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+ - TSA fiasco at Newark (USA) Airport.->

Submitted by arktemplar
arktemplar (1060050) writes "I first found out about this from a friend, turns out it's been tweeted about pretty heavily. Some person slipped through to the sterile zone and the TSA's new and enhanced procedures could do nothing about it. Sadly, they are now causing excessive delays to every one else, planes about to depart have been grounded. I wonder when they'll realise that they need to rethink their strategy for security."
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Comment: Re:It's not the business model that is broken. (Score 1) 552

by arktemplar (#29253131) Attached to: Where Have You Gone, Bell Labs?

Actually while IBM may not do a lot of "pure science". Some of it's breakthroughs in technology have far reaching implications, I'd say something similar with HP. So yes, pure science is not getting the kind of investment it did a while back, yes it could do with more, yes it would help. But I am sure that the kind of work that is being done in pure science nowdays is not the kind that can do with the amount of investment that can be "easily" made.

If there were to be radical shifts - a lot could happen. I guess, but what if scenarios are not particularly useful. Yes we need to do stuff, but the how is much more important. That we need to do stuff has been known for ages.

Also - Europe seems to have more money in pure science - I wonder if some one can get stats about how they have been better off for it. (not a bait - actually curious about the numbers)

- I'm not from any of the above mentioned companies.

Comment: Re:Where are you located? (Score 1) 301

by arktemplar (#28160327) Attached to: VHDL or Verilog For Learning FPGAs?

Yes, essentially I'd agree with you.

However the thing is this, it's easier to get synthesiseable code in verilog that will correspond to your code directly, if you have experience, that is. However, VHDL seems to be better in my opinion only because it is more structured.

Ok - so the thing is, I've done significant work in both. I kind of liked the fact that VHDL was more structured and readable, however Verilog seems to have more support. Now, apart from this the differences, are mostly in getting synthesiseable results from your code, it's easier to get code match the RTL, like I've already said, if you're working in Verilog, plus synthesisers also have better support for Verilog. However, after getting started on verilog, VHDL is much more attractive in my opinion.

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+ - Your next clustering solution: PS3 + Linux->

Submitted by vrrrtk
vrrrtk (1132459) writes "UNICAMP (One of the biggest Brazilian Universities) is using a cluster of PS3 game consoles to perform some calculations about interactions between anesthesia and biological membranes. The Fine Article is in Portuguese. The researcher Monica Pickholz says: "It's the most stable cluster I've seen, it stopped only once because of a failure in the power generator". She also says it's also much cheaper than an performance matching solution using "conventional" servers. The machines run Linux with some clustering technology but she didn't give any details about it. Personally, I'm a little bit surprised to see PS3 working well as server, it has a hell of a processor, but how about I/O performance ? Anyway, I wonder how well they fit in a rack :) [SORRY FOR MY ENGLISH]"
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Malaysia Decides Not To Force Bloggers To Register->

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Following last week's news of a proposal in Malaysia to force bloggers to register with the government, it appears that common sense has won out. There were clearly some politicians who recognized registering bloggers wasn't a very good idea (and was merely a kneejerk reaction to some trouble some politicians had had with critical bloggers). So it's good to see that those politicians effectively got that point across and the plan to force bloggers to register has been rejected. The government still warned bloggers not to publish "rumors" or "offensive remarks" because existing laws will be used against them -- but said that forcing them to actually register was unlikely to be an effective tool.
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US Air Force Aims High With Bluespam->

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It seems that more and more brands and companies are trying to market themselves via Bluespamming -- sending out unsolicited messages and requests for connections to nearby mobile phones via Bluetooth. Marketers that use the practice, of course, don't call it Bluespam, and see it as a wonderful mechanism to use, even though the vast majority of people that receive the messages aren't interested in them. Now, it's the US Air Force that's turning to Bluespamming, as it plans to use the method to harass mobile phone users at a NASCAR race this weekend. A rep says Bluespamming will help prove the Air Force's high-tech chops to impressionable kids, while somebody from its ad agency says that it will help attract "tech savvy" recruits. Would they say the same things about email spam? Probably not. It's hard to see how annoying just about anybody with a Bluetooth phone in a particular area is a good way to market yourself, and never mind the horrific user experience of delivering content via mobile marketing. Needless to say, it's great to see the US government getting into the spamming business.
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+ - Neutrinos -- and once again, symmetry is restored!

Submitted by perturbed1
perturbed1 (1086477) writes " A Fermilab press release today announced that MiniBooNE's latest results rule out the simple neutrino oscillation interpretation of the LSND experiment. Neutrinos have a tiny amount of mass, required by their oscillations, as observed in solar, atmospheric and reactor neutrino experiments. Combining these results with the LSND experiment's results required the presence of a *fourth* but "sterile" neutrino, breaking the 3-fold symmetry of particle families in the standard model! Symmetry in the particle kingdom has once again been restored. Standard model lives on!"

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