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Comment: Re:World of Goo (Score 5, Informative) 279

by galatian (#42891455) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Really Short Time Wasters?

If you like puzzles, specially hard ones with some nice math and logic try Simon Tatham's Portable Puzzles. I'm currently addicted to sign post, but I can recommend net, light up, and loopy. Depending on the difficulty level, you can spend any kind of time doing them. The puzzles are awesome since you can pick pretty much any difficulty and enter your own parameters. For net I prefer a 25x25 grid, but for signpost I'm currently working on a 7x7.

They're available in android in a really good port. But stay away from the IOS version, you have to pay and it's garbage.

Comment: Re:serves 'em right (Score 1) 1271

by galatian (#39050221) Attached to: Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers

You know what's more amazing? the fact that the Pox killed MOST newborns for the WHOLE of human history. Not any more because of...you guess it vaccines. Same with Polio, same with countless others. But no, obviously you anti-vax morons know waaaay more than the millions of REAL scientists that have studied, experimented, and produced reproducible results.

Comment: Re:It is about time (Score 1) 1271

by galatian (#39050049) Attached to: Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers

It's not that simple. Research is showing a correlation to the large number of vaccines as a child and autism. We don't know for sure.

No, actually we do. This was proven to be complete bullshit.
Vaccines are DEMONSTRABLY successful in preventing or alleviating diseases that in the past we killing people left and right.
Just cause you read somewhere about some nut job saying nutty things doesn't mean that decades of research and experimentation are wrong. It just makes you a nut job too.

Books

Amazon Patents Changing Authors' Words 323

Posted by samzenpus
from the it-was-a-good-time-it-was-a-bad-time dept.
theodp writes "To exist or not to exist: that is the query. That's what the famous Hamlet soliloquy might look like if subjected to Amazon's newly-patented System and Method for Marking Content, which calls for 'programmatically substituting synonyms into distributed text content,' including 'books, short stories, product reviews, book or movie reviews, news articles, editorial articles, technical papers, scholastic papers, and so on' in an effort to uniquely identify customers who redistribute material. In its description of the 'invention,' Amazon also touts the use of 'alternative misspellings for selected words' as a way to provide 'evidence of copyright infringement in a legal action.' After all, anti-piracy measures should trump kids' ability to spell correctly, shouldn't they?"
Education

Study Says US Needs Fewer Science Students 551

Posted by samzenpus
from the too-many-coats-in-the-lab dept.
cremeglace writes "It's an article of faith: the United States needs more native-born students in science and other technical fields. But a new paper by sociologists at the Urban Institute and Rutgers University contradicts the notion of a shrinking supply of native-born talent in the United States. In fact, the supply has actually remained steady over the past 30 years, the researchers conclude, while the highest-performing students in the pipeline are opting out of science and engineering in greater numbers than in the past, suggesting that the threat to American economic competitiveness comes not from inadequate science training in school and college but from a lack of incentives that would make science and technology careers attractive. Cranking out even more science graduates, according to the researchers, does not give corporations any incentive to boost wages for science/tech jobs, which would be one way to retain the highest-performing students."
Space

Russia Develops Spaceship With Nuclear Engine 297

Posted by samzenpus
from the glowing-exhaust dept.
Matt_dk writes "The Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos has developed a design for a piloted spacecraft powered by a nuclear engine, the head of the agency said on Wednesday. 'The project is aimed at implementing large-scale space exploration programs,' Anatoly Perminov said at a meeting of the commission on the modernization of the Russian economy. He added that the development of Megawatt-class nuclear space power systems (MCNSPS) for manned spacecraft was crucial for Russia if the country wanted to maintain a competitive edge in the space race, including the exploration of the Moon and Mars."
Privacy

Whistleblower Claims NSA Spied On Everyone, Targeted Media 717

Posted by timothy
from the puzzle-palace dept.
JCWDenton writes "Former National Security Agency analyst Russell Tice, who helped expose the NSA's warrantless wiretapping in December 2005, has now come forward with even more startling allegations. Tice told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann on Wednesday that the programs that spied on Americans were not only much broader than previously acknowledged but specifically targeted journalists."
Microsoft

+ - Consumer group demands XP for Vista victims->

Submitted by thefickler
thefickler (1030556) writes "Dissatisfaction with Windows Vista seems to be swelling, with the Dutch Consumers' Union (Consumentenbond) asking Microsoft to supply unhappy Vista users with a free copy of Windows XP. Not surprisingly, Microsoft refused. This prompted Consumentenbond to advise consumers to ask for XP, rather than Vista, when buying a new computer. Can this be going any more wrong for Microsoft?"
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