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Comment Re:Friends have better gear (Score 1) 201

If you want image quality nothing beats Hubble. And there are many more resources on-line, so you have plenty of options. For a lot of people though, knowing that the photons your eyes see through a telescope, is actually coming directly from the object you observe, means something. It makes it more "real" and interesting. I guess thats the only reason there is still a market for telescopes to consumers. I just bought a tracking telescope with a celestial object database and very easy calibration for just about €350,- ( USD 480,-) But it's winter where i live, so i won't be trying it out until early march or later.

Comment Re:Dark matter = hypothetical (Score 1) 247

No , as i said we should keep researching. But You kind put it out there that MOND and DM are on equal footing ... and I just disagree. I think DM is a way better candidate for explainig observations than trying to tweak relativity to keep giving exact predictions, as it has done for a century, while also making it explain some of the observations that would be so much simpler to explain by a yet undiscovered family of particles. And then I don't find it hard to belive that theres stuff out there we are not able to detect at the moment.

Comment Re:Dark matter = hypothetical (Score 1) 247

True , but we know that every test of relativity has strengthened it, not even once have we gathered data that contradicts it. So we need to modify it in a way that doesn't mess with it's match on all those measurements. Thats hard. And I just think it's quite plausible that there are particles out there we are not yet equipped to detect, and there are many observations that can be explained by dark matter without disagreeing with relativity. But I agree we should not consider the case closed.

Comment Re:Why doesn't dark matter collapse on itself (Score 2) 247

Probably because dark matter doesn't interact with itself. When normal matter hits other normal matter it will be slowed down and eventually the stuff gets bigger and bigger. But dark matter doesnt hit anything, so even though it's gravitationally attracted to other dark matter particles they will fly right through each other. Therefore, i think, it won't be concentrated enough to form black holes.

Comment Re:um.... (Score 2) 56

We do have all of that ... Skype was actually developed by a Dane and a Swede, but your ignorance is forgiven since you are american. The original investigation was carried out by swedish police who found the ties to the crime in Denmark. A Swedish judge has decided that the evidence is strong enough for a trial in Denmark. What he is accused for is a crime in both Sweden and Denmark and the offended part is a danish authority. The penalty is also similar in both countries so it makes sense the trial him in Denmark. He does have the right to stay silent, but he also has the right to defend himself, and compared to the cost of the investigation i don't think a couple of policemens salary and some plane tickets are going to matter much.
Data Storage

NSA's New Utah Data Center Suffering Meltdowns 241

linuxwrangler writes "NSA's new Utah data-center has been suffering numerous power-surges that have caused as much as $100,000 damage per event. The root cause is 'not yet sufficiently understood' but is suspected to relate to the site's 'inability to simultaneously run computers and keep them cool.' Frustrating the analysis and repair are 'incomplete information about the design of the electrical system' and the fact that "regular quality controls in design and construction were bypassed in an effort to fast track the Utah project."" Ars Technica has a short article, too, as does ITworld.
The Military

Red Cross Wants Consequences For Video-Game Mayhem 288

Nerval's Lobster writes "The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) wants developers to consider building "virtual consequences" for mayhem into their video games. 'Gamers should be rewarded for respecting the law of armed conflict and there should be virtual penalties for serious violations of the law of armed conflict, in other words war crimes,' read the ICRC's new statement on the matter. 'Game scenarios should not reward players for actions that in real life would be considered war crimes.' Like many a concerned parent or Congressional committee before it, the ICRC believes that violent video games trivialize armed conflict to the point where players could see various brands of mayhem as acceptable behavior. At the same time, the ICRC's statement makes it clear that the organization doesn't want to be actively involved in a debate over video-game violence, although it is talking to developers about ways to accurately build the laws of armed conflict into games. But let's be clear: the ICRC doesn't want to spoil players' enjoyment of the aforementioned digital splatter. 'We would like to see the law of armed conflict integrated into the games so that players have a realistic experience and deal first hand with the dilemmas facing real combatants on real battlefields,' the statement continued. 'The strong sales of new releases that have done this prove that integrating the law of armed conflict does not undermine the commercial success of the games.'"

Comment Re:I dont use... (Score 1) 896

Basically, my advice to people who are relatively savvy is not to bother with antivirus. Once antivirus detects anything, it's generally too late. AV can be useful for people who have _no_ clue, but they're bound to get infected anyway sooner or later.

Wrong , if the AV software reacts it's normally because it's actually doing it's job and preventing infection. One or two times a year NOD32 informs me of an infected file and i let it delete it. At work i often get notifications from Trend Office Scan that a couple of files on some users computer have been infected,detected and deleted. So in my experience AV software is mandatory ..... even on my own machine, and i believe i know what i'm doing. What i don't understand is the obsession with free ..... nothing is free, really. I don't mind paying an unsubstantial amount of money for beeing protected against loss of data , and more important for me , the hassle and time involved in a format and réinstall.

Wii

Wii System Menu 4.0 Released 94

dougisfunny writes "The Wii System Menu 4.0 has been released. It adds a number of features that people have been waiting for, including the ability to use SDHC cards, as well as the ability to download and play things directly off of the SD/SDHC card rather than the internal memory. This was announced at GDC09 by Nintendo's President Saturo Iwata in his keynote address. More information can be found at Nintendo's website."
The Courts

Court Reinstates Proof-of-Age Requirement For Nude Ads 267

arbitraryaardvark writes "An Ohio swinger's magazine objects to keeping proof on file that its advertisers are over 18. I reported here in 2007 that the 6th circuit struck down U.S.C. Title 18, Section 2257 as a First Amendment violation. The full 6th circuit has now overturned that ruling. The case might continue to the Supreme Court. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports."

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