Yes, but not for a nuclear command and control system as most people think. The ARPANET was to connect the geographically dispursed defense researchers and institutions to the small number of available research computers. The survivability in the design can be attributed to the poor reliability of the switching and circuits -- you didn't need a nuclear attack to take down the network, it handled that all on its own.
mraudigy writes: "Physicists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research near Geneva, told The Associated Press on Thursday that reams of new data will help in the search for the Higgs boson, whose existence is theorized under the main particle physics theory that explains the Big Bang. Finding it would be an enormous scientific breakthrough for the physics world and would help explain why different particles have different masses. That is because the particle itself is thought to give mass to other particles, and thus to objects and creatures in the Universe. CERN scientists say their data from two main experiments using CERN's $10-billion Large Hadron Collider under the Swiss-French border will be made public next Tuesday, but any firm discovery will have to wait until next year. They say the data helps narrow the region of the search because it excludes some of the higher energy ranges where the Higgs boson might be found, and shows some intriguing possibilities involving a small number of "events" at the lower energy ranges." Link to Original Source
mraudigy writes: "Normally staid scientists rushed to defend a foundation theory of modern physics — and one even vowed to eat his blue boxer shorts if the findings were confirmed. The fuss began in September when a European team announced that ghostly sub-atomic particles called neutrinos had been found to travel some six kilometres (3.75 miles) per second faster than the velocity of light. The neutrinos had been generated at the giant underground lab of the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva. They were timed at their departure and, after travelling 732 kms (454 miles) through Earth's crust, at their arrival at the Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy. To do the trip, the neutrinos should have taken 0.0024 seconds. Instead, the ornery little critters hit the detectors in Italy 0.00000006 seconds sooner than expected. "If the effect were confirmed, it would show some particles can travel faster than the speed of light," Professor David Wark, director of the Particle Physics Department at Britain's Science and Technology Facilities Council, told AFP. "This would be a profound revolution in physics, probably the most significant one to happen in the last 100 years."" Link to Original Source
dlane writes: "Representatives of the NZ Open Source Society have successfully opposed a Microsoft software patent application related to XML use in representing productivity data. This was a very broad patent, found subject to prior art: i.e. a very low quality patent that shouldn't have been submitted much less granted. As it was, it took the NZOSS members and their legal team 8 years to get MS to abandon the application.
This isn't the first time they've tried this: another bad application (http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/F68C4D35A4AE5DD5CC257038000F4A24) was submitted to NZ's patent office although it had been disallowed in other jurisdictions (including US) due to prior art. NZOSS representatives challenged the application and were able to force MS to change the wording to the point where it was no longer seen as a threat to developers.
Whenever Microsoft claims support for "improved quality patents" realise that what they mean is "other people's patents". Feel free to highlight their hypocrisy." Link to Original Source
Ellisande writes: BBC News Reports that an Irish opposition party website has been hacked by activists claiming to be part of Anonymous. Personal details of approximately 2000 supporters are said to have been compromised, and the sites owners are reportly saying they were "professionally hacked". Despite the hackers stating they are members of Anonymous, there seems to be some contention on the 4Chan boards about whether or not they are really affiliated with the group. I guess imitation is the greatest form of flattery — or perhaps the danger of having such a distributed group is its difficult to account for the actions of your affliates? Link to Original Source
from the tahts-aolt-fo-mnoey dept.
holy_calamity writes "New Scientist reports on an analysis by Harvard researchers that suggests Google rakes in half a billion dollars annually from advertising that appears on typosquatting domains. They estimate that 60 per cent of typosquatting pages use Google ads, but the advertising giant declined to discuss whether it should be working with such pages."
destinyland writes: As the science fiction movie 2012 opens Friday, one science writer challenges the idea that it's harmless "disaster porn". The film's writers are arguing that millions of people believe the final day of the Mayan calendar — December 21, 2012 — will bring "some kind of shift in society, or a shift in spirit," which this article calls "blithe cultural arrogance and staggering anthropological ignorance." It quotes BoingBoing's Xeni Jardin who knows Mayans through her work with a Guatemalan nonprofit, who calls it a parody of Mayan culture, and describes explaining to a laughing Mayan priest what the Hollywood version had cost to film. (The priest's response? "Well, that's gringos for you.") Link to Original Source