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1376  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Donation gamer: Games to give on: May 24, 2012, 12:23:30 PM
1. Euphemism for: now to play it without the wife catching me playing games.

Fixed so those of us who don't have eyeballs with the 700x zoom feature, can read it  Grin
1377  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / 'Star Trek' actor James Doohan's ashes sent to space on: May 24, 2012, 12:07:28 PM
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Actor James Doohan, who was best known for playing Scotty on Star Trek, was granted his wish of having his ashes sent to space on Tuesday.

The actor died in 2005 at age 85.

However, an attempt to send his ashes into space proved unsuccessful in 2008.

Happily, Doohan and over 300 other deceased individuals had their cremated remains sent into orbit thanks to SpaceX’s unmanned Falcon 9 rocket, which launced from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Other people whose ashes were sent to the stars include Gordon Cooper, who was one of the Mercury seven astronauts. He died in 2004.

Over 200 of those people, like Doohan, had previously unsuccessful attempts to get their ashes into space, which was mainly due to technical difficulties.

Source: http://thecelebritycafe.c...-doohans-ashes-sent-space
1378  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WTH, part Deu... Steam IS coming to Linux! on: May 23, 2012, 08:54:07 PM
Saw this a while back - be interesting to see which distros they support 'cos I can't see it being open source to be compiled on any distro?

Probably just Debian and Ubuntu
1379  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's Your Internet Speed/Reliability SATISFACTION? on: May 22, 2012, 06:49:31 AM


Dunno wtf is going on with my upload speed though lol
1380  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Request for help - potential website security issue on: May 21, 2012, 05:09:43 PM
Precisely - BUT this difficult member is saying that simply by browsing the website she can read the forum without logging in - I can't see how this is possible. AS far as I can tell no articles on the website link directly to forum articles and even if they did they should lead to a login page before being able to read the posting.

Side note...I think I just broke your disclaimer (No part of this website can be reproduced in any form without written permission) tongue

May be that should be 'may be reproduced' ! Anyway I give you permission ;-)

By the way if any one does find a security whole please let me know by PM - not on the open forum here.

The member is probably just being stupid and not realized they are actually logged in lol
1381  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Request for help - potential website security issue on: May 21, 2012, 05:06:06 PM
Side note...I think I just broke your disclaimer (No part of this website can be reproduced in any form without written permission) tongue
1382  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Request for help - potential website security issue on: May 21, 2012, 05:04:40 PM
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Thats what I see on the forum page.
1383  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Sniper Elite v2 out now! on: May 20, 2012, 09:41:45 PM
Just some screenies I took in game!

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1384  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Sniper Elite v2 out now! on: May 19, 2012, 09:29:28 PM
Just finished the 2nd Level of SEv2 - Gotta say, its living up to expectations...really REALLY fun so far!  cheesy

Also - 6/41 Achievements (Steam)
1385  DonationCoder.com Software / Point Motivator / Re: Bug? Doesn't remember settings... on: May 19, 2012, 03:06:53 PM
Dude, all these posts are like, over 4 years old...somehow I doubt anybody will find replies helpful now haha
1386  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What will be your next computer? on: May 18, 2012, 08:29:48 PM
I plan on running my current desktop until I am forced to get a new one, but I think I may buy a server and get away from consumer hardware entirely.

I don't see my need for a new tablet anytime soon. What I have will last. I use it for reading, and not much more.

My laptop, I rarely use. And I don't like to use it. I only use it for when I travel and can't use my desktop.

Yeah a server is possibly the best way forward...With the opportunity of running 4CPUs and up to like 512GB RAM...Plenty of room for expansion...and even if you didn't wanna move to linux, that would make a pretty sweet Windows 7 machine  Grin

It will most likely run Linux. I hope to extricate myself from reliance on MS by then.

Run Android on it just for the laugh haha
1387  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What will be your next computer? on: May 18, 2012, 08:23:29 PM
I plan on running my current desktop until I am forced to get a new one, but I think I may buy a server and get away from consumer hardware entirely.

I don't see my need for a new tablet anytime soon. What I have will last. I use it for reading, and not much more.

My laptop, I rarely use. And I don't like to use it. I only use it for when I travel and can't use my desktop.

Yeah a server is possibly the best way forward...With the opportunity of running 4CPUs and up to like 512GB RAM...Plenty of room for expansion...and even if you didn't wanna move to linux, that would make a pretty sweet Windows 7 machine  Grin
1388  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What will be your next computer? on: May 18, 2012, 07:39:41 PM
Ive only had this PC for around 3 months now - But it was an 'off-the-shelf' model - the only thing ive done is put in a better gfx card and and extra 2GB RAM

My next machine is going to be something that will last...

Maybe something with Dual 8 core CPU's - 32/64GB RAM, Dual GFX Cards...That should be the last one I have to build for quite some time I imagine.
1389  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Kiss Your Browser Goodbye - Windows 8 to BAN Firefox and Chrome on: May 16, 2012, 10:43:00 AM
Shame...oh wait...I use Opera...HA!  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

(Opera has ARM builds)  Wink

Either way...Windows & Apple are both dying a very funny death, and I don't expect either to be around for much longer now.
1390  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Cardigan Bay bottlenose dolphins 'learn factory whelk waste times for food' on: May 15, 2012, 06:35:05 PM
A school of bottlenose dolphins have figured out how to enjoy a free meal with the whelk waste from a seafood factory, marine researchers believe.

And like any school, there are also lessons for youngsters on how to do things properly.

Third year Swansea University marine biology student Jodie Denton counted how many bottlenose dolphins turned up after the licensed discharges by the plant at New Quay, Ceredigion.

She said: "There does seem to be a correlation between dolphin numbers and when the factory is open."

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) has identified 300 individual dolphins which use the bay, one of the largest in Europe and a location for sighting wildlife including seal, basking shark, minke whale and even Orca.

But it seems only the dolphins have cottoned on to the pickings to be had when Quay Fresh and Frozen Foods Ltd makes one of its discharges.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...-wales-mid-wales-18020502
1391  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson faces extradition on: May 15, 2012, 06:34:22 PM
group Sea Shepherd, Paul Watson, has appeared in court in Germany.

The marine conservationist faces extradition to Costa Rica over charges arising from a clash with a ship that was fishing for sharks.

The confrontation occurred in 2002 in Guatemalan waters.

An official from the prosecutor's office said Mr Watson was accused of using his vessel to intimidate another, putting the crew at risk.

Guenter Wittig said Mr Watson was currently in temporary custody and a judge would decide whether to formally place him in detention pending extradition.

Sea Shepherd is a controversial direct action group best known for disrupting Japan's annual whale hunt.

In the past there have been collisions between its vessels and the whaling fleet, and its activists have also boarded Japanese vessels.
'Attempted murder'

The group said the German warrant related to an "alleged violation of ships traffic" which took place a decade ago when it "encountered an illegal shark finning operation" - referring to the practice of catching sharks, slicing off their valuable fins and returning the shark to the water where it will usually die.

On order of the Guatemalan authorities, the group says, it instructed the crew of the Costa Rican vessel in question, the Varadero, to head back to port to be prosecuted.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18066901
1392  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Musicality test reveals UK's 'untapped talent' on: May 15, 2012, 06:33:46 PM
You might have more musical talent than you realise.

Results from a BBC experiment that tests musical skill suggest that many people who have not had formal training still have musical ability.

And talent is not influenced by age, sex or occupation either. The test indicated people from all walks of life underestimate their music potential.

Dr Daniel Mullensiefen of Goldsmiths College, who led the study, said some of the findings were surprising.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18034617
1393  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Chile charges suspect with Japanese astronomer murder on: May 15, 2012, 06:33:10 PM
A Chilean man has been charged with the murder of Japanese astronomer Koichiro Morita in Santiago earlier this week.

Prof Morita, 57, was part of an international team involved in building the Alma radio telescope facility in northern Chile.

He was found collapsed outside his apartment in Santiago last Monday and died hours later in hospital.

Christopher Quijada, 25, is accused of killing him during a street robbery in the early hours of the morning.

Initially it was thought Prof Morita died as a result of an accidental fall, but an autopsy found he was struck on the head with a heavy object.

The authorities say Mr Quijada has confessed to tripping him over as he tried to escape being robbed, causing him to hit his head on the pavement, but denies murder.

The suspect will be held in custody while the investigation continues.

If convicted of robbery and homicide he faces a minimum of 10 years in jail.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...ld-latin-america-18043856
1394  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Asteroid Vesta is 'last of a kind' rock on: May 15, 2012, 06:32:51 PM
Vesta is the only remaining example of the original objects that came together to form the rocky planets, like Earth and Mars, some 4.6 billion years ago.

This assessment is based on data from the Dawn probe which has been orbiting the second largest body in the asteroid belt for the past 10 months.

The findings from the Nasa mission are reported in Science magazine.

They confirm that Vesta has a layered interior with a metal-rich core, just as Earth, Mars, Venus and Mercury do.

Using information about the shape of the asteroid and its gravity field, scientists can even say something about the likely size of this core.

The Dawn team calculates it to be about 220km (135 miles) across, representing about 40% of the radius of Vesta, or roughly 18% of its total mass.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...ence-environment-18027933
1395  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / James Webb telescope's 'first light' instrument ready to ship on: May 15, 2012, 06:32:32 PM
One of Europe's main contributions to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is built and ready to ship to the US.

The Mid-Infrared Instrument (Miri) will gather key data as the $9bn (£5.5bn) observatory seeks to identify the first starlight in the Universe.

The results of testing conducted at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK have just been signed off, clearing Miri to travel to America.

James Webb - regarded as the successor to Hubble - is due to launch in 2018.

It will carry a 6.5m primary mirror (more than double the width of Hubble's main mirror), and a shield the size of a tennis court to guard its sensitive vision from the heat and strong light of our Sun.

The observatory has been tasked with tracking down the very first luminous objects in the cosmos - groupings of the first generation of stars to burst into life.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...ence-environment-18006933
1396  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Amber preserves insect pollen carriers on: May 15, 2012, 06:31:46 PM
What may be the earliest direct example of insect pollination has been identified by scientists.

The evidence is seen in 100-million-year-old amber blocks from Spain that include tiny invertebrates whose bodies are coated with pollen grains.

The role of insects in fertilising plants was one of the great steps in the evolution of life on Earth.

Today, most flowering plants, including many food crops, could not reproduce without the insect transport of pollen.

The discovery is reported in the American journal, the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Science (PNAS).

Amber, the fossilised remnant of tree resin, is a wonderful preservation medium, freezing in time the exquisite detail of insects that got caught up in the once sticky mess.

The translucent pieces described by the researchers in their PNAS paper come from the Basque Country.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...ence-environment-18073074
1397  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Airlines 'are conforming' with EU rules on emissions on: May 15, 2012, 06:31:29 PM
The vast majority of airlines have conformed with EU rules on reporting carbon dioxide emissions, the European Commission has said.

From next year, aircraft emissions will be included in the EU carbon market in an attempt to increase efficiency.

The EU required airlines to report by March on 2011 emissions as a "dry run"; all did, bar 10 from China and India.

The issue is controversial, with China telling airlines not to take part and US firms mounting a legal challenge.

Some commentators have suggested the outcome could be a full-scale trade war, even though the measure will add only about $3 to the price of a trans-Atlantic flight.

The EU has said it will suspend the requirement to include all flights beginning or ending in the EU in the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) if other countries can agree a genuinely global mechanism that will charge airlines for the contribution they are making to global warming.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...ence-environment-18070789
1398  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Hen harriers 'being wiped out' by persecution on: May 15, 2012, 06:31:10 PM
Hen harriers are close to being wiped out as a breeding bird in England, with just one pair showing signs of nesting this year, a wildlife charity said.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) said none are trying to nest in Lancashire's Bowland Fells, their only recent English stronghold.

Only four nesting pairs raised chicks last year, all in Bowland.

The RSPB claim the bird has suffered from illegal persecution by gamekeepers on shooting estates.

It said the problem is particularly bad in areas with grouse moors, because the bird is a predator of the game bird.

The RSPB said last year's breeding in Bowland had been helped by landowner United Utilities, who tried to support the birds of prey on their estates.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...gland-lancashire-18064096
1399  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Work on Dounreay's Shaft to be sped up on: May 15, 2012, 06:30:32 PM
Plans to deal with one of the most controversial areas of the Dounreay nuclear site are to be accelerated.

Sunk in the 1950s close to the shores of the Pentland Firth, The Shaft plunges 65.4m (214.5ft) below ground.

It has been the subject of local legend, including the claim that one worker dropped his mother-in-law's ashes inside.

Radioactive waste was disposed there from 1959 to 1977, when an explosion ended the practice.

The new executive team at the nuclear complex in Caithness said work on the clean-up would be accelerated.

Swimming pool

In a presentation to staff and sub-contractors, it said there would be a "renewed emphasis" on The Shaft and another area called The Silo - which has been described as being like a swimming pool with a concrete roof.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...ighlands-islands-18063558
1400  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / New Look at Prolonged Radiation Exposure: At Low... on: May 15, 2012, 06:28:16 PM
New Look at Prolonged Radiation Exposure: At Low Dose-Rate, Radiation Poses Little Risk to DNA, Study Suggests

A new study from MIT scientists suggests that the guidelines governments use to determine when to evacuate people following a nuclear accident may be too conservative.

The study, led by Bevin Engelward and Jacquelyn Yanch and published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found that when mice were exposed to radiation doses about 400 times greater than background levels for five weeks, no DNA damage could be detected.

Current U.S. regulations require that residents of any area that reaches radiation levels eight times higher than background should be evacuated. However, the financial and emotional cost of such relocation may not be worthwhile, the researchers say.

"There are no data that say that's a dangerous level," says Yanch, a senior lecturer in MIT's Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. "This paper shows that you could go 400 times higher than average background levels and you're still not detecting genetic damage. It could potentially have a big impact on tens if not hundreds of thousands of people in the vicinity of a nuclear powerplant accident or a nuclear bomb detonation, if we figure out just when we should evacuate and when it's OK to stay where we are."

Until now, very few studies have measured the effects of low doses of radiation delivered over a long period of time. This study is the first to measure the genetic damage seen at a level as low as 400 times background (0.0002 centigray per minute, or 105 cGy in a year).

"Almost all radiation studies are done with one quick hit of radiation. That would cause a totally different biological outcome compared to long-term conditions," says Engelward, an associate professor of biological engineering at MIT.

How much is too much?

Background radiation comes from cosmic radiation and natural radioactive isotopes in the environment. These sources add up to about 0.3 cGy per year per person, on average.

"Exposure to low-dose-rate radiation is natural, and some people may even say essential for life. The question is, how high does the rate need to get before we need to worry about ill effects on our health?" Yanch says.

Previous studies have shown that a radiation level of 10.5 cGy, the total dose used in this study, does produce DNA damage if given all at once. However, for this study, the researchers spread the dose out over five weeks, using radioactive iodine as a source. The radiation emitted by the radioactive iodine is similar to that emitted by the damaged Fukushima reactor in Japan.

Read More: http://www.sciencedaily.c.../2012/05/120515181256.htm
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