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+ - Google Atlas Robot Gains Crane Kick, Everybody Panic!->

Zagrash writes: If we're being rational, the abilities of Google-owned Boston Dynamics' Atlas Robot are truly impressive. If we're a bunch of sci-fi fans (and really, aren't we?) we'll immediately realize that our violent deaths will come at the hydraulically actuated feet of an Atlas Robot Crane Kick. Well, humanity had a pretty good run.
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The First Photograph of a Human 138 138

wiredog writes "The Atlantic has a brief piece on what is likely to be the first photograph (a daguerreotype) showing a human. From the article: 'In September, Krulwich posted a set of daguerreotypes taken by Charles Fontayne and William Porter in Cincinnati 162 years ago, on September 24, 1848. Krulwich was celebrating the work of the George Eastman House in association with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Using visible-light microscopy, the George Eastman House scanned several plates depicting the Cincinnati Waterfront so that scholars could zoom in and study the never-before-seen details.'"
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Real Reason Why the White iPhone 4 Is Delayed 182 182

tekgoblin writes "There have been numerous reasons why the White iPhone 4 may be delayed with one reason being the color mismatch between the home button and the body. Well this time there is another reason. A source has told CultofMac that the reason for the delay is a light leakage issue caused by the case being clear. Light from the case leaks into pictures taken by the back and front camera on the white iPhone 4, causing distorted pictures. This problem is non-existent on the black iPhone 4, because of its already black case, so Apple has been looking for a solution to this problem, thus the delay of the White iPhone 4 till spring of next year."

Comment: Re:Wrong (Score 1) 1268 1268

The rule isn't fuzzy, actually, it's just that in US English the noun and verb are agreeing on a purely grammatical level, without caring about semantics at all. So, since "The Beatles" is a term that is grammatically plural, the verb agrees with the plural; vice-versa for Aerosmith, Radiohead, Apple, Toyota, etc.

Comment: Re:Sarth Efrica (Score 1) 489 489

Slightly offtopic... as someone who does fantasy soccer, can you explain to this American how it works in a nutshell? Soccer has no stats except goals scored. Do you track minutes played, yellow cards, and touches or something? There's just not much to work with, it seems to me, but maybe I'm missing something.

Comment: Re:Am I the only... (Score 1) 602 602

Violent football hooliganism is primarily an English rather than specifically a German tradition.

It doesn't matter if it is primarily an English phenomenon because it is absolutely a German phenomenon. Or, if you can't wrap your mind around the idea of it being of any significance in Germany then replace "Germany 2006" with "England in other football events and some World Cup in the future" in your mind.

In any case, "hindering" any "traditions" of Nazism, neo- or otherwise, is a constitutional obligation in Germany (imposed by the Allies), not something exclusive to the World Cup or something which would be left to FIFA to decide. Try selling Nazi memorabilia on eBay in Germany.

Okay. Well, you had better tell the German neo-nazis and the German hooligans (nazi or otherwise) that nazism is illegal and hooliganism actually belongs to the English, so that they know that they don't exist.

And what does it matter in my example whether FIFA decides it or a government? Also, do you think FIFA has no official stance on hooligans?

Look I agree "it's a Sth African tradition" is a terrible argument to justify this DoS attack on the World Cup, but pick a better counter example next time.

Good god, man, my point was that just because some people do a thing associated with soccer doesn't mean it is a good thing that must be preserved. So the whole point was to give an example where the need to disallow the thing is completely obvious.

Comment: Re:Am I the only... (Score 4, Insightful) 602 602

Yeah, when the World Cup was in Germany in 2006, you didn't see anyone try to hinder the traditions of violent neo-nazi hooliganism at soccer events. No way. We wouldn't want to ban things that fans like to do, even if they harm others and detract from the game.

Comment: Re:Ack, the misconceptions... (Score 1) 284 284

No language can really be considered "hard" or "easy" to learn anyway. Children who grow up in any language environment learn the language as easily as any other language. For someone acquiring a non-native language, the difficulty of that second language is entirely dependent on that person's first language. For example, Arabic is considered one of the most difficult languages that is offered by the US Dept. of Defense language institute, but... if you happen to be a native speaker of Hebrew, then learning Arabic will be extremely easy compared to almost all other languages.

However, we can also see from the DoD institute that Japanese *is*, in fact, a difficult language for native English speakers to acquire in comparison to other, more closely-related languages. Not every single aspect of Japanese is more difficult than every aspect of English, but a person who puts 4 solid years towards Spanish is going to, on average, acquire a lot more than someone who puts 4 solid years towards Japanese.

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