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Submission + - Realistic WWII combat flight simulator Kickstarter

An anonymous reader writes: Legendary flight simulation designers Oleg Maddox, Ilya Shevchenko, and Igor Tishin, are excited to bring you a new WWII flight simulation for the PC. Built by industry veterans with the same approach that made the famous flight sims of the past great, and in partnership with the experts at the Fighter Collection and Eagle Dynamics, the simulation aims to satisfy seasoned aces as well as attract new pilots to the genre.
With unparalleled attention to detail, our developers have decades of experience with aerial combat simulations. We are famous for our ability to make our games fun while maintaining unwavering dedication to historical realism. We can do it because relatively simple WWII-era aircraft do not require extensive training, and nimble controls and simple weapons naturally lead to fast-paced close-quarters battles.

Read more:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/508681281/dcs-wwii-europe-1944

Submission + - Obama administration had restrictions on NSA reversed in 2011 (washingtonpost.com)

Ceyx writes: The Washington Post claims that the Obama administration secretly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency’s use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails, permitting the agency to search deliberately for Americans’ communications in its massive databases, according to interviews with government officials and recently declassified material.
Network

Submission + - Caltech sets 186Gbps internet speed record (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "A delicious combination of high-energy physicists, engineers, and computer scientists from Caltech and the University of Victoria have broken the world record for sustained, computer-to-computer transfer over a network. Between the SuperComputing 2011 (SC11) convention in Seattle and the University of Victoria Computer Centre, Canada — a distance of 134 miles (217km) — a transfer rate of 186 gigabits per second was achieved over a 100Gbps bidirectional fiber optic link; 98Gbps in one direction, 88Gbps in the other. The main significance here is that Caltech and the University of Victoria set their virtual land speed record over a standard, commercially-available 100Gbps link — not a laboratory testbed. Furthermore, the scientists didn’t simply shoot data down the pipe and into the digital ether, which is relatively easy — there were computers on either end of the link; computers with 16 SSDs and PCIe 3.0 interfaces that individually maxed out at 35Gbps."
Robotics

Submission + - Predator drone used by North Dakota Police for arr

garymortimer writes: "Meet the Brossarts, a North Dakota family deemed so dangerous that the local sheriff needed unleashed an unmanned Predator drone to help bring them in.

The Brossart’s alleged crime? They wouldn’t give back three cows and their calves that wandered onto their 3,000-acre farm this summer.

The Brossarts are the first known subjects of the high-flying new surveillance technology that the federal government has made available to some local sheriffs and police chiefs – all without Congressional approval or search warrants"

Submission + - Hydrogen Generated from Sunlight and Ethanol (gizmag.com) 1

fergus07 writes: An international team of scientists has announced success in creating hydrogen at ambient temperature and pressure using a combination of sunlight and ethanol. The team of researchers from Spain’s Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Scotland’s University of Aberdeen and New Zealand’s University of Auckland say the method is potentially cheaper, produces higher yields and, because no high temperatures or pressures are required, uses less energy than conventional methods.
The Matrix

Submission + - SPAM: Human big brains for 660,000 years

Death Metal Maniac writes: "The team analysed the DNA of 13 genes from the Neanderthal mitochondria and found they were distinctly different to modern humans, suggesting Neanderthals never, or rarely, interbred with early humans. The genetic material shows that a Neanderthal "Eve" lived around 660,000 years ago, when the species last shared a common ancestor with humans. Despite having barrel chests, strong ridges above their eyes and a lack of chins, their brains were on average larger than those of modern humans."
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Idle

Time Doesn't Heal all Things 1

If your spouse bothers you don't expect time to make it better. In fact, if the findings of Kira Birditt, a research fellow at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research are correct, it's only going to get worse. The study did not show the same trend in annoying friends or ill mannered children. So the next time you roll over, look at your spouse sleeping and think, "I hate you a little more everyday!" rest assured that it's normal and they think the same about you.
United States

Submission + - On Point On the New Anti-Americanism (onpointradio.org) 2

Wellington Grey writes: "On Point recently did a show on the new Anti-Americanism. While Anti-Americanism has existed since the country emerged as the world's only superpower, the program stresses the differences and dangers of the current situation.

Anti-Americanism could be brushed off in the past because it was a small, if vocal, group espousing the idea. The problem is now that Anti-American sentiment abroad is no longer countered by a general population with positive feelings toward the US. Positive thoughts, even in America's allies, are now difficult to find.

Take, for example, Turkey. Ten years ago it was one of the most pro-American countries in the world, with Turkish support of the US at over 90%. Currently, support for the US is less than 9%.

From the show's summary: You want to know about anti-Americanism in the world? Here's the unhappy conclusion of a big-time panel of Republican and Democratic heavyweights, out yesterday: "America's reputation, standing, and influence are at all-time lows, and possibly sinking further."

Never in our history, says the report, have we, as a nation, been so poorly regarded in the world. And that has consequences. When America tries to lead, who follows? And if America stands too much alone, can it possibly prosper? Can it ever be safe?
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NASA

Submission + - Antarctic ice sheet melt accelerating 1

OriginalArlen writes: The rapidly diminishing extent of Arctic sea-ice has been widely covered here and elsewhere. Now NASA scientists using satellite data have published a paper in 'Science' demonstrating increased melting around the margins (mostly) of the Antarctic ice sheet. This is potentially much more serious, as the margins act as barriers, preventing the much larger land-borne ice-sheets sliding off the continent into the sea — causing a catastrophic 4-6m rise in sea-levels.

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