florescent_beige (608235) writes "Researchers from Cornell and UBC report (here and here) that analysis of speech patterns using Wmatrix along with something called the Dictionary of Affect in Language (see a demo here) shows that psychopaths speak differently from other people, at least statistically. Although they say that these differences are "presumably beyond conscious control" the authors do not say if the method has any predictive use.
florescent_beige (608235) writes "In the September Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Gregory Poland, M.D. writes that "More than 150 cases of measles have been reported in the United States already this year and there have been similar outbreaks in Europe, a sign the disease is making an alarming comeback. The reappearance of the potentially deadly virus is the result of unfounded fears about a link between the measles shot and autism that have turned some parents against childhood vaccination..."
Meanwhile, in spite of Mr. & Mrs. Great Unwashed`s opinions, the search for the true causes of autism goes on in spite of the best efforts of old Playboy bunnies." Link to Original Source top
In creating a set of "best practices", the airline industry has avoided anything remotely enforceable....there's nothing enforceable where a passenger can say, 'I won't be held up for more than three hours or five hours or eight hours, or without a glass of water or a sandwich,'" said [Kate] Hanni, founder of the Coalition for an Airline Passengers' Bill of Rights.
So, airlines are free to treat passengers like guests, or captives, depending, one supposes, on their business model." Link to Original Source top
In a federal racketeering indictment filed today in Los Angeles, a US Attorney seeks to strip the Mongols motorcycle gang of its name, which was trademarked in 2005.
According to United States Attorney Thomas P. O'Brien, "We have filed papers seeking a court order that will prevent gang members from using or displaying the name 'Mongols.' If the court grants our request for this order, then if any law enforcement officer sees a Mongol wearing his patch, he will be authorized to stop that gang member and literally take the jacket right off his back."
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florescent_beige (608235) writes "The CBC is running a story about research published in the March issue of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (abstract here) which concludes in part:
"The long-held view that myopic persons are introverted and conscientious may reflect intelligence-related stereotypes rather than real correlations," wrote the researchers from the University of Melbourne's Centre for Eye Research Australia. ... They concluded there was no link between wearing spectacles and having an introverted or conscientious personality.
florescent_beige (608235) writes "The very end of the movie "Cloverfield" contains a short section of garbled audio after the credits. When played backwards this audio is very clear and consists of three spoken words which are of some significance.
This raises the question: how did the filmmakers intend for this to be done? The only method that seems feasible is for someone to record the audio in the theatre and do the work at home to get the reversed version. There are no other known sources of this bit of audio. This, of course, would be completely illegal.
Notwithstanding the illegality, a video recording of the final seconds of the movie was posted at Unifiction although it has since been removed. The reversed version of that audio has also been posted at booMP3. At the moment that clip is still available.
So to central question is, why would a mainstream American commercial film contain a clue that can only be deciphered illegally in a way that the MPAA would without question like to see prosecuted?" top
florescent_beige (608235) writes "Gulfstream's Supersonic Business Jet work continues. Last fall, Gulfstream tested it's extendible spike sonic boom mitigating technology. Unfortunately, instead of calling it the Boom Boom, Gulfstream chose the name "Quiet Spike". The idea is patented. Gulfstream believes they can get the boom magnitude down to that of a "slamming car door". Whether or not that is low enough might be debatable, but it still is a big improvement." top
Darcy Antonellis, Warner Brothers VP of worldwide anti-piracy operations, said "Within the first week of a film's release, you can almost be certain that somewhere out there a Canadian copy will show up."
Recently, the International Intellectual Property Association (IIPA) placed Canada on it's Priority Watch List, along with the likes of Argentina, China, Russia, Turkey, and Venezuela.
florescent_beige (608235) writes "Newsday is reporting that Hezbollah, perhaps using technology supplied by Iran, was able to monitor secure Israeli military communications during the last Lebanon war. A former Israeli General, speaking anonymously, called the results "disasterous" for Israel. The story hints that Israeli soldiers may not have used their equipment properly. The gear is thought to use frequency hopping and encryption."
Puzzling. I wrote this post about a possible career alternative for gear-heads like I assume most of us around here are. In the context of outsourcing.
Frankly, with a little work (ok a lot of work), most young people with aptitude in math & physics can get a career with doctor-like compensation. Not one mod point. I don't care about karma or mods, but it puzzles me that the discussion would centre around fair/unfair and incompetent management.
I don't know. I thought people would think it's pretty cool to learn there's red-hot demand (which seems to be sustained) for certain geek-types and I even give detailed instructions how to get into it.
Puzzling. Oh well maybe the right people didn't see the post, which would be too bad.
Back in '82 or so, I spent my time working up a Master's thesis at the U of T MechEng building. Every so often, perhaps once every two months, I'd be waylayed in the corridor by a complete stranger who had obviously wandered in off the street. Invariably, this stranger would be looking for a professor to legitimize his perpetual-motion/free-energy device/idea/theory.
That was 25 years ago. How many such would-be revolutionaries have come and gone in the years since? Hundreds. How many at all the universities in all the world? Thousands.
None of them have been right. All of them have been wrong. Why? Because their ideas violate the basic laws of the universe that we have learned through the application of the scientific method.
To suppose that the genius embodied in the known laws of physics can be swept aside by double talk that at it's core is nothing more than the verbal manifestation of a glib sense of dismissive entitlement is breathtaking. That Slashdot panders to this ignorance places this community on exactly the same level as creation science. Meanwhile, the editors cower behind the juvenile delusion that powers Fox News; that every dissenting viewpoint, no matter how insane, deserves equal time.
Perpetual motion is not news, for nerds or anyone else. It is not stuff that matters. It may, however, be interesting to the uniformed uneducated train-spotting passive-aggressive conspiracy lunatics that make up the vast majority of Slashdots newly targeted advertising demographic.
I'm to spend my time thinking of quality posts to cast before such swine, why exactly? I'm to be troll-censored by a thirteen year-old, why exactly?