hypnosec writes: CERN has revealed that the world's largest and most powerful atom smasher – the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is going into hibernation and will be shut down for a period of two years for upgrade purposes. To be operated for a couple of more months this year, the LHC will go through a maintenance and upgrade phase starting March that will bring the atom smasher up to speed with its maximum energy levels, which will enable scientists to carry out more discoveries even greater than the current ones like the Higgs Boson.
For the first time, the general public will be able to browse detailed infrared images of more than 200 galaxies. The pictures, originating from data from the orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope, will be released later this year. Dr George Bendo of the Jodrell Bank center for Astrophysics will highlight the new imagery in a preview at the National Astronomy Meeting in Manchester.
He is delighted to be bringing the Spitzer material to the public: “These data show the intimate connection between the interstellar dust in galaxies, here seen shining in infrared light, and the formation of stars on a grand scale. Now anyone with Internet access can download these extraordinary pictures for themselves and take a look at some of the objects being studied by the world’s leading astronomers, as part of their effort to better understand the universe we live in.”"
snydeq writes: "Mozilla's 'endless parade' of Firefox updates adds no visible benefit to users but breaks common functions, as numerous add-ons, including the popular open source TinyMCE editor, continually suffer compatibility issues, thanks to Firefox's newly adopted auto-update cycle, writes InfoWorld's Galen Gruman. 'Firefox is a Web browser, and by its very nature the Web is a heterogeneous, uncontrolled collection of resources. Expecting every website that uses TinyMCE to update it whenever an incremental rev comes out is silly and unrealistic, and certainly not just because Mozilla decided compatibility in its parade of new Firefox releases was everyone else's problem. The Web must handle such variablility — especially the browsers used to access it.'"
An anonymous reader writes: Hot on the heels of last month's news that the Timberwolf (FireFox) Browser for AmigaOS had reached Beta status. Today we hear of yet another update for the AmigaOS platform (www.amigaos.net) — this is exciting news for the platform as a whole as it edges towards AmigaOS 4.2 and the promise of full Gallium/Mesa support to coincide with the release of the AmigaOS NetBook later this year.
sperlingreich writes: "This podcast features Ethan Noble, of Motion Picture Consulting. He helps guide filmmakers and studios through the ratings process. He gives an overview of the MPAA’s rating system.
Since eight films have already appealed their MPAA ratings this year it begs the question, has the MPAA lost touch with modern culture or are filmmakers beginning to push the boundaries with edgier content?"
silentbrad writes: Kotaku reports some "details" about Sony's next console given to them by a "reliable source". They say that the console's codename—or, following Kotaku's odd-but-possible logic, the actual name—will be Orbis, and it has a planned release in time for the 2013 holiday season. They've been told that developers are being told to plan for an AMD x64 CPU and AMD Southern Islands GPU. Further on, they mention that there will be no PS3 backwards compatibility and, like rumours about the next Xbox, will have anti-used game DRM. Specifically, "new games for the system will be available one of two ways, either on a Blu-Ray disc or as a PSN download (yes, even full retail titles). If you buy the disc, it must be locked to a single PSN account... If you then decide to trade that disc in, the pre-owned customer picking it up will be limited in what they can do.... it's believed used games will be limited to a trial mode or some other form of content restriction, with consumers having to pay a fee to unlock/register the full game."
zacharye writes: Notorious hacker group Anonymous has previously stated its intentions to shutdown the Internet on Saturday, March 31st, as a form of protest. “To protest SOPA, Wallstreet, our irresponsible leaders and the beloved bankers who are starving the world for their own selfish needs out of sheer sadistic fun, on March 31, anonymous will shut the Internet down,” the group stated last month. “Remember, this is a protest, we are not trying to ‘kill’ the Internet we are only temporarily shutting it down where it hurts the most.” Operation Global Blackout 2012 looks to shut down the Internet by disabling its core DNS servers, thus making websites inaccessible. Cyber security experts claim that it is unlikely that such an attack would be effective, however, and there is really no need to fear...
sienrak writes: "Shawn Henry, who is preparing to leave the FBI after more than two decades with the bureau, said in an interview that the current public and private approach to fending off hackers is "unsustainable.''
"I don't see how we ever come out of this without changes in technology or changes in behavior, because with the status quo, it's an unsustainable model. Unsustainable in that you never get ahead, never become secure, never have a reasonable expectation of privacy or security,'' Mr. Henry said."
mike2400 writes: "I was a bad proofreader. Go with this one and kill the first one I sent....
According to the Virginian Pilot: The US is closer to having off shore wind turbines. Gamesa from Spain has partnered with Newport News Energy, a subsidiarity of Newport News Ship Building and Huntington Ingles Industries, to build the first off shore wind turbine in the US. It will be located in the Chesapeake Bay off the shore of Cape Charles, VA which is located on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The prototype 5 MW (The paper said 5 kw — that's a typo) unit should be up and running by next year."