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Submission + - Kuwait Bans DSLR Cameras Use For Non-Journalists (itproportal.com)

DaveNJ1987 writes: Kuwait has banned the use of Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras in public places for anyone who is not a journalist. The ban, which was passed by the unanimous agreement of the country's Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Information and Ministry of Finance, prevents the public from using DSLR devices on the streets of the Middle Eastern State. Tourists are to be affected by the new laws and must be aware of this before travelling to Kuwait. Smaller digital cameras and camera phones are exempt from the ban.
Books

Submission + - Can't Remember Faces? Blame your Reading Skills (newscientist.com)

Hugh Pickens writes: "Have you ever been embarrassed by introducing yourself to someone only for them to point out that you've met before? The New Scientist reports that new research suggests that learning to read competes with face recognition ability. To test the hypothesis Stanislas Dehaene at the INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit in Saclay, France carried out functional MRI brain scans on 10 people who could not read, 22 who learned to read as adults and 31 who did so as children. When the researchers showed participants pictures of faces, the visual word form area of those who could read was much less active than that of participants who could not read. Dehaene speculates that the ability to read may have hijacked a neuronal network that evolved to enable us to visually track animals. "The hypothesis suggests that this brain area has not evolved for reading but results from a reconfiguration of evolutionarily older brain circuits dedicated to object processing," says Manuel Carreiras at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language who prevously found that the brains of adults who learn to read as adults are structurally different to those who cannot read."

Submission + - Cracks found in Shuttle external fuel tank (nasa.gov)

Mysticalfruit writes: During an inspection of Discovery's external fuel tank, two cracks in the stringers were found. Currently NASA is evaluating its possible repair options. Considering how critical these stringers are to the structural integrity of the tank, I'm surprised that they'd be so willing to repair in place. This launch will the the last launch of Discovery before she is mothballed.
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Submission + - Gran Turismo 5 Delayed. Again. (slashdot.org)

RogueyWon writes: Sony have just announced via the official Playstation blog that Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo 5 has been delayed yet again. This delay hits just three weeks before the game was supposed to arrive on the shelves. A release before Christmas is still being suggested, but a healthy degree of skepticism might be wise. Delays have already hit other Playstation 3 exclusives, such as Littlebigplanet 2, meaning that Gran Turismo 5 had been increasingly central to Sony's strategy for the holiday period. This delay isn't just bad news for racing game fans; it's also seriously bad news for Sony and their investors.

Comment Re:Learn my language! (Score 1) 674

English is my second language. Let me tell you something, English is very hard to learn. To me, it is a very disorganized language that seems like it was designed by a committee. A very drunk and disorderly committee. The rules of grammar and spelling frequently contradict itself. Often, the exceptions are as numerous as the rules.

That's French you're describing there.
At least that's how it seemed to me in school. English on the other hand was a lot easier.
I don't think you can generalize that way and label certain languages easy or hard to learn, it probably depends on how your native language has influenced your brain structure for languages, on the circumstances in which you try to learn another language (I didn't really get along with my French teacher, I don't think that helped) and many other things.

(my native language is German)

Comment Re:Outside the USofA??? (Score 1) 690

sorry for double posting, but something just occurred to me: the ratio automatic to manual transmissions is probably just about inverse over here compared to the US. So if it's true that putting it in neutral won't work on the automatic gearboxes, putting it in neutral on a manual definitely works. With that in mind the problem is not quite as critical over here.

Comment Re:Outside the USofA??? (Score 1) 690

uh, I don't know about other countries, but in Germany Toyota has a recall going for the same reason.
I think the difference is merely that our media, while insane as well, doesn't freak out quite like the media in the US. "Oh god, we're all going to die because of a problem that occurred 35 times in a vehicle pool of several millions. Oh, and buy American"

Comment Re:Too little, too late (Score 1) 189

well... to be completely honest: the N900 isn't really for the "normal consumer", is it? At least not yet. But I have two friends who own one and they run pretty much everything on there. From Pidgin to Duke Nukem 3D. And the screen is 800x480, so at least in respect to window dimensions you wouldn't have to tailor that much.

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