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Submission + - New quantum record: 14 bits! (

Tx-0 writes: Quantum physicists from the University of Innsbruck have set another world record: They have achieved controlled entanglement of 14 quantum bits (qubits) and, thus, realized the largest quantum register that has ever been produced. With this experiment the scientists have not only come closer to the realization of a quantum computer but they also show surprising results for the quantum mechanical phenomenon of entanglement.
By now the Innsbruck experimental physicists have succeeded in confining up to 64 particles in an ion trap. "We are not able to entangle this high number of ions yet," says Thomas Monz. "However, our current findings provide us with a better understanding about the behavior of many entangled particles." And this knowledge may soon enable them to entangle even more atoms.


Submission + - ThinkPad Advanced Mini Dock Hack (

alek202 writes: European Hackers have demonstrated how to hack a ThinkPad Advanced Mini Dock in order to remove a docked and locked ThinkPad without damages from the Dock.

This is an excellent example how security by obscurity works — or doesn't.

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - NYT Paywall Cost $40million (

An anonymous reader writes: Aside from wondering who will pay more than the cost of a Wall Street Journal subscription in order to subscribe to the New York Times, my biggest question right now is how the NY Times spent a reported $40-50 million writing the code (Bloomberg; other sources are consistent). Google was financed with $25 million. The New York Times already had a credit card processing system for selling home delivery. It already had a database management system for keeping track of Web site registrants. What did they spend the $40-50 million on?

Submission + - Linux distributor security list compromised (

andrea.sartori writes: ZDNet reports that "Hackers have compromised a private e-mail list used by Linux and BSD distributors to share information on embargoed security vulnerabilities and used a backdoor to sniff e-mail traffic, according to the moderator of the list. In a note to Vendor-Sec's members, moderator Marcus Meissner said he noticed the break-in on January 20 but warned that it might have existed for much longer.
Immediately after Meissner's warning e-mail, the attacker re-entered the compromised machine and destroyed the installation."
Meissner has since killed the list: So everyone please consider is dead and gone at this point, successors (or not) will hopefully result out of this discussion.
The H Security notes (link to the H's article) that this isn't the first compromise of the Vendor-Sec list. In 2005, black hat hackers reportedly hijacked a kernel exploit for root access from the list.

Submission + - Getting Computers to Recognize Facial Expressions (

Zothecula writes: Binghamton University computer scientist Lijun Yin thinks that using a computer should be a comfortable and intuitive experience, like talking to a friend. As anyone who has ever yelled "Why did you go and do that?" at their PC or Mac will know, however, using a computer is currently sometimes more like talking to an overly-literal government bureaucrat who just doesn't get you. Thanks to Yin's work with things like emotion recognition, however, that might be on its way to becoming a thing of the past.

Submission + - 5TB HDDs Next As Samsung Demos 1TB Platter @ CeBIT (

siliconbits writes: Even at $250, the sheer fact that a 5TB HDDs may replace FIVE 1TB drives in one go is tantalising; just make sure you RAID-5 it.
"A few meters away from the transparent, solar powered touchscreen 46-inch monitor that Samsung Electronics was displaying at CeBIT 2011 in Hanover, there was another disruptive technology on show, a new hard disk drive, the HN-D201RAE, a 2TB model with two 1TB platters.
This means that Samsung may well introduce a similar model this year to reach the 5TB barrier (although a 4-platter, 4TB model is more likely). It might run hot but it will provide more than enough throughput thanks to SATA 6Gbps interface and ample cache (64MB or more) to justify the move.

Comment Re:Calling Pons and Fleischmann... (Score 1) 1747

The deviation since 1960 doesn't automatically mean that the records are wrong before 1960, as the instrumental records validate a large chunk of the pre 1960 period tree ring proxy data as correct within a given error bar. Noone knows the reasons why the tree ring proxy data is wrong "recently", but it is entirely possible that the cause is something like "more recent rings on trees take time to dry out" or something like that. It would be interesting to find out the cause.

And no one knows if they were wrong in the past in a similar way; that is the danger of chasing correlations without a firm grasp of the physical mechanisms (which provide model structure and make extrapolation beyond the calibration region somewhat safe).

Comment Re:If women are so smart . . . (Score 5, Insightful) 928

My observation as a female is that men prefer "hot dumb blond chicks" (in bars etc) over more regular gals per se, without intellegence being factored in at all. Dumb, smart, pfft, she's hot.

As a warmish rather than hot chick, I think, in general, that the smarter the man the more he values intelligence. Or that's what I keep telling myself, anyway.

Comment Re:Nothing New (Score 1) 528

I was thinking the same thing... I like tabbed apps.. Browsers, text editors.. etc.. and it makes sense... I would love to have tabbed browsing at work, as most of the apps I use are web based, but for some reason we are still stuck with IE 6.. In my case tabbed apps would work as a work around for our refusal to change browsers.. but then we are not talking XP here.. but KDE... I guess what I am saying, is that I can see where it might be useful in some situations, but for the most part the functionality is as you say done on the taskbar.. the minority of users who will benefit from this, makes it hardly worth it.. But if it is optional, then I say go for it.

Comment Re:Can't see why this would matter. (Score 3, Insightful) 736

However, I think most people understand the difference between an HR manager, accountant and lawyer, and they would have different job titles even if they were all in an administration dept. It's unlikely they would all be called 'administration guy' and be expected to deal with the same queries, unless it's a really, really small company, in which case it's fair enough and everyone is expected to be versatile. I don't think IT is given the same respect/insight, so I think the article author's point stands.

Of course they'll have different job titles - just as I assume our "IT guy" is going to have some kind of official job title like "Senior Network Administrator" - but that doesn't really matter. We're talking about somebody who doesn't want to be called an "IT guy" even though he works in the "IT Department."

HR is responsible for human resources... Accounting is responsible for money... Legal is responsible for all the legal mumbo-jumbo...

So, where does payroll fit into things? Is that HR or Accounting?

How about whoever it is that handles things like the hiring and firing procedures... Does that fall under Legal, or HR?

I'm sure you've got people working in HR who have skillsets that more closely resemble folks in Accounting or Legal... Or you've got people who have duties that fall somewhere between the departmental lines... But you've still got to stick them on an organizational chart somewhere.

So you get guys in HR who don't know the first thing about hiring or firing people... Who went to years and years of school to learn all kinds of neat accounting stuff... But they're still in HR, whether they like it or not. And they'll still be introduced as "Joe from HR" - even if they don't like the association with the people who fire you. And maybe they'll be asked about some benefit package during lunch, and they won't be able to answer, because they don't know anything about benefits.

How does that differ from someone in IT who went to school for years and years to learn programming and has nothing to do with actually fixing a broken PC?

It may very well be that your average human being doesn't understand the intricacies of IT work... May not understand the subtle differences between a DBA and a network administrator (they're both administrators, right?) But that doesn't really have much to do with organizational charts.

If your company has an IT department, and you work in it, you're an IT guy. Just as you're an HR guy if you work in the HR department, and you're a Sales guy if you work in the Sales department.

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get to work.