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Comment: Re:What I find unbelievable... (Score 2) 129

by Master Moose (#49183283) Attached to: New Zealand Spied On Nearly Two Dozen Pacific Countries

I live on a quiet street and have nothing to hide - Not many people come past my property on a day basis and almost none of them would care about me.

I am a boring man with nothing of interest happening - This doesn't mean I am about to replace my walls with glass panels, so that anyone who happens to come by my property can have a snoop as to what I am up to.

+ - Spider Man joins Marvel Cinematic Universe->

Submitted by Master Moose
Master Moose (1243274) writes "There were rumors and there were conversations, but to almost everyone in Hollywood the possibility of Spider-Man joining his Marvel Universe brethren on the big screen was dead.

Obviously, anyone who reads Marvel Comics knows nothing stays dead forever. In a major announcement on Monday night, Walt Disney's Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment revealed that the Wall Crawler would join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The partnership will begin with Spider-Man appearing an an upcoming Marvel Studios film. Spider-Man will then appear in the third installment of the "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise on July 28, 2017. That film will be produced by Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, the current co-chairman of the studio who is stepping down following the fallout of the Sony Hack in late November.

In a release, both parties noted "they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films."

More intriguingly, Marvel and Sony Pictures are also working together on opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future "Spider-Man" films.In a deal between Marvel and Sony pictures, Spiderman will feature in future MCU movies."

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Comment: Re:Any experienced teacher already deals with this (Score 2) 388

by Master Moose (#48807025) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

My best teacher, also now my friend loves his summers off.

He is experienced, knows his stuff and basically recycles the same content/lesson plans each year and only updates to improve on what did/didn't work so well, changes in curriculum and administration (as well as to relieve boredom).

On our last conversation, there is a high chance that my son will be in his class this year and from what I have spoken with my teacher friend about - I should recognise a fair bit of the work he has to complete.

+ - New Clock May End Time As We Know It-> 1

Submitted by SonicSpike
SonicSpike (242293) writes "At the heart of this new clock is the element strontium. Inside a small chamber, the strontium atoms are suspended in a lattice of crisscrossing laser beams. Researchers then give them a little ping, like ringing a bell. The strontium vibrates at an incredibly fast frequency. It's a natural atomic metronome ticking out teeny, teeny fractions of a second.

This new clock can keep perfect time for 5 billion years.

"It's about the whole, entire age of the earth," says Jun Ye, the scientist here at JILA who built this clock. "Our aim is that we'll have a clock that, during the entire age of the universe, would not have lost a second."

But this new clock has run into a big problem: This thing we call time doesn't tick at the same rate everywhere in the universe. Or even on our planet.

Right now, on the top of Mount Everest, time is passing just a little bit faster than it is in Death Valley. That's because speed at which time passes depends on the strength of gravity. Einstein himself discovered this dependence as part of his theory of relativity, and it is a very real effect.

The relative nature of time isn't just something seen in the extreme. If you take a clock off the floor, and hang it on the wall, Ye says, "the time will speed up by about one part in 1016."

That is a sliver of a second. But this isn't some effect of gravity on the clock's machinery. Time itself is flowing more quickly on the wall than on the floor. These differences didn't really matter until now. But this new clock is so sensitive, little changes in height throw it way off. Lift it just a couple of centimeters, Ye says, "and you will start to see that difference."

This new clock can sense the pace of time speeding up as it moves inch by inch away from the earth's core."

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+ - Birds found using human musical scales for the first time->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The flutelike songs of the male hermit thrush are some of the most beautiful in the animal kingdom. Now, researchers have found that these melodies employ the same mathematical principles that underlie many Western and non-Western musical scales—the first time this has been seen in any animal outside humans. It’s doubtful that the similarity is due to the physics of the birds’ vocal tract, the team reports. Rather, it seems male hermit thrushes choose to sing notes from these harmonic series. It may be that such notes are easier for the males to remember, or provide a ready yardstick for their chief critics—female hermit thrushes. The study adds to other research indicating that human music is not solely governed by cultural practices, but is also at least partially determined by biology."
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Comment: Re:God of the gaps (Score 1) 669

by Master Moose (#48264725) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

Church leaders advocate public health policies (like abstinence) that demonstrably do not work in spite of copious scientific evidence showing that they do not work.

Not a scientist here :) but I would like to see the studies where the practice of abstinence has not prevented the spread of STIs and unwanted pregnancies.

Now, I would concede that abstinence often doesn't occur because people generally like to fuck. Maybe I am just being a bit too picky today..


Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March 93

Posted by samzenpus
from the heads-up dept.
blottsie writes Apple knew as early as March 2014 of a security hole that left the personal data of iCloud users vulnerable, according to leaked emails between the company and a noted security researcher. In a March 26 email, security researcher Ibrahim Balic tells an Apple official that he's successfully bypassed a security feature designed to prevent "brute-force" attacks. Balic goes on to explain to Apple that he was able to try over 20,000 passwords combinations on any account.

Real Users find the one combination of bizarre input values that shuts down the system for days.