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Comment Sounds like a commercial decision, not ideological (Score 2) 319

If the net is cast that wide and applies to religious and political potential ads, then I don't see Dawkins problem. It doesn't sound like they're taking a stance against that church, it sounds like they want to provide a certain experience to their costumers, and that ad didn't meet those requisites. There's nothing to agree or disagree with here other than whether their criteria for ads are beneficial for their bottom line or not.

Comment Re:Help Existing Kids (Score 1) 80

That is a very controversial topic; the variables that impact evolution are usually too complex to extract simple conclusions like those. Some defend that the group's survival may trump that more simplistic view, and that men in the small hunter-gatherer groups from which our species originated didn't really distinguish between "their" babies and other's; they were just babies of the group. It's argued that the idea that a baby would have only one male parent wasn't prevalent as well, which might have come more from domesticating cattle later on. Still today it's common in many tribes to believe in portable paternity. It's also argued that men's competition didn't happen quite as much on the "outside", but more on the inside of the womb. Again, it's hard to make a sweeping generalization like that.

Submission + - Philippines Passes a Cybercrime Act worse than SOPA/PIPA (

It's the tripnaut! writes: The dark days of SOPA and PIPA are behind the US, at least temporarily as copyright tycoons reground and restrategize, attempting to come up with measures that don’t cause the entire internet to shut down in protest.

But one country has already moved ahead with similar legislation. The government of the Philippines has passed the Cybercrime Prevention Act, which on the surface, as usual, sounds perfectly well-intentioned. But when you read the actual contents of what’s been deemed “cybercrime,” SOPA’s proposed censorship sounds downright lax by comparison.


Submission + - Scientists ask for legal safeguards to keep their work out of court (

concealment writes: "How much privacy is the scientific process entitled to? During the course of their work, researchers produce e-mails, preliminary results, and peer reviews, all of which might be more confused or critical than the final published works. Recently, both private companies with a vested interest in discounting the results, and private groups with a political axe to grind have attempted to use the courts to get access to that material.

Would it be possible or wise to keep these documents private and immune to subpoenas? In the latest issue of Science, a group of researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) argue that scientists need more legal rights to retain these documents and protect themselves in court."

Submission + - Finnish Nazi Site Hosted In Germany, Finnish Police Unable To Act (

Detektiivi writes: Finnish police is unable to act in a case where an extremist site is making death threats and distributing terrorist manuals, since the website is hosted in Germany. And Germany supposedly has tighter laws about such extremism than Finland.

The case is quite unique. Apparently it is quite easy for amateur net detectives to find the supposedly anonymous webmaster, but the police is still unable to track him after a year. The extremist site has been trying to use the TOR anonymizing network, but quite unsuccessfully. The site also uses identity theft. All articles are published using the name of some innocent bystander.


Submission + - $1 Billiion Dollar Mission to Reach the Earths Mantle ( 1

black6host writes: Humans have reached the moon and are planning to return samples from Mars, but when it comes to exploring the land deep beneath our feet, we have only scratched the surface of our planet. This may be about to change with a $1 billion mission to drill 6 km (3.7 miles) beneath the seafloor to reach the Earth's mantle — a 3000 km-thick layer of slowly deforming rock between the crust and the core which makes up the majority of our planet — and bring back the first ever fresh samples.

Comment John Medina uses his laptop on top of a treadmill (Score 1) 204

John Medina is a molecular biologist, author of the book "Brain Rules". It's a great book, I bought the audiobook which is read by himself, I can't recommend it enough. Anyway, he uses his laptop on top of a treadmill in his office. His reasons are different than yours, they're about a connection between our brain's activity and certain kinds of exercise, and it's all in the book.

Comment Different pointing devices? (Score 1) 101

I use three different types of mice during the day. Different types means different patterns due to the way they're used. Even if I use different mice of the same type, they vary wildly in sensitivity. Plus, if I use a mouse in a different pc, I'm never sited in the same way at the same exact distance (actually, I'm usually standing, leaning over the desk) which means that a different mechanic will be used by my body to get the cursor where I want it to be.

All in all, this is a cool idea but I can't see it have any practical use unless in very specific scenarios for very specific purposes.

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