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Submission + - Searching The Internet For Evidence Of Time Travelers 2

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Here's an interesting paper by two physicists at Michigan Technological University who have come up with a practical methodology for finding time travelers through the internet. "Time travel has captured the public imagination for much of the past century, but little has been done to actually search for time travelers. Here, three implementations of Internet searches for time travelers are described, all seeking a prescient mention of information not previously available. The first search covered prescient content placed on the Internet, highlighted by a comprehensive search for specific terms in tweets on Twitter. The second search examined prescient inquiries submitted to a search engine, highlighted by a comprehensive search for specific search terms submitted to a popular astronomy web site. The third search involved a request for a direct Internet communication, either by email or tweet, pre-dating to the time of the inquiry. Given practical verifiability concerns, only time travelers from the future were investigated. No time travelers were discovered. Although these negative results do not disprove time travel, given the great reach of the Internet, this search is perhaps the most comprehensive to date." Steven Hawkings' similar search also provided negative results.

Submission + - SPAM: Isaac Asimov's 1964 Predictions About 2014 Are Frighteningly Accurate

ياسمينة الشام writes: In 1964, famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov , at what you might find if you set foot inside the 2014 World’s Fair. Using his gift for envisioning future technology, Asimov’s predictions from 50 years out are both stunningly accurate and perhaps a little bit depressing. Here’s a look at what he got right.
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Submission + - The parody shirt the NSA doesn't want you to wear (dailydot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Not only proficient in its role as a global eavesdropper, but apparently the NSA (TM) is quite adept when it comes to protecting its intellectual property. From the Daily Dot: "Two days after the world learned the National Security Agency logs practically every American phone call, the agency had started cracking down on entrepreneurs who made fun of it.
That's according to Dan McCall, founder of politically themed T-shirt company Liberty Maniacs. On June 5, the Guardian posted the first of many documents, leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden, that detail NSA's spy practices. Two days later, McCall put up a handful of T-shirts and bumper stickers for sale on the custom goods marketplace Zazzle, which distributes most of Liberty Maniacs' goods. Each of those items had the NSA logo, plus a common joke as a slogan: 'The only part of the government that actually listens.' 'Within an hour or two,' as McCall told the Daily Dot, Zazzle emailed him to say the shirt had been removed from the Zazzle site."

Submission + - Welcome to the U.S.: Discriminated, detained, searched, interrogated (zdnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: America may be the land of the free, but upon arrival millions of visitors cross a legal purgatory at the U.S. border. It is an international legal phenomenon that is left much to the discretion of host countries. In some cases, this space between offers travelers far fewer rights than some of the least democratic and free countries on Earth. Limited access to legal counsel, unwarranted searches, and questionable rights to free speech to name a few. One of the more controversial — and yet still legally a contested grey area — are the rights travelers have in regards to electronics and device searches.
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Submission + - DNA Tests Suggest Texas Executed an Innocent Man (texasobserver.org)

Hugh Pickens writes: "Claude Jones always claimed that he wasn't the man who walked into an East Texas liquor store in 1989 and shot the owner, professing his innocence right up until the moment he was executed on Dec. 7, 2000. His murder conviction was based on a single piece of forensic evidence recovered from the crime scene — a strand of hair that prosecutors claimed belonged to Jones. Now the Texas Observer reports that DNA tests completed this week show the hair didn't belong to Jones after all but belonged to the victim of the shooting, Allen Hilzendager, raising serious doubts about Jones guilt. "The DNA results prove that testimony about the hair sample on which this entire case rests was just wrong," says Barry Scheck, co-founder of the Innocence Project. Claude Jones was no saint. Jones and an accomplice named Kerry Daniel Dixon pulled into Zell's liquor store and one of them remained in the pickup truck, while the other went inside and shot the store's owner three times. On December 6, 2000, the day before the execution, Jones’ attorneys filed a last-ditch motion for a stay—in district court and with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals—so they could submit the strand of hair for mitochondrial DNA testing. Both courts turned him down."

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