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Comment: Re:Agreed. (Score 1) 772

by crabel (#47145233) Attached to: Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy
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->

Submitted by Dan Kitchen (UK)
Dan Kitchen (UK) (2545852) 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

by crabel (#46074105) Attached to: 23-Year-Old Chess Grandmaster Whips Bill Gates In 71 Seconds
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

by crabel (#45937085) Attached to: India Frees Itself of Polio
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->

Submitted by crabel
crabel (1862874) 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

by crabel (#45669247) Attached to: Thousands of Germans Threatened With €250 Fines For Streaming Porn
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->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
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

Submitted by crabel
crabel (1862874) 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

by crabel (#45668613) Attached to: Thousands of Germans Threatened With €250 Fines For Streaming Porn
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

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
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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+ - Interview with Prof. Potrykus, inventor of Golden Rice->

Submitted by crabel
crabel (1862874) writes "According to WHO, 127 millions of pre-school children worldwide suffer from vitamine A deficiency, causing some 500,000 cases of irreversible blindness every year. This deficiency is responsible for 600,000 deaths among children under the age of 5. Golden Rice might be a solution to this problem. The only problem? It's GMO.

In an interview inventor Potrykus, now close to 80 years old, answers questions about the current state of approval, which might happen in the next couple of months."

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+ - Silent Circle follows Lavabit by closing encrypted e-mail service->

Submitted by Okian Warrior
Okian Warrior (537106) writes "Silent Circle shuttered its encrypted e-mail service on Thursday, in an apparent attempt to avoid government scrutiny that may threaten its customers' privacy. The company announced that it could "see the writing on the wall" and decided it best to shut down its Silent Mail feature. The company said it was inspired by the closure earlier Thursday of Lavabit, another encrypted e-mail service provider that alluded to a possible national security investigation."
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+ - Less vaccination then, more measles now->

Submitted by DavidHumus
DavidHumus (725117) writes "Some of the longer-term effects of the anti-vaccination movement of past decades is now evident in a dramatic increase in measles. From the article: A measles outbreak infected 1,219 people in southwest Wales between November 2012 and early July, compared with 105 cases in all of Wales in 2011.

There continues to be no credible evidence that vaccination causes autism but the a significant minority believes this anyway."

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