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Study Finds the Perfect Ratio of Attractiveness 176

Posted by samzenpus
from the hey-there-big-arms dept.
Gksksla writes "Scientists in Australia and Hong Kong have conducted a comprehensive study to discover how different body measurements correspond with ratings of female attractiveness. The study, published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, found that across cultural divides young, tall and long armed women were considered the most attractive."

Comment: Re:Asking The Undecided? (Score 1) 328

by AllInOne (#33718744) Attached to: Devs Bet Big On Android Over Apple's iOS

Ding ding. Give that man a prize!

And more... Not only is this is survey of the folks who have shown themselves to be undecided (surprise! survey says: folks are undecided) but it is also commissioned by other folks who are creating tools for the undecided. Should we be surprised when they present a survey that conforms to their worldview?

The Courts

Writer Peter Watts Sentenced; No Jail Time 299

Posted by timothy
from the new-spirit-of-openness dept.
shadowbearer writes "SF writer Peter Watts, a Canadian citizen, whose story we have read about before in these pages, was sentenced three days ago in a Port Huron, MI court. There's not a lot of detail in the story, and although he is still being treated like a terrorist (cannot enter or pass through the US, DNA samples) he was not ordered to do any time in jail, was freed, and has returned home to his family. The judge in the case was, I believe, as sympathetic as the legal system would allow him to be."

Comment: Deploy Ethernet?!? (Score 1) 144

by AllInOne (#30953242) Attached to: AT&T Admits New York City iPhone Service Sucks

If you look at the full version of the slide, here:

One of the next 90 day fixes is "Deploy Ethernet to Cell sites to improve network backhaul".

As an NYC iphone customer I can almost forgive them for bad reception in the canyons of the city. So many tall buildings etc...

But come on, the bottleneck is also that they don't have enough bandwidth from the towers to the network?? WTF?

Battlestar Galactica's Last Days 799

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the starbuck-freaks-me-out dept.
bowman9991 writes "If your country was invaded and occupied by a foreign power, would you blow yourself up to fight back? If someone pointed a gun at your head and threatened to pull the trigger if you refused to sign a document you knew would lead to a hundred deaths (and you signed!), would that make you ultimately responsible? Does superior technology give you the moral right to impose your will on a technologically inferior culture? You wouldn't expect a mainstream television show to tackle such philosophically loaded questions, certainly not a show based on cheesy science fiction from the '70s, but if you've watched Battlestar Galactica since it was re-imagined in 2003, there has been no escape. The final fourth season is nearly over, and when the final episode airs, television will never be the same again. SFFMedia illustrates how Battlestar Galactica exposes the moral dilemmas, outrages, and questionable believes of the present as effectively (but more entertainingly) than any documentary or news program. It's not hard to see parallels in the CIA and US military's use of interrogation techniques in Bush's War on Terror, the effects of labeling one race as 'the enemy,' the crackdown on free speech, or the use of suicide bombers in Iraq."

+ - How do you know your code is secure?

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bvc writes "Marucs Ranum says: "It's really hard to tell the difference between a program that works and one that just appears to work." Then he explains how he just found a buffer overflow in Firewall Toolkit (FWTK) code he wrote in 1994. Read the whole thing here. So how do you go about making sure your code is secure? Especially if you have to write in a language like C or C++?"

After Goliath's defeat, giants ceased to command respect. - Freeman Dyson