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Submission + - Neandertal and Denisovan DNA from Pleistocene sediments (

ISayWeOnlyToBePolite writes: The Atlantic reports that Viviane Slon from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and her colleagues have now managed to extract and sequence the DNA of ancient animals from sediment thatâ(TM)s up to 240,000 years old. By creating a molecule that binds to mammal DNA they have been able to sort out Denisovan, Neanderhal, mammoths, woolly rhinos, and cave bears from cave sediments at a previously unprecidented scale. Paywalled science article

Submission + - Roland founder Mr Kakehashi dies. (

Falconhell writes: The Gauridan reports that Roland founder, and brilliant engineer Mr Kakehashi died on April 2nd. His Roland and Boss products revolutionised synthesisers, drum machines, and guitar FX, some of the early synths, such as the Jupiter 8 and Juno 106, now sell for more than they did new.

Submission + - Can an Airline Really Just Yank You Off the Plane? ( 1

schwit1 writes: By now there's a good chance you've seen the shocking video from a United Airlines plane at Chicago's O'Hare airport. The clip—in which a bloodied man is forcibly dragged off an overbooked flight to make room for an airline employee—has justifiably caused a sensation on social media. And lots of people who saw the fracas must have wondered: Does the airline really have the right to do this?

The short answer, according to aviation and government sources, is that airlines have a lot of leeway to remove a traveler from a plane, for any reason. "Passengers have far fewer 'rights' than they imagine," says George Hobica, president of

Comment Re:PolitiFact is "Mostly False" (Score 1) 230

I got as far as "in the initial fog of war the blame may have been misplaced."

Think about this. Do not just regurgitate talking points. Image how you would think about this if it was Trump instead of Hillary. You'd be ranting about Trump and "red herrings" and "what is he trying to hide," etc. Anyhow, if there were any truth to the video rumor then, the video was so inflammatory that Hillary should have done her best to keep the existence of the video as quiet as possible to protect innocents from attacks by persons driven violently insane from this video. Instead, she gave it international publicity.

In regards to your ad hominen attack, blaming the Russians is de rigeur. Many senior U.S. senators have been doing so.

Comment PolitiFact is "Mostly False" (Score 2) 230

I don't see an entry for what probably most hurt Hillary's chances in the 2016 election. That is, she blamed a YouTube video for the 9/11/2012 terror attack on the U.S. ambassador to Libya and his staff in Benghazi.

I also do not see an entry for the oft repeated phrase "the Russians hacked the election."

There's a ton of hair splitting regarding statements made by Trump and other Republicans.

PolitiFact appears to be just another propaganda site. It's probably sponsored by the Russians with the intention of demoralizing Trump supporters (cf., ABC, CBS, *NBC, NYT, WP, LAT, PBS, ...).

Submission + - Net Neutrality Is Trump's Next Target, Administration Says (

An anonymous reader writes: During a press event yesterday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that next up on President Trump’s telecom agenda is to roll back the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet net neutrality rules. However, according to some reports, that might not happen as quickly as Congress’ recent move to rescind rules that prevented internet service providers from selling users’ data. As noted by the New York Times, Spicer said that President Trump had “pledged to reverse this overreach” created by net neutrality. He said the FCC’s net neutrality rules, passed in 2015, are an example of “bureaucrats in Washington” placing unfair restrictions on internet service providers, essentially “picking winners and losers” in the telecom market. In comments aimed at the wider telecom market, Spicer said Trump will “continue to fight Washington red tape that stifles American innovation, job creation and economic growth.” However, as the NYT reports, the process to repeal net neutrality likely won’t follow the same procedure as Congress’ recent vote to remove broadband privacy rules—since those rules were only a year old, Congress was able to use the Congressional Review Act to move forward with its action. The FCC’s net neutrality rules, however, are more than two years old and so can’t be reviewed by that same act. Thus, it may fall on newly installed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to rescind the FCC’s Open Internet rules, which he voted against when he was a commissioner at the agency under former chief Tom Wheeler.

Submission + - Why You Should Care About The Supreme Court Case On Toner Cartridges (

rmdingler writes: A corporate squabble over printer toner cartridges doesn’t sound particularly glamorous, and the phrase “patent exhaustion” is probably already causing your eyes to glaze over. However, these otherwise boring topics are the crux of a Supreme Court case that will answer a question with far-reaching impact for all consumers: Can a company that sold you something use its patent on that product to control how you choose to use after you buy it?

Here’s the background: Lexmark makes printers. Printers need toner in order to print, and Lexmark also happens to sell toner.

Then there’s Impression Products, a third-party company makes and refills toner cartridges for use in printers, including Lexmark’s.

Submission + - U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions Fall 3 Percent (

An anonymous reader writes: The International Energy Agency is reporting data showing that economic growth is being increasingly decoupled from carbon dioxide emissions. Basically, human beings are using less carbon dioxide intensive fuels to produce more goods and services. The IEA attributes the relatively steep drop in U.S. emissions largely to the ongoing switch by electric generating companies from coal to cheap natural gas produced using fracking from shale deposits. Renewals also contributed a bit to the decline. From the IEA:

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew, according to the International Energy Agency, signaling a continuing decoupling of emissions and economic activity. This was the result of growing renewable power generation, switches from coal to natural gas, improvements in energy efficiency, as well as structural changes in the global economy.

Submission + - SPAM: The plane so good its still in production after 60 years

schwit1 writes: It can seat four people, in a squeeze, and weighs a little under 800kg(1764 lbs) without fuel or its passengers. It has a maximum speed of 140mph (226km/h), though you could push this up to 185mph at a pinch – but the manufacturer would rather you didn’t. And on a tank full of fuel, you could travel 800 miles (1,290km) – the equivalent of going from Berlin to Belfast, or New York to Madison, Wisconsin.

You might think this was a high-performance car with a little more-than-average leg room – but it’s a plane. The Cessna 172, which first rolled off the production line in 1956, is still in production today. And if any design could claim to be the world’s favorite aircraft, it’s the 172.

More than 43,000 Cessna 172s have been made so far. And while the 172 (also known as the Skyhawk) has undergone a myriad of tweaks and improvements over the past 60-odd years, the aircraft essentially looks much the same as it did when it was first built in the 1950s.

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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Why Are There No Huge Leaps Forward In CPU/GPU Power? 2

dryriver writes: We all know that CPUs and GPUs and other electronic chips get a little faster with each generation produced. But one thing never seems to happen — a CPU/GPU manufacturer suddenly announcing a next generation chip that is, say, 4 — 8 times faster than the fastest model they had 2 years ago. There are moderate leaps forward all the time, but seemingly never a HUGE leap forward due to, say, someone clever in R&D discovering a much faster way to process computing instructions. Is this because huge leaps forward in computing power are technically or physically impossible/improbable? Or is nobody in R&D looking for that huge leap forward, and rather focused on delivering a moderate leap forward every 2 years? Maybe striving for that "rare huge leap forward in computing power" is simply too expensive for chip manufacturers? Precisely what is the reason that there is never a next-gen CPU or GPU that is — say — advertised as being 16 times faster than the one that came 2 years before it due to some major breakthrough in chip engineering and manufacturing?

Comment Re: No, because it FUCKING FAKE NEWS AGAIN (Score 1) 445

Yes, you are very clever. You parse your facts well. All-the-same, you must know that Hillary Clinton's personal email server was discovered during the investigation into the 9/11/2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. ambassador to Libya and his staff. Hillary (et al.) responded to the attack with rants about a "video." This was a very disturbing response to the attack. It sounds like a "red herring" that a guilty party would use to try to deflect blame. If we were able to read Hillary's emails related to the development of this speech we may be able to find why she tried to deflect blame for the violent attack. What was she trying to hide? We may never know because those emails have been deleted.

Submission + - Malaysian Police: VX nerve gas killed N Korea leader's brother in airport attack (

An anonymous reader writes: Malaysian police have announced their finding that Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jon Un, was killed by assassins using VX nerve gas in an attack in the busy Kuala Lumpur airport. Malaysian authorities plan to decontaminate the airport and other sites visited by the attackers. Police are holding the two female attackers, one of whom was affected by the chemical agent, as well as two other men. They are seeking seven more North Koreans connected to the case. VX is the most toxic of the nerve gasses and the UN has declared it a weapon of mass destruction. The manufacture and stockpiling of more than 100 grams of VX per year is prohibited by the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993. It has no commercial uses. The Malaysian police are trying to discover if it was smuggled into their country, or manufactured there. The Malaysian government has recalled its ambassador to North Korea for consultation. North Korea is blaming the death of Kim Jong Nam on Malaysia. North Korea is believed to have major stockpiles of chemical weapons, and is alleged to conduct experiments on prisoners and social undesirables.

Submission + - Craigslist Is Ugly, Janky, Old Schooland Unbeatable (

mirandakatz writes: Craigslist has endured for more than two decades, offering a service that is simply "good enough"—but not great. It facilitates peer-to-peer interactions, but does little to ensure that those transactions go off seamlessly. Enter the myriad startups trying to disrupt the “moving used crap around” space. At Backchannel, Justin Peters takes a deep look at one such startup—AptDeco—which, like Craigslist, allows users to list and view ads for used furniture—but unlike Craigslist, it also processes payments, coordinates pickup and delivery, and serves as a buffer between buyer and seller. Writes Peters, "everyone only has about a dozen major websites filed away in their brains. Once a site has made its way onto this list, it takes a lot to dislodge it: It has to start sucking, or change drastically, in order to lose its spot." Can AptDeco unseat Craigslist from one of those 12 spots?

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