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Comment Some excellent choices... (Score 1) 276

Morgan Freeman
David Attenborough
Mike Rowe
Patrick Stewart
...would all probably be universally accepted.

Unacceptable:
Bobcat Goldthwait
Almost anyone from Pulp Fiction ( Christopher Walken, Steve Buschemi, John Travolta....Sammuel Jackson's voice might not be bad.)
Chairman Kaga
Marlon Brando
...you add some more...

Comment Re:selfish corporations (Score 2) 394

Do you seriously not see the irony in inhaler companies using ozone-depleting greenhouse gasses in their products? It's almost as bad as GE (PCB polluter extraordinaire) selling water purification systems.

That's not irony. That's a self-sustaining business model.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Alternatives to Uni

An anonymous reader writes: University seems to me to have four major aspects: learning, helping to get jobs, networking, and as a platform to get into research. Obviously, there are a lot of existing alternatives for networking and learning. Getting jobs also seems to have a few promising alternatives. I'm wondering however, is it possible to get paid to research without a degree? What alternatives do people have for the other aspects of uni?

Submission + - Mini-quantum computer passes test (www.fom.nl)

StichtingFOM writes: "Four quantum bits on a chip of diamond mark an important step forwards

Scientists from Delft University of Technology and the FOM Foundation have succeeded in very accurately reading out a mini-quantum computer comprising four quantum bits on a chip of diamond. This breakthrough marks an important step towards a quantum computer and makes it possible to test quantum algorithms, such as teleportation, on a chip. The researchers published their results 21 September online in Nature.

A major challenge along the path to realising a quantum computer and the associated large-scale quantum hardware is the initialisation and reading out of the minuscule quantum bits. The spin rotation of both individual electrons and atomic nuclei functions as a quantum bit: left spin is a '0', and right spin is a '1'. Atomic nuclei are highly stable quantum bits as they scarcely interact with their surroundings. However, this property also makes it difficult to read out the state of atoms. A team from Delft University of Technology under the leadership of FOM scientist Dr.ir. Ronald Hanson has now solved this problem by using a captured electron as an intermediate station in the measurement.

Reading out quantum bits
The researchers can now determine the state (spin direction) of the electron quickly and accurately. They do this by sending laser pulses of an accurately preset wavelength at the electron. The electron absorbs the light and transmits it again if it is in the '0' state but does nothing if it is in the '1' state.

To read out the spin direction of the atomic nuclei as well, the researchers first perform a quantum operation. The electron then gets entangled with the atomic nuclei, and the information about the atom is transferred to the electron. The researchers subsequently read out the state of the electron and from this derive the original state of the atomic nuclei.

This measurement technique is special because the measurement does not alter the state of the atomic nuclei. It is therefore an ideal way of preparing the atomic nuclei for further quantum calculations and so for use in a quantum computer. The researchers demonstrated their technique on a mini-quantum computer comprising four quantum bits on a diamond chip.

Diamond future
The discovery that the fundamental natural laws of quantum mechanics make it possible to perform ultrafast calculations and transmit information completely securely, has elicited a worldwide race to construct the necessary ‘quantum hardware'. For the past few years diamond has been the favourite material as quantum states are scarcely disrupted in this. This new read-out technique for quantum bits in diamond provides the researchers with many possibilities. For example, they want to test interesting phenomena such as teleportation and multiparticle entanglement in the laboratory. The read-out also makes it possible to implement the correction of elementary quantum errors, an essential aspect of a large-scale quantum computer.

The research was supported by a Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship of the Seventh European Community Framework Programme, FOM, the European Commission (SOLID) and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA)."

Hardware

Submission + - Demystifying UEFI, the overdue BIOS replacement

An anonymous reader writes: After more than 30 years of unerring and yet surprising supremacy, BIOS is taking its final bows. Taking its place is UEFI, a specification that begun its life as the Intel Boot Initiative way back in 1998 when BIOS’s antiquated limitations were hampering systems built with Intel’s Itanium processors. UEFI, as the article explains, is a complete re-imagining of a computer boot environment, and as such it has almost no similarities to the PC BIOS that it replaces.
Patents

Submission + - Europe's 'unitary patent' could mean unlimited sof (guardian.co.uk) 1

chebucto writes: RMS has an article up at the Guardian about the proposed EU Unitary Patent system, which would make any patent issued by the European Patent Office (EPO) valid in all of the EU except for Spain and Italy. The unitary patent system would remove national jurisdiction over patents, leaving the European Court of Justice (the ECJ — the highest court in Europe) as the only body with appeal power over EPO decisions. There's a real chance that patent policy throughout much of Europe will be decided by an organization that's shown, in practice, that it supports software patents.
Iphone

Submission + - Very Helpful AR.Drone Review & Best Price (ardronereview.net)

hnzim1 writes: AR.Parrot Drone is an advance RC toy which controlled by Apple devices. This website gives best AR.Drone review, completed with the information about where to get the best price for this product.

Submission + - SPAM: Johnny English Reborn Trailer

bsmth88 writes: New trailer for the movie, Johnny English Reborn starring Rowan Atkinson. In this comedy spy thriller, Johnny English is an intelligence officer in Her Majesty's Secret Service. Also stars Dominic West, Gillian Anderson, Rosamund Pike and directed by Oliver Parker.
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Software

Submission + - Programmer Making Thought-controlled Robot Avatars (theepochtimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Software developer Robert Oschler is creating a program to give quadriplegics robotic avatars, by syncing a thought-detecting Emotiv EPOC electroencephalogram (EEG) headset with a WowWee Rovio telepresence robot. The ‘Robodance 5’ software he’s currently funding through Kickstarter would let them control the robots using only their thoughts and emotions, which means even people with severe paralysis could use the device. He also plans to create an online network for quadriplegics to meet, make friends, and hang out by linking to each other’s robots using their minds.

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