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Submission + - SPAM: Abacus Classes

An anonymous reader writes: Earlier only a hypothesis but now a fact, based on research data and high tech machinery, using an abacus to perform mental calculations develops.
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Submission + - Scott Adams and "The Non-Expert Problem" ( 18

Layzej writes: It is easy for a non-expert to be swayed by a credible sounding narrative that claims to overthrow a scientific consensus. For a scientist it is generally clear which arguments are valid, but the general public can’t independently evaluate scientific evidence. Scientist Victor Venema provides answers to a number of concerns about climate science raised by cartoonist Scott Adams. His answers are accessible and illuminating, and hopefully helpful to the non-expert who would like to understand the truth behind certain contrarian talking points.

Comment Before someone says it's a "youtuber" (Score 5, Insightful) 156

Just a reminder: Machinima is not a "youtuber". It's a professional gaming publication with accreditations to major industry events (like E3) and 15 years of experience, and that's merely using youtube to deliver their own content, including reviews, previews and yes, "native ads". So before any professional publication takes the distance from Machinima just remember that most of any other major gaming site or gaming journalist is or has been in the past guilty of doing the same things.

Comment Easy Access or Money? (Score 1) 92

For "Easy access to the market" I'd say it was the 8-bit era, since all you had to have was an 8-bit computer, record your software on a tape and go to any tape printing facility with your "master".

For money I'd say it was the early iOS era, since Apple made nearly as easy and open as the 8-bit era to access iOS, and the market was not as fully crammed of competition as it has become later.

The 90's were already too difficult, hardware was a rapidly moving target (if you came from Amiga or the Atari ST in the 90's you had to start writing to DOS since both 68k machines never had a sequel with the right success, and then you would have ended up to reshape your abilities to write first for Windows and some weird graphical API, then ending up to write for Windows with either Direct X or OpenGL).

Crowdfunding is letting small creators getting easier access to better artists, musicians, but the market is still the same, and creating assets hasn't became easier than with the mobile resolution.

Comment Adding up braking power. (Score 1) 800

Physics lovers and automotive geeks answer me: if the car cpu thinks to be in presence of an unavoidable and possibly lethal crash to engage can't it just engage an additional system that adds braking power?

Like an emergency system of additional feets, something like a jet landing gear, ending not in a pair of tires but in a brake. I don't know if that could have side effects requiring the parts to be substituted or putting some odd straining to engine or transmission, but that's still better than swerving into another car.

Submission + - Proof that social networking in businesses can actually save money (

mattydread23 writes: There's a lot of hype about social networking in businesses, and little proof that it actually helps the business. So this real-world IT story by Todd Weiss was interesting: Nationwide Insurance was using a bunch of tools from IBM, Xerox, and others. It switched to Yammer with a SharePoint back-end in 2012, and immediately saw helpdesk calls drop from "thousands" to less than 40 a month. It also saved $1.5 million a year in licence costs.

Submission + - YouTube expands Paid Channels to more partners and countries

rtoz writes: YouTube has announced that it is expanding its paid channels pilot to the eligible partners that have at least 10,000 subscribers to their current free channel.

Thousands of YouTube creators will now be able to launch paid channels, which charge a monthly subscription fee of $0.99 or more.

The paid channel initiative began in May as a pilot program with a few dozen accounts, including popular brands like Sesame Street and the Professional Golf Association. Now any eligible video creator will be able to set up a new paid channel and charge a fee for access to their content. Creators can set their own subscription rates, though YouTube has final authority to determine pricing.

YouTube had listed these requirements as eligibility criteria for the creating paid channel.

Right now, this paid Channel option is available in 10 Countries.

YouTube viewers can now discover and subscribe to paid channels from YouTube’s mobile website.

Paid channels will continue to have a 14-day free trial, to give the potential viewers the opportunity to explore the content before making paid subscription.

Submission + - Microsoft criticises iWork (

Camembert writes: Perhaps predictably, Microsoft criticises Apple's free iWork software for the new iPads on the official blog. There are several arguments, some of which sound like sour grapes, including "that Microsoft understands better than others how people work", and that iWork does not get that much traction anyway. It still provides interesting reading for discussion.

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