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Comment: Religion and Science (Score 1) 1014

by cocoajunkie (#37189062) Attached to: Evangelical Scientists Debate Creation Story
Religion has always been at odds with Science, since Galileo started reasoning on astronomical observations, which blatantly contradicted the bible. The universe was not created 5000 years ago, we don't descend from a single couple, different species evolved and were not "created". So what? Being an European I find this is amusing but utterly irrelevant, I fail to notice why this is news at all. You are free to believe that earth is flat, if you really want to ignore evidence.

Comment: Re:Yawn. (Score 3, Insightful) 295

by cocoajunkie (#36871888) Attached to: Review: Captain America
Second rate is way too generous, for this overrated soulless Hollywood drivel. This is even worse than the Hulk movie. All the "right ingredients" are there, in a predetermined and marketing driven demographical exact formula. However, at the end of the day this film is just like a flashy bimbo: lots of promises, very shallow depth, all the right things at the right place, but no ideas, humor and no imagination worth speaking of save the usual tiresome plentitude of visual effects. And the basic message is what? That the biggest you are (or become) the best winner you get? That enemies are mono-dimensional villains, and just need to be exterminated. I don't know who needs or is buying this propaganda today, the message is outdated and worth a yawn. 73% on Rotten Tomatoes is even too much.
Power

+ - Swiss to end use of nuclear power->

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mdsolar
mdsolar writes "Energy minister Doris Leuthard is set to propose Switzerland gradually exits nuclear power, two Swiss newspapers reported on Sunday, citing sources close to the government.

The multi-party Swiss government was expected to make an announcement on nuclear policy on Wednesday and may recommend an exit.

Switzerland's five nuclear reactors generate about 40 percent of the country's electricity."

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Education

+ - Prof Questions Sink-or-Swim Intro to CS Courses 2

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "'After having taught introductory programming (CS 1) for the past six years,' writes GVSU's Zack Kurmas, 'and having watched many students struggle through this course and the subsequent course (CS 2), I have come to the conclusion that it is absurd to expect students who don't have any prior programming experience to be well prepared to study Computer Science after a single 15-week course (i.e., CS 1). I believe that expecting a student to learn to program well enough to study Computer Science in a single 15-week course is almost as absurd as expecting a student with no instrumental musical experience to be ready to join the university orchestra after 15 weeks.' Kurmas' frustrations are not unlike those voiced by Physics prof Dr. Yung Tae Kim, who argues the up-or-out, one-size-fits-all rigid pace approach to learning set by teachers and administrators is as absurd as telling a toddler, 'You have ten weeks to walk, and if you can't, you get an F and you're not allowed to try to walk anymore.'"
Desktops (Apple)

+ - Don't Panic Over the Latest Mac Malware Stories->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Many recent stories are suggesting a large increase in customers who are complaining about malware in Apple support forums. All of these posts are meant to persuade readers that, indeed, the Mac is becoming just like Windows: malware-laden and dangerous.

As with most stories Mac-related, recent malware-is-finally-coming stories attracted a lot of press. It made the rounds across the tech world, started a huge flame war on Slashdot, and set Twitter afire.

It has taken the Windows malware supply chain twenty years to evolve to its current level of stratification and sophistication. It stands to reason that supply chain won’t be replicated overnight for the Mac.

Here is why Mac OS might not be as attractive to attackers as you might think and how the Mac is relatively low-risk computing platform this month, and will continue to be one next month, too."

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Amiga

+ - What will the upcoming C64 / Amiga reboot change?-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Commodore USA is close to starting production of the new C64s and Amigas it has been designing around modern PC hardware. A new OS nobody has seen yet — Commodore OS 1.0 — is also in the works. COS will, amongst other things, allow "games for the Commodore PET, Vic20, C16, C64, C128 and AMIGA" to be played on the new machines in emulation mode. It also promises "a distinctive, attractive, advanced and stable operating system experience".

Will these machines only interest a few hundred thousand people who grew up with a C64 or Amiga at home and are feeling nostalgic? Or could the new machines become wildly popular, sell millions of units just like in the old days and possibly signify a true "return" or "resurrection" of the long extinct "Commodore Platform"? Could this "old-new" platform possibly then become a popular 4th choice for people who want neither a Windows PC, nor a Mac, nor a Linux box? Could the new Amiga lineup in particular, which features fairly powerful hardware, become a renewed magnet for cool audio, video, 2D/3D graphics, music apps and other creative software like the old Amiga was? Will we walk into game shops and see dedicated "Amiga Games" again?"

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Spam

+ - A New Approach To Reducing Spam?->

Submitted by WrongSizeGlass
WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "A New Approach To Reducing Spam?

A team of computer scientists at two University of California campuses has been looking deeply into the nature of spam, and they think found a 'oechoke point' [PDF] that could greatly reduce the flow of spam. It turned out that 95 percent of the credit card transactions for the spam-advertised drugs and herbal remedies they bought were handled by just three financial companies — one based in Azerbaijan, one in Denmark and one in Nevis, in the West Indies. If a handful of companies like these refused to authorize online credit card payments to the merchants, “you’d cut off the money that supports the entire spam enterprise,” said one of the scientists."

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Patents

+ - EEF pressed Apple to indemnify developers->

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Julie188
Julie188 writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is calling on Apple to indemnify its developers from Lodsys — a patent troll that's alleging patent infringement on the in-app purchasing used by iOS apps. (That's the technology developed by Apple and forced on many of its developers.) The letters Lodsys has been sending out came to light on May 13th, and apparently developers have been asking Apple for help to no avail."
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