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Comment Re: title (Score 1) 302

I'm sure the Chinese say the same about western media. When we do something on Mars, it's all "don't forget, these are the same guys that say Snowden is a criminal and that they invaded Iraq to help them, not for oil."

We talk about bias on Slashdot a lot, yet we all blatantly use it against foreign nations (often rightly so) while always trusting our own scientific break-throughs (even if they are indeed more trustworthy).

Submission + - Oracle to Kill Java Plugin (ndtv.com)

iONiUM writes: From the article: "Many Internet users will soon be able to take a breath of relief. Oracle has finally announced that it is discontinuing its Java browser plugin. It will begin scaling down the plugin technology in Java Developer Kit 9 and remove it completely from Oracle JDK and Java Runtime Environment in a future Java SE release."

"The company admitted this week that plugins have grown outdated and modern Web browsers don't need them any more to function. To recall, Chrome started to disable Java in April last year, while Firefox also announced plans to kill Oracle's technology in the same year. Oracle also urges developers that build technology around or are reliant on the Java browser plugin to find an alternative."

Submission + - CERN scientists 'break the speed of light' (telegraph.co.uk) 2

iONiUM writes: A total of 15,000 beams of neutrinos — tiny particles that pervade the cosmos — were fired over a period of three years from CERN towards Gran Sasso 730 (500 miles) km away, where they were picked up by giant detectors.

Light would have covered the distance in around 2.4 thousandths of a second, but the neutrinos took 60 nanoseconds — or 60 billionths of a second — less than light beams would have taken.

Submission + - Oceans running out of fish as undeclared catches add a third to official figures (theecologist.org)

iONiUM writes: From the article: "The global catch of fish and seafood is falling at three times the rate reported by the United Nations and urgently needs to be slowed to avoid a crash, reports Christopher Pala. The finding comes in a new study for Nature which quantifies the huge illegal industrial fish pillaging taking place around the world, together with artisanal catches, which in 2010 added over 50% to UN estimates."
The article goes on to say: "If the current rate of fishing continues, warns the study's leader, Professor Daniel Pauly of the University of British Columbia, consumers in rich countries will soon face fewer choices of wild fish and coastal residents of poor countries will see their supply of affordable animal protein dwindle."

Submission + - Netflix decides to stomp out VPN users (netflix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Netflix have announced they'll be taking further steps to ensure users are not circumventing geo-restrictions. David Fullagar, Vice President of Content Delivery and Architecture at Netflix says "Some members use proxies or “unblockers” to access titles available outside their territory. To address this, we employ the same or similar measures other firms do. This technology continues to evolve and we are evolving with it. That means in coming weeks, those using proxies and unblockers will only be able to access the service in the country where they currently are."

Comment Re: There is only one goal (Score 1) 555

Wait, did the steering wheel lock because the ignition was off, or did the power steering just stop operating? Because if you're still travelling at 60mph, it's really not hard to turn the wheel even with no power steering.

I've driven many cars with no power steering (antiques, and also a 1986 Fiero), and when you're at a stop it's impossible to turn, but if you're moving it's really not that hard.

Comment Canada (Score 1) 278

With shipping, it's $914 for Canadians. LOL. Nobody is going to pay that, that's ridiculous. The worst part is that by doing this, a lot of people who were hard-core VR supporters are turning their back, which in turns hurts the developers and the technology.

For more, head on over to /r/oculus/ and read what's going on with the community.

Submission + - Brazil Cautions Women to Avoid Pregnancy over Zika Virus Outbreak (discovermagazine.com)

iONiUM writes: As per the article: "Authorities in Brazil have recently issued an unusual and unprecedented announcement to women: don’t get pregnant, at least not just yet. Amidst an intractable outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, public health authorities in Brazil are highly suspicious of an unusual surge of cases of microcephaly among newborn children." There was over 3000 cases in 2015.

It's believed this virus is linked to shrinking newborns brain, and is spreading. The CDC has published an article, and travel warnings are now being issued for pregnant women.

Submission + - Sesame Credit: China Gamifies Being an Obedient Citizen (youtube.com)

iONiUM writes: As per Extra Credits YouTube video, China has teamed up with a game company to assign a score to citizens based on how well they follow party doctrine via "Sesame Credit." This score has consequences and benefits. From the YouTube video summary: "The game links to your social network and gives you a score for doing things that the government approves of, but it also reduces that score for doing things the government disapproves of. Even your friends' scores affect your own, and being friends with people who have a low score will drag your score down as well. This insidious system applies social pressure on people to ostracize their friends with lower scores, either forcing those friends to change their ways or effectively quarantining their rebellious ideas."

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