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Comment: Re:Why not restrict all ads to GIFs or JPGs? (Score 1) 97

by Crashmarik (#49373553) Attached to: How Malvertising Abuses Real-Time Bidding On Ad Networks

What i have been seeing are the adds that disguise themselves and then make it impossible to navigate away from them. One of these days I would love to see one of these clowns in court explaining how it was just good business to trick the viewer and then trap them.

+ - Seed from ancient extinct plant planted and brought back to life

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Israeli scientists have successfully gotten a 2000-year-old seed of an extinct date plant to grow and now reproduce.

Methuselah sprouted back in 2005, when agriculture expert Solowey germinated his antique seed. It had been pulled from the remains of Masada, an ancient fortification perched on a rock plateau in southern Israel, and at the time, no one could be sure that the plant would thrive. But he has, and his recent reproductive feat helps prove just how well he’s doing.

For a while, the Judean date palm was the sole representative of his kind: Methuselah’s variety was reportedly wiped out around 500 A.D. But Solowey has continued to grow date palms from ancient seeds discovered in the region, and she tells National Geographic that she is “trying to figure out how to plant an ancient date grove.” Doing so would allow researchers to better understand exactly what earlier peoples of the region were eating and how it tasted.


+ - How Medical Tech Gave a Patient a Massive Overdose->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Pablo Garcia went to the hospital feeling fine. Then the hospital made him very sick. Through a series of technological mishaps, a prescription for one pill of a routine antibiotic became 38 pills, sending Garcia into a seizure. “Wait, look at this Septra dose,” the resident on duty said to Garcia's nurse at the time. “This is a huge dose. Oh my God, did you give this dose?” She had. But in this medical horror story, the real culprit was hospital technology."
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+ - New study finds fracking does not contaminate drinking water

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A new study, using data from more than 11,000 drinking water wells in northern Pennsylvania, has found no evidence that fracking causes contamination.

The new study of 11,309 drinking water wells in northeastern Pennsylvania concludes that background levels of methane in the water are unrelated to the location of hundreds of oil and gas wells that tap hydraulically fractured, or fracked, rock formations. The finding suggests that fracking operations are not significantly contributing to the leakage of methane from deep rock formations, where oil and gas are extracted, up to the shallower aquifers where well water is drawn.

The result also calls into question prominent studies in 2011 and 2013 that did find a correlation in a nearby part of Pennsylvania. There, wells closer to fracking sites had higher levels of methane. Those studies, however, were based on just 60 and 141 domestic well samples, respectively.

The article outlines in detail the many disagreements and uncertainties of both the old studies and this new one. It also however contains this one key quote about the earlier studies, buried in the text, that illustrates the politics influencing the reporting of the anti-fracking research:

The two papers seemed to show that fracking was leading to increased concentrations of methane in drinking water. Dissolved methane is not toxic, and drinking water often contains significant background levels of the gas from natural sources.

Earlier studies were top media stories. They were used to show the harm fracking does, and were the justification for the banning of fracking in New York. Yet, the methane they found was not necessarily caused by fracking, and isn’t even a health concern anyway.

Will the press give this new report as much coverage? It might not be right, but it sure does indicate that the science is unsettled, and that the risks from fracking are overblown."

Comment: Re:Fuck so-called religious "freedom" (Score 1) 834

see the real definition of 'left'.

#include "I_dont_think_it_means_what_you_think_it_means.h"

no one on the left would support a hate-bill like this. sorry, but you have no clue what left means if you think this.

I doubt you understand a word of what you are talking about.

And have no idea what the small government right in America is about, or what the totalitarian left are up to.

+ - Robots4Us: DARPA's Response to Mounting Robophobia is Adorable->

Submitted by malachiorion
malachiorion (1205130) writes "DARPA knows that people are afraid of robots. Even Steve Wozniak has joined the growing chorus of household names (Musk, Hawking, Gates) who are terrified of bots and AI. And the agency's response--a video contest for kids--is equal parts silly and insightful. It's called Robots4Us, and it asks high schoolers to describe their hopes for a robot-assisted future. Five winners will be flown to the DARPA Robotics Competition Finals this June, where they'll participate in a day-after discussion with experts in the field. But this isn't quite as useless as it sounds. As DRC program manager Gill Pratt points out, it's kids who will be impacted by the major changes to come, moreso than people his age (or mine, for that matter). Here's my post on the contest for Popular Science."
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+ - Taiwan looks to strengthen U.S. cyber relations to block Chinese threats->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Taiwan is planning to enter into a tighter cybersecurity partnership with the United States in a bid to tackle the rising amount of online attacks heading its way from China []. Authorities in Taiwan have announced their interest in seeking involvement in the international anti-hacking drill set up by the U.S., ‘Cyber Storm’. The exercise takes place every two years, with the last test taking place in 2013 in 11 countries. China has officially denied any attempt at hacking in Taiwan. However security experts in the region suspect that the country is a major target due to long-engrained hostility from Beijing and tense cross-strait relations. Taiwan was attacked more times than any other country in the Asia-Pacific region during the first half of 2014. The nation is often described as a testing ground for Chinese hacking attempts."
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