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Submission + - New Evidence Sexuality Is Innate: Study Finds Gay Men Respond to Male Pheromones (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: Here’s some more evidence that sexuality is an innate characteristic: Gay men are more likely to respond to male sex pheromones than they are to female ones. Chinese researchers studied the pheromones naturally given off by men and women in things such as semen, sweat, and urine. Scientists have been aware of the existence of two distinct pheromones—androstadienone (found in male semen and sweat) and estratetraenol (present in female urine)—for some time, but it’s been unclear whether they’ve had much of an effect on the opposite gender. It turns out that they do, and how they do depends on a person’s sexuality. To test their hypothesis, Wen Zhou of the Chinese Academy of Sciences set up an experiment in which participants looked at a video in which human figures rendered in a connect-the-dots style (shown above) were shown walking. Participants were then asked to guess whether the figures were masculine or feminine. When exposed to androstadienone, heterosexual women were more likely to suggest that the wire figure was a man—but the pheromone had no effect on heterosexual men.

Submission + - Global Warming is Already Melting the Next Ice Age (

An anonymous reader writes: The Earth has natural cycles of glaciation that we can pin down by looking at the planet's orbital patterns around the sun. The ice goes in, the ice goes out, as the Earth heats and cools naturally. When it comes in, we have an ice age. We've been in a warm period for about 11,000 years now and we should've been due for an ice age in about 1,500 years. We're not because we've trapped too much heat already in our atmosphere for things to cool properly. According to a just-out paper in Nature Geoscience, that next ice age is going to be delayed by tens of thousands of years. This is not actually good news.
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Submission + - Apple becoming serious player in enterprise (

bdking writes: Forrester Research forecasts that Apple's iPad and Mac could account for nearly 30% of enterprise personal computing expenditures by 2013. That's compared to only 8% in 2010. Credit the "Bring Your Own Devices" workplace revolution started by the iPhone and extended by the iPad.

Submission + - Who's Bankrolling the Climate-Change Deniers? 1

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Bryan Walsh writes in Time Magazine that climate denialism exists in part because there has been a long-term, well-financed effort on the part of conservative groups and corporations to distort global-warming science. "The blows have been struck by a well-funded, highly complex and relatively coordinated denial machine," say sociologists Riley Dunlap and Aaron McCright. Fossil-fuel companies like Exxon and Peabody Energy — which obviously have a business interest in slowing any attempt to reduce carbon emissions — have combined with traditionally conservative corporate groups like the US Chamber of Commerce and conservative foundations like the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity, to raise doubts about the basic validity of what is, essentially, a settled scientific truth. The naysayers seem to be following the playbook written by the tobacco industry in its long, ongoing war against medical findings about the dangers of smoking. For both Big Oil and Big Smoke, that playbook is lethally simple: don't straight-up refute the science, just raise skepticism and insist that the findings are "unsettled" and that "more research" is necessary."

Submission + - Firm can't fire man for 1.8 cent theft (

An anonymous reader writes: BERLIN (Reuters) A German company that fired a man for the theft of 1.8 euro cents (two U.S. cents) worth of electricity had no grounds for sacking him, a court ruled, dismissing the firm's appeal against his reinstatement.

Network administrator Oliver Beel lost his job after charging his Segway, a two-wheeled electric vehicle, at work in May 2009. After he connected the vehicle to the firm's power source for 1-1/2 hours, his boss asked him to remove it.

Twelve days later Beel found himself without a job.

Feed Engadget: Macedonia to give every student a PC (

Filed under: Desktops

While the OLPC continues its slow rollout and finds its price slowly climbing, it looks like other companies are aggressively going after NickNeg's target markets -- Macedonia just announced a deal with NComputing to provide every student with a thin client "classroom computing device" that will link up to an account on a Linux server PC. The deal calls for NComputing to deliver 180,000 of the devices at a price that's only quoted as "less than half the cost of any other proposed solution," -- a number we're guessing is in that all-important $100 range. Macedonia's schools were also impressed with the device's ability to be remotely updated and maintained, a feature that significantly cuts support costs. No word on when Macedonians will see these things pop up in schools, but we'd bet quite a few people in other countries wouldn't mind getting their hands on one either.

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Submission + - Children of Men and game storytelling (

An anonymous reader writes: The storytelling in the movie Children of Men is simple, but effective. Perhaps the techniques used in this movie can give us hope for meaningful stories in games, too... Read more here.

In the case of Children of Men, a story was delivered where:
  • The viewer didn't need to track more than the very next objective at any one time.
  • The backstory was explained in snippets over the course of the main story.
  • The characters' motivations were never more than 1-2 layers deep.
  • The characters' progression was primarily driven by geographic advancement (e.g. "we must go here").
  • Very moving story moments were created simply by placing the characters in an interesting place and letting the viewer's imagination do the rest.

Feed Techdirt: NY Times Does The Math: Pay Walls Don't Make Business Sense (

As was rumored last month, the NY Times has decided to pull the plug on its TimesSelect paywall service, making all NY Times content from 1987 forward free online (they're also making all of the content from 1851 to 1922 free, but that's already in the public domain). This move comes two years after the paywall was first put in place. At the time, we were one of many who pointed out that this was going to make the NY Times a lot less valuable, and it seems that the business folks at the NY Times finally did the math and came to the same conclusion. They note that subscription growth was slowing (something that was obvious over a year ago) as advertising growth was ramping -- and that they hadn't counted on how many people would be drop-in visitors, coming from other sites. That seems like an odd statement, since it was quite obvious more than two years ago that search engines and other sites tended to drive a tremendous amount of traffic to news sites. Either way, like others before it, the NY Times should be congratulated on doing the right thing, while questioned for what took it so long (or even what made the company make the mistake in the first place).

Submission + - The downside of Monopolies

Bucc5062 writes: "About two months ago I was discovering an new old band called October Project which had success in the mid 90's. Great sound, amazing vocalist. That got me to looking for any video on the band. I found two MTV style videos from their hit songs on YouTube (now google video). I then found two live videos from a show called FX. (Live on FX 11/29/95). I watched the videos and reveled in seeing this band live, even in the TV studio.

A couple of weeks go by and I would like to see the live videos again. Shocked I am as the Live FX shows have been suspended. What? I try a general search and almost every link leads back to YouTube and no ability to see the videos. Why? No reports as to why. No statements, just that these two videos are not unavailable for viewing.

So I discover a problem with centralized data. Once any large entity takes over a pool of data, removing it from the public control is subject to the whims of the very small minority. Every link I could find save two was linked to YouTube. Social networking is good, but when it is co-opted like YouTube then it is not good, because a few can now censor the many.

In the case of October Project and (Live on FX 11/29/95), I cannot see how blocking these videos would be good for any one. Google suspended the account that held the videos, but what is even worse, everyone linked to YouTube thus in one chop, Google cut access to some great video of a great band. I ask the Slashdot community, is there an alternative to YouTube Is the a way to stop censorship of data by the few, and is there way to get those two videos back into the public eye?"

Submission + - Skype reads /etc/passwd 1

An anonymous reader writes: According to this post in the Skype Linux Forums Skype tries to read out the /etc/passwd as well as some other files and directories. At this time, there is no official statement from Skype concerning this matter.
Classic Games (Games)

Journal Journal: Lemmings: The Complete History.

Mike Dailly explains how this iconic Amiga game evolved from a simple challenge: Could a walking man be animated in an 8x8 box?

The resulting animation, drawn in an hour over lunchtime, was funny enough to inspire one of the most involving games of all time. Lemmings was released in 1991, and has been ported to almost every computer platform in existence.

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.