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Comment: Re:Aside from that... that isn't scientific litera (Score 0) 1038

by Now.Imperfect (#27185389) Attached to: US Adults Fail Basic Science Literacy
Implying truth through lack of evidence is a very common (and one of the simplest) fallacies. Totally unrelated to whether the earth is round as it hasb een proven in many many ways to be true. We have enormous amounts of evidence to prove that. We have no evidence to prove humans and dinosaurs didn't coexist. Not that I believe they did but it isn't something you can prove...

How Facebook Stores Billions of Photos 154

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the laser-printer-and-a-warehouse-i-figure dept.
David Gobaud writes "Jason Sobel, the manager of infrastructure engineering at Facebook, gave an interesting presentation titled Needle in a Haystack: Efficient Storage of Billions of Photos at Stanford for the Stanford ACM. Jason explains how Facebook efficiently stores ~6.5 billion images, in 4 or 5 sizes each, totaling ~30 billion files, and a total of 540 TB and serving 475,000 images per second at peak. The presentation is now online here in the form of a Flowgram."

Lego Secret Vault Contains All Sets In History 266

Posted by kdawson
from the memory-lane dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Gizmodo has an exclusive video and feature of one of the most heavily guarded secrets in Lego: the security vault where they store all the Lego sets ever created, new in their boxes. 4,720 sets from 1953 to 2008. Really amazing stuff and a trip down memory lane to every person who has played with the magic bricks. All combined, the collection must be worth millions, not only because of the collector value, but also because Lego uses it as a safeguard in copyright and patent cases."

New Grads Shun IT Jobs As "Boring" 752

Posted by timothy
from the work-from-home-chicks-dig-it dept.
whencanistop writes "Despite good job prospects, graduates think that a job in IT would be boring. Is this because of the fact that Bill Gates has made the whole industry look nerdy? Surely with so many (especially young) people being 'web first' with not just their buying habits, but now in terms of what they do in their spare time, we'd expect more of them to want to get a career in it?"

Japan Imposes "Fine On Fat" 1271

Posted by timothy
from the fat-man-vs.-the-state dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A recently-introduced law in Japan requires all businesses to have mandatory obesity checks (video link) for all their employees and employees' family members over the age of 40, CNN reports. If the employee or family member is deemed obese, and does not lose the extra fat soon, their employer faces large fines. The legislated upper limit for the waistline is 33.5" for men, and 35.5" for women. Should America adopt universal health insurance, could we live to see the same kind of individual health regulations imposed on us by the government? By comparison, the average waistline in America in 2005 was 39 inches for men, 37 inches for women."
The Courts

Google Trends vs. Community Standards On Obscenity 332

Posted by timothy
from the gotta-worry-about-the-apple-pie-searchers dept.
circletimessquare writes "Google Trends is being used in a novel way in a pornography trial in Florida. Under a 1973 Supreme Court ruling, 'contemporary community standards' may be used as a yardstick for judging material as unprotected obscenity. This is a very subjective judgment, and so Lawrence Walters, a defense lawyer for Clinton Raymond McCowen, is using Google Trends to show that, in the privacy of their own homes, more people in Pensacola (the only city in the court's jurisdiction that is large enough to be singled out in the service's data) are interested in 'orgy' than "apple pie'."

Computers will not be perfected until they can compute how much more than the estimate the job will cost.