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And they worked perfectly!
This week, the scientists and engineers on the Voyager team did something very special. They commanded the spacecraft to fire a set of four trajectory thrusters for the first time in 37 years to determine their ability to orient the spacecraft using 10-millisecond pulses.

After sending the commands on Tuesday, it took 19 hours and 35 minutes for the signal to reach Voyager. Then, the Earth-bound spacecraft team had to wait another 19 hours and 35 minutes to see if the spacecraft responded. It did. After nearly four decades of dormancy, the Aerojet Rocketdyne manufactured thrusters fired perfectly.
... because it lures the needy.

But of course they did.

Also, I have no idea what the video is about. Seems unrelated.
Computers and Technology / Net Neutrality, Again
Oh, brother.  ::)

I want to know how they think Comcast can pull this off. Google, Amazon, eBay, etc. are all just going to passively permit their revenues to plummet because Comcast charges a premium to permit their customers to use their Amazon Prime subscription, to manage their eBay storefront, or watch videos on their YouTube Red subscription?
Facebook rolls out AI to detect suicidal posts before they're reported
This is software to save lives. Facebook's new "proactive detection" artificial intelligence technology will scan all posts for patterns of suicidal thoughts, and when necessary send mental health resources to the user at risk or their friends, or contact local first-responders.

But if you're still on Facebook, shouldn't you just kill yourself anyway?  :stareicide:
Bitcoin Mining Now Consuming More Electricity Than 159 Countries Including Ireland & Most Countries In Africa
According to Digiconomist's Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index, as of Monday November 20th, 2017 Bitcoin's current estimated annual electricity consumption stands at 29.05TWh.
As mentioned, above the data for Bitcoin mining energy consumption comes from the Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index. You can read about their assumptions here.

Electricity consumption data mostly comes from the CIA via Wikipedia and is mostly for 2014, since that's the most recent year available. Unlike some other sources it includes, residential, commercial and industrial use, so may be higher than other figures quoted elsewhere.
At some point I thought admins might want to consolidate the several threads about specific individuals. So instead of starting a thread with Louis CK in the title, I used a much more general title.

So, Louis CK is the first one to own the accusations against him without any spin, apologizing directly, by name, to the women who had accused him and to the people affected by the delay or cancellation of projects he was involved with. He seemed to understand the scope of the damage he caused. Then he ended with a promise to shut up and step back for a "long time." There's not any "good" choices when confronted publicly with accusations one knows are true, but he probably made the "best" choice he could have, today. Of course, he could have issued an apology some time ago, before it was about to be made public. But maybe not. The kind of person who could come clean about a misdeed without any external pressure doesn't seem to be the kind who would ask women who worked for him to look at his dick.
Arts and Entertainment / Kevin Spacey Is A Creep Too
'House of Cards' employees allege sexual harassment, assault by Kevin Spacey

The production company MRC seems to be in butt-covering mode.
"We are deeply troubled to learn about these new allegations that are being made to the press concerning Kevin Spacey's interaction with members of the crew of House of Cards," the MRC statement said. "As the producer of the show, creating and maintaining a safe working environment for our cast and crew has always been our top priority. We have consistently reinforced the importance of employees reporting any incident without fear of retaliation and we have investigated and taken appropriate actions following any complaints. For example, during our first year of production in 2012, someone on the crew shared a complaint about a specific remark and gesture made by Kevin Spacey. Immediate action was taken following our review of the situation and we are confident the issue was resolved promptly to the satisfaction of all involved. Mr. Spacey willingly participated in a training process and since that time MRC has not been made aware of any other complaints involving Mr. Spacey."
And yet CNN interviewed crew and staff who were harassed or assaulted by Spacey who did not report or complain for fear of losing their jobs.
Computers and Technology / Cockroach Not Included
Backyard Brains RoboRoach
Create and control a cyborg!

Are you a teacher or parent that wants to teach a student about advanced neurotechnologies? You are in luck! The RoboRoach is the world's first commercially available cyborg. With our RoboRoach you can wirelessly control the left/right movement of a cockroach by microstimulation of the nerves in their antennae.

Stimulating educational possibilities

The RoboRoach is a great way to learn about neural microstimulation, sensory and neural adaptation, and electronics. The RoboRoach backpack weighs very little even with the battery, and each battery will last over a month. Following a brief surgery you perform on the cockroach attaching the silver electrodes to the antenna, you can put the backpack on the roach and control its movement for a few minutes before the cockroach adapts temporarily. When you return the cockroach to its cage for ~20 minutes, it "forgets", and the stimulation works again.

Just add roaches

Once you receive your RoboRoach in the mail, follow our online surgery instructions and videos and you will soon be on your way to joining the ranks of experts in neural interfaces. Afterwards, you can clip the wires and retire the cockroach to your breeder colony to spend the rest of its days making more cockroaches for you and eating your lettuce.
Science / Tarantino Does "Happy Feet"
The thread title is not my invention. It's a quote from a sober scientist.

Penguin disaster as only two chicks survive from colony of 40,000
A colony of about 40,000 Adélie penguins in Antarctica has suffered a "catastrophic breeding event" - all but two chicks have died of starvation this year. It is the second time in just four years that such devastation - not previously seen in more than 50 years of observation - has been wrought on the population.

The head of polar programs at WWF, Rod Downie, said: "Adélie penguins are one of the hardiest and most amazing animals on our planet. This devastating event contrasts with the image that many people might have of penguins. It's more like 'Tarantino does Happy Feet', with dead penguin chicks strewn across a beach in Adélie Land.

"The risk of opening up this area to exploratory krill fisheries, which would compete with the Adélie penguins for food as they recover from two catastrophic breeding failures in four years, is unthinkable. So CCAMLR needs to act now by adopting a new Marine Protected Area for the waters off East Antarctica, to protect the home of the penguins."
Arts and Entertainment / Megyn Kelly: Drag Queen
Megyn Kelly is destroying NBC's morning ratings

The numbers are in, and "Megyn Kelly Today" is dragging down the "Today" show franchise, an insider explained to Page Six.

"Not only are ratings plummeting since Megyn Kelly joined the 'Today' franchise, but the numbers show Kelly's lead-in has also affected Kathie Lee [Gifford] and Hoda Kotb's show, which follows straight afterwards," a source said.

"They've taken a huge hit with Megyn as their lead-in," the insider added.
But an NBC insider told us things aren't all bad for Kelly. "Megyn posted her highest ratings yet in the 'key demographic' on Monday, and she had her biggest total viewer number since the premiere . . . Everyone knows that ratings fluctuate at the start of a new show, and there has been nothing but support for Megyn from all of the 'Today' show hosts. They have each taken her out to lunch -- Kathie Lee just took her to lunch today."
BREAKING: CDC Officially Admits People With HIV Who Are Undetectable Can't Transmit HIV
Noting that research has shown that antiretroviral therapy both keeps people living with HIV healthy and has a preventative effect, the CDC writes, "When [antiretroviral treatment] results in viral suppression, defined as less than 200 copies/ml or undetectable levels, it prevents sexual HIV transmission."

In other words, having one's HIV suppressed to undetectable levels prevents transmission.

"Across three different studies, including thousands of couples and many thousand acts of sex without a condom or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)," the statement continues, "no HIV transmissions to an HIV-negative partner were observed when the HIV-positive person was virally suppressed. This means that people who take ART daily as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner."
Computers and Technology / Why Should We Own Our Data?
Ask Google.

Same when I asked just now.

General Discussion / M7.1 Earthquake Strikes Mexico City
Looks very bad. Reports of many multi-story building collapses, people trapped in burning buildings, gas explosions. It happens to be the anniversary of the 1985 M8.0 quake. I also read that Mexico City had an earthquake drill about 2 hours prior to today's quake.


Everybody gets free credit monitoring for a year. Yay! Of course, the free credit monitoring I already have was given to me after another breach at Wells Fargo, or maybe it was BofA. I forget. There are so many.
General Discussion / Well, what should we do about it now?
Woman Witnessed Teen Tossing Firecrackers Into Gorge: "There Was a Whole Group of Kids Who Found It Funny To Do This"
"Just as I was passing them I said 'Do you realize you just started a forest fire?' and the kid said, 'Well, what are we supposed to do about it now?'"

Science / Asteroid Florence has two moons
Asteroid Florence found to have 2 moons

That's more moons than many full-blown actual planets.

I'm linking to the article through a randomly selected Twitter share to bypass the WSJ paywall.

Carlos Villalobos, 21, who was selling tube-shaped digital antennas at a swap meet in San Diego recently, says customers often ask if his $20 to $25 products are legal. "They don't trust me when I say that these are actually free local channels," he says.

Carlos Villalobos sells digital antennas at a swap meet. PHOTO: RYAN KNUTSON/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Earlier this year, he got an earful from a woman who didn't get it. "She was mad," he recalls. "She says, 'No, you can't live in America for free, what are you talking about?'"

In 2013, during a congressional hearing about the satellite-television industry, the discussion turned to a contract dispute that temporarily left Time Warner Cable subscribers unable to watch CBS.

"Can I make one point?" said Gerard Waldron, an attorney who testified on behalf of the National Association of Broadcasters. "I just want to emphasize that broadcast is a free, over the air service. So during the so-called blackout, the service was available 100% of the time. I realize that some people might not have antennas, or some people might have reception problems, but I do want to emphasize..."

"So I could have seen CBS if I had rabbit ears?" Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) interjected. "I don't think people knew that."

A spokesman for Rep. Bass said she was aware TV antennas existed, just not that the station was still broadcast during a cable blackout.



But as open standards like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have matured over the past several years, blah, blah, blah, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.

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The last surviving species on Earth may well be the tardigrade
The world's most indestructible species, the tardigrade, an eight-legged micro-animal, also known as the water bear, will survive until the Sun dies, according to a new Oxford University collaboration.

I wonder what they'll evolve into in the far future.

Also Gina Gershon, Luis Guzman and Wood Harris. Oh, it's only out in Japanese.