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Dwarf Planets Accumulate In Outer Solar System 93

An anonymous reader tips a piece in Australian Geographic indicating that Pluto may be in for another demotion, as researchers work to define dwarf planets more exactly. "[Australian researchers] now argue that the radius which defines a dwarf planet should instead be from 200–300 km, depending on whether the object is made of ice or rock. They base their smaller radius on the limit at which objects naturally form a spherical rather than potato-like shape because of 'self-gravity.' Icy objects less than 200 km (or rocky objects less than 300 km) across are likely to be potato shapes, while objects larger than this are spherical. ... They call this limit the 'potato radius' ... [One researcher is quoted] 'I have no problem with there being hundreds of dwarf planets eventually.'"

Comment Information Age (Score 3, Insightful) 297

I think we're going to have to accept that a number of entities are going to have all kinds of information about us. One potential solution is to create meaningful regulations that balance individual interests/rights against those of corporate entities (corporate in the broadest sense, inc. state entities). Perhaps something along the lines of the confidentiality that exists between an individual and various professionals/clergymen.

Comment Re:Kyllo (Score 5, Interesting) 297

"Eight armed narcs raided the Dagy home on March 19 and found absolutely nothing. No evidence of pot anywhere, not even stashed in the children's toys. Seems that the coppers mistook the family's constant use of the dishwasher, washer/dryer, three computers, four ceiling fans, and other electronic devices as evidence of a felony drug operation. Oops. The Dagys--Mom's a homemaker and Dad's a general manager of 21 Shell stations--would like an apology from the Carlsbad Police Department. Sadly, we'd recommend that the Dagys not hold their collective breath."

I hate drug cops and homeland security. They keep performing these heinous searches and "eating out the substance" of our citizens

Comment Re:Oh no (Score 2, Insightful) 297

Add up those few bucks a month for a year. Also maybe take into account the benefit to society (and thus to you) from improved grid efficiency and fewer blackouts

Now take the value of stuff you'd lose in a robbery. Multiply that by the probability that someone will steal your electricity usage data and use it to rob your house in the same year.

I'd be pretty surprised if the expected cost of this extremely unlikely hypothetical robbery makes smart meters not worthwhile.

Comment yet people put that info on facebook (Score 3, Insightful) 297

Or leave a note on the door for the milkman.

Or maybe the mail piling up is a sign.

Why is it that guys like you claim the whole counter-terrorism thing is a way for the goverment to scare people, when you scare yourself far better? Watch out, I can track your /. account and tell when you are on holiday.

Comment Re:What (Score 1) 570

Did they figure out a way to access the GPU on the PS3 through Linux? As far as I can tell, the GPU is not accessible to linux and some of the RAM is unaccessible as well. Linux runs more like it would on virtual machine than it would running as a native OS. Most of my info comes from forums related to PS3 modding for home theater PCs and Im no expert. Anyone care to elaborate? If the GPU is really locked out, then are these guys just using a pretty average PowerPC computer with a few extra processors? P.S.this was posted earlier as a coward..sorry. now im legit!

Comment Re:That's what you get with corrupt democrats... (Score 0, Flamebait) 327

Check your history for context. The term "militia" roughly equates to the the modern National Guard; i.e. a paramilitary organization of volunteers, under unified control. Notice I said "roughly" -- the National Guard is not the militia of the constitution, it just roughly describes the shape and flavour of such a militia.

Basically, we don't have one, and it's very unlikely we will. Therefore, the second amendment does not apply. If you don't like it, then table a new amendment that provides for a militia so that the second amendment becomes valid again!

The second amendment has absolutely nothing to do with the rights of individuals to bear arms.

Comment Re:Evil. (Score 1) 390

Mod parent up. I don't hate Google or think they are necessarily evil, but there is a lot of potential for evil with this patent. Some of you guys need to realise that, and perhaps revise this thoughtless idolization.

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