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+ - Germanwings Crash Prompts Requirement of Two Personnel in Cockpit

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "After a co-pilot appeared to deliberately crash Germanwings flight 4U9525, some airlines are to change their rules to ensure two crew members are in plane cockpits at all times. Two low-cost European carriers EasyJet and Norwegian Air Shuttle are going to roll the new policy into effect almost immediately. The latter company said that they had already been discussing about such scenario before. Air Canada and the Canadian charter airline Air Transat also said they would go with the new rule. Many more carriers are likely to follow. Airlines in United States already follow the "rule of two"."

Comment: Why don't we have more data? (Score 1) 689

by jones_supa (#49344521) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident
Geeze, why is this so hard! This was a clear crash over mainland Europe. We could quickly locate the destroyed plane and acquire the flight recorders, the whole show. Why is it still so clunky to piece together what actually happened? Shouldn't we have more data captured, for example video streams from the cabin and cockpit? It's so annoying when it's 2015 and Facebook knows what kind of socks you will be wearing today, but we have to play Sherlock Holmes with a commercial airliner crash.

+ - Effect of Xylitol in Preventing Tooth Decay Still Dubious->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Xylitol is the natural sweetener that is globally added to everyday products such as sugar-free chewing gum, toothpaste, gels, lozenges and sweets. It has been suggested that the addition of xylitol to products may help to prevent tooth decay by stopping the growth of decay-producing bacteria. However, a fresh metastudy from The University of Manchester concludes that there is limited evidence to show that xylitol is actually effective in preventing dental cavities. The authors gathered together data from 5,903 participants in 10 different studies. They found only low quality evidence that levels of tooth decay were a small amount lower in those who used a fluoride toothpaste containing xylitol, compared to those who used a fluoride-only toothpaste. For other xylitol-containing products, such as syrup, lozenges and tablets, there was little or no evidence of any benefit."
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+ - First Nuclear Power Plant Planned in Jordan->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Jordan has signed an agreement with Russia's state-owned nuclear power giant Rosatom, that sets the legal basis for building the kingdom's first nuclear power plant with a total capacity of 2,000 MW. The agreement is worth $10 billion and it envisages the construction of a two-unit power plant at Amra in the north of the kingdom by 2022. The deal provides for a feasibility study, site evaluation process and an environmental impact assessment. Currently Jordan imports nearly 98% of its energy from oil products and crude and is struggling to meet electricity demand, which is growing by more than 7% annually due to a rising population and industrial expansion. The kingdom hopes that eventually nuclear power could provide almost 40% of its total electricity generating capacity."
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+ - Microsoft to Rename Modern Apps "Windows Apps"

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "While fumbling with the new application platform for Windows, Microsoft has juggled with different names for the applications: Metro, Modern UI, Windows Store apps, universal apps. Going forward, these apps will be called "Windows apps", Microsoft explained during the Developing for the Windows 10 Hardware Platform session at WinHEC 2015. This is what the future of Windows is all about, and these apps are expected to completely supplant desktop applications. A "Windows app" can run on every device category: phone, PC, Xbox, IoT, and on more obscure devices like the HoloLens. For now the classic Win32 platform will remain fully supported on x86 PCs, but Microsoft is taking a "legacy" attitude towards it."

Comment: Re:Not a diet, but a lifestyle change (Score 1) 485

by jones_supa (#49328481) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

About fifteen years ago I was starting to struggle with sciatic nerve pain due to years spent driving a car with a heavy racing clutch in traffic, and a lack of exercise.

Wow, nice to hear someone in a similar situation. I also have sciatic pain (thankly no slipped discs or serious stuff like that) due to too much sitting on my ass. However it's now getting better thanks to increased exercise.

I surely have walked and bicycled aplenty, but my abs and back muscles are garbage.

+ - Neo-Nazism Surprisingly Popular in Sweden

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Despite the fall in numbers of neo-Nazi organizations in current world, Sweden seems to have a growing trend of neo-Nazi activities. This information comes from the anti-racist Expo Foundation. The foundation has determined that the neo-Nazi activities in the country have risen by almost two times over the past three years. In 2014, which was an election year, the number of propaganda campaigns rose by 23% compared with the previous year. Most activities include the distribution of propaganda material and flyers, organization of agitation campaigns and putting up stickers. Sweden's capital Stockholm ranked first among the country's cities in terms of neo-Nazi activities in 2014. Last year, neo-Nazi groups organized multiple campaigns, leading to mass disorders and dozens of arrests."

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