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Comment British cooks? (Score 4, Funny) 204

This is a good opportunity to quote this famous faxlore.. Heaven is where the police are British, the lovers French, the mechanics German, the chefs Italian, and it is all organized by the Swiss. Hell is where the police are German, the lovers Swiss, the mechanics French, the chefs British, and it is all organized by the Italians.

Submission + - Margaret Thatcher dies at 87 (

syngularyx writes: Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister who became one of the most influential global leaders of the postwar period, died on Monday, three decades after her championing of free-market economics and individual choice transformed Britain's economy and her vigorous foreign policy played a key role in the end of the Cold War.

Submission + - How Do You Spot a Genius? 1

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Ingrid Wickelgren writes in Scientific American that people have long-equated genius with intelligence, but it is more aptly characterized by creative productivity which depends on a combination of genetics, opportunity and effort. "Nobody can be called out for outstanding contributions to a field without a lot of hard work, but progress is faster if you are born with the right skills. Personality also plays a role. If you are very open to new experiences and if you have psychopathic traits (yes, as in those shared by serial killers) such as being aggressive and emotionally tough, you are more likely to be considered a genius." True creativity and genius depends on an unfiltered view of the world, one that is unconstrained by preconceptions and more open to novelty writes Wickelgren. "In particular, a less conceptual and more literal way of thinking, one more typical of people with autism, can open the mind up to seeing details that most people miss." Our schools devote few resources on nurturing nascent genius concludes Wickelgren, because they are focused on helping those students most likely to be left behind. "We need to train teachers to spot giftedness, which may take a variety of forms and often needs to be accompanied by creativity, drive and passion. Offering a greater variety of enrichment activities to children will cause many more hidden talents to surface. And accelerated classes and psychological coaching are essential for nurturing talent as early and vigorously as possible.""

Submission + - Randomly generated math article accepted by ``open-access'' journal (

call -151 writes: Many years ago, a human-generated intentionally nonsense paper was accepted by the (prominent) literary culture journal Social Text. In August, a randomly-generated nonsense mathematics paper was accepted by one of the many low-tier ``open-access'' research mathematics journals. The software Mathgen which generated the accepted submission takes as inputs author names (or those can be randomly selected also) and generates nicely TeX'd and impressive-sounding sentences which are grammatically correct but mathematically disconnected nonsense. This was reviewed by a human, (quickly, for math, in 12 days) and the reviewers' comments mention superficial problems with the submission. The references are also randomly-generated and rather hilarious. For those with concerns about submitting to lower-tier journals in an effort to promote open access, this is not a good sign!

Submission + - Was Apple investigating the idea of Mac OS X on ARM chipsets? (

syngularyx writes: In 2010, Apple’s Platform Technologies Group (a subdivision of the CoreOS department) spent some time working on a project to port the Mac OS X Darwin kernel to the ARMv5 chipset architecture — the same family of chipsets that currently powers iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad.

Here’s a snippet from the project, titled Porting Darwin to the MV88F6281, subtitled ARMing the Snow Leopard:
The goal of this project is to get Darwin into a workable state on the MV88F6281 processor so that other teams can continue their work on this platform. The project has three major milestones:

(1) Getting the buildsystem into shape, so that it can build the kernel and kexts. (2) Building and booting the kernel into single user mode. (3) Booting the system into multi-user mode.

Submission + - Incurable Tuberculosis Cases Reported in India (

davidshenba writes: Many drug resistant varieties of Tuberculosis have been reported in recent years. But this time, there seems to be no cure for the disease. Indian doctors from heavily populated city of Mumbai claim that 12 of the patients had incurable variant of Tuberculosis, out of which three had already died. As they come from crowded slum areas, it is feared that actual numbers of infections may be even higher.

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