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  1. phyrex1an

    How about removing Null-Pointers from programming languages?

    https://code.google.com/p/guava-libraries/wiki/UsingAndAvoidingNullExplained
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    Sci/Tech Fossil Older Than Oxygen on Earth Found in Australia

    Carbon dating is not used (rather, can't be used) for dating stuff older than a hundred thousand years. I can't say what method was used here, but it's probably not measured using material from the actual fossil but from checking the age of the geological strata it was found in.
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    General NPR: The Ugly Truth About Food Waste in America

    The alternative is to not produce the food in the first place. It's not like they are suggesting that americans should eat more food...
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    Crime A Greek hacker stole the personal data of nearly the entire Greece's population.

    Talk about blog spam... Here is the news article which actually contains some information: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1290410--man-arrested-in-athens-over-id-theft-of-most-of-greek-population
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    Sci/Tech International study suggests a massive black hole exists in the Sword of Orion

    Can you mention any other definition of the size of a black hole that makes sense?
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    Sci/Tech Insanely fast star puts Einstein’s theory to the test

    It's not about how close the stars are, nor about how fast they travel. It's how long it takes for them to complete a full orbit that's interesting. You need to observe several (or at least one and a half) full orbits before you can measure the precession. Btw, our sun completes a full orbit in...
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    Sci/Tech Google's self-guided car could drive the next wave of unemployment

    The google cars have 360 degree vision. Unlike a human, they don't have a blind spot. Also, for a computer the driving speed doesn't matter at all. If it can see a human while driving 10km/h it can see a motor bike while driving at 110km/h.
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    Crime A gunman killed one person following the election of a separatist government in Quebec

    They are perfectly happy with the government except that they speak the wrong language and have the wrong interpretation of some book most of them probably haven't read. Thinking about it, that probably isn't the real reason. There probably is a real reason hidden somewhere but it's much easier...
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    World China: The Yangtze River is More Beautiful Than Ever

    Your source says that 97% percent of all rare-earth metals are mined in the Gobi desert. Hatebreeder still has a valid hypothesis though.
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    Javascript loop question

    Doesn't hang for me, however there is indeed an error. The problem with the loop is that you never declare the variable index in the scope of the function so it will be a global variable (undeclared variables are global variables in javascript). Since you do the same mistake in several places...
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    Sci/Tech iCloud hacked: The Dangerous Side Of Apple's iCloud

    But it wasn't compromised because it was weak, which is what you claimed. If you read my post carefully you'll also find that I never said it was you who claimed that a brute force attack was used, nor did I claim that anything else than social engineering was going on. Just to be clear about...
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    Sci/Tech iCloud hacked: The Dangerous Side Of Apple's iCloud

    You're wrong and the article is dated. The victim guessed that his password was brute forced, but this turned out to not be the case. Simplified, the attacker called customer service and asked for access to an account that wasn't his and customer service gave him access. The more complex story...
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    Report Harvard Study Finds Fluoride Lowers IQ - Published in Federal Gov't Journal

    https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Biological_half_life
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    Report Harvard Study Finds Fluoride Lowers IQ - Published in Federal Gov't Journal

    In the interest of staying factual: The article is about effects on intelligence. The dose required for minimal measurable effect is likely a lot lower than LD50.
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    Sci/Tech A Parasite Carried By Cats Could Increase Human Suicide Risk

    Something like that, yeah. The paper doesn't tell. This parasite is typically not treated, something like 30% of the US population (this study was in Denmark, I have no idea what the numbers are for them) has it without any obvious adverse effects. As with everything else, it's a trade off...
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    Sci/Tech A Parasite Carried By Cats Could Increase Human Suicide Risk

    They took blood samples from women that where at a hospital to give birth.
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    Sci/Tech A Parasite Carried By Cats Could Increase Human Suicide Risk

    The common way to do studies like this is to take everyone in, perform some test (check for parasite) then wait X years and see what happened. It's entierly possible that the people involved in the study only meet with the researchers once 30 years ago and then only to take blood samples...
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    Gaming Blizzard facing Legal Indictments from France & Germany

    You're missing the point. Blizzard aren't getting sued because you can't play without Internet, they are getting sued because you can't play at all. Customer protection in the EU is pretty straight forward: Customer: "I bought X because I wanted Y" Did you get Y when you bought X? Yes => Good...
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    General More Americans Continue to Accept Creationism Than Evolution

    I don't think "X makes sense" is a good measure of the correctness of X. If science has taught us anything its that human intuition about the world corresponds very badly with how the world actually is.
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