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Comment Creating emotional response is not the issue (Score 5, Interesting) 219

The problem is not that they attempted to create an emotional response or manipulate people's emotions. As people are constantly pointing out advertisers so that all the time. People don't seem to grasp that there is a large difference between this and advertising.

The problem is the way it was done. People use facebook with the expectation that they are seeing a (reasonably) objective representation of what their friends are trying to express or convey. Facebook is the equivalent of the telephone in a telephone call. If the telephone somehow manipulated what you heard to make your friend sound more negative or positive without changing their core meaning that would be unethical without informed consent, just as this is.

A more extreme version would be facebook subtly modifying the content of what your friends post as it appears to you without anyone knowing it was doing this. That would be even more unethical. The problem is mirepresentation, the method by which they attempt to manipulate emotions.

Comment Re:80m? Quite a hair. (Score 1) 274

Hogsheads per acre fortnight measures volumetric flux, not volumetric flow.

If you know the area of your pipe in the direction of flow in outhouses (that's microbarns for the layman) you can calculate the rate of flow in the standard rundlets per galacticyear in your head with the following simple conversion:

rundlets/galacticyear = (hogsheads/acre fortnight) × 3.5 × (pipe in outhouses / 4.04685642 × 10^37) × (5.85 x 10^9)

(without getting too technical, this is assuming hogsheads of ale, and the lower bound on a galactic year. Of course rundlets always refers to ale and not sherry/tobacco)

So a pipe with an opening of 2.02342821 × 10^34 outhouses (5 cm diameter) and a volumetric flux of 16 hogsheads/acre fortnight has a rate of flow of 163 800 000 rundlets per galactic year.

(or for you scientific types thats 427,417 years, 56 days, 23 hours, 29 minutes and 45.6 seconds per library of congress.)

Comment R-Studio (Score 5, Informative) 399

Back when most data recovery and disk utility applications didnt work on vista (and many still dont) I found one called r-studio. It managed to recover a whole lot of data of a damaged flaky 5TB Raid 5 array, which is pretty impressive considering it was the only application at the time that could even recognize it as a drive, all the others just call it a damaged volume.

As far as I know its still the only one that can do Raids, at least as far as I can find. It also allows many customization options of searches and donest over simplify things too much. It takes forever but it finds any potential damaged file systems and then lets you use whichever one you like to recover whichever files you like. It can also be used to recover deleted files.

As far as I recall its pretty cheap, at least compared to a few out there and worth a try. But with all recovery and security software, I find the information and their website extremely generalized and vague about what exactly you can do, so I always download the software first to make sure it can do what I want, which 90% of the time it cant, and then if it works I buy it. Its not the most legal practice but if they dont offer demos and wont be specific about what their software does its the only practical solution.


Churches Use Twitter To Reach a Wider Audience 169

In an attempt to reverse declining attendance figures, many American churches are starting to ask WWJD in 140 or fewer characters. Pastors at Westwinds Community Church in Michigan spent two weeks teaching their 900-member congregation how to use Twitter. 150 of them are now tweeting. Seattle's Mars Hill Church encourages its members to Twitter messages during services. The tweets appear on the church's official Twitter page. Kyle Firstenberg, the church's administrator, said,"It's a good way for them to tell their friends what church is about without their friends even coming in the building."

Submission + - Organisms Trapped for 2M Years without O2 or Light

Hugh Pickens writes: "An ancient ecosystem that has thrived in isolation without oxygen or light for two million years after being covered by the Taylor glacier on the East Antarctic ice sheet has been discovered in a pool of dark, salty water beneath half a kilometer of ice in Antarctica providing further evidence of the extreme conditions that life might be able to endure on other planets. "This briny pond is a unique time capsule from a period in Earth's history," said Jill Mikucki, who led the research at Dartmouth College. "I don't know of any other environment quite like this on Earth." Scientists made the discovery while analyzing water samples from Blood Falls, a curious blood-red stain on the face of the Taylor glacier that is exceptionally salty and rich in iron and sulphur, but containing no oxygen. Scientists believe the pool's microbes eke out a living by "breathing" iron leached from the bedrock beneath the glacier, using sulphur as a catalyst. Studying the microbes might help to explain how life survived a period known as "Snowball Earth" when ice sheets from both poles met at the equator encasing the world in ice. "It's a bit like finding a forest that nobody has seen for 1.5 million years," says Ann Pearson of Harvard University. "Intriguingly, the species living there are similar to contemporary organisms, and yet quite different — a result, no doubt, of having lived in such an inhospitable environment for so long.""

Comment Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 1475

Translation: Derka derka durrrrr

Yeah, i guess i should stop complaining about being discriminated against because others are too. Wtf? from what you said your a homophobic tool with an insecurity problem for which you have to conpensate by acting tough on the internet. Wow im so impressed that you made those punks back down like sissy bitches cause your so big. You must be so huge and manly. lol ok i've had enough.

Comment Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 1475

Clearly you have no idea what a lot of gay people have to suffer through. I didn't finish my high school education because I was forced out of my school due to death threats. That made it difficult as fuck to get in to university but I finally managed to. You really have no clue of what you are talking about.

Comment Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 1475

I think anyone with one quater of a working brain can infer that when they refer to "gays getting married" it implies two of the same sex. Do you know any gay men that want to marry women?

Your bringing up some kind of irrelivant symantics issue, trying to say that all have equal rights. The issue is being able to marry who you want, and gays do not have that right, whereas straight men and women happen to. I have no idea what the point of what your trying to do is.

Comment Re:Whoopee (Score 1) 115

I just got 20,676 in 3Dmark Vantage. I can run crysis max settings 1920x1200 with 4x AA and i get 40fps. before I couldnt even have everything max at 1920 with no AA, same GPUs but a e6700 dual core. so it made a huge difference for me and was worth it.

Why does everyone on slashdot act like high end gaming doesnt exist or is unimportant? I thought this site was for nerds...


Submission + - UK teachers want to ban Youtube

WombatDeath writes: The UK's Professional Association of Teachers is demanding that Youtube be shut down in order to remove threatening and bullying video footage from the internet. Following cases in which teachers have struggled to have individual clips removed, a spokeswoman for the PAT said that "Being exposed to ridicule, whether as an adult or young person, is a humiliating and frightening experience," adding "In the short term confronting this problem must be the closure of sites encouraging the cyber-bullying." Are new measures necessary to counter online bullying or, as Youtube asserts, are its existing processes able to deal with such situations?

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