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I have found a better alternative that I will give my patronage to. Logging off of ./ for the last time. It has been nice, and I know ./ doesn't care, but ./ isn't ./ anymore, so I guess I don't care if they care. Then why post? I have been reading this site since late 1997/early 1998, and just feel the need for closure.

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OK, slashdot is officially "fucked", these new video ads that automagically play are going to drive me away. Whether they are new or not, they are new, and annoying, to me.

Comment Evidence? (Score 1) 453

Doesn't there need to be a crime first? Doesn't there need to be evidence indicating that there is a crime to investigate? Without some sort of charge, and naming a statute doesn't cut it, naming a suspected violation of a specific statute seems to be missing. It reminds me of arresting someone for "resisting arrest" wtf? You can call it "retaining evidence", but it seems more like "blindly groping for evidence".

Comment Reasonable cause? If so, disclose suspicions (Score 1) 453

Customs officials were required to have "reasonable cause"to believe an offence had been committed.

Anyone can say they suspect anyone of wrong doing, but it is a whole other ball of wax to back it up. "We have it on good information that you violated XXX". OK, good information from whom? based on what? or do you not have the right to know/face your accuser in NZ?

Submission + - Building an "Invisibility Cloak" with Electromagnetic Fields (

Nerval's Lobster writes: University of Toronto researchers have demonstrated an invisibility cloak that hides objects within an electromagnetic field, rather than swaddling it in meta-materials as other approaches require. Rather than covering an object completely in an opaque cloak that then mimics the appearance of empty air, the technique developed by university engineering Prof. George Eleftheriades and Ph.D. candidate Michael Selvanayagam makes objects invisible using the ability of electromagnetic fields to redirect or scatter waves of energy. The approach is similar to that of “stealth” aircraft whose skin is made of material that absorbs of the energy from radar systems and deflects the rest away from the radar detectors that sent them. Rather than scattering radio waves passively due to the shape of its exterior, however, the Toronto pair’s “cloak” deflects energy using an electromagnetic field projected by antennas that surround the object being hidden. Most of the proposals in a long list of “invisibility cloaks” announced during the past few years actually conceal objects by covering them with an opaque blanket, which becomes “invisible” by displaying an image of what the space it occupies would look like if neither the cloak nor the object it concealed were present. An invisibility cloak concealing an adolescent wizard hiding in a corner, for example, would display an image of the walls behind it in an effort to fool observers into thinking there was no young wizard present to block their view of the empty corner. “We’ve taken an electrical engineering approach, but that’s what we are excited about,” Eleftheriades said in a public announcement of the paper’s publication. (The full text is available as a free PDF here.)

Submission + - Britich Conservative Party purges old speeches from online archives (

Diamonddavej writes: The BBC reports that the British Conservative party deleted a decade of speeches and press releases from its public facing website and blocked material from search engines. The deletion on the Conservatives' website was spotted by Computer Weekly, who also noticed material went missing from the Internet Archive sometime after October 5th as well; an organisation that aims to make a permanent historical record of the web. Computer Weekly contacted the Internet Archive for an explanation regarding the missing material but they were unavailable for comment. Two weeks after the Internet Archive was first contacted, speeches and press releases began to reappear on the Archive's website. The Conservatives said the move was to revamp their website and keep it up-to-date, but others are sceptical and are critical of the Conservative Party's decision to delete the material.

Submission + - Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 and Snapdragon 800 Challenges Apple A7 In Benchmarks (

MojoKid writes: One of the hallmark features of Google's Nexus 5 flagship smartphone by LG isn't its bodaciously big 5-inch HD display, its 8MP camera, or its "OK Google" voice commands. That has all been done before. What does stand out about the Nexus 5 is Google's new Android 4.4 Kit Kat OS and LG's SoC (System on Chip) processor of choice, namely Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 quad-core. Qualcomm is known for licensing ARM core technology and making it their own; and Qualcomm's latest Krait 400 quad-core along with the Adreno 330 GPU that comprise the Snapdragon 800, is a powerful beast. Google also has taken the scalpel to Kit Kat in all the right places, whittling down the overall footprint of the OS, so it's more efficient on lower-end devices and also offers faster multitasking. Specifically memory usage has been optimized in a number of areas. Couple these OS tweaks with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 and you end up with a smartphone that hugs the corners and lights 'em up on the straights. Putting the Nexus 5 through its paces, it turns out preliminary figures are promising. In fact, the Nexus 5 actually was able to surpass the iPhone 5s with Apple's 64-bit A7 processor in a few tests and goes toe to toe with it in gaming and graphics.

Submission + - Scientists making good use of those photos you posted online (

An anonymous reader writes: Scientists from Stanford University working with the Natural Capital Project are using geo-tagged photos on flikr to map the recreational value of nature. Their study also includes a global map of where people are going on vacation everywhere in the world, as measured by flikr photos. It's pretty cool stuff.

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