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Comment: Long live GURPS! (Score 1) 111 111

What about relaxing a bit the license for GURPS products? I don't know, but from my experience is the better to have the best share of a farm than be the only owner of a single (dead) cow. Imagine you creating a place for people putting their endless GURPS material in your GURPS Portal and doing it all digital so cost are minimal? Everybody would win. Thanks for your system. Tech Tenente from Brazil

+ - Scientists in China predict pentagonal graphene

TechkNighT_1337 writes: Chinese scientists made calculations and predict that a new 2D allotrope of carbon based in a pentagonal form resembling an common pavement in the streets of cairo can be synthesized, they call this new form penta-graphene from the announcement in the Chemistry World they say: "The team found that not only should a pentagon-containing version of graphene be fairly stable, it should also be stronger than conventional graphene and be able to withstand higher temperatures, up to 730C. It would also be a natural semiconductor, unlike conventional graphene, which is a highly efficient conductor and has to be chemically modified to turn it into a semiconductor."

+ - Possible claim of superconductivity near water boiling point. 2 2

TechkNighT_1337 writes: Superconductors.org as the site says: "is a non-profit, non-affiliated website intended to introduce beginners and non-technical people
to the world of superconductors" they posted in their site a report ( http://www.superconductors.org... ) of a new composite ceramic capable of superconductivity at 368K (95C), from the report: "Its chemical formula is Sn5Sb5Ba2MnCu11O22+. This copper-oxide ceramic stands out among the 20 room-temperature superconductors discovered so far. Being non-toxic and non-brittle, it is RoHS compliant as well as more durable than previous formulations."

Lets hope that it can someday bring all the promises of superconductors in to comercial world reality

Comment: Two cents, two alternatives. (Score 2) 294 294

I know it's not a good reliable test, but you can always try do download an .ISO file from some Linux distro from various sources or some big program from sourceforge. The second alternative, you can try to use the meter from the Brazilian agency for internet at: http://simet.nic.br/medidor/ (try googling: simet nic br) it's not in any form affiliated with any US ISP and i think we have sufficient bandwitdth for the test.

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

Dialecticus 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.

+ - Mitochondrial Eve and Adam Could Have Met Between 148 – 120 Thousand Years->

TechkNighT_1337 writes: From the article — Stanford researchers claim that our most recent common ancestors, known as mitochondrial Eve and Y-chromosomal Adam, roughly overlapped during evolutionary time – between 120,000 to 156,000 years ago for the man, and between 99,000 and 148,000 years ago for the woman
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The Internet

Ship Anchor, Not Sabotaging Divers, Possibly Responsible For Outage 43 43

Nerval's Lobster writes "This week, Egypt caught three men in the process of severing an undersea fiber-optic cable. But Telecom Egypt executive manager Mohammed el-Nawawi told the private TV network CBC that the reason for the region's slowdowns was not the alleged saboteurs — it was damage previously caused by a ship. On March 22, cable provider Seacom reported a cut in its Mediterranean cable connecting Southern and Eastern Africa, the Middle East and Asia to Europe; it later suggested that the most likely cause of the incident was a ship anchor, and that traffic was being routed around the cut, through other providers. But repairs to the cable took longer than expected, with the Seacom CEO announcing March 23 that the physical capability to connect additional capacity to services in Europe was "neither adequate nor stable enough," and that it was competing with other providers. The repairs continued through March 27, after faults were found on the restoration system; that same day, Seacom denied that the outage could have been the work of the Egyptian divers, but said that the true cause won't be known for weeks. 'We think it is unlikely that the damage to our system was caused by sabotage,' the CEO wrote in a statement. 'The reasons for this are the specific location, distance from shore, much greater depth, the presence of a large anchored vessel on the fault site which appears to be the cause of the damage and other characteristics of the event.'"
Youtube

YouTube Alters Copyright Algorithms, Will 'Manually' Review Some Claims 71 71

thomst writes "David Kravets of Wired's Threat Level blog reports that Google's Thabet Alfishawi has announced YouTube will alter its algorithms 'that identify potentially invalid claims. We stop these claims from automatically affecting user videos and place them in a queue to be manually reviewed.' YouTube's Content ID algorithms have notably misfired in recent months, resulting in video streams as disparate as Curiosity's Mars landing and Michelle Obama's Democratic Convention speech being taken offline on specious copyright infringement grounds. Kravets states, 'Under the new rules announced Wednesday, however, if the uploader challenges the match, the alleged rights holder must abandon the claim or file an official takedown notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.' (A false takedown claim under the DMCA can result in non-trivial legal liability.)" Update: 10/05 11:24 GMT by S : Google has clarified its earlier comments. The user videos will be placed in a queue for manual review not by Google, but by the content owners.

+ - ADTRAN releases technology allowing 100 Mbps LANs over legacy phone wiring->

patrick_price writes: "Today, ADTRAN announced the release of a new technology called ActivReach—now available on its new NetVanta 1535P gigabit Ethernet switch—capable of delivering 100 Mbps (symmetric) Ethernet data connectivity and PoE over long distances (up to 1200 ft.) of existing 4-pair, 2-pair, or 1-pair of CAT5, CAT3, or legacy analog phone wiring. ActivReach allows for the delivery of VoIP or data connectivity no matter what type of existing cabling infrastructure is already in place. Furthermore, because the NetVanta 1535P supports both standard 10/100/1000Base-T and ActivReach, business can build networks using legacy-wiring today and upgrade to gigabit connectivity later once new cabling infrastructure is installed without replacing the switch."
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Censorship

+ - Should it be real?->

TechkNighT_1337 writes: Already discussed here by slashdotters [http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/06/09/1927246/an-http-status-code-for-censorship], Wired run a story in the webmonkey blog [http://www.webmonkey.com/2012/06/error-451-this-page-has-been-burned] about the IETF initiave of a censored webpage response. [http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-tbray-http-legally-restricted-status-00]. It's time for us to know more about the knowledge bunners!
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The Military

+ - Flexrotor VTOL UAV Enters Second Phase of Development->

Zothecula writes: In an attempt to combine the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities of a helicopter, with the speed, range and altitude capabilities of a fixed wing aircraft, tiltrotor aircraft, such as the AgustaWestland AW609 and the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey rely on powered rotors mounted on rotating shafts or nacelles at the end of a fixed wing. But the tiltrotor design isn’t the only option for aircraft looking to get the best of both worlds. Like Aerovironment’s SkyTote, the Flexrotor is designed to transition from vertical to horizontal flight without any pivoting of its rotor.
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Firefox

+ - Mozilla unveils Australis, one Firefox interface to rule them all->

MrSeb writes: "The last year or two has seen Firefox experience something resembling an identity crisis. You will all remember when Firefox 4.0 introduced a wildly different interface (called Strata) with The Big Orange Button, but Mozilla has also been experimenting with different tablet and smartphone UIs since Firefox for Android’s inception. For a variety of reasons, Mozilla never tried to bring Strata to the mobile platforms, resulting in a very fragmented user experience — mobile Firefox had almost zero resemblance to desktop Firefox. Now Mozilla is preparing to introduce Australis, a new UI (and UX) that will span, embrace, and unify the desktop, tablet, and smartphone versions of Firefox. Starting with the premise that Firefox is "soft, friendly, and human," Australis is as curvy as a curvy thing. While the desktop version of Australis obviously has more browser chrome (buttons/widgets) than the smartphone and tablet versions, all three share one recurring feature: Rounded corners everywhere. Tabs are positively swoopy. The bottom left and right corners of the browser window will be rounded. The tab thumbnails (when switching tabs on Firefox for Android) have rounded corners. Pop-up dialogs, such as Settings or Downloads, have rounded corners. The address bar and search bar are no longer rectangular: They're rounded rectangles. Still, there's no denying that Australis is rather pretty — and a unified Firefox UX, across Windows (and Metro), Mac, Linux, and Android is definitely a Good Thing."
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