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Submission + - Fantasy-novel-writing post-doc was first person to spot the gravitational waves ( 1

sciencehabit writes: Today, LIGO physicists announced they had detected gravitational waves—ripples in spacetime itself—set off by the explosive collision of two massive black holes. But which of the 1000 scientists who work on LIGO, a pair of gargantuan instruments in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, was the first to see the long-awaited signal? The honor fell to a soft-spoken postdoc who plays classical piano and has published two fantasy novels. His tale shows how elaborate plans devised to keep LIGO team members guessing whether a signal is real or a purposefully planted fake broke down, leaving one lucky physicist and, soon, the entire LIGO collaboration sitting on a thrilling secret.

Submission + - Gravity Waves are real and have been detected.

flogger writes: Several news sources are reporting that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has discovered observable proof of gravitational waves. They succeeded in detecting gravitational waves from the violent merging of two black holes in deep space. If something like this can be observered, eventually something like this can be manipulated.

Submission + - Gravitational waves from a black hole collision detected (

MarkWhittington writes: The National Science Foundation announced that the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington have detected gravitational waves for the first time. The gravitational waves, first postulated by Albert Einstein just over 100 years ago in his General Theory of Relativity, are ripples in space/time caused by catastrophic events in the universe. Scientists postulate that the gravitational waves, detected last September, were caused by the collision of two black holes over a billion years ago.

Comment around 50 million students.... (Score 1) 246

THere are around 50 million students in the states... 4 Billion dollar initiative would bean about 80 per student. Doled out over three years is around 27 dollars per student. I'm sure that the money will be spread equally among all students. So a small school district like the one in which I work would receive about 27,000 dollars.

To teach programming as a k-12 prograpm will require new teachers as all the current teachers are aready teaching their subjects (6-12).
To teach programming as a K-12 program will either increase the school day's instructional time or decrease from current content.
What will primary teachers do? take a workshop-class on programming? Teachers are already overloaded.

In Illinois, teachers hired withing the last few years now have to teach until they are 67. I am one of the few (only?) in my district that could teach some coding... I actually use RPG Maker in my English classes to teach participatory narrative and scripting... I also help other teachers how to check their email and turn on their computers...

What I'm getting at is the educational system is broken for this kind of thing. THrowing 4 billion dollars to administrators is just going to increase the workload on an already overburdened teaching population.

And getting a programmer to come in and teach is not going to work. To get a programmer who has never had any training in teaching to teach a classroom full of twelve year old kids is going to be "interesting." And why would someone skilled in programming want to teach? It is totally not worth the pay cut... A deian programmer pay is $86K while Median teacher salary is $58K. Maybe I'm wrong. There may be a horde of programmers out there that would teach just for the love of working with children. I'm a teacher after all.

Submission + - 48% of US licenced drones made in China (

garymortimer writes: If you are to judge success in the American RPA industry. The number of commercially licenced platforms each manufacturer has in service might be a guide. Colin Snow makes the valid point earlier in today’s news that forecasts are very often wrong so better to work with the known.

We have a Drone Spotters page, started to monitor where platforms were going and who were buying them after a fatal RPAS incident in 2012

Looking at the civil market several companies, most notably AeroVironment were issued N numbers for aircraft under the old COA system.

But for now lets not try and separate them out, lets take it as a whole. As I write there are 51 manufacturers and 380 N registered sUAS in America.

Submission + - IBM releases IoT electronic design platform in the cloud (

An anonymous reader writes: IBM has announced that it will be teaming up with silicon chip design platform provider SiCAD to offer a cloud-based solution — High Performance Services for Electronic Design Automation (EDA) — to help improve silicon design for smartphones, wearables and IoT devices. The new set of tools will be available on demand across IBM’s SoftLayer infrastructure on a pay-as-you-go basis, allowing clients the flexibility to scale up or down depending on demand. According to Big Blue the new patented suite will deliver three main services: IBM Library Characterization, to help the creation of abstract electrical and timing models for chip design; IBM Logic Verification, for the simulation of electronic systems and design languages; and IBM Spice, an electronic circuit simulator designed to measure quality and test chip behavior. IBM said that compute and networking deployment clusters will remain separate, in order to prevent clients sharing any infrastructure.

Submission + - What types of primary machine spec setups do /. users use and why/for what? 1

An anonymous reader writes: The subject is explicit: Put up the specs of your main system (best one) so we can see what kinds of computers slashdot geeks use, how and why they set them up as well as for what main particular purpose(s): Post your hardware in CPU, Video, Memory, Disks (SSD/HDD), Exotic Controllers (RAID or Caching), CD/DVD burners etc. so we can all compare and perhaps learn a trick or two.

Submission + - Signs of ancient cells and proteins found in dinosaur fossils (

sciencehabit writes: The cupboards of the Natural History Museum in London hold spectacular dinosaur fossils, from 15-centimeter, serrated Tyrannosaurus rex teeth to a 4-meter-long hadrosaur tail. Now, researchers are reporting another spectacular find, buried in eight nondescript fossils from the same collection: what appear to be ancient red blood cells and fibers of ancient protein. Using new methods to peer deep inside fossils, the study in this week’s issue of Nature Communications backs up previous, controversial reports of such structures in dinosaur bones. It also suggests that soft tissue preservation may be more common than anyone had guessed.

Submission + - Stress Is Driving Developers from the Video Game Industry (

Nerval's Lobster writes: For video game developers, life can be tough. The working hours are long, with vicious bursts of so-called “crunch time,” in which developers may pull consecutive all-nighters in order to finish a project—all without overtime pay. According to the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Developer Satisfaction Survey (PDF), many developers aren’t enduring those work conditions for the money: Nearly 50 percent of respondents earned less than $50,000 annually. Faced with what many perceive as draconian working conditions, many developers are taking their skills and leaving video games for another technology sector. The hard and soft skills that go into producing video games—from knowledge of programming languages to aptitude for handling irate managers—will work just as well in many aspects of conventional software-building. Fortunately, leaving the video-game industry doesn’t have to be a permanent exile; many developers find themselves pulled back in at some point, out of simple passion for the craft.

Submission + - A Technical Look Inside TempleOS (

jones_supa writes: TempleOS has become somewhat of a legend in the operating system community. Its sole author, Terry A. Davis, is a special kind of person, who has a tendency to appear in various places with a burst of strange comments. Nevertheless, he has spent the past 12 years creating a new operating system from scratch, and has shipped a functional product. An article takes a constructive technical look at the internals of TempleOS: installation, shell, file explorer, hypertext system, custom HolyC programming language, and interaction with hardware. The OS ships with a suite of several tools and demos as well. To see the sheer amount of content that's been written here over the years, to see such effort expended on a labor of love, is wonderfully heart-warming. In many ways TempleOS seems similar to systems such as the Xerox Alto, Oberon, and Plan 9; an all-inclusive system that blurs the lines between programs and documents.

Submission + - Free Speech Under Attack - By The DOJ (

Lawrence_Bird writes: The past couple of months saw many claims of free speech being under attack in relation to cartoons of the prophet of a certain religion. Yet, once again, we see that the most significant attacks on free speech are not from islamic fanatics but from the US government. has obtained a subpoena against seeking to obtain identifiying information about commenters in a thread about the Silk Road verdict. The comments are all clearly over the top and are protected political speech.

Submission + - Sony Makes $20 On Every iPhone6, Galaxy S6 Sold

dkatana writes: According to an article in InformationWeek, Sony might be losing the smartphone wars but it is definitely wining the image sensor market, leaving competitors such as Omnivision way behind.

The iPhone 6 series uses two Sony sensors and related parts, which, generate Sony $20 revenue per phone sold. Typically reliable sources indicate that Apple is considering the new Exmor RS IMX230, present on the upcoming Xperia Z4, for its next iPhone 6s.

The increase popularity of the "selfie" makes Apple and other manufacturers also feature high-end Exmor sensors for the otherwise lower-resolution front cameras.

Submission + - So much for Whatsapp's "end-to-end encryption" - Belgium Arrests Two in Probe ( 3

Errorcod3 writes: Belgian arrested two suspects and issued arrest warrants against three others following anti-terror raids Monday.

Police said earlier that they simultaneously raided 21 locations as part of two probes into jihadist Chechen groups, the country’s federal prosecutors’ office said in a statement. Prosecutors said the arrests were based on police information concerning a wounded man who had returned to Belgium after taking part in the jihad in Syria.

Authorities said they had to let go four other people detained earlier on Monday as part of a separate probe into the participation of a Chechen group based in the Belgian city of Leuven in the preparation of a possible terrorist attack in the country.

European law enforcement agencies have grappled with the threat of a domestic terrorism as extremist groups have encouraged followers to carry out attacks on home soil rather than try to travel to the Middle East. Two suspected terrorists were killed in January in a shootout that Belgian police said foiled a possible “major” attack.

Investigators said earlier they had detained 16 people in the anti-terror raids after working with U.S. authorities to monitor suspects’ communications on WhatsApp Inc.’s messaging service.

Submission + - Undetectable NSA-linked hybrid malware hits Intel Security radar ( 1

Errorcod3 writes: CTB Locker ransomware attacks rose 165 per cent in the first three months of 2015.

More than a third (35 per cent) of victims were based in Europe, McAfee Labs reported. CTB Locker encrypts files and holds them hostage until the ransom is paid. As such, the crimeware is picking up the baton that dropped with the takedown of the infamous CryptoLocker ransomware scam in May last year.

The latest edition of Intel Security's report, released on Tuesday, reports attacks on firmware for the first time. More specifically, the report details "persistent and virtually undetectable attacks" by the so-called Equation Group that reprogram hard disk drives and solid state drive firmware.

McAfee Labs assessed the reprogramming modules exposed in February and found that they could be used to reprogram the firmware in SSDs in addition to the previously-reported HDD reprogramming capability.
Once reprogrammed, the HDD and SSD firmware can reload associated malware each time infected systems boot and the malware persists even if the drives are reformatted or the operating system is reinstalled.

Once infected, security software cannot detect the associated malware stored in a hidden area of the drive.

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