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Comment A problem with fearmongering (Score 1) 144

Reports like this tend to leave the non-technical user overwhelmed and befuddled. What does someone who is ovewhelmed and befuddled do? They freeze up and do nothing, think "deer in the headlights". In other words, these things often exacerbate the problem. But, then, exacerbating problems to boost ratings is nothing new for the media.

Comment jQuery isn't a hack, but it contains some (Score 1) 573

In order to obtain cross-browser compatibility, jQuery, like much code designed to work across platforms, has hacks to make up for browser deficiencies. This leads to the library being far more bloated than is needed when addressing a single platform. In light of this, using jQuery in this one-platform application can reasonably be termed a "hack".

Submission + - Lithium Batteries Put Bang in Flying

Rambo Tribble writes: The commercial aviation industry is scrambling to get ahead of a new threat to air travel, burning or exploding lithium batteries. As portable devices have become more popular, improperly stored or defective lithium batteries have caused a number of incidents on airliners. The BBC article includes a short video showing the remarkably violent force even a small battery can produce. Important safety tip: this is one electrical fire you want to fight with water.

Submission + - Flying Snake Mysteries Revealed

Rambo Tribble writes: Researchers from Virginia Tech are reporting they have uncovered the secrets behind the genus Chrysopelea's aerodynamic feats. These ophidians are capable of gliding some distance while appearing to slither through the air. The BBC's article on the revelations hosts a short video of the phenomenon. At the heart of Chrysopelea's feat is a remarkable ability of the snakes to alter their body's cross-section. Finally, snakes that don't need to be on no stinking plane.

Submission + - Cryosat Image Anomalies Prompt Icy Structure Insights

Rambo Tribble writes: Patterns appearing in images taken by the ESA's Cryosat program at first baffled agency scientists. Fearing malfunction, they poured over the data. It turns out that patterns in ice features known as sastrugi were affecting the reflection of the polarized radar used by the satellite. The sastrugi have been formed by Antarctica's prevailing katabatic winds. The BBC reports.

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