Asmodae writes: Chris Roberts, of Wing Commander fame, has a new project out to reinvent the space simulation genre. The videos on the project's home page sport some seriously impressive flight control and physics modeling for a space sim. They are eschewing publishers and using crowd funding to raise development money, but have decided to roll their own instead of using kickstarter. While this has apparently lead to a few technical issues, the project's site is fine now. Here's hoping for a great new space sim!
Asmodae writes: Gizmodo has an article that reports on NASA scientist working to create and detect a warp field. The first experiment is small, a simple proof of existence. But he thinks it will work, and take dramatically less energy than previously calculated.
Asmodae writes: Judge Alsup in the Google vs Oracle case has finally issued his ruling on the issue of whether or not API's can be copyrighted. That ruling is resounding no. In some fairly clear language the judge says:"a utilitarian and functional set of symbols, each to carry out a pre-assigned function... Duplication of the command structure is necessary for interoperability."
Asmodae writes: The end of an era. In the USA we can never again claim that we live in a free country. We always talk a good game about having freedoms, but now when our resolve is tested we willingly throw people under the bus of fear and paranoia.
Asmodae writes: An LHC Experiment sending neutrinos to a detector in Italy found a discrepency, the neutrinos were arriving early. So early in fact that they appear to be moving faster than the speed of light. They've done a lot of measurements, but the findings are significant enough that the researchers remain cautious
Asmodae writes: Top and Anti-Top quark events in the Tevatron have some unpredicted behavior that might need a new explanation. From the article: "A number of theoretical papers suggest interesting new physics mechanisms," the authors note, "including axigluons, diquarks, new weak bosons, and extra-dimensions that can all produce forward-backward top-antitop asymmetries."
Asmodae writes: In the past the administration has played it safe and not gotten involved with user level copyright infringement. Probably on the premise that the small time users are not that big a factor in the grand scheme of things. This is a shift in the public position of the executive branch and has truly frightening consequences.