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The Puzzle of Japanese Web Design 242

I'm Not There (1956) writes "Jeffrey Zeldman brings up the interesting issue of the paradox between Japan's strong cultural preference for simplicity in design, contrasted with the complexity of Japanese websites. The post invites you to study several sites, each more crowded than the last. 'It is odd that in Japan, land of world-leading minimalism in the traditional arts and design, Web users and skilled Web design practitioners believe more is more.'"

First Self-Replicating Creature Spawned In Conway's Game of Life 241

Calopteryx writes "New Scientist has a story on a self-replicating entity which inhabits the mathematical universe known as the Game of Life. 'Dubbed Gemini, [Andrew Wade's] creature is made of two sets of identical structures, which sit at either end of the instruction tape. Each is a fraction of the size of the tape's length but, made up of two constructor arms and one "destructor," play a key role. Gemini's initial state contains three of these structures, plus a fourth that is incomplete. As the simulation progresses the incomplete structure begins to grow, while the structure at the start of the tape is demolished. The original Gemini continues to disassemble as the new one emerges, until after nearly 34 million generations, new life is born.'"

Submission + - State of the Union Address 2010 Drinking Game (

TechnoVooDooDaddy writes: With the State of the Union Address coming up, thought everyone should get ready.

Obama says "let me be clear"
=Do one shot

Obama says "change isn't easy"
=Do one shot

Obama says "make no mistake"
=Do one shot

Obama says "Let me be clear, change isn't easy, make no mistake."
=He's screwing with you to get you drunk, so five shots

Joe Wilson yells something
= Do two shots

Obama yells back
= Finish the bottle

Obama says "jobs"
= Do one shot, two if your unemployed

Obama says "health care"
=Do not drink, you will not be given a replacement liver

Nancy Pelosi claps like a seal
=Do one shot

Obama uses the term "Congressional leadership"
=Do two shots carefully as all that laughing will make it difficult to swallow

Obama says he's "fighting for you"
=Do one shot, two if you believe him


Submission + - Caucasians and Asians don't examine faces in the s (

gregg writes: Caucasians and Asians don't examine faces in the same way, according to new research. PhD student Caroline Blais, of the Université de Montréal Department of Psychology, has published two studies on the subject: one in Current Biology and the other in PLoS One.

Submission + - Apple unveils 'iPad' ( 1

oxide7 writes: At an event in San Francisco Apple released its anticipated iPad."[It's] Way better than a laptop, way better then a phone. You can turn it any way you want. To see the whole page is phenomenal," said Jobs

15-Year-Old Student Discovers New Pulsar 103

For the second time in as many years, a student has made a discovery while participating in the Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC), a joint program between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and West Virginia University designed to get students and teachers involved in analyzing data from the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). This time it was high school sophomore Shay Bloxton, who discovered a brand new pulsar. "For Bloxton, the pulsar discovery may be only her first in a scientific career. 'Participating in the PSC has definitely encouraged me to pursue my dream of being an astrophysicist,' she said, adding that she hopes to attend West Virginia University to study astrophysics. Late last year, another West Virginia student, from South Harrison High School, Lucas Bolyard, discovered a pulsar-like object called a rotating radio transient. His discovery also came through participation in the PSC."

Comment too broad. (Score 2, Insightful) 143

as a consultant that has such CAC card (no, it's not repetitive)

I believe the access too broad for this to be effective.. Although there does exist STRONG accountability within the credentialed system, no anonymous access or anything allowed on the network. This will probably work ok, but there will be much more overhead in the moderation and administration than exists even in wikipedia out publicly.

The first version always gets thrown away.