Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook


Forgot your password?

Submission Summary: 0 pending, 7 declined, 0 accepted (7 total, 0.00% accepted)

DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! ×

Submission + - 2010 US Census Error Counting

arizwebfoot writes: I live in a Condo in Flagstaff, Arizona which is both a college town (Northern Arizona University — current enrollment about 25,000 and a resort town (big ski hill). Total population is roughly 60,000 (estimated as of course the 2010 census numbers are not out yet). Within the past decade, approximately 10 percent of rental units were converted into Condos. Roughly 33 percent of all housing units are apartments and roughly another 20 percent are condos (privately owned). My physical address is condo B9 for building B condo 9. Not be be confused, but there are 40 units in my condo complex, units 1 — 40. The first eight are in building A,the next in B and so on for five buildings. Depending on who is doing what mailing, my address is either B9, unit 9, apt 9, or just 9. Some databases don't allow for any designator except apt. So I've gotten a census form for B9, apt 9, and 9. In big bold letter on the front of the Envelope it says "YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED BY LAW". Now I know I've already submitted a form, however there will be many people who will resubmit with the alternate addresses.

In Flagstaff alone, if we assume that of the 53 percent of units, 10 percent respond another two times and if my math is right, then we probably will see an additional increase in population by somewhere in the 24 percentile range. Even if my math is wrong, we will see a significant increase in population that isn't warranted. Now multiply that by the current estimated US population of 308 million ( and we could have around 60 million extra bodies that don't exist.

One more problem I've uncounted is that I have a post office box. If I didn't receive mail at my condo, how would I get counted? Would this become a person to person count? What if you couldn't reach my home because it's too remote, gated, or in some other way inaccessible?

I wonder if there are "other" confusions that the Census Bureau has not taken into account. Input is strongly encouraged.

Submission + - Right Story, Wrong Pic for Neda

arizwebfoot writes: In this article, "The Speed At Which Wrong Information Flows", comes a bit of interesting info. "If you've been following the news of the protests in Iran over the past few days, you've no doubt heard about the story of "Neda Soltani, who was shot and killed on video, and has become, as some news reports have noted, "the face of Iran's struggle." Not to get into the politics of it all, what is quite fascinating is the news that the photo that many individuals and news sources are using for Soltani isn't just of a different Neda Soltani, but it's due to confusion over how Facebook works (found via Mathew Ingram)

Submission + - Firewalls 1

arizwebfoot writes: Ok, so I've got this boss who is not a very knowledgeable guy when it comes to computers/software/etc., as he tends to listen to the least qualified person in the office. So we have 9 computers hooked up to a DSL, no firewall. I've been working on him for a couple of years now, how in the blazes do I convince him to let me put in a Linux box and protect his network. Fortunately, someone convinced him to put in a server with SCO on it, but without a firewall . . .

Submission + - Google to store patients' health records (

arizwebfoot writes: CBC is reporting that Google Inc. will begin storing the medical records of a few thousand people as it tests a long-awaited health service that's likely to raise more concerns about the volume of sensitive information entrusted to the internet search leader.

Submission + - Judge orders WikiLeaks offline, then backs off

arizwebfoot writes: In a somewhat confusing flurry of orders, the court first ordered operator Dynadot LLC to "immediately disable the domain name and account to prevent access to and any changes from being made to the domain name and account information, until further order of this Court." (Order Granting Permanent Injunction, Feb. 15, 2008.)) But hours later the court amended the order, removing the requirement to disable the entire WikiLeaks domain but ordering that all JB documents be removed from all servers. This new order is a temporary restraining order, where the first order was a permanent injunction. Both orders were issued after an ex parte hearing, to which WikiLeaks says it received only hours notice. It seems that WikiLeaks lawyers were able to convince the judge that something was amiss here, because the second order, a TRO, provides WikiLeaks an opportunity to answer (by Feb. 20) and JB to respond to that answer (by Feb. 26.) One question is whether JB lied about there being a stipulation for WikiLeaks to go offline, since WL compained so vociferously about it and the order was so quickly amended.

Submission + - Knee Brace Charges Your Cellphone (

arizwebfoot writes: A knee brace that generates enough electricity to power 10 cellphones was demonstrated by scientists recently. The brace harvests the energy of a person's knee braking after taking a step, similar to the way hybrid car brakes collect energy to charge their batteries. The device only weighs 3.5 pounds, and does not need the intense effort that other human-powered energy generators such as hand cranks require. And while the cellphone measurement given by the creators is pretty useless, they do have several practical applications in mind. Scientists suggest that the brace could be used by campers and soldiers to power GPS locators and satellite phones in areas with limited access to electricity. It could also charge prosthetic knees, eliminating the need for periodic surgery to replace the batteries in the joint.

Slashdot Top Deals

Quark! Quark! Beware the quantum duck!