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Ocean-Crossing Dragonflies Discovered 95

grrlscientist writes "While living and working as a marine biologist in Maldives, Charles Anderson noticed sudden explosions of dragonflies at certain times of year. He explains how he carefully tracked the path of a plain, little dragonfly called the Globe Skimmer, Pantala flavescens, only to discover that it had the longest migratory journey of any insect in the world."

Comment Re:Deliver the audio via FM-radio (Score 1) 438

I've been using the Ramsey Electronics 1 watt FM transmitter (FM35BWT) for about 5 years continuously in my my house. Although it goes up to a watt, I only output about 1/2 a watt.

I also have used the C.Crane FM transmitters (Item # FMT) that have the easy mod to boost the output. This should cover a normal stick construction house. (I had to get the Ramsey transmitter when I moved into big concrete and rebar homes overseas).

There are also lots of options on eBay but I had trouble getting the antenna impedance to match up correctly on the one I bought.

Comment Re:change the metadata (Score 1) 103

What, you don't know how to set the clock on your computer back to June 1st, then fire up Word and type up the document? That amount of effort certainly doesn't take a techie or a fancy bit editor. It only takes a few drops of imagination. It's certainly within the skillset of your average cop.

The only requirement is that you set the clock back before creating the new doc. It won't work to set the clock back and try to edit it after the doc has been created. But in that case you'd just have to create another new doc and retype in the old text. It's no big deal, but when people are stressed out enough that they're forging "evidence" they're also likely in a rush, and may make a careless mistake.

In many corporate environments (and much to my irritation at my USG job), only an administrator has the capability to adjust the clock/date. Doubt it is for the reason you mentioned, more likely to ensure job security.

Comment Re:sigh (Score 3, Informative) 384

You assumed that they mass emailed the notice and are incorrect.

As the article states, the notice was sent by "cable" which is the old telegram system and still the only official means of communication between the Department and US Missions overseas.

The cable system is on a completely separate classified network.

As the unfortunate recipient of the mail storm emails I will say that many people included information in their replies that referenced the cable (and subsequent Department Notice) telling people to stop hitting reply to all so you are not entirely incorrect. It is just that the Department was smart enough not to send out a blanket email to everybody.

The other thing that seemed compound this problem was that the To: line didn't have any names or mailing list groups listed. People (idiots) didn't realize that they emailing almost everyone in the Department.

I would also point out that the email servers slowed but I never experienced any lost email or service interruption. Some emails were delayed by as much as two hours.

PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Pong turns 35

I_am_Rambi writes: On November 29th, 1972, Pong was released. "Pong was the first video game to achieve widespread popularity in both arcade and home console versions, and launched the initial boom in the video game industry."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Teenager arrested over '£9.7m computer h (

GeneralPayne writes: "A New Zealand teenager was today arrested on suspicion of stealing millions of pounds from bank accounts around the world and of being the ringleader of a hacking network which infiltrated more than 1.3m computers. The 18-year-old, from Hamilton, North Island, was taken into custody and several computers were seized, said the head of the country's police e-crime unit, Martin Kleintjes. The teenager cannot be named for legal reasons, but uses the online identity "Akill". He was later released without charge, but police said they expected to interview him again."

Submission + - The Secret to Raising Smart Kids (

anoopjohn writes: "* Many people assume that superior intelligence or ability is a key to success. But more than three decades of research shows that an overemphasis on intellect or talent — and the implication that such traits are innate and fixed — leaves people vulnerable to failure, fearful of challenges and unmotivated to learn.
* Teaching people to have a "growth mind-set," which encourages a focus on effort rather than on intelligence or talent, produces high achievers in school and in life.
* Parents and teachers can engender a growth mind-set in children by praising them for their effort or persistence (rather than for their intelligence), by telling success stories that emphasize hard work and love of learning, and by teaching them about the brain as a learning machine.
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The Internet

Submission + - Wind-Powered Data Center in Wyoming (

miller60 writes: "Can wind power help meet the surging demand for electricity to run data centers? Several Wyoming entrepreneurs are building a 10,000 square foot data center in Cheyenne that will be powered by wind turbines. On a larger scale, Google is using a windmill farm to generate some of the power for its new data center in the Netherlands. With the current focus on green IT, many data center operators are weighing renewable power alternatives, but their huge power requirements usually make the use of solar energy impractical. That leaves wind as one of the most attractive options, and Google's use of windmills suggests they may emerge as leaders in using wind power to supplement the grid feed for their data centers."

Submission + - Falling into the Vista Trap

iB1 writes: Business editor of the BBC Tim Weber has an interesting tale of woe about his experience of upgrading from XP to Vista. Although it appears that the initial upgrade went without a hitch, it was the frustrating realisation that a substantial number of his peripherals did not and would never work with Vista that tipped him over the edge.

Feed Tech Expos Take a Stab at Sex (

New media conferences embrace sexuality's role in developing new applications. Here's a preview of what the sex-tech experts have to say for 2007. Commentary by Regina Lynn.

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