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Journal Journal: French high-speed train sets world record 357.2 mph

Today a French high-speed train known as TGV set a world speed record for conventional trains of 357.2 miles per hour. That is quite impressive. In my view, trains at this kind of speed would be competitive with commuter aircraft for the types of routes that both transportation systems serve. It seems that high speed train systems would work economically in par

Submission + - Scientists Create Sheep with 15 Percent Human Cell

anthemaniac writes: Esmail Zanjani and colleagues at the University of Nevada-Reno have created sheep that are 15 percent human at the cellular level. Half the organs in the sheep are human. The idea, of course, is to harvest those organs to transplant into human patients. From the article: ;He has already created a sheep liver which has a large proportion of human cells and eventually hopes to precisely match a sheep to a transplant patient, using their own stem cells to create their own flock of sheep.' One scientists worries, however, that the work could lead to new viruses that cross from animals to humans.

Submission + - Movie Pirates Try to Throw Dogs Off Scent

YesL writes: Movie pirates are spraying chemicals on their bootleg DVDs to confuse two U.S.-loaned dogs that helped Malaysian authorities sniff out nearly 1 million illegal discs, an official said Monday. The two female Labradors have been trained to detect polycarbonate chemicals used in manufacturing discs. But officials received a tip that bootleggers are using chemical sprays to throw Lucky and Flo off the scent, said Fahmi Kassim, the Domestic Trade Ministry's enforcement chief in southern Johor state.
The Internet

Submission + - FCC announces inquiry into "net neutrality"

yuna49 writes: Last Thursday, the US Federal Communications Commission announced a "Notice of Inquiry" (warning: pdf) into "the behavior of broadband market participants, including:
  • How broadband providers are managing Internet traffic on their networks today
  • Whether providers charge different prices for different speeds or capacities of service
  • Whether our policies should distinguish between content providers that charge end users for access to content and those that do not
  • How consumers are affected by these practices."
According to this article at eWeek, the study is targeted at whether broadband providers are treating some content providers more favorably than others. Distinctly absent is any discussion about port filtering or other restrictions on Internet usage.

In published statements, the two Democrats on the Commission pressed for a "Notice of Rulemaking" rather than a "Notice of Inquiry" arguing that the Commission should declare a policy of non-discrimination now rather than waiting months or years for another study to be conducted. The Republican majority ignored these arguments and voted for an Inquiry to which the Democrats concurred.
Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Sun Pushes Upgrading From Linux to Solaris OS

Petersko writes: In Sun's Inner Circle newsletter is a new article, 'Upgrading from Linux to the Solaris OS'. Their point is summed up in the subheading, 'When "Good Enough" is no longer good enough'. Quotes like this one abound: '...but many companies have discovered that an OS that had first been presented as being "free" in cost actually incurs costs similar to or exceeding what, say, Microsoft charges for its operating system. Many companies are learning that while Linux is relatively inexpensive to acquire, it comes with high deployment and maintenance costs.'

Submission + - Map of Internet Security Threats

AtomicJake writes: Symantec and McAfee have published statistics and graphs that show from where most malware attacks origin. Symantec XI thread report maps top countries for malicious activity with geographical data on: bot-infected computers, bot command-and-control servers, phishing Web sites, malicious code reports, spam relay hosts, and Internet attacks. McAfee's Mapping the Mal Web concentrates on the relative risks when surfing the Web for the different top level domains.

Submission + - IBM develop better chip cooling

Matthew Sparkes writes: "Researchers have found that heatsink paste suffers from unusual fluid dynamics during attachment, with more of it accumulating along an X-shape between corners. The problem occurs when the heat sink is being applied to the chip, at the diagonals the force pushing it towards both edges is equal, causing it to build up along these lines. IBM have developed a solution to this — a pattern of micrometre-sized channels in the under-surface of the heat sink that act like an irrigation system for the paste. Tests have shown that this approach reduces the thermal resistance of the paste layer by more than three times, meaning it retains significantly less heat."

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