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Comment Re:Consciousness is not the same thing as free wil (Score 1) 280

You are talking about Incompatibilism and the notion of Free Will as constrained by Hard Determinism (aka Physics/Destiny/God's Plan). They are using the term more on the Compatiblism side, where the key part of Free Will has more to do with the Choices made by an individual based on their own internal motivations (absent external hindrances from individuals and/or institutions). It's one of the more sticky aspects of the philosophic debate of Free Will, because folks often arent operating on the same definition.

Submission + - FDA Finally Approves Cavity-Fighting Liquid That Lets Kids Avoid Dentists' Drill writes: Catherine Saint Louis writes in the NYT that silver diamine fluoride, available in Japan for decades, has now arrived in the United States after Food and Drug Administration cleared SDF for use as a tooth desensitizer for adults 21 and older. Studies show SDF can halt the progression of cavities and prevent them, and dentists are increasingly using it off-label for those purposes. “The upside, the great one, is you don’t need to drill and you don’t need an injection,” says Dr. Margherita Fontana. SDF is already used in hundreds of dental offices and and at least 18 dental schools have started teaching the next generation of pediatric dentists how to use it. “Being able to paint it on in 30 seconds with no noise, no drilling, is better, faster, cheaper," says Dr. Richard Niederman. "I would encourage parents to ask for it. It’s less trauma for the kid.” In Japan, Australia, Argentina and other nations, dentists have been placing SDF on caries lesions for more than 80 years. The value of silver ions to treat tooth decay has been known in this country for well over a century. Silver nitrate was commonly used by the forefathers of modern dentistry. When applied every six months, silver diamine fluoride arrests more than 90% of caries. In children, applying silver diamine fluoride on active lesions once per year prevents caries in other teeth better than fluoride varnish placed four times per year on all surfaces. Fillings, by contrast, do not cure an oral infection. Bacterial infections also cause acne, but a “dermatologist doesn’t take a scalpel and cut off your pimples,” says Dr. Jason Hirsch. Yet “that’s how dentistry has approached cavities.”

Submission + - SPAM: Maker of Oxycontin Sued for Wrongful Death

An anonymous reader writes: The maker of oxycontin is finally being sued for wrongful death. Too many drug companies have been getting away with negligent behavior. They tried to keep their records out of the public, so they settled out of court. The judge has granted access to these records, but Purdue Pharma can still appeal this and keep their information private.
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Submission + - SPAM: Harvard astrophysicist suggests China could seize part of the moon legally

An anonymous reader writes: Via a report by Leonard David, a Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics researcher named Martin Elvis sounds the alarm of how an unfriendly power – the Chinese for example – could seize control of an important piece of lunar real estate. They could do it legally by exploiting provisions of the Outer Space Treaty, which technically prohibits claims of national sovereignty on other worlds.
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Submission + - SPAM: So Much For Benevolent Robotic Overlords: Security 'Bot Knocks Down Toddler

kheldan writes: A 300-pound security robot at at the Stanford Shopping Center knocked down and ran over a 16-month-old boy. The parents of the injured boy are understandably pissed, claiming the autonomous machine is dangerous.

“The robot hit my son’s head and he fell down facing down on the floor and the robot did not stop and it kept moving forward,” noted the boy’s mom, Tiffany Teng, in an ABC7 News report. “He was crying like crazy and he never cries. He seldom cries.”

Check out the full story over on Gizmodo.

Comment Re:Android version (Score 1) 109

The patch that hit this afternoon appears to have added push notifications to the mix, so that may alleviate the issue somewhat.

The wristwatch Pokemon Go Plus has a button on it so that (supposedly) you can catch them, activate Pokestops, etc without having to interact with your phone at all.

Granted, it does seem like the sort of function that would be right smack in the wheelhouse of a Smartwatch, so hopefully they release a smartwatch app to mimic it. But for those of us that like the function but dont want to drop the cash for an actual smartwatch, a $35 dedicated device isnt entirety useless.

Comment Re:This story is garbage (Score 1) 109

Not sure they have that freedom. This was only an issue on the iOS version, not the Android version, and Im assuming that iOS has a different relationship with Google Product permissions. And while Niantic started off as an internal Google startup project, they've since been spun off as their own entity. The change would have to be on Google's side. That being said, your are right in that all of this could have easily been avoided if Google had more accurately named the Permission level, and given a more detailed description of what it could and could not grant to a 3rd party app in it's Help/FAQ.

Comment Re:A much more serious problem... (Score 1) 141

Fortunately the only underage children I've come across playing it were with their mother, who was also playing. She's actually the one that struck up the conversation. It probably helped that we were in the parking lot of the local police station, which has 3 Pokestops (all had Lures going) so a crowd of us were camped and feeling relatively safe.

Comment Re:I don't understand these warnings. (Score 3, Informative) 141

There is a "Nearby" readout that tells you what's close, and it operates on a 0-3 footprint scale. It's essentially a hot/cold game, so you can triangulate enough to work out the proper direction and relative distance until it does actually appear. There is also the fact that they appear in close to the same spot for everyone (within a certain time window) so if somebody else spotted one down a given dark alley, odds are you will too.

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