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Comment: Re:Wow gorgeous (Score 2) 218 218

Which is why one of the first things I'll do with Windows 10 will be to install a patch that fixes uxtheme.dll. The Microsoft-provided version in every Windows so far had this persistent bug where it can't see third-party themes, which is annoying and something Microsoft really ought to fix themselves instead of relying on external programmers to pick up the slack.

iPhone 6S New Feature: Force Touch 188 188

Posted by timothy
from the new-britney-spears-song dept.
New submitter WarJolt writes: Apple is adding Force Touch to their iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. I'm not sure if Force Touch enough to convince an Android user like myself to switch, but there are definitely some interesting possibilities for app developers. A challenge for App developers will be to make apps compatible with both Force Touch iPhones and non-force touch iPhones. (Here's the Bloomberg report Forbes draws from.)

Comment: Tim Hunt - In HIs Own Words (BBC Radio 4) (Score 2) 363 363

by westlake (#50003901) Attached to: Are We Too Quick To Act On Social Media Outrage?

Scientist Tim Hunt responds to criticism of 'girls in labs' comments

Transcript of BBC 4 "Today" clip. 10/6/2015

''I did mean the part about having trouble with girls,'' he said.

''It is true that people - I have fallen in love with people in the lab and people in the lab have fallen in love with me and it's very disruptive to the science because it's terribly important that in a lab people are on a level playing field.

''I found that these emotional entanglements made life very difficult.

''I'm really, really sorry I caused any offence, that's awful. I certainly didn't mean that. I just meant to be honest, actually.''

Tim Hunt's version of events changes a little even before a friendly interviewer.

His brief remarks contained 39 words that have subsequently come to haunt him.

'''Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab. You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them, they cry,'' he told delegates.

''I stood up and went mad,'' he admits. '' I was very nervous and a bit confused but, yes, I made those remarks --- which were inexcusable --- but I made them in a totally jocular, ironic way. There was some polite applause and that was it, I thought. I thought everything was OK. No one accused me of being a sexist pig.''

[Hunt's wife] clutches her head as Hunt talks. ''It was an unbelievably stupid thing to say,'' she says. ''You can see why it could be taken as offensive if you didn't know Tim. But really it was just part of his upbringing. He went to a single-sex school in the 1960s. Nevertheless he is not sexist. I am a feminist, and I would not have put up with him if he were sexist.''

The next morning, as he headed for Seoul airport, Hunt...recorded a clumsily worded phone message [for "Today.''] ''It was a mistake to do that as well. It just sounded wrong.''

Tim Hunt: ''I've been hung out to dry. They haven't even bothered to ask for my side of affairs''

The audience at the conference was expected to be about 40% Asian. "If you don't know Tim..." as well as his wife? No in Seoul could be reasonably be expected to know him that well. No one in the audience for Radio 4.

Comment: Get your facts right. (Score 1) 363 363

by westlake (#50002509) Attached to: Are We Too Quick To Act On Social Media Outrage?

Connie St-Louis, on June 8th, reported on apparently sexist remarks made by Sir Tim Hunt, a nobel prize winning scientist, during an event organised for women in sciences

The event was the World Conference of Science Jormalists

Hosted by the Korea Science Journalists Association and the World Federation of Science Journalists. The first to be held in East Asia.

The morning session of the opening day kicked off with Tim Hunt speaking on "Creative Science - Only A Game?"
and Deborah Blum on "Listening to the Past - Why history makes journalists smarter." WCSJ 2015 Program Schedule

Blum is a Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Poisoner's Handbook, a page-turning introduction to the coming-of-age of modern forensic science.

All Tim Hunt was asked to do was to stay on message and not step out on the stage wearing one of Matt Taylor's lingerie print tee shirts.

It wasn't a single reporter who did him in but hundreds broadcasting to a global audience. The morning-after apology for something you said that blew up in your face never comes across as entirely convincing.

Hunt hasn't seen the inside of lab in years, but he remained a powerful voice inside the top-tier committees which award research grants and fellowships --- and that had many women crying foul.


Why Is Google Opening a New Data Center In a Former Coal-Fired Power Plant? 40 40

Posted by Soulskill
from the coal-thing-to-do dept. writes: Quentin Hardy reports at the NY Times that Google has announced it is opening its 14th data center inside a former coal-fired power plant in Stevenson, Alabama. While there is considerable irony in taking over a coal-burning plant and promoting alternative power, there are pragmatic reasons Google would want to put a $600 million data center in such a facility. These power facilities are typically large and solid structures with good power lines. The Alabama plant is next to a reservoir on the Tennessee River with access to lots of water, which Google uses for cooling its computers. There are also rail lines into the facility, which makes it likely Google can access buried conduits along the tracks to run fiber-optic cable. In Finland, Google rehabilitated a paper mill, and uses seawater for cooling. Salt water is corrosive for standard metal pipes, of course, so Google created a singular cooling system using plastic pipes.

Comment: Re:How is this news for nerds? (Score 2) 1052 1052

by westlake (#49998341) Attached to: Supreme Court Ruling Supports Same-Sex Marriage

You don't think there's any gay nerds?

The conservative media take on the Supreme Court is that it has become "technocratic."

Meaning it has become aligned with the dominant forces of the 21st Century economy. Hollywood in entertainment, Silicon Valley in tech, Amazon in retailing, and so on.

Conservatives need such an explanation for why the wheels have fallen off their little red wagon.

After a momentous week, same-sex couples can now marry in all 50 states, the Confederate flag's historic hold on the political institutions of the Deep South is fraying by the hour and Obamacare, after defying another attempt to dismantle it, is now reaffirmed as the law of the land.

The week that changed the nation

+ - US Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal Nationwide ->

Submitted by westlake
westlake writes: In a ruling that is the court's most important expansion of marriage rights in the United States since its landmark 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia that struck down state laws barring interracial marriages, the US Supreme Court has declared same-sex marriage legal nationwide.
In the background of an unexpectedly liberal turn in Court, as seen by conservatives, is the growing power and influence of "the technocrat," by which they mean the dominant economic forces of the 21st century, Hollywood in entertainment, Silicon Valley in tech, Amazon in retailing, and so on.

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Unhealthy food is tasty. Healthy food is boring (Score 4, Insightful) 244 244

by ljw1004 (#49985175) Attached to: High-Fat, High-Sugar Diet Can Lead To Cognitive Decline

If you shop for and buy processed foods (the goop in the center aisles of the grocery store), again, yes, this is all your gonna get. But if you take a little time and look around, VERY good food choices can be had.

It's not that easy. At QFC and Safeway, EVERY bread they sell is overly sweetened. The only bread I've found without too much sugar is Trader Joe's rye.

United Kingdom

NHS To Give Volunteers "Synthetic Blood" Made In a Laboratory Within Two Years 57 57

Posted by samzenpus
from the true-blood dept.
schwit1 writes: The NHS plans to test artificial blood made from human stem cells in patients and hopes to start transfusing people with artificial blood by 2017. The trials will take place in Cambridge and If successful could lead to the mass production of artificial blood. The Independent reports: "A long-awaited clinical trial of artificial red blood cells will occur before 2017, NHS scientists said. The blood is made from stem cells extracted from either the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies or the blood of adult donors. The trial, thought to be a world first, will involve small transfusions of a few teaspoons of synthetic blood to test for any adverse reactions. It will allow scientists to study the time the manufactured red blood cells can survive within human recipients. Eventually, it is hoped that the NHS will be able to make unlimited quantities of red blood cells for emergency transfusions."

Comment: Reading Comprehension, D- (Score 2) 471 471

by westlake (#49978517) Attached to: Learn-to-Code Program For 10,000 Low-Income Girls

What about low income boys
Everyone deserves equal opportunity, right?

The lead sponsor of this program is the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) .

Because boys get more informal opportunities for computing experience outside of school, this lack of formal computing education especially affects girls and many youth of color.

That doesn't exclude others from sponsoring similar programs for low income boys.

Is that a cricket I hear chirping?

United States

WikiLeaks: NSA Eavesdropped On the Last Three French Presidents 136 136

Posted by Soulskill
from the enjoy-this-can-of-worms dept.
Earthquake Retrofit writes: The NY Times is reporting that WikiLeaks has released "material which appeared to capture officials in Paris talking candidly about Greece's economy, relations with Germany — and, ironically, American espionage." The information was leaked "a day before the French Parliament is expected to definitively pass a controversial security bill legalizing broad surveillance, particularly of terrorism suspects."
United States

US Securities and Exchange Commission Hunting Insider Trading Hackers 20 20

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-sheriff-in-town dept.
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is actively investigating the FIN4 financial hacking group identified by FireEye last December, according to a Reuters report. In an unprecedented extension of its usual practice, the SEC is soliciting information about security breaches from private companies, who are not obliged to reveal them unless the breach enters into categories covered by federal law. Former SEC Head of Internet Enforcement John Reed Stark describes the proactive stance of the organization as an "absolute first."

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