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Comment Re:Science Reporting At Its Best (Score 1) 196

They've put a single LED in a contact lens, so now we have Augmented Reality.

In your attempt to seem clever and witty, you have misunderstood the title.

The title was not that "They added the LED into the lens, therefore we have augmented reality," the title was that "Augmenting Reality through Contact Lenses is the subject," and the body is: "here is the beginning of this possible trend toward augmenting reality through contact lenses." You've mistaken the title for being exactly what the body is. For example, the famous novel "The Grapes of Wrath," does not contain any grapes that are very angry. It is merely the idea of the Grapes of Wrath that are presented in the novel.

Honestly, did you ever take Reading Comprehension?

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97 of Top 100 Classified Sites Are Craigslist 193

According to a recent report, 97 of the top 100 classified sites are just localized versions of Craigslist, up from 88 just last year. Combine that with a massive rise in traffic to classified sites in general and you have a recipe for one raging behemoth. "Craigslist isn't just crushing the newspaper industry and crowding out other classified sites. It's also taking an increasing slice of total U.S Internet traffic: the site's market share in February was up 90% year over year, accounting for about 2.5% of total US Web site visits."

Scientist Forced To Remove Earthquake Prediction 485

Hugh Pickens writes to mention that Italian scientist Giampaolo Giuliani, a researcher at the National Physical Laboratory of Gran Sasso, recently gave warning about an earthquake that was to happen on March 29th of this year near L'Aquilla. Based on radon gas emissions and a series of observed tremors he tried to convince residents to evacuate, drawing much criticism from the city's mayor and others. Giuliani was forced to take down warnings he had posted on the internet. The researcher had said that a 'disastrous' earthquake would strike on March 29, but when it didn't, Guido Bertolaso, head of Italy's Civil Protection Agency, last week officially denounced Giuliani in court for false alarm. 'These imbeciles enjoy spreading false news,' Bertalaso was quoted as saying. 'Everyone knows that you can't predict earthquakes.' Giuliani, it turns out, was partially right. A much smaller seismic shift struck on the day he said it would, with the truly disastrous one arriving just one week later. 'Someone owes me an apology,' said Giuliani, who is also a resident of L'Aquila. 'The situation here is dramatic. I am devastated, but also angry.'"

Submission + - Giuliani predicts deadly earthquake, censored ( 2

Khashishi writes: Seismologist Giampaolo Giuliani claims to have predicted the deadly earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy, that killed at least 92 people. His attempts at warning the public were reported to the authorities and his warnings were censored to prevent public panic.

It must be noted that accurate earthquake prediction is not well-established within the science community, so what is the government's proper response?

Comment Re:If Games had REAL violence they would do less h (Score 1) 191

You might have a point with the last part about violence fantasies, and the indulging in them.

Except that the study showed that there was no correlation between enjoyment and violence levels, but rather with immersion and intelligent gameplay mechanics.

Interesting as it is, your theory doesn't seem to hold up too well with the current study.


Submission + - FCC Planning Rules to Open Cable Market (

quanticle writes: According to the New York Times, the FCC is planning to unveil new regulations for the cable market that will lower barriers to entry for independent programmers.

The rules would be aimed at stopping the growth of existing cable giants like Comcast and Time Warner, while seeking to encourage more small companies to get into the field. Also, earlier this month, the FCC struck down the practice of having exclusive contracts between cable providers and apartment owners.

All in all, this looks like a welcome infusion of competition into an otherwise stagnant market. The impact that this will have on the network neutrality debate is unclear.


Submission + - Stop the botnets!

Roland Piquepaille writes: "This is the intention of Paul Barford, a computer scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He wants to build a new line of defense against malicious traffic which has become today a billion-dollar 'shadow industry.' As one of 'the most menacing aspects of botnets is that they can go largely undetected' by a PC owner, he developed a new computer security technique for detecting network intrusions. His system has a 99.9% detection rate of malicious signatures, roughly equivalent to some of the best commercial systems. But it has zero false positives when commercial systems have high numbers. This new system could soon be available commercially. But read more for additional details and a figure describing how network intrusions were detected by this new system."
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Submission + - Demonoid Shut Down - Again!

mi5key writes: " The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding."

Submission + - Carrying Solutions (

Sara writes: "Hey Slashdot! I am submitting a new scoop for you. I am interested in starting a discussion about how consumers carry their beloved tech gadgets, such as cell phones, iPhones, iPods, digital cameras, PDAs, etc. Our company CellKeeper, produces multifunctional carrying solutions for these issues, as we have become a world with multi-gadets. I am interested in what other peoples issues are and what solutions they currently are using or have used. Thanks Slashdot!"

Submission + - The most powerful microscope in the world

Roland Piquepaille writes: "A new microscope developed by the TEAM Project (Transmission Electron Aberration-corrected Microscope), supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, has recorded the highest-resolution images ever seen (0.05 nanometer and below). This is equivalent to a quarter of the diameter of a carbon atom. This microscope will be delivered to the Berkeley National Laboratory in 2008 and will be fully operational in 2010. To achieve this resolution, this microscope mixes two technologies, SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) and TEM (Transmission Electron Microscope). Such a microscope will allow to 'study how atoms combin Read more for additional details and exclusive pictures of a high resolution TEM image of a structure (0.14nm) of Germanium and of the microscope that was able to record this image."

Submission + - Robin Hood Impulse Found in Humans (

Debello writes: "From the article: "A pioneering experiment by an American team suggests that people will spend their own money to make the rich less rich and the poor less poor. They do so without any hope of personal gain, acting, it seems, out of a taste for equality and sense of fair play.... A total of 120 volunteers took part over six sessions, playing the game five times in groups of four. Group composition changed with each game and players' game histories did not follow them. In other words, reputation and retribution were not allowed to play a role. Participants were randomly allocated different sums of money. They were shown what each player got and presented with a choice to do nothing and maintain the (unequal) status quo or to reduce their own real takeaway pay by one monetary unit in order to either increase or reduce another player's income by three units." l=/connected/2007/04/12/echood12.xml"

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