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Comment: More details (Score 1) 294

by xded (#47935815) Attached to: Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance
The Non-caloric Artificial Sweeteners (NAS) evaluated in the study were:

Sucrazit (5% saccharin, 95% glucose), Sucralite (5% Sucralose), Sweet’n Low Gold (4% Aspartame).

and:

As saccharin exerted the most pronounced effect, we further studied its role as a prototypical artificial sweetener.

I wonder how stevia or erythritol compare.

Google News Sci Tech: Comet Joined by Space Probe After 10-Year Pursuit - ABC News->

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Financial Express

Comet Joined by Space Probe After 10-Year Pursuit
ABC News
Turning what seemed like a science fiction tale into reality, an unmanned probe swung alongside a comet on Wednesday after a 4-billion mile (6.4-billion kilometer) chase through outer space over the course of a decade. Europe's Rosetta probe will orbit and...
Spacecraft Rosetta catches up to comet after 10-year chaseReuters
Comet chaser: Rosetta spacecraft runs down comet after 10-year pursuitChristian Science Monitor
Europe's Rosetta probe goes into orbit around comet 67PBBC News
PC Magazine-The New Yorker-TVNZ
all 628 news articles

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Modern journalism (Score 1) 239

by xded (#45096397) Attached to: Inside the Guardian and the Snowden Leaks

True.

But the point here is not what an average person thinking about himself would do. The point is what a non-ordinary person caring about society can do.

Whether you want our times to be told by the former or the latter, it remains your choice.

What the definition of 'journalist' should be, this is the matter of discussion.

Comment: Be pragmatic... (Score 1) 487

by xded (#43923463) Attached to: BBC Clock Inaccurate - 100 Days To Fix?

1. Geolocate the IP, show the local time and mark it with a timezone identifier/city
2. If geolocation data is not available for IP, show UTC time celarly marking it as such
3. Put a button on the side of the clock to acquire the user's coordinates if a GPS is available, mark the timezone as GPS-determined
4. If GPS is not available and user pushes button, use the JS new Date().getTimezoneOffset(), mark the timezone as OS-determined

There are corner cases where this will not work, but this is good enough for 99% of the users.

The user is behind VPN/Proxy? If he cares about the correct local time, he'll push the button.
The user has no GPS and wrong OS timezone? Too bad.

Comment: Chess, anyone? (Score 2) 130

by xded (#43912039) Attached to: Hackers Spawn Web Supercomputer On Way To Chess World Record

Came here for the "chess world record" mentioned in TFT and didn't find a single word about it, neither in TFS nor in TFCs... Did anyone realize how this article is actually about a bunch of guys parallelizing the eight queens puzzle, running it first on anything from browsers to Blackberrys, then porting it to Hadoop, and on the way to break the world record computing the number of solutions for a chess board of 27x27 tiles?

TFA mentions the word "bitcoin" in the last 2 paragraphs out of 23, and everybody goes crazy about it. Welcome to Slashdot 2013.

Comment: And why nobody's quoting this... (Score 2) 166

by xded (#43276111) Attached to: Direct-to-Vinyl Recording Makes a Comeback (Video)

Tim: Usually in 2013, you see people going from vinyl to digital formats, here you are doing the opposite, you’ve got a CD player here that’s feeding music over to a vinyl cutting lathe.

Believe what you want about vinyl records, but recording on vinyl something coming out of CD player goes against any logic he could try to follow.

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that works.

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