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+ - The math behind beaming a human->

Submitted by pjbass
pjbass (144318) writes "A group of physics students from the University of Leicester recently undertook the question, "how long would it take to beam a human being?" While some loose assumptions were made regarding available bandwidth (and its impact on the time to transfer the data), it is very interesting to see how much "data" a human being occupies."
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Comment: Re:A prime example (Score 1) 506

Yet another prime example of why alien civilizations won't contact us openly: How can a truly civilized race possibly take us as anything other than animals when we still do things like this? Our so-called "civilization" is just as thin a patina over the animal underneath as our neo-cortex is over the rest of our brains. It's positively heartbreaking to read of things like this in this day and age when I know that the human race, at it's best, is in such stark contrast with such senseless ignorance and brutality.

I don't disagree with your overall premise, but what says that an alien civilization with technology to travel inter-planet has to be a truly civilized race?

Intel

+ - Short interview with kernel.org's Warthog9->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "After the events of last year, kernel.org needed to redo their infrastructure. Intel was proud to help out and provide all new Intel® Ethernet X520 adapters to the kernel.org team. Team member John 'Warthog9' Hawley was kind enough to spend a few minutes answering some questions for us and I figured I’d share his answers.He shares some little known details about the kernel.org infrastructure that we all know and love. And since IT can often be thankless, thanks to John and the rest of the behind the scenes people that keep Linux moving forwards. (Full disclosure, I edited the article)"
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Comment: And who cares? (Score 1) 243

by pjbass (#37892942) Attached to: The Weight of an e-Book

Sorry, but this isn't significant. And to be honest, it sounds like it should be in the noise. Flash memory is flash memory. The cell can swell based on many environmental factors (air pressure changes, humidity, temperature, etc.), and TFA clearly mentions heat as a possible factor. The fact a downloaded piece of data measured at all could be the cells were heated as the gates were being used to store the data. Who knows. A billionth of a billionth of a gram for 4GB of data just sounds too tiny to be remotely significant, let alone noteworthy outside of an extremely controlled environment.

I'd like to see more data on the experiment itself, to see if the measurements were all taken in a very controlled environment or not. TFA is really lacking any details that would intrigue people who cared.

Comment: Re:Clouds: Up in the air and foggy: (Score 1) 147

by pjbass (#35919342) Attached to: EC2 Outage Shows How Much the Net Relies On Amazon

The issue today though isn't in-house vs. colocated, it's cost. Most of these companies don't have the cash to build proper infrastructure to house their services locally. The cloud services from various companies, like Amazon, take care of the physical maintenance and cooling and power, etc.

Even if your local datacenter housed mission-critical data, I'm sure it's possible to come up with 100 scenarios where you could lose all connectivity to your locally-housed infrastructure (power company accidentally digs up your comm lines, etc.).

The cloud isn't perfect, but neither is in-house colocation. It depends on how much money you want to spend for the control. Even with the control, you can't plan for the worst and still remain cost-effective. This is just a crappy situation that is amplified given how many people rely on the services.

Comment: Re:Oh rats (Score 1) 166

by pjbass (#30334160) Attached to: Intel Kills Consumer Larrabee Plans

I don't play games on my laptop, but I do run compiz-fusion with many of the features enabled. It's very eye-candy-heavy, and my integrated Intel graphics chip keeps up just fine. My CPUs don't bear much load at all. I don't think things are as grossly out of proportion as you make them out to be. 5 years ago, yes. Today, not so much.

The Internet

+ - Why Craigslist won't run ads

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prostoalex writes "USA Today interviews Jim Buckmaster, CEO of popular online classifieds site CraigsList. The company currently has 23 employees, never paid a single dime to advertise itself, but nevertheless is 9th most popular Web site in the US (USA Today quotes Alexa). Viewed as a major factor in declining newspaper subscriptions, CraigsList has this to say: "On the charge of "stealing" ads from newspapers, Buckmaster remains quietly unapologetic. The big newspaper chains continue to be about twice as profitable as the average American business, he says, "so it's not as though they're hurting." Newspapers have become "beholden to Wall Street," he says. "The primary focus is not necessarily on journalism; it's on maximizing revenue.""
Sci-Fi

+ - Flying car by 2010

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Rafi Yoeli hopes to see a marketable version of his X-Hawk flying car by 2010. But when will the Pitbull hoverboard be available?"
Security

+ - German Court Bans Police Use of Spyware

Submitted by narramissic
narramissic (997261) writes "In a landmark decision, Germany's High Court has struck a blow to the plans of German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble to give the Federal Criminal Police Office greater power to monitor terrorists and other criminals online, arguing that 'searching computers is similar to searching homes, a practice in Germany that requires police to follow certain procedures, such as obtaining a search warrant and informing suspected offenders of a search.'"

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