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FAA: Big Tech Challenges For Massive Washington, DC Warbirds Flyover 54

Posted by samzenpus
from the blast-from-the-past dept.
coondoggie writes: It will be one of the largest gatherings of flying WWII aircraft in history as 56 famous vintage warbirds will fly through restricted airspace over the National Mall Friday in remembrance of the 70th anniversary of VE-Day or Victory in Europe Day. The huge flyover, dubbed "The Arsenal of Democracy," of so many different types of aircraft – from seaplanes to fighters and the only flying B-29 Superfortress – was no easy undertaking. The first plane should be visible along the National Mall around 12:10 p.m. With roughly 90 seconds between formations, the Flyover will end by 1 p.m. Reagan National Airport will be closed to commercial traffic from 12 noon to 1 p.m. to accommodate the flights. The Flyover will be streamed live here.

New Solar Telescope Unveils the Complex Dynamics of Sunspots' Dark Cores 17

Posted by samzenpus
from the a-picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words dept.
An anonymous reader writes: The high-resolution images, taken by the New Solar Telescope (NST), show the atmosphere above the umbrae (the dark patches in the center of sunspots) to be finely structured, consisting of hot plasma intermixed with cool plasma jets as wide as 100 kilometers. These ground breaking images are being captured by scientists at NJIT's Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO). Sunspots are formed when strong magnetic fields rise up from the convection zone, a region beneath the photosphere that transfers energy from the interior of the Sun to its surface. At the surface, the magnetic fields concentrate into bundles, which prevent the hot rising plasma from reaching the surface. This energy deficit causes the magnetic bundles to cool down to temperatures about 1,000 degrees lower than their surroundings. The NST takes snapshots of the Sun every 10 seconds, which are then strung together as a video to reveal fast-evolving small explosions, plasma flows and the movement of magnetic fields.

Years After Shutting Down, Tevatron Reveals Properties of Higgs Boson 73

Posted by Soulskill
from the only-collides-particles-if-you-throw-a-rock-at-it dept.
sciencehabit writes: A U.S. atom smasher has made an important scientific contribution 3.5 years after it shut down. Scientists are reporting that the Tevatron collider in Batavia, Illinois, has provided new details about the nature of the famed Higgs boson — the particle that's key to physicists' explanation of how other fundamental particles get their mass and the piece in a theory called the standard model. The new result bolsters the case that the Higgs, which was discovered at a different atom smasher, exactly fits the standard model predictions.

Comment: Re:It works both ways (Score 1) 886

Geneva Convention?, if I remember correctly after all it started in Lake Geneva, in the late 60s. All type of Gaming, or it was the last time I went about 3 years ago but is considered wargames convention more that a Role Playing convention and was founded by Gary Gygax who co-created D&D. It was about 56,000 attendance last year.

How Police Fight To Keep Use of Stingrays Secret 140

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-can-trust-us dept.
v3rgEz writes: The NY Times looks at how local police are fighting to keep their use of cell phone surveillance secret, including signing NDAs with Stingray manufacturer Harris Corp and claiming the documents have been lost. It's part of a broader trend of local agencies adopting the tactics of covert intelligence groups as they seek to adopt new technology in the digital era. "The nondisclosure agreements for the cell site simulators are overseen by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and typically involve the Harris Corporation, a multibillion-dollar defense contractor and a maker of the technology. What has opponents particularly concerned about StingRay is that the technology, unlike other phone surveillance methods, can also scan all the cellphones in the area where it is being used, not just the target phone. ... For instance, in Tucson, a journalist asking the Police Department about its StingRay use was given a copy of a nondisclosure agreement. 'The City of Tucson shall not discuss, publish, release or disclose any information pertaining to the product,' it read, and then noted: 'Without the prior written consent of Harris.'"

Comment: Re:Recipe for Success (Score 1) 107

by QuantumLeaper (#48325995) Attached to: Landfill Copies of Atari's 'E.T.' End Up On eBay
Some of the ET ones are going for $600+ range, if you call the cheap, thats up to you. Games back then cost $30 to $50 (rare but not unheard of) back in 1983, I used to buy them NEW in the store, and I still have a couple with the Prices still on them. BTW I have been playing and buying videos games since the 70s.

Comment: Re:Antecdotes != Evidence (Score 1) 577

by QuantumLeaper (#48043681) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?
How old of an OS are you running? Since my friend who LOVES Macs, hated it when he upgraded the OS, the last time, it went from usable to a snail. He still used the Mac but downgraded the OS to the old version, he now uses a Win8.1 PC to play his games on, it runs a lot faster. And it only a few months newer than the Mac. I believe it the same CPU and similar video card. I had to fix his PC a few months back, his video card died, that's the only reason I know they both have the same CPU, and similar video cards, I told he should upgrade the video card, but he was a cheap skate.

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