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The Military

Submission + - US Navy Cruiser and Submarine Collide (

An anonymous reader writes: Despite billions of dollars in advanced electronics, radars,and sonar it seems the Navy needs to install backup cameras on their boats. "The Pentagon said late Saturday that it is investigating why a Navy submarine collided with an Aegis cruiser during routine operations at an undisclosed location."

Submission + - Blackhole's 'point of no return' found ( 1

dsinc writes: Using a continent-spanning telescope, an international team of astronomers has peered to the edge of a black hole at the center of a distant galaxy. For the first time, they have measured the black hole’s “point of no return” — the closest distance that matter can approach before being irretrievably pulled into the black hole.

According to Einstein’s theory of general relativity, a black hole’s mass and spin determine how close material can orbit before becoming unstable and falling in toward the event horizon. The team was able to measure this innermost stable orbit and found that it’s only 5.5 times the size of the black hole’s event horizon. This size suggests that the accretion disk is spinning in the same direction as the black hole.
The observations were made by linking together radio telescopes in Hawaii, Arizona, and California to create a virtual telescope called the Event Horizon Telescope, or EHT. The EHT is capable of seeing details 2,000 times finer than the Hubble Space Telescope.

Submission + - Pennsylvania Fracking Law Opens Up Drilling on College Campuses (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Last year, when Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett suggested offsetting college tuition fees by leasing parts of state-owned college campuses to natural gas drillers, more than a few Pennsylvanians were left blinking and rubbing their eyes. But it was no idle threat: After quietly moving through the state Senate and House, this week the governor signed into law a bill that opens up 14 of the state’s public universities to fracking, oil drilling, and coal mining on campus.

Environmentalists and educators are concerned that fracking and other resource exploitation on campus could leave students directly exposed to harms like explosions, water contamination, and air pollution.

Professor Bob Myers, who runs the environmental studies program at Lock Haven University, one of the schools at the edge of the Marcellus, says he understands the school system's economic concerns. Still, he's horrified at the prospect that PASSHE might install rigs near students. "I've become extremely concerned, disturbed, and disgusted by the environmental consequences of fracking," Myers says. "They've had explosions, tens of thousands of gallons of chemicals spilled. And we're going to put this on campus?"

Desktops (Apple)

Journal Journal: Where is iWork '12?

It's been some time since the latest iWork refresh. iWork '09 was released nearly three years ago, which is a long time in computer business. Several events were suggested as a reason for Apple to delay the release of the next version of their Office suite: the new iPad, Lion, and lately the release of iCloud was accused to be the reason to further work on Pages, Keynote and Numbers to work seamlessly with the service.
All those events came and went, yet a new version of iWork is still not

Comment Homocentricity (Score 1) 239

What I liked about the original Planet of the Apes is that it was told that the monkeys started to say "No!" if I remember correctly. I always imagined it as some kind of evolutionary development. Nature fought back! This one gets it all wrong. Why must it always be mankind that is responsible, even for the rise of the apes? This is ridiculously homocentric.

Comment It's more like an arsenal (Score 1) 716

Apple's secret weapon is the product itself. And with the product“ I don't mean the iPad alone. It's the whole iPad experience. It all begins with the buying experience in the Apple Store (like it or not), goes on with their perfect minimalist design, the quality of the software, the software update process, the iTunes/AppStore infrastructure, and, not to forget the fact that the iPad is the gadget you want to own if you want to be part of the in-group. It almost seems unbeatable for the ex-hippie silverback generation and not so individualistic younger consumers alike.

Comment Nuclear power is a threat (Score 0, Troll) 752

I hope this disaster let some people come to their senses. I mean those who said in the last year that a equilibrated mix of energy production, including nuclear power“ is the way to go for the future. This technology is _not_ safe, nor is it clean. It's a threat to people and we need to push hard for renewable energy as soon as possible! I live in Germany. We had a sound exit strategy for nuclear power that would have allowed us to get nuclear-free in the foreseeable future. Conservative politicians, like Angela Merkel (CDU) and neo-liberals, like Guido Westerwelle (FDP), alike have recently diluted this sound strategy, because they thought it to be the work of crazy left-wing politicians and ecologists. It's not. We need to get out of nuclear power and we need to do it fast.

Comment Re:They force you to lease software (Score 2, Informative) 1016

Everyone is allowed to remove the catalytic converter and muffler from his car. The car is not allowed to be used after that though. The same goes for removing seat belts. Rolling back an odometer is forging, a completely different topic. I cannot understand why changing some kind of hardware you own, or changing hardware of other people can be illegal. The use of unlicensed games on a modified device could be, but not the modification itself. In that way, your remark was very much to the point, although to be read without sarcasm.

Submission + - Common charger for mobile phones coming in the EU (

buchner.johannes writes: "The EU Commission and companies agreed on common charger for mobile phones:

Incompatibility of chargers for mobile phones is a major inconvenience for users and also leads to unnecessary waste. Therefore, the Commission has requested industry to come forward with a voluntary commitment to solve this problem so as to avoid legislation. As a result major producers of mobile phones have agreed to harmonise chargers in the EU.

Discussed before here and here. The text continues:

Industry commits to provide chargers compatibility on the basis of the Micro-USB connector. Once the commitment becomes effective, it will be possible to charge data-enabled mobile phones from any charger compatible with the common specifications.



Submission + - Top 5 firefox plugins (

chinmoykanjilal writes: "For those interested in heavy SEO, here are 5 SEO plugins for your firefox browser which will help you to make a complete analysis of the site you are visiting. This way, you can get an idea of the keywords, the competetion from the site and the traffic generating factors for the site and the reason for the popularity of the site in it's niche. 1.Alexa With only one daily updated ranking service available, we cannot really ignore it. So, alexa sparky is the first plugin as well a rank increasing tool as it acts as the Alexa toolbar as well. 2.SEO QUAKE SEO Quake is like the one stop spot for all the rank-wise analysis you need. It shows ranks from GooglePR, Alexa, SEMRush, Compete besides other data like the backlinks from google blog search, yahoo directories, yahoo siteexplorer, SEMRush traffic value and price along with keyword density and much more. 3.Rankquest Rankquest plugin is integrated into your firefox as a toolbar once you install it. This toolbar offers a keyword tracker, html validator, link checker, text ratio, keyword density comparision, meta tag analyser, traffic analyser and index status in major search engines including social bookmark. 4.Quirk searchstatus Shows live ranks from GooglePR, Alexa, Compete and MozRank beside your menubar. Has an option to highlight nofollow links and keywords, display a detailed link report, sitemap data, domain data. Is fast and opens a new window as a popup. Very effective for a quick scan. 5.Foxy SEO Foxy seo tools offers detailed information from major search engines as drop-down lists along with data from social bookmarks, rank analysis sites, domin tools and page text analysis and link checking. It also has options for various client sided script validations. With all these 5 tools integrated into your browser, you will never need to open another website to analyse your domain. It is just another day that firefox makes the internet easy to use."

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