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Comment LHC not actually shut down (Score 4, Informative) 478

The LHC is designed with very good fail-safes so that random events like this won't shut down the accelerator for huge amounts of time. It would mean at most a day or two of no beam before things got started again. These kinds of safety trips are to be expected a couple of times a month with a machine as huge and complicated as the LHC.

Comment Turned Around (Score 4, Funny) 392

I would like to see this turned around: because the RIAA's case did not offer any information about the damages done by download these 24 songs in the trial, the court should enforce that the RIAA sell all its tracks at the value assigned to each song by the jury (~$81,000). The court might even take pity of the poor industry and lower that to $40,000 if it assumes some reasonable amount of the fine (50%) was awarded for statutory damages. That way, if the RIAA accepts the ruling, they would immediately go out of business as every CD they sell would be marked up to $500,000. Why isn't there a Draconian party running for government anywhere?

Comment Re:Obligatory Serious Answer (Score 5, Funny) 993

I'm a man, and I'm seriously considering getting a pink laptop. I mean, I already have a pink DS, and from what I hear, pink things are stolen much less frequently due to this bizarre stigma most men seem to have against it. Besides, a pink laptop would totally compliment my new lip stiCHAINSAW and nail polMOTORCYCLE.

A Telescope In a Cubic Kilometer of Ice 118

Roland Piquepaille writes "University of Delaware (UD) scientists and engineers are currently working at the South Pole under very harsh conditions. This research team is one of the many other ones working on the construction of IceCube, the world's largest neutrino telescope in the Antarctic ice, far beneath the continent's snow-covered surface. When it is completed in 2011, the telescope array will occupy a cubic kilometer of Antarctica. One of the lead researchers said that 'IceCube will provide new information about some of the most violent and far-away astrophysical events in the cosmos.' The UD team has even opened a blog to cover this expedition. It will be opened up to December 22, 2008. I guess they want to be back in Delaware for Christmas, but read more for additional details and references, including a diagram of this telescope array built inside ice."

Submission + - AMD Launches ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series (

XueCast writes: "Today, AMD has just announced the release and the immediate availability of it's new 55nm ATI Radeon HD 3800 series. AMD said that these new Radeon HD 3800 series will get extra power and efficiency if paired with AMD's newest K10 processors, Phenom, the Next Gen quad core processors which AMD is set to release next week."

Submission + - Intel Launches Mobile Linux Project

An anonymous reader writes: Intel has unveiled an ambitious project aimed at developing open source software for mobile devices. The Moblin project comprises a Linux kernel, UI framework, browser, multimedia framework, and embedded Linux image creation tools, along with developer resources such as documentation, mailing lists, and an IRC channel. Intel says it hopes Moblin will serve as a 'point of integration' for multiple sub-projects, and appears eager to see devices such as its Mobile Internet Device design, and chipsets such as its Ultra Mobile Platform 2007 platform be thoroughly supported by Linux. Although all of the projects currently focus on the Intel architecture, the project says it is open to hosting support for other processor architectures.
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Submission + - Search results without the search (

An anonymous reader writes: Ian Clarke, founder of the Freenet anonymous P2P network, has a new project called Thoof. Its like a search engine which uses an Bayesian AI algorithm to anticipate what you want based on a variety of information available to it, including your past usage of the site. Most notably, its a search engine that doesn't require any search terms, it just shows you what it thinks you will like. Thoof also has shades of Wikipedia in that users can edit any descriptions they don't agree with. In a recent article in the International Herald Tribune, Clarke explained that while Freenet might make information available to people, the goal of Thoof is to make it easily accessible.

Submission + - ChicagoCon 2007 (

ddonzal writes: "ChicagoCon 2007 is where "White Hats Come Together in Defense of the Digital Frontier" for a professional security conference, certification training and hacker con all rolled into a single, unique event on September 17 — 23, 2007. We're bringing together the biggest security names under one roof for a week of training like no other. Not just another boot camp or hacker con, ChicagoCon adds value to your training dollars by also providing top instructors (most of whom are published), well known certifications, keynotes, evening presentations, hacking demos & contests as well as gift bags for all. 11 courses including CISSP, CEH, CHFI, Advanced Hacking, Cisco, SOX/COBIT, Security+, Linux+ and more. From the novice, to the ultimate techie, to the CISO chair... everyone interested in a career in security will find something at ChicagoCon, your one-stop shop for security training and certification. Keynotes: John C. Dvorak, Steve Hunt, Lance Spitzner, Symantec, DoD."

Submission + - Intel shows off 2 TFLOPS processor (

costabunny writes: "NTEL'S ANNUAL Research@Intel Day here in Santa Clara kicked off in high gear, with Chipzilla letting out boffins from the lab to see the light of day. Intel has its fair share of "Blue Sky" projects but probably the most impressive is from its Tera Scale Computing group of projects. After demonstrating 80-core silicon in Beijing, brave researchers have now polished the cooling component and tweaked the silicon, so now the performance reaches two TeraFLOPS when these 80 floating-point mini-cores are working at no less than 6.26GHz. The Interesting thing about this demo was the fact that these cores achieve 1TFLOPS at 3.13GHz and at that clock, power consumption is only 24 Watts, while for double more, 6.26GHz eats up more th157 Watts. Original Story: 469"

Submission + - Windows Server woos Linux customers (

AlexGr writes: "This is a thought-provoking article by Peter Galli (eWeek): Wooed by compelling application ecosystems, performance and cost, several large enterprise Linux customers have begun slowly migrating back to Windows Server, eWEEK reporting has found. The migrations come after a quarter in which Windows Server revenue grew faster than Linux revenue — the first time that has happened since research company IDC started tracking Linux server spending in 1998.,1895,2149300, p"

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