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Submission + - 186Gbps Long Distance data transfer breaks world r (bbc.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: The team achieved two-way data rates of 186Gbps, breaking their previous record of 119Gbps set in 2009. The data's fastest speed in a single direction was 98Gbps.

By contrast current fibre optic networks have a top speed of about 1Gbps.

The distances spanned nearly 131 miles (212km) and relied on the latest optical equipment, highly tuned servers and ran over a 100Gbps circuit, set up by CANARIE, Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network.

Submission + - Atlantic Crossing by Amateur Radio High Altitude B (theregister.co.uk)

StatureOfLiberty writes: The 'California Near Space Project' launched a high altitude weather balloon from San Jose, California 4:00 PM local time Sunday afternoon (Dec 11). Over the past 3 days it managed to cross the United States and then the Atlantic Ocean. The balloon passed the coastline of Spain about 12:40 AM (US Eastern Standard Time) Wednesday morning (Dec 14). It has since popped and landed in the Mediterranean Sea. This is a huge accomplishment. The previous distance record was about 3,300 miles. This one traveled about 6,200 miles. Enthusiasts tracked the balloon via the web throughout most of the trip thanks to a ham radio technology called APRS which received data transmitted by the balloon and logged it to databases on the internet. Thanks to APRS stations around the world (some of whom changed their normal listening frequencies to help with the tracking process) data was available for most of the flight.

Submission + - Louis CK's Internet Experiment Pays Off (ibtimes.com) 3

redletterdave writes: "Comedian Louis C.K., real name Louis Szekely, took a major risk by openly selling his latest stand-up special, "Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater," for only $5 on his website and refusing to put any DRM restrictions on the video, which made it easily susceptible to pirating and torrenting. Four days later, Louis CK's goodwill experiment has already paid off: The 44-year-old comic now reports making a profit of about $200,000, after banking more than $500,000 in revenue from the online-only sale. The special, which has sold 110,000 copies so far, is only available on Louis CK's website."

Comment About BlackBerry's "centralized mail server" (Score 5, Informative) 478

In spite of that, email communication and web communication is encrypted/decrypted on the BlackBerry smartphone itself, so RIM (the company that does BlackBerry) can't snoop into your data contents even if they wanted to. That's why some authoritarian countries around the world couldn't quite understand - they demanded RIM hand over the secret keys to let them read any message contents, which they just assumed RIM must have, even though they don't. Similarly, with the riots in Britain earlier this year, the authorities complained that the rioters were co-ordinating using BlackBerry phones, and they couldn't intercept those communications. To me, that's a strong recommendation for a BlackBerry if you want security and privacy.

Comment Inertial vs gravitational mass? (Score 1) 412

Why are inertial mass and gravitational mass equivalent for matter? Given what we know about the laws of physics, does it seem to be required that they are equivalent for the laws of physics to be consistent or for any other reason? Or does it seem to be, as far as we currently know, just a coincidence that they are equivalent?

Comment Re:They Get Right Down to Business (Score 1) 106

First off, I am intimately familiar with the Russel/Norvig book that props up that monitor. Reminds me of my AI courses at two different universities. Guessing it's the de facto standard. !

Yeah, I used that AI textbook, too, for my fourth-year "Intro to Artificial Intelligence" course at the University of Waterloo.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 77

The first paragraph of the charter of rights says we only have any of the listed rights long as the government thinks they're reasonable.

(1) It's not about whether the rights are reasonable, it's that any restrictions of those rights need to be reasonable.

(2) It's not the government that gets to decide what limits are reasonable, it is the judiciary.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.

Comment Queen of England (Score 1) 129

The coins, which will show a Star Wars character on one side and the Queen of England on the other...

There hasn't been a Queen of England since 1707 when England ceased to exist as an independent kingdom. Referring to her in this story as the "Queen of the United Kingdom" or the "British Queen" would have been a much better way to let most readers know who is on the obverse of the coins without being completely wrong as "Queen of England" is.

And, technically, it is the Queen of New Zealand who is on these coins, because Niue is in "free association with New Zealand and, although it is not part of the country of New Zealand, it is part of the Realm of New Zealand.

Comment Re:Why ruin the coin with the Queens head (Score 1) 129

Probably because there is a legal requirement, like in most of the Commonwealth countries, that the head of state must appear on the legal tender.

I know you didn't claim otherwise, but I wanted to point out that Queen Elizabeth II is not the head of state of most countries in the Commonwealth. Of the 54 independent countries in the Commonwealth, she is head of state of 16 of them. (A majority of the Commonwealth countries, 33 of them, are republics.)

Also, Niue is not technically a Commonwealth country, because it is not a fully independent sovereign state - it is in free association with New Zealand, which provides defence and conducts foreign affairs for Niue.

But yes, for these coins, the Queen is on them because Niue citizens are under the sovereignty of New Zealand and thus the Queen as Queen of New Zealand.

Comment Re:Well (Score 3, Insightful) 177

They will just wait until after elections to vote on things like these.

The point of the poster to whom you replied is that, as long as there is a minority government in place, they will hopefully be held back from introducing some version of a DMCA by public opinion and a fear that it would cost the governing party at election time. Because in a minority government situation, there isn't really a significant amount of time "between" elections. You might be back in an election just six months after the previous one, so it's not a situation where you can pass unpopular legislation right after an election and then expect that it will be largely forgotten by the electorate at the next election in four years.

Comment Re:Alberta is cold (Score 1) 258

University of Alberta student

Something tells me that if he had conducted this experiment a few hundred miles south and spent any reasonable amount of time outside he would have had different results entirely.

A few hundred? Roughly 200 miles south of the main campus of the University of Alberta (in Edmonton) is Calgary. About 300 miles south is Lethbridge, Alberta. Even 500 miles south and you're in Great Falls, Montana. None of those places is likely to be significantly warmer than the University of Alberta.

Comment Black Hole entropy - (Hawking's tombstone) (Score 2, Interesting) 1186

Here's what Stephen Hawking has said he wants on his tombstone: S = (pi.A.k.c^3)/(2.h.G) It's the formula for the entropy of a black hole, also the maximum amount of entropy possible in a volume of space. It's interesting and extremely insightful into the nature of the universe because all the values on the right-hand-side are constants except for A (the area). So it says that the amount of entropy in a black hole, and also the maximum amount of entropy possible, is directly proportional to the surface area! This is very counter-intuitive and is related to the holographic principle.

How the Internet Didn't Fail As Predicted 259

Lord Byron Eee PC writes "Newsweek is carrying a navel-gazing piece on how wrong they were when in 1995 they published a story about how the Internet would fail. The original article states, 'Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we'll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Intenet. Uh, sure.' The article continues to say that online shopping will never happen, that airline tickets won't be purchased over the web, and that newspapers have nothing to fear. It's an interesting look back at a time when the Internet was still a novelty and not yet a necessity."

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