Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Comment Conflict of interest? (Score 2) 555

I could not read the Elsevier (almost synonymous for low impact factor) article, since it's behind a paywall. So I could not see whether the authors had declared conflict of interest in the acknowledgements section of the paper, or by what money the study was funded.

However, I did find the following: Peter A.J. Achten works at INNAS BV, Breda, the Netherlands, a company that manufactures hydraulic systems for hybrids and fuel-efficient cars and free-piston diesel engines.

Comment Re:Let me get this straight (Score 1) 107

you experience causality, but not the speed of light.

That's a contradiction in terminis. The speed of light is a misnomer. The c denoting the speed of light actually stands for causality. c is the speed of causality. There can, however, be a difference in the simultaneity for different observers, making it appear that events appear to happen in moments that are different for others, making it appear as if causality has been broken.

Comment The experience! (Score 1) 467

[...] at home, where already for significant time the image and audio quality is more pleasant than in most public theaters, not to mention the comfort of having control over volume, play/pause etc., and the absent mob of other people

Not to mention standing in line, dodging the trails of popcorn on the floor before the movie had even begun, the lengthy commercials, those blasted 3D glasses.

All perfectly good reasons for taking my kids with me and gratefully spend my money on this whole circus. Plotholes and other nitpickings about the movie taken aside, I wouldn't hesitate to go again.

Comment Very unscientific move (Score 1) 418

So he's punishing scientists who have little or nothing to do with their nation's policies, regardless of whether those nations' policies are good or bad? Where is the logic in that? Luckily, scientists working in Syria are still allowed to use it. Also luckily, there are plenty of alternatives. http://phylogenetic.software.i...

Comment The edge of human tolerance (Score 2) 488


We consider both dry-bulb temperature (T) and wet-bulb temperature (TW), specifically their daily maxima averaged over 6 h, denoted by Tmax and TWmax, respectively. Whereas the general public can easily relate to the concept of T, TW is not a widely used and understood concept. It is the temperature an air parcel would attain if cooled at constant pressure by evaporating water within it until saturation. It is a combined measure of temperature and humidity, or âmugginessâ(TM). Like all living species, human survival is partially a function of the environmental temperature. 35ÂC is the threshold value of TW beyond which any exposure for more than six hours would probably be intolerable even for the fittest of humans, resulting in hyperthermia. In current climate, TW rarely exceeds 31ÂC.

Slashdot Top Deals

Sendmail may be safely run set-user-id to root. -- Eric Allman, "Sendmail Installation Guide"