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Comment: Re:I live in Austria, first thing I hear about thi (Score 2) 292 292

While that number is not reasonable by itself and far to high ("only" 200.000 people were deported to Mauthausen and its subcamps), even if it were correct, not all of those prisoners were vitims of slave labour digging a huge underground complex. I guess someone looked into WP and simply took the highest number it could find.

Comment: Re:I live in Austria, first thing I hear about thi (Score 3, Insightful) 292 292

Of course I can read German. Sure, there is probably something there, some tunnels, a storage area maybe, but a secret/unknown "75-acre underground complex"? Those articles are totally exaggerated. There is no evidence at all for anything. Currently it's just rumors.

Comment: I live in Austria, first thing I hear about this (Score 5, Informative) 292 292

I just searched for St. Georgen: The current top story in local newspapers is: A lumberman was hit by a bouncing branch. Of course, that Nazi story can be found too, but it doesn't get a lot of attention. Nobody cares because there is simply no story. That filmmaker just dug a hole and found a staircase. That's all. Well, that's not a 100% correct: They also found an army helmet, an army bike and several warning signs. Not really surprising, since it was a well known nazi base. But hey, maybe the staircase will indeed lead to a super-secret 75-acre nuclear testing underground complex dug by 320.000 inmates that died from it. Or maybe these numbers are simply completely bogus too. The actual number of victims in KZ Gusen (I + II + III) was 44.600, that includes children and people that died from exhaustion after they were freed).

Comment: Re:Agreed. (Score 1) 772 772

Your "personal definition" of a scientific theory is flawed. You have to throw away the thought "It's just a theory". In the end laws and theories in science are equal citizens in the city of science. A very simplified explanation might be: A scientific law is a description of an observed phenomenon. But it doesn't explain why it is that way. A theory is a scientific explanation of an observed phenomenon. Unlike laws, theories actually explain why things are the way they are. So, in a way theories are even bigger than laws. I guess, it would have made things easier, if they had called it a "law", back in the day. But in the end, it doesn't make a difference.

+ - First success of implanting a 3D printed cranium->

Dan Kitchen (UK) writes: Dutch Neurosurgeons have successfully implanted the first 3D printed cranium into a Dutch patient:

"The operation was performed by a team of neurosurgeons at the University Medical Centre Utrecht and the university claims this is this first instance of a successful 3D printed cranium that has not been rejected by the patient.

The operation, which took 23 hours, was led by Dr Bon Verweij. The patient's skull was so thick, that had the operation not been performed, serious brain damage or death may have occurred in the near future."

How far do you think this will go? Considering there have now been such advances in organic printing & stem cell research, do you think we are close to apoint where you can walk into a hospital an they will grow you a new organ if you need it? Or do you think this kind of thing is always going to be so expensive as to keep it out of the hands of lower-earners?

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Comment: Re:Big deal. (Score 2) 449 449

To quote Magnus Carlsen from a recent interview: "I find playing against computers very depressing. I don’t like losing." http://venturebeat.com/2014/01... Of course, computers profit alot from opening books alot and the books must be tuned to their play. Computers play best against humans if they avoid positions that require highly positional play (basically closed positions). The benefit of endgame tables isn't that clear. It is very costly to hit the database, giving a benefit only in some positions. Till 2013 Nalimov tablebases were pretty much standard, but they have been replaced by Syzygy tablebases, with better compression and better performance. Anyway, I don't think that even a Magnus Carlsen, whose playing style is very, very good against computers would win against a match against monsters like Stockfish, Komodo or Houdini.

Comment: It is still a tough fight ahead (Score 5, Informative) 309 309

Current information on the fight against polio can be found here: http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx While India is polio-free, the worldwide cases actually increased last year. Well, let's hope for the best, that the optimistic assessment of Dr. Jafari is true.

+ - CES Oculus Rift prototype adds headtracking and gets rid of motion blur->

crabel writes: The Oculus rift prototype Crystal Cove shown at CES uses a camera to track over two dozen infrared dots placed all over the headset. With the new tracking system, you can lean and crouch because the system knows where your head is in 3D space, which can also help reduce motion sickness by accurately reflecting motions that previously weren't detected.
On top of that, the new "low persistence" technique practically removes motion blur.

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Comment: Re:If the lawyers cheated ... (Score 1) 192 192

Well, it seems people could sue the law firm, alas, the amount is too small, so the effort is rather high, even if it is likely that they win. But at least one person has already disputed the claim and sues over it. And: Berlin public prosecution department has already started an investigation of the matter. It seems they sent their applications to 16 different courts, most granted their application, but more than a quarter didn't. Such applications (regarding filesharing!!) are quite common and usually the request is granted. Well, the case at least gets a lot of press and hopefully things improve.

+ - European Court of Justice AG strikes down European Directive on data retention->

An anonymous reader writes: The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has stated the requirement for European telecommunications providers to store details of all electronic communications for between six months to two years “is as a whole incompatible with Article 52(1) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union”. The case taken by the an Irish Digital Rights has yet to be finalised by the Court, the opinion of the Advocate General carries significant weight.
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+ - Activision is preventing Gabriel Knight from coming to Linux-> 1 1

crabel writes: A Gabriel Knight remake was announced back in October with plans to release the game for Windows, Apple OS X, iPad, Android, and Linux. Unfortunately, the technical director of the game studio had bad news for Linux users:
"Figured this deserved its own thread. I hate to be the bearer of bad news here, but my previous statement that GK would be available on Linux turns out to be incorrect. I can't even begin to imagine why, but Activision isn't allowing the game to be made for that platform. Just PC, Mac, Android, and iOS devices."

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Comment: Re:Oh Dear. (Score 5, Interesting) 192 192

Not so fast. First of all, the lawyers "cheated". They avoided the term "streaming" in their applications to court and made it look like a typical filesharing case. The courts granted most of their applications because of "unbefugtem öffentlichen Zugänglichmachen über eine sogenannte Tauschbörse" that means "unauthorized sharing of files through a file sharing network". German internet law blogger Thomas Stadler explains in his blog, why their applications are invalid (for various reasons). German link: http://www.internet-law.de/2013/12/warum-die-streaming-abmahnungen-der-rechtsanwaelte-uc-unwirksam-sind.html

+ - Researcher Turns to Kickstarter for Journal Funding-> 1 1

An anonymous reader writes: In what may the first example of crowfunding a scientific journal, Dr. Crista Royal is currently trying to raise $150,000 to start "JNegRes"--a journal for publishing "negative" results from experiments. From the Kickstarter page:

Currently it is very difficult to publish negative results in science. Not all results are positive, yet all truth should be shared. Sharing negative results will help refine our collective knowledge and bring our ideas closer to the actuality of how the universe works. Each negative result, as well as each positive result, brings us closer to the truth.


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