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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 (

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 + - Results of API Copyright: Where are we now? ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: In Oracle vs Google, the federal court has ruled that APIs are copyrightable. That is not likely to change until congress changes the law, or until another lawsuit comes along (maybe five to ten years).

Until things change, there are important questions to ask lawyers. What do these judgements mean? What can programmers do, and what can we not do? How can we defend ourselves against these kinds of lawsuits?

Submission + - German Nuclear Power Plant Infected With Conflicker (

phantomfive writes: Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer for Finland-based F-Secure, said that infections of critical infrastructure were surprisingly common, but that they were generally not dangerous unless the plant had been targeted specifically.

Submission + - Mosaic, Netscape, and What Happened at the Beginning of the Web (

An anonymous reader writes: In a long standing tradition, the IEEE has lost another interview with one of the pioneers of our industry. Marc Andreesen, one of the creators of NCSA Mosaic and a founder of Netscape, gives us his honest views on the creation of HTML and CSS. "I took inspiration from Bjarne Stroustrup," he says.

Submission + - Google: Lessons Learned from a decade of containers (

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) ( 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.

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