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nbauman (624611) writes "The Gilbert, AZ school board has voted to tear out a page from Campbell's Biology (a standard highly-recommended textbook that many doctors and scientists fondly remember), because it discusses contraception without also discussing adoption. Julie Smith, a member of the Gilbert Public Schools governing board, said that she was a Catholic and "we do not contracept." Smith convinced the board that Campbell's violates Arizona law to teach "preference, encouragement and support to childbirth and adoption" over abortion. The Arizona Education Department decided that the pages didn't violate Arizona law, but nevermind. Rachel Maddow generously risked hassles for copyright violation and posted the missing pages as a service to Arizona honors biology students. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-ma..."
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Comment: Oh fuck, another nerd thinks he can teach himself (Score 1) 75

by Shavano (#48482211) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Objective C Vs. Swift For a New iOS Developer?

Yes, you can teach yourself to program. You'll join the vast herd of semi-skilled programmers with spotty understanding and no knowledge of what has been done before and better by more skilled programmers. People who followed a more disciplined path will pass by you, because someone clued them in about the dead ends you'll be exploring.

Medicine

Single Pixel Camera Takes Images Through Breast Tissue 28

Posted by timothy
from the one-at-a-time-folks dept.
KentuckyFC writes Single pixel cameras are currently turning photography on its head. They work by recording lots of exposures of a scene through a randomising media such as frosted glass. Although seemingly random, these exposures are correlated because the light all comes from the same scene. So its possible to number crunch the image data looking for this correlation and then use it to reassemble the original image. Physicists have been using this technique, called ghost imaging, for several years to make high resolution images, 3D photos and even 3D movies. Now one group has replaced the randomising medium with breast tissue from a chicken. They've then used the single pixel technique to take clear pictures of an object hidden inside the breast tissue. The potential for medical imaging is clear. Curiously, this technique has a long history dating back to the 19th century when Victorian doctors would look for testicular cancer by holding a candle behind the scrotum and looking for suspicious shadows. The new technique should be more comfortable.

Comment: Re:Bathtubs are dangerous too (Score 1) 137

The problem is a completely different one. Namely that judges don't know jack shit about technology. Which means we'll get two things at once, on one hand judges that will buy into the hype and believe anything thrown at them concerning how Mr Evilhacker killed my beloved Granny (who just happened to leave everything to me, but that's not the point now), and on the other hand we'll get judges that simply cannot wrap their mind around just exactly this happening and letting actual people who used this vector for murder go because they just can't even imagine how this should work.

Google News Sci Tech: OnePlus And Cyanogen Inc. Might Be Aimed For A Split - Techaeris->

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OnePlus And Cyanogen Inc. Might Be Aimed For A Split
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It's been a rough year for OnePlus. They drummed up feverish interest in their phone only to have to turn away potential customers. They ran with a convoluted invite system, alienated their fans with some questionable forum contests, and now it seems that...
OnePlus and Cyanogen on brink of breakup after India fightEngadget
OnePlus One will run custom Android 5.0, not CyanogenMod, in IndiaPhoneDog
OnePlus One Indian Users Will Not Receive CyanogenOS OTA Updates For NowAndroid Headlines - Android News

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Comment: I can't help it. I am looking forward to it. (Score 1) 137

I pity the fool who gets to bite it, but apparently it is a necessity that people can die from something before anything remotely resembling safety and security gets implemented.

Then again, why should I pity someone who has no idea what he is doing but feels the pressing urge to do it anyway?

Comment: Re:Maybe it's catching up with them now, though? (Score 1) 151

by Opportunist (#48481961) Attached to: Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

Can we agree that they BOTH make horrible decisions when it comes to game quality? Both companies are guilty of buying out good studios with a well established franchise and then milk it 'til the cow's dead.

Frankly I don't care which of them is worse, NEITHER of them sees a dime of my money until I have very good reason to believe something changed for the better.

Earth

France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel 160

Posted by Soulskill
from the send-it-to-us dept.
mrspoonsi sends this Reuters report: France wants to gradually phase out the use of diesel fuel for private passenger transport and will put in place a system to identify the most polluting vehicles, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Friday. Next year, the government will launch a car identification system that will rank vehicles by the amount of pollution they emit, Valls said in a speech. This will make it possible for local authorities to limit city access for the dirtiest cars. "In France, we have long favoured the diesel engine. This was a mistake, and we will progressively undo that, intelligently and pragmatically," Valls said. About 80 percent of French motorists drive diesel-powered cars. Valls said taxation would have to orient citizens towards more ecological choices, notably the 2015 state budget measures to reduce the tax advantage of diesel fuel versus gas.

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