Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?

Comment More bad (Score 5, Informative) 43

And millions more jobs lost, workers rights assaulted, product and food standards attacked, environmental protection capability removed. These treaties are written by corporations for corporations, if we don't reject them then it's game over for democracy and justice.

TTIP: donâ(TM)t mention the job losses / Employment / Blogs - The Broker
What is the problem? - Stop TTIP Stop TTIP

TTIP, TISA, TPP CESA etc are all so bad it'd take a large book to cover all the reasons why they're bad. If you've never written to your representative then now is the time.

Submission + - Scientists Discover How to Get Kids to Eat Their Vegetables writes: Roberto Ferdman writes in the Washington Post that researchers at Texas A&M University, looking for patterns in food consumption among elementary school children, found an interesting quirk about when and why kids choose to eat their vegetables. After analyzing plate waste data from nearly 8,500 students, it seems there's at least one variable that tends to affect whether kids eat their broccoli, spinach or green beans more than anything: what else is on the plate. Kids are much more likely to eat their vegetable portion when it's paired with a food that isn't so delicious that it gets all the attention. For example, when chicken nuggets and burgers, the most popular items among schoolchildren, are on the menu, vegetable waste tends to rise significantly. When other less-beloved foods, like deli sliders or baked potatoes, are served, the opposite seems to happen.“Our research team looked at whether there is a relationship between consumption of certain entrees and vegetables that would lead to plate waste,” says Dr. Oral Capps Jr. “We found that popular entrees such as burgers and chicken nuggets, contributed to greater waste of less popular vegetables.”

Traci Man, who has been studying eating habits, self-control and dieting for more than 20 years, believes that food pairings are crucial in getting kids to eat vegetables. "Normally, vegetables will lose the competition that they're in — the competition with all the other delicious food on your plate. Vegetables might not lose that battle for everyone, but they do for most of us. This strategy puts vegetables in a competition they can win, by pitting vegetables against no food at all. To do that, you just eat your vegetable first, before any of the other food is there," says Mann. "We tested it with kids in school cafeterias, where it more than quadrupled the amount of vegetables eaten. It's just about making it a little harder to make the wrong choices, and a little easier to make the right ones."

Comment Re:Oh boy... Nuclear! (Score 1) 121

A very disingenuous post - taking the cost from the middle of the nuclear life-cycle.

$50 for nuclear does not include initial costs and quite likely also omits some waste storage costs and is hugely optimistic about decommissioning costs. The $50 is for power stations that are roughly 30 years old and so have paid off their construction costs and haven't yet hit the age where increasing maintenance costs makes them prohibitively expensive. Some nuclear power stations apply to extend their licenses and then still close done because of the escalating maintenance costs.

NEW Nuclear from $100-200 per MWh and $100 is highly optimistic rather than realistic.
NEW Wind starts at $36 per MWh ($25 + 10 years of subsidy). Price is falling, but so cheap now, not much room to fall further.
NEW Solar starts at $50 to $70 per MWh and that price is plummeting.

Going forwards there is no comparison between today's wind and solar or nuclear, renewables are far cheaper including without subsidy.

Nuclear and renewables are both inflexible, both need solutions for this. It's either one or the other, they do not complement each other.

And this is without going into waste issues or the crazy high reprocessing costs or the fact that humans are clearly not capable of working with nuclear power without making a constant stream of mistakes and corner cutting..

Comment Re:Battery doctor already does this (Score 1) 80

I installed it because my phone battery was draining a lot faster than it should, and it worked, the battery went back to draining very slowly in standby.

And the point is battery doctor does the exact same thing that this article claims is new and amazing - it isn't. And battery doctor is free.

Stupidest battery drain cause - if you try to send a text with a (multi-media) smiley to a phone that doesn't support it then it fails to get sent and then drains your phone battery fast!!! There is no notification that the text didn't go without going back to the text and seeing it's still trying to send (forever). Battery doctor didn't solve that and I'll bet the new software doesn't either.

"Falling in love makes smoking pot all day look like the ultimate in restraint." -- Dave Sim, author of Cerebrus.