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Comment Re:Ammo for Racism (Score 1) 309

This sort of incomplete research just feeds the view of racial uniqueness (and superiority) among Japanese and justifies their racism and discrimination against others.

Are the different races not all unique from one another? Perhaps what you meant to say was that there isn't any *significant* uniqueness between them.

If the Japanese believe they are in some way unique and that they need to promote racial homogeneity and protect their cultural, national, and racial identity to preserve that uniqueness, what reasons might one offer to say they shouldn't do so?

Racism and discrimination is one thing, being proud of who you are and wishing to preserve your identity is something else entirely.

Comment It won't change anything (Score 1) 413

If the third world doesn't have the will to build and use toilets, why would anyone think that they, if given this poop-bag, would deficate in it and then use it as fertilizer for crops? Someone might have overlooked the fact that to the third-worlders, there isn't any problem to be solved. It would seem that to at least some of them shitting on a beach is normal (as shown at

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Starting a career in COMP/IT

Stuckey writes: After graduating last year with a good honors degree in philosophy I took some time off to travel and make plans for the future. During this time I've discovered an interest in computer science which I would now like to begin to turn into a career. However, as a philosophy major I don't fit the typical profile of a young, aspiring IT professional.

A post-graduate taught-course in computer science or information technology---for which many UK universities accept applications from graduates of other disciplines---would seem to be an option for me, but choosing a programme is a bit difficult without any knowledge in the field. Would such a programme be a good way to start a career? If so, what sort of things should one look for in such a programme? Which skills are most valuable? What do employers look for? What areas of specialization should one consider? What possibilities are there to work with UNIX operating systems? What other possibilities might be open for me?

Submission + - SPAM: No snoring: High-tech solution to sleep apnea

coondoggie writes: What do you get when you combine the smarts of a computer scientist and a doctor of sleep medicine? A cool, less invasive way to figure out if patients have sleep apnea, a common problem that causes a snoring a person to momentarily stop breathing while sleeping.

The new test, known as thermal infrared imaging (TIRI), uses a thermal infrared camera to monitor breathing waveforms and airflow as a patient breathes in and out of his or her nose. The measurements are processed using computer algorithms and produce results that have proved to be as accurate as traditional test for apnea known as a polysomnography.

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Submission + - Solving the Mystery of Cosmic Rays' Origins (

Matt_dk writes: Nearly 100 years ago, scientists detected the first signs of cosmic rays — subatomic particles (mostly protons) that zip through space at nearly the speed of light. The most energetic cosmic rays hit with the punch of a 98-mph fastball, even though they are smaller than an atom. Astronomers questioned what natural force could accelerate particles to such a speed. New evidence from the VERITAS telescope array shows that cosmic rays likely are powered by exploding stars and stellar “winds.”

Comment Re:Education should be a national right and pride (Score 1) 1259

"Makes one long for the good-old-days of 3% student loans, doesn't it?"

No it doesn't.

A civilized nation should provide free education to the highest level each person wishes to attain, because that's part of believing that the nation's most most important resource is its people.

But when a government just wants dumb consumers, then it's a very different matter.

So it should be easy to understand why such an education isn't provided in America, since America isn't a nation, but a state.


Girls Wired To Fear Dangerous Animals 224

Foot-in-Mouth writes "New Scientist reports that girls are more "primed" to fear spiders and snakes, compared to boys. Infant boys and girls were shown pairs of images, a fearful and a happy object (such as a spider and a flower), measuring the boys' and girls' dwell times on the images. And in another similar test, normally happy objects (such as a flower) were given a fearful face and fearful objects were given a happy face. The results of these two tests suggested to the researcher that girls are not wired to fear spiders, for example, but rather girls are wired to more quickly learn to fear dangerous animals. The researcher, David Rakison at CMU, 'attributes the difference to behavioural differences between men and women among our hunter-gatherer ancestors. An aversion to spiders may help women avoid dangerous animals, but in men evolution seems to have favoured more risk-taking behaviour for successful hunting.' This reminds one of men's obsession with video games. Will game designers use this information to tweak video games for gender, either to make the games more or less frightening?"

Comment Re:Pigeons may be fast but... (Score 1) 406

Negros could carry a lot more weight. With twenty or thirty 1GB hard drives in a backpack, I'm sure one of them could better the pigeon quite easily.

Maybe, but the pigeon might be a little more reliable. At least it wouldn't think of stealing your data medium (i.e., hard drives, USB sticks, etc.) and selling them on the black market.