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Submission + - SPAM: Pot and Rats = Lazy

phantomfive writes: A study in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, found that THC makes rats less willing to try a cognitively demanding task.

“Perhaps unsurprisingly, we found that when we gave THC to these rats, they basically became cognitively lazy,” said Mason Silveira, the study’s lead author and a PhD candidate in UBC’s department of psychology. “What’s interesting, however, is that their ability to do the difficult challenge was unaffected by THC. The rats could still do the task— they just didn’t want to.”

Link to the study [pdf]

Submission + - Rosetta finds Organic Space Dust (esa.int)

phantomfive writes: Rosetta’s dust-analysing COSIMA (COmetary Secondary Ion Mass Analyser) instrument has made the first unambiguous detection of solid organic matter in the dust particles ejected by Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, in the form of complex carbon-bearing molecules.

While organics had already been detected in situ on the comet’s surface by instruments on-board Philae and from orbit by Rosetta’s ROSINA , those were both in the form of gases resulting from the sublimation of ices. By contrast, COSIMA has made its detections in solid dust.

Their presence was only ever hinted at in previous comet missions.

Submission + - Google: Lessons Learned from a decade of containers (acm.org)

phantomfive writes: Google has been using containers for over a decade. Internally, they've built (at least) three different container system tools. The latest edition of ACM Queue has a retrospective analyzing what went right, and what went wrong. A good read if you want to understand how we got to where we are going with distributed systems.

Submission + - Windows is Dying (at least, the revenue) (computerworld.com) 1

phantomfive writes: For years, Windows was the cash cow for Microsoft, the crown jewel. Now, it accounts for less than 10% of Microsoft's revenue. Microsoft's cloud service is the biggest segment of revenue, prompting CEO Nadella to say, "The enterprise cloud opportunity is larger than any market we've ever participated in." This could explain why Microsoft has been porting software to Android.

Submission + - All Code is Legacy

phantomfive writes: A post about programming, pointing out that all code you write (assuming it's successful) will be soon called "legacy code" by someone else. With trillions of dollars of code in existence, including billions written in COBOL, rewriting it all is not cost effective.

Submission + - The Programmer's Oath

phantomfive writes: Uncle Bob Martin (the author of Clean Code and huge advocate of unit tests) has written a proposed code of conduct for programmers, things all professional programmers should do. It start's with "I will not produce harmful code." Do you wish your coworkers would follow this list?

Submission + - Google paid $1 billion to Keep Search on iPhone (bloomberg.com) 1

phantomfive writes: As the Google vs Oracle copyright case drags on, court records released show that the Google paid $1 billion USD to keep their search engine on the iPhone.

Google and Apple both later requested that the information be redacted from the record, but once something is released on the internet, sometimes it stays there.

Submission + - Bruce Schneier and the LA Schools DOS

phantomfive writes: Bruce Schneier wrote a post asking about the LA Schools DOS attack. He says, "given the choice between overreacting to a threat and wasting everyone's time, and underreacting and potentially losing your job, it's easy to overreact," and calls it CYA security. He contrasts it with the more reasonable approach of the NY School system, to a similar threat.

The email address that was used to send in the bomb threat: madbomber@cock.li

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