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Submission + - Higgs boson-like particle discovery claimed at LHC! ( 1

packetspike writes: "Cern scientists reporting from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have claimed the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson.

The particle has been the subject of a 45-year hunt to explain how matter attains its mass.

Both of the Higgs boson-hunting experiments at the LHC see a level of certainty in their data worthy of a "discovery".

More work will be needed to be certain that what they see is a Higgs, however.

The results announced at Cern (European Organization for Nuclear Research), home of the LHC in Geneva, were met with loud applause and cheering.

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Comment Of course they can. (Score 5, Insightful) 384

Modifying wind patterns will very obviously have an effect on local climate. Local is the key word - these guys are talking about and increase of under one degree, directly above those wind farms, and it seems likely that this is caused by the small amounts of turbulence generated by the turbines.

Now, if evidence emerges that this is harmful in some way, then we should of course evaluate that and make sure we understand the effects. However, I think stating "Wind Farms Can Cause Climate Change" is clearly intended to sensationalise this research and attract page views - especially given The Telegraph's well-known rabid-anti-environmentalism (they're especially anti-wind-turbine.)

Comment Re:Another broken marriage... (Score 3, Insightful) 399

This is one of the saddest things I've ever read. Of course, everybody will have to make a couple of compromises when they enter into a long-term relationship. But that doesn't mean abandoning the things you love to do. The best part of any relationship, including marriage, is sharing the things that are important to you with your partner.

Comment Re:Getting out while the getting's good? (Score 2) 112

Is this really the case? I'm sure I heard that 3DS sales were looking pretty good

Yeah, here it is:

3DS first-year sales in the US may overtake the DS; 250,000 Wiis sold in the past year. And Skyward Sword rumoured to be the best Zelda game yet.

Not too sure they're "sliding" anywhere!

Comment Re:Ruby?! (Score 5, Insightful) 41

Literal nonsense - how can a language be crippled without a framework written in it? There are other web frameworks for Ruby, and it's perfectly usable as a standalone language with a nice big library. Ruby's a great scripting language, much like Python: concise, flexible and readable. The off-the-shelf interpreter can be slow, but that's improving and there are alternatives. So what's horrible about it?

Comment Great for little apps (Score 3, Informative) 41

I love Heroku's approach to offering a base tier for free. It makes it really simple of throw up a quick app at no cost (four or file commands) and it's dead easy to scale. It's expensive compared to self-hosting though (obviously) and there are some restrictions that chafe a bit now and then, but it's pretty cool!

Submission + - Steve's thoughts on flash (

mu22le writes: Steve Jobs explains why we are not going to see flash on his iStuff, not now not ever. Long story short: it's closed, sluggish, it kills the battery and we want complete control of the app market.

Submission + - Apple to buy ARM? (

gyrogeerloose writes: An article in the London Evening Standard claims that Apple has made an $8 billion offer to acquire ARM Holdings. For those few Slashdotters who don't already know, ARM makes the processor chips that power Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. However, ARM processors are also used by other manufacturers, including Palm and, perhaps most significantly, companies building Android phones. This explains why Apple might be willing to spend so much on the deal--almost 20% of it's cash reserves. Being able to control who gets to use the processors (and, more importantly, who doesn't) would give Apple a huge advantage over it's competitors.

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