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Submission + - Nineteen-year-old Gets DARPA Contract for Chip Design->

itwbennett writes: Thomas Sohmers, an electrical engineering prodigy who started working at the MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at age 13, has just scored $1.25 million from DARPA to develop a new kind of chip that could deliver on exascale high performance computing. Sohmers told The Platform that Neo cores are 1/145 the size of a fourth-generation Haswell core. He expects to deliver a 256 core chip by the end of 2016 at the earliest using a 28 nanometer process, which will offer 65 gigaflops per watt. It will also offer 256 gigaFLOPS of double precision math.
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Submission + - Pro Gamers To Be Tested For Doping->

An anonymous reader writes: The Electronic Sports League is the biggest organization for running video game competitions. It has now announced that they'll begin testing professional video gamers for performance-enhancing drugs. The league is getting help from anti-doping agencies that help regulate athletes in traditional sports. They say, "[W]e will be administering the first PED skin tests at ESL One Cologne this August, with a view to performing these tests at every Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One and ESL ESEA Pro League event thereafter as soon as the official PED policy is established and tournament rules updated accordingly." This announcement comes after a high-profile Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player admitted last week that he and many other players used Adderall to gain an advantage in tournaments.
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Submission + - Men who harass women online are quite literally losers, new study finds

AmiMoJo writes: The men most likely to harass women online are the men most likely to have their own problems. That bit of validation comes courtesy Michael Kasumovic and Jeffrey Kuznekoff, researchers at the University of New South Wales and Miami University, respectively. For their latest study, published in the journal PLOS One last week, the duo watched how men treated women during 163 plays of the video game Halo 3. As they watched the games play out and tracked the comments that players made to each other, the researchers observed that — no matter their skill level, or how the game went — men tended to be pretty cordial to each other. Male players who were good at the game also tended to pay compliments to other male and female players. Some male players, however — the ones who were less-skilled at the game, and performing worse relative their peers — made frequent, nasty comments to the female gamers. In other words, sexist dudes are literally losers.

Comment Hawking? (Score 4, Interesting) 208 208

At first I was going to ask the doubters why Hawking would be involved if the project was so dubious, but after RTFA it is very unclear what Hawking has to do with it. He is quoted making several comments about SETI in general but nothing specific about this project. He isn't listed as a project leader. The closes I found was this quote "I strongly support the Breakthrough Initiatives and the search for extraterrestrial life.". It seems like they stuck his name in the headline for the prestige effect.

Comment Re:24/7 access does NOT = "unfettered" access (Score 1) 459 459

The CIA disagrees with you, and has done so consistently for the last decade in the annual National Intelligence Estimate. If you think you know better than them, by all means provide your reasoning. And you will have to do better than a picture of some centrifuges, which have plenty of non-military applications.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder

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