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Comment Summary is a bit wrong (Score 1) 301

The target for NZ is Rattus Rattus and the Brushtail possum, they are the main predators that raid nests for both eggs and nestlings. The technique has so far been tested in mice but they are not the first concern. Stoats, weasels, feral cats are all issues in NZ but the rats and possums are the big targets since they don't just go after adult birds. Hedgehogs have been seen raiding eggs, but they prefer slugs and the population is small so they might be able to live alongside the native species with no major impact.
Another big problem is actually German Wasps, they eat the honeydew that the birds need, significantly harming breeding success.

Submission + - Peaceful protesters burn Berkely campus over speech (sfgate.com) 3

mi writes: A protest at UC Berkeley turned fiery and violent Wednesday night, shutting down a scheduled speech by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. The Berkeley Police Department said people threw bricks, smoking objects, and fireworks at police officers. Protesters argued that hate speech isn’t free speech.

Submission + - SPAM: FBI agents dismayed by failure to charge Clinton

Okian Warrior writes: The decision to let Hillary Clinton off the hook for mishandling classified information has roiled the FBI and Department of Justice, with one person closely involved claiming that career agents and attorneys on the case unanimously believed the Democratic presidential nominee should have been charged.

“No trial level attorney agreed, no agent working the case agreed, with the decision not to prosecute — it was a top-down decision,” said the source, whose identity and role in the case has been verified by FoxNews.com.

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Submission + - SPAM: WikiLeaks Sources Face Serious Charges

Okian Warrior writes: Two North Carolina men were arrested in September for their alleged roles in a hacking group responsible for breaching the email accounts of CIA Director John Brennan, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper — and providing the contents to WikiLeaks.

Interesting quote from the article about Journalistic integrity:

“When Cracka leaked to Motherboard he asked not to be named as he wanted to confidentially leak information, Lorenzo disregarded it and listed that it was from him — he even wrote that Cracka asked not to be listed like a total piece of shit,” Liverman noted.

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Comment Imposter Syndrome (Score 1) 206

When you come from a lower income you are quite possibly the first and only person from your family to go to University, or maybe even finish high school. Even after doing well in High School you have no clue what to expect, and no reference points. The idea that even as a graduate you may be paid more than your parents combined is hard to get your head around for doing something you enjoy studying.
Having to do part time work to cover the costs your parent cannot doesn't help, but more than anything else there is the nagging doubt that you shouldn't be there and should go do manual labour and retail like your family was raised to do. You wonder when you will get caught and told to go back where you came from, so you tend to keep your head down and not make best use of the support systems the Uni already has in place for everybody.

You just got to be a stubborn bastard and keep at it, but any encouragement does go a long way since you just don't know how the system works.

Comment Re:Oh for fuck's sake (Score 1) 352

It is built on predicate logic and algebra. Anybody who successfully learns to be a competent programmer knows a lot more maths than they realise, they just have not learnt it as a discrete topic that they are able to name the parts of. It is maths, unless you want to go old-old-school and lump it back into philosophy, then you can call it arts.

Submission + - Samsung Receives Patent for Smart Contact Lenses (softpedia.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Samsung has received a patent in South Korea for interactive contact lenses. The lenses will be formed of a transmitter, a camera, a display unit, and movement sensors. The lenses will be controlled by blinking.

The contact lenses will be able to receive streams from a near-by smartphone, which will also double as a processing unit for interactive controls, but also as a storage device for pictures take with the lens' camera. While Google and a Swiss startup have been working on contact lenses to cure medical diseases, Samsung's lenses are for experimenting with new methods of delivering augmented reality interfaces/data.

Submission + - Red dwarfs could have intelligent life-harboring planets in orbit (dispatchtribunal.com)

hypnosec writes: Red dwarfs have been one of the most sidelined celestial objects as far as search of intelligent extraterrestrials is concerned because astronomers have long believed that conditions around these old stars is not conducive for life. However, the SETI Institute now believes that there is a possibility that intelligent aliens may have evolved on planets orbiting red dwarfs and if they are present, they are an ideal choice to look for radio signals transmitted by these aliens. The Institute has announced its intentions of expanding the search for intelligent extraterrestrials by incorporating area in the vicinity of 20,000 red dwarf stars.

Submission + - Computer Created a 'New Rembrandt' After Analyzing Paintings (techienews.co.uk)

TechnoidNash writes: Rembrandt van Rijn was one of the most influential classical painters, and the world lost his amazing talent when he died nearly four centuries ago. And yet his newest masterpiece was unveiled only yesterday. How? By scanning and analyzing Rembrandt’s works, a computer was able to create a new painting in near-perfect mimicry of Rembrandt’s style. It has been named, appropriately, ‘The Next Rembrandt’. Read more: http://www.techienews.co.uk/97...

Submission + - Nvidia Goes Deep With New DGX-1 Supercomputer (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: Computing giant Nvidia has announced the world's first "supercomputer in a box" – the DGX-1. With a cool 170 teraflops of performance, the machine is designed to tackle the complex worlds of deep learning and artificial intelligence, areas of research requiring massive amounts of computing power.

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