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Comment Re:One thing is for certain... (Score 1) 352

Heavy use of compressed air tubes for postal mail (these remain only used in special settings like moving samples around hospitals, although my supermarket has one for money, weirdly)

Here in Europe, most supermarkets seem to use those, which has led to some ingeniously inventive heists in France, as previously reported here.

Comment Re:Working link to article (Score 2) 187

Ahem, if you're going to point out a grammar mistake, it might be worthwhile checking your own correction:

"Cybercriminals Had Heroin Delivered To Brian Krebs, Then Call Police" (Cybercriminals call the police)


"Cybercriminal Has Heroin Delivered To Brian Krebs, Then Calls Police" (Cybercriminal calls the police)

Comment Re:On injuries and damage (Score 5, Interesting) 409

I'd guess that most of the direct injuries happened when people ran to their windows to watch the flare and contrail. Looking at the videos, the sonic boom happened at least 27 seconds later: right when people would be clustered in front of the glass.

It is similar to Tsunamis, where a lot of the fatalities happen to people who chase the receding sea...

Comment Re:Or... (Score 5, Interesting) 446

Or, as so well put in "Yes, Minister":

I was somewhat naive in those days. I did not understand
how the voters could be both for it and against it. Dear old
Humphrey showed me how it's done.

The secret is that when the Man In The Street is approached
by a nice attractive young lady with a clipboard, he is
asked a "series" of questions. Naturally the Man In The
Street doesn't wants to make a good impression and doesn't
want to make a fool of himself. So the market researcher
asks questions designed to elicit "consistent" answers.
Humphrey demonstrated the system on me. "Mr. Woolley, are
you worried about the rise in crime among teen-agers?"

"Yes," I said.

"Do you think there is a lack of discipline and vigorous
training in our Comprehensive Schools?"


"Do they respond to a challenge?"


"Might you be in favor of reintroducing National Service?"


Well, naturally I said yes. One could hardly have said
anything else without looking inconsistent. Then what
happens is that the Opinion Poll publishes only the last
question and answer.

Of course, the reputable polls didn't conduct themselves
like that. But there weren't too many of those. Humphrey
suggested that we commission a new survey, not for the Party
but for the Ministry of Defence. We did so. He invented the
question there and then:

"Mr. Woolley, are you worried about the danger of war?"

"Yes," I said quite honestly.

"Are you unhappy about the growth of armaments?"


"Do you think there's a danger in giving young people guns
and teaching them how to kill?"


"Do you think it is wrong to force people to take up arms
against their will?"


"Would you oppose the reintroduction of National Service?"
I'd said "Yes" before I'd even realized it, d'you see?

Humphrey was crowing with delight. "You see, Bernard," he
said to me," "you're the perfect Balanced Sample."

Submission + - Physical assault by McDonald's for wearing Digital Eye Glass (blogspot.com) 2

RockoW writes: "Steve Mann, a long time researcher of computer vision systems, (ie. Augmented reality, Digital Eyeglass) had an incident at McDonald's in Paris, France. He was assaulted by three guys during his visit to a McDonald's Restaurant. They had a problem with his digital eye glasses and tried to took them off. Imagine when Google release their Google Glass you may get assaulted if some place have a no pictures policy."

Comment Re:Yes, but Belief in Heaven Increases Crime Rate (Score 1) 471

Weirdly, reviewing the table - the opposite effects seem to be occurring for two crimes - and two crimes only: Human trafficking and Kidnapping. Now, the evidence isn't strong here (at all!), but it's still odd they were able to detect such a strong trend with the other crimes, but not here.

I wonder if it's the case that these are strong statistics in countries bucking the trends, or is there some sort of a they're not real people/we don't deserve punishment for this at play? ...or nothing at all.

Comment 3 mm thin (Score 4, Funny) 712

From the Microsoft release:

"At 9.3mm, Surface for Windows RT is just thin enough to still sport a full sized USB port."

So if it was any thicker, it couldn't have such a port?? I know they don't want to say it is thick, but no need to murder the English language in the process.

Comment Liquid Crystals (Score 4, Informative) 82

Liquid crystal molecules (e.g., the cyanobiphenyls with aliphatic tails which form E7) have lengths of ca. 2 nm. These definitely respond to external electric or magnetic fields to spin and reorient (otherwise, you'd likely be looking at a fairly boring screen right now...)

The novelty here is that the researchers have formed a pivot about which the structure rotates. Further, they seem to have overcome any electrostatic attraction to the surface which would act to lock the molecule in place.

Interesting stuff.

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