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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Called it! 112 years ago...

quote [ It also perfectly predicted Skype and Facetime. ]

It is amazing how prescient so many writers were...and how wrong they got it when they did.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Original]
[by Bob Denver@5:11amGMT] [3 comments]

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Sunspot Solar Observatory Shutdown Mystery

quote [ We're learning the National Solar Observatory in Sunspot, NM, will stay shut down indefinitely. The facility was evacuated more than a week ago because of a security concern, but investigators are not saying what that concern is. The FBI told KOAT the security concern is not about aliens or UFO's, but the entrance was blocked off by yellow crime tape. "We were told we had a credible threat through the FBI and to leave," said evacuee Sean Williams. He and his family were one of five households told to leave the area. He said they weren't given a reason why. ]

First the DOE opens a gateway to the Upside Down, and now this!

[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Interesting]
[by Ankylosaur@1:48pmGMT] [19 comments]

Monday, 10 September 2018

rm -rf | Fascinating stories of firmware dev from an ex-Tesla employee

quote [ ?A former Tesla employee, who worked on their IT infrastructure, is posting in a subforum of a subforum, a little-known place for funy computer forgotten by time. His NDA has expired.

He has such sights to show us. Join me and I will be your silent guide into a world of horror.? ]

For discretion, the former Tesla employee?s account are listed on a Twitter thread as text images.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+6 Interesting]
[by damnit@4:17pmGMT] [11 comments]

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Why the Future of Data Storage is (Still) Magnetic Tape

quote [ because tape has now disappeared completely from consumer-level products, most people are unaware of its existence, let alone of the tremendous advances that tape recording technology has made in recent years and will continue to make for the foreseeable future. ]

[SFW] [science & technology] [+4 Informative]
[by Paracetamol@7:57pmGMT] [3 comments]

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Ask HN: Strange bug workarounds? | Hacker News

quote [ in my early days (late 1990s) supporting an office network in London there was a computer where the mouse was making the cursor behave erratically during roughly the same period every afternoon. We swapped out the mouse, the controller card, even the computer - effectively replacing all the physical equipment - and nothing seemed to stop it. We went through all sorts of ideas - too near the microwave, heavy fax machine usage, someone's mobile phone ? ]

Sifting through old links. Sorry for posting Hacker News again but these were too interesting. Solution in extended, thumb via New Old Stock

[SFW] [science & technology] [+5]
[by Paracetamol@9:36amGMT] [12 comments]

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

NASA?s Pluto probe spots the next deep space rock it?s zooming toward

quote [ NASA?s New Horizons spacecraft, known for flying by Pluto in 2015, has finally spotted its next target at the edge of the Solar System. On August 16th, the distant probe captured its first images of the space rock it?s currently zooming toward ? an icy body nearly 20 miles across that?s been nicknamed Ultima Thule. It?s a major milestone for the New Horizons team as they prepare the spacecraft for its rendezvous with Ultima Thule on New Year?s Day 2019. ]

Yes - our civilization is doing this!
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2 Interesting]
[by knumbknutz@11:31pmGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

NASA Chief Wants to Send Humans to the Moon

quote [ "When you look back at history, look back at the end of the Apollo program, 1972 when we didn't go back to the moon... you look back and there was a period of time there after Apollo and before the space shuttles when we had a gap of human spaceflight capability," Bridenstine said. "And then you go forward and look at the retirement of the space shuttles in 2011, and now we're getting to the point where we're ready to fly commercial crew. We've got a gap of about eight years in our ability to fly crew into space. ]

Wow - a Trump appointee who is proving to be intelligent, curious and a good listener. When you are in the halls of NASA, you definitely can't pretend that you?re the smartest person in the room.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4 Good]
[by knumbknutz@2:26pmGMT] [7 comments]

Monday, 27 August 2018

Math + The Mechanics

quote [ The story of the Curta Calculator, a stylish portable mechanical calculator that doesn?t use electricity and has a surprisingly dramatic origin story. ]

Such a cool calculator
[SFW] [science & technology] [+7 Good]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [12 comments]

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Russia trolls 'spreading vaccine discord'

quote [ Troll accounts that tried to influence the US election also tweeted about vaccines, a study says.

Many posted both pro- and anti-vaccination messages to create "false equivalency", the study found. It examined thousands of tweets sent between 2014 and 2017. Vaccination was being used by trolls and sophisticated bots as a "wedge issue", said Mark Dredze from Johns Hopkins University. "By playing both sides, they erode public trust in vaccination, exposing us all to the risk of infectious diseases," he said. ]

Trolls be trolls...they don't care what we're arguing about or who wins the argument, as long as the argument is all we're paying attention to...a very strange mix of health, science, tech, and woo, hence the category.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+6 WTF]
[by knumbknutz@2:25pmGMT] [2 comments]

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Chill out about the pyramid-size asteroid coming near Earth

quote [ Potentially hazardous. Dangerous. Warning!

An asteroid described in various news sources as being larger than the pyramids in Egypt and bigger than the London Eye is indeed passing by Earth on Aug. 29. But it's not about to ram our planet with the power of a thousand apocalypses. ]

Guess the brits love their clickbait as well
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Informative]
[by knumbknutz@11:09pmGMT] [0 comments]

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