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Submission + - Game of Thrones: The dragons and nuclear weapons nexus (thebulletin.org)

Lasrick writes: Yes, Game of Thrones has deep meanings with a surprising number of lessons about peace and security for real life, and Timothy Westmyer of the Rising Powers Initiative explores the dragon metaphor here: 'One parallel, however, has escaped analysis: dragons as living, fire-breathing metaphors for nuclear weapons. Despite the fantasy setting, the story teaches a great deal about the inherent dangers that come with managing these game-changing agents, their propensity for accidents, the relative benefits they grant their masters, and the strain these weapons impose upon those wielding them.' As Thrones creator George R.R. Martin has said: 'Dragons are the nuclear deterrent...but is that sufficient?'

Submission + - Skype Suffers Massive Outage (dslreports.com) 1

tudorl writes: Several users have written in to note that Skype appears to be having a major outage at the moment, something confirmed by the significant volume of complaints on Twitter. Skype has yet to comment on the reason for the outage, or precisely how many customers are impacted, though their Twitter account confirms the problem. "Some of you may have problems signing in to Skype," says the company, adding that "we’re investigating, and we’re sorry for the disruption to your conversations."

Submission + - Laptops can (pcpro.co.uk) 1

nk497 writes: Resting a laptop on your lap for too long can lead to "toasted" skin, a condition once found in bakers and glass-blowers, according to Swiss researchers. While many people will have had their thighs warmed by an over active laptop, using it in such a way for several hours over the course of several months can discolour the skin, researchers said. “Computer-induced lesions are typically found on only one leg because the optical drives of laptops are located on the left side,” the researchers said. “The computer placed on a lap may completely or partially occlude the ventilation-fan exhaust.”

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