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Comment: Re:Remember the year of Linux ? (Score 2) 44

by lintmint (#45842831) Attached to: The Year In Robotics
Was Google pushing LInux that year? They flog it now as Android and last I heard Android had over 50% of the mobile market. You may also be interested to hear that Andy Rubin who headed up Android is now heading up Google's robotics division.

Google has some serious technical and financial assets they can bring to bear and for you to just dismiss that out of hand reflects poorly on your intellect.

Comment: It's a slippery slope (Score 1) 209

by lintmint (#44618459) Attached to: Predictors of Suicidal Behavior Found In Blood
Soon tere will be biomarkers for other types of behaviour and then employers are going to want blood tests from perspective employees. Before you know it if you have marker xyz you'll be virtually unemployable.
Walk into any AA meeting and ask the members if they can exercise choice over their impuses.

Comment: WTF Slashdot? (Score 1) 1469

by lintmint (#41070069) Attached to: The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy
What's next? Discussing the validity of Hitler's final solution?

Some dip shit politician makes an ignorant offensive comment which is fine to report in the news but by discussing it's validity Slashdot adds credence to it.

Here's the facts. Some people have reproductive issues so there's an industry to help them. Evolution happens to favor procreation so for most of us if you combine 3 healthy specimens consisting of an egg, woman, & sperm guess what happens?

It's an insult to every rape victim that ever got pregnant to imply that it was anything less than rape and shame on this whole damn site for providing the opportunity to debate that maybe the victim wasn't "truly" raped.

Comment: A novel idea (Score 1) 1127

by lintmint (#40781283) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preempting Sexual Harassment In the Workplace?
Give your staff the benefit of the doubt and assume that they might be able to act like professionals. If you have a problem later you can deal with it appropriately.
Trying to figure out how to grind your staff under your heel before there's a problem is an insult to your employees. If you're convinced there is going to be a problem it demonstrates incompetence in your interview & hiring policies.
First Person Shooters (Games)

Duke Nukem 3D On Unreal Engine 3 118

Posted by Soulskill
from the all-out-of-bubblegum dept.
Julefrokost writes "While we're waiting patiently on Forever, there's some real news in the Duke Nukem realm. Ars Technica has a story about a fan-made Duke 3D project on Unreal Engine 3. There's an awesome demo video up on YouTube. Created by hardcore fan Frederick 'fresch' Schreiber, we can hopefully expect to see an upgraded Duke 3D in the near future." The article also notes, "Gearbox ultimately decided to support the project, and gave Schreiber a personal, non-commercial license to Duke Nukem 3D. He can't sell the work or profit from it directly, but he can use the characters and design of the game without fear of being shut down."
Science

Why Time Flies By As You Get Older 252

Posted by kdawson
from the like-a-banana dept.
Ant notes a piece up on WBUR Boston addressing theories to explain the universal human experience that time seems to pass faster as you get older. Here's the 9-minute audio (MP3). Several explanations are tried out: that brains lay down more information for novel experiences; that the "clock" for nerve impulses in aging brains runs slower; and that each interval of time represents a diminishing fraction of life as we age.
Science

Colliding Particles Can Make Black Holes After All 269

Posted by Soulskill
from the act-now-while-supplies-last dept.
cremeglace writes with this excerpt from ScienceNOW: "You've heard the controversy. Particle physicists predict the world's new highest-energy atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland, might create tiny black holes, which they say would be a fantastic discovery. Some doomsayers fear those black holes might gobble up the Earth — physicists say that's impossible — and have petitioned the United Nations to stop the $5.5 billion LHC. Curiously, though, nobody had ever shown that the prevailing theory of gravity, Einstein's theory of general relativity, actually predicts that a black hole can be made this way. Now a computer model shows conclusively for the first time that a particle collision really can make a black hole." That said, they estimate the required energy for creating a black hole this way to be roughly "a quintillion times higher than the LHC's maximum"; though if one of the theories requiring compact extra dimensions is true, the energy could be lower.
Censorship

Italy Floats Official Permission Requirement for Web Video Uploads 131

Posted by timothy
from the state-v.-man dept.
An anonymous reader writes with some bad news from Italy, noting that new rules proposed there would "require people who upload videos onto the Internet to obtain authorization from the Communications Ministry similar to that required by television broadcasters, drastically reducing freedom to communicate over the Web." Understandably, some say such controls represent a conflict of interest for Silvio Berlusconi, "who exercises political control over the state broadcaster RAI in his role as prime minister and is also the owner of Italy's largest private broadcaster, Mediaset."
Image

Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project 687

Posted by samzenpus
from the duck-and-cover dept.
garg0yle writes "Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of 'a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,' after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family 'get counseling.' Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?"

"Any excuse will serve a tyrant." -- Aesop

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