (replaced digital telephone exchanges, Strowger electro-mechanical systems, telephone operators and telegram delivery people), or how about elevators (replaced the elevator operator, a butler like person who wore white glove and moved the up/down/stop lever), or Photoshop and digital looms (replaced four artisans operating one weaving loom), highway traffic lights (replaced a police officer at each intersection), word processing software and laser printers (replaced print shop workers and typists), washing machines (replaced laundrettes), Email (replaced secretaries), vending machines (replaced shop assistants), parking ticket machines (replaced ticket clerk).

Comment Re:AI (Score 1) 112

For the case of cancer screening with an X-ray, they look for things like a high-density mass that shouldn't be there - a fuzzy white patch. Maybe it has gained a better blood supply and there are fuzzy white lines around it - enlarged arteries/veins. Maybe there is a cluster of small tumors nearby. But then again, those could just be fat cells. Each of those needs to be checked up.

Submission + - Galaxy Magazine now available at Archive.org

Paul Fernhout writes: Archive.org has made available 355 issues of Galaxy Magazine for free access. Galaxy Science Fiction was an American digest-size science fiction magazine, published from 1950 to 1980 with stories from many sci-fi greats. At its peak, Galaxy greatly influenced the science fiction field. See also Open Culture and The Verge for more about the history of a magazine that help shape the imaginations of a generation of techies..

Submission + - SPAM: Identification Theft Protection?

louellagezd writes: Id Theft is a generic term that is used to describe all types of crime in which a person wrongfully obtains and uses one other particular person's personal information in a manner that includes fraud or deception, typically for economic acquire. It is usually categorized as one of the fastest growing crimes with greater than 9 million People being victimized by identity thieves every year (Learn about Identity Theft,” 2007, p.1). Main debit and bank card corporations will sometimes warn you if they suspect a fraudulent transaction in your account. They will likely place a brief freeze on your card till you name to resolve a difficulty. IDShield is a reasonably new company and is a division of LegalShield, which was based in 1972. It recently partnered with Kroll, a company that consists of skilled investigators who handle knowledge breach response and points regarding cyber safety. Have your credit card statements despatched to a phony address. With out the payments as a reference, it may take you some time to comprehend your account is getting used. At some point a lot of this misinformation will get around to those who do not know fact from fiction. Going again to the person who thinks they know extra in regards to the tradition than a Native person, imagine how silly will they be after they tell the Indian guy he is doing it all mistaken! This generally is a good choice if you're within the midst of dealing actively with bank card fraud, or you want some of the further coverage from these insurance suppliers. Now a few of you're saying effectively what's mistaken with that right? Properly it is not me or who I wish to be. I take pleasure in consuming more healthy, exercising frequently, getting sufficient sleep, principally being organized and centered. Not just focused on this job at dwelling. TrueCredit ($9.95/month) and AARP ($9.17) provided by way of TrustedID additionally offers value efficient monitoring of all three credit bureaus if Prosper Dailyis a poor match for you. AARP and TrustedID additionally provide as much as $1Million in Identification Theft insurance coverage which is a profit defined beneath. Twilight, I think you completely get it, and I thank you for that! This was a tough subject to tackle, as it really entails an internet of issues. Not to point out a bent to digress. Thanks on your assist of my two most prolonged hubs. I am all the time tickled to know that someone has learn the entire nine yards of my words! You'd suppose the richest, most powerful nation on the planet would have the know how and moxie to get this id theft problem fastened. The very fundamental plan (with out credit monitoring) consists of database scans of your Social Safety number, ID verification alerts, lost pockets protection and $1 million of id legalshield identity theft customer service theft insurance coverage. When an individual's identity is stolen, they typically need help fixing the injury that has been done. Some id theft protection packages supply aid to those who have to resolve their conditions. Mark's most important: ID-theft criminals are ramping up for 2015. Be sure to know what you might want to know to reduce your risk of ID theft. You additionally might not have a report if there is no recent activity, as information usually drops off studies after seven years. One other place the place information can and infrequently is stolen is thru the internet. Make sure to shield your password and discover ways to place password protection on any paperwork you feel need secured. Invest in a firewall to maintain other computer systems from accessing your internet connection. I am very upset to find that my identify is listed in Google, followed by my delivery date, and the Google itemizing points to the web site This discovery upsets me drastically. The Federal Trade Commission has taken notice. It announced final week that it's going to examine privacy points related to advertising and advertising and marketing companies that observe shoppers throughout units linked to the Web. It is very important remain focused on the right way to stop these kind of Prabook intrusions sooner or later regardless as to how info was possible illegally or inappropriately obtained. Each state of affairs could also be totally different. Since 2008, the IRS has struggled to curb taxpayer identification theft and refund fraud, with more than 1.2 million tax-associated identification theft incidents. The hardest half about identification theft is that you'll not be aware of it till you could have seen discrepancies in your bills or have been contracted about controversial or unacceptable material click being posted by someone utilizing your id. Often, an clever attacker will know how one can regulate these particulars to keep away from detection. There are numerous ways a thief can steal your information, and providing a full record of those methods will not be doable as the methods are so various, together with hybrid methods whereas the scammer could use more than one recognized system or multiple scams in order to complete their purpose. In some cases, credit card companies or the banks that issued them with the companies have been brought up in class-action lawsuits.

Submission + - Elon Musk told a group that we need to regulate AI before it's too late (recode.net)

turkeydance writes: Elon Musk doesn’t scare easily — he wants to send people to Mars and believes that all cars will be driving themselves in the next ten years. He’s excited about it!

But there is something that really scares Musk: Artificial Intelligence, and the idea of software and machines taking over their human creators.

He’s been warning people about AI for years, and today called it the “biggest risk we face as a civilization” when he spoke at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Rhode Island.

Musk then called on the government to proactively regulate artificial intelligence before things advance too far.

“Until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react because it seems so ethereal,” he said. “AI is a rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive. Because I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it’s too late.”

Submission + - Quit Your Job for a Better One? Not if You Live in Idaho (nytimes.com) 4

cdreimer writes: According to The New York Times: Idaho achieved a notable distinction last year: It became one of the hardest places in America for someone to quit a job for a better one. The state did this by making it easier for companies to enforce noncompete agreements, which prevent employees from leaving their company for a competitor. While its economy is known for agriculture — potatoes are among the state’s biggest exports — Idaho has a long history as a technology hub. And the new law landed in the middle of the tech world, causing a clash between hungry start-ups looking to poach employees and more established companies that want to lock their people in place. “We’re trying to build the tech ecosystem in Boise,” said George Mulhern, chief executive of Cradlepoint, a company here that makes routers and other networking equipment. “And anything that would make somebody not want to move here or start a company here is going to slow down our progress.”

Comment Re:Windows... (Score 2) 352

Because the GUI and 3D graphics were considered bolt-ons to an existing OS kernel. Not all systems may have 3D acceleration. Some servers even avoid having a desktop as that is considered a security risk.

When the GUI is in use, the user input processing becomes the dominant process; what event happened, which widgets have been changed. A desktop with a good number of windows might have 1000+ widgets, all of which have icon images for various states. TrueType and Unicode fonts are converted into images as well. A thread or process context switch has to happen to process each window.

I've seen it myself; copying data from the hard disk drive to a backup USB drive completely slows down everything. That's with a system with eight CPU cores. The bottleneck is the CPU L1/L2 cache memory and PCI bus. All the external storage data gets swapped in and out again just to do the file transfers. This could be avoided using DMA transfers.

But there are https://stackoverflow.com/ques...">security risks associated with raw DMA file transfers.

Comment Re:Build me a holodeck.. (Score 1) 413

Adaptive 360 projectors that could calibrate the projection settings so that a 360 movie could be played in a regular room. Our family used a slide projector against a wall to view photographic slides. It was fun to walk up to the wall and see everything in high detail; mountain landscapes, ocean waves, clouds viewed from above.

Comment Re:Why is this surprising? (Score 2) 413

I tried the Samsung VR Gear. Those virtual fairground rides were quite detailed, as well as the Virtual Shark Cage and swimming with deep sea critters.. 360 videos were really good when they first started; tornado chasers, exploring a real volcanic crater, the surface of Pluto, a tour of the Solar System, seeing a full size Space shuttle. They're the sort of things you would visit an IMax theater to do. Only problem is that they sometimes get the front/back cameras mixed up, so you start watching the tornado chasers sitting on top of the roof of a 4x4, driving away from stormclouds, and wonder what they were doing.

Playing Dreadhalls (a VR version of nethack but simplified) with the goal of exploring every map level and collecting every coin was the most intense game.

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