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Comment Re:"Kill all white people" are ok! (Score 1) 373

Your link doesn't provide any information on whether or not "Kill all white people" would be OK on Twitter, as that is not the statement made by either of the Twitter accounts quoted.

We would have to look at the past post history of both accounts to determine what went on here on Twitter.

The thing is that historically black people have been oppressed over the past several hundred years by white people through the process of colonisation, slavery, lack of human rights, and sadly this archaic attitude still seems to be in place.

"Kill all black people" was to some extent state policy for many countries until frighteningly recently - talking mid 20th century. My own country, Australia, is a horrible example here - Aboriginal Australians weren't even recognised as citizens until 1967.

All black people in the US only got the right to vote in 1965 with the Voting Rights Act signed by Lyndon Johnson.

An Australian politician, David Oldfield, this year said on a national TV broadcast talking about Australian Aboriginal culture "You just naturally let it die out. I mean frankly, it should have died out, like the Stone Age died out." http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/first-contact-review-thank-god-for-david-oldfield-20161115-gspkr0.html

It's not at all about making it OK to say "Kill all white people".

It's about recognising that "Kill all black people" is a very real fear for many people, and working to make that no longer the case.

Submission + - Use Siri to control anything!

MikeDataLink writes: The Geek Pub has a new video up showing off the open-source application HomeBridge which basically allows Siri to control any device by being a "bridge" between HomeKit and those devices. Control Nest, MyQ, HomeSeer, or just about anything else!

Submission + - Linux and the Home Recording Studio

wjcofkc writes: There are a few areas where Linux specializes above and beyond as a mature platform over other areas. Very near the top of that list is audio recording and mixing software. Somewhere between IT jobs I found myself spending 2 1/2 years employed pretty deeply in the local music industry. It was a fantastic experience. Left and right I saw people using very expensive proprietary software. I never saw anything that a similar Linux counterpart, or a suite of Open Source counterparts could not do. Needless to say, I preached the good word. Unfortunately, I never exploited any opportunities to provide a demo. One thing concerned me. If you have a full DAW setup, it's not just software, there is always some sort of hardware interface of varying complexity involved and playing through an amp into a microphone connected to a computer is not an acceptable way to record. I recently purchased a Lexicon Alpha 2-Channel Desktop Recording Studio interface based on vague mentions that it might work with Linux. After plugging it in for the first time, I fired up Audacity and Ardour. The device was available to select as an interface with zero configuration and it works perfectly. My question to the music geeks among us: what is your take on the state of Open Source pro audio software and what successes and fails have you had with studio hardware?

Submission + - "Turing Test Passed" was just a load of hype?

beaker_72 writes: On Sunday we saw a story on /. alerting us to the news that the Turing Test had finally been passed: http://developers.slashdot.org.... The same story was picked up by most of the mainstream media and reported all over the place over the weekend and yesterday. However, today we see an article in TechDirt telling us that in fact the original press release was just a load of hype from someone who has previous in the area: https://www.techdirt.com/artic... So who's right? Have researchers at a well established university managed to beat this test for the first time, or should we believe TechDirt who have pointed out some aspects of the story which, if true, are pretty damning?

Comment Why Compare her to Scott? (Score 2) 144

Do they expect that she won't make it?

If it's a well planned, modern thinking, expedition, would seem to make more sense to compare her to Amundsen...

Scott appears to have been very brave, but he also seems to have been stuck in the century old Royal Navy mindset of the nobility of man hauling during polar exploration. Amundsen seems to have studied the problem of polar exploration from a very young age and put this knowledge gained into designing a successful solution. He got there first, got there faster, and didn't lose a single man.

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Terra Nova - a play about the race to the South Pole

Submission + - Atheists know religions best (pewforum.org)

bfandreas writes: The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has published the results of a survey on knowledge about religion. You can take the quiz pitting yourself against various segments of the US populace.
According to the survey, atheists seem to have the most detailed and in-depth knowledge.

Comment 'Mousetrap' rights just released in AU (Score 1) 244

I think the solution has been on Wikipedia for some time - it's presumably why the article is semi-protected from edits, and there's a lot of fierce talk on both sides on the discussion page.

What is somewhat interesting is that after 60 years, the performance rights of 'Mousetrap' have only just been made available in Australia. Sydney's Genesian Theatre will produce the Australian premiere of the play in 2011. The rights holders really have been very strict about keeping the secret for many years, so it's hardly surprising they're upset at finding out it's on Wikipedia.

But I guess Australians will no longer have to travel to London or Wikipedia to find out the ending...
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Submission + - Maybe Lou Gehrig Didn't Have Lou Gehrig's Disease (nytimes.com)

Hugh Pickens writes: "Researchers report that Lou Gehrig's death — and that of other athletes and soldiers given a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease — might have been catalyzed by injuries only now becoming understood: concussions and other brain trauma and although the paper does not discuss Gehrig specifically, its authors in interviews acknowledged the clear implication: Lou Gehrig might not have had Lou Gehrig's disease. The finding could prompt a redirection in the study of motor degeneration in athletes and military veterans being given diagnoses of ALS at rates considerably higher than normal, say some experts in ALS. Patients with significant histories of brain trauma could be considered for different types of treatment, perhaps leading toward new pathways for a cure. "Most ALS patients don't to autopsy so there's no need to look at your brain and spinal cord," says Dr. Brian Crum. "But a disease can look like ALS, it can look like Alzheimer's, and it's not when you look at the actual tissue. This is something that needs to be paid attention to.""

Submission + - Green laser pointers may be dangerous (nist.gov) 1

maxwell demon writes: Researchers at NIST have found out that cheap green laser pointers can emit dangerously intense infrared light. Since you cannot see infrared light, you'll normally not notice it, however it's dangerous for your eye. The article also describes how to test laser pointers with consumer equipment. Of course, while doing that, do not look into laser with remaining eye.

Submission + - New OpenOffice.org Writer Extension for Braille (aegis-project.eu)

ChristopheS writes: The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven) has released an extension for OpenOffice.org Writer that enables users to save documents as Braille or to send them directly to a Braille embosser. "odt2braille" (http://odt2braille.sourceforge.net/) is a freeware extension for OpenOffice.org Writer.
odt2braille is available for Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista and Windows 7), and will later also become available for Mac OS X and Linux/Unix. The current version of odt2braille supports eight Braille embossers, and additional embossers will be added later. One of the supported embossers is the Elekul, which was developed at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven by Prof. Dr. Guido Francois, and which was the first system that could emboss Braille on both sides of the same sheet of paper.
odt2braille is being developed in the context of the AEGIS project, a research & development project supported by the European Commission. The AEGIS project develops software for persons with disabilities, covering the desktop platform, the Web (Rich Internet Applications) and mobile devices. In November 2009, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven released another OpenOffice.org extension in the context of the AEGIS project: odt2daisy (http://odt2braille.sourceforge.net/), an OpenOffice.org Writer extension that converts text documents to audio books in the DAISY format.

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