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Submission + - How Fonts Are Fueling the Culture Wars (backchannel.com)

mirandakatz writes: Typography is having a bit of a moment: Suddenly, tons of people who don't work in design have all sorts of opinions about it, and are taking every opportunity to point out poor font choices and smaller design elements. But they're missing the bigger picture. As Medium designer Ben Hersh writes at Backchannel, typography isn't just catchy visuals: It can also be dangerous. As Hersh writes, "Typography can silently influence: It can signify dangerous ideas, normalize dictatorships, and sever broken nations. In some cases it may be a matter of life and death. And it can do this as powerfully as the words it depicts." Don't believe him? He's got ample visual examples to prove it.

Submission + - Scientists Sneak A Peek At How Ladybugs Fold Their Wings (npr.org)

Joe_NoOne writes: With the help of high-speed cameras, CT scanners and some nail-art supplies, scientists in Japan have managed to catch a glimpse of the elaborate way that ladybugs fold their wings to tuck them away.

The research could have implications for everything from aeronautics to umbrellas.

The study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, explored how ladybugs can have wings strong enough to fly with, but quickly collapsible so they can be tucked out of the way.

Comment Re:Sweden, make up your mind (Score 4, Insightful) 234

Yes, here you actually need reason to believe a crime has been committed in order to incarcerate someone. That seems superior to me.

You need that in Sweden too. The difference is that Sweden does not have a conveyor belt system of trial court judges that rubberstamps arraignments and arrest orders for cases they have no background knowledge about.
Because the arrest charges can differ from the trial charges, there's less of the American practice of tossing everything you can on the wall in the hope that enough sticks.
There's also a safeguard in that can sue for restitution for the time spent jailed if the case doesn't go to court. So it's not done lightly. In fact, that it isn't done lightly is what allowed Assange to leave the country.

Submission + - Twitter ditches Do Not Track support (pcworld.com)

Big Hairy Ian writes: Twitter is dumping its support for Do Not Track (DNT), changing how it shares user data with third parties, and holding any web browsing data it collects for a longer duration—all to better aid in ad targeting, of course.

But at the same time, Twitter is giving users more control over what kind of user data can be used for targeted advertising, as well as more transparency about the information it collects about you.

The privacy features are active now, but the new privacy policies that dump DNT, change data sharing policies, and hold your data longer don't come into effect until June 18.

Comment Re:Sweden, make up your mind (Score 4, Informative) 234

It's not a matter of dropping the charges (after all, no charges has been formally presented)

Yes and no. The Swedish system differs from the American system most here are familiar with, and distinguishes between "häktad" (arrest charge) and "åtalad" (trial charge). The US system doesn't have a two-tier system and treats informal and formal arrest the same, requiring a trial charge and court order for keeping the person jailed during investigation.

Comment Re:BS Bills Are Still The Same Amount (Score 1) 318

American saunas aren't allowed to be sold if they can become 90C or hotter. These are UL regulations. Most manufacturers err on the side of caution and won't make the sauna's temperature go higher than 180F (~80C), and public "saunas" seldom go much higher than150-160F (~65-70C).

I've taken countless hundreds of saunas in both Scandinavia and here in the US, and I can tell you, the two don't compare at all. For the aforementioned reasons: temperature, too high humidity to compensate, and nudity taboos.

Submission + - SSD Drives Vulnerable to Rowhammer-like Attacks That Corrupt User Data (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: NAND flash memory chips, the building blocks of solid-state drives (SSDs), include what could be called "programming vulnerabilities" that can be exploited to alter stored data or shorten the SSD's lifespan. According to research published earlier this year, the programming logic powering of MLC NAND flash memory chips (the tech used for the latest generation of SSDs), is vulnerable to at least two types of attacks.

The first is called "program interference," and takes place when an attacker manages to write data with a certain pattern to a target's SSD. Writing this data repeatedly and at high speeds causes errors in the SSD, which then corrupts data stored on nearby cells. This attack is similar to the infamous Rowhammer attack on RAM chips.

The second attack is called "read disturb" and in this scenario, an attacker's exploit code causes the SSD to perform a large number of read operations in a very short time, which causes a phenomenon of "read disturb errors," that alters the SSD ability to read data from nearby cells, even long time after the attack stops.

Comment Re:BS Bills Are Still The Same Amount (Score 2) 318

Yes, there are illnesses that can cause overheating, but that's not the general case. Healthy people should be able to deal with 12-30C temperature ranges without any real problems, and if it is a problem beyond "it would be nicer if it were cooler/warmer", seeing a doctor should be the first thing to do, not buying an AC.

Saunas (Nordic ones that are actually in the 90-100C range) work because your body goes into a special mode, restricting blood flow to the surface. It's possible to sit with teeth clattering because of being cold in a hot sauna, because of the full insulation retaining the internal chill from your cold shower or snow roll for quite a while.
The cooler American-style "saunas" that's only in the 50-70 C range are more problematic, because they're not hot enough for the body to enter this state. So you end up like a red lobster. Even more so because of the aversion to nakedness causing Americans to cover themselves with towels or bathing suits, reducing the cooling effect of profuse sweating. Add that they're below the dew point, so benches won't be dry but covered with hot moisture. It's an uncomfortable experience compared to a real sauna, and I'm sure temperature sensitive individuals can have a hard time with them.

Comment Re:My gripe isn't even with that: (Score 4, Insightful) 567

Between changes in the standard headers, changes in keywords (without provisions to disable them for files written to older standards) Changes in API and ABI, there is a huge clusterfuck of underdocumented shortcomings in C/C++ that are mostly there because of standard ego-stroking. Many of which have no excuse for having shown up in the past decade given that most of them manifest in open source software that could have been tested against in an automated fashion to ensure that new changes to the standard didn't break older code.

I agree, for C++. Whenever I have breakages after upgrades, it's almost always C++. Programs have to be recompiled, because they've imported and extended templates that they themselves weren't in charge of. Even if the APIs remain the same, there are still breakages.
For C, there are far fewer problems. Yes, someone might change an API, but the general consensus is to not do that, but provide new functions. New standards happen, but only affect the source, and not whether binaries continue to work, like can be the case for C++.

C++ works well where you can control or dictate the runtime system, so it matches the developer toolchain. That's great for embedded-like systems where you can change the entire OS with upgrades, or long term stable systems like RHEL, where versions stay put for 10 years with only bugfix backports. But when binaries break after an OS update, they're almost always C++ ones. From big companies too.

Comment Re:Teach everyone to code! (Score 2) 567

Why are we teaching kids to write when there won't be as many jobs for scribes in 3 years?

In at least one state, we don't teach kids to write anymore, at least not with a pen or pencil.. Handwriting has become an optional part of the curriculum.

I thought it was bad when students no longer were taught how to read old cursive or blackletter, so they no longer understood a letter from grandma nor could read old books. But now they don't have to be able to read anything except sans serif, nor write anything that isn't typed on a computer. It does not bode well for when emergencies occur. I also wonder how someone who isn't taught how to use a pen will write a signature. Back to X again? Or hanko stamps?

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