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Submission + - Navy Coded Sea Animal Sounds for Communications

An anonymous reader writes: A 1980 report on the U.S. Government project called Project COMBO to study the use of coded marine animal sounds for covert underwater communication systems has just been declassified by ISCAP, a federal declassification appeals panel, overruling a previous Navy Department decision. The concept originated in 1949, and collection and analysis of sounds began in 1965. In 1970, DARPA sponsored analysis and duplication of sonogram patters of collected marine mammal sounds, and the Navy sponsored efforts to study communications applications. Project COMBO developed a coding technique that uses temporal and frequency patterns to convey messages, and recognizer/decoder equipment. Lab and sea tests used demonstration messages based on coded pilot whale sounds; the messages were received correctly underwater out to 50 nautical miles.

Submission + - Scientific American column: It's Not Cold Fusion... But It's Something

An anonymous reader writes: Scientific American magazine has published a guest column on low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR). The article puts into context the history of what was mistakenly referred to as cold fusion and what happened. The bottom line is that there is compelling cumulative evidence for nuclear reactions taking place, including shifts in the abundance of isotopes, element transmutations, and localized melting of metals. Furthermore, those reactions do not have the characteristics of either nuclear fission or nuclear fusion. Despite sharp criticism from much of the scientific community after the 1989 announcement by Fleischmann and Pons, the Department of the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center and other reputable organizations continued the research and published many papers.

The column was co-written by the author and editor of a three book series describing the history of Low Energy Nuclear Reactions, from 1912 to the present. Lost History describes the early chemical and electrical transmutations observed between 1912 and 1927. Fusion Fiasco tells the story of what happened when Pons and Fleischmann made their astonishing announcement in 1989, and the fiasco that ensued. Hacking the Atom continues the story from 1990 to the present.

Comment Re:Wow, raising a child with Klingon as first lang (Score 1) 220

In fairness, his wife spoke English with the kid, and he stopped when the kid was clearly rejecting the Klingon.

(Though also, that would probably have happened with other cases of one parent speaking one language to the kid, while understanding the dominant language used by everyone else. No reason to bother learning a language that is not necessary for communicating with anyone, including the person speaking it.)

Comment Re: Elvish (Score 5, Informative) 220

Simple response to this: you can't assign IP that you don't own to begin with. ("Work for hire" is a sort of presumptive assignment doctrine.)

Our argument is that a language *can't* be copyrighted at all in the first place, so it doesn't really matter who made it or what contracts they had.

Of course, the *books* can be copyrighted, and the movies, and the scripts, etc. And they can use trademark to control what's "official" (mostly). But not the language itself.

Comment Re:Can’t copyright a programming language ei (Score 3, Informative) 220

Can't comment on this directly because it's out of scope for us.

However, the API cases are certainly related law. I suggest you google "Charles Duan" + Klingon, Oracle, Lexmark, and/or Cisco. You'll get relevant info; he writes well, both for posts and amicus briefs.

Submission + - Microsoft's Windows 10 Upgrade Screen Interrupts Meteorologist's Live Forecast (

MojoKid writes: If you're a Windows 7 or Windows 8 user that hasn't yet upgraded to Windows 10 you've probably been bombarded at some point by Microsoft to upgrade, and not always at the most convenient times. At least for one meteorologist, the Windows 10 upgrade prompt came during a very inopportune time — right in the middle of a live weathercast. Metinka Slater, a meteorologist with Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI 8, was going about her business, giving viewers a rundown of the 12-hour rainfall totals in the area when a nagging Windows 10 upgrade screen popped up, just like it has for thousands of everyday Windows users. But rather than get flustered or give into Microsoft's demands, Slater laughed off the annoyance. "Ahh, Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 10. What should I do?" Slater joked. "Don't you love when that pops up?" Some viewers later likened this to some sort of publicity stunt by Microsoft but it seems highly unlikely Redmond would want this kind of press.

Submission + - The Billboard ebook (

tombarrella writes: The Billboard: How a lonely New Yorker hatched an idea that traveled the globe and won him not just a wife, but a family by Tom Barrella on Barrella seemed to have it all. He was successful, independent, and loved his work. However, he felt incomplete. Despite exploring traditional dating channels. FREE shipping on qualifying offers.

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