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Submission + - Small Black Holes: Cloudy With a Chance of Better Visibility (bbc.co.uk)

Rambo Tribble writes: As reported by the BBC, astronomers are hoping to reap a black-hole-hunting windfall when a giant gas cloud passes through an area within our galaxy thought to contain numerous small black holes. When the cloud interacts with the holes, the resultant emission of X-rays should allow scientists to finally confirm their existence.

Submission + - Snags on the Road to WWW History (bbc.co.uk)

Rambo Tribble writes: The BBC is reporting that difficulties are being encountered in Cern's effort to recreate the original World Wide Web. It appears no one kept adequate backups and passwords have been lost, (can you imagine?) The public is being asked to help and one early page from 1991 has been recovered from the Next machine of American Paul Jones. Can you help?

Comment Agile is not a panacea (Score 1) 349

To some degree, agile is sold as, "Implement this and you'll never have to really manage a software project again." Just follow the steps, we are told, and everything will just work itself out. When agile fails, we're told it is because the steps weren't properly implemented. Everything is put on the method and very little demanded of the ones in charge. That's a really prescription to fail; accountability is the first requirement for success.

Comment Frame job (Score 1) 237

In theory, since a movie is just a series of still frames, the same techniques could be used to modify individual frames as are used to "photoshop" a still image, (albeit, tediously). You might find the tools and tutorials at this site of some help in analyzing individual frames: http://fotoforensics.com/

You might also find some of the information at the associated Hacker Factor blog of use: http://www.hackerfactor.com/blog/index.php?/categories/17-FotoForensics

Submission + - GIF's Inventor Weighs In on Pronunciation (bbc.co.uk)

Rambo Tribble writes: As covered by the BBC, the GIF's inventor, Steve Wilhite has given his opinion that the acronym for the Graphics Interchange Format file should be pronounced "jif". This conflicts with the OED's take on the matter. Wilhite made his pronouncement whilst receiving an award for his work at the Webbys.

Comment Re:On the history of guns (Score 1) 578

Upon reflection, I see where you have misinterpreted the tenor of my "plinking cans" comment. Plinking cans, or match shooting for another example, are commonly regarded as recreational pastimes not necessarily pursuant to the use of the firearm in other applications. It was in that capacity that I intended it, not as a general reference to target practice, as you appear to have taken it.

Comment Re:On the history of guns (Score 1) 578

The first point was that the initial adoption of pistols was primarily by outlaws, while the cavalry examples you cite were later developments.

The rifle was, for example, developed for the hunting of game. It's use in a military capacity had to wait until the advent of the American Revolution.

So your defense is that any target practice validates a weapon as not intended to kill humans? If then, we use Sarin to kill some gophers, is it henceforth alright to use it on people?

Comment Re:On the history of guns (Score 1) 578

I apologize for my error in specifying the First Amendment; I meant to say Second Amendment. The Second Amendment states, "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Side arms are not generally considered pivotal to the maintenance of a militia, the stated focus of the amendment's intent. Pistols were first developed in in 16th Century France, their primary use was by highwaymen.

Comment On the history of guns (Score 2) 578

Perhaps it's worth noting that, when the Second Amendment was instituted, gunsmithing and the manufacture of firearms was a cottage industry. On the flip side, it's probably fair to say the founders were most interested in the protection of long arms, not handguns. The pistol was developed for the sole purpose of the destruction of human life; not so with long arms, though initial development mainly concentrated on that purpose. .

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