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Submission + - See the PyPy JIT in action (blogspot.com)

derGoldstein writes: Project PyPy is an alternative implementation of Python, with the main advantage being a Just In Time (JIT) compiler which speeds up your code considerably. They've announced the first public release of jitviewer, which is a visualization tool that helps you understand how your code is being compiled by PyPy's JIT, all the way down to assembly. If you just want to see how it looks and play with it, they've setup an online demo — just select a file, and click "Show Assembler".

Submission + - Rumors of Higgs boson discovery at LHC (livescience.com)

Magnifico writes: LiveScience is reporting that scientists are abuzz over a controversial rumor that the 'God particle' has been detected by a particle-detection experiment at LHC at CERN.

The Higgs boson "rumor is based on what appears to be a leaked internal note from physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 17-mile-long particle accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland. It's not entirely clear at this point if the memo is authentic... The buzz started when an anonymous commenter recently posted an abstract of the note on Columbia University mathematician Peter Woit's blog, Not Even Wrong."

This could be a flat-out hoax or a statistical anomaly or... confirmation of the particle that bestows mass on all the other particles.

Submission + - Using the Open Records Law to Intimidate Critics (nytimes.com) 4

Layzej writes: On March 15 Professor Bill Cronon posted his first blog. The subject was the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council in influencing recent legislation in this state and across the country. Less than two days later his university received a communication formally requesting under the states Open Records Law copies of all emails he sent or received pertaining to matters raised in the blog.

Remarkably, the request was sent to the universities legal office by Stephan Thompson of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, with no effort to obscure the political motivations behind it. In a recent editorial the New York Times notes that demanding copies of e-mails and other documents is the latest technique used by conservatives to silence critics.


Submission + - Google Starts Testing Google Music Internally (techspot.com)

Krystalo writes: Google employees have begun testing Google Music internally. Talks with at least some of the top publishers and four largest record labels are still ongoing. The delays are largely due to the fact that Google is negotiating for cloud music rights and not just the authorization to distribute the songs themselves. The search giant wants to be able to store users' existing music libraries on the company's servers. Labels are in similar discussions with Apple.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical? 3

theodp writes: 'Except for a few odd jobs,' wrote an advice seeker to The Ethicist (NYT), 'I had been out of work for nine months when I was offered a job setting up an [IT] offshore help desk. Would it be ethical to accept the offer?' Randy Cohen, who pens The Ethicist column for the Times, not only advised the job seeker that it was indeed okay to help co-workers lose their jobs, but also seemed to suggest that it would be unethical for him not to offshore the jobs, saying: 'Some people feel we have a greater ethical duty to those closest to us — our neighbors — but in an era of global trade and travel, that is a recipe for tribalism and its attendant ills.' The job seeker, who noted his father's auto-industry job was outsourced, chose to ignore Cohen's ethics advice — as well as his own wife's — and declined the job out of principle. He continues to seek work. Comments?

Submission + - Vodafone dealer-logins given to organised crime? (abc.net.au) 1

beaverdownunder writes: ""Vodafone has confirmed it believes its secure customer database has been breached by an employee or dealer who has shared the access password, revealing the personal details of millions of customers...According to Fairfax newspapers, criminal groups are paying for the private information of some customers including home addresses and credit card details.""

Submission + - Create your own unique speakers from Ammo Box (instructables.com)

hammer_gaidin writes: i3 Detroit, a growing hacker space community, as created a great How-to for creating a creative speaker box setup using surplus Army ammo crates. Not only is this system creative but completely functional.

"This instructable will demonstrate how to turn a .50 caliber ammunition box into a sweet set of speakers that can be used with your mp3 player, laptop, or any other portable device.

This set of speakers is rugged, compact, easy to take on the go, and LOUD! The whole project will cost about $50.00 usd. and can be completed in an afternoon."

Submission + - Ghost towns in China (dailymail.co.uk)

Krokz writes: These amazing satellite images show sprawling cities built in remote parts of China that have been left completely abandoned, sometimes years after their construction.
The photographs have emerged as a Chinese government think tank warns that the country's real estate bubble is getting worse, with property prices in major cities overvalued by as much as 70 per cent.

Another report from IndiaExpress with interviews with lonely people. http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Chinas-ghost-towns/713677/
And amazing AlJazeera report on this topic on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h7V3Twb-Qk


Submission + - The Best Near-term Future of Space Exploration? (space.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Much fanfare has been made about manned missions to moons and planets but little has been done about travel to the asteroids, that is until now. NASA has announced a trip to the asteroids by 2025. This type of mission has great potential for positive economic return based on the fact that no effort has to be spent on getting in and out of a planet's gravity well. Yes, we should go to the planets, but we should master mining the asteroid belt for resources first because it is easiest. What do you think?

Submission + - Google's Googlebot indexing the IPv6 internet (fix6.net)

Japje writes: As of 18th of June (perhaps sooner) the Googlebot has been indexing websites via IPv6. This means unique content on the IPv6 internet will finally be searched and indexed.

From the combined log of Fix6.net:

"2001:4860:4801:1109:0:6006:1300:b075 — [18/Jun/2010:08:46:05 +0200] GET /robots.txt HTTP/1.1 200 69 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)"


Submission + - Things you drink can be use to track you (sciencemag.org) 1

sciencehabit writes: Science reports: Have you lapped up any lemonade in Laramie? Downed a daiquiri in Denver? Knocked back a microbrew in Boston? New research suggests that your visits to such places can be tracked by analyzing chemical traces in your hair. That's because water molecules differ slightly in their isotope ratios depending on the minerals at their source. Researchers found that water samples from 33 cities across the United State could be reliably traced back to their origin based on their isotope ratios. And because the human body breaks down water's constituent atoms of hydrogen and oxygen to construct the proteins that make hair cells, those cells can preserve the record of a person's travels. Such information could help prosecutors place a suspect at the scene of a crime, or prove the innocence of the accused.

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