One Boston Marathon Bomb Suspect Dead, Other At Large After Shootout With Police
Coincidentally, female suicide bombers are actually pretty common in Chechnya, where the bombers are reported either to have originated or had ethnic ties to. There is even a word for it: shahidka.
The Hacker Who Found the Secrets of the Next Xbox and PlayStation
There seems to be this common misconception that a network can be broken into without causing any damage. Tell that to the IT department that has to re-flash and re-image every damn machine on the network to make sure no backdoors were left behind.
Does US Owe the World an Education At Its Expense?
What makes American schools the best in the world (especially at the graduate level) is that they admit the best students in the world. Stop admitting the students, and the schools will no longer be the best. It's that simple. Furthermore, top professors/researchers choose their universities on the basis of where they have access to the best students, which makes this proposition a vicious cycle. So, American schools would lose their edge in less than a generation.
What You Can Do About the Phone Unlocking Fiasco
Better yet: why not organize a good, old-fashioned act of civil disobedience? I'm thinking along the lines of several thousand people meeting up outside the Lincoln Memorial and simultaneously unlocking their phones.
Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Fit In the Office?
If you decide to start weight training, get this book, learn how to squat correctly, and do it.
America's Real Criminal Element: Lead
Donohue and Levitt botched the study: a programming bug meant they failed to control for things they thought they were controlling for. Furthermore, they accidentally predicted the total number of arrests instead of the arrest rate, as they should have.
Makerbot Cracks Down On 3D-Printable Gun Parts
The CDC (i.e., the US government) lists the US homicide rate as 55/million, which would make it 6th on that list. Furthermore, that list seems to exclude just about all countries in North/South America and Africa, many of which have the highest murder rates in the world. And why is the murder rate for Turkey listed as twice that of the highest country in the wikipedia list? This doesn't even come close to passing the smell test.
Blender 2.65 Released
Old fogies like me remember that back when Blender was commercially developed, they had an odd business model consisting of giving the software away for free (as in beer) and selling the documentation (see the old review here, for example). Documentation is now one of the weakest points of Blender, IMHO.
27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting
Judging by the charts here it looks like there were about 200,000 homicides with guns in the last 20 years (not counting suicides). So... a little more concerning than lightning strikes.
FCC Chief Urges FAA To Ease Airplane Electronics Ban
If interference could really be a problem (unlikely), then politely asking passengers to put their gadgets away is a laughably dumb solution, because it doesn't account for people forgetting to do so accidentally or willfully (say, terrorists). The only sane solution is to design the planes to be robust to interference, which I'm pretty sure they do already anyway.
Datagram Recovers From 'Apocalyptic' Flooding During Sandy
Again if you placed your companies data at a DC in lower Manhattan you should be fired.
I don't know anything about Datagram, but there are legitimate reasons to have a DC in lower Manhattan... For instance, for latency-limited high-frequency trading operations. I don't know if this is the particular case with Datagram's clients, but the fact that DCs exist in a ludicrously high-rent area means that they probably exist there for a good reason.
Nintendo Wii U Teardown Reveals Simple Design
Forgive me if Im skeptical of an AC claiming that a company who has been creating consoles for 30+ years managed to make RAM slower than disk access. That would be basically impossible to pull off even if you were specifically trying to do so; theres about 3 orders of magnitude difference between the speed of the two.
Mod parent up and grandparent down. It is mind-numbingly ludicrous to believe main memory access on the Wii U is slower than disk accesses. If that were true, there wouldn't be any point in having a CPU faster than about 100 Hz (which = 1 / x, where x = random access disk latency ~ 10 ms).
WD Builds High-Capacity, Helium-Filled HDDs
Argh, a million times yes! Stupidity of stupidities!
California Wants Genetically Modified Foods To Be Labelled
Exactly. The "bananas" you see in supermarkets are a genetic monstrosity; basically all clones of the same individual, thanks to human meddling over the last 7000 years. It doesn't get more GM than that. So, where do you draw the line?
Cherry MX Mechanical Keyboard Switches Compared
This is confusing, as the Model M is based on a buckling spring, not a mechanical switch as the keyboards in the article have. Also, it's worth mentioning that there are vastly different Model M's--IIRC, the earlier ones have a softer feel, and the later ones require much more pressure. I have a Unicomp Model M, and it appears to be closer to the latter, which I dislike.
Bill Gates Says Tablets Aren't Much Help In Education
It's ridiculous that kids are growing up with chronic back pain as a result of having to schlep around gigantic backpacks full of books. My high school actually banned carrying backpacks between classes, mostly because of overcrowding, which meant that they had to allow extra time between classes to access lockers (and ironically probably also exacerbated traffic in the halls). All this led to decreased instructional time in any given day, more disruption of class due to kids not having enough time to use the restroom between classes, probably more violence in the overcrowded halls, etc. So, for purely logistical reasons, tablets are a huge win.
I reach my workplace, primarily/typically, by:
Biking is dangerous. I've been hit by cars accidentally at least 6 times and intentionally twice. No major damage yet, but it's been close a couple of times. Plus I've just fallen down on my own a couple of times.
It's a debatable point, but it's not too hard to find credible analyses showing that cycling is no more dangerous than walking, in some reasonable sense. If you've been hit that often, you may want to reevaluate your cycling habits--especially your road position. I'd roughly estimate that upwards of 95% of cyclists ride in a way that makes them dangerously prone to collisions. Usually, this means hugging the right side of the road, where you are likely to get hit by a car pulling out, or a door opening, or a car squeezing between you and oncoming traffic, or a motorist who didn't see you because you were hiding on the right side of the road. It's a testament to the safety of cycling that 95% of cyclists can ride so dangerously and yet are rarely involved in crashes. Riding safely, you shouldn't really be worrying about the danger of cycling at all.
Turing Archive Director Questions Alan Turing Suicide Report
The beeb has an article that addresses the apple thing--he often ate an apple before bedtime, so the fact that a half-eaten apple was found on his night stand wasn't unusual at all, and the apple was never tested for cyanide.
Did Neandertals Paint Early Cave Art?
If Neanderthals and humans could mate and have fertile offspring, then why aren't they considered the same species?
The $100 Masters Degree From Udacity
The idea of a $100 master's degree is subversive, especially considering that a master's is the basic qualification to hold a professorship at a modern university
This is incorrect. A master's degree will, at best, qualify you to lecture basic classes at your local community college. Teaching at a university requires a PhD, almost without exception.
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