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Journal Journal: GBCW

I'm pretty sure that I won't be missed.

I am just pretty tired of the rather mean-spirited and ill-informed nature of the comments here. This site took a sudden nose-dive into the cesspool recently. It's as if CNN suddenly puked all its commentards onto this site.

It's pretty clear that a heck of a lot of folks have absolutely no idea how to program or do science. I'm also quite disappointed in the number of folks that stalk posters and shill their own posts.

Submission + - NASA: Voyager-1 has not yet left the solar system (nasa.gov)

skade88 writes: From the JPL's Voyager's team blog: "The Voyager team is aware of reports today that NASA's Voyager 1 has left the solar system," said Edward Stone, Voyager project scientist based at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. "It is the consensus of the Voyager science team that Voyager 1 has not yet left the solar system or reached interstellar space. In December 2012, the Voyager science team reported that Voyager 1 is within a new region called 'the magnetic highway' where energetic particles changed dramatically. A change in the direction of the magnetic field is the last critical indicator of reaching interstellar space and that change of direction has not yet been observed."

To learn more about the current status of the Voyager mission, visit: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2012-381

The Voyager spacecraft were built and continue to be operated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, Calif. Caltech manages JPL for NASA. The Voyager missions are a part of NASA's Heliophysics System Observatory, sponsored by the Heliophysics Division of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.


Submission + - Voyager-1 is the first man-made object to exit the Solar System (bbc.co.uk)

tocsy writes: The BBC is reporting that earlier this week, Voyager-1 finally crossed the heliopause — the edge of our solar system — and into interstellar space. NASA scientists say the spacecraft detected a rapid change in its surroundings indicating that the spacecraft has exited the heliosphere. This makes Voyager-1 the first man-made object to enter interstellar space, at over 18 billion km away from the sun. NASA has submitted a paper to the American Geophysical Union, to be published shortly in Geophysical Research Letters.

Submission + - WHSmith Putting DRM in eBooks without permission from the authors (simon-royle.com)

sgroyle writes: "DRM had, without my knowledge, been added to my book. I quickly checked my other books; same thing. Then I checked the books of authors who, because of their vocal and public opposition, I know are against DRM – Konrath, Howey, and Doctorow, to name a few – same result. ALL books on WHSmith have DRM in them.

Rather than assume WHSmith where at fault, I checked with my distributor, Draft2Digital. They send my books to Kobo, who in turn send my books to WHSmith. D2D assured me the DRM was not being added by them and were distressed to hear that this was the case. Kobo haven’t replied to any of the messages in this thread: “WHSmith putting DRM in books distributed via Kobo”. I’m not holding my breath."

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What to do about a blogging stalker?

An anonymous reader writes: Three years ago, I stopped communicating with a good friend of mine, due mainly to what I would best call irreconcilable differences. After several years of not hearing from him, he's now started posting about me to a blog, almost weekly: one week he'll publish my age; another week, my date of birth; another, my phone number; another, a photo of my house from Google Street View. Posts have quickly gone from reposted public information to details of my private life, such as my opinions on various topics, but expressed in such a way as to make me sound like a monster. E-mails and a phone call have both gone unanswered. Is there any recourse to something like this? We live in different countries, which I assume would rule out legal action.

Comment Re:I Only Do Symbolic Anonymity (Score 1) 333

Looks, like, I, need, to, work, on, my, writing, skillz, then.

Good thing I'm not a paid wordsmith.

And to think this all started because of my bad writing. It was so murky, that folks couldn't even realize that I was simply agreeing with Mr. Schneier's article, and saying that I think that it's a good idea to behave in ALL my affairs, ESPECIALLY the ones that I think are anonymous.

I regret the "grow up" comment. That elicited a negative reaction. I apologize.

I have found, that whenever folks truly believe they will not be called to account for their words/actions, they tend to...devolve. Return to their hunter/gatherer roots.

Sadly, we do this in a medium that has no "forget" switch.

I have seen my own comments, from years ago, that I would have SWORN were anonymous, pulled up and presented to me.

So, nowadays, I just try not to descend to the depths displayed in these comment threads.

Sadly, SlashDot seems to have quickly degenerated into a mindless, ad hominem mosh pit (shows my age, eh?). Just like CNN commentards.

I've been trying to do my part to be a good member here (I sort submissions and metamod every day, and try to use mod points wisely, including promoting comments that I disagree with, but deserve to be elevated, etc.).

I have a feeling that I'll probably sign off here in a bit.

Comment Re:I Only Do Symbolic Anonymity (Score 1) 333


I agree with Bruce.

A lot of...rather reactionary...folks immediately jumped to the thought that I am advocating suppression and censorship. The responses have been...illuminating.

All I said, was that I agree with him, and always act as if my Internet interactions (and many IRL interactions) are always in public, and behave here, the way that I would behave on a street or at the office.

It has nothing whatsoever with advocating the surveillance state. It is merely accepting it as a fact of life, like stoplight cameras and TSA perv-scanners. Once a fact of life has been accepted, then we can adjust our lives around it.

It's really a bit heartbreaking to see so many folks that should know better, acting out in such pithy ways; as if they cannot be tracked and identified (I was actually able to do that with one of the ACs in this discussion, and there was no need for anything other than a bit of simple correlation).

"THEY" know who you are, and what you did last summer. "THEY" know that you pull your pickle to vid clips of Granny and Fido. Sorry. I don't think it's right, and I'd rather that not be the case (you think YOUR life is bad, think about Granny -another example of collateral damage from this culture).

The discussions here went south pretty quickly. There's a great deal of crazy around this topic.


Submission + - Method Developed to Produce Vastly Cheaper Clean Water 1

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "David Alexander reports that defense contractor Lockheed Martin has found a way to produce thin carbon membranes with regular holes about a nanometer in size that are large enough to allow water to pass through but small enough to block the molecules of salt in seawater, potentially making it vastly cheaper to produce clean water at a time when scarcity has become a global security issue. Because the sheets of pure carbon known as graphene are so thin — just one atom in thickness — it takes much less energy to push the seawater through the filter with the force required to separate the salt from the water. "It's 500 times thinner than the best filter on the market today and a thousand times stronger," says John Stetson, who began working on the issue in 2007. "The energy that's required and the pressure that's required to filter salt is approximately 100 times less." Stetson adds that if the new filter material, known as Perforene, was compared to the thickness of a piece of paper, the nearest comparable filter for extracting salt from seawater would be the thickness of three reams of paper — more than half a foot thick. Access to clean drinking water is increasingly seen as a major global security issue. Competition for water is likely to lead to instability and potential state failure in countries important to the United States, according to a U.S. intelligence community report last year. According to the report “during the next 10 years, many countries important to the United States will almost certainly experience water problems — shortages, poor water quality, or floods — that will contribute to the risk of instability and state failure, and increase regional tensions (PDF).""

Comment Re:I Only Do Symbolic Anonymity (Score 1) 333

Oh yeah, these poor women are destroyed forever because someone took videos of them being naked. Plus, you could bring up "Child Porn" as another example why the Security Industrial Complex should receive massive amounts of money, crypto be outlawed and so on.

Man, you are full of shit. Exactly nobody was hurt except the feelings of these slimy surveillance salesmen and pervert government snoopers. You want to log all my traffic because these dumb cunts run Windows with a camera and microphone ? Sure as hell that makes sense. Much more than that they put black tape over their fucking camera. Or use Linux.

They are supposed to snoop on the 1% criminals on a case-by-case basis instead of doing a fishing expedition on the 99% who are law-abiding. If the crims/terrz use crypto, they can break into their houses and install snooping/keylogging gadgets. And then FUCK OFF AND LEAVE PEOPLE LIKE ME ALONE, YOU SCUMBAG.


Thanks, chum (in the "fishing" sense).

Comment Re:I Only Do Symbolic Anonymity (Score 1) 333

One would think that, yes?

Sadly, as is proven, every single day, lots of chronologically-advanced folks are unable to behave in a socially-responsible manner without restrictions.

In my experience, grown-ups have rules; they just have an internal barometer and police themselves. That clearly does not happen with a great many folks on the Internet. Reading some of the sites, articles and comments folks have, believing that they will never be called to task on their words, is really pretty depressing. What is even more alarming, is realizing that a lot of these folks have children and families.

Go ahead and think whatever you like. I happen to have some very direct experience in just this kind of thing. I'm not going to bother explaining it (in any case, if I have to, you wouldn't understand). I am quite aware of EXACTLY how bad people can get, and also how very good people can get. I've seen stuff, and met folks, that would freeze your blood. I'm not talking about combat experience, either. I know just what it is to live in a nation with no rules.


Submission + - Graphene-based supercapacitors produced at UCLA (ucla.edu) 1

muon-catalyzed writes: Researchers at UCLA have successfully produced high-performance graphene-based supercapacitors using a computerized LightScribe DVD drive. These devices exhibit ultrahigh energy density values in different electrolytes approaching those of batteries, yet they can be charged in seconds. The devices can be charged and discharged for more than 10,000 cycles without losing much in performance compared with a normal life-time of less than 1000 cycles typical for batteries. Imagine having an energy storage device that stores as much energy as a conventional battery (YouTube video), yet, can be charged 100 to 1000 times faster.

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