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+ - Bird flocks resemble liquid helium->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "A flock of starlings flies as one, a spectacular display in which each bird flits about as if in a well-choreographed dance. Everyone seems to know exactly when and where to turn. Now, for the first time, researchers have measured how that knowledge moves through the flock—a behavior that mirrors certain quantum phenomena of liquid helium. Some of the more interesting findings: Tracking data showed that the message for a flock to turn started from a handful of birds and swept through the flock at a constant speed between 20 and 40 meters per second. That means that for a group of 400 birds, it takes just a little more than a half-second for the whole flock to turn."
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+ - Two South African Cancer Patients Receive 3D Printed Titanium Jaw Implants->

Submitted by jigmypig
jigmypig (3675225) writes "Two patients in South Africa that have had their lives and more specifically their jaws severely affected by cancer, have just received 3D printed jaw implants. The jaws were 3D printed using a laser sintering process that melts powdered titanium, one layer at a time. The process saves a ton of money, and unlike traditional manufacturing of titanium jaws, it doesn't waste any materials. Traditional manufacturing wastes up to 80% of the titanium block used in the process, whereas with 3D printing there is little to no waste at all. This new process also allows for a fully customizable solution. The models are drawn up in CAD software, and then printed out to precisely fit the patient to a tee."
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+ - Experian breach exposed 200 million Americans' personal data over a year ago

Submitted by BUL2294
BUL2294 (1081735) writes "CNN Money is reporting that, prior to the Target breach that exposed information on 110 million customers, and prior to Experian gaining Target's "identity theft protection" business from that breach, Experian was involved a serious breach, to which nobody admits the scope of. Their subsidiary, Court Ventures, unwittingly sold access to a database to a Vietnamese fraudster named Hieu Minh Ngo. This database contained information on some 200 million Americans, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, birthdays, work history, driver's license numbers, email addresses, and banking information. "Criminals tapped that database 3.1 million times, investigators said. Surprised you haven't heard this? It's because Experian is staying quiet about it. It's been more than a year since Experian was notified of the leak. Yet the company still won't say how many Americans were affected. CNNMoney asked Experian to detail the scope of the breach. The company refused. "As we've said consistently, it is an unfortunate and isolated issue," Experian spokesman Gerry Tschopp said.""

+ - One trillion Bq released by nuclear debris removal at Fukushima so far

Submitted by AmiMoJo
AmiMoJo (196126) writes "The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says more than one trillion becquerels of radioactive substances were released as a result of debris removal work at one of the plant's reactors. Radioactive cesium was detected at levels exceeding the government limit in rice harvested last year in Minami Soma, some 20 kilometers from Fukushima Daiichi. TEPCO presented the Nuclear Regulation Authority with an estimate that the removal work discharged 280 billion becquerels per hour of radioactive substances, or a total of 1.1 trillion becquerels. The plant is believed to be still releasing an average of 10 million becquerels per hour of radioactive material."

Comment: Re:Flat UI Design (Score 2) 165

by azav (#47525479) Attached to: Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

It's visually appalling crap.

Deference and Clarity lose all the time over the Visual Context that is gained by clearly defined controls with moderate depth, shadow and lighting.

And their color scheme of garish and overly luminous colors that clash with each other? Just how is this a good thing? It isn't.

Comment: Re:Flat UI Design (Score 1) 165

by azav (#47525443) Attached to: Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens
I have them. Email me at zav - at - mac - dot - com

I LOVE 10.6.8. I use it on all my home macs.

In the office, I have to use 10.8.5. It's the least visually sucky of them post Snow Leopard.

Install an SSD and Max out your RAM and stick with 10.6.8 or leave the platform like I will be doing.

Sucks that Ive's touch is destroying the Mac and iOS interface. Really sucks, but these new versions are too ugly to use.

Comment: Re:Flat UI Design (Score 2) 165

by azav (#47525355) Attached to: Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

You CAN'T TELL if a UI element is a clickable element element if #1, it looks just the same as everything else, #2, isn't displayed on the screen until you mouseover it!

Xcode actually REMOVED the damn disclosure arrows from hierarchical controls so that you had NO IDEA that you could click on them until you tried it.

OMF! Infuriating. Someone thought that was a good idea? Why do they still have jobs?!

What's even worse is that in some areas, the clickable items are INVISIBLE until you mouse over them. Holy crap!!

Buttons need to look like fucking BUTTONS so you can eyeball the screen and know what everything on the screen does without needing to interact with each element!

How does the "professional" design team at Apple not know this???

Flat UI design REMOVES valuable context from the user that HELPS the user figure out how the interface behaves without having to manually hunt and peck through the interface!

Ive needs to never touch a human user interface EVER.

The iOS and Mac interfaces have only gotten worse since Ive's started touching them. It's seriously tragic.

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