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Submission + - UNC scientists open source their genomic research->

ectoman writes: The human genome specifies more than 500 "kinases," enzymes that spur protein synthesis. Four hundred of them are still mysteries to us, even though knowledge about them could spark serious medical innovations. But scientists at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, have initiated an open source effort to map them all—research they think could pioneer a new generation of drug discovery. As members of the Structural Genomics Consortium, the chemical biologists are spearheading a worldwide community project. "We need a community to build a map of what kinases do in biology," one said. "It has to be a community-generated map to get the richness and detail we need to be able to move some of these kinases into drug facilities. But we're just doing the source code. Until someone puts the source code out there and makes it available to everybody, people won't have anything to modify."
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Submission + - Explainer: Ten facts about supernovae->

An anonymous reader writes: Ten awesome facts about supernovae Excerpt: Just as your voice echoes when its sound waves bounce off a surface and come back again, a supernova echoes in space when its light waves bounce off cosmic dust clouds and redirect themselves toward Earth.
Because the echoed light takes a scenic route to our planet, this phenomenon opens a portal to the past, allowing scientists to look at and decode supernovae that occurred hundreds of years ago. A recent example of this is SN1572, or Tycho’s supernova, a supernova that occurred in 1572. This supernova shined brighter than Venus, was visible in daylight and took two years to dim from the sky.
In 2008, astronomers found light waves originating from the cosmic demolition site of the original star. They determined that they were seeing light echoes from Tycho’s supernova. Although the light was 20 billion times fainter than what astronomer Tycho Brahe observed in 1572, scientists were able to analyze its spectrum and classify the supernova as a thermonuclear supernova.
More than four centuries after its explosion, light from this historical supernova is still arriving at Earth.

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Comment Re:Latency not a deal breaker (Score 1) 193

actually latency is a HUGE issue for ALL internet connections. It's know as Bandwidth Delay Product and high latency links create problems with TCP window sizing, such that a typical internet link using geostationary satellites is limited to under 200Kbps. So that 20MB Power Point presentation is going to take about 15 minutes to download.

Comment Re:High-frequency trading=respctable insider tradi (Score 1) 113

HFT is not about reaction times to public information. It is about exploiting timing so that a customer placing a single large order that can be fulfilled only through many different stock exchanges is taken advantage of by predatory stock scalpers. Scalpers, upon noticing the order would not be able to be fulfilled by one single exchange, instead buy the securities on the other exchanges, so that by the time the rest of the large order arrives to those exchanges the scalpers can sell the securities at a higher price. All these events happen in milliseconds not perceivable to humans but perceivable to computers. It really is about exploiting information before anyone else has had a chance to see it, which is essentially insider trading.

Comment License to Kill! (Score 1) 116

Just because PayPal decides to tell you that they have the right to murder your baby and eat your dog, doesn't mean they can do it without consequence. PayPal does not have the authority to dismiss federal legislation.
In Canada, at least, we still actually have some semblance of a real justice system that is not for sale to the highest bidder. Robo-calling and spamming are quite explicitly opt-in only in Canada, and they MUST provide a means to opt-out.

Comment Re:This makes me feel safe (Score 1) 357

Something similar was done by Miami drug smugglers in the 80's. They used to spray entire warehouses with marijuana residue so the dogs would trigger on every single box. Eventually, the cops just gave up using the dogs. Well, that, and the drug smugglers eventually just bought off the cops.

Submission + - CRTC issues $1.1 million penalty to Compu-Finder for spamming Canadians

zentigger writes: Canadians rejoice! It looks like the new anti-spam regulations might actually have some teeth! Today, the CRTC issued a $1.1 million fine to Compu-Finder for violating Canada’s anti-spam legislation by sending commercial emails without consent, as well as messages in which the unsubscribe mechanisms did not function properly. Furthermore, an analysis of the complaints made to the Spam Reporting Centre of this industry sector shows that Compu-Finder accounts for 26% of all complaints submitted.

Comment At what cost? (Score 3, Insightful) 100

There is nothing in there stating that the carriers must unlock the device free of charge. We got burned by the same sad lack of foresight in Canada: The carrier must unlock your device, and they will actually do it right on the phone with you in most cases, but not until you have paid the $75 fee!

Comment Re:Create a $140 billion business out of nothing? (Score 1) 458

They might have looked a bit alike on the surface, but Apple really did turn the industry inside out. All of the existing mobile vendors were struggling to implement their own proprietary protocols and develop their own in house apps, but they still considered it to be a phone with features. Kudos to Blackberry--they did some amazing stuff with the limitations they had at the time they first came to market, but they weren't paying attention to the where things were going.

Apple saw the future: just make everything use standard well developed and well understood protocols, with the new data standards at the time there was no longer a requirement to try and make every bit count in the data streams. It really extended the internet into the mobile market space, while blackberry was still trying to play gatekeeper and only give little submarine porthole views.

  They also released developer tools so anyone could produce apps for their platform, and they made sure they had a product with enough horsepower to actually do useful stuff--really it was just an extension of the iPod. At the time Blackberry was still just flogging messenger.

Apple turned the problem-space upside down. They created a pocket computer that happened to be able to make phone calls. That is about as similar to a phone that can read email as a Barbie Power-Wheels is to a Land Rover.

Comment Re:Windfall taxes are a crap idea. (Score 1) 825

The fix to this is to implement a really high tax rate (say 90%) on licensing fees paid to foreign companies. Suddenly it becomes less expensive for apple/google/etc. to try and funnel money out of the country and they pay US corporate taxes on money earned in the US. (also a 90% inheritance tax on inheritance over, say, $10M, would go a long way to fixing the dangerous imbalance of wealth, but that's another story...)

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