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Comment Re:We need more Manhattan projects (Score 1) 332

There are: the War on Cancer "National Cancer Act of 1971 by then U.S. President Richard Nixon is generally viewed as the beginning of the war on cancer, though it was not described as a "war" in the legislation itself", War on Drugs "War on Drugs is an American term commonly applied to a campaign of prohibition of drugs, military aid, and military intervention, with the stated aim being to reduce the illegal drug trade"

Comment I tried Start-Up NY (Score 5, Informative) 238

I tired to use Start-Up NY. We called and were told that it was only for out of state businesses opening in New York. They referred me to a small business consulting group at Stony Brook University. They referred me back to Start-Up NY. I had the impression that no one I spoke with knew what they were talking about, and really weren't interested in helping at all. I have even considered writing to Governor Cuomo. I think that Governor Cuomo's concept here is very well intentioned and could be a great benefit to the state. But, from my experience the administrative staff are not executing the Governor's program as intended.

Submission + - Eric Schmidt says the Internet will Disappear 2

Esra Erimez writes: Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt on Thursday predicted the end of the Internet as we know it. Schmidt says, “There will be so many IP addressesso many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you won’t even sense it. “It will be part of your presence all the time. Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic. And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room.”

Submission + - Quantum Computing Without Qubits (

An anonymous reader writes: For more than 20 years, Ivan H. Deutsch has struggled to design the guts of a working quantum computer. He has not been alone. The quest to harness the computational might of quantum weirdness continues to occupy hundreds of researchers around the world. Why hasn’t there been more to show for their work? As physicists have known since quantum computing’s beginnings, the same characteristics that make quantum computing exponentially powerful also make it devilishly difficult to control. The quantum computing “nightmare” has always been that a quantum computer’s advantages in speed would be wiped out by the machine’s complexity.

Yet progress is arriving on two main fronts. First, researchers are developing unique quantum error-correction techniques that will help keep quantum processors up and running for the time needed to complete a calculation. Second, physicists are working with so-called analog quantum simulators — machines that can’t act like a general-purpose computer, but rather are designed to explore specific problems in quantum physics. A classical computer would have to run for thousands of years to compute the quantum equations of motion for just 100 atoms. A quantum simulator could do it in less than a second.

Submission + - Samsung beats Apple in customer satisfaction, while Blackberry improves. 1

Esra Erimez writes: Traditionally the iPhone has been at the of top in the satisfaction rankings. This year's survey, though, saw Apple continue to slowly slip. That slippage was enough to allow Samsung to pass Apple for the first time in customer satisfaction.

For 3 in 4 BlackBerry users to be happy with their devices suggests that BlackBerry's restructuring and attempt to get back to the brand's roots is seeing success. Indeed last year BlackBerry only had a 69 percent satisfaction rating. A year-on-year gain of 5 percent in satisfaction puts BlackBerry in a similar league as Samsung in reputation growth.

Submission + - HP's "Revolutionary" New Operating System: Linux++

Esra Erimez writes: HP's research division is working to create a computer called The Machine. It is meant to be the first of a new dynasty of computers that are much more energy-efficient and powerful than current products.
A working prototype of The Machine should be ready by 2016. However, HP wants researchers and programmers to get familiar with how it will work well before then. HP aims to complete an operating system designed for The Machine, called Linux++.

Submission + - Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

Esra Erimez writes: Backblaze is transitioning from using 4 TB hard drives to 6 TB hard drives in the Storage Pods they will be deploying over the coming months. With over 10,000 hard drives, the choice of which 6TB hard drive to use is critical.
They deployed 45 Western Digital (WD60EFRX) and Seagate (STBD6000100) hard drives into two pods that were identical in design and configuration except for the hard drives used.

Submission + - Startup Helps You Build Your Very Own Picosatellite on a Budget (

Zothecula writes: A Glasgow-based startup is reducing the cost of access to space by offering "satellite kits" that make it easier for space enthusiasts, high schools and universities alike to build a small but functional satellite for as little as US$6,000 and then, thanks to its very small size, to launch for significantly less than the popular CubeSats.

Submission + - Is C Still Relevant In the 21st Century? ( 1

Nerval's Lobster writes: Many programming languages have come and gone since Dennis Ritchie devised C in 1972, and yet C has not only survived three major revisions, but continues to thrive. But aside from this incredible legacy, what keeps C atop the Tiobe Index? The number of jobs available for C programmers is not huge, and many of those also include C++ and Objective-C. On Reddit, the C community, while one of the ten most popular programming communities, is half the size of the C++ group. In a new column, David Bolton argues that C remains extremely relevant due to a number of factors, including newer C compiler support, the Internet ("basically driven by C applications"), an immense amount of active software written in C that's still used, and its ease in learning. 'Knowing C provides a handy insight into higher-level languages—C++, Objective-C, Perl, Python, Java, PHP, C#, D and Go all have block syntax that’s derived from C.' Do you agree?

Submission + - How to Stop Comcast from Ruining the Internet (

An anonymous reader writes: After having its way with the NBC/Universal buy, Comcast thought its consumer-unfriendly merger with Time Warner Cable would be a snap. Not so fast.

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