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Submission + - Andrea Rossi's E-Cat cold fusion reactor 'verified' by third-party researchers 1

zzats writes: Extremetech is running an article of Italian inventor Andrea Rossi's cold fusion reactor E-Cat having been verified by a third-party research group. Rossi has claimed having a working cold fusion reactor before, which the audience Slashdot has received with quite a bit of skepticism in the past. "Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat — the device that purports to use cold fusion to generate massive amounts of cheap, green energy – has been verified by third-party researchers, according to a new 54-page report. The researchers observed a small E-Cat over 32 days, where it produced net energy of 1.5 megawatt-hours, or “far more than can be obtained from any known chemical sources in the small reactor volume.” The article also adds that "The researchers are very careful about not actually saying that cold fusion/LENR is the source of the E-Cat’s energy, instead merely saying that an “unknown reaction” is at work. "

Submission + - Telsa Motors Unveils Model D Sedan ( 1

SchrodingerZ writes: Nine days after Elon Musk hinted about a new project, the P85D Sedan has been unveiled by Tesla Motors. The Model D is Tesla's latest car design, capable of feats not yet seen in electric vehicles. The four door luxury car is able to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in a mere 3.2 seconds, an acceleration similar to the McLaren F1 super car. While the exterior remains the same build as the Model S, the interior will have a second motor in the front of the car, to complement the rear motor. The D models will also have a slightly larger range of 275 miles on a single charge, 10 miles more than the 85 and P85 cars. The safety features have also been enhanced, adding "adaptive cruise control and the ability to read speed limit signs, stop itself if a crash is imminent, stay in its lane, and even park itself in a street spot or in your garage." Musk explains at the inaugural event, "this car is nuts. It’s like taking off from a carrier deck. It’s just bananas." The Model D is available for the 60kWh, 80kWh, and P85 cars, and are expected to start shipping in December of this year.

Comment I am disappointed in you (Score 2) 231

.. and your attempts to mischief. Our junior high school was fairly progressed, when I attended it in '97-00. The school had a server-infrastructure with group policies, it had several computer labs, in total something like 60-70 networked Windows-computers to be shared amongst the schools 300 or so students. For off-hours internet access the school had it's own dial-up service.

The computers had this 'netop school' remote control software installed. The program enabled locking the screen, executing a command remotely and screencasts. The setup had a few master installations, which allowed, if authorized to use these features.

Computers and using them like this were a new thing, and as the teachers were mostly at least in their 40s, this setup was a challenge - so the IT-administration had issued pretty easy-to-remember passwords, which were easily captured just by looking over the typist's shoulder.

So this is where the fun starts. Anyone remember Back Orifice? Anyone remember what c:\con\con did? Me and my friends installed BO pretty much to every single computer on the school, so it was kind of a standard to steal homework, passwords, essays whatever remotely from other students. One of my proudest moments was executing c:\con\con on every school's computer simultaneously, and watching them all turn in a blue screen. Yes, many lost work that day.

A friend of mine managed to grab /etc/passwd from the school's linux server. This was before the days of shadow passwords. When out drinking with old friends, someone almost always reminds us of the janitor's password 'tractor' :D

I believe this kind of activity might lead to more severe problems these days: as a response to all this I was sent to study Java and humbleness to the local technical university at the age of 12. :)

Comment Re: American car companies... (Score 1) 426

Yes, a solid point. Basically the idea is same, it's the yearly inspection indicating the roadworthiness of the vehicle, so the fault could be either emissions not matching the scale or body fractures. Even tho one cannot estimate the cost of ownership from those stats, they are a pretty good indicator of the overall build quality of the vehicle.

Comment Re: American car companies... (Score 1) 426 features compiled statistics. Most of the ford models are translatable to their US counterparts, but most of the trucks and bigger saloon cars are completely absent from the import programs and road traffic because in Europe we have this thing called climate change. :)

Comment Re: American car companies... (Score 1) 426

I am European, so my opinion is bound to be biased, but in short: you are wrong. I measure car quality by (fuel) efficiency, emissions, total cost of ownership and reliability. No American car manufacturer can match the level upheld by the big three (VAG/BMW/Mercedes). Ford comes close but their cars are just a little worse by every single criterion. There are statistics to support my claim, such as the inspection statistics released yearly from Germany.

Submission + - Selfie of Stroke Symptoms Finally Gets Woman Correct Diagnosis

theshowmecanuck writes: Canada's CBC TV reports that a woman suffering from a transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke) was diagnosed by the attending emergency room physician as suffering from stress, given tips on how to manage it and sent home. As she left the hospital she again began suffering the same symptoms in her car. Thinking quick she pulled out her smart phone and started taking a video selfie of herself to show the doctors the classic symptoms of a stroke. She was originally stricken at home and remembering the symptoms of a stroke from a public service announcement, went to the hospital when the symptoms subsided. After the second episode, her quick thinking and video convinced the doctors they were wrong and she was right, and they sent her for the proper diagnostic testing and treatment they should have given in first place. The article has a link to the video she took, but here it is in case, and I know it is unlikely on Slashdot, you don't want to read it.

Submission + - 3D Windowing System Developed Using Wayland, Oculus Rift (

An anonymous reader writes: Developed as part of a university master thesis is a "truly 3D" windowing system environment. The 3D desktop was developed as a Qt Wayland compositor and output to an Oculus Rift display and then controlled using a high-precision Razer mouse. Overall, it's interesting research for bringing 2D windows into a 3D workspace using Wayland and the Oculus Rift. The code is hosted as the Motorcar Compositor. A video demonstration is on YouTube.

Submission + - Jolla Announces 1st Meego/Android-App Device Available Year End 2013

x_IamSpartacus_x writes: Jolla, the Finnish company that continued Nokia’s work on the MeeGo mobile platform, announced details of its first smartphone on Monday. Availability for the Jolla device is expected by year end and can be pre-ordered now; the phone will be priced at no more than €399 (US $512.26).
The Jolla hardware looks similar to that of Nokia’s Lumia, with a clean, button-less front face that houses the 4.5-inch touchcscreen.The phone will use a dual-core processor and support 4G LTE in some regions. Internal storage tops out at 16 GB, but can be expanded via microSD card. The phone also includes an 8 megapixel rear camera with auto focus.
The phone is also “Android app compliant” which, in a move similar to that of BlackBerry, can help with available apps at launch.

Comment Re:Another closed, proprietory garden... (Score 2) 74

And if the system itself is fairly modular AND the hardware is open then there should be no stopping you from replacing the closed bits. But that's a big if.

There's three parts to this puzzle here. Mer, which is the core distribution. Nemo UX, an open source UI for phones built on top of Mer. Lastly, there's the Sailfish UI, which is the proprietary, Nemo-compatible Jolla-look&feel UX.

It's currently possible to build Mer along with Nemo for N900/N950/N9 (along with several non-Nokia devices), but as far as I understand, the Nemo UI is not usable for the former device. The Mer wiki has quite a lot of relevant information on the topic.


Submission + - Jolla mobile set to launch it's Sailfish OS today ( 1

zzats writes: The Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Jolla, started by ex-Nokia Meego engineers, is showing it's Linux-based Sailfish OS for the public for the first time today. The first (supposedly generic) keynote speech is scheduled to air 9:15 GMT, with an UI-focused presentation starting later, 15:00 GMT. In addition to using the OS on their own devices, Jolla is planning to license it to third party manufacturers. The company has previously stated their initial focus for creating an ecosystem is in the Chinese market.

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