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Comment Re:Or people are just under/wrongly medicated. (Score 1) 432

You're on to something, of course. However, my point was that things like these are way more complicated than what the title/summary suggests. You can't just take two articles that *seem* to contradict each other and conclude that the contradiction must be true. It is entirely possible (and I'd argue likely) that the problem is much more complicated than that.

Comment Or people are just under/wrongly medicated. (Score 4, Insightful) 432

In happiness charts, Denmark continues to score the highest while they also have the highest prescription rate of antidepressants in the world.

Not saying Denmark is some shining beacon of mental health but the problem is quite simply harder to diagnose than to correlate psychiatric drug prescriptions and mental health stats. More serious studies are definitely needed.

Comment Re:Congratulations (Score 1) 106

A lot of countries already do as you suggest, Sweden included. However, from what I understand there's a problem in the US in that trains often load with double stacked containers, increasing the total height of trains. This makes it infeasible to electrify your rails due to the overhead wires needing to go too high up. In order to electrify, you would have to also switch out a lot of train cars.

Overall though, electric trains are cheaper and more powerful if the infrastructure is there and most concerns about track longevity that people had back in the 70s-80s have been largely dispelled. It's mostly just a matter of actually investing in the power lines (and of course the power grid).

Submission + - Edward Snowden interviewed in Moscow, the story so far.

Alsn writes: Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter went to Moscow and spoke for 5 hours with Edward Snowden. The article (translation provided by DN itself) discusses the journey so far, from before the leaks through living in Russia today. The article is quite lengthy, but nevertheless provides an insight into the thoughts of a person effectively in exile yet still able to speak, which also happens to be one of many topics touched upon.

Submission + - Hyperloop Construction Starts Next Year With the First Full-Scale Track (

neanderslob writes: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies plans to start construction on an actual hyperloop next year. The idea is to build this to serve the proposed Quay Valley (A 150K resident solar power city in Kings County California, developed by Kings County Ventures). The project will be paid for with $100 million that Hyperloop Transportation Technologies expects to raise through a direct public offering in the third quarter of this year. The track itself will be a 5 mile loop and won't reach anywhere close to the 800mph that Musk proposed in his white paper but it's a good start!

Submission + - Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules (

An anonymous reader writes: Republican resistance has ended for the FCC's plans to regulate the internet as a public utility has ended. FCC commissioners are working out the final details, and they're expected to approve the plan themselves on Thursday. "The F.C.C. plan would let the agency regulate Internet access as if it is a public good.... In addition, it would ban the intentional slowing of the Internet for companies that refuse to pay broadband providers. The plan would also give the F.C.C. the power to step in if unforeseen impediments are thrown up by the handful of giant companies that run many of the country’s broadband and wireless networks." Dave Steer of the Mozilla Foundation said, "We’ve been outspent, outlobbied. We were going up against the second-biggest corporate lobby in D.C., and it looks like we've won."

Comment Re:People need advice more than information (Score 1) 351

Monsanto's business practices notwithstanding, what exactly is so terrible about GMO foods?

Selective breeding has been a thing for millennia and that's messing about with DNA, although in an indirect way. Changing foods so as to get rid of traits that are detrimental and add/keep traits that are beneficial is bad, why, exactly? If your opposition is anything resembling "but we don't know that it's good/bad!" then that just means that GMO should be held to a stricter scientific rigour. All things considered, science knows very little about which foods are good/bad for you, including the so called natural foods so the "but we don't know!" can be used for anything you put in your mouth.

Comment Re:Hoax (Score 1) 986

I've replied to gweihir above pointing out the fact that his link is a commentary about an older experiment which indeed seemed deeply flawed.

However, I've actually read the report released today (not the older arXiv article, but the pdf linked in today's summary) and it seems a hell of a lot more controlled and "hands off" with regards to Rossi's involvement than what's been stated about previous experiments.

Comment Re:Hoax (Score 1) 986

That analysis is from February 2014, the current report is from an experiment taking place for "32 days in March 2014"(that's a quote from the pdf linked in TFS) .

Not to mention the fact that the opening statements of your linked article directly contradicts the report. Your link says that it took place in Italy with Andrea Rossi's equipment, but according to the pdf in TFS the experiment took place in Switzerland with their own factory calibrated never before used equipment.

So unless the authors of that link you provided had a time machine back in February and are also delusional, they couldn't possibly be referring to this experiment.

Comment Re:The US slides back to the caves (Score 1) 528

Swedes most certainly do not, as our superior language (no bias here!) has two different words that describe what a geological continent is (kontinent) and what a geopolitical part of the world is (världsdel).

Just because English with it's hundreds of thousands of words don't make that distinction doesn't mean other languages don't.

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