There are many places where it is hard to find good math / STEM teachers. Here in Denmark, my kids make some of their math homework on a website, but it could be SOOO much better. A website which adapts it speed to the pupil, and turns out a nice daily report for the teacher showing where he needs to put focus in class... School is definitely THE area where automation is still in its infancy...
but the routing tables once more become more complicated. Shit starts slowing down, there is more room for mistakes in BGP.
With all the routers having to do more calculations a gazillion times a day, shit starts using more power.
That is right: our refusal to move to IPV6 is increasing our emission of greenhouse gasses
For a cabled connection to your desktop, GB ethernet is probably more than you will ever need. How many HD movies can you see at the same time anyway? Is 5G not going to hit the same barrier? Sure there will be some niche applications, but John Doe doesn't need to be able to download an entire movie in 10 seconds. He definitely doesn't need to be able to use his "unlimited data" for a whole month in under a minute.
If production is 10 years from now, we will have hit the concrete wall by then. 2.5 million scans per second is not going to get processed by a 10$ chip. It will be interesting to see how the end of Moore's law will affect this and similar projects.
The bridge is also subject of a brilliant TV series featuring a Swedish detective with some serious Asperger issues. Pure Nerd material! (And yes, this is the original, the french/british and the american/mexican ones are the knock-offs).
An anonymous reader writes: On my PC I browse the Internet using Google Chrome with all cookies and Google privacy leaking extensions disabled and Ghostery, Adblock Plus and HTTPSEverywhere installed. Is there any mobile device which allows one to achieve similar functionality? On iOS I've tried the Ghostery app but it's slow and doesn't work for websites I commonly use, while Chrome lets me disable cookies but won't let me use add-ons.
broknstrngz writes: The first of three Inmarsat-5 satellites forming the Global Xpress network is scheduled to blast off on a Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 8 December. Global Xpress will deliver mobile broadband speeds at up to 50Mbps – across the planet – to compact and lightweight satellite terminals. Part of a US$1.6 billion programme, it will be the first time a commercial operator has utilised Ka-band radio frequencies to deliver a global satellite service. More details on the mission and the satellites. Alternate live coverage of the launch is provided by the International Launch Services website. Link to Original Source
And if you click the link on that page, it would bring you to a page of a state-owned construction company in China, Second Engineering Company Limited of CCC Fourth Highway Engineering Company Limited:
This page, dated 25th October 2013, stated that the building of the 3rd Chinese deep space tracking station has begun. The deep space tracking station will be build on a high plateau in between 800 meter to 900 meter above the sea level.
Taco Cowboy writes: Scientists have uncovered a 3,700-year-old wine cellar in the ruins of a Canaanite palace in Israel, chemical analysis from the samples from the ceramic jars suggest they held a luxurious beverage that was evidently reserved for banquets.
The good stuff contains a blend of ingredients that may have included honey, mint, cedar, tree resins and cinnamon bark.
The discovery confirms how sophisticated wines were at that time, something suggested only by ancient texts.
The wine cellar was found this summer in palace ruins near the modern town of Nahariya in northern Israel. Researchers found 40 ceramic jars, each big enough to hold about 13 gallons, in a single room. There may be more wine stored elsewhere, but the amount found so far wouldn't be enough to supply the local population, which is why the researchers believe it was reserved for palace use. The unmarked jars are all similar as if made by the same potter, chemical analysis indicates that the jars held red wine and possibly white wine. There was no liquid left, analysis were done on residues removed from the jars.
An expert in ancient winemaking said the discovery "sheds important new light" on the development of winemaking in ancient Canaan, from which it later spread to Egypt and across the Mediterranean. Link to Original Source
Open Streetmap has (where I live) much better cycling maps than any other. Offline, so no data charges. OSMAND (for android) is free as in beer, and gives you spoken instructions in the language of your choice. And if your favorite track is not on the map, it is very satisfying to draw it yourself and share it with the community.
Safe nuclear power is not a technical problem. It is a political problem. In Fukushima, the authorities knew the generators were crap. So the debate gets a third angle: do you trust the engineers? Well maybe. But do you trust the politicians?