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MIT: UN Underestimates Ice Thinning
Daily Beast
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology attacked the United Nations' most recent global climate report, saying that it substantially underestimated the severity of the melting of the Arctic sea ice. MIT's research team said the ...
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Submission + - NASA Opens New Office for Deep Space Missions. (space.com)

An anonymous reader writes: NASA has been tasked with landing astronauts on a space rock by 2025, and on the Red Planet by the mid 2030s. To reach those goals, the United States must develop a new heavy-lift rocket capable of traveling that far, and a capsule to bring people safely there and back again.

Submission + - Experian Hitwise: Bing more effective than Google (informationweek.com) 1

Xiph1980 writes: Experian Hitwise claims Bing and Bing-powered search to be more effective than Google. The success rate for Bing searches in the U.S. in July was 80.04%, compared to 67.56% for Google. The market watcher defines "success rate" as the percentage of search queries that result in a visit to a website. Searches made through sites owned by Yahoo, which farmed out search to Bing under a deal struck in 2009, were also more efficient than Google. Those searches yielded a success rate of 81.36%.

The claims of Hitwise don't explain why I keep finding things like Microsoft service pack download pages better through google than through bing.


Submission + - Community Design Apple's New Sledgehammer (osnews.com)

boley1 writes: This article describes how Apple is using the EU's Community Design — Design Patent like registration, to stop competition by simply filing designs, no review of prior art required. The filer "Apple" in this case is presumed to have a valid right to restrict "Samsung" in this case from marketing a similar device. No review by a third party or government required.

Submission + - Tinfoil Hats Amplify Signals (intel-research.net)

Sebastopol writes: Among a fringe community of paranoids, aluminum helmets serve as the protective measure of choice against invasive radio signals. We investigate the efficacy of three aluminum helmet designs on a sample group of four individuals. Using a $250,000 network analyser, we find that although on average all helmets attenuate invasive radio frequencies in either directions (either emanating from an outside source, or emanating from the cranium of the subject), certain frequencies are in fact greatly amplified. These amplified frequencies coincide with radio bands reserved for government use according to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Statistical evidence suggests the use of helmets may in fact enhance the government's invasive abilities. We speculate that the government may in fact have started the helmet craze for this reason.

Submission + - See the PyPy JIT in action (blogspot.com)

derGoldstein writes: Project PyPy is an alternative implementation of Python, with the main advantage being a Just In Time (JIT) compiler which speeds up your code considerably. They've announced the first public release of jitviewer, which is a visualization tool that helps you understand how your code is being compiled by PyPy's JIT, all the way down to assembly. If you just want to see how it looks and play with it, they've setup an online demo — just select a file, and click "Show Assembler".

Submission + - Apple To Eliminate Printer Drivers (conceivablytech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has filed two patent applications that describe an approach as well as file formats and APIs to eliminate the printer driver as a requirement for users to access a printer and print documents. If the company has its way, there will be three ways to access a printer in the future: The first will be via a conventional software driver. The second will be via a cloud service and the third will be via a driverless access method that supports “universal” printing from any type device.

Submission + - CERN physicist says Dark Matter is an illusion (physorg.com)

anonymousNR writes: CERN physicist has a new theory on explaining the rotational curves of galaxies. According to him

“The key message of my paper is that dark matter may not exist and that phenomena attributed to dark matter may be explained by the gravitational polarization of the quantum vacuum,” Hajdukovic told PhysOrg.com. “The future experiments and observations will reveal if my results are only (surprising) numerical coincidences or an embryo of a new scientific revolution.”

Given the many theories around explaining various observations in recent times, there seems to be a breakthrough is on its way in our understanding of the cosmos.

Comment I agree... (Score 1) 130

If I had mod points, I would give +1 insightful. From a slightly different perspective, I work in IT for a State Government. The Feds and the States are very similar, except that they are reducing compensation at the State level. So recent graduates are not even looking for employment with the State. It is so bad now that we have permanent job postings for IT positions. But the benefits and pay are no where near private sector. They have to have contractors now that so many have retired. The contractors cost far more than State Employees. But you still read articles in the local papers about how over paid State Government workers are. Plus the same mantra over and over that government workers just sit around and do nothing all day. I guess if they keep this crud in the press, then the populace will accept it as fact. I know of many contractors who have failed in the day to day duties, yet they are still employed. Many of the government contracts are poorly written. Add to that management not holding the contractors to the signed contract and properly monitoring progress of the projects. Over all it is very sad to be in government IT unless you are a contractor. And if you are a contractor, your only benefit is in knowing that you are better compensated than the government employees around you. Either way you are still told: "Do more with less" which has never made sense to me. Following those instructions means that you have to loose quality or quantity. There really is no other choice. Throw in the furlough days, bank leave time, and all of the other compensation reducing schemes, and our compensation has been reduced by thousands of dollars per year. All of those savings are going to pay for contracts. In my state the contracts total over 15 billion. That is more than what it costs to pay for the state employees. They privatize different functions more and more. Costing the tax payers more and more. Sorry for the long rant. I will get off the soap box now and let someone else have it.

Submission + - Dr. J.T. Kirk. Shatner Accepts D.Litt Degree (google.com)

theshowmecanuck writes: William Shatner was granted a Doctor of Letters Degree at his alma mater, McGill University in Montreal. One of the more interesting parts of his speech involved his high school principal's car which was set on fire. An other interesting tidbit is that he doesn't really like the idea of going into space himself. An interesting short read on what made and continues to make one of our favourite former 'star ship captains' tick.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Volunteering for OSS Dev 1

DrZib writes: Being an engineer, I have only had moderate professional experience in application/web programming (mostly web scripting and a little C/C++) but, to broaden my horizons and contribute, I would like to get involved in a (F)OSS group. Anyone know of a good OSS group that will take an intro-programmer like me? And how would I go about getting my foot in the door (if not just shooting an email to one of the members)? Any suggestions welcome!

Submission + - The maximum overhang algorithm (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: From playing with bricks as small children we all understand the idea of overhang — or at least we used to think we did. Recent award winning research suggests there is more to it than you might think.
So what is the biggest overhang you can create by stacking n bricks.


Submission + - Happiest places have highest suicide rates says ne (physorg.com)

Kyusaku Natsume writes: Physorg.com carries this story of new research from UK’s University of Warwick, Hamilton College in New York and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco that leads to this conclusion. Acording to one of the researchers:

“Discontented people in a happy place may feel particularly harshly treated by life. Those dark contrasts may in turn increase the risk of suicide. If humans are subject to mood swings, the lows of life may thus be most tolerable in an environment in which other humans are unhappy.”

Maybe this research explains why in third world countries the suicide rates are generally lower than in developed nations.

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