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Submission + - Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules ( 1 writes: The NYT reports that Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act. “It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business,” says Jason R. Baron. A spokesman for Clinton defended her use of the personal email account and said she has been complying with the “letter and spirit of the rules.”

Submission + - Photo First: Light Captured as Both Particle and Wave (

mpicpp writes: It’s one of those enduring Zen koans of science that we’ve all grown up with: Light behaves as both a particle and a wave—at the same time. Einstein taught us that, so we’re all generally on board, but to actually understand what it means would require several Ph.D.s and a thorough understanding of quantum physics.

What’s more, scientists have never been able to devise an experiment that documents light behaving as both a wave and a particle simultaneously. Until now.

That’s the contention of a team of Swiss and American researchers, who say they’ve succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of light’s dual behavior. Using an advanced electron microscope – one of only two on the planet – at the EPFL labs in Switzerland, the team has generated a kind of quantum photograph of light behaving as both a particle and a wave.

The experiment involves firing laser light at a microscopic metallic nanowire, causing light to travel — as a wave — back and forth along the wire. When waves traveling in opposite directions meet, they form a “standing wave” that emits light itself — as particles. By shooting a stream of electrons close to the nanowire, the researchers were able to capture an image that simultaneously demonstrates both the wave-nature and particle-nature of light.

“This experiment demonstrates that, for the first time ever, we can film quantum mechanics — and its paradoxical nature — directly,” says lead researcher Fabrizio Carbone of EPFL, on the lab’s project page. The study is to be officially published this week in the journal Nature Communications.

Comment Re:SQL Injection? in 2014?sheesh (Score 1) 46

Imagine an organization who has a whole department/section specializing in cyber security threats, vulnerabilities, and malicious entities -- SQL injections being among those known things against which it can defend. The organization mandates that ALL of its IT-related employees understand and take actions to prevent such attacks. If they do not comply, they will lose network access and/or have employment terminated.

Now imagine said organization does not uphold or enforce its own standards of security.

That's what I call "asking for it". They don't deserve to be broadly generalized as "victims"...but they do reap what they sow.

Comment Something in between... (Score 1) 209

Everyone has a hobby. You can deliberately not call them "toys" but if you're doing something outside the scope of your occupational or academic responsibilities, then you're playing with toys.

I don't have too many toys, but I do have a severe lack of time for them. My rusty '66 GMC pickup needs thousands of hours of labor to get back into shape, my guitar skills are waning due to lack of practice, my Wii hasn't been turned on in 3 years, and I have spare computer parts lying around the basement waiting for some sort of [mis]use. Only one guitar has any particular sentimental value; the rest are niceties.

Comment Re:eSports aren't like regular Sports (Score 2) 146

To expound on rule changes, configuration changes, etc.:

There may be physiological reasons for eAthletes (yeah I know that's lame, but I didn't make that up) to not be able to hang at top levels once they start to age. Slashdot shared an article in regard to that just a few months back. It's not 100% concrete, but I think we can safely make the case that the average gamer peaks in performance some time in their mid-twenties.

Comment Dump the online voting. (Score 1) 190

This is something you ought to fight. Vehemently.

Online voting can be compromised from anywhere in the world. At least voting in person requires people at voting locations, thereby (plausibly) reducing the chance for wide-scale fraud. It's just not worth taking the chance. Open networks, no matter how secure they are designed, will always have vulnerabilities. Most of those vulnerabilities lie within the computer operators (PEBCAK, if you will).

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