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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More 437

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the roll-high-or-be-sent-to-siberia dept.
An anonymous reader writes The Economist reports, "'UNDER capitalism', ran the old Soviet-era joke, 'man exploits man. Under communism it is just the opposite.' In fact new research suggests that the Soviet system inspired not just sarcasm but cheating too: in East Germany, at least, communism appears to have inculcated moral laxity. Lars Hornuf of the University of Munich and Dan Ariely, Ximena García-Rada and Heather Mann of Duke University ran an experiment last year to test Germans' willingness to lie for personal gain. Some 250 Berliners were randomly selected to take part in a game where they could win up to €6 ($8). ... The authors found that, on average, those who had East German roots cheated twice as much as those who had grown up in West Germany under capitalism. They also looked at how much time people had spent in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The longer the participants had been exposed to socialism, the greater the likelihood that they would claim improbable numbers ... when it comes to ethics, a capitalist upbringing appears to trump a socialist one."

Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass 91

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the type-13-planet dept.
brindafella (702231) writes Physicists at CERN's Large Hadron Colider (LHC) ATLAS experiment have been looking through their data, and have found enough of the extremely rare "W boson" (proton-proton) collisions that they can now declare their results: They have found how the Higgs imparts mass to other particles. From the article: "'Only about one in 100 trillion proton-proton collisions would produce one of these events,' said Marc-André Pleier, a physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory who played a leadership role in the analysis of this result for the ATLAS collaboration. 'You need to observe many [collisions] to see if the production rate is above or on par with predictions,' Pleier said. 'We looked through billions of proton-proton collisions produced at the LHC for a signature of these events—decay products that allow us to infer like Sherlock Holmes what happened in the event.' The analysis efforts started two years ago and were carried out in particular by groups from Brookhaven, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of Michigan, and Technische Universität Dresden, Germany." Here's a pre-print of the paper.

Comment: Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (Score 1) 346

by TheDarkMaster (#47460091) Attached to: Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return
You are a really really stupid and insistent troll, impressive... When I need portability, I just use my netbook (eight hours or more of battery). And when I want to play games or do something CPU intensive, I go to the desktop. I simply use the best tool for each task, rather than a asshole troll who not content with being stupid still try to offend those who are not stupid.

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs? 506

Posted by Soulskill
from the robot-overlord-exterminator dept.
An anonymous reader writes: My niece, who is graduating from high school, has asked me for some career advice. Since I work in data processing, my first thought was to recommend a degree course in computer science or computer engineering. However, after reading books by Jeremy Rifkin (The Third Industrial Revolution) and Ray Kurzweil (How to Create a Mind), I now wonder whether a career in information technology is actually better than, say, becoming a lawyer or a construction worker. While the two authors differ in their political persuasions (Rifkin is a Green leftist and Kurzweil is a Libertarian transhumanist), both foresee an increasingly automated future where most of humanity would become either jobless or underemployed by the middle of the century. While robots take over the production of consumer hardware, Big Data algorithms like the ones used by Google and IBM appear to be displacing even white collar tech workers. How long before the only ones left on the payroll are the few "rockstar" programmers and administrators needed to maintain the system? Besides politics and drug dealing, what jobs are really future-proof? Would it be better if my niece took a course in the Arts, since creativity is looking to be one of humanity's final frontiers against the inevitable Rise of the Machines?

Comment: Re:Microsoft craps its pants (Score 1) 346

by TheDarkMaster (#47455603) Attached to: Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return
Look... After more than ten years using many, many Linux distros, my conclusion is that the linux desktop (linux server works fine, thank you) is still a work in progress and probably always will be, never ready for serious use. Because whenever I think my desktop is finally usable, some retarded change something fundamental (gnome team, seen them around?) and I have to fix it again. And even when it is working the overall desktop performance is always inferior to the performance of Windows on the same hardware.

Comment: Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (Score 1) 346

by TheDarkMaster (#47455571) Attached to: Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return
How many minutes you can stay unplugged, stupid? And if you need to stay connected to a power outlet to play, then what is the point of using a laptop? And remember that a video card of notebook is considerably lower than the equivalent desktop board, because otherwise it would melt your notebook on your lap. Inform yourself before you write shit.

With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto 128

Posted by samzenpus
from the where-the-mi-go-and-the-terran-federation-play dept.
An anonymous reader writes In one year, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will reach Pluto after over 8 years of travel. "Not only did we choose the date, by the way, we chose the hour and the minute. And we're on track," says Alan Stern, the principal investigator for NASA's Pluto-Kuiper Belt Mission. As the New Horizons spacecraft gets closer to Pluto, we will begin getting the clearest images we've ever gotten. "A great deal of planning went into this mission. But in case you're wondering, the New Horizons team did not plan for Pluto to be downgraded to a dwarf planet in the same year as the launch. That didn't change anything for Alan Stern. Some planetary scientists still dispute Pluto's planet status, and Stern says he'll always think of Pluto as a planet. Either way, it's a distant realm ripe for exploration. Scientists don't know exactly what they will see there. And that's the exciting part. 'When we first sent missions to Jupiter, no one expected to find moons that would have active volcanoes. And I could go down a long list of how often I've been surprised by the richness of nature,' Stern says."

Comment: Re:What difference now does it make? :) Sunk costs (Score 1) 364

by TheDarkMaster (#47448161) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere
The problem with the project is that it is plain stupid. You have no way to make a plane it an excellent dogfighter, an excellent striker and the excelent ground support at the same time. A sane general build three aircraft each specializing in something, such as the F22 as fighter, the F15 as a striker and the A10 as close air support. They tried the "Jack of all trades" with the FB-111 and failed, I thought they had learned their lesson. But Lockheed promises that he will be all of this to sell the project and bring the pork home.

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