flogger writes: Several news sources are reporting that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has discovered observable proof of gravitational waves. They succeeded in detecting gravitational waves from the violent merging of two black holes in deep space. If something like this can be observered, eventually something like this can be manipulated.
kynthelig writes: Getting access to your medical information is supposed to be good for you, and save the beleaguered US healthcare system loads of money. Getting your medical record can reveal life-changing information: Symptoms to watch, drugs you shouldn’t take, even diagnoses you didn’t know you had. So the federal government has poured billions into making it easier for people to access their medical information. But in reality it is anything but free. To access it, you may be forced to scale massive bureaucracies, combat insane copyright laws, sneak into secret data stashes, hack into medical devices—or perhaps even locate a working fax machine.
MarkWhittington writes: The National Science Foundation announced that the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington have detected gravitational waves for the first time. The gravitational waves, first postulated by Albert Einstein just over 100 years ago in his General Theory of Relativity, are ripples in space/time caused by catastrophic events in the universe. Scientists postulate that the gravitational waves, detected last September, were caused by the collision of two black holes over a billion years ago.
An anonymous reader writes: In an epic smack-down, Simon Phipps examines a recent article by some VCs with an apparently strong track record in open source startups and finds the way they see the world makes them plain wrong about Red Hat, OSI licenses, Apache and probably everything else they talk about.
universe520 writes: It is 1.3 billion years after two black holes merged and sent out gravitational waves. On Earth in September 2015, the faintest slice of those waves was caught. That slice, called GW150914 and announced to the world on February 11th, is the first gravitational wave to be detected directly by human scientists. It is a triumph that has been a century in the making, opening a new window onto the universe and giving researchers a means to peer at hitherto inaccessible happenings, perhaps as far back in time as the Big Bang.
Nemosoft Unv. writes: In case you had a problem with the fingerprint sensor or some other small defect on your iPhone 6 and had it repaired by a non-official (read: cheaper) shop, you may be in for a nasty surprise: error 53.
What happens is that during an OS update or re-install the software checks the internal hardware and if it detects a non-Apple component, it will display an error 53 and brick your phone. Any photos or other data held on the handset is lost – and irretrievable. Thousands of people have flocked to forums to express their dismay at this. What's more insiduous is that the error may only appear weeks or months after the repair.
Increduously, Apple says this cannot be fixed by any hard- or software update, while it is clearly their software that causes the problem in the first place.
An anonymous reader writes: archive,org has launched a Museum of Malware, which devotes itself to a historical look at DOS-based viruses of the 1980s and 1990s, and gives viewers the opportunity to run the viruses in a DOS game emulator, and to download 'neutered' versions of the code. With an estimated 50,000 DOS-based viruses in existence by the year 2000, the Malware Museum's 65 examples should be seen as representative of an annoying, but more innocent era of digital vandalism.
Andrey_Karpov writes: Some people think that undefined behavior is caused only by gross errors (accessing outside the bounds of the array, for instance) or inadequate constructions (i = i++ + ++i, for example). That's why it is quite surprising when a programmer sees undefined behavior in the code that used to work correctly, without arousing any suspicion. One should never let his guard down, programming in C/C++. Because hell is closer than you may think.
AmiMoJo writes: Japanese broadcasters have indicated that 4k and 8k broadcasts may have recording disabled via a "do not copy" flag, which receivers would be expected to obey. Now the Internet Users Association (MIAU) and Shufuren (Housewives Federation) have submitted documentation opposing the ban. The document points out that the ban will only inconvenience the majority of the general audience, while inevitably failing to prevent unauthorized copying by anyone determined to circumvent the protection.
ewhac writes: Among its other desirable features, Firefox included a feature allowing very fine-grained cookie management. When enabled, every time a Web site asked to set a cookie, Firefox would raise a dialog containing information about the cookie requested, which you could then approve or deny. An "exception" list also allowed you to mark selected domains as "Always allow" or "Always deny", so that the dialog would not appear for frequently-visited sites. It was an excellent way to maintain close, custom control over which sites could set cookies, and which specific cookies they could set. It also helped easily identify poorly-coded sites that unnecessarily requested cookies for every single asset, or which would hit the browser with a "cookie storm" — hundreds of concurrent cookie requests.
Mozilla quietly deleted this feature from Firefox 44, with no functional equivalent put in its place. Further, users who had enabled the "Ask before accept" feature have had that preference silently changed to, "Accept normally." The proffered excuse for the removal was that the feature was unmaintained, and that its users were, "probably crashing multiple times a day as a result" (although no evidence was presented to support this assertion). Mozilla's apparent position is that users wishing fine-grained cookie control should be using a third-party add-on instead, and that an "Ask before accept" option was, "not really nice to use on today's Web."
HommeDeJava writes: German president Angela Merket, herself a trained physicist, was very proud to initiate a breakthrough by compatriots German physicists.
German president Angela Merket, herself a trained physicist, was very proud to announce and somewhat initiate a breakthrough by compatriots German physicists.
At the push of a button, Mrs Merkel have started a 2-megawatt pulse of microwave creating the first hydrogen plasma at 80 million degrees and a lifetime of a quarter of a second confined in the world's largest stellarator-type fusion magnetic bottle deviceWendelstein 7-X
This experiment can be considered as a breakthrough in thermonuclear fusion.
sciencehabit writes: Retractions of scientific papers are common. But not this one. The retraction by Science of a 12-year-old paper based on research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) breaks new ground in what a federal agency can require scientists to do to set the record straight—and the role that journals play in weeding out flawed papers.