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Submission + - Theoretical Breakthrough For Quantum Cryptography (

KentuckyFC writes: Quantum cryptography uses the quantum properties of photons to guarantee perfect secrecy. But one of its lesser known limitations is that it only works if Alice and Bob are perfectly aligned so that they can carry out well-defined polarisation measurements on the photons as they arrive. Physicists say that Alice and Bob must share the same reference frame. That's OK if Alice and Bob are in their own ground-based labs but its a problem in many applications such as ground-to-satellite communications and even in chip-to-chip comms because its hard to keep chips still over distances of the order of the wavelength of light. Now a group of UK physicists have developed a way of doing quantum cryptography without sharing a reference frame. The trick is to use entangled triplets of photons, so-called qutrits, rather than entangled pairs. This solves the problem by embedding it in an extra abstract dimension, which is independent of space. So as long as both Alice and Bob know the way in which all these abstract dimensions are related, the third provides a reference against which measurements of the other two can be made. That allows Alice and Bob to make any measurements they need without having to agree ahead of time on a frame of reference. That could be an important advance enabling the widespread use of quantum cryptography.

Submission + - New lithography tech promises 10nm circuits (

arcticstoat writes: Scientists at the University of Wisconsin have developed a new lithography technique that could result in silicon chips with 10nm circuits. Called molecular transfer printing (MTP), the technique uses a combination of block copolymers, which form crystal patterns that accurately reproduce etched silicon circuits. As well as reducing the cost of producing multiple silicon master chips, the technique can also reproduce circuit patterns where the gaps between the circuits are half the size of the original etching. The team, headed by scientist Paul Nealey, have already produced patterns on a sillicon wafer, in which the gaps between the features were only 15nm. Nealey is also confident that the team could produce features that measure just 10nm. As a point of comparison, most of today's CPUs and GPUs use 45nm, 40nm or 32nm circuits.

Submission + - Could Colorblindness Cure be Morally Wrong? (

An anonymous reader writes: 1 in 12 men suffers from colorblindness, though "The good news here is that these folks are simply missing a patch of DNA... which is just the kind of challenge this Millennium is made for. Enter science." NPR's Moira Gunn (from Biotech Nation) now asks a provocative question. Is it wrong to cure colorblindness? She reports on an experiment that used a virus to introduce corrective DNA into colorblind monkeys. ("It took 20 weeks, but eventually the monkeys started distinguishing between red and green.") Then she asks, could it be viewed differently? "Are we trying to 'normalize' humans to a threshold of experience? Slippery Slope. Enter here. Watch your step..."

Comment making NASA agile? (Score 2, Insightful) 319

The problem here is clearly about the leadership changing priorities and budgets before anything gets finished.

The projects that NASA work on have long timelines, this is not compatible with budgets which change annually and where the govenment who holds the purse strings also often changes (as in this case) before the project is completed.

This is not too different in concept (but is admitedly different in scale) to software development where if priorities are allowed to change before projects are completed, nothing ever will be finished.

Maybe NASA can try and work to smaller achievable goals within a smaller timeline that have a clearly defined benefit?

Sound familiar?

Submission + - BBC pulls plug on community ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: The register has a perfect summary article on a recent move by the BBC which blocks "Unauthorised", including free open source applications from accessing streams from the BBC I-Player service.

The BBC has quietly updated its hugely popular iPlayer with a verification layer that closes the door on open source implementations of RTMP (real-time messaging protocol) streaming, The Register has learned.

To me, this is utterly baffling. SWF verification makes absolutely no difference to tools designed to cirvumvent the BBC's copy protection methods (get_iplayer works fine). All it has done is alienated the creators of some very slick iplayer apps. Needless to say im withdrawing my TV license :)


Submission + - Photo Stalking? There's an Android App for That!

theodp writes: You could ask that pretty young thing to give you her phone number. Or you could just take it. A Swedish app called Recognizr lets you point your smartphone camera at someone and retrieve their online profiles via face recognition. Suppose it's the next logical step after Google Goggles. Let's hope the technology doesn't spread to the locker room.

Submission + - Microsoft Debuts Europe's Choose-A-Browser Screen (

derGoldstein writes: Microsoft will finally roll out its browser choice screen next week: "The UK, Belgium and France will get the first crack at the screen, which will be rolled out through Windows update to users who are running Explorer as their default browser. A phased roll-out to the rest of Europe will begin from March 1". Dave Heiner introduces the Browser Choice Screen in this blog post, and notes that "The browsers that are listed and the content relating to them will be updated from time to time".

Submission + - What you get when you buy a $40 iPhone in a bar ( 1

Barence writes: How good — or bad — are fake iPhones? PC Pro blogger Steve Cassidy has a friend who paid £25 ($40) for an "iPhone" in a bar, and he's got the photos and full lowdown of what's inside this not-so smartphone. The phone looks convincing enough from the outside, with a genuine-looking backplate, but things start to go wrong when you switch it on. What’s a “Java” and “WLAN” App button doing on the screen? And how about that Internet Explorer icon? It’s like you’re handling an artefact from an alternate history, dropped in via a spacetime wormhole. It has dual SIM handling, too, and came with a bizarre auxiliary battery festooned with warnings about not pressing a button mounted on the front of the top-up device.

Comment Official footage (not subversive at all) (Score 0) 1

This was NIN official footage that he release on his site (just prior to the remix section going live) with the aim that fans would build their own videos and submit them to NIN.

Can't spot the link on the NIN site any more - but I definatley saw it last week. As you can see from their site however this is a feature for fan based videos.

Trent is a very smart guy and definatley is leading the way in the future of the music business.


Submission + - France on the verge of Internet censorship (

superapecommando writes: French lawmakers voted Tuesday to approve a draft law to filter Internet traffic, a measure the government says is intended to catch child pornographers. The bill will now go on for a second and final reading.
Critics of the catch-all "Bill on direction and planning for the performance of domestic security" say that filtering won't stop the spread of child pornography, but could allow the government to censor other materials.

Comment Re:Rock Rainbows? (Score 0) 341

If you read the arictle you may notice that the planet doesn't get a sunset due to it having a captured rotation:

From the article:
"it is so close to its sun that its orbit is like the Moon around Earth. One face is always pointed towards its sun."

ie no sunset - sorry

Comment Re:on the road charging? (Score 0) 586

When I drive I generally don't drive 100% of the time at full throttle. Being at a constant velocity all you need to do is overcome drag. This will obvious depend on the car but you know they will be working hard to being this down so at 50mph you may find that you only need 1/4 throttle which means the 5HP generator will keep you nice and topped up. Then at zero throttle you are making a net gain.

All this means is that the maths is much more complicated that your model and depending on the journey a 5HP generator could add significatly more range.

As for the car emissions standards they measure percentage of certains harmful gases not absolute volume. So a small car with a "bad" emissions can easily be much less harmful to the environment than a large engine vehicle that pushes out massive volumes of exhaust gases which results in the "good" car emiting more harmful gas than the "bad" small car. At which point a 5HP generator is not so bad for the environment as say the 150HP engine you are replacing.


Turning Classic Literary Works Into Games 93

Adventure Classic Gaming is running an interview with Chris Tolworthy, an indie game designer who is working on a project to make video games out of various literary classics. His decision to develop these kinds of games was sparked by a desire to reach out to gamers who want more "serious" subject matter, as well as finding an audience among people you would find in a book store, rather than a game store. Tolworthy has already released one game, an adaptation of Les Misérables, and has almost finished Dante's Divine Comedy. After that is done, he'll move on to other works, including Theogeny, by Hesiod, and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, aiming for two or three releases a year. He said, "I try to keep as close as possible to the original text. When I create a game I simply go through the book and adapt it chapter by chapter. As far as possible all my puzzles are based on ideas in the original book. So my Dante's Inferno is a lot closer to the book than EA Games' Dante's Inferno that changes Dante into a warrior with a giant scythe! Although I stick closely to the story, I would find it boring to only give the straight text, so my games always give a different twist. For example, I show Les Miserables from the point of view of a minor character who dies early on. In my Divine Comedy I show other points of view as well as Dante's, and they don't see things the same way. Really, what I'm doing is what theater directors do when they put a Shakespeare play into a modern setting. It's the exact same story, but presented in a new way."

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