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Comment Re:Can someone explain in laymans terms how.... (Score 1) 334

There is a possibility that we may discover new forms (phases) of matter. For example study of Bose-Einstein condensate ( ) has revealed a lot of new physics. Study of once similarly obscure Superconductivity has given rise to a lot of new physics. Imagine if Hydrogen metallization experiment would lead to a new method to cause nuclear fusion. It may also help to answer the fundamental question: What is matter? and Why does it exist?

Submission + - Trump Appoints Neutrality Opponent Ajit Pai to Lead FCC (

bsharma writes: President Donald Trump promoted a critic of net neutrality on Monday to chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, the agency responsible for enforcing those regulations.

In a statement, Ajit Pai, a telecommunications lawyer whom President Barack Obama appointed to a Republican seat the FCC in 2012, said he was looking forward to working with his colleagues, thew Trump administration and Congress "to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans."

Submission + - Toshiba may go bankrupt (

bsharma writes: TOKYO — Faced with the prospect of a multibillion-dollar write-down that could wipe out its shareholders' equity, Japan's Toshiba is running out of fixes: It is burning cash, cannot issue shares, and has few easy assets left to sell.

The Tokyo-based conglomerate, which is still recovering from a $1.3 billion accounting scandal in 2015, dismayed investors and lenders again this week by announcing that cost overruns at a US nuclear business bought only last year meant it could now face a crippling charge against profit.

Comment Just for comparison... (Score 1) 255

Just for comparison... What is the value of all the Gold in the world? $7,024,689,650,351 Yep - That's trillions Based on current spot gold price of $1,174.62 How many Bitcoins are currently in circulation? 15,873,063 BTC (as of October 4th 2016) Note that there’s a cap of 21,000,000 — there won’t ever be more than that! So, value at $2000 per Bc is about $42 Billions U.S. GDP is about about $18 Trillions U.S. Federal Debt is about $20 Trillions

Submission + - NASA competition invites ideas for human waste management in space (

bsharma writes: GOING to the bathroom in zero-gravity can be a tricky task — and NASA wants your help to make it a little bit easier for its astronauts. We can put a man on the moon but we can’t deny our bodily functions, no matter who you are. So the world’s leading space agency has put up a $US30,000 award for anyone who can come up with the most innovative “space poop” solution.

Submission + - U.S. Navy's High-Tech ship loses power in Panama canal (

bsharma writes: USS Zumwalt suffered engine failure and collided with lock walls while transiting the Panama Canal. The ship lost propulsion in its port shaft during the transit and the crew saw water intrusion in two of the four bearings that connect to Zumwalt’s port and starboard Advanced Induction Motors (AIMs) to the drive shafts, a defense official told USNI News on Tuesday. The AIMs are the massive electrical motors that are driven by the ship’s gas turbines and in turn electrically power the ship’s systems and drive the shafts.

Submission + - ITT Educational Services to Cease Operations at all ITT Technical Institutes (

bsharma writes: ITT Educational Services announced on Tuesday that it is shutting down immediately, accusing the federal government of unfairly stripping it of eligibility for student aid.
The company, which was established nearly 50 years ago, operates ITT Technical Institutes. It has around 40,000 students taking classes on campuses and online throughout the United States.

Submission + - WhatsApp Encryption Said to Stymie Wiretap Order (

bsharma writes: WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, allows customers to send messages and make phone calls over the Internet. In the last year, the company has been adding encryption to those conversations, making it impossible for the Justice Department to read or eavesdrop, even with a judge’s wiretap order. ... the Justice Department was discussing how to proceed in a continuing criminal investigation in which a federal judge had approved a wiretap, but investigators were stymied by WhatsApp’s encryption.

WhatsApp uses Signal software developed by Open Whisper Systems.

Comment In early 1970s, there was no VLSI, not even LSI; (Score 3, Insightful) 60

Back in the early 1970s, there was no electrical CAD software, design-rule checkers were people, and VLSI lithographic masks were hand-crafted on giant light tables by unsung "rubylith cutters." In early 1970s, there was no VLSI, not even LSI; It was MSI.

Comment ALGOL (Score 1) 429

Because it showed that Programming Languages are possible. Programming in High Level languages was called, at the time, as "Automatic Programming". Just plain programming meant in Machine/Assembly/Macro languages. APL is another important language - helped define IBM 360 architecture formally (before there was Verilog or VHDL). PL/1 is important since quite a bit of Multics (parent of Unix) was written in it.

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