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Comment make aluminum foil burn (Score 5, Interesting) 147

that's what i have found so far. normally you cannot use aluminum on an induction cooktop, probably because a thick layer of aluminum is equally as conductive as the copper inductor in the cooktop, however a thin layer of aluminum can be brought to hover itself away from the cooktop and / or begin to glow if held in place. my cooktop took no damage from trying this but of course - don't try this at home

Comment suggestion for further research (Score 1) 183

I would love to see a correlation chart between space weather (x-ray, proton flux) and radioactive decay. far more precise measurements (decay rate per minute) may be required. I wonder when the solar influence is strongest: while the solar flare is developing within the sun, when it erupts on the surface, when the solar flare becomes visible on earth or even only when the proton-storm hit's the atmosphere. this should give a first guess to what is causing the effect and I would not even rule out some quantum effect that translates faster than the speed of light. maybe we are just witnessing the effects of somthing that might one day become subspace communication ;-)
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Submission + - Canadian Mounties Caught Faking Counterfeit Data

An anonymous reader writes: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada's national police force, has been caught faking data about Canadian counterfeiting. While the mounties claimed that counterfeiting of clothes, handbags, and DVDs was costing $30 billion per year, they now admit that they conducted no independent research and that the $30 billion figure, which has been cited by the U.S. government and copyright lobby groups as evidence for Canada needing to clean up its laws, was based on "open source documents found on the Internet."

Submission + - Linux Process Scheduler Benchmarks (

An anonymous reader writes: KernelTrap has an article about some recent benchmarks posted to the Linux Kernel mailing list, comparing the much discussed Completely Fair Scheduler to the original Linux process scheduler, as well as to Con Kolivas' staircase scheduler. Reviewing the resulting graphs, it seems that the Kolivas staircase scheduler can offer better performance. Ingo Molnar performed additional tests and concluded that the extra overhead comes from being completely fair and providing precise scheduling. He offered a patch to improve the performance of the new scheduler, but cautioned that as with other schedulers it comes at the cost of accuracy, 'tasks working off the timer tick could steal away cycles without being accounted for them fairly, and could starve out all other tasks.' Ingo added that the performance improving patch will not be merged into the Linux kernel as accuracy is more desirable than micro benchmark numbers, 'unless the difference was really huge in real life — but it isn't.' The bottom line is that the new process scheduler will offer a significantly smoother desktop experience as compared to the old Linux process scheduler.

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