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Submission + - Students calculate what hyperspace travel would actually look like (

cylonlover writes: The two Star franchises (Wars and Trek) and countless science fiction movies have given generations of armchair space travelers an idea of what to expect when looking out the window of a spaceship that's traveling faster than the speed of light. But it appears these views are – if you’ll excuse the pun – a bit warped. Four students from the University of Leicester have used Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity to calculate what faster than light (FTL) travel would actually look like to Han and Chewie at the controls of the Millennium Falcon. The fourth year physics students – Riley Connors, Katie Dexter, Joshua Argyle, and Cameron Scoular – say that the crew wouldn’t see star lines stretching out past the ship during the jump to hyperspace, but would actually see a central disc of bright light.

Submission + - Ford's New Custom Model Is An App Toolkit (

CowboyRobot writes: "Ford has launched its OpenXC vehicle application research platform, a combination of open source hardware and software for developers to build custom applications and pluggable modules.

OpenXC is based on the Arduino and is the second developer platform to be offered alongside the wider Ford Developer Program, which has made the SYNC AppLink API available for the creation of smartphone apps that can be controlled inside the car using your voice.

According to Ford, drivers will be able to plug the OpenXC vehicle interface into a car and then, from Android, read data (such as the steering wheel angle, GPS position, and vehicle speed) from the vehicle in real-time.

GM also has a developer program but there's no evidence that automakers are settling on a standard programming platform."


Submission + - SPAM: Major SEO Updates by Google In 2012

vikasbook writes: "Every year Google update search algorithm hundreds of time and these updates make effects on search engine results. On the previous year Google took lots of steps against the spammers to supply best search result that is actually first aim of Google to serve high quality website for best searching experience. Now it has become essential to perform WHITE HAT SEO for seeing a site on top list of Google search result. With this blog I want to take attention of owner of small business who are not actually aware on power of Google updates for their site search results and have listed all major updates by Google –"
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Submission + - 3D Printable Ammo Clip Skirts New Proposed Gun Laws (

Sparrowvsrevolution writes: Slashdot has closely followed the developing controversy around Defense Distributed, the group that hopes to create 3D printable guns to defeat gun control legislation. The group has yet to create an entirely 3D printable gun. But it's already testing the limits of gun control with a simpler invention: the 3D printable ammunition clip.

Over the past weekend, Defense Distributed successfully 3D-printed and tested an ammunition magazine for an AR semi-automatic rifle, loading and firing 86 rounds from the 30-round clip. That homemade chunk of curved plastic holds special significance: Between 1994 and 2004, so-called “high capacity magazines” capable of holding more than 10 bullets were banned from sale. And a new gun control bill proposed by California Senator Diane Feinstein in the wake of recent shootings would ban those larger ammo clips again. President Obama has also voiced support for the magazine restrictions.

Defense Distributed says it hopes to preempt any high capacity magazine ban by showing how impossible it has become to prevent the creation of a simple spring-loaded box in the age of cheap 3D printing. It's posted the 3D-printable magazine blueprints on its website,, and gun enthusiasts have already downloaded files related to the ammo holders more than 2,200 times.

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