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Comment: Re: Not in visable uses... (Score 2) 79

by Dragon Bait (#47578225) Attached to: HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

Given that VMS has already gone VAX -> Alpha -> Itanium, supporting two out of three for most if the times, I bet the codebase is fairly clean, actually. In fact, if I recall correctly, HP had an aborted port to AMD64 bootable at one point, although I can't find a reference at the moment.

Grant it, it has been years and I've probably recycled those brain cells a long time ago -- but at one point I believe that the types of interrupts available to X86 CPUs was an issue for porting VMS to x86.

+ - Rocket Scientist Designs 'Flare' Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Oxford University engineering professor Dr Thomas Povey just invented a new cooking pot that heats food 40% faster. The pot is made from cast aluminum, and it features fins that direct flames across the bottom and up the sides, capturing energy that would otherwise be wasted. The pot is set to hit the market next month in the UK."
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+ - Highly respected engingeering school graduates more women than men 3

Submitted by kevmeister
kevmeister (979231) writes "Harvey Mudd College, a highly regarded engineering school in Claremont, California, announced that 56% of the latest graduating engineering class was female.

The article makes it clear that Harvey Mudd did put substantial effort into increasing female participation in STEM majors and that the overall graduating class or 2014 was almost half women.

Looks like (with effort) it is possible to get women interested in STEM."

Comment: Re:Simple economics. (Score 1) 80

it has been a regulated industry

Industry regulation does not constitute a non-free market, just as industry deregulation does not constitute a free market.

Um, we're talking the telecommunications industry here -- where a free market does not exist. You cannot go into the cable business without the local and/or state (depending on the area) giving its blessing -- and they won't. The local/state governments have create monopolies. This is not a free market.

The same holds for the telephone industry. The norm is that a single company is granted a government monopoly in an area. There is no competition for land lines in a locale.

Don't get me wrong. You only want one company stringing phone lines throughout a community. You only want one company stringing cable coax throughout a community. But please, let's not pretend that these government created monopolies have anything to do with the free market.

Comment: Re:Simple economics. (Score 4, Insightful) 80

Free market capitalism is very beneficial to the consumers...when there is open competition. .

When did the free market have anything to do with the telecommunications industry? At least in the United States, it has been a regulated industry for as long as anyone alive can remember. I really wonder why we've let companies with a government created monopoly in one area (local cable monopolies) leverage that monopoly to improve their business position in another area (content creation).

Comment: Re:Yea, I'm sure he gives a rat's ass. (Score 4, Interesting) 304

No country is on that list. They USA will never and has never extradited a person to another country.

Good thing you're an Anonymous Coward, because you're not even close to reality. According to US Embassy based in London:

During the same time period, the UK submitted 54 extradition REQUESTS to the US, of which none have been refused. Of those 54 requests, 38 resulted in extradition of an individual from the U.S. to the UK. In the remaining 16 cases, the individuals either returned to the UK on their own or other circumstances made extradition from the U.S. to the UK no longer necessary.

+ - Wikipedia Medical Articles Found to Have High Error Rate

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "A group of researchers publishing in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that 90% of the articles they sampled contained errors regarding common medical conditions. Unsurprisingly, they recommend your General Practitioner as a more reliable source, while noting, '... 47% to 70% of physicians and medical students admitting to using it [Wikipedia] as a reference.'

At issue in the study is the small sample size used in the study, 10 medical conditions, and ongoing efforts to improve the quality of Wikipedia's articles, according to a Wikipedia spokesman, '... especially in relation to health and medicine.'

The BBC has more approachable coverage, here."

+ - Astronomer discovers nearby brown dwarf literally as cold as ice

Submitted by The Bad Astronomer
The Bad Astronomer (563217) writes "Using data from the orbiting WISE and Spitzer infrared space telescopes, an astronomer has discovered a brown dwarf that is just 7.2 light years away, making it the seventh closest known interstellar object to the Sun. Not only that, it's cold ; its temperature is likely 240-260 Kelvin, well below the freezing point of water. It's literally as cold as ice."

+ - The Discovery of Habitable Exoplanets Is Bad News for Humanity's Future 1

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Andrew Snyder-Beattie writes that scientists recently announced the discovery of Kepler-186f, the first planet almost exactly the same size as Earth orbiting in the “habitable zone” – the distance from a star in which we might expect liquid water, and perhaps life. What they didn't announce is that this discovery also slightly increases the possibility of near-term human extinction. First consider the Fermi Paradox: Why have we not found aliens, despite the existence of hundreds of billions of solar systems in our galactic neighborhood in which life might evolve? One explanation is "the Great Filter" which can be thought of as a probability barrier that consists of one or more evolutionary transitions or steps that must be traversed at great odds in order for an Earth-like planet to produce a civilization capable of exploring distant solar systems. The Great Filter must be sufficiently powerful that even with many billions of rolls of the dice, one ends up with nothing: no aliens, no spacecraft, no signals.

We know that the Great Filter prevents the emergence of prosperous interstellar civilizations, but we don’t know whether or not it lies in humanity’s past or awaits us in the future. While emergence of intelligent life could be rare, the silence could also be the result of intelligent life emerging frequently but subsequently failing to survive for long. "For 200,000 years humanity has survived supervolcanoes, asteroid impacts, and naturally occurring pandemics," writes Snyder-Beattie. "But our track record of survival is limited to just a few decades in the presence of nuclear weaponry. And we have no track record at all of surviving many of the radically novel technologies that are likely to arrive this century." Therefor each new discovery of an Earth-like planet in the habitable zone, such as Kepler-186f, makes it less plausible that there are simply no planets aside from Earth that might support life making it more likely that the Great Filter is lurking in our future between habitable planet and a flourishing civilization."

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?