AbbeyRoad writes: "Five times faster than the current top supercomputer, a Cray Inc. system in the U.S. at Oak Ridge National Laboratory called Jaguar, the K Computer will stitch together 80,000 processors, each equipped with eight cores for a total of 640,000 electronic brains. The K computer aims to once again vault the country to the top of the global supercomputer rankings with a system capable of tackling complex problems related to climate change and weather patterns. It could also provide Japan Inc. with a powerful computational tool in the search for breakthroughs in drugs, materials and new technologies."
AbbeyRoad writes: "An ex-U.S. air force chief has given an astonishingaccount of an encounter with a UFO at an air force base in Suffolk. Charles Halt is one of a number of senior former airmen who went public today over claims that UFOs had tampered with nuclear missiles in the U.S. and the UK. Mr Halt, who retired in 1991, told a press conference that he was working at RAF Bentwater near Rendelsham in Suffolk in 1980 when he had the terrifying encounter. He said that early one morning in December 1980 several of his base's security forces saw lights in the forest near Woodbridge."
AbbeyRoad writes: "Google said Friday that it has renewed its license with the Chinese government to continue operating in that country, ending a standoff over censorship. "We are very pleased that the government has renewed our [Internet content provider] license and we look forward to continuing to provide Web search and local products to our users in China," said Google on its blog. Google did not make any concessions regarding censorship, Tokyo-based Google spokeswoman Jessica Powell said. "I don't think we gave anything up," she said. "We asked the government to renew our license to make some products that don't require any censorship. We are going to continue to offer uncensored Web search with google.com.hk.""
AbbeyRoad writes: "Oracle Corp won unconditional European Union approval on Thursday for its $7 billion takeover of Sun Microsystems, a month after offering public pledges to sooth regulatory concerns.... The European Commission had started an in-depth investigation of the deal in September, citing concerns about the competition impact on MySQL. The Commission said its decision took into account Oracle's public pledges and that the company had already implemented some of its promises. Oracle had in August last year received the green light from the U.S. Department of Justice for its takeover of Sun, developer of Java software, among the world's most widely used computer languages. Authorities in China and Russia have yet to approve the deal."
AbbeyRoad writes: "Fascinating overview of a frontier in information theory. Quotes: "To understand the importance of the P versus NP problem let us imagine a world where P = NP...." and "(current) algorithms have exponential growth in their running times, so even a small increase in the problem size can kill what was an efficient algorithm. Brute force alone will not solve NP-complete problems no matter how clever we are.""
AbbeyRoad writes: "OSLO (Reuters) — U.S. President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for giving the world "hope for a better future" and striving for nuclear disarmament.... The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.""