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Submission + - Venter Global Survey of Ocean Microbes

dnarepair writes: "A series of papers are being published today on what is called the "Global Ocean Voyage." This project was run by Craig Venter (the controversial scientist who started Celera to sequence the human genome a few years back and was on the "private" side of the human genome fight). It involved Venter and others sailing around the world, collecting samples of microbes in the water every 200 or so miles, and then using the methods of the human genome project to read the genomes of the mixed collection of microbes in the sample. This "metagenomic" approach is the latest rage in all of genomics and is being used to study samples such as the air in buildings in New York and Neanderthal bones. Of course, since Venter is involved there is some controversy. All of this is described in a series of research papers and news stories being published today PLoS Biology in an Ocean Metagenomics collection . Some compare the study to Darwin, others are not so generous, but either way, the data that was produced in terms of sequences of proteins is about equal to all such data produced by all genome projects previously."

Submission + - Terahertz: Riding the Wave of the Future

kirouac writes: "X-ray vision is yesterday's news. Terahertz technology is the wave of the future. Terahertz occupies space on the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and x-rays and that's where UNBC prof Matt Reid has focused his vision. He has just beaten a world record set in 1993, putting him in competition with researchers from MIT.

It was at the Advanced Laser Light Source facility in Montreal that UNBC's Matt Reid and his fellow researchers from UNBC, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec used ultrafast lasers to produce bursts of terahertz waves with the largest energies ever. This achievement means they can see right through objects in real time. Terahertz waves have been the subject of research for about 20 years, but Dr. Reid's accomplishment opens up a whole new world for application of the technology."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Geek Dress Up Dolls

Elizabeth Seward writes: "Geek dress up dolls are the hottest — and strangest — new thing. This is a collection of online dress up dolls that includes Shigeru Miyamoto, Kevin Rose, Matt Cutts, Master Chief, Mario, and a lot more. The page is here: tml and here is a direct link to Shigeru: l"

Submission + - Animation tool puts you in the frame, or the game

holy_calamity writes: A technique developed at the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science can rapidly animate a 3D scan of your body with the movements of an actor (has video) or from another source like a game character. An animator from the company responsible for computer animation in the Matrix sequels says it could help movies, it could also literally put you inside a game or virtual world.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - cGrid: The P2P Killer

CCFreak2K writes: ars technica has an article on cGrid, "the real-time P2P punisher." The software is touted as having the ability to precisely track P2P and P2P-like activity and, more importantly, instantly revoke network access from offenders. The software seems to be targetted at educational institutions, where punishment for P2P activity is anything but swift.

Submission + - MIT's new bedside diagnostics tools

Roland Piquepaille writes: "Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) chemists have developed a high-throughput and inexpensive method for the multiplexed detection of biomolecules by using multifunctional particles. This method could be used to screen for millions of different biomolecules and lead to new and low-cost clinical bedside diagnostics: no more need to wait a day or more before a lab analysis. The particles developed at MIT contain a barcoded ID and one or more probe regions that turn fluorescent when they detect specific targets in a test sample. The researchers think that this method, based on highly customizable particles, could also be used for drug discovery or genetic profiling. Read more for additional references and a picture of a multiplexed analysis using single-probe encoded particles."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Dow Jones Plunge Fueled by Overwhelmed Computers

cloudscout writes: "The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped over 400 points today. While there were various valid financial reasons for such a decline, some of the blame is being placed on computer systems that couldn't keep up with the abnormally high volume at the New York Stock Exchange and the resulting tremor as they switched over to a backup system. In other words, Dow Jones got Slashdotted."

Submission + - Legal Battle For AACS Begins

henrypijames writes: As widely expected, the MPAA has learned nothing from the debacle of its failed prosecution against DVD Jon (of DeCSS) and is now releasing its army of lawyers to fight against the circumvention of AACS (the successor of CSS): Upon the reception of a DMCA takedown notice, SourceForge has immediately terminated its hosting of BackupHDDVD (a tool to backup HD DVD movies, as its suggestes). The project leader is seeking advice on how to proceed.
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Xbox360 Hypervisor Vulnerability - Homebrew on 360

RedLine writes: A new post on the BugTraq list released details on a critical vulnerability in Microsoft's Xbox360 that allows privilege escalation into hypervisor mode. Together with a method to inject data into non-privileged memory areas, this vulnerability allows an attacker with physical access to an Xbox 360 to run arbitrary code such as alternative operating systems with full privileges and full hardware access. The post is a follow-up on the anonymous presentation held on December 30th at the 23C3 Hacker Congress that suggested running homebrew code on Xbox360 would be possible soon. The vulnerability works in kernel 4532 and 4548 but was fixed by Microsoft in kernel 4552 (released on Jan 09, 2007) after they were notified about the exploit.

Submission + - Best practices for a lossless music archive

Sparagmei writes: I'm a big music fan, and I like listening to the music I own on various pieces of digital gear. Right now my library's at about 20,000 tracks, ripped from CDs to MP3 at 256kbps (enough that I can't tell the difference on my low-end playback gear).

However, with the MP3 judgment rippling through the world, I'm interested in perhaps moving to a different compression standard. Before I do that, I'd like to ask a question: what lossless format would you recommend for making a digital "master library", which could be (relatively) easily downsampled to a compressed format? Important factors would be true losslessness, filesize (smaller than PCM WAV would be nice), embedded metadata (id3v2-like), existence of automated ripper software, and (to a lesser extent) open-source implementation of such software. Widespread playback implementation of the lossless codec is not an issue for me; the lossless library would likely be burnt to archival DVD media and stored after being downsampling with the chosen compressor.

The reason I ask is this: I've got a 20,000-track re-ripping job ahead of me. I'd like to do that just once, lossless, so that years from now, when I decide to jump from Vorbis to "komprezzor_2039_1337" or whatever, I don't need to drag out the old plastic discs. Thanks!

Comment Re:the key is good communication (Score 2, Insightful) 134

Agreed. You can have a great MP experience with anyone, as long as you communicate.

Anyways, the whole article is uninformed trolling, to be honest: check this out

FTA: "I'm also dubious about online competition being better than offline. It seems to me that if a computer were able to record a human playing and duplicate it, so that you thought you were playing against a human, you probably wouldn't know the difference. I think the real issue here is the AI in most games not acting human enough. It's a problem that I believe this generation of games may solve. "

Laughing. My. A**. Off.

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