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Submission + - Will Pluto Once Again Be The 9th Planet

BarbaraHudson writes: Johns Hopkins scientist Kirby Runyon is fighting to have Pluto restored as the solar system's 9th planet. The vote 10 years ago set new criteria that "a full planet must “clear the neighborhood around its orbit", something he points out that even Jupiter hasn't managed to do over the course of billions of years.

Even mighty Jupiter has a cloud of asteroids. The strength of a planet’s slingshot forces decrease as it gets farther from the sun. Earth wouldn’t clear the debris way out in Pluto’s neighborhood, Runyon wrote.

So he co-authored and proposed a new definition with scientist Alan Stern, the principal investigator for NASA’s Pluto flyby.

“Among planetary scientists, almost no one considers it anything but laughable,” Stern said. “The astronomers went into an area they don’t own or know very much about, and they made a mess of it.”

Here lies the rift over the Pluto identity: on one side, astronomers, and on the other, planetary scientists.

I smell fodder a new slashdot poll coming out of this.

Submission + - Ask Toolbar Network Compromised Twice in Two Months (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Ask Partner Network (APN) was compromised for the second time in two months, as crooks found a way to deliver malware to computers running the Ask.com Toolbar. The first attack took place at the end of October and start of November 2016, while the second took place in December, just after APN cleaned its network.

Both incidents [1, 2] were similar, as attackers found a way to breach the APN network and hijack the Ask Toolbar update process, pointing users to a malicious file, which resulted in the installation of malware on affected computers. The malware used in the second attack was signed by the certificate APN issued after the first attack, which means the attackers maintained a foothold on APN’s network after engineers cleaned servers after the first attack. This time around, APN appears to have done a better job, as no malicious activity was detected from APN's network in the past three months.

Comment Stay with the Expert-System and make it visible (Score 1) 261

I have been in a similar situation, and what worked very well for me (just as keywords, just google it or get a book): 1. make the work, priorities and non-work visible through visual management techniques (Kanban Board etc.) -> see Lean 2. explicitly limit parallel work, think of your team as a laser not as a lightbulb 3. talk with your team about how different decisions are made, try to keep the decisions with the experts (them): see delegation poker or delegation board from management 3.0 4. They want to make the right things, really: Think about all information they need to do make the right decisions, (from business perspective, not limitied to tech) and provide them with that. Trust them. 5. remove non-work items. Meetings, calls, e-mails, etc. my most happy and productive current team does not own a phone, and has received less than 1000 mails in one year, including notifications - 8 people.
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Submission + - Nmap Developers release a picture of the Web (nmap.org)

iago-vL writes: The Nmap Project recently posted an awesome visualization of the top million site icons (favicons) on the Web, sized by relative popularity of sites. Once again proving that they're the kings of scanning, this project used the Nmap Scripting Engine, which is capable of performing discovery, vulnerability detection, and anything else you can imagine with lightning speed. We saw last month how an Nmap developer downloaded 170 million Facebook names, and this month it's a million favicons. I wonder what they're going to do next?

Comment Re:Of course! (Score 5, Insightful) 264

I think he knows that his experimental data is crap. The note on the dirtiness of the procedures in the abstracts hints to the fact, that he put out one sample and accidentally found what could be something hyper-interesting. Out of fear of being out-published by someone else, he put out this paper, that - if this is an RT superconductor - he can (rightly) claim having discovered it (leading to wealth and nobel price). Now he can go back an do some proper experiments.

Vaccine Patch Removes Needle Pain 250

wog777 writes "Researchers led by Mark Prausnitz of Georgia Institute of Technology reported their research on microneedles in Sunday's edition of Nature Medicine. A microneedle contains needles so small you don't even feel them. Attached to a patch like a Band-Aid, the little needles barely penetrate the skin before they dissolve and release their vaccine."

Comment Re:PowerPoint makes us stupid (Score 2, Interesting) 233

The problem with information packed slides is that the audience is momentarily given lots of information but having too little time to parse it won't recall it later.

Actually, most presentators use that as a FEATURE: The non-understanding of the basic facts caused by intentional information overload guarantees, that there are no valid refutations in the discussions phase, which makes for an easy pitch (of mostly bad ideas).

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