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Comment Re:Winter is coming (Score 1) 461

Which hasn't actually happened, let us note. Germany remains dependent on nuclear power, it's just nuclear power from France now. [...]

Not true. In the months from january to may 2013 germany actually exportet 30,79 billion kWhs. Source in german:

Comment Re:Mom rule (Score 1) 338

In some form maybe. But the young people will keep on using other services and just have facebook if they want to contact their parents/grandparents. Because you can`t really not accept a friend request from your parents or grandparents and once you do they can see all those lovely private updates from your friends about the last party and how you hooked up with that boy/girl or how you tried pot for the first time or...

Comment Re:MORE DISINFORMATION (Score 1) 234

Yeah, I can linkspam too You know, if I were in that position, I would do whatever it takes to kill the bastards that invaded and possibly killed members of my family just for being in the wrong location at the wrong time (see collateral murder). And no, you are not protecting some fancy idea of freedom or some other bullshit, you are thugs, criminals, the scum of the world. The world would be better off if your country was nuked from orbit and every piece of it destroyed.

Comment Re:Standard connectors? LOL you wish! (Score 1) 427

Considering that Apple signed a declaration of intent in 2009 (together with Nokia, RIM, Samsung and others) to use micro USB connectors from 2010 onward (at least in the EU), I'd wager that they won't stick to what they signed for a long time to come. No, what they actually did was releasing an adapter which let you use every other manufacturer's charger to charge an iphone.

A New Record For Scientific Retractions? 84

sciencehabit writes "An investigating committee in Japan has concluded that a Japanese anesthesiologist, Yoshitaka Fujii, fabricated a whopping 172 papers over the past 19 years. Among other problems, the panel, set up by the Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists, could find no records of patients and no evidence medication was ever administered. 'It is as if someone sat at a desk and wrote a novel about a research idea,' the committee wrote in a 29 June summary report."

John Carmack Is Building a Virtual Reality Headset 118

An anonymous reader writes "John Carmack, co-founder of id Software, is using his spare time to develop a modern virtual reality headset. After purchasing such a device last year, Carmack became frustrated with how slowly the technology has progressed over the past twenty years. So, he decided to push it forward himself. PCGamer reports that he's been showing off his prototype behind closed doors at E3 this year, and has an interview with him about the problems with VR and the technical challenges he needs to overcome. They even get a look at the prototype itself, which is currently held together with duct tape."

Samba 4 Enters Beta 170

rayk_sland writes "Progress is being made on the long awaited Samba 4 release. On Tuesday the Samba 4 team announced their first beta. Those of us who refuse to have a closed-source server at the core of our networks will be encouraged to see this milestone. Here are a few of the new features: 'Samba 4.0 beta supports the server-side of the Active Directory logon environment used by Windows 2000 and later, so we can do full domain join and domain logon operations with these clients. ... Samba 4.0 beta ships with two distinct file servers. We now use the file server from the Samba 3.x series 'smbd' for all file serving by default. For pure file server work, the binaries users would expect from that series (nmbd, winbindd, smbpasswd) continue to be available. Samba 4.0 also ships with the 'NTVFS' file server. This file server is what was used in all previous alpha releases of Samba 4.0, and is tuned to match the requirements of an AD domain controller. We continue to support this, not only to provide continuity to installations that have deployed it as part of an AD DC, but also as a running example of the NT-FSA architecture we expect to move smbd to in the longer term. ... Finally, a new scripting interface has been added to Samba 4, allowing Python programs to interface to Samba's internals, and many tools and internal workings of the DC code is now implemented in python.'"

Comment Re:We're idiots about privacy (Score 4, Funny) 46

Yeah, remember those idiots who protested against street view and the newspaper made a picture of them in front of their home and published the article online?

Sorry, article is in german, but the picture is there.

Comment Lego stop motion (Score 5, Interesting) 111

Two weeks ago I spoke with a man who shot the last harry potter book as lego stop motion. Here is the english trailer:

He uses 25 pictures per second of film. It is a hobby of his and he spent two years making it. Every evening during the week and the complete day on weekends. In my opinion it nearly looks as good as rendered.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe