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CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

Soulskill posted about 9 months ago | from the showing-the-higgs-boson-who's-boss dept.

Science 238

Daniel_Stuckey writes "Not content with the 27-kilometer-round Large Hadron Collider, researchers at CERN have their sights set on a new beast of a particle collider that could have a circumference of 80 to 100 kilometers. The nuclear research organization announced that it was hatching plans for an ambitious successor to the LHC with an international study called the Future Circular Colliders program, which will kick off with a meeting next week. The idea is to consider different hadron collider designs similar to the existing LHC but more powerful — much more powerful. CERN wrote it was looking for a collider 'capable of reaching unprecedented energies in the region of 100 TeV.' The existing LHC will reach a maximum of around 14 TeV."

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A compelling reason... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46189813)

Come on, Slashdot, change just for change? Is there a real actual compelling reason to change Slashdot?

Re:A compelling reason... (-1, Offtopic)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | about 9 months ago | (#46190083)

Yes. The parent company has some nerds in Beta that they are trying to shake the defects from.

Re:A compelling reason... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46190197)

The fact that Slashbeta exists defeats any hope that it can be fixed or patched by nerds.

You can't stop cancer by taking a part of it from the system it's destroying. It has be eradicated, all traces.

Down with beta

Sounds great (5, Funny)

PCM2 (4486) | about 9 months ago | (#46189817)

But before they use that collider they'll want to get it out of Beta first.

Re:Sounds great (-1, Offtopic)

synapse7 (1075571) | about 9 months ago | (#46189875)

Anybody not using beta getting Mod points?

Re:Sounds great (-1, Offtopic)

ttucker (2884057) | about 9 months ago | (#46189911)

I used to get them all the time, and without anything changing, I have not seen them for ages.

Re: Sounds great (1, Informative)

iamhassi (659463) | about 9 months ago | (#46190013)

Same. Usually every week or two I'd get mod points but it's been many months. Thought maybe it had to do with getting +5 comments but I've had comments get +5 recently and still no mod points

Re: Sounds great (1, Interesting)

jones_supa (887896) | about 9 months ago | (#46190177)

My account is broken in a similar way. During the last couple of years I have received mod points very rarely, and for the past months I have received none.

Re: Sounds great (2, Insightful)

ttucker (2884057) | about 9 months ago | (#46190585)

I always thought they were more of a pain in the ass than anything, like doing work for free.

Re:Sounds great (0)

dysmal (3361085) | about 9 months ago | (#46189917)

They'll hand out mod points like candy next week during slashcott

Re:Sounds great (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46190077)

Yeah, like when the 10 or so fewer people on average come to the site, they'll be PLENTY of mod points for the rest of us...

Re:Sounds great (0, Offtopic)

bunratty (545641) | about 9 months ago | (#46190007)

I'm not using beta and I got 15 mod points yesterday. I'm using them sparingly, generally not modding down the complaints. It'll all blow over soon enough.

Re:Sounds great (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46190303)

*15* mod points? Who's but have you been kissung?

Re:Sounds great (1)

bunratty (545641) | about 9 months ago | (#46190427)

Yo mamma's

mod points (0)

Bill Evans (467724) | about 9 months ago | (#46190203)

I got 15 points just a couple of days ago, and I've almost finished using them.

It's a good thing that I didn't need to log on to Beta, because Beta won't even let me log on. I click the "Sign on" button and that whole black left side of the window closes up again.

What do you call that thingie that's square shaped and consists of four horizontal lines, anyway?

Re:Sounds great (0)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | about 9 months ago | (#46190223)

Yeah, I had mod points yesterday. Not using Beta.

Re:Sounds great (0)

Qzukk (229616) | about 9 months ago | (#46190225)

I had mod points yesterday

Re:Sounds great (1)

Tynin (634655) | about 9 months ago | (#46190301)

Just had 15 the other day.

Re:Sounds great (1)

CTU (1844100) | about 9 months ago | (#46190537)

I am getting mod points and none beta user

Re:Sounds great (5, Insightful)

roman_mir (125474) | about 9 months ago | (#46189923)

The idea is to consider different hadron collider designs similar to the existing LHC but more powerful â" much more powerful.

- The new LHC is actually designed with the ability to turn Beta into a black hole.

Beta? No (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46189965)

You mean Texas.

That place never works for supercolliders of any kind.

Re:Sounds great (3, Informative)

Cylix (55374) | about 9 months ago | (#46190037)

We can use the blackholes generated by the super sized collider to wipe out beta once and for all.

Re:Sounds great (3, Insightful)

girlintraining (1395911) | about 9 months ago | (#46190097)

We can use the blackholes generated by the super sized collider to wipe out beta once and for all.

No need. It's already approaching implosion [alexa.com] ... site traffic has been cut by a third.

Re:Sounds great (2)

BrentWM (320879) | about 9 months ago | (#46190059)

CERN is bored with the old sub-atomic particles and wants a redesign that attracts new particles from more profitable demographics.

Beta wants to collide all (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46189829)

Fuck beta

Netcraft has confirmed: slashdot beta is dying (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46189831)

source: http://pastebin.com/eyQ9mSnn [pastebin.com]
        It is now official. Netcraft has confirmed: slashdot beta is dying

                One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered slashdot beta community when IDC confirmed that slashdot beta market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that slashdot beta has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. slashdot beta is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last [samag.com] in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

                You don't need to be the Amazing Kreskin [amazingkreskin.com] to predict slashdot beta's future. The hand writing is on the wall: slashdot beta faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for slashdot beta because slashdot beta is dying. Things are looking very bad for slashdot beta. As many of us are already aware, slashdot beta continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

                Dice.com is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core developers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time Dice.com developers Jordan Hubbard and Mike Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: Dice.com is dying.

                Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

                Slashdot beta leader Theo states that there are 7000 users of slashdot beta. How many users of Dice.com are there? Let's see. The number of Dice.com versus slashdot beta posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 Dice.com users. Slashdot beta on Usenet are about half of the volume of Dice.com posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of Dice.com. A recent article put Dice.com at about 80 percent of the slashdot beta market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 Dice.com users. This is consistent with the number of Dice.com Usenet posts.

                Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, Dice.com went out of business and was taken over by Reddit who sell another troubled OS. Now Dice.com is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

                All major surveys show that slashdot beta has steadily declined in market share. slashdot beta is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If slashdot beta is to survive at all it will be among OS dilettante dabblers. slashdot beta continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, slashdot beta is dead.

Hopefully they beta test it... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46189843)

so all of the old LHC users can complain about the new LHC

LHC didn't destroy the Unvierse? (5, Funny)

eexaa (1252378) | about 9 months ago | (#46189849)

OK, let's build bigger one!

Re:LHC didn't destroy the Unvierse? (0, Offtopic)

dysmal (3361085) | about 9 months ago | (#46189881)

It may not destroy the universe but maybe THAT will destroy Beta!

Re:LHC didn't destroy the Unvierse? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46189887)

UNVIERSE

Slashbeta is HELL ON EARTH

Re:LHC didn't destroy the Unvierse? (2)

ttucker (2884057) | about 9 months ago | (#46189925)

Eventually we will be able to use the old one as a subway around the entire planet.

Re:LHC didn't destroy the Unvierse? (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 9 months ago | (#46190153)

Eventually we will be able to use the old one as a subway around the entire planet.

Why not just go for that now.. What are we wasting all this time shooting for 100 TeV, what about a relativistic bending 1 Million TeV . Heck, why not just put one in solar orbit where size would be less of a problem and you could avoid all the vacuum chambers, pumps and the cost of digging the tunnel.

Re:LHC didn't destroy the Unvierse? (3, Funny)

glavenoid (636808) | about 9 months ago | (#46189991)

Well, yes it did destroy the universe, but only after creating a new tiny universe which, incidentally, contained a tiny LHC to scale which was also creating a tinier universe which contained yet another tinier LHC and so on...

Matter of fact, I think our universe is one of those tiny ones somewhere on the line and our perception of time just hasn't caught up yet.

Fixed that 4U (-1, Troll)

djupedal (584558) | about 9 months ago | (#46189877)

CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC Because:Paid Tenure

Re:Fixed that 4U (1)

bunratty (545641) | about 9 months ago | (#46190021)

Yeah, all those lousy research scientists are just in it for the big money and don't produce anything useful.

Re:Fixed that 4U (2)

hubie (108345) | about 9 months ago | (#46190137)

Yeah, I had thought about becoming a charged particle detector technician because it's a lifestyle of high rollers, fast cars, and fast women. Didn't you know that quantum mechanics eat steak [syr.edu] ?

Re: Fixed that 4U (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46190053)

As opposed to unpaid tenure? WTF?

Re: Fixed that 4U (1)

Trepidity (597) | about 9 months ago | (#46190181)

It's like an unpaid internship, but forever!

Irony (5, Insightful)

Spottywot (1910658) | about 9 months ago | (#46189915)

What's ironic for me is that the articles over the last couple of days have been a lot more interesting to me than in recent weeks, while I fully support the FUCK BETA protest, it's a real shame that we're missing out on some interesting discussion.

Re:Irony (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46189947)

Which should be a further message to Dice that the community so dislikes the new layout that it is willing to forego such interesting discussions (discussions which are the very core of Slashdot BTW).

Re:Irony (2)

trip23 (727132) | about 9 months ago | (#46189989)

What's ironic for me is that the articles over the last couple of days have been a lot more interesting to me than in recent weeks, while I fully support the FUCK BETA protest, it's a real shame that we're missing out on some interesting discussion.

That's the price you have to pay for revolting against the overlords. I, for one, do not welcome our new beta.

Re:Irony (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46190017)

It almost make you think they are trying to stonewall the Beta protest with a flood of decent/recent articles.
The real irony being that it proves it is actually possible to get decent/recent articles on slashdot. That they did not feel it necessary to do so, makes it likely they knew the real value of this site is in the comments. Which makes the existence of Beta just only more puzzling.

Re:Irony (5, Insightful)

AlfaMike (1902786) | about 9 months ago | (#46190043)

I agree, but that is the point of a protest. Sacrifices must be made. You can't take Dice out of their comfort zone without taking the community outside of it as well.

Re:Irony (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46190217)

So, tyranny of the vocal minority then? Suddenly it is clear to me. When a 2-year-old screams at the top of his lungs in a crowded grocery store because he wants a piece of candy, he's actually fighting the good fight and just taking the rest of the store outside of their comfort level for their own good. Sacrifices and all that, of course. I, for one, am glad that you know what is good for all of us and you'll shit all over this site on our behalf. After all, we need to destroy the site in order to save it [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Irony (1)

Spottywot (1910658) | about 9 months ago | (#46190235)

I agree completely, hopefully it works and we can all carry on as normal, unfortunately I think Dice have spent too much money on this to let it go. We will be sold out to the advertisers like every other free site on the web. The monetization of everything eventually fucks everything. There will be no safe harbour anywhere for long until either the nature of humanity changes, or the nature of the economy does. I know which one of those is more likely, but even that is a long hard road that no-one wants to take the first steps down at the moment.

Re:Irony (1)

PingXao (153057) | about 9 months ago | (#46190119)

There has been a distinct trend in the last few days towards much more interesting articles. Less Bieber, more Mars. That type of thing. I thought I was imagining it.

Re:Irony (1)

Teun (17872) | about 9 months ago | (#46190227)

Weird, exactly what I was thinking earlier today...

Cheese Shop (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46189929)

Greek cheese for a dollar.

Re:Cheese Shop (1)

sliceoflife (2814511) | about 9 months ago | (#46189997)

Very good.

News from 2114 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46189931)

"CERN wants a bigger particle collider. Apparently having one assembled from the asteroid belt and taking up that orbital region was not sufficient to identify the Johnson sub-boson which is predicted to help explain the tendency to keep finding more silly bosons in particle colliders."

Non-obligatory Simpsons/Obligatory Futurama Quotes (1)

deathcloset (626704) | about 9 months ago | (#46189941)

(Hans Moleman is inside a phone booth at the bird sanctuary with birds attacking him.)

Hans Moleman: (into the phone) Hello, I need the largest seed bell you have. (pause) No, that's too big.

My point is that some things can be too big: but not a supercollider.

Humorbot 5.0: So I said, "Super-collider? I just met her!" [audience laughs] And then they built the super collider.

Also insert here some observation about theoretical maximum energies, public misunderstandings and political obstacles.

Planned? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46189943)

I read this a while ago and was under the assumption that this was the plan all along http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_Hadron_Collider#Proposed_upgrade?

cern does what researchers want ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46189949)

What a novel idea! I have the odd feeling that principle could be applied to the Beta disaster somehow, but I do not quite have a full grasp on it.
I will research the idea and let you know, but I have a feeling this can be revolutionary !

The Slashcott (2, Informative)

sticks_us (150624) | about 9 months ago | (#46189955)

So where will everybody be next week?

Hacker news
Lobste.rs
Reddit ...?

Also, has someone volunteered to put up a slashcott update site (maybe with statistics on how well/poorly the site is doing during the blockade?)

Just curious.

Re:The Slashcott (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46190009)

Also, has someone volunteered to put up a slashcott update site (maybe with statistics on how well/poorly the site is doing during the blockade?)

Sounds like you just did.

Re:The Slashcott (3, Interesting)

sticks_us (150624) | about 9 months ago | (#46190033)

Might be fun.

Maybe these guys got it covered though:

http://www.altslashdot.org/wik... [altslashdot.org]

Re:The Slashcott (1)

sliceoflife (2814511) | about 9 months ago | (#46190079)

Would be interesting to see what can be dome in a week there...

Re:The Slashcott (2)

AlfaMike (1902786) | about 9 months ago | (#46190061)

I enjoy browsing Reddit but I think it would be a terrible place for a community like Slashdot. The comment sections deteriorate WAY faster as soon as a sub-reddit gets mildly popular.

Re:The Slashcott (1)

girlintraining (1395911) | about 9 months ago | (#46190065)

Also, has someone volunteered to put up a slashcott update site (maybe with statistics on how well/poorly the site is doing during the blockade?)

Yup. falling like a rock [alexa.com] .

Re:The Slashcott (1)

Zedrick (764028) | about 9 months ago | (#46190095)

http://www.c64.sk/ [c64.sk]

No section for discussions, but at least news for nerds.

Re:The Slashcott (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46190133)

I'll be right here posting beta hate flood cuz a boycott is a dumb as fuck idea.

Re:The Slashcott (1)

PenisLands (930247) | about 9 months ago | (#46190445)

I'll be going to 4chan myself. Heh heh. PENIS. My favourite 4chan boards are /a/, /jp/, and /g/.

Soooo close to endgame. (1)

Anachragnome (1008495) | about 9 months ago | (#46189957)

US5722418
+
US5644363
+
GoogleGlass
+
Acceptance
=
????

If history is any sort of an indicator, any rights we sell today, our children must buy back with blood tomorrow

Not satisfied until (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46189973)

blackhole created. Then maybe new gamma star birth?

Re:Not satisfied until (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46190185)

No, they are desperately trying to open up a rift to a parallel universe. One without beta.

And I want a New BICYCLE! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46189979)

And a new pair of roller skates, and a new girl friend, and a new life.

Re:And I want a New BICYCLE! (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 9 months ago | (#46190193)

And a new pair of roller skates, and a new girl friend, and a new life.

But I LIKE my life AND my wife...

10 new wheels might be nice, but can we go with MOTORIZED ones?

Alternative to being stuck with Beta (2, Informative)

computersareevil (244846) | about 9 months ago | (#46190003)

Will soon be hosted at AltSlashdot.org [slashdot.org] or a site linked through that domain.

It will be for the Nerds, by the Nerds, focusing on the Stuff That Really Matters: The community that makes the comments the best part of Slashdot.

The name will change to avoid any trademark problems. The new domain will be linked through AltSlashdot.org for as long as practical.

Some have suggested encouraging Bruce Perens to resurrect Technocrat.net for the third time. With all due respect to Bruce, the problem with that is he has shown he is not a reliable host. He has twice deleted that site without warning and without providing access to the archives. I don't think we want to get burned a third time.

Re:Alternative to being stuck with Beta (2)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | about 9 months ago | (#46190309)

The name will change to avoid any trademark problems.

Just call it "slashcott.org" - satirical and political.

Beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46190005)

Just commenting as an outsider: I've been following all the beta comments on Slashdot the last couple of days and I can tell these are already decreasing in numbers. That's what usually happens. People are upset, voice their concerns for a couple of days and then lose interest. When Google started pushing Google+ on YouTube, everyone was very upset, top videos were being flooded by comments about how much the new comment system and Google+ suck. A week later? Almost nobody cared to comment any more. The same thing will happen with Slashdot's beta. It's already happening. Why? Because in the end, people just don't care enough. Same thing with the next US presidential election. People will keep voting for the Democratic Party or Republican Party. Yes, all the privacy invasions and Guantanamo Bay and whatnot, it's all very sad. But in the end, people don't care enough. What people do care about is their own money and power. Their beers, video games, bread and circuses, and so on. Story after story, less beta comments on Slashdot. I'm not making this up, look through the comment sections of the last 40 or so stories yourself.

Re:Beta (2)

Antipater (2053064) | about 9 months ago | (#46190087)

And yet, the number of on-topic comments hasn't increased, either. It's not that people are getting accustomed to beta, it's that they're leaving.

We're locked into the current two-party system by the very nature of first-past-the-poll voting. We're more-or-less locked into Youtube by its sheer mass: your average Joe doesn't have the server space or $$ to hold all that video content like Google does.

We're not locked into slashdot. We have nostalgic feelings for it, but that's all.

So I have to add a subject? (2)

Sepodati (746220) | about 9 months ago | (#46190103)

People hate change... I don't get it.

I'm trying beta right now. I can read the articles. Read the comments. Post a comment, obviously... what's the big deal other than hating change?

Well... maybe I'll see the issue when I click "preview"...

Is it (1)

Sepodati (746220) | about 9 months ago | (#46190115)

the nested blocks? I can see that getting annoying at enough levels down...

Does it (1)

Sepodati (746220) | about 9 months ago | (#46190129)

just keep getting smaller and smaller?

Reminds me of reading a site on the phone where the blocks would eventually get so small that only a single word is shown on each line. okay...that's annoying.

Re:Does it (1)

Qzukk (229616) | about 9 months ago | (#46190275)

just keep getting smaller and smaller?

Yep. I took screenshots for another discussion where I was arguing with someone about how it looked great and how I must be looking at some other screen:

http://imgur.com/YaOtcUk [imgur.com]
http://imgur.com/YvQjTIf [imgur.com]

Re:So I have to add a subject? (1)

DRMShill (1157993) | about 9 months ago | (#46190553)

I've been trying to figure that out myself. So far here's what I've seen:

You can't click on 'parent' to see what that comment was a response to. So if you want to get some content on the conversation you have to keep moving your threshold until it appears.

There's quite a bit of whitespace to the right.

It uses javascript I think I read somewhere? I guess that's a problem for some people.

They seem like issues that shouldn't be too hard to resolve so I don't understand what the vitriol is all about but then again I don't understand why Slashdot wouldn't just fix it.

Feel free to point out what else is actually wrong. It's kind of hard to get a good summary of what's broke in between all the OMGG!!!!!!! FUCK BETA!!!! AHHHHH

Re:Beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46190159)

Yeah the number of beta comments... but a story about a friggen particle accelerator with 4 on topic comments? If a decent alternative pops up in the next week i think slashdot is pretty much hosed even if they pull the beta site. "appealing to a wider audience" is basically a violation of the community's trust and even if they do pull beta it will be hard to win it back, because we know (or should know) that a "tweaked" beta that will be back because the goal here is to increase monetization by making a more advertiser friendly site.

Repeat story (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46190011)

This is old news, and was reported on this very site last year: http://science.slashdot.org/story/13/11/13/1451221/physicists-plan-to-build-a-bigger-lhc

Re:Repeat story (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 9 months ago | (#46190209)

This is old news, and was reported on this very site last year: http://science.slashdot.org/st... [slashdot.org]

And my opinion hasn't changed. They are just toying with us and need to cut to the chase. What can we build so you won't be here asking for money again?

i always hated salshdot (1)

deysOfBits (2198798) | about 9 months ago | (#46190019)

Intend to login as many times as possible 2/10 to 2/17 so the nu redesign is taken as gr8 So it dies the death it deserves We need a competitor to slashdot not shit slashdot !!!!

New Article Summary (1)

iceborer (684929) | about 9 months ago | (#46190041)

"Not content with the profitability of Slashdot, researchers at DICE have their sights set on a new beast of a website [slashdot.org] that could have a negative content impact of 80 to 100 percent. The “leading provider of specialized websites” announced that it was hatching plans for an horrendous successor to Slashdot.org [slashdot.org] with an experimental rollout, which was quickly shit upon by the Slashdot community, resulting in an “apology” this week [slashdot.org] . The idea is to consider different Slashdot designs that will result of greater monetization of contributed assets— much more money. DICE wrote it was looking for a major redesign in order to create a website more accessible and shareable by a wider audience. "The existing site is fine. Fuck beta."

SSC resurrected (2)

u19925 (613350) | about 9 months ago | (#46190109)

Didn't we almost had it? See Superconducting Super Collider [wikipedia.org] This was proposed in 1983 and cancelled in 1992 after spending 2 billion USD.

Re:SSC resurrected (1)

Raxxon (6291) | about 9 months ago | (#46190493)

I've been waiting for them to do it. SSC was bigger than LHC to start with. My dad worked for a company supplying computers and such for the project before it was canceled. Never got the chance to go out there with him since I was a minor and not legally employable. :| If they do bring it back I know where I'm throwing my resume. ;)

Dumb name. (1)

JustNiz (692889) | about 9 months ago | (#46190125)

They're calling it FCC. (Future Circular Colliders). What a stupid choice. I mean its bound to cause some confusion that could have very easily been avoided.
I realise the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) isn't a global organization but you'd think CERN would have the brains and foresight to avoid reuse of already long established and very well-known acronyms.

Re:Dumb name. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46190207)

Like Federal Communications Commission is the only existing one. What deal does it make if another is added?

http://www.acronymfinder.com/FCC.html [acronymfinder.com]

New particle collider needs a huge area (1)

MiniMike (234881) | about 9 months ago | (#46190141)

I think they could put this new super large particle collider in the whitespace left by Beta.

have I got a hole in the ground for you! (1)

somepunk (720296) | about 9 months ago | (#46190151)

Made to order for a 40 TeV collider! Halfway to 100 TeV, triple the energy of LHC! Save billions in construction!
http://www.amusingplanet.com/2... [amusingplanet.com]

Sounds like Dr. Evil at work... (1)

acidradio (659704) | about 9 months ago | (#46190165)

I can only picture that someone who looks like Dr. Evil (from the Austin Powers series) commissioning the construction of this "bigger, better" supercollider :|

Re:Sounds like Dr. Evil at work... (2)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 9 months ago | (#46190267)

They originally tasked Dr. Horrible with managing it, but he kept trying to sidetrack the project into building bigger and bigger Freeze Rays.

The metric system is inferior (1)

frovingslosh (582462) | about 9 months ago | (#46190175)

See. They sized it at 27 kilometers. If the had made it 27 miles instead it would be much more powerfuler.

Will the black holes it creates... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46190183)

.... suck more than slashdot beta?

To blow up BETA? (0)

will381796 (1219674) | about 9 months ago | (#46190189)

Do they want to try and use the new particle collider to blow up /. BETA?

200 miles of PRON!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46190199)

Just imagine what going on in those tunnel !!

Monetization (4, Interesting)

PingXao (153057) | about 9 months ago | (#46190215)

BETA is clearly about monetization. The kids today - the next generation of consumers - expect a trendy style that slashdot doesn't exhibit. Dice is clearly interested in attracting a larger "audience" and they can't afford to have these new consumers visit the site, decide that it's not hip enough or it looks "old", and move on never to return. That has to be the thinking behind BETA.

And the reason they want to increase their "audience share" is simple: The more people visit the site the more they can charge for advertising space. It really is that simple. They want to turn slashdot into a profit generator and the community be damned. They will happily throw all of us under the bus if it means they can acquire hordes of retards whose idea of insightful commentary consists of nothing more than "+1", or "Like" or (as we used to loathe in the days of AOHeLl: "Me too!"

Like broadcast television and several other advertising models, they want to turn US into the PRODUCT that they sell to ADVERTISERS.

Greedy sleazebags. I eagerly await Boycott Week from Feb 10th through the 17th. My only use of slashdot that week will be using the name on other sites to see how much the traffic drops off. More widespread dissemination of the BOYCOTT week needs to happen this weekend before it's scheduled to start on Monday. The only way to get through to marketeers and corporatist assholes is to hit 'em where it hurts: in their wallet. A boycott has the potential to show them just how low their "brand" can sink when they piss off their loyal userbase.

Should be a dual purpose particle accelerator (4, Funny)

Trachman (3499895) | about 9 months ago | (#46190283)

They Should consider building a dual purpose atom accelerator (Lepton Accelerator). One purpose would be research of the particles by colliding them. The secondary purpose would be defense of the earth from meteorites. Once you accelerate a ton of atoms to the speed of light you, then, can direct the accelerated beam towards meteorite and destroy it. This new accelerator can be valuable defense installation. Also easier to justify the funds needed and take them from military budgets. I can see that in 50 years we will be building particle accelerator with the radius of the earth, 6378 kilometers or circumference of 40,000 kilometeres. Based on my approximate calculations, if current technologies are used we could achieve 21 PeV or 20734 TeV in such accelerator.

Re:Should be a dual purpose particle accelerator (1)

azav (469988) | about 9 months ago | (#46190541)

Sigh. Wish I had mod points left to upvote you.

Moonriders (1)

elliot2 (109830) | about 9 months ago | (#46190357)

The Moonriders will save us.

Gee (1)

azav (469988) | about 9 months ago | (#46190519)

Damn shame we didn't build one in Texas when we had the chance.

What is this, a collider for ants? (1)

RivenAleem (1590553) | about 9 months ago | (#46190527)

It has to be at least .... 3 times as large!

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