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  • What Would French Fries Taste Like If You Made Them On Jupiter?
    By on December 31, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    sciencehabit writes “Hoping that studying deep frying in different gravitational conditions will help them improve space food for future astronauts, scientists with the European Space Agency chopped potatoes into thin sticks and deep fried them in extra-virgin olive oil, one side at a time, in a spinning centrifuge that created conditions of up to nine times Earth’s gravity, akin to that seen on Jupiter. Higher gravity levels significantly increased (more…)

  • Ask Slashdot: What Makes You Uninstall Apps?
    By on November 15, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    jones_supa writes “One of the most important measuring sticks for the success of any software is how long a user keeps it installed after first trying it. Intel has an article about some of the most common reasons users abandon software. Quoting: ‘Apps that don’t offer anything helpful or unique tend to be the ones that are uninstalled the most frequently. People cycle through apps incredibly quickly to find the one that best fits their needs. (more…)

  • Unique Howls Are What Wolves Use As Names
    By on July 25, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    notscientific writes “Each wolf has a unique howl, which scientists can now decipher through voice recognition (audio), allowing them to identify wolves individually. The scientists developed sound analysis code that can tell which wolf is howling with 100% accuracy. Previously, pitch was used to tell wolves apart, but these only achieved a relatively low accuracy rate. This sound analysis is important because it could well give researchers the first (more…)

  • What do British teams need to qualify?
    By on December 5, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    BBC Sport looks at who is likely to qualify and go out of each group in the Champions League and Europa League


  • Ask Slashdot: What Should a Unix Fan Look For In a Windows Expert?
    By on August 30, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    andy5555 writes “I am hardcore Unix (and recently storage) fan responsible for our server department. Most of the servers run (you guessed it) different types of Unix. For quite a long time, Windows servers played very little role, but sometimes we get applications from our business departments which run only under Windows. So it seems that we have to take it seriously and hire a few Windows fans who would be able to take care of the (still (more…)

  • Premier League: What can happen?
    By on May 10, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    What can happen on the final day of the season – who can win the title, who can go down and how to qualify for Europe?


  • The Patent Mafia and What You Can Do To Break It Up
    By on May 8, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    colinneagle sends this quote from an article about the ever-growing patent racket in the tech industry:
    “The lawsuits are raging all across the tech world. Oracle sues Google, Yahoo sues Facebook, they counter-sue. Others threaten, others buy more patents and the circle goes round and round. Don’t be fooled by the lawsuits between these tech titans though. The real cost that the patent mafia extracts from the tech world is on the smaller (more…)

  • Ask Slashdot: What’s a Good Tool To Detect Corrupted Files?
    By on May 7, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    Volanin writes “Currently I use a triple boot system on my Macbook, including MacOS Lion, Windows 7, and Ubuntu Precise (on which I spend the great majority of my time). To share files between these systems, I have created a huge HFS+ home partition (the MacOS native format, which can also be read in Linux, and in Windows with Paragon HFS). But last week, while working on Ubuntu, my battery ran out and the computer suddenly powered off. (more…)

  • What the heck is happening with OpenOffice? | ZDNet
    By on May 31, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Oracle abandoned OpenOffice, but now it seems, thanks to IBM, that it may live on with another organisation.


  • Wheelie 101 – What Not To Do (VID)
    By on April 24, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    He will not be sleeping comfortably for some time.