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Comment Depends on how you turn around to see the image (Score 1) 57

The direction it reverses is based on how you turn around to see the image. George Gamow explained this. Rotate a book around the vertical axis (yaw) and the text is correct top-to-bottom but reversed right-to-left. Rotate it around the horizontal axis (pitch) and the text is correct left-to-right but reversed bottom-to-top. This applies to how the observer turns around to see his/her image as well -- either by rotating around on your feet or by flipping over and standing on your head.

Comment Not every download is a lost sale (Score 1) 987

What you are missing is that not every download is a lost sale. People who download would probably not have bought it in the first place -- they would have bought a used copy, borrowed from a friend or roommate, or checked it out from a library. This is the fundamental fact that RIAA/MPAA don't understand either. Think of it as free advertising. After checking out a book from a library, if I've found it really useful I've then gone on and purchased a copy. I've even replaced a used book with a new book when a new edition came out because it was quite good. I never would have bought it in the first place had there not been a cheaper option available. This goes for downloads as well.

Comment "The Internet routes around damage" (Score 1) 195

Whatever happened to the idea that the Internet routes around damage? I can no longer connect to vesti.ru because the route from my ISP to Moscow goes through Telia's routers and they no longer peer with Russia either through design, damage, or poor maintenance. Shouldn't the packets get rerouted if a particular link is down?
Data Storage

Submission + - UK National Archives face "digital dark age (bbc.co.uk)

rcbutcher writes: "Chief executive of the UK National Archives, Natalie Ceeney, said society faced the possibility of "losing years of critical knowledge" because modern PCs could not always open old file formats... She was speaking at the launch of a partnership with Microsoft to ensure the Archives could read old formats. Microsoft's UK head Gordon Frazer warned of a looming "digital dark age"."
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Submission + - NYT: Star reporter is actually a Tape Recorder

Dormant Volcano writes: New York Times Reveals "Reporter" Michael Gordon Actually Voice-Activated Tape Recorder NEW YORK — New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller today announced that the paper's longtime staff writer Michael Gordon is not an actual person, but rather a voice-activated tape recorder. "I'm not sure why everyone didn't figure this out before now," said Keller, pointing to the fact that, in Gordon's 26-year career, all of "his" stories have consisted entirely of transcribed statements by anonymous government officials. According to Jill Abramson, the paper's Managing Editor, Gordon was purchased for $27.95 at a Radio Shack on West 43rd Street. Describing the situation as "a prank" that had "gotten slightly out of hand," Abramson said the paper had decided to acknowledge Gordon's identity because — after the tape recorder's front page story today, "Deadliest Bomb in Iraq Is Made by Iran, U.S. Says" — there "was no place left to take the joke."
Security

Submission + - Embarrassing Solaris 0-day vulnerability

philos writes: "According to SANS ISC, there's a vulnerability in Solaris 10 and 11 telnet that allows anyone to remotely connect as any account, including root, without authentication. Remote access can be gained with nothing more than a telnet client. More information and a Snort signature can be found at riosec.com. Worse, this is almost identical to a bug in AIX and Linux rlogin from way back in 1994."
Space

Cosmic Rays and Global Warming 548

Overly Critical Guy writes "The former editor of New Scientist has written an article in the TimesOnline suggesting that cosmic rays may affect global climate. The author criticizes the UN's recent global warming report, noting several underreported trends it doesn't account for, such as increasing sea-ice in the Southern Ocean. He describes an experiment by Henrik Svensmark showing a relation between atmospheric cloudiness and atomic particles coming in from exploded stars. In the basement of the Danish National Space Center in 2005, Svensmark's team showed that electrons from cosmic rays caused cloud condensation. Svensmark's scenario apparently predicts several unexplained temperature trends from the warmer trend of the 20th century to the temporary drop in the 1970s, attributed to changes in the sun's magnetic field affecting the amount of cosmic rays entering the atmosphere."

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