SEWilco writes: A federal payroll tax reduction for two months is being pushed by the President. Paying less money to the government seems good, but if the law is changed it will change the payroll taxes in January and February. Here in Slashdot many of us can well imagine what that will do to the many payroll systems which are already programmed with the 2012 tax rates.
SEWilco writes: One of the worst horror movies, "Manos: The Hands of Fate", has come back from the grave. The work print was rediscovered during a move, and an attempt has begun to transfer it to digital HD medium.
SEWilco writes: The People’s Republic of China has initiated a research and development project in thorium molten-salt reactor technology, it was announced in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) annual conference on Tuesday, January 25.
SEWilco writes: Despite our older headline, NanoSail-D was not "lost in space". It was stuck in its canister. The solar sail nano satellite finally ejected on Wednesday. The three-day countdown to sail deployment began then, so we'll have to see what happens next.
SEWilco writes: A study by the Library of Congress has found that many audio recordings are being lost due to copyright restrictions and temporary media. Old audio recordings are protected by a various U.S. state copyrights so it's hard for preservationists to get and copy material. Recent data is threatened by being put on writable CDs because CD-Rs begin to lose data after a few years, so recordings from as recently as 9/11 and the 2008 elections are already at risk.
SEWilco writes: Yet another optical flash on Jupiter has been spotted. The obvious explanation is that it's due to an impact event. If it is an impact, it's probably the third sighting in 14 months. Either large impacts are happening more often or they've been happening a lot more often than was previously believed. There are now many more automated telescopes with TV cameras watching the skies, so we're probably simply looking more often.
SEWilco writes: Through the AdWords blog, they've announced "retargeting". If you click on an ad, a cookie can be set which allows AdWords to show you more ads for that site. If you don't buy, you might see more ads elsewhere for that web site which you clicked on. It's not deja vu, it's what happens when something is changed.
SEWilco writes: You might want to check your SPAM folder, as SpamAssassin has a rule which is tending to make email sent in 2010 be marked as spam. There is some discussion in a Zimbra forum. The SpamAssassin Wiki FH_DATE_PAST_20XX page doesn't have discussion, but it was updated today with a different date rule.
SEWilco writes: The phrase "Slashdot effect" is now part of the English language, according to the English TV show "Countdown". The Internet also added paywall, unfriend/defriend, tag cloud, hashtag and tweetup to the language, while that real-world thing added epigenome, ecohacking, phantonym, redact, and zombie bank.