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+ - Koch Brothers' backed group says US constitution is a Marxists agenda->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Koch Brothers' backed American Commitment Group is sending out emails to people saying that the US constitution is a Communist and Marxist agenda and it was the first step in the fight to destroy American Capitalism altogether. In an email received by one of our journalists, American Commitment president Phil Kerpen suggests that protecting people's rights was the "first step in the fight to destroy American capitalism altogether" and says that the federal government has been plotting a "federal Internet takeover," since the birth of this country by the so-called Bill of Rights and Amendments. These moves "sound more like a story coming out of China or Russia.""
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+ - Star Within a Star: Thorne-Zytkow Object Discovered->

Submitted by astroengine
astroengine (1577233) writes "A weird type of ‘hybrid’ star has been discovered nearly 40 years since it was first theorized — but until now has been curiously difficult to find. In 1975, renowned astrophysicists Kip Thorne, of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, Calif., and Anna Zytkow, of the University of Cambridge, UK, assembled a theory on how a large dying star could swallow its neutron star binary partner, thus becoming a very rare type of stellar hybrid, nicknamed a Thorne-Zytkow object (or TZO). The neutron star — a dense husk of degenerate matter that was once a massive star long since gone supernova — would spiral into the red supergiant’s core, interrupting normal fusion processes. According to the Thorne-Zytkow theory, after the two objects have merged, an excess of the elements rubidium, lithium and molybdenum will be generated by the hybrid. So astronomers have been on the lookout for stars in our galaxy, which is thought to contain only a few dozen of these objects at any one time, with this specific chemical signature in their atmospheres. Now, according to Emily Levesque of the University of Colorado Boulder and her team, a bona fide TZO has been discovered and their findings have been accepted for publication in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Letters."
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Comment: Re:How many? (Score 1) 342

by CapeDoryBob (#46827989) Attached to: Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

Broadcasting was based on the inability of radio or tv to be individually addressable at the time the physical implementation was worked out. Advertising was therefore used to finance the broadcasters, who sold their audiences to their advertisers. I wonder if the broadcasters are shooting themselves in the foot by denying themselves Aereo's audience. Maybe they could work out a deal where Aereo gives them data on Aereo's users for each broadcast. Then they will have something to sell their advertisers. It might be handy, for example, to view a Miami station's news before I begin my Florida vacation, on my HDTV instead of my smaller monitor.

But why should the public interest or convenience mean anything , when there are monopoly rents to collect?

+ - Microsoft will give you $100 to buy a new PC->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "If you're still using Windows XP, you just won $100 from Microsoft.

Those who are eligible for the promotion can redeem the credit at Microsoft's online store or their retail shops — and the fact that you still use the 13-year old Windows XP is subject to verification by Microsoft. The offer is good for PCs ranging in price from $599 and $2,299 and will run until June 15.

The promotion is part of Microsoft's plan to get the last remaining Windows XP users off the operating system before the April 8 end of life date. After April 8, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates to address viruses and exploits to the operating system."

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+ - Microsoft Ships Surface Pro 2 Tablets with Wrong, Slower Processor

Submitted by SmartAboutThings
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 2 tablet in October 2013 with several hardware upgrades, like the new 1.6GHz Core i5-4200U processor specifically optimized for longer battery life and increased performance. Three months later, Microsoft decided to upgrade the CPU with a 1.9GHz Core i5-4300U unit that would be capable of taking these improvements even further. Albeit Redmond has kept a low profile for the somewhat significant improvement, tech savvy buyers were aware of the change. Now, according to some new reports, it seems that the company is still shipping the old models to buyers, despite the fact that Microsoft has promised to deliver only upgraded models featuring the new CPU. The new processor is said to come with 20% higher clock speed and 15% to 20% better overclocked clock speed."

+ - DEA PowerPoint shows how agency hides investigative methods from trial review->

Submitted by v3rgEz
v3rgEz (125380) writes "CJ Ciaramella stumbled upon some recently interesting documents with a recent FOIA request: The DEA's training materials regarding parallel construction, the practice of reverse engineering the evidence chain to keep how the government actually knows something happened away from prosecutors, the defense, and the public.

  “Americans don’t like it," the materials note, when the government relies heavily on classified sources, so agents are encouraged to find ways to get the same information through tactics like "routine" traffic stops that coincidentally find the information agents are after.

Public blowback, along with greater criminal awareness, are cited among the reasons for keeping the actual methodologies beyond the reach of even the prosecutors working with the DEA on the cases."

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Comment: Re:How about Ceramic Engines ? (Score 1) 368

by CapeDoryBob (#45887315) Attached to: Australian Team Working On Engines Without Piston Rings

I'm not an engineer.... but.....

Ceramics have much higher melting temperatures than metals. This could lead to an engine with a much higher operating temp and therefore higher thermal efficiency., i.e. much better mileage.

What I'd like to see is someone build an engine with all the bells and whistles: Ceramic block, ringless pistons, high temp coolant ( no water )..and lubricant.

What would the mileage be? And could it be manufactured in the millions?

Comment: Snowden vs Pollard? (Score 1) 354

by CapeDoryBob (#45847863) Attached to: The New York Times Pushes For Clemency For Snowden

If Jonathan Pollard was right, does that make Snowden right?

If Pollard was wrong, isn't Snowden wrong too?

Does Snowden's "service to humanity" compare to Pollard's "service to Israeli intelligence"?

Now, Pollard was an officer in the US military. Snowden was a mere "contractor" for the NSA. What were their obligations?

I'd like to see a debate on these questions.

+ - 'Spooky action' builds a wormhole between 'entangled' quantum particles->

Submitted by vinces99
vinces99 (2792707) writes "Quantum entanglement, a perplexing phenomenon of quantum mechanics that Albert Einstein once referred to as “spooky action at a distance,” could be even spookier than Einstein perceived. Now, some physicists believe the phenomenon might be intrinsically linked with wormholes, hypothetical features of space-time that in popular science fiction can provide a much-faster-than-light shortcut from one part of the universe to another. But here’s the catch: One couldn’t actually travel, or even communicate, through these wormholes, said Andreas Karch, a University of Washington physics professor who is co-author of a paper on the research in Physical Review Letters. Quantum entanglement occurs when a pair or a group of particles interact in ways that dictate that each particle’s behavior is relative to the behavior of the others. In a pair of entangled particles, if one particle is observed to have a specific spin, for example, the other particle observed at the same time will have the opposite spin. The “spooky” part is that, as previous research has confirmed, the relationship holds true no matter how far apart the particles are – across the room or across several galaxies. If the behavior of one particle changes, the behavior of both entangled particles changes simultaneously, no matter how far away they are. Recent findings indicate that the characteristics of a wormhole are the same as if two black holes were entangled, then pulled apart. Even if the black holes were on opposite sides of the universe, the wormhole would connect them."
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