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Submission + - European Society for Cognitive Psychology moves toward open acess (cogsci.nl)

s.mathot writes: Many researchers feel that their papers should be open access; that is, research is publicly funded and should therefore be free to read for everyone. Academic societies can play a leading role in the move from traditional publishing toward open access, but so far they have done so only rarely. It's therefore notable that the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP) has announced that they will break their relationship with their current (non-open-access) publisher to launch a new open-acces societal journal. A surprisingly progressive move, which may change the publishing landscape within this field of psychology.

Submission + - In 2005, Donald Trump Was Microsoft's Kind of Leader 1

theodp writes: With Microsoft distancing itself from Donald Trump in 2016, it's interesting to look back to 2005, when Microsoft seemed to feel The Donald embodied all-things-Microsoft as it turned to The Apprentice to launch Office Live Communications Server 2005, Office Communicator 2005 and Live Meeting. Asked why Microsoft chose The Apprentice, a Microsoft marketing director replied, "We thought, 'What more culturally engaging program could there be that speaks so well to our demographics with a business-centric message?' It was a bold Microsoft think tank move. A high percentage of information workers and business decision-makers watch 'The Apprentice,' and they are one of Live Meeting’s primary targets." About what it was like to work with The Donald, she added, "He was very nice. It definitely changed my perception of him as a somewhat haughty guy. He definitely knows his business, but he was very friendly, self-effacing and helpful — he put us all at ease." Even Bill Gates got in on the act, and the NY Times reported on Microsoft's plans to have Trump's Apprentice wannabes perform tasks to boost the new Microsoft products' commercial exposure (photo of Microsoft execs w/Trump). And in a Season 4 episode, The Apprentice teams were tasked with creating a 60-second promotional video for Microsoft Office Live Meeting. In firing the Project Manager responsible for making the losing commercial (winning commercial here), Trump had this to say, "You see, I'm not a big computer person. I love buildings, okay. But to me, that doesn't...I don't know what it means." More Microsoft-Trump partnership memories can be found at the archived nbclivemeeting.com website.

Submission + - If Santa brought you a drone for Christmas, read this or you could face a fine (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: Drones have become incredibly common in the last couple of years, and they have proved to be popular Christmas presents. But new drone owners are being warned that they are probably blissfully ignorant of the responsibilities of their new toys — and this ignorance could prove costly.

There are very strict laws in place governing where, and how, drones can be flown. Failure to comply with these rules could lead to time in prison or an "unlimited fine" — for people in the UK, at least. So what do you need to know before you take your drone for its maiden flight?

Drones are potentially dangerous pieces of kit, both for people and other airborne objects, so it is little wonder that there are regulations in place. The risks for drones to interfere with the flight of aircraft, for instance, is a danger that could hardly be overstated.

Submission + - Pentagon Confirms Russia Has a Submarine Nuke Delivery Drone (popularmechanics.com)

schwit1 writes: The Pentagon has confirmed that a new Russian nuclear delivery drone is real. The undersea drone, which carries an enormous nuclear warhead to destroy coastal cities and military bases, was tested late last month. The test was leaked by unnamed sources to The Washington Free Beacon.

Russia calls the system "Ocean Multipurpose System 'Status-6," and it is allegedly capable of traveling underwater to distances of to 6,200 miles. It can submerge to depths of 3,280 feet and travel at speeds of up to 56 knots.

Submission + - Climate change PROVED to be 'nothing but a lie', claims top meteorologist (express.co.uk) 1

marcgvky writes: While many people believe otherwise, one of the founders of the channel news Weather Channel presents evidence that there has been no warming in the last 18 years and that storms are actually less frequent (and less severe) for the same period of time... he claims that the demonisation of carbon dioxide is "pure belief, not science."

Submission + - FTDI is intentionally bricking devices using competitors' chips. (hackaday.com)

janoc writes: It seems that FTDI has started an outright war on cloners of their popular USB bridge chips. At first the clones stopped working with the official drivers and now they are being intentionally bricked, rendering the device useless. The problem? These chips are incredibly popular and used in many consumer products. Are you sure yours doesn't contain a counterfeit one before you plug it in? What are you going to do if your device gets trashed?

The article is on Hackaday: http://hackaday.com/2014/10/22...

Submission + - Stunning Satellite Images of Artic Ice Show Largest/Thickest Ice Pack in Years

marcgvky writes: For years, many people in the scientific community and our favorite apocalyptic horseman: Al Gore, have been claiming that the Arctic is in an ‘irrevocable death spiral’. with imminent ice-free summers bound to trigger further disasters. According to this article in the Daily Mail, the summer ice pack is thicker and larger than it has ever been; spanning an area of ocean twice the size of the state of Alaska...

Along with locusts and plague, Gore, et. al., told us to expect gigantic releases of methane into the atmosphere from frozen Arctic deposits, and accelerated global warming caused by the fact that heat from the sun will no longer be reflected back by the ice into space.

And then there is the Polar Bear... predications of declines in population were wrong. The bear population continues to increase, forcing the main international bear science body, the Polar Bear Specialist Group, to admit that it has no reliable data from almost half of the Arctic, so cannot say whether numbers are falling or rising.

Submission + - Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, but Nowhere to Go (go.com) 1

mdsolar writes: The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go.

Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars needed to haul 150-ton casks filled with used, radioactive nuclear fuel.

They won't be moving anytime soon. The latest government plans call for having an interim test storage site in 2021 and a long-term geologic depository in 2048.

No one knows where those sites will be, but the Obama administration is already thinking about contracts to develop, test and certify the necessary rail equipment.

Submission + - Myth of arctic meltdown: Stunning images show summer ice cap thicker

marcgvky writes: For years, many people in the scientific community and our favorite apocalyptic horseman: Al Gore, have been claiming that the Arctic is in an ‘irrevocable death spiral’. with imminent ice-free summers bound to trigger further disasters. According to this article in the Daily Mail, the summer ice pack is thicker and larger than it has ever been; spanning an area of ocean twice the size of the state of Alaska...

Along with locusts and plague, Gore, et. al., told us to expect gigantic releases of methane into the atmosphere from frozen Arctic deposits, and accelerated global warming caused by the fact that heat from the sun will no longer be reflected back by the ice into space.

Of course, when people are (naturally and wisely) skeptical of these prediction (that are simply meant to incite people to donate their cash or give up their rights), politicians such as Al Gore, John Kerry, Barrack "Millhouse" Obama, continue to insist that climate science is ‘settled’ and have accused those who question their forecasts of being climate change ‘deniers’. It would appear that the real "deniers" are the people that keep promoting the impending apocalypse..... that never happens.

Submission + - The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction 1

An anonymous reader writes: On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last passenger pigeon was found dead in her aviary at the Cincinnati Zoo. When the first European settlers arrived in North America at least one of every four birds on the continent was a passenger pigeon, making them the most numerous birds in North America, and perhaps in the world. From the article: "But extinction apparently doesn’t ring with the finality it used to. Researchers are working to 'de-extinct' the bird. They got their hands on some of the 1,500 or so known passenger pigeon specimens and are hoping to resurrect the species through some Jurassic Park-like genetic engineering. Instead of using frog DNA to fill out the missing parts of a dinosaur’s genetic code as in Michael Crichton’s story, the real-life 'bring-back-the-passenger pigeon' researchers are using the bird’s closest relative, the band-tailed pigeon.

Submission + - SPAM: Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years Of Service

airfuz writes: Microsoft took a bold move announcing that users have to move away from the old version of internet explorer to the new version 11. And now not long after that, Microsoft announced that they are shutting down the 15 year old MSN Messenger. Most people have moved away from the service to Facebook and other mobile based messenger such as Whatsapp and so MSN is left with few users. But still, ending a 15 year messaging service like the MSN Messenger means something to the one's who grew up using it.
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Submission + - Australian Bureau of Meteorology accused of Criminally Adjusted Global Warming (breitbart.com)

marcgvky writes: The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has been caught red-handed manipulating temperature data to show "global warming" where none actually exists.

At Amberley, Queensland, for example, the data at a weather station showing 1 degree Celsius cooling per century was "homogenized" (adjusted) by the Bureau so that it instead showed a 2.5 degrees warming per century.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 264

Wrong, they generally find rioting idiots to put down. By the way, the people you have to worry about, are not the people in uniforms. Generally, it's the dirt bags with no morals or ethics... aka the rioters in Furgeson. When's the last time you saw a bunch of white people rioting and destroying their own neighborhoods.... tick tock tick tock tick tock..... NHHHHHHHHH never.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 264

You're a complete retard and have not studied the History of Nazi Germany. The citizens where systematically disarmed, so that they could pose no credible threat to the Reich. The ONLY time that citizens were armed was during the pinch on Berlin, at which time anyone who could carry a Panzerfaust or rifle was pressed into service (at gunpoint) to serve until death or victory. Go crawl under your rock, liberal loser.

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