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Scientist Investigate A Brand New Form of Matter: Time Crystals (sciencealert.com) 242

The discovery of "non-equilibrium matter" could re-write the rules of physics. Long-time Slashdot reader jasonbrown quotes ScienceAlert: For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals — strange crystals that have an atomic structure that repeats not just in space, but in time, putting them in perpetual motion without energy. Now it's official — researchers have just reported in detail how to make and measure these bizarre crystals. And two independent teams of scientists claim they've actually created time crystals in the lab based off this blueprint, confirming the existence of an entirely new form of matter.
Both teams -- one at Harvard and the other at the University of Maryland -- have submitted their findings to peer-reviewed publications, according to the article, and "the fact that two separate teams have used the same blueprint to make time crystals out of vastly different systems is promising."

Comment Re:Don't forget (Score 2) 351

I went back to the source article. It basically is a suggestion to require that certain filtering software be installed by manufacturers or pay $20 per box which would go to fight anti-human trafficking. The software is not required to be used or even turned on by default, and evidently can be removed.

Can be disabled or removed ... for now. As soon as this politician needs to run for re-election, he'll toughen his stance and find some data to cherry-pick to support his position that this software should be mandatory and should only be able to be disabled by paying a fee to the government. Meanwhile by the time a kid is 8 or 9 they'll probably be savvy enough with technology to bypass or uninstall the software.

Comment Voice actors and musicians (Score 1) 161

Others have called out how this will impact politicians and law enforcement. On a slightly different note, how many voice actors have recorded twenty minutes of dialog in the past? How many of their contracts give them control over how the movie studios use those recordings or mandate that the studios give them royalties for using "remixed" versions of their voices?

For example why pay (a bunch of money to) Mark Hamill to provide the voice for a new animated version of the Joker when you can use this tool to put Hamill's words in Joker's mouth by paying (a lot less) money to Adobe?

And if the tool becomes good enough, why not "find" a "lost" Freddie Mercury (or $YOUR_FAVORITE_ARTIST) recording that he never sang? It may sound exactly like Mercury, but the recording industry will argue that it's different enough that they don't owe Mercury's estate (or $YOUR_FAVORITE_ARTIST) anything.

Comment Re: Hmm (Score 2) 1028

could very well end democracy.

I'd argue that the forces that created the possibility of a Trump/Sanders presidency are more dangerous than those candidates individually. As such, a vote for Hillary is probably worse in the long term. At least Trump would be such a disaster that it would force change. Trump might not be back next time, but someone adept at harnessing pent-up frustration and anger sure will be.

You're assuming that there would BE a next time if Trump became President. I'm not certain that is a valid assumption

Given his reaction to criticism during this campaign, what would he do if China, Russia, or North Korea insulted him? I think there would be a very real possibility that Trump would order some action (either a deliberate diplomatic insult or an accidental faux pas or some good old fashioned saber rattling) in defense of his bruised ego that would escalate the situation to the point where a war of words would transition to a war of bullets or an economic battle. And if his Secretary of State tried to calm things down, I wouldn't be surprised if he told him or her "You're fired!"

When Trump is the 500 pound gorilla in the room, he's fully willing and able to throw his weight around. But when you put two or more gorillas in a room, if they become antagonistic towards one another it's probably not going to end well for one or all of the gorillas.

Comment Re:My state/county can barely afford asphalt (Score 2) 168

Nearly sixty thousand bridges in the United States are structurally deficient. What does that mean?

Deficient bridges aren’t necessarily falling down, but are in need of repair. Bridges are rated on a scale of zero to nine, with a top score meaning excellent condition. Scores of four or below are classified structurally deficient.

and:

The current pace of investment would take 21 years to replace or upgrade all the deficient bridges.

If we can't (or don't want to contribute the resources to) repair or replace bridges that are structurally deficient, I submit we don't have the resources to install roadside sensors.

Comment Re:Some sensible things (Score 1) 168

If you live in a state where the outcome of the presidential election is not in doubt, then voting for a third-party candidate is a sensible idea.

And when enough people in that "safe" state vote for a third-party candidate, suddenly the state isn't quite so "safe" any longer. Remember Brexit?

In an interview on BBC’s Victoria Live, one man who voted "Leave" said, "I didn’t think my vote was going to matter too much because I thought we were just going to remain."

The man, who was introduced as Adam, said he is now "worried" because he assumed "Remain" would win. He added, "I think the period of uncertainty that we’re going to have for the next couple of months — that’s just been magnified now. So yeah, quite worried."

Comment They'll just release the next generation Pokemon (Score 3, Informative) 91

Right now the app allows users to catch 151 different Pokemon. The Wikipedia page states there are 721 Pokemon available in all the different games. If they need to give the app's popularity a little boost, they'll release some of the 570 others. "Gotta catch 'em all", right?

Comment Re:Americans (Score 1) 41

Think back to the last end user license agreement you agreed that you had read and whose terms you promised to satisfy. How confident are you that if I quizzed you on it, you could answer the questions? You can agree to obey or defend a document without reading it, understanding it, or intending to obey or defend it.

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