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Given Truth, the Misinformed Believe Lies More 961 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-let-the-truth-get-in-your-way dept.
SharpFang writes "In a series of studies in 2005 and 2006, researchers at the University of Michigan found that misinformed people, particularly political partisans, rarely changed their minds when exposed to corrected facts in news stories. In fact, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs. Facts, they found, were not curing misinformation. Like an underpowered antibiotic, facts could actually make misinformation even stronger."

Nuclear Power Could See a Revival 415

Posted by kdawson
from the comforting-bremsstrahlung-glow dept.
shmG writes "As the US moves to reduce dependence on oil, the nuclear industry is looking to expand, with new designs making their way through the regulatory process. No less than three new configurations for nuclear power are being considered for licensing by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The first of them could be generating power in Georgia by 2016."

Nerds Still More Likely To Get Bullied 480

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the also-sky-still-blue dept.
trashbird1240 writes "Reports on a recent meta-analysis of bullies and victims found that bullies and victims have similar personality traits, but that bullies tend to do poorly in school, as opposed to those who get bullied. Both bullies and victims are poor social problem solvers, but they resort to different tactics to handle their social ineptitude. To me this represents a huge leap forward in understanding nerd psychology."

Steve Jobs Recommends Android For Fans of Porn 909

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the only-flashers-own-trenchcoats dept.
hansamurai writes "After being asked about the App Store's recent ban on 'sexy apps,' Steve Jobs responded, 'We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone. You know, there's a porn store for Android, you can download nothing but porn. You can download porn, your kids can download porn. That's a place we don't want to go, so we're not going to go there.' Apps such as Playboy's and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition are still available on the App Store, however, as they come from 'more reputable companies.'"

Comment: Re:That happens when its BOTH high-fat and high-ca (Score 1) 507

by thepooh81 (#31668430) Attached to: Fatty Foods May Cause Cocaine-Like Addiction

I actually am on a rather strict weightlifting diet and I understand that modern societies palettes are greatly biased towards salt/sugar. If I have more than 2 tablespoons of ice cream (non-fat frozen yogurt variety) I'll start to get a headache that will get worse if I eat more sugar.

Now there are times when a sugar bomb is good for your body (e.g. right after working out when you just burned all your immediate energy)

The thing is, a diet is a personal choice though. I've chosen to live a healthier life myself and if somebody doesn't want to make healthy choices, waving the ban-stick on foods is really just us legislating morality which is not the job of the g'ment.

Comment: It depends on what you want to do (Score 2, Informative) 2

by thepooh81 (#31596068) Attached to: Math Skills For Programmers - Necessary Or Not?

If you're planning on being a web programmer that just contracts out business apps or non-cutting edge stuff then math, while it would be helpful, wouldn't be a necessity. TBH most of your clients wouldn't want you to give a math-heavy presentation (and by math-heavy I mean anything above algebra). They'll probably just want to hear Web2.0AJAXHTML5 or something along those lines.

BUT... if you plan on doing anything in the scientific/engineering/gaming fields or being a trailblazer with technology then math is probably the most useful skill to have. I've done work on Real-Time Embedded systems where you have to be absolutely sure that your algorithm is going to run in the time you've planned and you better be able to prove it to your boss. Also, having a solid foundation with Calculus and being able to min/max variables to optimize your algorithms are invaluable. And although most Linear Algebra functions are built in to modern languages it's still good to know what's actually going on instead of just relying on the method.

Math is going to teach you now just how to do something, it's going to give you a better insight as to why you're doing what you're doing and why it's working they way it is. Math helps you understand WTF is happening on a fundamental level if you're doing something complex and plus, math is not language specific. If you can translate something into an abstract math formula then you're able to abstract a problem down and then solve it in the best way possible.


Mozilla Debates Whether To Trust Chinese CA 276

Posted by timothy
from the but-that-would-never-happen dept.
At his Freedom to Tinker blog, Ed Felten has a thoughtful, accessible piece on the debate at Mozilla about whether Firefox, by default, should trust a Chinese certificate authority (as it has since October). Felten explains in clear language why this is significant, and therefore controversial. An excerpt: "To see why this is worrisome, let's suppose, just for the sake of argument, that CNNIC were a puppet of the Chinese government. Then CNNIC's status as a trusted CA would give it the technical power to let the Chinese government spy on its citizens' 'secure' web connections. If a Chinese citizen tried to make a secure connection to Gmail, their connection could be directed to an impostor Gmail site run by the Chinese government, and CNNIC could give the impostor a cert saying that the government impostor was the real Gmail site."

Anti-Piracy Windows 7 Update Phones Home Quarterly 819

Posted by kdawson
from the who-owns-your-computer dept.
Lauren Weinstein sends in news of a major and disturbing Microsoft anti-piracy initiative called Windows Activation Technologies, or WAT. Here is Microsoft's blog post giving their perspective on what WAT is for. From Lauren's blog: "The release of Windows 7 'Update for Microsoft Windows (KB71033)' will change the current activation and anti-piracy behavior of Windows 7 by triggering automatic 'phone home' operations over the Internet to Microsoft servers, typically for now at intervals of around 90 days. ... These automatic queries will repeatedly — apparently for as long as Windows is installed — validate your Windows 7 system against Microsoft's latest database of pirated system signatures (currently including more than 70 activation exploits known to Microsoft). If your system matches — again even if up to that time (which could be months or even years since you obtained the system) it had been declared to be genuine — then your system will be 'downgraded' to 'non-genuine' status until you take steps to obtain what Microsoft considers to be an authentic, validated, Windows 7 license. ... KB971033... is scheduled to deploy to the manual downloading 'Genuine Microsoft Software' site on February 16, and start pushing out automatically through the Windows Update environment on February 23. ... [F]or Microsoft to assert that they have the right to treat ordinary PC-using consumers in this manner — declaring their systems to be non-genuine and downgrading them at any time — is rather staggering." Update: 02/12 02:08 GMT by KD : Corrected the Microsoft Knowledge Base number to include a leading 9 that had been omitted in the pre-announcement, per L. Weinstein.

Comment: Mod Parent Up (Score 1) 844

by thepooh81 (#30904648) Attached to: Is Programming a Lucrative Profession?

This is why there's a difference. I have a degree in software engineering and that's what my job is. I started out above the average paygrade with a BS since I also worked a lot on some OSS that I could show my employer.

If you sit back, get a technical degree and expect a high starting salary reality is going to hurt. If you work your ass off, volunteer on something outside of school then yeah you can expect a good starting salary.

Believe it or not, most software engineers make good money, programmers on the other hand are hired by Walmart to be code monkeys (not joking, Walmart hires a lot of programmers).

You can't take damsel here now.