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Comment Re:The bigger news here (Score 4, Informative) 37

Um, no. The cable being laid at the moment goes from Finland to Germany. A Northeast Passage cable would go from the other end of Finland, along the Russian coast to Japan.

Conceded, more than a data center owner, but "mused" and "one day" doesn't exactly sound like they've finalized their plans.

And another company working on undersea cables in the Arctic (working on a route from Europe via Canada to Asia) has its doubts:

The route above Russia is too long a route with little or no commercial demand. No financing would be available and there are too many ice scour issues in East Siberian Sea to make this route preferable over the Northwest Passage route.

Comment No scandal! (Score 0) 414

This is about the long-standing and well-known issue that cars use more fuel and pollute more when tested on the road vs. the NEDC standardized rolling road test.
This is due to the fact that the NEDC uses a driving profile (throttle position vs. time) that is much slower than the average car is driven.
Bottom line: when you put the pedal to the metal, of course you're going to burn more fuel.

Submission + - 2015 Physics Nobel: Takaaki Kajita, Arthur McDonald for Neutrino work (

Lawrence Bottorff writes: The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to the Japanese Takaaki Kajita and the Canadian Arthur McDonald (72) for evidence that neutrinos have mass. This was announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Tuesday in Stockholm.

"For over half a century we thought that neutrinos have no mass," Nobel jurist Olga Botner said. Neutrinos are extremely small and light particles, most come from the sun. They are very difficult to measure, which is why they are also called ghost particles. Billions of them pass through the human body every second, without that they react with our bodies.

Neutrinos come in three types, called generations. Kajita and McDonanld showed that a neutrino can convert to another independently of its original type. They change their identity regularly.

This phenomenon physicists call neutrino oscillation. It is only possible if neutrinos have mass. By detecting the oscillation of the ghostly particles, this year's prize winners were able to answer the long-standing question whether neutrinos have mass or not.

"This year's award is about state changes of some of the most abundant inhabitants of the universe," said Göran Hansson, Secretary General of the Academy.

"Incredible," was Takaaki Kajitas first comment. Kajita examined the neutrinos at Super-Kamiokande Detector, a massive tank in Japan full of ultrapure water. There he was able to show that neutrinos can change their identity from the atmosphere.

Arthur McDonald showed that neutrinos change their identity on their way from the sun to Earth .

Comment Re: ROT13 in the WW-II era.. (Score 1) 69

For Turing, breaking Enigma was only one of his accomplishments. His contributions to the start of the computer age overshadow everything he's done during the war. Welchman's post-war work was more in the shadows.

The BBC did a hour-long documentary on Welchman recently.

With up to 9000 personnel, plus key suppliers like Tommy Flowers and his group at Post Office Research (who built Colossus), and Harold 'Doc' Keen of the British Tabulating Machine Company (who built the bombes), there's plenty of unsung heroes at Bletchley Park.

Comment Re:KISS (Score 1) 86

The big drawback of year.month over major.minor is that year.month gives no indication of the magnitude of changes. Can I install 2015.09 and be certain all of the features I use daily are still there? What's the difference in file format between 2014.06 and this new version?
Now I realize major.minor is not an ironclad guarantee either, but it gets me closer than year.month.

Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan