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Submission + - Astronauts Who Reach Deep Space 'Far More Likely To Die From Heart Disease' (independent.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Astronauts who venture into deep space appear to be much more likely to die from heart disease, according to a new study. In another sign that leaving planet Earth is fraught with danger and a potential blow to hopes of establishing a colony on Mars, researchers discovered deep space radiation appears to damage the body’s cardiovascular system. They reported that three out of the seven dead Apollo astronauts died as a result of a cardiovascular disease, such as a heart attack or stroke. Although the numbers are small, that rate of 43 per cent is four to five times higher than found among astronauts who flew in low Earth orbit or who did not actually go into space, according to a paper in the journal Scientific Reports. In an attempt to test whether the higher numbers of cardiovascular deaths were simply a statistical blip or a genuine sign of the effect of traveling into deep space, the scientists exposed mice to the same type of radiation that the astronauts would have experienced. After six months, which is the equivalent of 20 human years, the mice showed damage to arteries that is known to lead to the development of cardiovascular disease in humans.

Comment Re:Hatchet jobs aside (Score 1) 406

Jacob needs to fix it. It's your duty Jacob, no matter what shit they try to throw at you.

Do I detect a hint of narcissism coming from the AC? Are you trying to say that Jacob is the only person in the whole world who can fix Tor, no matter how many other skilled developers work on Tor and no matter how much they don't want to work with him?

Submission + - Iraq Finally Bans Fake Bomb Detectors

RuffMasterD writes: The Iraqi government has promised to stop using fake bomb detectors after a devastating suicide attack killed hundreds of people in Baghdad earlier this month. The attackers are thought to have driven a van loaded with explosives past several checkpoints using the fake detectors. The devices are actually cheap novelty ‘golf ball detectors’ re-branded as capable of detecting everything from narcotics to explosives from up to a kilometer away. A British man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud in 2014 after selling the fake detectors to Iraq for between $8000 and $40,000 each, costing nearly $60 million in total.

Comment Use it via DOSEMU (Score 5, Informative) 211

I still use FreeDOS regularly to run 20 year old research software. I use DOSEMU, which lets me edit files and move data around in Linux, and then read them into the DOS program without stopping and starting a virtual machine. So I have a DOSEMU terminal open, and my favorite text editor next to it, and maybe tail the log file in another terminal, all at the same time.

That old DOS software is still superior to any new point-and-click software. The config files leave a precise record of what parameters I set, and the logs leave a precise record of the result. It's fully auditable and reproducible, which is what science should be. And it will still run just as well as the day it was bought in another 20 years from now. The director tried to get us to buy some 'modern' software to do the same task. It 'only' cost $5000 and ran in MS Access. He was surprised when I refused the offer. Does it leave a written record of what I did? No. Are the results reproducible? No. Will it still run in 20 years time? Fuck no. Some things aren't broken yet, leave them alone.

Comment Re:More distractions (Score 1) 284

I never even thought about watching port and jacking off at McDonalds before this fiasco. I was just thinking about useless issues such as how to provide universal healthcare, or how to reintegrate incarcerated people into society, or how to support people in the lower socio-economic strata of society into productive employment etc. How foolish of me. But now I want to know, can I still jack off at McDonalds without watching porn?

Comment Re: Quantum still around...? (Score 1) 65

They did fit into a 5.25 inch bay. Mine was 1.2GB! One of the most attractive designs I have ever seen in a HD. Also the only HD I had that spectacularly failed. I seem to remember at the time they had a reputation for failing. Maybe something to do with the platter size, and the reason we don't have 5.25 inch HDs anymore.

Comment Clippy says... (Score 3, Funny) 120

Hi! It looks like you are angry. Perhaps you are in a fragile state of mind and would like to kill everybody. Would you like some assistance with that? Oh, by the way, I read that your colleagues hate you, your boss is about to fire you, your girlfriend is sleeping with your best friend, and your parents never wanted you.

Comment Re:Monoculture (Score 1) 470

I honestly think people want tasteless food, because that is what they buy. Take grapes for example. Almost all grapes had seeds 50 years ago. But some people didn't like the seeds, so breeders cross bred with a few varieties which were naturally seedless. And while they were at it, they made grapes that were crisp, sweet, won't shatter from the bunch, and thin skinned. The result is tasteless, but people loved it. Now the only grapes I can buy are tasteless red and tasteless green. That's not even down to GMO. Just cross pollination and selective breeding.

The best grapes I ever tried came from a little shop in Greece while on holiday. They had big hard seeds, thick purple-brownish skins, soft flesh so some berries at the bottom of the bunch would squash, and words can't express how good they tasted. But shops here won't sell them, because people won't buy them, because they have seeds. I planted my own grape vines now so I can get some decent grapes.

Comment Re:Standard Operating Practice (Score 1) 634

GP is talking about the stock market. The link you gave is an opinion piece about the immediate effect on the GBP/EUR exchange rate. Two different things. But because the FTSE is denominated in GBP, you can sum the drop in value of both to get the absolute drop in value of the FTSE. The GBP closed about 8% down, and the FTSE closed about 2.5% down on Friday. That's around a 10% absolute fall in the FTSE. I can't find current figures, but according to Wikipedia the total market capitalization of the FTSE 100 was GBP 1.904 trillion as of April 2015. The FTSE 100 is made up of the 100 highest value companies, representing about 81% of the total market capitalization on the London stock exchange. Not all UK companies are traded on the London stock exchange. Lets just work with GBP 1.9 trillion for simplicities sake. Ten percent of that is GBP 190 billion, lost in one day. In support of GPs comment, 20 years * 8.5 billion annual payment to EU is GBP 170 billion, which is close enough. If your point is that such market fluctuations are common, so people shouldn't complain about paying 1/20th of that to the EU, then I totally agree.

Those figures are just for the UK. Last weeks rebellion affected markets all over the world, and it's not over yet either. Markets don't like uncertainty, and there's plenty of that to go around. Market tumbles typically take weeks to run their course, so it's too early to say what the final cost will be right now.

Comment Re:More guns, less bodies. (Score 1) 120

What proportion of the population do you have to arm before deaths from gun massacres drop to an acceptably low number? About a third of American households have access to a gun of some sort, at least some of the time, and massacres happen. I guess we both agree that some people should not be allowed to own firearms. Children, the infirm, the insane, anyone already convicted of a violent crime, and maybe anyone on a watchlist would quickly add up to a third of the population. So we could comfortably arm two thirds of the population. Would massacres reduce to near zero if the proportion of households with access to a gun doubled to two thirds? I suspect not, because someone who wants to commit a massacre could still choose a soft target such as a sport event, a TSA queue, or a school bus.

And what would happen to the mundane everyday gun related deaths we hardly hear about? Wikipedia says there were just over 33,000 firearm related deaths in the US in 2013, excluding those from legal intervention because we don't want to skew the numbers ;-) So if we doubled the proportion of households with access to firearms to two thirds, then we would expect the number of gun related fatalities to double to about 66,000. Some of those deaths are from firearms massacres of course which might reduce, but we hear about those on the news immediately when they happen and off the back of my hand the numbers are nowhere near 33,000.

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