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+ - Stephen Hawking Was Wrong, So Ignore Whatever Scientists 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Following Stephen Hawking's latest work on black holes (http://www.nature.com/news/stephen-hawking-there-are-no-black-holes-1.14583), Republican Michele Bachmann has brilliantly deduced that this proves "the danger inherent in listening to scientists" (http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2014/01/stephen-hawkings-blunder-on-black-holes-shows-danger-of-listening-to-scientists-says-bachmann.html?intcid=obnetwork). Expanding on her thesis, she said, "If black holes don’t exist, then other things you scientists have been trying to foist on us probably don’t either, like climate change and evolution." Her recommendation? All students who were "forced to learn" about black holes should now sue Dr. Hawking for a full refund. But not Bachmann — "Fortunately for me, I did not take any science classes in college,""

+ - Sherlock Holmes finally in the public domain in the US 1

Submitted by ferrisoxide.com
ferrisoxide.com (1935296) writes "As reported on the Australian ABC news website, film-makers in the US are finally free to work on Sherlock Holmes stories without paying a licencing free to the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle after a ruling by Judge Ruben Castillo.

A quirk of US copyright law kept 10 stories out of the public domain, on the basis that these stories where continuously developed. In his ruling Judge Castillo opined that only the "story elements" in the short stories published after 1923 were protected and that everything else in the Holmes canon was "free for public use" — including the characters of Holmes and Watson.

Holmes scholar Leslie Klinger, who challenged the estate, celebrated the ruling.

"Sherlock Holmes belongs to the world," Mr Klinger said in a statement posted on his Free Sherlock website.

IANAL, but the ruling of Judge Castillo that "adopting Conan Doyle's position would be to extend impermissibly the copyright of certain character elements of Holmes and Watson beyond their statutory period," is surely going to have implications across US copyright law. Mark Twain must be twisting and writhing in his grave."
Space

+ - New Telescopes Might See Alien City Lights-> 2

Submitted by RedEaredSlider
RedEaredSlider (1855926) writes "Forget radio signals. Two scientists, Abraham Loeb, of Harvard University and Edwin Turner, from Princeton University, have said it may be possible with the next generation of telescopes to pick up the lights from cities on alien planets. On Earth, city lights are so bright they can be seen from space — and their spectral signature differs from that of the gases in the atmosphere and the sun. If one were looking at an alien civilization, one would expect to see the same thing.

The reason they proposed this is that aliens may not generate as much radio energy as their technology improves, given that on Earth we bleed less radio energy into space as we have moved to fiber optics."

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+ - Activists destroy scientific GMO experiment->

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Freggy
Freggy writes "In Belgium, a group of activists calling themselves the Field Liberation Movement has destroyed a field which was being used for a scientific experiment with genetically modified potatoes. In spite of the presence of 60 police officers protecting the field, activists succeeded pulling out the plants and sprayed insecticides over them, ruining the experiment. The goal of the experiment was to test potato plants which are genetically modified to be resistant to potato blight. It's a sad day for the freedom of scientific research."
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Comment: Simply SUPERB (Score 1) 134

by gurnec (#35024544) Attached to: The Rise and Fall of Graphic Adventure Games

Everyone who has a favorite adventure game is sure to point out that theirs isn't mentioned (for me, it was: Full Throttle (barely mentioned), Dreamfall, and more recently, Machinarium).

However, overall, this is simply a superb article. It touches on all the bases, is exceptionally well written, and really makes me yearn to play a new adventure game (come on Ragnar... you know you want to work on that sequel....)

I hope that anyone who has (or has ever had) even the most flighting interest in adventure games reads this article.

Comment: Card Counters cannot be denied their winnings (Score 5, Informative) 611

by gurnec (#34784822) Attached to: Man Arrested For Exploiting Error In Slot Machines
This is a common misconception which the likes of Vegas and Atlantic City would love everyone to continue to believe. There are no jurisdictions in the United States in which card counting (without the use of any devices) is illegal. Additionally, a casino has no right to take back any winnings which were legally obtained. In Nevada, casinos *are* permitted to deny you entrance or ask you to leave if they suspect you may be a card counter. AFAIK, they are also free to share ban lists with other casinos as they see fit. In New Jersey, casinos are not even allowed to go this far. Players may not be denied entrance simply because they are too skilled (see Uston v. Resorts International Hotel, Inc.).

Comment: Re:Not So Bad (Score 2, Interesting) 277

by Hurricane78 (#29491203) Attached to: COBOL Celebrates 50 Years

I disagree with the assumption that it's "just as easy". In some languages, it's definitely easier to write bad code. PHP is such an example. C/C++ is another one. In PHP it comes with the retardedness of the language. In C/C++ it comes with the freedom.

A good example for a language that has certain things in place to prevent bad coding, is Haskell. Type problems in running code are (except for the external input reader) simply impossible.

Comment: Re:Kid won't know what to do when an adult (Score 1) 607

by ByOhTek (#29490915) Attached to: Children's Watch Allows Parents To Track Their Kid

And, pray tell, how is /buying/ this device having it provided for them.

They aren't asking others to provide it for them, they aren't asking that the government assign one for every child. The device is simply available to all who want to purchase it. Much like a computer at at a computer store, or food at a grocery store.

Comment: Re:Service? (Score 1) 587

by evilviper (#26493629) Attached to: Circuit City Closes Its Doors For Good

I generally know what I want or can read the back of the package

I want service people who know more about the products than what's printed on the back...

Nothing technical. Just the kinds of thinks you'd know if ever having used it, briefly.

How do YOU shop for portable CD players? Battery life varies by more than an order of magnitude, and quickly overshadows the sale price of the unit. And manufactures don't dare list it on the back of the package.

If you say you check online, I'll have to ask why you go into the store after that, rather than also checking prices online, and buying from a cheaper supplier.

Comment: Re:Look at PROPERLY violent games... (Score 1) 191

by skyride (#26490815) Attached to: Violence in Games, Once Again, Not That Compelling
Ye, Well personally I don't like the game for its pure reddiculous-ness (if thats even a word). Im talking about the sort of boys who get excited over, well, things that age of boys get excited about. Like general destruction, etc,,, Now whether it actually just fuels them at that age or actually has any long term psychological effects is open for interpretation (i personally feel the former), its certainly far worse than kids playing with proper teamwork in CSS, TF2, etc,,,

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