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Submission + - New particle identified at LHC (noodls.com)

m4ktub writes: A team of researchers working with the ATLAS experiment at the LHC have published an article in arXiv where they describe what is believed to be the first observation of a new particle: the boson Chi-b (3P). Professor Roger Jones, Head of the Lancaster ATLAS group said: While people are rightly interested in the Higgs boson, which we believe gives particles their mass and may have started to reveal itself, a lot of the mass of everyday objects comes from the strong interaction we are investigating using the Chi-b.

Comment Re:Is it really that hard? (Score 1) 60

I don't think we really know how we think and act. Also, our sensors are hardly high precision.

Robocup results are anthropomorphic by design but the people involved quickly realize they have a bunch of wires that break and boards that burn in their hands; not very human of the robots. In the end - in Robocup they say 2050 - we will not have a replica of human perception. My guess is we will have a cyborg with her own way of perception and that perception may not be high-precision at all. Our is not and works pretty well most of the time (by human standards).

Comment Re:Hopefully it is more than just rebranding (Score 1) 162

I also thing that's the only thing refreshing with GG+. The profile page, for instance, was floating around for months and now I know how to get there and its purpose. Contacts are still not tightly integrated but could be with that "circle" stuff. Anyway, I also agree that using the same concepts everywhere is definitely a win.

Comment SWIFT (Score 1) 239

The SWIFT agreement was already a scandal. Although the EU demanded and obtained some reciprocity in the agreement it still is against the data protection directive. But I guess the really trick here is the "in secret" part. If it really is in secret than laws are only needed when/if you're found.

Comment Re:No, it's not 'brave'; it's just an attempt at P (Score 1) 93

Publicity, smart strategy, ... you can call it whatever you want but VODO is really interesting as a movie distribution platform. I've been following the Pionner One series and, from what I could read, they would not make the series without the support of platforms like VODO. I don't know the producers so I would never be in their living room watching the raw home edit of their idea for a series. Instead I'm in my living room watching the entire series, and kind of anxious for the 4th episode, ...

In short, having $70K funding and a 6-episode series out there seems better than having an idea in your head. Still, the idea must be worth something to succeed anywhere.

Comment Re:censored how? (Score 1) 120

Since it is not humanly feasible to monitor all those messages they must be using some computer assisted programs. Contrary to popular fiction I really hope they invent real AI soon. That wait when the program becomes self-aware it will think "What the hell? Are this guys freakin insane?! I'm out of here; you can clean you own dirty laundry."... I hope. :)

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