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Submission + - 10 Petaflop machine @110 billion yen (

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."

Submission + - Ex-Air Force come clean on UFO visits (

AbbeyRoad writes: "An ex-U.S. air force chief has given an astonishing account 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."

Submission + - China renews license for uncensored (

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""

Submission + - EU approves Sun acquisition by Oracle

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."

Submission + - General solutions to slow JavaScript?

AbbeyRoad writes: "Anyone noticed that web pages seem to be getting slower and slower? One of the biggest offenders is Slashdot itself, boasting lavish javascript bells and whistles, while also punctuating their content with the latest in browser performance news. (Me thinks I sense a link betwixed the pair.) This lunacy has got to stop. No longer will a 2GHz machine do — higher and higher hurtz will be required to render ordinary-news-text using a single-threaded-loosely-typed interpretty running the most inefficient code since MS QBASIC. Ok, ok. I do know I can turn it off, but is their anyone without a top-end machine that actually enjoys these user interfaces? Why do these sites write an interface that is only borderline comfortable to 10% of their users? Can Slashdot please profile this garbage so that I'm not consuming 100% CPU just to read plain text?"

Submission + - Current Status of P vs NP (

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.""

Submission + - Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize ( 3

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.""

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