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Submission + - Doctors and others reject UK 'Let's protect the children' moral panic (

Bruce66423 writes: The NSPCC, a large child protection charity in the UK, recently produced a report with the headline claim that 10% of 12-13 year olds reported themselves to be addicted to pornography. This prompted a Conservative Party pledge to block internet access to such material. This article is a letter challenging the moral panic and its scientific basis, going as far as to suggest that greater porn use is correlated with reduced sexual violence!

Submission + - European Space Agency invited to contribute a lander to NASA's Europa Clipper (

MarkWhittington writes: According to a Friday story in Spaceflight Now, NASA has invited the European Space Agency to participate in its upcoming Europa Clipper project. Europa Clipper, pushed by Rep. John Culberson, the chair of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees NASA, recently received backing from the Obama administration. Europa Clipper would launch in the early 2020s and would be placed in an orbit around Jupiter that would cause it to fly by Europa, a moon of Jupiter, at least 45 times during its operational life.

Comment Re:Do you even bother to edit submissions anymore? (Score 1) 185

Read my comment again. It's the *submission* I was complaining about, not the paper. And no, I'm not American. Furthermore, I'm a statistician, which is partially why I was interested enough to click on the link in the first place; I have no issues with the content of the paper itself, or its readability.

Parse this sentence:

In their paper 'How to gamble if you're in a hurry,' they present algorithmic strategies and reclaim the world of gambling, which they say has up till recently flourished on the continuous Kolmogorov paradigm by some sugary discrete code that could make us hopefully richer, if not wiser.

Up until the "world of gambling", it's reasonable, but beyond there it ceases making any sense. If the submitter had broken the sentence down into a couple of discrete thoughts, they might have gotten their synopsis across.

Comment What's wrong with the Kindle? (Score 2) 254

I've had no issues with PDFs on the Kindle, whether the DX (which is the right form factor), or the 3 (which is conveniently portable). It's not a perfect solution, but it works.

IMO, the optimal solution would be a hybrid display (like Pixel Qi make), a form factor halfway between the DX and the 3 (i.e. roughly the screen size of a normal book), and running an Android OS so apps can be written to support things like DJVU. I had high hopes for the Adam (Notion Ink,, but they're a little too ... grungy ... for me to be willing to spend $600 on.

Comment Re:Well, in New Jersey, they are removing them all (Score 1) 1173

Given that in Australia, there are numerous million+ cities with roundabouts everywhere, the arguments that 'high traffic volume' is somehow impossible to flow with a roundabout is clearly false. The fact that the UK also has roundabouts with cities like Manchester, London, etc. also supports this idea that high volumes and high populations can deal with it.

All the people going on about how light-based intersections allow high volumes through clearly don't remember the last time they were at a stopped traffic light and sat through three changes of the light before they even made it up to the head of the line, and then a fourth change to move forward. I hit an intersection like that here in my small Canadian city every day, and it happens anywhere there are lights and a 'high traffic volume' that can't make it through the intersection in the time of the light sequence. Lots of people? You get to wait a little. At least with roundabouts there isn't wasted time as everyone waits for the advanced-left signals, the idiots who block the whole intersection because they decide to run through on a yellow and don't make it, etc., just the wasted time as everyone waits for a chance to merge.

Comment Re:Tenure, promotion (Score 2) 385

Exactly. When tenure is based on publishing, then teaching, then service, and editing/peer-reviewing journal articles *barely* counts as service, Wikipedia ranks somewhere between sleep and bathroom breaks in terms of priority. Academic ego has absolutely nothing to do with it: credit in a way that matters does. Academics are too busy doing 'real research' to bother editing an online encyclopedia for no benefit but warm fuzzies.

In other news, what's with posters adding their own personal bias to news articles on Slashdot lately? Just report the facts, thanks. I don't need your weird, slanted viewpoint on the issue, even if you think you're being edgy and smart.

Comment Re:Scour the literature, or just don't bother (Score 1) 162

With respect to the pedigree idea, it's certainly valid, but it's not quite as all-encompassing as you stated. When doing your PhD, there is another factor that you missed entirely: the status and reputation of your primary advisor. If you have the chance to work directly with one of the top N (N. Aim high, but be happy with 'good'.


Submission + - FAA mixing drones with commercial aviation (

coondoggie writes: Facing a number of technical challenges, the Federal Aviation Administration said today it added another research project designed to better understand how unmanned aircraft can be brought safely into the national airspace. The FAA set a two-year research and development agreement with Insitu – an independent subsidiary of Boeing and the New Jersey Air National Guard that will help FAA scientists to study and better understand unmanned aircraft design, construction and features. Researchers will also look at the differences in how an air traffic controller would manage an unmanned aircraft vs. a manned aircraft.

Submission + - Is it now time to dump XP? (

An anonymous reader writes: Gartner are saying it's time to plan your migration now (if you havent already done it). I know for one my company still has loads of users still on XP, citing training costs (time and money) rather than software license fees. Is my company alone in wanting to stay in the 1990s or is Window 7 the way forward?

Submission + - Official kanji count increasing due to electronics (

JoshuaInNippon writes: Those who have studied Japanese know how imposing kanji, or Chinese characters, can be in learning the language. There is an official list of 1,945 characters that one is expected to understand to graduate from a Japanese high school or be considered fluent. For the first time in 29 years, that list is set to change — increasing by nearly ten percent to 2,136 characters. 196 are being added, and 5 deleted. The added characters are ones believed to be found commonly in life use, but are considered to be harder to write by hand and therefore overlooked in previous editions of the official list. Japanese officials seem to have recognized that with the advent and spread of computers in daily life, writing in Japanese has simplified dramatically. Changing the phonetic spelling of a word to its correct kanji only requires a couple presses of a button, rather than memorizing an elaborate series of brush strokes. At the same time, the barrage of words that people see has increased, thereby increasing the necessity to understand them. Computers have simplified the task of writing in Japanese, but inadvertently now complicated the lives of Japanese language learners. (Oh, if you read Japanese and are interested in more details on specific changes, has some information!)
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Submission + - SPAM: When Do I Need A Server For My Office?

PCRoger writes: I come upon a number of small businesses and professionals who are asking at what point do I need a server for my office? Peer to peer networks among Windows PC’s are easy to setup and they do work.

Some circumstances just scream for a dedicated file server.

Here are some signs that you need a server for your office

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Submission + - Google TV - To be Announced this Week at Google I/ (

expathos writes: Both the Financial Times (FT) and the UK Times covered the upcoming Google TV launch today, expected to be announced at Google’s I/O conference on May 19th, in San Francisco. The techology is allegedly powered by Android and Intel's chips, and will make Sony televisions and even Blu-ray DVD players function like computers, running Google's search, Chrome Web browser, YouTube and other programs. The future of TV apps and TV widgets looks even more promising today. The FT reported last week that talk of the marriage of Google and Intel will create a “Smart TV” platform which will “... be the biggest single change in television since it went colour” according to Intel CEO Paul Otellini. But let me give you the other side before I get started. Because it's not all rose coloured glasses. Jeremy Toeman of Live Digitally has written a hard critique of Google TV even getting any traction — noting the failure of Apple TV.

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