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Comment: Try it before passing judgement (Score 1) 209

by schrodingersGato (#47647905) Attached to: Elementary OS "Freya" Beta Released
I could not agree with your comment more. I've been using elementary since its original beta and absolutely love it. It not only looks great, but it is laid out to be usable. My core i5 dell with elementary luna is my go-to coding machine. This new release should make it even better. Having used quite a few distros over the last 12+ years (RHL, gentoo, mandrake, Suse, ubuntu, fedora, debian, cent, *BSD), I can say this is by far the best thought-out release I have ever used. Seriously, give it a try.

Re: "looks like OSX so who cares" comments:
The only feature this distro really shares with OSX is the dock, which BTW, can literally be installed on an OS now. The animations are crisp, memory footprint is light, and it has enough unique usability feature to make it transcend the "OSX-clone" status.

+ - "Cards Against Humanity" Co-founder Accused of Rape.->

Submitted by schrodingersGato
schrodingersGato (2602023) writes "On Friday, the co-creator of the game Cards Against Humanity (CAH), Max Temkin, issued a denial of rape accusations by a woman he dated as an undergraduate student at Goucher College. Classmates claiming to know both parties from their college days appear to side with the accuser (http://feminist-armchair-regime.blogspot.com/2014/07/statistics-vs-lived-experiences-for.html, http://dezlet.tumblr.com/post/...). Due to politically incorrect nature of CAH, some of the cards have received criticism for their insensitivity towards rape and gender issues. In an earlier interview with fusion.net (http://fusion.net/modern_life/story/cards-humanity-creator-publicly-apologizes-transphobic-card-790882), Max Temkin discussed his regret for including cards with rape and anti-trans jokes in older versions of the game. For the uninitiated, CAH is a game thats been described as a politically incorrect version of "Apples to Apples" that has had a large cult following in recent years."
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+ - Smelling farts may just save lives->

Submitted by sandbagger
sandbagger (654585) writes "The hydrogen sulphide that's in the farts we know and love may have some health benefits when inhaled. Small doses may help stave off cancer, strokes, heart attacks and dementia, scientists have revealed. When cells become stressed by disease they try to draw in enzymes to generate their own minute quantities of hydrogen sulphide to preserve the energy creating mitochondria. Researchers have thus come up with a new compound named AP39 to assist the body in producing just the right amount of hydrogen sulfide that it needs."
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+ - The First Person Ever To Die In A Tesla Is A Guy Who Stole One

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Elon Musk can no longer say that no one's ever died in a Tesla automobile crash. But few people will be pointing fingers at the electric car maker for this senseless tragedy. Earlier this month, 26-year-old Joshua Slot managed to successfully ride off with a Model S he'd stolen from a Tesla service center in Los Angeles, but police quickly spotted the luxury vehicle and gave chase. According to Park Labrea News, the high-speed pursuit was eventually called off after officers were involved in a fender bender of their own, leaving the police department strained for resources and without any feasible way of catching up to Slot. Reports claim he was traveling at speeds of "nearly 100 mph," but losing the police tail apparently didn't convince Slot to hit the brakes. Instead he sped on, eventually colliding with three other vehicles and a pair of street poles. The final impact was severe enough to "split the Tesla in half" and eject Slot from the car's remains. The Tesla's front section wound up in the middle of the road and caught fire. Its rear portion flew through the air with such force that it slammed into the side of a local Jewish community center and became wedged there."

Comment: Observing two spins IS the big technological leap (Score 3, Informative) 26

The big leap hear was observing the interaction of *only* 2 spins, not the physics. Just to be clear, this study has confirmed that standard spin physics work on the atomic scale. Confirming these basic laws for a system of two atoms is important because it can expose holes in our understanding of physics that came from only observing an ensemble of spins and not single spin states. Just a few notes: Derivations of quantum mechanical interactions come from basic formulas of classical mechanics, but strictly speak the physics in this paper are *NOT* Newtonian. They are talking about the energy of the interaction, not the force. For two electron dipoles interacting in space, the basic formulation come from F = (q1*q2)/(d^4). Because energy is force x distance: E = F*d = (q1*q2)/d^-3. This observation *is* expected since these physics govern basic magnetic resonance principles. The leap here comes from the fact that magnetic resonance experiments deal with LOTS of atoms, not two.

+ - 175 mph in an Electric Car of Less Than 1,100lbs->

Submitted by ESRB
ESRB (974125) writes ""Electric Blue," an electric E1-class streamliner weighing less than 1,100lbs (500kg), set a world record for speed for E1 electric vehicles when it reached 175 mph (280 km/h) over Utah's salt flats. The battery pack weighs less than 160lbs (73kg) and is composed of Li-Ion cells largely taken from DeWalt power tools. Reaching these speeds in such a light vehicle required special attention to aerodynamics, and it is the culmination of BYU's Perry Carter and over 130 engineering students' efforts over 7 years. They hope to reach 200 mph (320 km/h) by the end of the year."
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Encryption

+ - Cops Can Crack An iPhone In Under Two Minutes-> 2

Submitted by Sparrowvsrevolution
Sparrowvsrevolution (1926150) writes "Micro Systemation, a Stockholm-based company, has released a video showing that its software can easily bypass the iPhone's four-digit passcode in a matter of seconds. It can also crack Android phones, and is designed to dump the devices' data to a PC for easy browsing, including messages, GPS locations, web history, calls, contacts and keystroke logs.

The company's director of marketing says it uses an undisclosed vulnerability in the devices it targets to run a program on the phone that brute-forces its passcode. He says the company's business is "booming" and that it's sold the devices to law enforcement and military customers in 60 countries. He says Micro Systemation's biggest customer is the U.S. military."

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Graphics

+ - AMD FirePro V3900, Pro Graphics on a Budget, Tested->

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MojoKid
MojoKid writes "The FirePro V3900 is AMD's latest budget solution for the professional graphics market. The card represents the first of AMD's Tahiti-based pro GPU architectures in their ongoing campaign to steal professional market share away from rival Nvidia. Workstation-class GPU sales are overwhelmingly dominated by Team Green, but AMD has slashed its professional prices in an attempt to siphon market share. Professional cards like the FirePro V3900 offer support for 10-bit color, up to five simultaneous displays, and accelerated rendering support for 3D applications like 3ds Max, Maya, Lightwave, and a number of other programs. With a 480 Stream processor core, the AMD FirePro V3900 is significantly faster than its V3800 predecessor. It costs ~$15 more than the V3800, but delivers an average of 20-25% better performance."
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Books

+ - The Books Programmers Don't Read->

Submitted by
itwbennett
itwbennett writes "You know those must-read programming books? Turns out most of you haven't actually read them. Skimmed, maybe. Been assigned sections in college courses, sure. Programming blogger Bill the Lizard calls you out, with a plea to 'stop recommending books to others that you haven't read yourself'. What books are on your 'haven't read it, lied about it' list?"
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