Ask Slashdot: How Do I Make a High-Spec PC Waterproof?

October 25th, 2014 10:10 admin View Comments

Hardware

jimwormold writes: I need to build a system for outdoor use, capable of withstanding a high pressure water jet! “Embedded PC,” I hear you cry. Well, ideally yes. However, the system does a fair bit of number crunching on a GPU (GTX970) and there don’t appear to be any such embedded systems available. The perfect solution will be as small as possible (ideally about 1.5x the size of a motherboard, and the height will be limited to accommodate the graphics card). I’m U.K.- based, so the ambient temperature will range from -5C to 30C, so I presume some sort of active temperature control would be useful.

I found this helpful discussion, but it’s 14 years old. Thus, I thought I’d post my question here. Do any of you enlightened Slashdotters have insights to this problem, or know of any products that will help me achieve my goals?

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Building All the Major Open-Source Web Browsers

October 25th, 2014 10:04 admin View Comments
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New Oculus SDK Adds Experimental Linux Support and Unity Free For Rift Headset

October 25th, 2014 10:59 admin View Comments
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FCC Postpones Spectrum Auction Until 2016

October 25th, 2014 10:52 admin View Comments
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EU Sets Goal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40% By 2030

October 25th, 2014 10:50 admin View Comments

Earth

An anonymous reader writes: The 28 nations in the European Union agreed Friday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% (going by 1990 levels) by the year 2030. The deal received widespread criticism; industry bosses said the 2030 targets were too extreme, while many environmental groups said the goals weren’t ambitious enough. The deal requires each nation to achieve the goal independently — earlier targets could use international offsets to avoid or reduce action. EU officials hope the agreement will encourage the U.S. and China to take a more aggressive stance on fighting climate change.

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High Speed Evolution

October 25th, 2014 10:46 admin View Comments

Science

Taco Cowboy writes: Normally, the term “evolution” implicitly refers to super-long time frames. However, in the case of lizards on Florida islands, evolution seems to have shifted into a higher gear. Researchers have documented noticeable changes in a native species over a period of just 15 years, after an invading species altered their behavior (abstract). “After contact with the invasive species, the native lizards began perching higher in trees, and, generation after generation, their feet evolved to become better at gripping the thinner, smoother branches found higher up. The change occurred at an astonishing pace: Within a few months, native lizards had begun shifting to higher perches, and over the course of 15 years and 20 generations, their toe pads had become larger, with more sticky scales on their feet.

‘We did predict that we’d see a change, but the degree and quickness with which they evolved was surprising,’ said Yoel Stuart, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Integrative Biology at The University of Texas at Austin and lead author of the study… ‘To put this shift in perspective, if human height were evolving as fast as these lizards’ toes, the height of an average American man would increase from about 5 foot 9 inches today to about 6 foot 4 inches within 20 generations — an increase that would make the average U.S. male the height of an NBA shooting guard,’ said Stuart.”

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Italian Supreme Court Bans the ‘Microsoft Tax’

October 25th, 2014 10:39 admin View Comments
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U.K. Startup Swytch Is Building An App To Open Up The ‘Burner’ Phone Number Market

October 25th, 2014 10:00 admin View Comments
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Scientists Engineer Cancer-Killing Stem Cells

October 25th, 2014 10:35 admin View Comments
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

October 25th, 2014 10:28 admin View Comments

Cellphones

sabri writes: Following the initial suspension of a California Highway Patrol officer earlier this week, news has come out that the CHP has an entire ring of officers who steal and subsequently share nude pictures. The nudes are stolen from women who are arrested or stopped. Officer Sean Harrington of Martinez reportedly confessed to stealing explicit photos from the suspect’s phone, and said he forwarded those images to at least two other CHP officers. Where is the ACLU when you need them the most?

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