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Submission + - Google's Results Influence Elections-> 2

iONiUM writes: A study (abstract) investigates the ability of Google to influence an election and the results are surprising. From the article: "Google’s search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more—up to 80 percent in some demographic groups—with virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated..." This research was conducted during the last, and very heated, Indian election which concluded "Given how powerful this effect is, it’s possible that Google decided the winner of the Indian election." What's even more surprising is that the small number of people who did know they were being fed bias results ended up shifting even more than those who didn't. Considering there's currently no insight into Google's search algorithm, and considering Google's donation history to political parties, there is some cause for concern.
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Submission + - U.S. Scientists Successfully 'Switch Off' Cancer Cells->

iONiUM writes: From the article: "For the first time, aggressive breast, lung and bladder cancer cells have been turned back into harmless benign cells by restoring the function which prevents them from multiplying excessively and forming dangerous growths." Specifically, this is done by triggering production of the protein PLEKHA7 which in turn levels off the microRNA levels in the cells. So far this has only been done in human cells in a lab.
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Submission + - Google's Ability to Influence an Election->

iONiUM writes: A new study (abstract) investigates the ability of Google to influence an election and the results are rather astounding. From the article: "Google’s search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more—up to 80 percent in some demographic groups—with virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated..." This research was conducted during the last, and very heated, Indian election which concluded "Given how powerful this effect is, it’s possible that Google decided the winner of the Indian election." Considering there's currently no insight into Google's search algorithm, and considering Google's donation history to political parties, there is some cause for concern.
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Comment Re:Updates are Late (Score 1) 43

Can you *please* fix play services wake lock? Since the latest update my Nexus 5 is useless if I ever go into a bad service area and try to send a text or use the maps for several days. It's fucking a lot of people, and I'm seriously considering going back to iOS, because having your phone randomly run out of power in an hour is really, really annoying.

Submission + - UN Estimates Earth Population to Hit 11 Billion By 2100-> 1

iONiUM writes: From the article: "The world is expected to add another billion people within the next 15 years, bringing the total global population from 7.3 billion in mid-2015 to 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 11.2 billion by 2100, according to new estimates from the UN."

Some interesting points include: Africa's population expected to grow from 16.2% of the world's population to 39.2% with Nigeria expected to overtake the US' population by 2050. India expected to overtake China by 2030.

The estimates don't appear to take into consideration war, famine, and food shortages that may hamper such extreme growth in third world countries, not to mention the mass-immigration and cultural shifts that would occur due to this scenario in places like Europe and North America.

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Submission + - Breathing Beijing's Air is The Equivalent of Smoking Almost 40 Cigarettes a Day ->

iONiUM writes: From the economist: "Pollution is sky-high everywhere in China. Some 83% of Chinese are exposed to air that, in America, would be deemed by the Environmental Protection Agency either to be unhealthy or unhealthy for sensitive groups. Almost half the population of China experiences levels of PM2.5 that are above America’s highest threshold. That is even worse than the satellite data had suggested."

They go on to say "Berkeley Earth’s scientific director, Richard Muller, says breathing Beijing’s air is the equivalent of smoking almost 40 cigarettes a day and calculates that air pollution causes 1.6m deaths a year in China, or 17% of the total. A previous estimate, based on a study of pollution in the Huai river basin (which lies between the Yellow and Yangzi rivers), put the toll at 1.2m deaths a year—still high."

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Comment Re:As a Linux supporter, I agree (Score 1) 378

I think the issue here is that SteamOS is designed to sort of "help Linux come to the desktop", since why would you install Steam on a server?

And those "minor annoyances" are the *exact* type of issues that makes people not want to use it on the desktop. I've posted several times before about attempting to install Linux Mint on my HP laptop so I'm not going to re-post all of it, but suffice to say it still won't suspend properly so I just use Windows the majority of time. Could I fix it with a lot of effort? Probably, but I don't have the time to be dicking around with such basic things.

Not surprisingly, the reaction of the "community" everytime I post things like this (look at my comment history) has been pretty negative. Apparently installing Linux on a laptop is "wrong."

Comment Re:No compelling evidence? (Score 1) 663

I'm sure all of those things have effects too, but you can't deny if someone just stops eating food altogether, they're going to lose weight. If you seriously think an obese adult eating only 500 calories a day is not going to lose weight due to "other factors," you're insane.

Comment Re:"cost online publishers" - TANSTAAFL (Score 2) 528

I think the question you need to ask yourself is when you're on your death-bed will you think, "boy, I sure do feel guilty for viewing all those corporate websites and blocking the ads and thus, their potential revenue", or "boy, I sure do wish I had all that time back I spent watching ads, being distracted by ads, closing pop-ups."

For me, the only valuable resource in the entire universe is my time. And I will fight very hard to protect it.

Comment Re:Bullcrap (Score 1) 515

I'm not new, did you see my ID? And "data" doesn't help me with my HP envy, now does it? Is my laptop, which I bought in a store, so "esoteric" that Linux just can't support my network driver (again, feel free to read my review on Linux Mint forums, or by all means grab the same model of HP envy and 'enjoy' it for yourself). Windows has had no issues with drivers for this model *except* multi-touch (thus I said, 80%).

This is the real problem with Linux. I come with a valid complaint that I had to do a bunch of shit including re-compiling my kernel in order to just get it to work on hardware where windows (including re-install) just works, and all I get is a bunch of snarky responses about how I'm a dumbass, about how I should look at the stats on Linux etc etc.

I don't give a shit about "how often Linux 'just works'", this is the second time Linux has personally given me shit when installing, and the response has been identical even when I just had questions: smart-asses like yourself spouting off nonsense about how my machine is wrong, how I'm just not smart enough to use Linux.

But it doesn't matter what I write really, you won't care, and people will keep using Windows for this reason. Until installation, drivers, updates (including OS updates) are as simple as windows (download, double-click) it just can't win.

Comment Re:Bullcrap (Score 1) 515

That's weird because I've re-installed Windows twice on this laptop, and once on my Netbook, and in both cases it was put the CD in and 80% of things work, let windows update run and now 100% of things work.

Additionally, if it did not, fixing it is just inserting a factory CD or downloading drivers as you said, not re-compiling a kernel.....

Comment Re:Bullcrap (Score 3, Insightful) 515

He's not doing it wrong. Not even 6 months ago I installed Linux Mint on my HP envy laptop, and it took me 2 days to get it fully working. Why? Partially UEFI, partially bugs in the installer, and mainly no network driver (had to compile my own with a manual patch). This doesn't even include having to install new drivers to ensure it doesn't overheat, nor the fact that "suspend" still doesn't work.

You can read about my experience here http://forums.linuxmint.com/vi..., but quite frankly nobody cares (no replies....). Until it really is "insert CD and go" for ALL computers (is an HP laptop so weird??) then Linux will never be mainstream. Sorry.

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