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Comment Re:Secret government proceedings? (Score 1) 350

When I read the summary I thought that this was going to be a discussion of how the dems did an end run around the speakers call for recess and started broadcasting via social media. Once again I was disappointed with the direction the discussion on Slashdot took. Someday I'll stop monitoring Slashdot in favour of better discussion. I replied to this post because it seemed to be the first to address the topic of the summary.

Comment Re:Redundant Systems (Score 3, Interesting) 170

Time to dust off the sextant. My father insisted that I learn celestial navigation when I started sailing long distances when I was a teen, but that was back in the early '90's. I also read recently that the US Navy is bringing sextant training as well. Now if I could only find some new charts...

Comment If it's close enough... (Score 1) 101

I have been flying RC aircraft and helis for 35 years, or so. I would have never even thought of flying one of my craft anywhere near someone else's property unless I went and talked to the property owner beforehand. Most people didn't care, in fact, and would come out to watch and ask questions. Some were not so receptive and I always respected their wishes as they were the owners of the property, not me. For me, anything that flies below my roof line is fair gain. I would just feign surprise at the improbability of their drone coming down. Proving malicious intent would be impossible. Civil suit? Pardon me while yawn.

Submission + - Conference WiFi or cell ph tether?

borjonx writes: Is it any safer to use my smart phone's cell connection shared to my laptop, than to use the wifi that everyone else is using?

I'm going to a software conference soon w/6,000 people & there will be free WiFi provided by the vendor & my hotel. During these conferences I sometimes need to connect to my company network via Cisco VPN and then SSH into our servers. I hear horror stories about hotel & conference wifi "games".

Submission + - That man who 'deleted his entire company' with a line of code? It was a hoax (

An anonymous reader writes: As Slashdot readers speculated, the story about a man deleting his entire company with a line of code was a hoax. Marco Marsala, the owner of a Web hosting company claimed on a forum earlier this week that he deleted all the data on his company's server. Stack Overflow, which runs the forum, says that the post was a hoax, and pointed to an article on an Italian news outlet, which describes this whole fiasco as a "marketing effort" to promote Marsala's company. "It was just a joke," Marsala told the paper.

Submission + - Facebook promises it won't mess with voters' minds (

An anonymous reader writes: On Friday, Gizmodo reported about an internal discussion among Facebook employees in which they seem to be asking Mark Zuckerberg whether they should do something to "help prevent President Trump in 2017." Facebook is now assuring users that it wouldn't use its algorithms to influence voting in the presidential election this November. "We as a company are neutral — we have not and will not use our products in a way that attempts to influence how people vote," a Facebook spokesman said in a statement.

Submission + - NASA installs a commercial expandable module on the International Space Stat (

MarkWhittington writes: NASA announced that the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was successfully installed on the International Space Station. A Canadian-built robot arm extracted the BEAM from the back of the Dragon cargo ship currently docked at the ISS and then berthed it at the European build Tranquility module also known as Node 3. The BEAM will be expanded with air in May. For the following two years, astronauts will conduct tests to see if the expandable module can maintain its structural integrity over the long term and if it can shield against radiation and micrometeorites. After that time, the BEAM will be released and allowed to burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere

Submission + - Gov't Researchers Develop Wireless Car Charges That Are Faster Than Plug-ins (

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Department of Energy has demonstrated a 20,000 watt (20KW) wireless car-charging system that offers three times the efficiency of today's plug-in systems for electric vehicles (EVs). The research is the first step in creating a 50KW wireless charging system that may someday allow roadways to charge vehicles while they are being driven. The DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee demonstrated the new system in partnership with Toyota, Cisco Systems, Evatran and the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research. ORNL said the 20KW charging system for passenger cars is the world's highest power wireless system. It was developed in less than three years using a "unique architecture that included an ORNL-built inverter, isolation transformer, vehicle-side electronics and coupling technologies."

Comment those were the days (Score 2) 119

I remember a book of basic games for my Apple 2+. After entering page after page of code only to have it not work, we found, the back of the book, a small note about how the authors intentionally left errors in the code that you had to troubleshoot. After what seemed like forever of fixing the code, the games sucked. Nowhere near as good as my Atari 2600 games. Good stuff.

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