from the best-discoveries-by-accident dept.
The rover Spirit has been dragging one wheel around the surface of Mars for some time. One of the resulting gouges revealed a mineral deposit which was probably caused by a hydrothermal vent. This implies a large amount of water was present when the vent was active.
Moryath writes: This might deserve to be an Ask Slashdot, or somewhere else, I don't know, but recently a number of my spam-trap email addresses (addresses I keep just to compare to my normal inbox for spam filtering) have been seeing daily emails from the Obama presidential campaign asking for donations.
I tried using the unsubscribe link, which failed to operate; I sent the campaign an email directly , and received a form response thanking me for "joining" their campaign and asking me to donate. Phone calls to the campaign office have been uniformly dismissive — 90% of the time they just hang up, the other 10% they put me on hold claiming to be "getting someone who can fix this" and then drop the call.
It's obvious that they have no intentions with complying with my request to get off of their email system — and equally obvious that they have padded their supposed "record number" of supporters by purchasing bulk email lists from spammers. Why should we support politicians who behave in this way and don't respect our rights? And what would Slashdotters suggest as the next step to deal with a politician who simply refuses to follow the law?
For the record, I'm a registered independent, and so far my only intention for the campaign is to point and laugh at Ron Paul.
coondoggie writes: "The American Electronics Association today said that the U.S. high-tech industry added 118,500 jobs between January and June of 2007, a 2% rise, for a total of 5.94 million workers. This is slightly less than the 143,000 tech jobs added in the first half of 2006. The AEA released as employment study based on government data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that shows the January to June 2007 tech job growth lags that of the U.S. private sector, which rose by 3.3% over that period. The report looks at four sectors within the high-tech industry: high-tech manufacturing, communications services, software services, and engineering and tech services. This is the first year since the bursting of the high-tech bubble that all four tech sectors are experiencing job growth, the AeA said.
Mark Coker writes: "On January 9, 2006, three men broke into the home of long time PC World editor Rex Farrance and murdered him and beat his wife. Now, a year and a half later, police have arrested three suspects who, if convicted, face the death penalty. Rex Farrance was an angel to all who knew him, so let's home justice is served swiftly in this tragic and heinous case. He is missed as one of the technology industry's most respected journalists. Some of his most frequent coverage areas were computer security, storage and desktop PCs. The SF Chronicle has a story here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/09/26/BAOMSE4OV.DTL and NBC11 has photographs of the loser suspects here: http://www.nbc11.com/news/14205105/detail.html"
Konquest writes: During the TCT 2007 Conference in Coventry was unveiled a new handheld 3d laser scanner, the EXAScan. This scanner is based on the previous HandyScan3d, but features improved performances regarding to the resolution and the accuracy in the resulting model. The data acquired by the scanner is modeled in real-time and outputs directly a triangulated surface instead of relying on a point cloud. It seems like a nice advance in technology when comparing with the other scanners offered on the market right now.
minotaurcomputing writes: "When attempting to determine the advantages of a Computer Science (C.S.) degree versus an Information Systems (I.S.) degree, what are the likely advantages of one over the other? It is a common perception that the I.S. path is the "easier" computer-related degree path requiring far less programming, but likewise worth less in the eyes of the computer job market. Is this accurate?
eefsee writes: "In 2003 the Domain Registry of America was cited by the FTC for its deceptive practices. They got into similar hot water for a renewal scam in Canada. This company is still at it today, though. They send out deceptive "Domain Name Expiration Notice" up to six months before most domains expire, making it seem that the domain needs to be renewed within the month and charging four times the typical market price for this renewal. I usually just toss these "notices," but my mom almost signed her domains over to these clowns. I just got another "Domain Name Expiration Notice" from DROA today and I'm getting fed up. Who do you think I should tell? My state attorney general? The FTC? They've been down that road before and seem none the worse for wear. Any ideas of how to get these folks shut down?"
Anonymous Coward writes: "Turbine Entertainment are attempting to prevent the development of a server emulator based upon their game "Asheron's Call".
Even though the emulator at the current time is vaporware as far as the general public can tell. Turbine have set their lawyers upon the emulators developer claiming copyright infringement, amongst other things.
My questions are, How far can an EULA go in restricting a persons rights? Can an EULA be blindly updated to include software from years past?
As I understand it the developer is complying with the EULA as supplied with the software client he's using, but Turbine are trying to apply an EULA which has changed drastically from the original.
If you install a product then are you not bound by that products bundled EULA?"
xbytor writes: FireTabs (http://www.firetabs.com) joins the list of guitar tab sites that have been getting threats from the National Music Publishers' Association recently. The entire tabs collection was pulled from the site in August. Scans of the letters threatening DMCA action were posted a few days ago.
Hopefully one of these sites will have the capability of challenging the publishers in court and getting the issue of tab copyrights addressed one way or another. To the best of my knowledge, it's apparently still an open legal question.
I did my bit and donated to the cause.
Mothers who experienced an increase in weight from the beginning of the first pregnancy to the beginning of the second pregnancy may be slightly more likely to give birth to a baby boy during their second pregnancy.
In the Star Wars movies fictional planets are covered with forests, oceans, deserts, and volcanoes. But new models begin to describe an even wider range of Earth-size planets that astronomers might actually be able to find in the near future.
A dinosaur skeleton found 24 years ago near Choteau has finally been identified as a new species that links North American dinosaurs with Asian dinosaurs. The dinosaur would have weighed 30 to 40 pounds, walked on two feet and stood about three feet tall. The fossil came from sediment that's about 80 million years old.