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Comment Why is religion here? (Score 1) 570

I read a small article about it this morning while coming to work.

Instantly I thought about /. and the educated comments that I would read about it... Instead I see that almost 2/3 of this topic is flooded by those theists/atheists comments that everybody already knows. The science guy asking why a/some god(s) allow people to kill and make others suffer in its name(s), the biblical passages of how Adam and Eve populated the earth without incest, the Noe's arc, the age of the earth, the universe and everything, bla, bla...

I was hopping for more great scientific minds that contribute to /. to make us (the mortals - not theoretical physicists:) understand why this hot plasma is important for our understanding of the universe and what preliminary case scenarios we can take from it.

I would love to have you commenting this great subject (despite the idiotic title) with scientific explanations/consequences/ideas/educated speculations - and forget about that fanboy religious/non-religious wars. (I almost compare that to nVidia vs ATI or Win vs OS/X).

Idle

Submission + - The Star Wars Kid is back (crunchgear.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It was eight years ago that Ghyslain Raza slashed his way into our hearts with his Star Wars Kid video. Sadly, Raza suffered from severe bullying and abuse for his video and eventually ended up in a psychiatric ward for children. However, his video was seen 1 billion times and multiple thousands of geeks came immediately to his defense. While those must have been the worst years of his life, things are now looking up.

Comments focus on bullying.

Comment EU (Score 1) 531

Turkey has been lobbying and pressuring the EU for joining. For many years I've been very afraid that would happen. Now it seems it will not happen in my lifetime... OR should I be even more afraid now?...

Comment To be a beta tester you have to pre-order?! (Score 1) 309

I'm ruled out without even have a go. I thought beta testers would have a go without the need of purchasing. That's the wole point: Do you like the product or not? To be a beta tester I have to pre-order something I have no idea if it gets to my expectations... Why would I do that? I've owned the Star Trek games that have arise in the past... Not good... At all! Give me the chance to say Yey or nay! (Trekie for over 20 years)
AMD

Submission + - AMD Demos DirectX 11 Capable ATI Graphics Card

An anonymous reader writes: Today at a press conference in Taiwan, AMD demonstrated the world's first GPU capable of DirectX 11 technology. The demonstrations shows the major improvements DirectX 11 gives us over DirectX 10 and also shows us what AMD has in stored for an ATI Graphics Card coming out before the end of 2009 capable of DirectX 11. AMD shows three primary features of DirectX 11; one being tessellator which allows for less blocky and more fluid and realistic details, Compute Shaders which allows for less restricted programming, and finally they show us how DX11 is better designed to take advantage of multiple CPU cores.
Social Networks

Submission + - China Cracks Down on Twitter, Other Social Media (yahoo.com)

besecure writes: Chinese authorities shut down blogs, Internet forums, and social media sites such as Twitter in an apparent attempt to stem online political discussion ahead of Thursday s 20th anniversary of the bloody crackdown on 1989 s Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests.
Intel

Submission + - Intel Launches Core i7 975 Extreme Edition CPU (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "Today Intel is finally releasing new Core i7 models and speed bins to the market and announcing a new flagship chip, the Core i7-975 Extreme Edition. Though it will definitely command a hefty price tag, at a stock clock speed of 3.33GHz and Intel Turbo Boost speeds at 3.45GHz (all cores) and 3.6GHz (single core), the new Core i7 975 EX is going to be one hot-rod of a quad-core CPU. The processor comes with a standard configuration of 1MB L2 and 3MB shared L3 cache, but is based on Intel's new D0 stepping of the chip that reportedly offers a bunch more headroom in terms of overclocking and higher-end DDR3 memory speeds with the chip's on-board memory controller. In fact, early tests show the new CPU runs stable at 4.1GHz with a small voltage increase and only a stock retail cooler."
Government

Submission + - Open Government Brainstorm Defies Wisdom of Crowds

theodp writes: "In May, the White House launched what it called an 'unprecedented online process for public engagement in policymaking'. Brainstorming was conducted in an effort to identify ways to 'strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness by making government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative.' So what were some of the top vote-getters? Currently near the top of the list are Legalize Marijuana And Solve Many Tax Issues / Prison Issues (#2) and Remove Marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (#3). For those who remember Obama's earlier Online Town Hall, it's deja vu all over again."
Software

Submission + - IE6 search engine being changed to Bing.com (cnet.com) 1

weazel2006 writes: "CNet just posted a story that confirms my suspicions that the default search engine for anyone using IE6 has been reset to www.bing.com. Earlier today a story on Slashdot explained that IE6 is still very popular amongst corporate users. The reason for this is that large enterprise applications would need costly upgrades to be compatible with a newer browser version. (from CNet..) Microsoft confirmed on Tuesday that it is looking into an issue in which users of Internet Explorer 6 are forced into having Bing as their default search engine. "We are aware of the issue with Bing on machines running IE6 and are investigating a solution," Microsoft said in a statement. "This issue is not impacting IE7 and IE8 users." Although it is only affecting its older browser, many people still use IE6 and Microsoft has faced a lot of regulatory scrutiny over how default search preferences are set and changed within Internet Explorer."

Comment Not quite only a TV license... (Score 1) 239

You *HAVE TO* pay it if you own a screen, a computer (even without a capture card), a 3G mobile phone, etc..

If you state you don't have any of those, they will come by your house and check it.

And if you have an old crt monitor unplugged that you only once in a while to connect to your working laptop, somewhere in your living room, you pay a huge fine plus the license :(

Biotech

Submission + - SPAM: Researchers discover quantum computer breakthrough

destinyland writes: "Using high-speed lasers, a Berkeley research team has discovered cell-level "quantum computing" occuring during photosynthesis. (Light energy first moves through every possible path, and then retroactively "decides" which is most efficient.) "Life's very existence may be the consequence and continued operation of a quantum computer," notes a transhumanist science magazine, giving the historic context for research into high-speed non-binary calculations occuring in nature, and arguing that "Ultrafast computing, accelerated by our explorations into the new science of quantum biology, could well be the critical technology that pushes us over the edge into the Singularity.""
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