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Published on Feb 23, 2016
[ Journeys in Japan ] Takachiho Dancing for the deities
Takachiho lies deep in the mountains of Miyazaki Prefecture, in Kyushu. It is believed to be the setting for Japan's creation myth. In winter, villagers perform sacred dances, known Yokagura, which have been passed down among the local community for more than 1,000 years. Both the performers and the audience immerse themselves in the world of myth and reaffirm the bonds that connect them. Thank for watching
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #14389 on: Mar 11th, 2016, 06:25am »
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New York Post
Ex-Putin aide found dead in DC was killed by blunt-force trauma
By Joe Tacopino 11 March 2016
The former Vladimir Putin aide found dead in a Washington, DC, hotel room last November was killed by blunt-force trauma to the body, it was revealed Thursday.
The body of Mikhail Lesin, who once served as a Kremlin mouthpiece, showed signs of trauma to the arms, legs, neck and torso in the Doyle Dupont Circle Hotel.
A New York Times report said the trauma came from a fight that occurred before Lesin returned to his hotel room.
At the time of his death, Russian media cited relatives who claimed Lesin died of a heart attack.
Thursday’s announcement from the DC Medical Examiner’s Office appeared to dispute that assertion.
The manner of death remained undetermined, the ME’s Office said.
Police have refused to rule Lesin’s death a criminal act but said an investigation will continue.
The medical examiner did not explain why the announcement came nearly four months after Lesin’s death.
The former media adviser to Putin who helped found the English-language news service Russia Today had immigrated to the United States, where he reportedly purchased $30 million of luxury real estate in California.
Citing Russian media, the Times said Lesin had a falling out with Yuri V. Kovalchuk, a major shareholder of Russia state-owned Gazprom Media. Kovalchuk is considered a close business ally and friend of Putin.
Lesin had been under scrutiny by the FBI and the Justice Department for potential money laundering.
The above map is what the world would look like to scale, based on the number of websites that use each country's domain code, like the UK's '.uk'.
The map, created by Nominet, raises a few questions, the first of which is "What is that huge '.tk' island?".
It's Tokelau, an island with a population of just 1,400.
The reason there are so many .tk websites is because it's free - a Dutch company called Freenom has been providing the domain names since 2000 and gives the advertising money back to the people of Tokelau.
There are 31 million registrations under Tokelau, and a sixth of the country's GDP comes from .tk domains, according to some reports.
The second question, then, probably is "Why is the US so small?".
The reason is '.com', the favoured domain of websites in the US, which at around 123 million registrations is the world’s most common domain.
'.us' is the country-specific domain in the US, but due to its late public start (it launched in 1985, but was only used by governments and schools until 2002), it became less desirable than .com.
Relatively popular is the '.uk' domain, which is the world’s fourth largest country-code domain. A new '.uk' site is registered every 20 seconds, and there are currently 10.6 million of them.
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Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #14395 on: Mar 13th, 2016, 07:45am »
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Sydney Morning Herald
World Science Festival: Robot dilemmas and driverless cars that could kill you
Date March 13, 2016 - 10:45PM
There are four people in a trolley inside a mine hurtling towards a wall. They will all die when they hit the wall.
You can either do nothing and let them die or you can flick a switch and make trolley change course and save the four people, but kill an innocent person standing on the new track.
"The key problem is that we actually have an urgent need for these systems to be able to make sound decisions."
What would you do, and which outcome is more morally right?
These are the kinds of moral dilemmas that philosophers have looked at for a long time and was asked of the audience at The Moral Math of Robots signature event on the World Science Festival's final day on Sunday.
Tufts University School of Engineering's Computer Science Department Matthias Scheutz said he has applied this trolley dilemma to groups of people and found there was a differing of opinions, depending whether a human or robot was at the switch.
"If a robot is at the switch, people find it more morally wrong for the robot to not do anything than to act, but when it is a human on the switch it is the opposite," he said.