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Comment: Re:Fine, if (Score 1) 285

by SternisheFan (#48248559) Attached to: The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows
When I take the NY LIRR commuter train, I opt for the rear facing seat, just on the off chance of an accident/ sudden stop. Those trains can hit speeds of 90mph (mostly straight runs in Long Island) with no seat belts. I find it's easier to get pressed into the seat when slowing quickly instead of being lurched forward.

+ - Pope says evolution doesn't mean there's no God-> 1

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "In an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope explains that God is not some sort of wizard.

by Chris Matyszczyk CNET @ChrisMatyszczyk October 27, 2014 10:56 AM PDT

The pope says evolution is valid, as long as God is the beginning.

Arguments around creation and evolution sometimes seem too similar to "Which came first? The chicken or the egg?"

Science and religion get placed on either side of a spectrum, with a section in the middle for those who'd like to hedge their bets.

On Monday, the pope outlined his belief with respect to God and evolution. Speaking to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis insisted that there was no reason to believe that God and evolution were somehow incompatible.

It's just, he suggested, that God came first.

He said, according to Breitbart's translation: "Evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve." Though God is, he said, no wizard, he's still at the heart of all things, because he's the creator of all things.

The pope explained that God "created beings and let them develop in accordance with the internal laws that He has given to each one, so that they could arrive at their fulfillment," according to the translation.

The pope's views differ radically from those of some eminent scientists, such as Stephen Hawking. Hawking recently made it clear that he dismisses the idea of God. He said: "Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation.""

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Comment: Re:Fine, if (Score 1) 285

by SternisheFan (#48247397) Attached to: The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

Rear-facing seats are annoying on take-off as the pitching of the plane tends to make you slide off the seat (so you have to push with your legs and tense your back). A forward-facing seat is more comfortable as you can relax while the plane is in a nose-up orientation.

Comfort vs. safety. That'd be a hard sell to the flying public, I'm sure. Same as 5Point car seat belts are way safer than 3Point, but inconvenient for car occupants.

+ - The Airplane of the Future Won't Have Windows 7

Submitted by merbs
merbs (2708203) writes "Hope you're not too attached to looking out the windows when you fly—the designers of tomorrow's airplanes seem intent on getting rid of them. A Paris design firm recently made waves when it released its concept for a sleek, solar paneled, windowless passenger jet. Before that, Airbus proposed eschewing windows and building its cabins out of transparent polymers. Now, the Center for Process Innovation has floated its own windowless plane concept, and it's attracting plenty of headlines, too."

+ - Algal virus found in humans, slows brain activity->

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "It’s not such a stretch to think that humans can catch the Ebola virus from monkeys and the flu virus from pigs. After all, they are all mammals with fundamentally similar physiologies. But now researchers have discovered that even a virus found in the lowly algae can make mammals its home. The invader doesn’t make people or mice sick, but it does seem to slow specific brain activities. The virus, initially spotted in the throats of people with psychiatric disease, seems to reduce attention span and visual acuity."
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+ - Ex-CBS reporter claims Government agency bugged her computer->

Submitted by RoccamOccam
RoccamOccam (953524) writes "A former CBS News reporter who quit the network over claims it kills stories that put President Obama in a bad light says she was spied on by a “government-related entity” that planted classified documents on her computer.

In her new memoir, Sharyl Attkisson says a source who arranged to have her laptop checked for spyware in 2013 was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” at what the analysis revealed. “This is outrageous. Worse than anything Nixon ever did. I wouldn’t have believed something like this could happen in the United States of America,” Attkisson quotes the source saying."

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Comment: Top ten reasons... (Score 1) 145

by SternisheFan (#48242953) Attached to: Here's Why Apple Rejected Your iOS App
Top 10 reasons for app rejections during the 7day period ending October 23, 2014.

13% More information needed

11% Guideline 2.2: Apps that exhibit bugs will be rejected

6% Guideline 10.6: Apple and our customers place a high value on simple, refined, creative, well thought through interfaces. They take more work but are worth it. Apple sets a high bar. If your user interface is complex or less than very good, it may be rejected

6% Guideline 2.1: Apps that crash will be rejected

4% Did not comply with terms in the Developer Program License Agreement

3% Guideline 22.2: Apps that contain false, fraudulent or misleading representations or use names or icons similar to other Apps will be rejected

3% Guideline 3.3: Apps with names, descriptions, screenshots, or previews not relevant to the content and functionality of the App will be rejected

3% Guideline 2.20: Developers "spamming" the App Store with many versions of similar Apps will be removed from the iOS Developer Program

3% Guideline 2.25: Apps that display Apps other than your own for purchase or promotion in a manner similar to or confusing with the App Store will be rejected

3% Guideline 3.4: App names in iTunes Connect and as displayed on a device should be similar, so as not to cause confusion

+ - 'Police detector' monitors emergency radio transmissions-> 1

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Now it’s law enforcement that has nowhere to hide, and that may or may not be a good thing. A Dutch company has introduced a detection system that can alert you if a police officer or other emergency services official is using a two-way radio nearby.

Blu Eye monitors frequencies used by the encrypted TETRA encrypted communications networks used by government agencies in Europe. It doesn’t allow the user to listen in to transmissions, but can detect a radio in operation up to one kilometer away.

Even if a message isn’t being sent, these radios send pulses out to the network every four seconds and Blu Eye can also pick these up, according to The Sunday Times. A dashboard-mounted monitor uses lights and sounds to alert the driver to the proximity of the source, similar to a radar detector interface."

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