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Submission + - Wendelstein 7-X Fusion Reactor: First Plasma

ndverdo writes: today the Wendelstein-7-X Stellarator commenced operation with Max Planck Institute announcing the initial generation of about 1 million degrees plasma. The plasma temperature will consecutively be raised to over 100 million degrees C for fusion to occur. Investments over the machine's mission life are over 1 billion Euro. Wendelstein's complex geometry for plasma containment is quite stunning.
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Google Releases Open Source Plans For Cardboard V2 Virtual Reality Viewer 26

An anonymous reader writes: After revealing an improved version of Cardboard, the super-low cost virtual reality smartphone adapter, Google has now also freely released the detailed design documents, encouraging people to use them for projects ranging from DIY fun to full blown manufacturing. The v2 version of Cardboard is easier to assemble, has larger lenses, a universal input button, and is bigger overall to support larger phones.

Submission + - Philae lander online stardate 22:28 CEST 20150614 (esa.eu)

ndverdo writes: Philea, the European lander on comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko has made contact at 22:28 CEST 20150614 with the the Rosetta probe that delivered it. "Philae is doing very well: It has an operating temperature of -35C and has 24 Watts available," explains DLR Philae Project Manager Dr. Stephan Ulamec. "The lander is ready for operations." Approaching aphelion with the sun it was expected that it would gain sufficient energy to reestablish contact. This might set the stage for a daring manoeuvre to catapult Philae to a more sunny spot on the comet surface.

Submission + - Philae has woke up

An anonymous reader writes: According the ESA's Rosetta blog: http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2...

"Rosetta's lander Philae is out of hibernation!

The signals were received at ESA's European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt at 22:28 CEST on 13 June. More than 300 data packets have been analysed by the teams at the Lander Control Center at the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

"Philae is doing very well: It has an operating temperature of -35C and has 24 Watts available," explains DLR Philae Project Manager Dr. Stephan Ulamec. "The lander is ready for operations."

For 85 seconds Philae "spoke" with its team on ground, via Rosetta, in the first contact since going into hibernation in November.

When analysing the status data it became clear that Philae also must have been awake earlier: "We have also received historical data — so far, however, the lander had not been able to contact us earlier."

Now the scientists are waiting for the next contact. There are still more than 8000 data packets in Philae’s mass memory which will give the DLR team information on what happened to the lander in the past few days on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Philae shut down on 15 November 2015 at 1:15 CET after being in operation on the comet for about 60 hours. Since 12 March 2015 the communication unit on orbiter Rosetta was turned on to listen out for the lander.

More information when we have it!"
United States

A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool 154

realized writes in with a closer look at the NSA's QUANTUM system. "Today QUANTUM packs a suite of attack tools, including both DNS injection (upgrading the man-on-the-side to a man-in-the-middle, allowing bogus certificates and similar routines to break SSL) and HTTP injection. That reasonable enough. But it also includes gadgets like a plug-in to inject into MySQL connections, allowing the NSA to quietly mess with the contents of a third-party's database. (This also surprisingly suggests that unencrypted MySQL on the internet is common enough to attract NSA attention.) And it allows the NSA to hijack both IRC and HTTP-based criminal botnets, and also includes routines which use packet-injection to create phantom servers, and even attempting (poorly) to use this for defense."

Comment Re:Handling of recall-level issues (Score 1) 359

Having posted the referenced lengthy account of my GPU issues above I need to retreat the line of argument that it falls into the same issue category as my MBP and is not the by others faulted Early 2011 model.

My MacBook with the issues described is a:
Retina MacBook Pro Mid 2012 a.k.a.
MacBookPro10,1 Sales# MC975LL/A, Model# A1398, Production week 27-2012
with a discrete NVIDIA GT650M chip.

The issue of a lack of transparancy on HW issues I can nevertheless underline from having an issue-ridden MBP from another prior episode. The (first) Intel MBP 2006 I had in use produced a high pitch whining noise which similarly resulted in 2 mainboard swaps. The time it took until it became an acknowledged issue with service being aware of it was lengthy, and the customer experience then mimicked the one described before...

Comment Re:Apple Forum Post, Account crippled within 5' (Score 1) 359

Having posted the referenced lengthy account of my GPU issues above I need to retreat the line of argument that it falls into the same issue category as my MBP and is not the by others faulted Early 2011 model.

My MacBook with the issues described is a:
Retina MacBook Pro Mid 2012 a.k.a.
MacBookPro10,1 Sales# MC975LL/A, Model# A1398, Production week 27-2012
with a discrete NVIDIA GT650M chip.

The issue of a lack of transparancy on HW issues I can nevertheless underline from having an issue-ridden MBP from another prior episode. The (first) Intel MBP 2006 I had in use produced a high pitch whining noise which similarly resulted in 2 mainboard swaps. The time it took until it became an acknowledged issue with service being aware of it was lengthy, and the customer experience then mimicked the one described before.

Submission + - Naps Nurture Growing Brains (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Few features of child-rearing occupy as much parental brain space as sleep, and with it the timeless question: Is my child getting enough? Despite the craving among many parents for more sleep in their offspring (and, by extension, themselves), the purpose that sleep serves in young kids remains something of a mystery—especially when it comes to daytime naps. Do they help children retain information, as overnight sleep has been found to do in adults? A new study provides the first evidence that daytime sleep is in fact critical for effective learning in young children.

Comment Grossly wrong (Score 5, Informative) 79

this is a unusually grossly wrong submission having gotten to the /. frontpage. The gross project funding amounts to EUR 1 billion (approx. USD 1.35 billion) which is allocated to all the over 100 participant institutions, companies and groups - of which Nokia is only one. The effort is led by Chalmers University of Sweden.
Earth

Submission + - 200 Lumen/Watt Production Power LEDs Introduced (cree.com)

ndverdo writes: Cree just announced production power LEDs reaching 200 lumen/watt. Approximately doubling the previous peak LED light efficiency, the new LEDs will require less cooling. This should enable the MK-R series to finally provide direct no-hassle replacements to popular form-factors such as MR-16 spots and incandescent lighting in general. The LEDs are sampling and it is stated that "production quantities are available with standard lead times". Reaching a 1600 lm luminous flux light output these LEDs should bring a bright future indeed.

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