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Comment Samurai Smartphone Parade (Score 5, Interesting) 142

Lovely Japanese take on the curse of distracted walking:

Bump: 66% of people have run into others when using a smartphone while walking.
Fall: 3.6 % of people have fallen from a platform when texting while walking.
Trip: 18% of people have tripped when using a smartphone while walking.
99% of people think using a smartphone while walking is dangerous.
73% of people have used a smartphone while walking.
Please look forward when you are walking.
Using a smartphone while walking is dangerous.

Submission + - Aboriginal Stories of Sea Level Rise 7000 Years Ago (

12WTF$ writes: Stories belonging to Australian Aboriginal groups tell of a time when the former coastline of mainland Australia was inundated by rising sea level. Stories are presented from 21 locations from every part of this coastline. It is plausible to assume that these stories refer to events that occurred more than about 7000 years ago, the approximate time at which the sea level reached its present level around Australia.

Comment William "One day, son, all those will be yours" (Score 1) 125

George: "What, the curtains?"
William: "No, not the curtains, lad. All that you can see! Stretched out over the hills and valleys of this land! This'll be your kingdom, lad!"

If you download the Times' front page image from The Intercept and explore for this bit of Python (Monty),
thank you for preserving evidence of Rupert's typical Orwellian thinkfuckery.
For your complete safety, please ensure you wash your eyes thoroughly (to match your new brain sparkle).

Comment Re:Of course, there's this (Score 1) 176

For example, is it the coating on the cells that is wearing out?

Actually, the major factor influencing the life span of photovoltaic panels is the corrosion of the silver metal interconnects.
The plastic backing sheet slowly absorbs water from humidity and breaks down to create corrosive acetic acid.
The fastest breakdown is the hot humid (tropics), the least is cold dry (alpine).
This failure mode has been solved for the newest panels that are made with an impermeable glass back sheet instead of a PVA backing sheet.

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