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    'Gatorade' could save kids from diarrhea death

    Diarrhea is actually an extremely serious disease in the third world. It kills more children annually than most other diseases. The problem is that water sources are contaminated with protozoans, and diarrhea from the protozoans causes severe dehydration. The children with the disease can't...
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    America proves itself to belong to the 3rd World. Again.

    Not in the USA. Civil suits can be brought against you for libel or slander, but they will almost always be rejected unless the person bringing up the suit proves that the words are untrue and harmful.
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    Stephen Hawking hates the Combines

    Its extremely naive (and arrogant) to assume that aliens would have any desire to visit this tiny, backwater planet for any reason. Why would they even want to be here? Resources? Nope. There are far more resources in abundance in the universe than on our planet. Water abides in huge...
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    America proves itself to belong to the 3rd World. Again.

    This is absolutely the right ruling. Thank you Supreme Court for upholding the constitution.
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    The Holy Grail of Graphics Processing

    Yep, you could simply cache every point and then apply a scalar offset to each of them. Modern graphics cards are very good at this.
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    The Holy Grail of Graphics Processing

    what an utter load of bullshit. Call me back when they explain and demonstrate their product in a SIGGRAPH paper.
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    Post a screenshot!

    making it right now. It's called Moonwalk, and is essentially Mario Galaxy in 2D.
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    Post a screenshot!

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    Frozen Synapse

    I like the idea, but not really the implementation. The art style is not to my taste.
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    the Pliers Invasion has begun!

    It's possible somebody set down the pliers right on top of the camera before the picture was taken. That's my best guess. It's either an intentional joke by Google, an accident, or somebody else was pulling a prank.
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    American Civil war in 25 years

    Exactly. Not to mention there is no guarantee that individual commanders or units in the American military would remain loyal to the federal government, rather than their home states or region in such a scenario.
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    Sam Harris: Science can Answer Moral Questions

    "Setting your goal at maximising well-being" IS a code of ethics, and a very poor one at that! Here's why: The first problem is, you must define "well-being." What exactly is this elusive "well-being?" Is it happiness? Pleasure? Freedom? Some combination of these? Well-being for whom...
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    Sam Harris: Science can Answer Moral Questions

    Philosophy works with the facts of science to help us make moral choices on global warming. A scientist cannot make any claim about the moral choices involved with global warming unless he is also doing philosophy, or assuming a philosophical claim. EDIT: Oh, and philosophy could answer the...
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    Sam Harris: Science can Answer Moral Questions

    Continuing on: He assumes utilitarianism without justifying it. He defines a "moral landscape" as a mountainous region corresponding to well-being. This is a classic utilitarian description.
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    Sam Harris: Science can Answer Moral Questions

    Watching the video: Sam Harris outlines the problem, that science is descriptive of facts, and that philosophy is prescriptive of values. He then goes on to assume that the "well being of conscious creatures" is a moral value science should strive for. Here, he is using a philosophical...
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    Sam Harris: Science can Answer Moral Questions

    Science fundamentally cannot answer moral questions. Science is descriptive. Morality is prescriptive. Science is based on what is, morality is a question of what ought to be. Only philosophy can be used to answer moral questions. Now, if a scientist assumes a philosophical position on...
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    Crazy new features for the next Photoshop..

    This is a legitimate video. Adobe has confirmed this feature for the next version of Photoshop. As for how its actually done, I didn't listen to the audio of the video, but based on how it looks like it works, I'd take a guess that it first fills the seam between itself and new content by...