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Submission + - Facebook caves in on Vietnam war photo censorship. (www.cbc.ca)

BarbaraHudson writes: After also deleting the Norweigian Prime Minister's post which was made in protest of Facebook censoring the phote, CBC reports that Facebook has reversed its' position.

Facebook on Friday reversed its decision to remove postings of an iconic 1972 image of a naked, screaming girl running from a napalm attack in Vietnam, after a Norwegian revolt against the tech giant.

Protests in Norway started last month after Facebook deleted the Pulitzer Prize-winning image by Associated Press photographer Nick Ut from a Norwegian author's page, saying it violated its rules on nudity.

The revolt escalated on Friday when Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg posted the image on her profile and Facebook deleted that too.


Submission + - How DOOM Renders a Frame

An anonymous reader writes: While the original DOOM defined the FPS genre back in 1993, the 4th DOOM released last spring pushes back the boundaries of what is currently possible in term of graphics and performance.
Adrian Courrèges presents on his blog a breakdown of the rendering process of a frame of DOOM.
The game is one of the first to make use of the Vulkan API and implements several state-of-the-art rendering techniques to achieve a staggering amount of calculation in less than 16ms.

Submission + - Scientists create invincible super bacteria in order to make a cool video

guises writes: By making a giant Petri dish out of bands of increasingly antibiotic-laced agar, a couple of microbiologists have created a means to watch bacterial evolution as it happens: colonies introduced to the dish expand to fill the areas in which they can survive and then mutate and spread into the areas in which they couldn't. It takes only eleven days for the bacteria to evolve sufficient resistance to survive in an area with a thousand times the concentration of antibiotic that would have killed the original colonies. And it makes a pretty neat video.

Submission + - FY 2017 NASA budget proposal place Obama on collision course with Congress (blastingnews.com)

MarkWhittington writes: The Obama Administration has put forth its FY 2017 NASA budget proposal, according to GeekWire. The overall spending level is $19 billion, an almost $300 million cut from the current fiscal year. Much of the money comes out of the development for the Orion deep space vehicle and the heavy lift Space Launch System, the very basis of the space agency’s plans for exploring deep space beyond low Earth orbit.

Comment Mediocre (Score 2) 168

You don't often see as many superlatives modifying 'mediocre' as I've seen in reviews of this movie.

"Powerfully mediocre" "Terrifically mediocre" "Decidedly mediocre" "Aggressively mediocre" "Stunningly mediocre".

I went and saw it anyway.

I deserve this ache in my wallet.

Comment Bummer (Score 1) 113

Uninstalled from my phone, changed my rating from 5 stars to 2 and dropped them a note on their web site inviting them to contact me if they revise their TOS to respect my privacy again.

I didn't live and die by Gas Buddy, but I did find it useful. Just not useful enough to bare my soul quite as far as they are now requiring.

Comment Re:Are you kidding me? (Score 1) 322

Some cash registers need to be on the internet. It's how they process electronic payments. Modern eftpos terminals don't use dial-up connections anymore.

I gave the counter guy at my mechanic a strange look the other day when he processed my payment via credit card and I heard the modem dial out. He rolled his eyes and said, "Yeah, they 'upgraded' us last week. More secure because it doesn't have to go over the Internet."

Comment Re:Yet they've had airline phones for years (Score 1) 366

They're so concerned about people making calls, yet they've had airline phones for years.

And how is it any worse to be trapped on a plane with such idiots than on a bus? At least on a plane you're only stuck with them for a couple hours, not all day on an overland trip.

Airline phones = Way Expensive = Nobody used them = No Problem
Idiots on a bus = People who don't have enough money to fly = Fewer people used them = Not as big a problem.
See also; As a rule of thumb if you can afford to fly you're not taking the bus.

Comment Re:The basics... (Score 1) 324

Next they'll go to the FCC and get them to reclassify ISPs are common carriers so that it's impossible to make new competitors due to regulatory hurtles.

I'd like to think I'm paranoid and/or kidding.

I'm pretty sure you are kidding. It's inconceivable that "they" would try to get ISPs classified as common carriers. The courts just told the FCC to take a long walk off a short pier over net neutrality because ISPs *WEREN''T* common carriers.

Comment Re:Lesson from this story...don't be a glass hole! (Score 1) 1034

I remember once, after paying for a tickets, my wife and I got the the theater doors (big multiplex theater) and there was a guy with a bin and bags sitting at the door making everyone put their phones in little plastic bags, write their names on them and toss them in the bin. My wife and I stopped going to the theaters for a couple years after that. We were rather insulted they made us pay nearly $50 (no refunds) before making us give up our brand new phones without telling us a head of time and we weren't going to leave our phones at home just because the theater didn't want us to have them

I'm sorry - did you not have pockets? Or did they frisk you on the way in?

"making" everyone put their phones in little plastic bags... pfft. Yeah, right.

Comment Re:Lesson from this story...don't be a glass hole! (Score 1) 1034

The FBI's prime directive is to protect the citizenry from corporeal harm, not protect the corporations from perceived financial harm.

The FBI's prime directive is to, "to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States".

Not any more... "The primary function of the FBI is national security."

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