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UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific" 188

Posted by samzenpus
from the swim-easy dept.
First time accepted submitter Nodsnarb (2851527) writes "The UN's international Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Japan's Antarctic whaling program is not for scientific purposes. In a statement, the court said that Japan's programme involved activities which 'can broadly be characterised as scientific research.' However, it said that 'the evidence does not establish that the programme's design and implementation are reasonable in relation to achieving its stated objectives.' It added: 'The court concludes that the special permits granted by Japan for the killing, taking and treating of whales in connection with JARPA II are not 'for purposes of scientific research' pursuant to [the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling].'"
Google

MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass 70

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-glasses dept.
colinneagle (2544914) writes "Earlier this week, Brandyn White, a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, and Scott Greenberg, a PhD candidate at MIT, led a workshop at the MIT Media Lab to showcase an open source project called WearScript, a JavaScript environment that runs on Google Glass. White demonstrated how Glass's UI extends beyond its touchpad, winks, and head movements by adding a homemade eye tracker to Glass as an input device. The camera and controller were dissected from a $25 PC video camera and attached to the Glass frame with a 3D-printed mount. A few modifications were made, such as replacing the obtrusively bright LEDs with infrared LEDs, and a cable was added with a little soldering. The whole process takes about 15 minutes for someone with component soldering skills. With this eye tracker and a few lines of WearScript, the researchers demonstrated a new interface by playing Super Mario on Google Glass with just eye movements."
Microsoft

Xbox One Reputation System Penalizes Gamers Who Behave Badly 183

Posted by Soulskill
from the good-news-for-everyone's-mothers dept.
New submitter DroidJason1 writes: "Microsoft has added new 'player reputation scores' to each Xbox Live member's Gamercard. The scores are represented by icons consisting of the colors green, yellow, and red. The more hours you play fairly online without being reported as abusive by other players, the better your reputation will be. Good players are given a green color, while those that 'need work' are yellow and those that need to be avoided are red. Microsoft says, 'If players do not heed warnings and continue to have a negative impact on other players and the Xbox Live community, they will begin to experience penalties. For example, people with an “Avoid Me” rating will have reduced matchmaking pairings and may be unable to use certain privileges such as Twitch broadcasting.' They add that the system will adjust for false reports."
The Military

Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash" 878

Posted by samzenpus
from the lighten-up-francis dept.
An anonymous reader writes with a Ukraine news roundup. "'Russia is the only country in the world realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash,' anchor Dmitry Kiselyov said on his weekly news show on state-controlled Rossiya 1 television. ... His programme was broadcast as the first exit polls were being published showing an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voting to leave Ukraine and join Russia. He stood in his studio in front of a gigantic image of a mushroom cloud produced after a nuclear attack, with the words 'into radioactive ash.' ... Kiselyov has earned a reputation as one of Russia's most provocative television news hosts, in particularly with his often blatantly homophobic remarks. But he is also hugely influential with his weekly news show broadcast at Sunday evening prime time. Putin last year appointed Kiselyov head of the new Russia Today news agency that is to replace the soon to be liquidated RIA Novosti news agency with the aim of better promoting Russia's official position. — Russia has threatened to stop nuclear disarmament treaty inspections and cooperation. Russian troops are reported to have seized a natural gas terminal in Ukraine outside of Crimea. There are reported to be 60,000 Russian troops massing on Russia's border with Ukraine."
Earth

Ice Age Fossils Found During Los Angeles Subway Exploration 64

Posted by timothy
from the global-warming-has-since-occurred dept.
An anonymous reader writes "During an exploratory dig to extend one of L.A.'s subway lines (yes! Los Angeles actually does have an underground), a host of fossils from the Ice Age were uncovered, including the skull of a sea lion. The dig site is close to the La Brea Tar Pits, where the preserved remains of various plants and animals were discovered in the early 1900s. The La Brea Tar Pit fossils are estimated to be between 11,000-55,000 years old, and the most common animals found were dire wolves."

Comment: Re:OK... (Score 1) 205

honestly, the biggest advantage Steam offers me are:

1) Making my library available on whatever computer I am using (provided the games support it), without me having to drag around an external drive of some sort.

2) Keeping my downloaded games up to date, and the saved games synchronized between computers.

Granted I'm probably an abnormal user in that I have a desktop at home and a laptop I use for travel/work, but it makes it easy to keep things in sync and start a game on one, then continue on the other, with very little effort on my part.

Didn't sign up to Steam for the longest time, but recently did to try a game a friend sent me. Its much less intrusive and user friendly than I had expected.

Comment: Re:OK... (Score 1) 205

If you've gotten the games through the Humble Bundle, then you might be even more interested in Steam. All (most?) of the Humble Bundle games come with Steam keys so you can immediately add them to your Steam library. Makes it much easier to keep track of your library and manage downloads between computers ... the downside is only 1 computer can be connected to steam at a time (although off-line mode is lovely for things like that).

Comment: Re:Two kinds of loser talk (Score 1) 197

by powerlord (#45957161) Attached to: How Quickly Will the Latest Arms Race Accelerate?

If this is a serious question, then the answer is pretty straight forward and already one we are working on.

The rise of the Carrier, wasn't so much about the Carrier per se, but about the ability for a Carrier+Planes to project firepower in ways Battleships couldn't (and couldn't protect against).

Carriers themselves though, exist only as bases for planes.
Planes are expensive, trained pilots are even more expensive. Pilots are also "fleshy meat bags" that limit performance on planes.

Flash forward to now. Drones are the wave of the future. Long range high-speed drones is the next step (or drones mid-flight refueling/rearming from a drone tanker if they haven't already).

All backed up by Mach 5 Cruise missiles that you can launch from your mainland and special forces you can use when you need a small specialized manned response, sounds like the future of war ...

( ... short of massive invasion that could trigger a nuclear response)

The Almighty Buck

Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian' 409

Posted by timothy
from the cue-the-h1bigots dept.
jfruh writes "A former Oracle sales manager is suing the database company for what he called racially discriminatory salary-setting practices. Ian Spandow wanted to transfer a high-performing salesman from Oracle's India office to California. When he requested a salary of $60,000 a year or more for the employee, equivalent to what his white American counterparts received, he was told instead to offer $50,000, which was 'good money for an Indian.' When Spandow protested, he was himself summarily fired."

Comment: Re:Build a business case (Score 1) 383

by powerlord (#45598771) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

But be careful shifting things "out the door", especially if they are business critical.

We recently moved our offices and looked into replacing our aged PBX. One choice everyone mentioned was hosted VOIP PBX services.

Great if you have high-speed, reliable, internet, great if you don't mind paying again and again. For us, even though we have outsourced our Email, phone services are mission critical. If our internet connection goes down, no biggie, business goes on (albeit slightly inconvenienced), if our PHONES go down, it'll be hell and high-water combined and everything grinds to a stop.

Likewise, any business suite or accounting package better darn well be able to run in stand-a-lone mode and resync when the internet connection comes back, or it isn't coming into any mission critical situation if I have any say (which I do).

The alternative is backup redundant service, and the equipment to handle that, which, for a small office is overblown.

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