Submitted by: ZooL @ 10:14 AM | Sunday, September 8, 2013 | (url: http://hosted.ap....)
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Rebels including al-Qaida-linked fighters gained control of a Christian village northeast of the capital Damascus, Syrian activists said Sunday. Government media provided a dramatically different account of the battle suggesting regime forces were winning.
It was impossible to independently verify the reports from Maaloula, a scenic mountain community known for being one of the few places in the world where residents still speak the ancient Middle Eastern language of Aramaic. The village is on a UNESCO list of tentative world heritage sites.
The rebel advance into the area this week was spearheaded by Jabhat al-Nusra, or the Nusra Front, exacerbating fears among Syrians and religious minorities about the role played by Islamic extremists within the rebel ranks.
It was not immediately clear why the army couldn't sufficiently reinforce its troops to prevent the rebel advance in the area some 45 kilometers (25 miles) from Damascus. Some activists say that Assad's forces are stretched thin, fighting in other areas in the north and south of the country.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdul-Rahman, said Jabhat al-Nusra backed by another group, the Qalamon Liberation Front, moved into the village after heavy clashes with the army late Saturday. He said around 1,500 rebels are inside the town.
"The army pulled back to the outskirts of the village and both (rebel groups) are in total control of Maaloula now," Abdul-Rahman said.
A Maaloula resident said the rebels, many of them sporting beards and shouting God is great, attacked Christian homes and churches shortly after moving into the village overnight.
"They shot and killed people. I heard gunshots and then I saw three bodies lying in the middle of a street in the old quarters of the village," said the resident, reached by telephone from neighboring Jordan. "So many people fled the village for safety."
Submitted by: BEAST420 @ 06:57 AM | Thursday, August 29, 2013 | (url: https://forums.st...)
Today we announced a reduction in our workforce at SOE. As a company, our goal is to focus on our core expertise of MMO games and as part of these efforts, we had to make the difficult decision to eliminate positions to help reduce costs, streamline our employee base and strategically align resources towards our current portfolio of games and upcoming slate of MMOs, including EverQuest Next Landmark and EverQuest Next. We deeply value our employees and are grateful for all theyve contributed to our company and games. They will be missed by colleagues and friends, and we wish them well in the future.
Out of respect for our employees, we request that you do not discuss personnel matters on our forums. Thank you for your understanding.
Submitted by: ZooL @ 08:25 PM | Sunday, August 25, 2013 | (url: http://news.msn.c...)
Colin Powell calls Zimmerman verdict 'questionable'
The first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and first black secretary of state was speaking Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation."
WASHINGTON Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says the jury verdict that freed George Zimmerman, the killer of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, was "questionable." But he isn't sure it will have staying power in the public consciousness.
Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," Powell said cases such as Martin's "blaze across the midnight sky" and are forgotten.
The first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and first black secretary of state, Powell says the United States has come a long way toward racial equality 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Powell recalled being refused service when trying to buy a hamburger before the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Minorities have many more opportunities today, but Powell says King would still demand work on education, housing and economic opportunities.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 10:30 AM | Sunday, August 25, 2013 | (url: http://www.ft.com...)
Key architects of the internet have started to fight back against US and UK snooping programmes by drawing up an ambitious plan to defend traffic over the world wide web against mass surveillance.
The Internet Engineering Task Force, a body that develops internet standards, has proposed a system in which all communication between websites and browsers would be shielded by encryption.
But at its conference in Berlin this month, IETF members reached nearly unanimous consensus on the need to build encryption into the heart of the web, said Mark Nottingham, a developer who chairs the IETF working group on HTTP, a data access protocol that underpins the web. There are a lot of people who want this to happen, he said.
Mr Nottingham cautioned that it was very early days and said the proposal would need to undergo extensive discussion within the broad web community before it could be implemented. Exactly how the plan would work has yet to be decided.
But at present the idea is to mandate the use of Transport Layer Security (TLS), a cryptographic protocol, in the next version of HTTP, which is planned for 2014.
It would then be up to companies behind web browsers and web servers to put the new standards into practice.
Google and Twitter are among several big companies that have long called for more encryption of web traffic. Chrome, Googles popular web browser, already allows people to encrypt their activity when browsing any of the companys websites.
However, security experts said that while TLS encryption would make surveillance more difficult, it was far from foolproof.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 01:26 AM | Saturday, August 24, 2013 | (url: http://slumberwis...)
Although history shows that two sleeping was common, and science indicates that it is (in some conditions) natural, there is no indication that it is better. Two sleeps may leave you feeling more rested, but this could simply be because you are intentionally giving yourself more time to rest, relax, and sleep. Giving the same respect to the single, eight-hour sleep should be just as effective.
since we know you nerds wont do that:
An English doctor wrote, for example, that the ideal time for study and contemplation was between first sleep and second sleep. Chaucer tells of a character in the Canterbury Tales that goes to bed following her firste sleep. And, explaining the reason why working class conceived more children, a doctor from the 1500s reported that they typically had sex after their first sleep.
Ekirchs book At Days Close: Night in Times Past is replete with such examples.
But just what did people do with these extra twilight hours? Pretty much what you might expect.
Most stayed in their beds and bedrooms, sometimes reading, and often they would use the time to pray. Religious manuals included special prayers to be said in the mid-sleep hours.
Others might smoke, talk with co-sleepers, or have sex. Some were more active and would leave to visit with neighbours.
As we know, this practice eventually died out. Ekirch attributes the change to the advent of street lighting and eventually electric indoor light, as well as the popularity of coffee houses. Author Craig Koslofsky offers a further theory in his book Evenings Empire. With the rise of more street lighting, night stopped being the domain of criminals and sub-classes and became a time for work or socializing. Two sleeps were eventually considered a wasteful way to spend these hours.
sounds good man
Submitted by: Goshin @ 04:50 PM | Thursday, August 15, 2013 | (url: http://well.blogs...)
Many children are given a diagnosis of A.D.H.D., researchers say, when in fact they have another problem: a sleep disorder, like sleep apnea. The confusion may account for a significant number of A.D.H.D. cases in children, and the drugs used to treat them may only be exacerbating the problem.
The symptoms of sleep deprivation in children resemble those of A.D.H.D. While adults experience sleep deprivation as drowsiness and sluggishness, sleepless children often become wired, moody and obstinate; they may have trouble focusing, sitting still and getting along with peers.
Her research builds on earlier, smaller studies showing that children with nighttime breathing problems did better with cognitive and attention-directed tasks and had fewer behavioral issues after their adenoids and tonsils were removed. The children were significantly less likely than untreated children with sleep-disordered breathing to be given an A.D.H.D. diagnosis in the ensuing months and years.
Most important, perhaps, those already found to have A.D.H.D. before surgery subsequently behaved so much better in many cases that they no longer fit the criteria. The National Institutes of Health has begun a study, called the Childhood Adenotonsillectomy Study, to understand the effect of surgically removing adenoids and tonsils on the health and behavior of 400 children. Results are expected this year.
Not only is a misdiagnosis stigmatizing, but treatment of A.D.H.D. can exacerbate sleeplessness, the real problem. The drugs used to treat A.D.H.D., like Ritalin, Adderall or Concerta, can cause insomnia.
Sleep deprivation is difficult to spot in children. Of the 10,000 members of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, only 500 have specialty training in pediatric sleep issues
i know i didnt sleep soundly a lot of the time as a kid
and i rarely wake up gasping for breath even now (few times a year)
interesting stuff though
tonsils, for or against them?
Submitted by: Goshin @ 10:35 PM | Wednesday, August 14, 2013 | (url: http://www.npr.or...)
Egypt has declared a month-long state of emergency after scores of people were killed when security forces stormed two protest camps in Cairo.
Thousands of supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood had staged the sit-ins.
Police have arrested key Brotherhood members and taken control of the camps. The government says 149 people were killed in the operation.
The US condemned the emergency law and appealed for calm.
Violence erupted in Cairo as security forces stormed the Muslim Brotherhood supporters' camps
The Muslim Brotherhood says more than 2,000 people died in Wednesday's violence.
The state of emergency is scheduled to last for a month, and imposes a curfew in Cairo and several other provinces between 19:00 local time (17:00 GMT) and 06:00.
The measure was taken because the "security and order of the nation face danger due to deliberate sabotage, and attacks on public and private buildings and the loss of life by extremist groups," the presidency said in a statement.
Vice-President Mohammed ElBaradei has announced his resignation from the interim government in the wake of the violence.
"I cannot continue in shouldering the responsibility for decisions I do not agree with and I fear their consequences. I cannot shoulder the responsibility for a single drop of blood," he said in a statement.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 10:23 AM | Wednesday, August 14, 2013 | (url: http://www.washin...)
The new communication technique, which the researchers call ambient backscatter, takes advantage of the TV and cellular transmissions that already surround us around the clock. Two devices communicate with each other by reflecting the existing signals to exchange information. The researchers built small, battery-free devices with antennas that can detect, harness and reflect a TV signal, which then is picked up by other similar devices.
The technology could enable a network of devices and sensors to communicate with no power source or human attention needed.
Smart sensors could be built and placed permanently inside nearly any structure, then set to communicate with each other. For example, sensors placed in a bridge could monitor the health of the concrete and steel, then send an alert if one of the sensors picks up a hairline crack. The technology can also be used for communication text messages and emails, for example in wearable devices, without requiring battery consumption.
Its also feasible to build this technology into devices that do rely on batteries, such as smartphones. It could be configured so that when the battery dies, the phone could still send text messages by leveraging power from an ambient TV signal.
The applications are endless, the researchers say, and they plan to continue advancing the capacity and range of the ambient backscatter communication network.
i cant wait for a battery breakthrough though this is a pretty cool side step.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 12:19 PM | Tuesday, August 13, 2013 | (url: http://www.ft.com...)
Low-level, non-violent drug offenders will no longer face tough mandatory sentences under new guidelines proposed on Monday by attorney-general Eric Holder in a bid to reduce prison overcrowding.
Mr Holder also announced new measures to encourage earlier release of elderly prisoners in federal jails and will encourage federal prosecutors to avoid prosecuting certain cases in federal courts.
Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long and for no good law enforcement reason, Mr Holder said in a speech in San Francisco. We cannot simply prosecute or incarcerate our way to becoming a safer nation.
The proposals are designed both to address the chronic overcrowding in many of the countrys federal prisons and also to rein in the use of mandatory minimum sentences, which have become one of the most politically controversial aspects of Washingtons decades-long war on drugs. Around half of the nearly 200,000 people in federal jails have been convicted of drug-related offences.
They also come at a time when Congress is looking to address the mandatory minimum sentences which had been popular when introduced in the 1980s and 1990s but which now have opponents in both parties. The drop in violent crime and pressure on budgets have dented the fear of some politicians of being accused of being soft on crime.
In his speech to the American Bar Association, Mr Holder said that inflexible sentences, regardless of the actual facts of the case, reduce the discretion available both to prosecutors and judges. They breed disrespect for the system. When applied indiscriminately, they do not serve public safety, he was to say.
He will instruct federal prosecutors that in the cases of non-violent drug offenders with no ties to gangs or organised crime, they should be charged with offences better suited to their individual conduct, rather than excessive prison terms more appropriate for violent criminals or drug kingpins.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 05:55 PM | Monday, August 12, 2013 | (url: http://www.psycho...)
apparently all those reds and greens and such colored toys are no good for doggies
In other words, dogs see the colors of the world as basically yellow, blue and gray. They see the colors green, yellow and orange as yellowish, and they see violet and blue as blue. Blue-green is seen as a gray. You can see what the spectrum looks like to people and dogs below.
This means that that bright red dog toy that is so visible to you may often be difficult for your dog to see. That means that when your own pet version of Lassie runs right past the toy that you tossed she may not be stubborn or stupid. It may be your fault for choosing a toy with a color that is hard to discriminate from the green grass of your lawn.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 03:58 PM | Friday, August 9, 2013 | (url: http://fortydayso...)
this is a pretty awesome blog
Two friends agree to see each other for 40 days, and write about each day from their own perspectives
they've released up through day 30 and it's fascinating how someone tries to come off, and how they are interpreted.
I recommend reading the whole thing bottom to top, was a lot of fun
Submitted by: Goshin @ 04:17 PM | Thursday, August 8, 2013 | (url: http://www.vice.c...)
This guy had crowd funded his company, now has a million in sales. Smoothie that replaces food. He has been using it for 7 months to replace 90% of his meals, and runs daily.
Hopes this allows the world to overcome starvation and the strain we put on the earth to try and feed everyone. Tastes better, texture is better, and looks better than the initial prototype he was eating for the crowd funding.
What do you think of the nutrition world in general?
People are inundated with terrible, conflicting advice. Nutrition is unfortunately a field where everyone thinks they're an expert. I am not, and I don't need to be. My goal is to provide the nutritional recommendations already developed by the IOM, WHO, and our board of nutritionists as efficiently and effectively as possible. That is an engineering problem.
Sounds pretty wild. What's next for the smoothie that Gawker said "looks just like semen"?
I see Soylent as a ubiquitous, practical, day-to-day meal that provides most of our nutrition. However, I also see people engineering new recreational foods and making novel foods more beautiful and flavorful than anything we get from nature, thus reducing the burden we place on the environment. I see a difference between "eating" and "dining," and both will be improved with science.
I've always said i'd like to take pills rather than make breakfast and lunch
looks like i can just drink a smoothie, neat :D
Submitted by: Goshin @ 02:06 PM | Thursday, August 8, 2013 | (url: http://www.cnn.co...)
Long before I began this project, I had steadily reviewed the scientific literature on medical marijuana from the United States and thought it was fairly unimpressive. Reading these papers five years ago, it was hard to make a case for medicinal marijuana. I even wrote about this in a TIME magazine article, back in 2009, titled "Why I would Vote No on Pot."
Well, I am here to apologize.
I apologize because I didn't look hard enough, until now. I didn't look far enough. I didn't review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.
Instead, I lumped them with the high-visibility malingerers, just looking to get high. I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance because of sound scientific proof.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 02:40 PM | Saturday, July 27, 2013 | (url: http://www.examin...)
if you havent heard of this place yet, try it out
you can get prescription glasses for 8 freakin bux (plus 5 dollar shipping)
go to the eye doc, get your prescription, ask them to write your PD (pupil distance) on the paper, and go here
takes 7-14 days for shipping but hell, you can buy like a bunch
highest pricing looks to be around 50
comes with anti scratch coating and you can add all sorts of other shit too
real cool bros
Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 08:40 AM | Friday, July 26, 2013 | (url: http://www.joysti...)
"Activision Blizzard has reached a deal to buy itself back from Vivendi for over $8 billion. After the split, Activision Blizzard will be an independent company again, with a majority of its shares owned by the public. Bobby Kotick will remain CEO, with Brian Kelly as Chairman. Financially troubled French conglomerate Vivendi is out...well, not totally out, it still retains 83 million shares or about 12 percent of the company."
VUG ruined Tribes.