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Submission + - Google: 99.95% of Recent 'Trusted' DMCA Notices Were Bogus (

AmiMoJo writes: In comments submitted to a U.S. Copyright Office consultation, Google has given the DMCA a vote of support, despite widespread abuse. Noting that the law allows for innovation and agreements with content creators, Google says that 99.95% of URLs it was asked to take down last month didn't even exist in its search indexes. “For example, in January 2017, the most prolific submitter submitted notices that Google honored for 16,457,433 URLs. But on further inspection, 16,450,129 (99.97%) of those URLs were not in our search index in the first place.”

Submission + - Controversial LTE-U wireless tech OK'd by FCC (

alphadogg writes: The Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday that it had approved two cellular base stations – one each from Ericsson and Nokia – to use LTE-U, marking the first official government thumbs-up for the controversial technology. FCC chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement that the unlicensed spectrum – historically, the territory of Wi-Fi – can now be used to help ease the load on carrier mobile networks.

Comment Researchers Working on Liquid Battery That Could (Score 2) 218

Seems like the primary point of this battery tech is getting slam-dunked by the mobile phone and personal device power crowd. It's NOT a matter of energy density (although that is a moderately important issue), but the LONGEVITY / RECHARGE CYCLES of this battery tech.
Hell, even if it is 10 times the size of current lithium tech batteries, the fact that it can survive for a DECADE of charge / discharge cycles makes it a REAL plus in the 'load levelling' supplemental power arena, especially since they won't be stressed to full discharge / recharge on a daily basis - - - which SHOULD effectively extend the useful lifespan to several decades.
It's not a question of how much power you can pack into a given volume, it's HOW LONG the battery can perform before needing replacement - - - and this tech really seems to be a contender for bulk power storage for dealing with peak demand power usage - with a very long life cycle.
Please get off the volumetric power rants, and look at the feasibility of using this type of battery, even if it takes up a lot (relatively) of space, and consider it's application as a serious long-term power load leveling technology.
Consider, also, that it is much smaller than compressed air, elevated water, or molten salt storage systems, and appears to offer much lower maintenance / support expense, since it is basically an electrical cell that probably only requires a reasonable thermal environment.

Yeah, I've made some assumptions - that may be way off base - but at least I'm NOT trying to cram this LONG-TERM, HIGH-RECYCLE, ELECTRICAL STORAGE technology into a miniaturized application (phones, laptops, watches, etc.) that it was never intended for.

Comment rst Gene Drive In Mammals Could Aid Vast New Zeala (Score 5, Insightful) 301

OUCH ! I hate to be the 'fear monger' here, but with CRISPR genetic modification, the changes are incorporated into the germ-line of that species, and will be passed down from generation - to - generation. This is the actual plan for the project, and it is being introduced into MAMMALS. Well, humans are also mammals, and similar enough to mice that the mouse line of mammals is very often used as the initial test-bed for medical research targeted at humans. How long will it take this CRISPR modification to jump species-lines, either from virus-aided transfer, or through some form of deliberate weaponization processes?

Damn, I'm kinda' glad that I'm over 70, and hopefully won't be around when (IF) this extinction-level event happens. Granted, it will take multiple generations to spread throughout the global population, but a 'kill-switch' function, or even a more elegant technique involving a basic 'count-down' trigger that self-terminates after a certain number of generation transfers (similar to, and based on, the process of telomere shrinkage with each reproductive cycle), COULD be incorporated into the process in order to limit run-away disasters if the genetic alteration does get loose, or manages to cross species lines.

I shudder to think of the implications of this research being developed to the point that it could target ANY species, and then the inevitable acquisition of the techniques by radicalized, medically-competent , scientists with either deep-pocket private backers, or state-sponsored support.

One geographic transfer / escpe process that pops to mind is a bird, or other long distance traveller, that dumps fecal matter contaminated with this gene-line altering process still active in the biological waste, which then gets eaten by another scavenger (a REALLY HUNGRY individual), and . . . boom - - - the CRISPER agent is suddenly introduced into a population outside of the targeted area, and could very well move from a geo-bound area (like islands) to a wide-open continental arena.

OK, so this is a '. . . sky is falling' scenario, but EVERY precaution needs to be considered - and planned for - when introducing a process that is deliberately designed for total species-line extermination, and there is just no way that ALL escape options will ever be able to be covered with 100% reliability.

Enjoy your nightmares ! ! !

Comment re: Glass From Nuclear Test Site Shows the Moon Wa (Score 5, Interesting) 48

Good Grief. Talk about a bit of over-simplification - - -
article quote - probably evaporated off the moon while it was being formed in a violent collision or soon afterward, while its surface was still incredibly hot.

There WASN'T any MOON surface to evaporate from - it was the multi-quadrillion PIECES that got thermally blasted, and lost all of their volatiles.

Because the major mass-locus was earth, the free-floating material preferentially 'gravitated' here, leaving the particulate residue to accumulate into our moon, with the majority of it's material probably being from the crustal region of the earth and the colliding planetoid (Theia).

With the earth being more massive, and presumably less heated by the collision, the lighter materials would eventually either be 'lost in space' or captured by earth, while the nascent moon cloud, still in it's infancy and HOT, and in FRAGMENTS, continued to out-gas. Even with thermal equivalence of the two bodies, the higher gravitational tug of earth would have preferentially attracted - and kept - the lighter volatiles blown off by the collision. (Yep, I'm agreeing with the author, except on the point of "the moon's surface").

OK, so I'm knit-picking, but please keep your presentation straight, as there was NOT any definable 'surface' of the moon at that period, just a LOT of really hot pieces that thermally expelled all low-temp volatiles as they circled earth and eventually coalesced into our moon.

Still, overall, a very good piece, and worthy of inclusion under the 'real science' category of slashdot's potpourri - unfortunately a small and decreasing category of material on this site.

cheers . . .

Submission + - Sad news from JAXA's de-orbiting cable system

rickyslashdot writes: The theory of using the earth's electro-magnetic field to provide deceleration to orbital debris failed when JAXA's satellite was unable to extend it's cable. Because of the short period of time available for this test, there wasn't sufficient time for JAXA's ground specialists to resolve the un-spooling failure, and the craft re-entered burn-up without providing any useful information on whether the de-orbiting process was feasible.

Although this process of orbital velocity alteration/deceleration appears sound, it lost it's current chance to prove this ability to alter altitude and orbital velocity because of a glitch that prevented the 'long wire' electromotive element from deploying.

Because of the simplicity of this system, it is bound to be tested again — hopefully sooner than later.

If proven successful in later tests, it will mean that de-orbiting 'junk' can be done by attaching a 'long-wire' tether to the junk, and just waiting for physics to take the junk from orbit to atmospheric burn-up.

This process is inherently safer than using rocket engines (to be attached to the junk), and is much less of a 'mass-to-orbit' cost, since it only requires a grappling system, and a spool of wire/cable. The cable does NOT have to be structurally strong, as it is only used to provide an electro-magnet dynamic drag on the attached 'junk'.
Additionally, it effectively de-orbits the complete chunk of 'debris' without the problems involved with kinetic nets that would tend to fragment, or shatter, portions of the junk while reducing it's orbital velocity enough to bring it down. Even the tiniest piece of left-over debris that could be released from the 'capture-net' system could still prove a real problem, since these tiny pieces are realistically impossible to track, and can cause real damage due to their relative velocitiy in respect to orbiting spacecraft.

Hopefully, there will be a follow-up / re-try in the near future for this orbital debris clean-up process.

Comment re: Milky Way Is Being Pushed Across the Universe (Score 1) 149

This HAS to be the best thing ever - all I will have to do is make sure there is nobody behind me and I can get my car to propel itself forward with NO FUEL EXPENDITURE - - - better than any application of 'flux capacitors'.
Just imagine, with nothing behind you, your mileage will go off the chart, since it won't require any fuel or engine usage to get you moving into the vast frontiers of ANY spatial locale, and all without ANY requirement for fuel ! ! !
Hell of a revolution in the physics arena, since you can travel anywhere, with no fuel or engine - - - AS LONG AS THERE IS NOTHING BEHIND YOU - - - _ROFLMAO_

Sorry, but this really tickled my warped sense of humor, and I just HAD to plop this post into the slashdot (ces)pool to see how many others got a good, beer-twisted, mind-boggling laugh out of it !

cheers, chug a few more, and take a dive off the deep end !

Comment Today Marks 50th Anniversary of Fatal Apollo 1 Dis (Score 4, Insightful) 87

I was in my teens, living with my foster family in California. We were returning from a grocery shopping trip when the news broke on the radio. My foster father, who personally knew Gus Grissom and Ed White, broke into tears and had to pull over and stop the car.
Despite his earlier warnings to his supervisors about the hazards of testing with atmospheric pressure pure oxygen environments, the tests continued - as he was 'only' a field engineer for NASA.
Was really a sad day, with many tears and spiteful comments about the lack of real leadership qualities in the top bureaucracy of NASA at that time.
Sadly, even though there were SOME changes, and even some GOOD changes, they didn't last long, and we were soon back in the same 'good old boy' network of leadership that does nothing for the program unless it pins a feather on the cap of a supervisor somewhere in the bureaucratic hierarchy.
Continuing this sad tale, we saw the loss of a launch because of faulty O-ring design caused by small, but significant, warpage from the weight of the vehicle resting on its side during the O-ring installation. This issue had already been seen to be marginal - with one after-launch diagnostic showing that the booster was within seconds of burning through - with the tragic results that happened when a later booster DID burn through.
And then, there was the loss during re-entry from another vehicle because of icing issues - even though NASA had a waiver to continue using freon for de-icing which would have eliminated this problem, but changed to a different, less effective, but MORE Politically Correct compound. Granted, the actual icing issue didn't cause the loss, but the ice build-up and the impact of the ice-chunk DID result in another senseless, tragic loss.
Really gotta' love the bureaucrats, since they prove that normal humans can overcome even the worst of humanities faults and self-centered stupidity, and STILL succeed in the efforts to expand our frontiers.

Kinda' reminds me of the 'PC correct' idiot in purchasing that order bio-friendly cat litter for the packing of nuclear material - that caused the loss of the only long-term storage facility in the US because it ruptured - which WOULDN'T have happened if the idiot had just continued to use plain clay litter.

Submission + - Who's watching congress ?

rickyslashdot writes: This just crossed my monitor as a REAL and related issue I have mentioned in the past — ALL laws and actions taken by Congress — excepting certain National Security issues — NEED to be televised and monitored by the public.
Here it is — not even a week into 2017 — and congress has already gone to a closed session, back room, hidden from the public, type of activity that should have never been allowed to even be DISCUSSED, much especially actually VOTED on.
Fortunately, their 'action' didn't last 48 hours, as the public heard about it, and even pres-elect Trump weighed in. The great leaders attempted (actually voted it into action to become law) to gut the oversight agency that deals with congressional misbehavior — the Office of Congressional Ethics. In other words, behind closed doors, they attempted to remove THEIR guardians, the agency that watches over our country's law makers.
When news of this became public knowledge, our great leaders back-pedaled so fast that most will probably need physical therapy from the strain of reversing themselves so fast and so hard.
What other reason is needed to allow, and even force, C-Span to expand coverage to EVERY minute the House and Senate meet, whether on the floor -OR- in sealed, closed door sessions.

These are just a few I picked up from a quickie web search. MUCH more is available for those willing to dig a bit.

Comment Re:Benefits of the free market (Score 0) 77

Actually, the US is ruled by the LAWyers, but I do have to agree with the last sentence (pun intended).

VERY occasionally, some Chinese corporate head is offered to the masses with a leadlined hole through the cranium, not necessarily as a deterrent to the 'bad things' he did, but as a warning to not be left holding the bag when all the other corporation's lead officers have made it to their bunkers.

I have to say that the only fundamental difference between China and the US is the enormous amount of funding dumped into lawyer's laps to keep up the illusion (and the LAWS) of a corporation being an entity, entitled to the same rights as a PERSON - and nobody is going to throw a corporation into jail. Plus there are laws on the books that (mostly) prevent 'killing' a corporation, either (especially) through execution or by destroying the 'entity' with financial penalties. Even when this does occasionally happen, the board, president, and all stockholders are held non-liable beyond the capital assets of the 'entity'.

Comment Re: Solution (Score 1) 130

Thanks. I needed a swift kick in the crotch to remind me of the hate mongers / trollers still allowed to post freely.
Please learn to be civil, or go home and kick the dog.
At least I don't get vindictive about disagreeing posts - but then again - I don't really give a shit about those that tout their attitudes as gospel.

Remember, a closed attitude and a closed mind does nothing except gather cobwebs.

Have a Happy Holiday Season.

Comment Re:Another brick in the wall (Score 0) 130

OK . Have it your way. I'm tired of trying to be agreeable with you about YOUR specific issue(s), while attempting to point out the root causes embedded in the full spectrum of geo-political issues covering NOT just singular issues, but the fundamental problems that genuinely worry so much of the American voting public (read - those that are paying attention to the global situation and it's ramifications).
"Re:Another brick in the wall" is starting to feel like another brick to the head.
You have good intentions, and have focused on good items of concern, but the only way to address these limited problems is to go after the PTB (Powers That Be) that have allowed these situations to continue to exist.

Enjoy your holidays - and be thankful that you are in a country that ALLOWS you to enjoy these superficial pleasures, while, at the same time, is resorting to the same types of social controls that permit this government to do as they damned well please to everyone else in the world.

Misquoted, but essentially the same thing - - - Those that surrender their rights for security, deserve neither.

I'm finished with this thread . . . . .

Comment Re: Solution (Score 0) 130

AGAIN, DUH! Aren't the issues you mention the very issues that the '2-party system' (the establishment) is so totally involved in . . . that they can't get around to actually doing the job they were elected for - - - like building roads, border protection (uh, isn't this a TRUMP WALL item?), post office (not a federal department for many years, but an independent agency losing money as fast as, or faster than, any other federal agency?).
As far as leaving issues to the states, how do you figure ANYTHING ranging across the individual state's actions as 'cohesive', other than being bound by federal legislation to remain in the 'union'?
Sorry, do NOT want to start a flame war - but I would like to get clarification on these points before I begin considering anything you post as valid.

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