By timothy from Slashdot's how-much-would-you-bet department
An anonymous reader writes "Today, Wired.co.uk is running a story, 'Cold fusion rears its head as "E-Cat" research promises to change the world.' It gives an overview of the technology that claims to fuse hydrogen and nickel into copper, with no radioactive by-products, to produce copious amounts of heat, inexpensively, with a 1 megawatt plant scheduled to come on line later this month. Apparently, Wired was not aware that today is a big test in Italy by scientists from around the world, who will be observing the technology in operation, including self-looped mode. A real-time update page has been set up at PESWiki, which has been a primary news provider of this technology since it was announced last January."
Wired's article is remarkably optimistic. I'd love for this to be true, but many decades of scientific-looking free-energy machine scams make it hard to be other than cynical; the claim of a secret catalyst which "can be produced at low cost," controlled-access for outside observers, the lack of published science to explain the claimed effect, and skepticism even from the free-energy world — along with a raft of pro
registered anonymously earlier this year — all make it sound like this follows the marketing style of previous "over unity" / perpetual motion machines
. I invite Andrea Rossi to take part in a Slashdot interview, if he's willing to answer readers' questions about his claims.Read Replies (0)
Iran Blocks VPN Ports
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '11 at 06:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's why-do-you-hate-freedom department
First time accepted submitter Parham90
writes "After the Iranian post-election events that led to massive riots and break-outs through the world, the Iranian government started blocking all social websites, including Facebook, Youtube, Orkut, MySpace and Twitter. The Iranians, however, started using VPN (virtual private network) connections to bypass censorship. Since Thursday, September 30, 2011, all VPN ports have however been blocked, in the first attempt to start what the Iranian government calls the 'National Internet.'"Read Replies (0)
By samzenpus from Slashdot's read-all-about-it department
:Michael J. Ross
writes "Most computer and web programming books are written entirely by a single author, while the remaining are written by more authors, typically with each one tackling several chapters. The latter approach can suffer from redundant material undetected by editors, and inconsistency in the writing style from one chapter to the next. Yet it offers the significant advantage that the subject matter of each chapter can be presented by an authority on that topic — who can focus on making that explication the best possible, without the burden of completing an entire book. That was one of my first thoughts (and hopes) when hefting the 1112 pages and 4.1 pounds of the Definitive Guide to Drupal 7."
Read on for the rest of Michael's review. Definitive Guide to Drupal 7
author A cast of thousands.
pages 1112 pages
reviewer Michael J. Ross
summary A wide-ranging exploration of the latest version of Drupal.Read Replies (0)