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Science

Submission + - Faster-than-Light Neutrino Mystery Likely Solved

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "It's now been three weeks since the extraordinary news that neutrinos travelling between France and Italy had been clocked moving faster than light and more than 80 papers have appeared attempting to debunk or explain the effect. Now Ronald van Elburg at the University of Groningen has made a convincing argument that he has found the error. The OPERA team says it can accurately gauge the instant when the neutrinos are created and the instant they are detected using clocks at each end but the tricky part is keeping the clocks at either end exactly synchronized using GPS satellites, which each broadcast a highly accurate time signal from orbit some 20,000km overhead. But there are two frames of reference: the experiment on the ground and the clocks in orbit. If these are moving relative to each other, then under special relativity "from the perspective of the clock, the detector is moving towards the source and consequently the distance travelled by the particles as observed from the clock is shorter," writes van Elburg. How big is this effect? Van Elburg calculates that it should cause the neutrinos to arrive 32 nanoseconds early but this must be doubled because the same error occurs at each end of the experiment accounting for 64 nanoseconds, almost exactly what the OPERA team observes. "If it stands up, this episode will be laden with irony," according to the Physics arXiv Blog. "Far from breaking Einstein's theory of relatively, the faster-than-light measurement will turn out to be another confirmation of it. ""
Earth

Submission + - Man-made earthquakes shake people awake this morni (vedur.is) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Water pumped down from the geothermal plant Hellisheiðarvirkjun is causing localized earthquakes up to 3.8 on Richterscale. Around 1500 small or medium sized earthquakes have been spotted over the last week for a region of Hellisheiði called Hengill, which is just east of Reykjavík, Iceland's capital area. Local media is covering the story at the moment, for example http://www.ruv.is/ http://www.visir.is/ and http://www.mbl.is/ but earthquake maps can be seen at http://www.vedur.is/ (Icelandic Met Office).
Idle

Submission + - Leonardo di Caprio to play Alan Turing? (i-programmer.info) 2

mikejuk writes: Next year, 2012, is the one hundredth anniversary of Alan Turing's birth with many events being planned around the world. This week Warner Bros outbid other companies for the script of a biopic based on Turing's life. The script for The Imitation Game by first-time screenwriter Graham Moore and based in turn on the biography by Andrew Hodges, Alan Turing: The Enigma was snapped up by Warner Bros in a 7-figure deal.
Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - Is Apple pushing away professionals? (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: "Is Apple turning its back on professional users to focus on consumers? That's the argument forwarded by PC Pro, which claims Apple is alienating the creative professionals who have supported the company for 20 years or more. Fury over the dumbing down of Final Cut Pro, Apple's refusal to sell non-glossy screens and poor value hardware is fuelling anger from professional Mac users. "“People will get hacked off. I’m only Apple because I want the OS, but if I could come up with a ‘Hackintosh’ with OS X, I’d be so happy," claims one audio professional."

Comment From the Article (Score 2) 92

"To be clear: PayPal cannot take such action without the authorization of an account holder, nor does it ever take such unauthorized actions."

What a line of bullshit, they have stolen from me twice to the tune of $5300.

4 years and I'm still fighting these fuckers over this.

i even won in small claims court due to them not showing up and haven't received a penny, and i likely never will.
Android

Submission + - New Android Trojan rears up on Chinese app stores (sophos.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The latest Trojan horse for Google's Android operating system has been found hidden in wallpaper-related apps on Chinese third-party markets.

The malicious app steals your Android's IMEI and IMSI information, and can also emulate clicks on particular search results — earning commission for cybercriminals through the click traffic.

Funnily enough, the one thing security researchers can't seem to agree on is what to call the new Trojan horse. Some call it HongTouTou, others Adrd, and Sophos simply says it's a variant of Geinimi.

Submission + - 84,000 domains got ICEd (torrentfreak.com)

cypherwise writes: It looks like ICE, DHS's Immigration and Customs Enforcement wing, redirected 84,000 domains during "Operation Protect Our Children". Out of those 84,000 only 10 were found to be hosting child pornography. The DNS entries were changed at the registrar level to point to 74.81.170.110 which contains an interesting message from the DoJ and DHS claiming the site you are visiting contains child pornography. That's two botched operations in the past few months. What's next?
Open Source

Submission + - Compared and Contrasted: OpenOffice v. LibreOffice (infoworld.com)

GMGruman writes: Oracle's imposition of fees for some OpenOffice capabilities caused some of the venerable open source office suite's creators to head out on their own and create LibreOffice as a truly free OSS tool. InfoWorld's Neil McAllister reviews the two OSS productivity tools side by side to figure out where they differ, and whether you can jettison Oracle's OpenOffice safely for the fully free LibreOffice.
Microsoft

Submission + - Virgin Blue .NET fiasco (itwire.com)

doperative writes: "Virgin Blue has suffered its second computer systems meltdown in just four months, causing widespread delays and long queues of frustrated passengers. There is now a question of whether Virgin's Navitaire system has serious inherent flaws"

"This latest computer crash, which looks to be as serious as the 2010 fiasco, will place more question marks around the integrity and robustness of the .NET based Navitaire New Skies system which claims to be able to handle load spikes and scale easily as passenger volumes increase link

Comment sadly (Score 1) 418

sadly the gaming world is in the grip of FPSwhores right now, not many games made in other genres unless you wanna go play WOW all day.

i personally play an adult game wrapped in a kid like candy shell.

minecraft

think legos but you have to get the blocks yourself while trying to not get killed every 20 minutes when the sun goes down.

Comment easy (Score 1) 1270

assure that Germany fared better during WW1

now hear me out first.

there was no way that Germany could have flat out won the first world war, they didn't have the manpower to do it.

i would go back and make sure that the US didn't get involved, the war would have stretched out for a bit longer but Germany would have eventually lost or gone to armistice on much better terms that what they ended up with.

France would have never ended up taking back Alsace-Lorraine and in turn would have not crippled Germany's economy and industrial base.

further, Germany would not have gotten sucked into economic depression paying war reparations as well as not ended up with massive unemployment from the loss of its industrial base.

with its economy not faltering its people would not have ended up turning to Nazism to save them and Hitler would have stayed as a mediocre painter, never raising to the point of being able to control the country and drive our ancestors straight into World War 2.

Also, because America did not get involved its economy and workforce would not have suffered so greatly and possibly the Great Depression could have been avoided entirely.

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