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Comment: New Games (Score 1) 145

by Sir Isaac1 (#46663533) Attached to: GameSpy Multiplayer Shutting Down, Affecting Hundreds of Games
That is precisely why I refuse to buy games that require Steam or other online DRM services to play. The last game I purchased was Oblivion; love it, but you don't have to have a service to play it. Unreal Tournament is pretty good also but anyone with a fast connection can host that game without requiring a special service to play.

+ - Shroud of Turin May Have Been Created By Earthquake->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Telegraph reports, "The Turin Shroud may not be a medieval forgery after all, after scientists discovered it could date from the time of Christ. ... a new study claims that an earthquake in Jerusalem in 33AD may have not only created the image but may also have skewed the dating results. The Italian team believes the powerful magnitude 8.2 earthquake would have been strong enough to release neutron particles from crushed rock. This flood of neutrons may have imprinted an X-ray-like image onto the linen burial cloth, say the researchers. In addition, the radiation emissions would have increased the level of carbon-14 isotopes in the Shroud, which would make it appear younger. ... Carpinteri's team have hypothesized that high-frequency pressure waves generated in the Earth's crust during earthquakes are the source of such neutron emissions. The scientists base the idea on research into piezonuclear fission reactions which occur when brittle rock is crushed under enormous pressure.""
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+ - Scientists Confirm World's Oldest Creature...But Kill it Determining Its Age-> 3

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "In 2006, climate change experts from Bangor University in north Wales found a very special clam while dredging the seabeds of Iceland. At that time scientists counted the rings on the inside shell to determine that the clam was the ripe old age of 405. Unfortunately, by opening the clam which scientists refer to as "Ming," they killed it instantly.

Cut to 2013, researchers have determined that the original calculations of Ming's age were wrong, and that the now deceased clam was actually 102 years older than originally thought. Ming was 507 years old at the time of its demise.

“But we are absolutely certain that we’ve got the right age now.""

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+ - Let's Wage CyberWar Against Syria

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Jason Healey writes at Defense One that if the Obama administration conducts military strikes against Syria, as now seems likely, it should use military cyber weapons at the earliest possible moment to show "that cyber operations are not evil witchcraft but can be humanitarian." Cyber capabilities could first disrupt Syrian air defenses directly or confuse military command and control, allowing air strikes to proceed unchallenged. A cyber strike might also disable dual-use Syrian critical infrastructure (such as electrical power) that aids the regime's military but with no long-term destruction as would be caused by traditional bombs. Last, it is possible the U.S. military has cyber capabilities to directly disrupt the operations of Syria's chemical troops. Healy writes that one cyberweapon that should not be used is covert cyber operations against Bashar Assad's finances. "Both of his immediate predecessors declined such attacks and the world economy and financial sector are already in a perilous state." Before the American-led strikes against Libya in 2011, the Obama administration debated whether to conduct a cyberoffensive to disrupt the Qaddafi government’s air-defense system, but balked, fearing that it might set a precedent for other nations, in particular Russia or China, to carry out such offensives of their own. This time should be different in Healey's view. "By sparing the lives of Syrian troops and nearby civilians, an opening cyber operation against Syria could demonstrate exactly how such capabilities can be compliant with international humanitarian law," writes Healey. "America should take this chance to demystify these weapons to show the world they, and the U.S. military in general, can be used on the battlefield in line with humanitarian principles.""

+ - 21 Year Old Bank of America Merrill Lynch Intern Dies "From Overwork"->

Submitted by dryriver
dryriver (1010635) writes "Calls have been made for an overhaul of the long-hours culture among young staff working for banks in the City of London after the death of a "dedicated" German student who had won a sought-after placement at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Moritz Erhardt, 21, had won a place as a summer intern at the London city offices of the US bank and was nearing the end of his placement when he was found dead in the shower at his temporary accommodation in east London by ambulance services on 15 August. Merrill Lynch did not comment on the length of Erhardt's working hours, and also declined to comment on whether interns – who are understood to be paid £45,000 pro rata – are routinely made to work longer than 12-hour days. A fellow intern at the bank described the aspiring student as a "superstar", adding: "He worked very hard and was very focused. We typically work 15 hours a day or more and you would not find a harder worker than him." He told the Evening Standard: "He seemed a lovely guy and was very popular with everyone. He was tipped for greatness.""
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+ - Obamacare and the End of the 40 Hour Work Week

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "NBC News reports that employers around the country, from fast-food franchises to colleges, say that they will be cutting workers’ hours below 30 a week because they can’t afford to offer the health insurance mandated by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. “To tell somebody that you’ve got to decrease their hours because of a law passed in Washington is very frustrating to me,” says Loren Goodridge, who owns 21 Subway franchises. “I know the impact I’m having on some of my employees.” The leaders of three major US unions, including the highly influential Teamsters, say that ObamaCare is poised to “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class," adding that "the unintended consequences of the ACA are severe. Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios." The White House maintains that such concerns are purely chimerical as White House Press Secretary Jay Carney argued that there is no data to indicate businesses are not hiring full-time employees because of the 30-hour mark. That hasn't stopped Sen. Susan Collins of Maine from introducing a bill, "Forty Hours is Full Time Act," that seeks to modify the federal definition of a full-time employee. "Of course, fixing this one flaw won't solve the countless problems caused by Obamacare. But it would help ensure that millions of American workers do not have their hours, and their paychecks, reduced.""

+ - Carbyne: A Form of Carbon Even Stronger Than Graphene 1

Submitted by Dialecticus
Dialecticus (1433989) writes "Sebastian Anthony at ExtremeTech has written an article about research into the physical properties of carbyne, an elusive form of carbon. A new mathematical analysis by Mingjie Liu and others at Rice University suggests that carbyne may achieve double the strength of graphene, stealing its crown and becoming the strongest material known to man."

+ - Incredible Footage Shows a Perseid Meteor Exploding->

Submitted by Nancy_A
Nancy_A (1774904) writes "Photographer and digital artist Michael K. Chung said he couldn’t believe what he saw when he was processing images he took for a timelapse of the Perseid meteor shower this week. It appears he captured a meteor explosion and the resulting expansion of a shock wave or debris ring.

After this article was posted, Universe Today received more 'explody' footage from the Perseid meteor shower, which has been added to the article."

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+ - SPAM: Ultrasonic Tightness Testing Device Is Part of Every Army Ship

Submitted by safety2survey
safety2survey (3017211) writes "Since navy is to protect the oceanic boundaries of the country, the ships and submarines are needed to be leak free. The high pressure of the water and the immense weight of these machines can easily create a huge hole in the body from the smallest crack. To make sure there is no crack in any part of the sea vehicles the ultrasonic tightness testing of hatch covers is conducted on a daily basis even while at sea. This makes the staff know about the strength of the vehicle’s body."
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+ - KDE SC 4.11 released, dedicated to Atul 'toolz' Chitnis->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The KDE Community recently announced the release of KDE SC 4.11, which incorporates a long term release of KDE Workspaces 4.11. The release also emphasizes on massive improvements in the KDE PIM suite and overall polishing. Package for major distributions can be found here

The release has been dedicated in memory of Atul Chitnis

PS: Kind of surprised no one has submitted a story regarding this till now."

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+ - Scientists Seek Superfast Successor to Silicon

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Lisa Krieger writes in Mercury News that scientists have found that it takes just one-trillionth of second to switch magnetite's electrical conductivity from "on" to "off," thousands of times faster than silicon chip transistors. In the experiment, a laser struck the mineral — and in a tiny split of a second, the magnetite's electronic structure rearranged into "islands" of electrical nonconductivity surrounded by conductive regions. But Silicon Valley will never be renamed Magnetite Valley because the mineral has too many practical limitations for use in computers: for instance, the success of the experiment depended on an extremely frigid state: minus 310 degrees Fahrenheit. "For this to be practical, we need to explore other materials and other methods," says Hermann Dürr, the lead investigator for the SLAC team. "We are just at the beginning." Preparing for the day when the Moore's Law hits the speed limit, Dürr's team is already testing another oxide compound, vanadium dioxide, which could have speedy switch speeds at room temperature — making it a more promising candidate for commercial use than magnetite and other researchers are developing alternative materials such as gallium arsenide, graphene and carbon nanotubes. Researchers envision a day when transistors are so fast, small and energy-efficient that smartphones have the power of supercomputers. "Transistors took 50 years from demonstration to dominance. It's very hard to imagine what we'll have 50 years from today.""

+ - Brain silicon aka 'neruomorphic microchip' made and tested->

Submitted by Dr Max
Dr Max (1696200) writes "So researchers at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich have created silicon based chips that can mimic what our neurons and synapses are doing. By combining these chips with a system/rules to organize the process, they have been able to pass human cognitive eye tests, and remarkably even create a similar neural structure as mammalian brains to do it. All this at a tiny fraction of the power usage (1/200 000) of a supercomputer capable of the same task; and these chips have been slowed down to human level, they could be run at over a thousand times faster.

So how long before we are obsolete?"

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