Hugh Pickens writes: "For a creature with a brain hardly deserving of the name, the fly is a marvel of calculating ability. A team led by Michael Dickinson of the California Institute of Technology, have learned how the fly brain calculates the location of the looming swatter, formulates an escape plan and plants its legs in an optimal position to hop out of the way all within about 100 milliseconds of spotting the swatter. Using high-resolution, high-speed imaging of flies in action, the scientists report that the fly, with 360-degree field of view that can see behind itself, begins a series of postural adjustments approximately 200 ms before takeoff that determine the direction of the fly's escape. "When the fly makes planning movements prior to takeoff, it takes into account its body position at the time it first sees the threat," says Dickinson. "The fly somehow 'knows' whether it needs to make large or small postural changes to reach the correct preflight posture." The bottom line: the best way to swat a fly is "not to swat at the fly's starting position, but rather to aim a bit forward of that to anticipate where the fly is going to jump when it first sees your swatter.""
New10k writes: "Timothy Vernor, the guy suing Autodesk in federal court over the right to sell used copies of AutoCAD, now has a high-profile new member of his legal team. Michael Withey of Seattle has won a number of front-page lawsuits over the years, including the first successful personal injury lawsuit against former Phillipine dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Vernor is already represented by watchdog group Public Citizen, which heard of his case after Shashdot reported the initial lawsuit. It looks like Vernor now has a two-part legal team; one part wants settled case law regarding software licenses and private resale (Public Citizen), and one part wants a big settlement (Withey). The new legal team submitted a amended complaint in federal court yesterday, polishing up the original complaint written and filed by Vernor without benefit of an attorney." Link to Original Source
Ep0xi writes: What is the real penetration of the Unix market into the conventional 8086 market?
Does anyone who do not use Unix actually believe in root?
How will those 'users' get admin privileges if their system has no 'superuser' account?
Do we need a supercomputer (aka firesun) in our office?
When will a house be named as office to work in?.
Ep0xi writes: Is the Watt measure going obsolete when talking about same energy consumption in Joules, Newtons and Volt Ampere Watts?
I think so, because we are dealing with measures so small that any change inyected by a flaw in the universal Power Law could lead to billions of miscalculations.
Has anyone a research on how could we improve our universal laws, for more precise ones?
How the irregular verb is being 'drived' to extinction By DAVID DERBYSHIRE — More by this author Last updated at 01:25am on 11th October 2007
The process beginned hundreds of years ago and bringed a huge change in our use of the language.
Now researchers believe more of the irregular verbs that make English such a rich and varied experience are heading for extinction.
In future, 'stank' will evolve into 'stinked', 'drove' will become 'drived' and 'slew' will turn into 'slayed', a team of linguists and mathematicians say. And if the simplification becomes really serious, 'begun' could change to 'beginned', 'brought' to 'bringed' and 'fell' to 'falled'.
The prediction comes from the first study of its kind into how irregular verbs have evolved in literature over the last 1,200 years.
Around 97 per cent of verbs in English are regular. That means in the past tense they simply take an '-ed' ending — so 'talk' becomes 'talked', and 'jump' becomes 'jumped'.
Irregular verbs, however, do their own thing. Some like 'wed' stay the same in the past tense while others like 'begin' take a different ending to become 'begun'.
The study, carried out at Harvard University, found that irregular verbs are under intense pressure to change into regular verbs as language develops.
The team identified 177 irregular verbs used in Old English and tracked their use over the centuries from the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf to the latest Harry Potter novel.
By the 14th century, only 145 were still irregular and by modern times, just 98 remained.
The less commonly used they are, the more they are likely to change, the team reports today in the journal Nature. The scientists predict that 15 of the 98 irregular verbs in the study will have evolved into regular verbs within the next 500 years. Verbs that they say are very likely to change are: bade to bidded; shed — shedded; slew — slayed; slit — slitted; stung — stinged; wed — wedded.
Verbs that are less likely to change are: broke — breaked; bought — buyed; chose — choosed; drew — drawed; drunk — drinked; ate — eated.
Ep0xi writes: John Lydon: "You know, I've been a music fan all my life and nothing ever compares to vinyl. CDs have burnt us all out and MP3 is just unlistenable. You know tinbox radio. There is something good about owning a record."
I AGREE: Link to Original Source
Ep0xi writes: So you tell me that Vitamin C is good for photosyntesis, Nice.. in some near future we as human race will take Vietnam C# pills and we will mutate our genetic code to use our skin for photosyntesis of cathodic rays even in night or, maybe, we will be at least radiation resistant, as some plants are, so "we will prevail" to the levels of sun radiation that the earth will receive in a few years from now.
My previous tought was, "When will C# be ported to linux development" and "I want my C# console editor".
Another question of my interest is: "Which finance companies (Banks) still use Windows without any C Sharp? developments"
Another important issue in this country is: "You want software development? SHOW ME THE MONEY"
Ep0xi writes: Is C# as fast as C++ ? This is the technological question for the next century, among others like, "why C# has weightless code" or "Does C# improve any memory models?" or "Does C# has the same design bugs as C++?" Anyways, i think i am not the only one interested in learning C#. But i love my Java.
Ep0xi writes: Since i am another fugly republican, and we suck, i need to publish how do i think we should boost the software industry in order to recover the extention of the law, and its application to the copyrights industry.
# INCREASE THE NUMBER OF DAYS FOR "TRIAL LICENSES" FROM 30 DAYS, TO 45 DAYS OR TO 120 DAYS.
# EXTEND THE LICENSES TO "WORKPLACE" COPY RIGHTS
# LOWER THE PRICE OF THE MAYOR SOFTWARE LICENSES TO 1/3 FOR THE CASE OF SMALL ENTERPRISES AND NON GOVERMENT OFFICES INCLUDING UNIVERSITY STUDENTS.
# CREATE "FREE OF COST" LICENSES FOR RELIGIOUS BASED NON GOVERMENT ORGANIZATIONS AND UNIVERSITIES.
# WIPE THE PROSECUTION OF TECHNICIANS AS IF THEY WERE RELATED TO SOFTWARE PIRACY JUST BECAUSE THEY SUPPORT THE COMPUTER OF NON GOVERMENT ORGs.
# PROSECUTE THE ILLEGAL USAGE OF SOFTWARE AND THE ABUSE OF TECH SUPPORT IN THE GOVERMENT OFFICES
# PROSECUTE THE ILLEGAL CENTERS FOR MASSIVE COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, LIKE EMULE AND KAZAA.
# PROSECUTE WAREZ WEBSITES THAT INCLUDE PORN LINKS AND ANY KIND OF TROYANS.
# STOP THE PROSECUTION OF PAEDOPHILES AND ANY KIND OF PERVS OVER THE COPYRIGHTED SOFTWARE NETWORKS.
# STOP THE LINKING OF ILLEGAL SOFTWARE TO TERRORISM, AND TERRORIST RELATED ACTS, LIKE COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, CHILD PORN PRODUCTION, SNUFF PORN, AND ANY OTHER CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES RELATED TO COPYRIGHTED SOFTWARE WHICH COULD INCLUDE YOUNG AND SINLESS TECHIES TO THE TERRORISM INDUSTRY.
# PROSECUTE THE HACKERS WHICH ILLEGALLY HUNT COPYRIGHT INFRINGERS, WHETER THEY WORK FOR GOVERMENT OR PARTICULAR PURPOSES.
# HUNT LEGALLY THE HACKERS THAT MAKE COPY OF CORPORATE COPYRIGHTED SOFTWARE.
# PREVENT THE PUNISHMENT TO HACKERS BY A POLICE FORCE
# PREVENT TECHIES TO BE JAILED FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT VIOLATIONS
# PREVENT THE EQUAL STIMULATION OF COPYRIGHT VIOLATIONS AND WOMAN IN THE PORN INDUSTRY
# MAKE THE SOFTWARE COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT A CIVIL FELONY, AND NOT A MILITARY ACT OF WAR.
# MAKE POLICIES FOR ENHANCE THE STEP BY STEP PAYMENT OF COPYRIGHTED SOFTWARE, AND NOT THE USE OF FORCE AS USED IN THE "BILL GATES SIMPSONS CHAPTER"
# MAKE POLICIES TO INCLUDE GPL LICENCING IN THE GENERAL FORMAT OF COPYRIGHTED AND PAID SOFTWARE LICENCING, IN ORDER TO MAKE A GLOBAL POLICY OF SOFTWARE COPYRIGHTS.
# MAKE DEALS WITH SPECIALISTS TO ENHANCE THE BEST UNDERSTANDING OF THE DIFFERENT USAGE OF SOFTWARE AROUND THE GLOBE, IN ORDER TO MAKE A LICENCING SYSTEM ACCORD TO THE NEEDS OF THOSE COUNTRIES.
# FORGET SOFTWARE COPYRIGHT VIOLATIONS PRIOR TO YEAR 2000, AND ANALYZE THE PUNISHMENT MADE AND HOW TO PREVENT IT FROM REPEATING ILLEGAL PUNISHMENT IN ACCORD TO THE LAWS OF EVERY COUNTRY.
# AVOID THE USAGE OF "IRS" TO PUNISH ILLEGAL COMPANIES, AND SOFTWARE-HARDWARE ENTERPRISES.
Ep0xi writes: The Department of Justice said Friday that it has begun an antitrust investigation of the NAND flash-memory industry, a volatile business where price swings are dramatic and profits substantial. Link to Original Source
Ep0xi writes: Pushkar Bhatnagar, of the Indian Revenue Service, had acquired Planetarium from the USA. It is used to predict the solar/lunar eclipses and distance and location of other planets from the earth by the scientists and astronomers. He entered the relevant details about the planetary positions vis-a-vis zodiac constellations narrated by Valmiki and obtained convincing results, thus almost determining the important dates starting from the birth of Shri Ram to the date of his coming back to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. Link to Original Source
Ep0xi writes: The universe is slowing down its expansion, its a hardly proven scientific fact,
but probably it is not the same speed in all directions.
Some directions, the slow down has the light speed as a limit,
some other directions, the universe still expands at slow proton speeds.
A new study finds that the emptiness on the biggest black hole of the galaxy has reached a mark in space time, so everything will collide on it at differents speeds.
Nothing will escape to the collide on the center of our universe.
Anyways is better to go there with your hands filled of joy, because nobody knows
who could be waiting for you there.
Do you like science fiction books?
Where is Ray Bradbury when we need him to write our path to the future?