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Comment Re:"Several thousand years ago..." (Score 1) 479

And a few of those ignorant tribes practiced a form of religion that created a wonderful society that allowed Tom Weller to publish a snarky book and not be taken down to the beach and beheaded.

It's only when the religion lost power and ability to behead people that the age of enlightenment could begin. Galileo narrowly escaped torture and imprisonment for publishing heretical books suggesting the earth was not the centre of the universe. The church only lifted the ban on his books in the mid 18th century. Real reform only happened (like Quebec's quiet revolution) when the church was kicked to the curb.

Comment Re:The Dark Age returns (Score 1) 479

> Look at astrophysics. There's enough of it that's just untestable speculation passed off as fact. The Big Bang Theory is a superb example of this. It's treated as absolute and indisputable fact, yet it was never (and likely never will be) directly observed.

We can observe the red shift and 3K background radiation which is exactly what was predicted by the big bang theory.

It's like hearing a shot and finding a suspect holding a smoking pistol, standing over a corpse with a fresh bullet wound with a perfect ballistics match to the weapon he was holding, yet acquitting him because nobody actually saw him pull the trigger. I hope you never, ever serve on a jury.

If you think that example is ridiculous, the evidence for evolution is far more overwhelming. If you want to claim the earth is actually 6000 years old, you not only ignore overwhelming evidence from biology, you must refute geology, physics, and astronomy as well. We shouldn't even be able to see most of our own galaxy.

As for the story of an 800 year old Noah collecting every species of life on earth to put on his boat, even Santa Claus going down a billion chimneys a night is highly plausible by comparison.

Comment Unconventional architectures and quantum computing (Score 1) 168

I see increasing emphasis in the future on unconventional architectures to solve certain problems

and a little further into the future, single molecule switches and gates.

We have a ways to go, but at some point we are going to have to say bye-bye to the conventional transistor.

Submission + - The Million-dollar business of video game cheating (

An anonymous reader writes: If you play games online against other people, chances are you've come up against somebody who's obviously cheating. Wall hacks, aimbots, map hacks, item dupes — you name it, and there will always be a small (but annoying) segment of the gaming population who does it. Many of these cheating methods are bought and sold online, and PCGamer has done some investigative reporting to show us rule-abiding types how it all works. A single cheat-selling website manages to pull in $300,000 a year. The people running the site aren't worried about their business drying up, either — game developers quickly catch 'rage cheaters,' and players cheating to be seen, but they have a much harder time detecting the 'closet cheaters' who hide it well. Countermeasures like PunkBuster and VAC are sidestepped quickly and easily.

Submission + - Why Does Time Flow Forward? (

benonemusic writes: In a new paper, physicists explore the two definitions of time's flow--the ones based on thermodynamics and psychology--and consider them in terms of the notion of a physical "memory"--an object that can theoretically store past and future configurations of a system. They find that even a simple, reversible memory device could record only the thermodynamic past and not the future, and so it must always be consistent with the psychological arrow of time, which says that we can remember the past, but never access the future.

Submission + - Building a PC in the Year 1998

roelbj writes: Maximum PC has posted a free PDF archive of their premiere issue, dating back to September 1998. Anyone who has been building computers for a while will appreciate gems such as "When will we get to use our USB ports? (p.13); overclocking a CPU to a blistering 225 Mhz (p.64); reviews of cutting-edge CD-ROM drives, PhotoShop 5.0, the Iomega Buz, and Final Fantasy VII; and and of course the Intel/AMD debate which existed even then (p.10). If you are offended by beige, look away.

Submission + - Toyota Describes Combustion Engine That Generates Electricity Directly

cartechboy writes: While electric cars are now more available than ever, combustion engines will remain for decades to come. Now auto engineers are working to refine combustion power as part of cars that are increasingly electrified, including plug-in hybrids. Toyota's new 'Free Piston Engine Linear Generator' (or FPEG) shows us one potential way. Linear engines eliminate the rotating crankshaft of conventional engines in favor of a single chamber, in which a piston moves forward and backward. A linear engine has no crankshaft, nor connecting rods. In their place is a gas-filled chamber, the compression of which functions like a spring — returning the piston after the expansion / combustion phases of a typical combustion cycle. This back-and-forth motion can be turned into energy, when you haven't got a crankshaft and the mechanically-useful rotation it produces. While linear engines are far from new, and Toyota's test units are only 10 kW (13 horsepower), a pair of them can still produce enough electricity for a Yaris or Corolla-sized vehicle to cruise on the highway at 75 mph.

Submission + - Distracted Driving: All Lip Service With No Legit Solution (

redletterdave writes: April was the national commemorative month for all kinds of things, including poetry, welding and soy foods. But it was also National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Unfortunately, the recognition of this month for distracted driving was a hallow gesture—just like the half-hearted attempts at developing apps that prevent cell phone use while driving. After a week of trying to find an app that prevents me from all cell phone use from behind the wheel entirely, I’ve given up. The Distracted Driving Foundation lists about 25 apps on its website—there are a few more on Apple's App Store—but I couldn’t find a single one that was easy to use. Most were either defunct, required onerous sign-up processes, asked for subscription plans, or simply didn't work as advertised.

Submission + - 3D Printing Market to Quadruple in Next Decade to $12B (

Lucas123 writes: As 3D printing moves from creating prototypes to products, the market is expected to grow by four times over the next 10 years to $12 billion, a new study finds. 3D printing is not expected to ever produce thousands of the same product, but it can more quickly produce intricate and complex designs for use in healthcare, automotive, architecture, electronics and aerospace. 3D printing is already being used for everything from customized orthopedics to manufacturing jet engines. For example, General Electric this year plans to use 3D printing to create complex metal parts for its next generation next-generation GE9X and Leap models engine.

Submission + - Astronomers determine the length of day of an exoplanet

The Bad Astronomer writes: Astronomers have just announced that the exoplanet Beta Pic b — a 10-Jupiter-mass world 60 light years away -— rotates in about 8 hours. Using a high-resolution spectrometer and exploiting the Doppler shift of light seen as the planet spins, they measured its rotation velocity as 28,000 mph. Making reasonable assumptions about the planet's size, that gives the length of its day. This is the first time such a measurement has been achieved for an exoplanet.

Submission + - OpenSSH no longer has to depend on OpenSSL (

ConstantineM writes: What has been planned for a long time now, prior to the infamous heartbleed fiasco of OpenSSL (which does not affect SSH at all), is now officially a reality — with the help of some recently adopted crypto from DJ Bernstein, OpenSSH now finally has a compile-time option to no longer depend on OpenSSL — `make OPENSSL=no` has now been introduced for a reduced configuration OpenSSH to be built without OpenSSL, which would leave you with no legacy SSH-1 baggage at all, and on the SSH-2 front with only AES-CTR and chacha20+poly1305 ciphers, ECDH/curve25519 key exchange and Ed25519 public keys.

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