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+ - Universe's dark ages may not be invisible after all

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang writes: The Universe had two periods where light was abundant, separated by the cosmic dark ages. The first came at the moment of the hot Big Bang, as the Universe was flooded with (among the matter, antimatter and everything else imaginable) a sea of high-energy photons, including a large amount of visible light. As the Universe expanded and cooled, eventually the cosmic microwave background was emitted, leaving behind the barely visible, cooling photons. It took between 50 and 100 million years for the first stars to turn on, so in between these two epochs of the Universe being flooded with light, we had the dark ages. Yet the dark ages may not be totally invisible, as the forbidden spin-flip-transition of hydrogen may illuminate this time period after all.

Comment: It used to be (Score 3, Insightful) 347

It used to be that at one time, republicans believed in the importance of science to inform them and make for a better world and ensure America's preeminence in the world. Now, republicans hate science as it is the bearer of bad news, namely that republicans are bad for the environment, the long term technological security of the country, and for social progress.

It used to be that the accused were entitled to stand before their accusers to rebut their accusations. In modern republican America this right is being taken away because republicans find it politically convenient.

Sadly, it looks as if this trend will continue until global warming gets so bad that no one will be able to live in Victoria, Texas and consequently, won't be able to vote for Louis Gohmert, who seems intent on killing the messenger of the bad news rather than addressing the problem.

+ - Should AWS spin out of Amazon? ->

Submitted by Brandon Butler
Brandon Butler writes: Last week when Amazon released financial figures for Amazon Web Services ($6 billion annual revenue run rate, $680 million in annual profit) and in doing so it proved its cloud division is big enough to be its own company. But would Amazon ever spin AWS out? Amazon.com lost $50 million in the first quarter of this year, and that's with AWS contributing a $165 million profit. It's doubtful Amazon would shed the AWS cash-cow any time soon, but some analysts are calling for it.
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Comment: Thank Goodness (Score 2) 152

by turkeyfish (#49542225) Attached to: Yellowstone Supervolcano Even Bigger Than We Realized

Thank goodness the republicans have cut funding for projects like these out of the new NSF geosciences budget.

The last thing we need to do is learn about the risk associated with living on our planet. No doubt it will be far better if the residents of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and points east never worry about science and certainly a lot cheaper just to refer to such potential catastrophe as the "rapture". After all, who needs scientists when we have Michelle Bachmann?

Comment: Re:Seems to be OK all around then (Score 1) 616

by turkeyfish (#49533543) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

Obviously, it depends upon whose children you are talking about. The ones getting infected or the ones doing the infecting. The reality is that quarantines have long been upheld in the courts and in the area of public health as an effective means of controlling communicable disease. If people don't want their kids quarantined, they can always move to a Red State like Texas, where your kid will soon even be able to bring a handgun to class and clearly, where communicable disease will be the least of their worries.

Comment: Re:Seems to be OK all around then (Score 1) 616

by turkeyfish (#49533527) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

If a person has a religious objection to having their kids vaccinated, they can simply move to another state. As Ronald Reagan said, people should be able to vote with the feet. Besides, they will probably feel more comfortable going back in time to a Red State, where vaccinations are less and less common, except for the wealthy.

+ - Selling shares at the wrong price is fraud 1

Submitted by dfsmith
dfsmith writes: Apparently the "Flash Crash" of the stock market in May 2010 was perpetrated by a futures trader in the UK. The US Justice Department alleges that he used a "dynamic layering scheme" of large-volume sell orders to confuse other buyers, hence winning big in his futures trades. Wait a second... isn't that what traders do all the time? Why is this one different?

+ - All Your Content Will Belong to PayPal->

Submitted by Anita Hunt (lissnup)
Anita Hunt (lissnup) writes: Following last year's announcement from eBay,PayPal has contacted UK (maybe other) users by email, alerting them to the upcoming separation of the two companies from 1 July 2015, and drawing attention to changes in PayPal T&Cs. A new clause on Intellectual Property asserts: “When providing us with content or posting content (in each case for publication, whether on- or off-line) using the Services, you grant the PayPal Group a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicensable (through multiple tiers) right to exercise any and all copyright, publicity, trademarks, database rights and intellectual property rights you have in the content, in any media known now or in the future. Further, to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law, you waive your moral rights and promise not to assert such rights against the PayPal Group, its sublicensees or assignees. You represent and warrant that none of the following infringe any intellectual property right: your provision of content to us, your posting of content using the Services, and the PayPal Group’s use of such content (including of works derived from it) in connection with the Services.”
Any users that don't agree are invited to close their account "without incurring any additional charges"

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If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton