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Comment: Re:(insert bad lip sync here) (Score 1) 284

by dkasak (#46079601) Attached to: Chinese Moon Rover Says an Early Goodnight

"kung fu" is an alternative transliteration of (gngfu) which means "skill attained through hard work and effort". In this sense the term "kung fu" can signify a very high profficiency in any skill or art, not just martial arts. In fact, the connotation of "kung fu" with martial arts came about only in the 20th century. Therefore, the shi fu of science and engineering can be said to have a great gongfu (kung fu) in science and engineering.

Comment: Re:having said that (Score 1) 127

by dkasak (#43130563) Attached to: Physicists Discover 13 New Solutions To Three-Body Problem

Except that it has been proven impossible for a local hidden variable theory (which is what you are suggesting) to be able to replicate all of the results of quantum mechanics. This result is called Bell's theorem. This essentially means that either the universe is non-deterministic or it is not completely local (i.e. there are effects not caused by local forces). Either that or counterfactual definiteness does not hold (since Bell's theorem relies on it) due to the results of any experiment and the choice of measurement procedure for that experiment being inseparably linked through exactly the same deterministic factors. In other words, counterfactual definiteness being false means that, given an experiment producing a result A through measurement P, it makes no sense to ask "what would have happened if we chose measurement Q instead?" since the very same deterministic factors that caused result A also caused the experimenter to choose measurement P. While this is possible, it is extremely implausible.

Comment: Re:having said that (Score 1) 127

by dkasak (#43130259) Attached to: Physicists Discover 13 New Solutions To Three-Body Problem

Except that it was proven impossible for a local hidden variable theory (which is what you are suggesting) to reproduce the results of quantum mechanics. This result is called Bell's theorem. This means that either the universe is non-deterministic or it is not completely local (i.e. there are effects which cannot be attributed to a local force). Either that or counterfactual definiteness does not hold, which would essentially mean that the result of any experiment and the choice of measurement the experimenter made for that experiment are both inseparably linked by being caused by the same deterministic factors (i.e. the experimenter got result A when doing a measurement Q and it makes no sense to ask "what would have happened if he chose measurement P instead?" since his choice of measurement was predetermined by exactly the same factors that made the result A). This is possible, but very implausible.

GUI

New Diablo 3 Images; Design Wins Over Darkness 243

Posted by timothy
from the beyond-none-more-black dept.
KingofGnG writes "The new Diablo III screenshots highlight the strong chromatic variations existing between the dungeons and the various stages ... It appears obvious, however, that all those details enriching the scenes, the crumbling parapets of the paths within the dungeons, the plants and the ragged drapes lightened by candles, would lose the best part of their raison d'etre if put in monochrome palettes inclined to black."
Windows

+ - Microsoft Windows 7 'wishlist' leaked->

Submitted by Cassius Corodes
Cassius Corodes (1084513) writes "It appears that, although it is working hard to rectify the multitude of issues with its current Vista platform, Microsoft has largely redirected its focus on preparation and development for its next platform, Windows 7. An indicator of this would be what appears to be a wishlist of changes users want to see for the next platform which surfaced recently.

The full list is featured at NeoWin here: though the list is quite extensive and references both features users would like to see in the next iteration of Windows, it also documents the gripes and complaints with the current systems, according to Engadget.

http://tech.blorge.com/Structure:%20/2007/11/12/microsoft-windows-7-wishlist-leaked/"

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Space

+ - Atlantis launched without incident->

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forkazoo writes "Space.com is reporting the successful launch of the space shuttle Atlantis. There were no major incidents or problems during the launch, except that there was some concern about the weather at the two European abort landing sites. The weather cleared up and the launch was pretty much perfect. I watched on the live NASA TV stream."
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Six Multi-Service IM Clients Reviewed 258

Posted by Zonk
from the trillian-for-the-win dept.
mikemuch writes "It's been a while since AOL stopped trying to jam third-party IM clients, and their use is now a fairly common desktop experience. ExtremeTech has posted a roundup of free alternatives to the standard IM software from the big boys — AIM, Yahoo Messenger, and MSN (now Windows Live) Messenger. The products are a mixed bag, some of them Web 2.0-based, like the excellent meebo and the ad-heavy eBuddy. Most give you combined message windows with tabs. GAIM is now Pidgin, Meetro tries to get you chatting with locals, and Trillian, now at version 3.1, remains the client to beat."
Windows

Vista Media Center Plus CableCard Equals No TV 262

Posted by Zonk
from the that's-some-bad-math dept.
notthatwillsmith writes "ATI's internal CableCard readers are finally available, and Maximum PC got hands-on time with a couple of Vista-powered systems built using the FCC-mandated technology. The short version? It doesn't work. From the article: 'The tech told me he'd receive training direct from Microsoft, but none of it covered internal tuners. We both agreed that the process should be the same, since the only difference is that the slots are inside the case, versus in an external box. The tech then proceeds to install the CableCards, connect the tuners to coax line, fire up the PC, and begin the software configuration. This step involves activating the TV Wonder with a product-activation code, and calling the Comcast office to exchange some information. We should have had a picture at this point, but we didn't.'"
United States

+ - Court: Cops Can Steal and Lie to Conduct Searches->

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Spamicles
Spamicles writes "Police officers faked a car jacking in order to search a car that was suspected to be used in drug trafficking. They discovered drugs and arrested the owners of the car. A lower court ruled that the warrant-less search and seizure violated the Fourth Amendment and that the drugs could not be used as evidence. This ruling was overturned today."
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Mars

+ - Liquid Puddles on Mars?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It seems hard to believe, but physicist Ron Levin claims that the Opportunity rover found puddles on Mars filled with a clear substance (possibly water or ice). That is to say, he is suggesting that water CURRENTLY exists on the surface of Mars. Could this possibly be consistent with the laws of physics, previous Mars survey mission photos, or previous Matrian spectroscopy? Is this just totally crazy? Judge for yourself. Details here."
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Security

+ - Report Reveals New Genre of Evasive Attacks->

Submitted by HGH2
HGH2 (666) writes "The latest Web Security Trends Report focuses on a new genre of highly sophisticated and evasive attacks designed to potentially bypass signature-based and database-reliant security technology. The report also describes the proliferation of affiliation networks based on a "hosted model" for malicious code, which utilize off-the-shelf malicious code packages to compromise highly popular websites and even government domains."
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