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Submission + - God Speed John Glenn, Dead at 95 (foxnews.com)

bobbied writes: John Glenn, the all-American astronaut and senator who rocketed into history on flights 36 years apart as the first American to orbit the Earth and the oldest person in space, died Thursday, Dec. 8 at age 95.

Submission + - Dungeons & Dragons inducted into Toy Hall Of Fame

Snowgen writes: NPR reports that Dungeons & Dragons has been inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY.

The nomination process for the Toy Hall of Fame is open to the public — but to get in, a toy has to be approved by "historians, educators, and other individuals who exemplify learning, creativity, and discovery through their lives and careers."

"More than any other game, Dungeons & Dragons paved the way for older children and adults to experience imaginative play,” says Curator Nic Ricketts. “It was groundbreaking. And it opened the door for other kinds of table games that borrow many of its unique mechanics. But most importantly, Dungeons & Dragons’ mechanics lent themselves to computer applications, and it had a direct impact on hugely successful electronic games like World of Warcraft.”

Submission + - SPAM: Nuclear weapon missing since 1950 'may have been found' 1

schwit1 writes: A commercial diver may have discovered a lost decommissioned US nuclear bomb off the coast of Canada.

Sean Smyrichinsky was diving for sea cucumbers near British Columbia when he discovered a large metal device that looked a bit like a flying saucer.

The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) believes it could be a "lost nuke" from a US B-36 bomber that crashed in the area in 1950.

The government does not believe the bomb contains active nuclear material.

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Comment Re:Also, see the A-10 (Score 1) 290

I don't understand why these workhorses ( or the Space Shuttle, for that matter ) can't *evolve* ?

Actually they do. The current B-52, for example, is really the B-52H, which came after the B-52G, etc. Likewise the C-130 is the C-130J, though some units still fly the H model (and there's a K model for export).

Comment Re:Not a parody. A love letter. (Score 1) 87

In TOS, there were a number of plot holes (e.g. in "Balance of Terror", Spock hitting a button that causes a beeper to go off, alerting the Romulan ship--this ignores the fact that sound doesn't travel in a vacuum).

While the sentiment may be correct, I have to disagree with the example.

While it's true that sound doesn't travel through space, even archaic 20th Century technology like laser microphone would detect Spock's beep. While it's true that the cloaked Romulan probably wouldn't be using such an active sensor, there could be a legitimate way of detecting such vibrations passively. Indeed it might be exactly these types of vibrations that the show refers to every time Spock says something like "I'm [not] detecting any life signs, captain". So that particular example is well within the framework of the Trek canon.

Comment Re:Students + Anonimity (Score 4, Informative) 234

Anonymity plus rape accusations will equal lawsuits and destroyed lives.

Actually, if you RTFA (I know, this is /., why would you?), you'll see that a student cannot accuse anonymously.

They can either non-anonymously report the event to the authorities using the system, or they can record details but not report. If they choose to record, and someone else makes an accusation on the same person, the system will then allow the student to non-anonymously report.

Comment Re:People CHOOSE to work for Amazon (Score 1) 331

what business is it of ours, what they ask of people willing to work for them?

It's our business where we chose to spend our money. Some of us look beyond price and convenience, towards moral and ethical issues. It's our business because it informs our conscience and allows us to make better informed decisions about where we do business.

Comment Re:Uprising? (Score 1) 331

Starting off by fucking with the title tells me they have no interest in actually bringing the book to the screen, which is a real pisser, because it's one of my favorite books and it would make a great movie.

By that logic, I guess the publisher had no interest in bringing the story to print, seeing that Heinlein's original was called The Brass Cannon and the publisher "fucked with the title" as you so eloquently put it.

Submission + - Marriott fined $600,000 for jamming guest hotspots (slashgear.com) 1

schwit1 writes: Marriott will cough up $600,000 in penalties after being caught blocking mobile hotspots so that guests would have to pay for its own WiFi services, the FCC has confirmed today. The fine comes after staff at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee were found to be jamming individual hotspots and then charging people up to $1,000 per device to get online.

Marriott has been operating the center since 2012, and is believed to have been running its interruption scheme since then. The first complaint to the FCC, however, wasn't until March 2013, when one guest warned the Commission that they suspected their hardware had been jammed.

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