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Submission + - T-Mobile sells Tower Rights to Crown Castle (nytimes.com)

puddingebola writes: From the article, "Crown Castle, a major wireless tower operator, has agreed to pay T-Mobile $2.4 billion in cash for rights to 7,200 cell phone towers.For Crown Castle, the deal will allow the company to significantly expand its network of towers in the top markets of United States and improve service in densely populated cities. The transaction, which will increase its tower count by a third, will be financed by a mix of cash and debt. It is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year." The article says T-Mobile is looking to pay down debt after the collapsed merger with AT&T.
User Journal

Journal Journal: Seaweed

Came home and ate some seaweed. Really bittle. Made me wonder about what kind of techonology these Koreans are using to create these food substances. All the same, I was able to chew it up. Don't know how it's going to feel on exit though.

Science

Submission + - Now, Einstein's brain is an interactive iPad app (indianexpress.com)

puddingebola writes: From the article, "After Einstein's death, a pathologist named Thomas Harvey performed an autopsy, removing the scientist's brain, hoping that future researchers could discover the secrets behind his genius. However, as the tissue was preserved before modern imagingtechnology, it may be difficult to figure out exactly where in Einstein's brain each slide originated. The new app organises the slides into general brain regions, however, it does not map them with precision to an anatomical model."

Comment An ammended quote from Goodfellas (Score 1) 316

For most of the guys, *court cases* got to be accepted. *Suing* was the only way that everybody stayed in line. You got out of line, you got *sued*. Everybody knew the rules. But sometimes, even if people didn't get out of line, they got sued. I mean, hits just became a habit for some of the guys. Guys would get into arguments over nothing and before you knew it, one of them was *bankrupt*. And they were suing each other all the time. Suing people was a normal thing. It was no big deal.

Comment Quick reading (Score 3, Informative) 584

Some skimming around the internet on this subject is fairly interesting. Australia was the first country to implement the secret ballot in 1850, largely to curtail intimidation and other election day shennanigans that were used to influence elections. All elections in the US were secret ballot by the 1892 presidential election. However, this article in the Atlantic argues that the surest way to increase turnout is by making voting a matter of public record. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/07/abolish-the-secret-ballot/309038/
Android

Submission + - Alien Death Beam melts bridge (seattlepi.com)

puddingebola writes: I'm trying to post this again, because this is serious. "The Tacoma Narrows Bridge sustained a direct hit from an alien death beam last night. Civil engineers in Tacoma report the bridge has sustained heavy damage, and they are considering various approaches to its repair. The shortest projections have a time period of six months to implement a workaround. There is some evidence other parts of US cities may have been struck. Consult Apple Maps for more details."
Google

Submission + - Alien death beam melts bridge in Tacoma 1

puddingebola writes: "The Tacoma Narrows Bridge sustained a direct hit from an alien death beam last night. Civil engineers in Tacoma report the bridge has sustained heavy damage, and they are considering various approaches to its repair. The shortest projections have a time period of six months to implement a workaround. There is some evidence other parts of US cities may have been struck. Consult Apple Maps for more details."

Comment Licensing (Score 1) 295

I have used this technique for years in the licenses I use with my software. First notification, "I agree to the terms and conditions of this licensing agreement." Second notification, "I agree to renounce my rights under the constitution, sell myselft into slavery, and surrender my first born child to you." 100% adoption rate on both.
Biotech

Submission + - Marijuana Compound May Halt Cancer Spread (medicaldaily.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers found that the compound cannabidiol was capable of switching off the gene responsible for metastasis in many kinds of aggressive cancers without producing the psychoactive properties of the cannabis plant.
Programming

Submission + - Not All Bad Code is Spaghetti Code 2

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Judah Johns writes that many programmers interchangeably use the term “spaghetti code”, with “bad code” and while all spaghetti code is bad code, not all bad code is spaghetti code. Spaghetti code is an especially virulent but specific kind of bad code related to the dreaded (and mostly archaic) goto statement, a simple and powerful control flow mechanism that makes it difficult to reason about code, because if control can bounce about a program, one cannot make guarantees about what state a program is in when it executes a specific piece of code. On the other hand people usually use “bad code” to mean “ugly code”, but if it’s possible to determine why a piece of code is bad and ugly, and to figure out a plausible fix, it’s already better than most spaghetti code. "Spaghetti code is incomprehensible and often unfixable but if you know why you hate a piece of code, it’s already above spaghetti code in quality, since the latter is just featureless gibberish." What causes spaghetti code? Goto statements were the leading cause of spaghetti code at one time, but goto has fallen so far out of favor that it’s a non-concern. "Now the culprit is something else entirely: the modern bastardization of object-oriented programming," writes Johns adding that inheritance is an especially bad culprit, and so is premature abstraction: using a parameterized generic with only one use case in mind, or adding unnecessary parameters. "I recognize that this claim – that OOP as practiced is spaghetti code – is not a viewpoint without controversy. Nor was it without controversy, at one time, that goto was considered harmful.""

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