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Comment Re:Basic Statistics Deception (Score 2) 400

What I would like to see is a proposal that is firmly based on effectiveness: what does it do, how much is it going to cost, and how much warming is it going to save? I have read many people saying, "we need to do something -- anything is better than nothing" but that's not the case. Sometimes nothing is better than something, if the something is going to be expensive enough and do little enough to reverse warming.

Comment Re: Weekly/Monthly Salary (Score 0) 1103

From the link: "residents in deprived neighborhoods tend to stay where they associate themselves, and don't travel to neighborhoods outside their socioeconomic background. For example, a resident of a deprived neighborhood, living near the boundary shared with an affluent neighborhood, would not cross a street or walk a shorter distance to go visit a grocery store in an affluent neighborhood." So it's a food desert if someone chooses not to walk to the nearest grocery store because it's in a different neighbourhood?

Kongregate App Pulled From Android Market 139

itwbennett writes "Last week Google took a page from Apple's book and pulled the Arcade by Kongregate app from the Android Market for violating its terms of service. In particular, the part that forbids distributing 'any Product whose primary purpose is to facilitate the distribution of Products outside of the Market.' As Kongregate's Jim Greer explained to Joystiq, the app is essentially a custom web browser that loads in a Flash game from the mobile version of Kongregate. Plus, it will cache the game so you can play offline. And this may be the feature that got it yanked, speculates Ryan Kim at GigaOm."

Nintendo 3DS Launching On March 27 For $250 120

Sam writes "Nintendo executive Reggie Fil-Aime today revealed US availability and pricing for the Nintendo 3DS at an event in the Nintendo World store in New York City. The 3DS will launch on March 27, 2011 with a retail price of $250 and will be available in two flavors: Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black. There will be roughly 30 games released between the launch day and E3 2011 (June 7 to June 9). These include Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, Madden NFL Football, The Sims 3, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D, and LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. The device will have the same form-factor as the DSi and will be backwards compatible with both DS and DSi games. Users will also be able to download games via an online store, called the eShop. In Europe, the 3DS will launch on March 25, 2011. While Europeans will get the device two days early, pricing is not good news. Nintendo held a second event in Amsterdam today and said that pricing would be left up to retailers. Retailers in the UK are reportedly planning a £229.99 ($367.64) price tag, while other European retailers are going with €249 ($336.00)."

Research Suggests E-Readers Are "Too Easy" To Read 185

New research suggests that the clear screens and easily read fonts of e-readers makes your brain "lazy." According to Neuroscience blogger Jonah Lehrer, using electronic books like the Kindle and Sony Reader makes you less likely to remember what you have read because the devices are so easy on the eyes. From the article: "Rather than making things clearer, e-readers and computers prevent us from absorbing information because their crisp screens and fonts tell our subconscious that the words they convey are not important, it is claimed. In contrast, handwriting and fonts that are more challenging to read signal to the brain that the content of the message is important and worth remembering, experts say."

Embedded Linux 1-Second Cold Boot To QT 141

An anonymous reader writes "The blog post shows an embedded device cold booting Linux to a QT application all in just one second. This post also includes a link which describes what modifications were made to achieve this."

Scientists Find Tears Are the Anti-Viagra 207

An anonymous reader writes "The male test subjects didn't know what they were smelling, they were just given little vials of clear liquid and told to sniff. But when those vials contained a woman's tears (collected while she watched a sad movie), the men rated pictures of women's faces as less sexually attractive, and their saliva contained less testosterone. Is this proof that humans make and respond to pheromones? The researcher behind the study doesn't use that controversial word, but he says his findings do prove that tears contain meaningful chemical messages."

Comment Re:How much more (Score 1) 402

Accusing Republicans of being idiots is standard operating procedure for all liberals; it has nothing to do with Palin. They exaggerate Republican mis-statements and even true statements (Russia is visibile from Alaska), while ignoring similar statements by Democrats (e.g., Obama and Biden). Private jets and designer clothes? Are you under the impression that Palin is rich? She may be now, after publishing two books, but she worked her way through college -- unlike Obama, Kerry, Gore, etc. She has no privileged background.

Google Engineer Sponsors New Kinect Bounties 96

ashidosan writes "Hot on the heels of the Adafruit competition, Matt Cutts (a search spam engineer at Google) is sponsoring two more $1,000 bounties for projects using Kinect. 'The first $1,000 prize goes to the person or team that writes the coolest open-source app, demo, or program using the Kinect. The second prize goes to the person or team that does the most to make it easy to write programs that use the Kinect on Linux.'" Relatedly, reader imamac points out a video showing Kinect operating on OS X.

Comment Re:Tax the rich. (The rich say so.) (Score 1) 1193

How in the world did his secretary pay 30% in taxes? Even if she's single with no kids, her total income tax would be significantly less than that. (Her marginal rate might be 30%, but that wouldn't count deductions and exemptions.) The only way you could get it up to 30% would be if you included other taxes -- FICA, Medicare, real estate, sales taxes, and so forth -- but Buffett had to pay those himself, and was surely not including them in his 17.7% rate. True, he doesn't pay FICA for income over some small amount ($80,000?), but that is because we maintain the fiction that FICA is a sort of savings account, and we don't give benefits for earnings over that amount. (Not that I agree that it works that way, but that is the justification for it -- if someone wants to argue for a reduction of the FICA tax, I'll be all for it.) One might also point out that the government could tax Warren Buffett at a 90% rate and he would still be fabulously wealthy. That's not true for people making $250,000, which seems to be the magical point when one becomes classified as rich these days. How about a higher tax rate for people making over $1 billion per year? I'm not necessarily in favour of it, but at least they would be in a position to afford it.

Submission + - NASA to prioritize relations with Islam? (

dcroxton writes: NASA head Charles Bolden recently said that one of Obama's three priorities for him was "to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering." Many on Slashdot supported Obama's decision to scrap the moon program. What is the feeling on using NASA as a supplement to the State Department?

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