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Submission + - Why Did The Stars Wars And Star Trek Worlds Turn Out So Differently? writes: In the Star Trek world there is virtual reality, personal replicators, powerful weapons, and, it seems, a very high standard of living for most of humanity while in Star Wars there is widespread slavery, lots of people seem to live at subsistence, and eventually much of the galaxy falls under the Jedi Reign of Terror. Why the difference? Tyler Cowen writes about some of the factors differentiating the world of Star Wars from that of Star Trek: 1) The armed forces in Star Trek seem broadly representative of society. Compare Uhura, Chekhov, and Sulu to the Imperial Storm troopers. 2) Captains Kirk and Picard do not descend into true power madness, unlike various Sith leaders and corrupted Jedi Knights. 3) In Star Trek, any starship can lay waste to a planet, whereas in Star Wars there is a single, centralized Death Star and no way to oppose it, implying stronger checks and balances in the world of Star Trek. 4) Star Trek embraces egalitarianism, namely that all humans consider themselves part of the same broader species. There is no special group comparable to the Jedi or the Sith, with special powers in their blood. 5) Star Trek replicators are sufficiently powerful it seems slavery is highly inefficient in that world.

Submission + - Ubuntu developer suggests dropping i386 support (

Ilgaz writes: Ubuntu developer Dimitri suggests dropping i386 support from Ubuntu and naturally,derivatives such as Kubuntu citing 3rd parties (Google and couple of "cool" developers named) dropping 32bit support&maintenance. On the other hand, Windows 10 which switched to rolling update model and will be the last ever Windows major version does support i386 and will continue to do so in foreseeable future.

Submission + - Brain activity decline linear, starting at 500 ppm CO2

An anonymous reader writes: Is there a CO2 — level sense that says “be calm, you sleep in a chamber”, “be active, you are outdoors”, similarly to the circadian rhythm? Or is it because atmospheric CO2 makes the blood PH decline sharply already? A study says “the exposure — response between CO2 and cognitive function is approximately linear across the concentrations used in this study,” which were in the range 500 ppm — 1500 ppm. 600 ppm is exceeded already in large cities and prognosed everywhere in several decades. Is the coal industry going to make the idiocracy real?

Comment Re:Don't Panic (Score 4, Informative) 535

The Green Party was consistent in being pro EU. They are generally excluded from the media debates as - (1) the First Past the Post favours the largest parties and the only other party that small is the UKIP - who make far better headlines for the media. (2) The print media are 80% owned by 5 anti-EU individuals who stand to gain more media power in a post-Brexit UK. (3) The UK Civil Service (completely anti-EU) are also very antagonistic towards their communitarian ethos.

Submission + - 'Women In the Workplace' Emojis Rejected By Unicode Consortium (

itwbennett writes: The Unicode Consortium has spoken and a woman's place is not in workplace emojis — except in the traditional roles like dancer, princess, and mom-to-be. This might not seem like a very big deal, except when you consider that a 2014 survey found that '76% of American workers admit they have used emoji in digital communications to people in their professional life.' Add that to a growing body of research showing that 'You can't be what you can't see,' as Sheryl Sandberg famously asserted when launching a collection of stock photos depicting women at work. So, yes, even in emojis, representation matters.

Submission + - South Australia Refuses to Stop Using Unlicensed Medical Software (

jaa101 writes: The Australian state of South Australia is being sued for refusing to stop using CHIRON, MS-DOS-based software from the 90s that stores patient records. Their licence expired in March 2015 but they claim it would be risky to stop using it. The vendor, Working Systems, says SA Health has been the only user of CHIRON since 2008 when they declined to migrate to the successor product MasterCare ePAS.

Submission + - Coding snobs are not helping our children (

jader3rd writes: Quartz has an article written by the CEO of Ready about how public education should be embracing computer science, and how existing programmers don't like these efforts because they feel that doing so will result in kids being exposed to programming in a manner different then how they were introduced to it.

Writing software today is eerily similar to what it was like in the late 1950s, when people sat at terminals and wrote COBOL programs. And like the late 1950s, the stereotype of the coder is largely unchanged: mostly white guys with deep math skills, and minimal extroversion. Back in the Sputnik-era, people thought of programmers as a priesthood in lab coats: the sole keepers of knowledge that ran these exotic, and mysterious room-sized machines. Today the priesthood is a little hipper—lab coats have long given way to a countercultural vibe—but it’s still a priesthood, perhaps more druidic than Jesuitic, but a priesthood nonetheless

Submission + - Judges Ruled a Woman Can Sue the Website She Says Enabled Her Rapists

AmiMoJo writes: In 2011, an aspiring model flew to South Florida to meet a man she thought was a casting agent. Instead, she met up with Lavont Flanders, a former cop, and Emerson Callum, better known as the Jamaican porn star Jah-T. After they slipped her a Xanax, the two men filmed her rape for a porn series. In a decision that one day could have reverberations across the internet, a three-judge panel in California decided she can sue the Model Mayhem site that the pair used to lure their victims. "Congress has not provided an all purpose get-out-of-jail-free card for businesses that publish user content on the Internet," Judge Richard Clifton wrote in the panel's decision.

Submission + - Annual Hacker SBC Survey Kicks Off with 81 Boards in Tow (

DeviceGuru writes: The big annual Spring survey of Linux-friendly SBCs just launched at, with twelve single-board computers being offered as giveaways for participants. This year's survey includes 81 boards, up from 53 a year ago and just 32 in 2004. Although only boards costing $200 or less are included, the performance range is much wider than previously, ranging from the $9 NextThing CHIP with 1x Cortex-A8 core and 512MB RAM, to the $199 Arndale Octa with an 1.8GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 5420 SoC and 3GB RAM — and everything in between, including the new quad-core 64-bit 1.2GHz Raspberry Pi 3. The market of maker/hacker SBCs appears to be growing exponentially, and with IoT being on everyone's lips it's probably not going to slow down anytime soon.

Submission + - MS declines to make a 64 bit Visual Studio ( 1

OhPlz writes: A request was made back in 2011 for Microsoft to provide a 64 bit version of Visual Studio to address out-of-memory issues. After sitting on the request for all that time, MS is now declining it stating that it would not be good for performance. It's amazing that with everything MS is attempting to do, their main development product is still living in the past.

Submission + - WinBatch retires but fails to mention PowerShell as the reason (

ShawnAnderson writes: WinBatch retires. PowerShell anyone? One of the frustrating aspects of dealing with Windows IT administrators is the aversion that many have against scripting. PowerShell was supposed to change that, and maybe nearly a decade after being announced PS may finally be claiming a victim in the WinBatch retirement.

Submission + - The Life Of A Social Engineer: Hacking The Human (

An anonymous reader writes: Information security professionals generally agree that humans are the weakest security link. Employees need access in order to do their job, and so attackers increasingly target them instead of the network, in order to infiltrate the system. A Help Net Security article profiles a professional social engineer. A clean-cut guy with rimmed glasses and a warm smile, Jayson E. Street looks nothing like the stereotypical hacker regularly portrayed in movies (i.e. pale, grim and antisocial). But he is one – he just “hacks” humans.

Submission + - Netflix and Amazon Prime Face European Content Quota

An anonymous reader writes: The European Commission has drafted a new policy mandating video streaming companies like Netflix and Amazon Prime to ensure 20% of their available content is European in origin. Speaking to the Financial Times (paywalled), Netflix responded "Rigid numerical quotas risk suffocating the market for on-demand audiovisual media services...An obligation to carry content to meet a numerical quota may cause new players to struggle to achieve a sustainable business model." Research analysts found that a 20% content policy would have a limited effect on Netflix’s content offerings, since Netflix content in EU regions is already over 20% of European origin.

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