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Comment Re:He has a point (Score 1) 376

I am NOT sure but I'm willing to bet that the majority of those deaths are due to driving drunk or under the influence as well as killing stupid people. There are SOME accidents that are completely at random but the safety features of cars pretty much prevent those. Some... However, if reality bears out my expectations, I bet you'll find that those people who died in car accidents are, for the most part, not random but rather people doing stupid things in their cars.

Are there exceptions? Absolutely. It's going to happen. You take the good with the bad I suppose.

Submission + - Matt Smith Leaves "Doctor Who" ( 1

Dave Knott writes: The BBC has announced that Matt Smith will be leaving "Doctor Who", after spending the last four seasons in the titular role of The Doctor. Smith will remain for the upcoming 50th anniversary special, where he will star alongside a majority of the other actors who have taken on the character, and will exit following the the yearly Christmas episode. No actor has yet been cast as the twelfth incarnation of The Doctor, although there was a teaser involving John Hurt at the end of the most recent season of the show.

Comment Re:8.5 inches? Huh? (Score 1) 139

Europe is very fortunate that most of it is a very stable environment, so they can build using unreinforced concrete and brick with abandon.

Northern Europe specifically - south of Austria the place is known to dance a bit.

We don't learn in the States either, though - living in Boston's Back Bay is trendy, but also only popular among those who never heard of the Cape Ann earthquake or what one does to fill or brick and stone buildings on fill.


2013 Nominees For Hobby Gaming's Top Prize 29

An anonymous reader writes "The thirteenth annual Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming has five contenders: Wil Wheaton's "Tabletop" YouTube video series; the massive history of gaming book Playing at the World ; the Metatopia gaming convention where designers pay for access to alpha gamers; the romance-genre card game Love Letter ; and the RPG Dog Eat Dog in which players explore the dynamics of colonialism. When it comes to this award, typically all of the nominees are worth checking out."

Submission + - Taiwanese IP Office Proposes Block on Overseas Infringing Sites (

thomas8166 writes: The Taiwanese Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) recently proposed draft legislation that would empower it to block foreign websites that it deems infringing. The proposal has been likened to SOPA, and has drawn heavy criticism from website operators such as Wikimedia Taiwan ( The TIPO stresses that it will only target well-known infinging sites, but Taiwanese netizens are concerned that this power can potentially be abused for political purposes.

Submission + - Chicago Sun Times fires photo staff, has iPhone photo training for reporters ( 4

frdmfghtr writes: Cult of Mac is running a story where the reporters of the Chicago Sun-Times are being given training in iPhone photography, to make up for the firing of the photography staff. From the CoM story:

"The move is part of a growing trend towards publications using the iPhone as a replacement for fancy, expensive DSLRs. Itâ(TM)s a also a sign of how traditional journalism is being changed by technology like the iPhone and the advent of digital publishing."

Comment Re:He has a point (Score 1) 376

I am more callous than that. I don't think the cost is beyond trivial and I think the population needs culling at times. So, I guess I am an ass but I really don't mind. We've got a lot of people already and yeah, I have lost friends and family to auto accidents, it sucks but nobody gets out of life alive. You grieve, you move on. Things go back to normal. Sometimes it seems like things won't ever go back to normal but they do.


Researchers Determine Chemical Structure of HIV Capsid 90

adeelarshad82 writes "Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have determined the precise chemical structure of the HIV 'capsid,' a protein shell that protects the virus's genetic material and is a key to its virulence. The experiment involved mapping an incredible 64 million atoms to simulate the HIV capsid, pictured here. Interestingly no current HIV drugs target the HIV capsid and researchers believe that understanding the structure of the HIV capsid may hold the key to the development of new and more effective antiretroviral drugs. What makes this whole experiment even more fascinating is the use of Blue Waters, a Cray XK7 supercomputer with 3,000 Nvidia Tesla K20X GPU accelerators."

Ask Slashdot: Portable High-Resolution External Displays? 141

First time accepted submitter paragonc writes "I am a software engineer who works remotely. I'm amazingly lucky to live in Austin, Texas where I have access to multiple high quality co-working facilities within biking distance. While these places are great for networking and establishing a rhythm to daily life, not having a permanent desk forces me to pack my gear in and out each day. This means i pack light. My current Go Bag includes a 13.3 inch MacBook pro, and an iPad running avatron Air Display. This has worked well, but i'm sorely missing having a real high resolution external monitor. I've looked at a few of the USB powered external displays, but the resolution seems to only hit 1366 X 768. I'd be curious if slashdotters have any tricks up their sleeves on how to implement a high resolution portable external displays."

Will Your Video Game Collection Appreciate Over Time? 127

An anonymous reader writes "Pundits tell us that the world of console video gaming is in dire straits, but recent collections of console video games have sold on eBay for tens of thousands of dollars. There are still a lot of video game disks and cartridges out there, but is it worth your effort to try to complete your collection and sell it on eBay? If you're a potential buyer for a massive collection of video games, are they likely to appreciate over time, or is this a really bad investment? Market research company Terapeak runs some numbers and suggests that it depends on your goals, the size and quality of your collection, and the console you're focused on." There's a film crew hoping to bypass the uncertain hoarding phase, though, and just mine a landfill in New Mexico for the legendary hoard of dumped Atari inventory.

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