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Comment: Re:There was no "hello" - it's vaporware (Score 1) 41

by FreeRadicalX (#37263616) Attached to: Swarmanoid 'Bots Rule Air, Land, Bookshelves

Kill off everybody except you and another random person, and you have improved the odds of being better than anybody else from microscopic to a staggering 50%. Kill him or her too, and you're the best person on the planet.

Note that your odds of being the worst person increase the same way.

Comment: Re:K'nex? (Score 1) 785

by FreeRadicalX (#25752343) Attached to: Of childhood "building" toys, my favorite is ...
I wholeheartedly agree. Before I grew out of them, me and a friend managed to build an Empire State Building-style skyscraper out of them that was as tall as my house. It took us three days and we had to raise it in sections.

As far as I know, they've moved from large, free-build sets and over to smaller, less creativity-encouraging themed packs in recent years, the same way that Lego has. But the height of their popularity in the mid-90s was fantastic.
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Windows 7 To Be 256-Core Aware 441

Posted by kdawson
from the so-they-say-now dept.
unassimilatible writes "As new features of Windows 7 continue to trickle out, ZDNet is now reporting that it will scale to 256 processors. While one has to wonder, like with Vista, how many of the teased features will actually make it into the final OS, I think we can all agree, 256 cores is enough for anybody." This Mark Russinovich interview has some technical details (Silverlight required).

Scientists Erase Specific Memories In Mice 320

Posted by samzenpus
from the where's-the-cheese dept.
Ostracus writes "It sounds like science fiction, but scientists say it might one day be possible to erase undesirable memories from the brain, selectively and safely. After exposing mice to emotionally powerful stimuli, such as a mild shock to their paws, the scientists then observed how well or poorly the animals subsequently recalled the particular trauma as their brain's expression of CaMKII was manipulated up and down. When the brain was made to overproduce CaMKII at the exact moment the mouse was prodded to retrieve the traumatic memory, the memory wasn't just blocked, it appeared to be fully erased."

China To Snap 4 Space Ships Into a Station 340

Posted by timothy
from the legoland-space-edition dept.
hackingbear writes "According to a report by Hong Kong newspaper Mingpao Daily (poor Google translation), quoting the Director of Jiuquan Launch Center, China is set to build a space station by snapping together four spaceships (Shenzhou 7, 8, 9, and 10), to be launched sequentially. Though other reports indicates that taikonauts abroad SZ 7 will return to Earth on September 28, the official said the ship will remain in the orbit to be docked with unmanned Shenzhou 8 and 9. Finally, the manned spaceship Shenzhou 10 will be launched and dock with the other three, completing the space station." A story at also briefly mentions Shenzhous 8 and 9 (with no mention of number 10), and adds that China has selected its first spacewalker.

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