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Submission + - Scientists identify possible new substance with highest melting point

JoshuaZ writes: "Researchers from Brown University have tentatively identified an alloy of hafnium, nitrogen and carbon as having an expected melting point of about 7,460 degrees Fahrenheit (4120 Celsius). This exceeds the previous record breaker tantalum hafnium carbide which melts at 7,128 F (3942 C) and had stood as the record holder for almost a century. However, at this point, the record setter is still hypothetical, based on simulations. The new record has not yet been confirmed by experiment. is the actual article while is a lay summary. If the simulations turn out to be correct, the new alloy may be useful in parts like jet engines, and the door will be opened to using similar simulations to search for substances with even higher melting points or with other exotic properties.

Comment Free trade with non-free countries? (Score 5, Interesting) 96 96

I doubt, free trade with non-free countries is beneficial to humanity. Though one can argue, that it makes such non-free countries more free, it is not at all evident, that that's what happened to China, for example.

Meanwhile, the US is gradually losing freedoms as there appear more and more things we aren't allowed to do or even say, and the list of places requiring identification is growing.

Submission + - The Rise of Computer-Aided Explanation->

An anonymous reader writes: Imagine it’s the 1950s and you’re in charge of one of the world’s first electronic computers. A company approaches you and says: “We have 10 million words of French text that we’d like to translate into English. We could hire translators, but is there some way your computer could do the translation automatically?”

At this time, computers are still a novelty, and no one has ever done automated translation. But you decide to attempt it. You write a program that examines each sentence and tries to understand the grammatical structure. It looks for verbs, the nouns that go with the verbs, the adjectives modifying nouns, and so on. With the grammatical structure understood, your program converts the sentence structure into English and uses a French-English dictionary to translate individual words.

For several decades, most computer translation systems used ideas along these lines — long lists of rules expressing linguistic structure. But in the late 1980s, a team from IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., tried a radically different approach. They threw out almost everything we know about language — all the rules about verb tenses and noun placement — and instead created a statistical model.

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Comment Re:I am shocked! (Score 1) 98 98

the sort of moralists who read HotAir

Seriously? You are going to attack a message based on who delivered it? Well, my first link was from CNN, is that Ok with you? I then went searching for any report on what happened to them — is it my fault, that the CNN had no attention span enough to follow-up on the story?

Comment Re:I am shocked! (Score 1) 98 98

Well, considering the fact, that they worked for SEC — and were supposed to watch for and prevent or, at least, soften the impact of, financial disaster that occurred, their dereliction of duty did prove rather dangerous.

You are comparing two very different things.

Point is, the actions are both highly outrageous and unimaginable to anybody — their bosses and critics alike — until both happened...

Submission + - Ted Cruz is a 'Star Trek' fan and that is a good thing->

MarkWhittington writes: Just to prove that he is a multifaceted character, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas sat down for an interview for the New York Times Magazine and opened his mind, not on matters of high policy, but on comic books and science fiction. As a lad, he liked Spiderman and Han Solo. But it is in the realm of “Star Trek” that the presidential candidate may have created some controversy for himself. He very much prefers Captain James Kirk to Captain Jean-Luc Picard. There are Star Trek fans who will argue passionately for either Enterprise skipper. But then again, some Trek fans will fight over what angle Spock’s ears protrude from his temples.
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Comment Re:Not just video stream (Re:DIY - RaspberryPi) (Score 1) 133 133



Ok, I have $200 burning here to pay you such a device. Can you make it installable outside? Under a roof, but still subject to temperature-changes? No? Ok, I'll set it up inside.

May need more than 10 hours, but doable within a day or so.

Sure. Take a week. But, if it does not work by then, you pay me back $300. Deal?

Wireshark for WiFi Sniffing and logging

Oops... I'm afraid, you didn't quite get it. I don't want to listen peer with their transmitters. I just want to log their appearing. My own side should be as passive as possible — to conceal my own capabilities.

Comment I am shocked! (Score -1, Flamebait) 98 98

'I am troubled by the allegations that such dangerous and illicit activity went undetected at a federal research facility'

Seriously? After reports of government lawyers watching porn on their office computers, nothing really surprises me about Federal government. Especially given the nincompoop we've twice elected to run it.

Because even among the above mentioned work-place masturbators none got fired.

Comment Re:Privacy in my pants? (Score 1) 179 179

Every once in a while, a court rules in a way that seems like an attack on privacy, but in fact is just reiterating current standards of (non) privacy in certain weird conditions, because some plaintiff or defendant is trying to wildly re-construe privacy to include some bizarre condition they got caught up in.

If you butt-dial someone, the call is not private to the exclusion of the recipient the same way that if you accidentally email a sensitive document to the wrong person and then try to sue them for possessing the sensitive information.

Sometimes a court opinion makes sense. I had a boss who said "Don't act surprised when it works*," but that's hard to do with the modern legal system.

*He meant this in the context of customer demonstrations of our software, but the principle is broader than that.

A large number of installed systems work by fiat. That is, they work by being declared to work. -- Anatol Holt