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Comment Re:if it were cheaper, yes. (Score 1) 331

There's more animal life than there was before, but they're thriving only in that sense, not in the sense that the radiation environment is healthy for them.

Because animals start reproducing as soon as they're able to (instead of waiting until they're 30), a high incidence of cancer and other radiation-induced illnesses is not incompatible with large population. The radiation damage isn't so severe they can't reproduce at all, but according to the same article:

His research with biologist Timothy Mousseau has shown that voles have higher rates of cataracts, useful populations of bacteria on the wings of birds in the zone are lower, partial albinism among barn swallows, and that cuckoos have become less common, among other findings. Serious mutations, though, happened only right after the accident.

Comment Re:Google as gatekeeper of truth (Score 1) 429

I was expecting many of these records to be accessible only in paper form, but five minutes of searching found these examples already:
- Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database
- 650,000 pages of the Nuremberg Trials records are available online
- More digitized records, again including death lists from camps.

Comment Re:Google as gatekeeper of truth (Score 4, Interesting) 429

About 1 million Jews died at Auschwitz. This according to the Nazis, who kept meticulous records of their crimes.
The old sign probably read '6 million Jews died in Nazi concentration camps'. There's no conspiracy behind changing the sign.

The Nazis built factories with the express purpose of killing people in large numbers. The Americans built internment camps. The difference is huge. Calling the Nazi concentration camps "not a great thing" is a monumental betrayal of the people who were exterminated there.

So piss off with your denial. You're not convincing anyone here.

Comment Re:Google as gatekeeper of truth (Score 3, Informative) 429

You're wrong. 6 million Jews did die, along with millions of other 'undesirables' (as described by the Nazi government). There's plenty of evidence to back this up, enough to satisfy the court e.g. during the Nuremberg Trials.

Some of the luckier ones got out in time, or hid away during the war. But the sad fact is most of the Jewish population in occupied Europe was transported to concentration camps, never to be heard from again.

Saying otherwise is an insidious lie.

Submission + - Better HTML For Better Design Of Form Fields (addwebsolution.com)

addweb writes: Some form fields look different on certain browser as per its behaviour. Here I have managed same design for all fields in all the browsers. In this blog, code is provided for all the form fields. Feature:
Support in all browsers and OS & devices (Android & i Phone). I.e. Browser Compatible.
Easy to use.
SCSS & CSS both codes are available.
Compatible with IE 9 and higher version.
No need of third party JS, CSS and libraries.

Submission + - D&D goes digital (theregister.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Seems a new digital D&D will soon be offered. It's not a game in the Baldur's Gate style but rather seems to be about using apps to complement the experience.

I wonder if it includes some kind of VOIP facility so the D&D session can be established without everyone being in the same room.

Submission + - Is Facebook A Structural Threat To Free Society? (truthhawk.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook is the sixth-largest company in the world by market cap. It is approaching two billion users across its platforms, and user growth remains steady. It collects an unprecedented amount of data on those billions of users.

It is possible, if not probable, that Mark Zuckerberg's company will become the largest in the world. Facebook's share structure reserves exclusive control of voting power for Zuck, so he will maintain control of the behemoth. It is also not out of the question that as Facebook grows, Zuckerberg will become the world's wealthiest individual.

As Facebook grows, so will its ownership of the social graph and our digital selves. Systemic risk is highest in centralized systems. Extrapolating trends, I consider it possible, if not probable, that Facebook will become a systemic risk center for free society. The argument goes:
  • Facebook engages in comprehensive and growing data collection on its billions of users
  • This data allows for exponentially greater manipulation of human beings and their realities than ever seen before
  • Facebook is building towards human simulation and ownership
  • Extrapolating trends, Facebook will create unprecedented centralization of power and influence in the hands of an individual
  • Without a change of course, we are enabling a structural threat to free society, and potentially worse

Submission + - Researchers Convert Biomass to Hydrogen Using Sunlight (rdmag.com)

omaha393 writes: Cambridge chemists have developed a new catalytic approach capable of converting biomass into hydrogen gas using only sunlight as an energy source. The method converts lignocellulose, one of Earth's most abundant biomaterials, into hydrogen gas and organic byproducts when in a basic water and in the presence of the cadmium sulfide/oxide nanoparticle catalysts.
        The new method, published in Nature Energy, offers a relatively cheap fuel alternative that researchers are looking to scale up to meet consumer demands at the industrial level. Per R&D Magazine: "'With this in place we can simply add organic matter to the system and then, provided it's a sunny day, produce hydrogen fuel', says joint lead author David Wakerley. 'Future development can be envisioned at any scale." In addition to lignocellulose, the team was also able to produce hydrogen gas using unprocessed material including wood, paper and leaves. Paper may be paywalled.

Submission + - SPAM: Now We Know Why Microsoft Bought LinkedIn

mirandakatz writes: Satya Nadella is on a crusade to change Microsoft’s reputation, and hiring Reid Hoffman is his money move. At Backchannel, Jessi Hempel writes that "there are few people in Silicon Valley as connected to its heart as Hoffman. In fact, Hoffman may be the Valley’s heart—a rhythmic muscle responsible for the optimal circulation that keeps it in good health. With a phone call or an email, Hoffman can get just about anyone in tech within minutes." Having him on its board is going to be key for Microsoft.
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Submission + - Company responsible for Japan's ridiculous high-tech toilets creates 'trance-ind (ibtimes.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: One of the more unusual quirks Japan is known for is its fondness for elaborate toilets. Toto Ltd, the company credited for immortalising Japanese bathroom culture with its brand of water-shooting, seat-warming super lavatories, is turning its attention to bathing with a new bath tub that will turn your daily dip into a near spiritual experience.

The company's Flotation Tub features a unique set of features and special design intended to put bathers into a "trace-like state", Bloomberg reports. The tub, unveiled by Toto on 14 March, is inspired by flotation therapy, whereby participants are placed into a soundproof tank filled with salt water and cut off from outside distractions.

Unlike conventional bathtubs, the Flotation Tub features a cradle-like design that positions bathers halfway between between floating and lying down. The bathtub measures over two meters long so bathers can stretch out, and features an adjustable pillow and water jets offering massage functions.

Submission + - The Rocket Science Of Designing Future Jet Engines (bbc.com)

dryriver writes: The BBC has a very insightful article detailing the current and future challenges of designing efficient jet engines. An excerpt: "Jet engine design will face changes in the future. One new potential science, which several companies and research institutions are currently studying, is called the Rotating Detonation Engine. Essentially, this works by creating a series of small detonations and using the supersonic wave that a detonation generates to keep combustion going continuously. Theoretically, if the system works, it would require significantly less fuel to get the engine moving and keep it moving. And even with less fuel the engine would also theoretically produce significantly more energy. “The trick of the engine is containing [the detonation], making it stable, and having it operate at conditions you want,” says Dean. “Will it operate well, will it be durable, can it have low emissions, and what fuel can I burn with such an engine? We’re in the middle of the science phase.”"

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