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Growing Consensus: The Higgs Boson Exists

FBeans Re:Consensus proves nothing (254 comments)

All these government scientists know they can keep getting grant money toeing the standard modelist line.

And besides, even if the Higgs Field does exist, it doesn't prove the theory is correct, so why should we be spending millions of dollars to change textbooks when there is nothing we can do with this knowledge anyway.

When the electron was discovered, it could have also, and naively been considered useless. However here we are commenting on the latest discovery of science, utilising that very knowledge. The point is, you don't know what will be usefull and what won't be useful. Besides it's fun, interesting and nearly always useful to learn how the universe works. The internet was made at CERN, you could say as a result of this research. So.....

about 2 years ago
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Growing Consensus: The Higgs Boson Exists

FBeans Re:Wonderful! Now what? (254 comments)

Amusement park! The LHC must be one hell of a ride!

about 2 years ago
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Growing Consensus: The Higgs Boson Exists

FBeans Re:Faith (254 comments)

I'm not quite sure what that question is. I think the answer you may be looking for is: The Scientific Method!

about 2 years ago
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Why Hasn't 3D Taken Off For the Web?

FBeans Re:Still Doesn't work in Links (320 comments)

I think he means Links. I think it's a valid point to raise, the web is great because you can access it with a large variety of browsers. Having 3D websites would force us to reconsider this, do we support just 3D or do we create both 3D and 2D website. More importantly, 3D is fundamentally flawed. I'm not sure how happy I'd be if I had to fight a headache every time I browse the web. The answer to the OPs question may well be, just because we /could/, doesn't mean we need or want to. The work required outweighs the benefits.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Does the FOSS Community Currently Need?

FBeans Re:What OSS really needs... (356 comments)

^^Underrated. I agree, there must be some middle ground. Adding usability without losing configurability!

about 2 years ago
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Student Expelled From Montreal College For Finding "Sloppy Coding"

FBeans Re:Idiot. (633 comments)

Or of course, they could have just gone to him, showing their own proof that they had indeed fixed the problem. Thanked him again for not exploiting the weakness in their system and understanding that students trying to learn, be constructive and help others access information easier are the kind you want in your University. Everything after whether correct or incorrect, is understandable coming from a colleague student. People make mistakes. When the College did it, they were given a second chance, because of this guy. When he then made a mistake, no such option was granted. He's better off without the college, and at least he will have learnt a few things. It's all just a shame really.

about a year ago
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No Spitfires In Burma After All

FBeans who actually cares? (102 comments)

In all seriousness, When I wrote this this morning, I didn't care, after reading the comments.... nothings changed. I guess we can put this one down to a slow news day! Still better than seeing 1000 news stories about how an inch of snow has yet again crippled Britain.

about 2 years ago
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UK Government Changes Tack and Demands Default Porn Block

FBeans Re:"Will announce later today..." (163 comments)

Further to this, the article hints at Cameron making a mandatory, default filter, however in the original article this is never stated. So arguing about the source is kind of a moot point as the original source never mentions any mandatory filtering. Waiting is a great idea here, this should not have made it to submission.

about 2 years ago
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Pioneering Transplant Surgeon Joseph Murray Dead at 93

FBeans Well done sir. (24 comments)

In 2008 (the newest data I could bother finding), in the US alone, 23,000 transplants were done (source) If this stays at a steady rate, in another 93 years another 2 MILLION transplants will have been done. Well played, that man,

about 2 years ago
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Hello, I'm a Mac. And I'm a $248 Win8 PC.

FBeans Re:Maybe (642 comments)

I think everyone agrees, that you are both "piece of shit anonymous coward"s. Probably a good time to get over it really.

about 2 years ago
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Hello, I'm a Mac. And I'm a $248 Win8 PC.

FBeans Re:A comment on Geekwire? (642 comments)

And those with a /whole/ brain are staying? I'd quite enjoy reading a story where a Slashdotter leaves the community for good after a Hemispherectomy.

about 2 years ago
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Hello, I'm a Mac. And I'm a $248 Win8 PC.

FBeans Re: I can assure you... (642 comments)

Worse, you can't leave windows box without antivirus, so you're screwed

It seems a bit silly to use something so insecure that you have to install programs, on top of the OS that will protect what's underneath it. Wouldn't it be better, to create an OS that has security properly, sanely and correctly built in, so one doesn't have to worry about all of this stuff? On another note, I have been using vista, and 7 (and XP) for a few years now, and they all still BSOD occasionally, and I never really know why.

Slashdot is full of folks who've last used Windows more than 10 years ago

Hmm. It seems you made a sweeping generalisation of an entire community, this makes you look like an idiot.

Get with the times and at least update your hate machine.

I updated my "hate machine" this morning. And Last week, I could probably do it again right now. I don't really like the idea of using an OS that has a continuous development process, yet only releases in infrequent discrete points of time.

about 2 years ago
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UK ISPs Asked To Block More File-sharing Websites

FBeans Re:Dear BPI, (89 comments)

Close. It's theoretically true. In practice much of what is said on Slashdot is a carbon copy of something somebody else said. So point 1. You can't copyright something that isn't actually yours. Point 2. Copyright law states that one must actively announce that the content is copyrighted, that it is not to be replicated without consent, and any breaches must be actively fought.

Summary: 'All posters here are copyright holders' - Not true in practical terms, just because we all /can/ be, doesn't mean we all are.

Additionally, copyrighting most Slashdot posts would be like trying to patent a simple and obvious feature on a phone, like 'Slide-to-unlock'. We all understand how insane that is... right?

more than 2 years ago
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OpenGL Becoming a Requirement For the Linux Desktop

FBeans Re:Windows Server (229 comments)

"OpenGL Becoming a Requirement For the Linux Desktop"

Your 'Solution' isn't even close. The 'problem' the OP raised is about /linux/ *desktops*

Perhaps if the problem was "How to troll, look stupid and or generally suck at reading..." then maybe your response would be closer to the mark!

more than 2 years ago
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UK ISPs Asked To Block More File-sharing Websites

FBeans Remember that time... (89 comments)

Remember that time where the internet was freedom? Where one could create a website, it was subject to law, like any other act. Remember when the providers of the internet buckled under the pressure from "the powers that be". Sites could be blocked, freedom quashed, because somebody didn't like the content of a site, because somebody thought it aided in crime and law breaking, despite not breaking any laws itself.

When we start forcing ISPs to block sites, based on anything other than law, we open gates that will never be closed. One leads to more, more to many and eventually freedom on the internet will be dead.

This is the key issue we are dealing with. It is getting overlooked because "piracy is bad". We have many other questions to ask: does blocking these sites even /help/ the problem of piracy? this suggests not! Is piracy really the problem, perhaps the intermediate companies between consumer and author's of content are to blame somewhat?

Why do we have to constantly start making much larger problems while trying to fix smaller ones. Fix the music industry, the film industry, the E-book-monolopy that Amazon is building, fix the problem at the root. Provide consumers with a modern, suitable market in which they pay the author's of content for their products, for a price that represents the true worth of that product. Allow the consumer to have freedom with that product to use it in any device, in any form. Provide a good service, that is value-for-money, and people /will/ use it. We've seen it work before

Leave the internet alone, once the gates are open the wars begin....

(This is one army, preparing arms...

more than 2 years ago
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Austrian Skydiver Prepared to Leap From Edge of Space

FBeans Re:Austria! Well, then. G'day mate! (97 comments)

You have 0 score. I'm sure if the people with the mod points weren't so 'dumb and dumber', you'd probably have a few more!

more than 2 years ago

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The Higg's Boson exists!

FBeans FBeans writes  |  about 2 years ago

FBeans (2201802) writes "New York Times:
"Physicists announced Thursday they believe they have discovered the subatomic particle predicted nearly a half-century ago, which will go a long way toward explaining what gives electrons and all matter in the universe size and shape."

So it's back to the LHC to find out what type of Higg's Boson this is.

From The Independant:
"Cern says that confirming what type of boson the particle is could take years and that the scientists would need to return to the Large Hadron Collider — the world's largest 'atom smasher' — to carry out further tests. This will measure at what rate the particle decays and compare it with the results of predictions, as theorised by Edinburgh professor Peter Higgs 50 years ago."

Good Job SCIENCE!"

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Volvo announces release of it's cyclist detection facility

FBeans FBeans writes  |  about 2 years ago

FBeans (2201802) writes ""Volvo has announced it is releasing a cyclist detection facility which should prevent fatal accidents. The auto firm says vehicles fitted with the system will be able to detect threats including a cyclist suddenly swerving out into a car's path. It said that if a collision risk was detected an alarm would sound and the car's brakes would be fully deployed."

The new system, which is based on their previous detection system will be available in seven out of 11 models of the company's current line-up. As "The code which acts as the brains for the equipment has been rewritten to add the new feature, and its added complexity has meant a more powerful processor is now needed." the system will only be available in new cars meaning older models with the old system cannot be upgraded.

"Motorists wanting the feature face an added bill of at least £1,850 to buy it as a part of a package of added features."

Cyclist and pedestrian detection. Under-bonet air-bags for pedestrians. Stability control. Driverless cars. Augmented reality Dashboard. Adaptive headlights. Weather sensors. Parking Cameras.... With all of this modern tech getting regularly tested and added to new models, it seems we made it to the future! Oh and now Top Gear have done this"

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No Planes in Burma after all?

FBeans FBeans writes  |  about 2 years ago

FBeans (2201802) writes "In a story at the end of last year, it was reported that up to 124 Lost WWII Spitfires could be buried in Burma in various locations.

A team sponsored by Wargaming.net lead by David Cundall who says he witnessed one such burial of planes, have been investigating a site that was thought to have up to 36 planes that were buried in crates near the end of the war. However, based on the evidence they have obtained recently, it seems there are no spitfires buried at this location, and no substantial evidence supporting any other location, possibly leading to the end of the hunt?

Over 20,000 Spitfires were made between 1938 and 1948, and cost around £12,000 each.

David Cundal has spent 17 years of his life and around $200,000 dollars hunting the Supermarine planes down; presumably evidence stating there are no planes to find, will not stop him searching."

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Google Fibre Begins

FBeans FBeans writes  |  more than 2 years ago

FBeans (2201802) writes "From Gigaom.com: "Google launched its fiber to the home network today and the biggest surprise is probably that the gigabit speeds are aimed at consumers only. The search giant’s fiber network, which will cost $70 for Internet only and $120 for fiber plus TV, is a killer wrapper for Google’s cloud, consumer and tablet products, some of which will be included in the fiber and TV package."

"So consumers of Kansas City will get Internet access with products and services that could tremendously undercut the Internet access businesses of Time Warner Cable and AT&T, which are the dominant ISPs in the area. But businesses will have to wait."

I guess it's not only businesses that will have to wait, but all of us too. Can Google Fiber really take on the dominant ISPs? Would you drop your provider and move to Google?"

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Scientists store information in quantum bits for nearly two seconds.

FBeans FBeans writes  |  more than 2 years ago

FBeans (2201802) writes ""Using a pair of impurities in ultra-pure, laboratory-grown diamonds, the researchers announced earlier this week that preliminary results show the ability to create quantum bits and store information in them for nearly two seconds — an increase of nearly six magnitudes, say the scientists. The work, described in the June 8 issue of Science, is a critical first step in the eventual construction of a functional quantum computer that could one day allow for advanced computations."

"One challenge facing quantum computing is creating computers that can remain in a solid-state at room temperature. Most systems rely on complex and expensive equipment designed to trap an atom or electron in a vacuum, and then cool the entire system to nearly absolute zero, or 459.67 Fahrenheit. Researchers say the experiment is an essential finding for the evolution of the quantum computer, saying it will likely serve as cornerstone in the coming years."

"The practical purposes of a quantum computer are nearly endless, say scientists. Quantum computers are expected to play an important role in future information processing since they can outperform classical computers at many tasks.""

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Facebook's Revenue Forcasts cut in the middle of IPO Roadsow

FBeans FBeans writes  |  more than 2 years ago

FBeans (2201802) writes ""Reuters' Alistair Barr is reporting that Facebook's lead underwriters, Morgan Stanley (MS), JP Morgan (JPM), and Goldman Sachs (GS) all cut their earnings forecasts for the company in the middle of the IPO roadshow."

"If there was any communication at all between Facebook and its underwriters regarding the analysts' estimates, Facebook will likely be on the hook for this, too.""

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Everything Everywhere begin campaign to speed up the UK 4G roll-out

FBeans FBeans writes  |  more than 2 years ago

FBeans (2201802) writes ""The firm is urging business leaders and consumer champions to join 4GBritain — a campaign calling on the government "to do whatever is necessary to move forward" with the roll-out."

Olaf Swantee, chief executive of EE since September, told the BBC that he was surprised how far behind the UK was.

"The UK had struck me as a place where mobile technology is deployed first and yet the infrastructure is behind Germany, Scandinavia and the US. I want to do something about this issue," he told the BBC.

Should the UK be keeping up with other countries around the world — probably. Unfortunately, with so many companies wanting to get in on the new tech first, and many lawyers being called into action for various reasons, it seems this campaign won't speed thing up too much..."

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Sci-Fi publisher Tor ditches DRM. A positive step towards the removal of DRM?

FBeans FBeans writes  |  more than 2 years ago

FBeans (2201802) writes ""Science fiction publisher Tor UK is dropping digital rights management from its e-books alongside a similar move by its US partners."

"Tor UK, Tor Books and Forge are divisions of Pan Macmillan, which said it viewed the move as an "experiment"." s

With experiments, come results. Now users can finally read their books across multiple devices such as Amazon's Kindle, Sony Reader, Kobo eReader and Apple's iBooks. Perhaps we will see the *increase* of sales, because of the new unrestricted format, outweighs the decrease caused by piracy!? Time will tell..."

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Coding - the new Latin

FBeans FBeans writes  |  about 3 years ago

FBeans (2201802) writes "The BBC Reports: "The campaign to boost the teaching of computer skills — particularly coding — in schools is gathering force.

Today the likes of Google, Microsoft and other leading technology names will lend their support to the case made to the government earlier this year in a report called Next Gen. It argued that the UK could be a global hub for the video games and special effects industries — but only if its education system got its act together."

The report says that the 16,500 students studying a computer science degree in 2003 fell to just 10,600 by 2007. "although it's recovered a little to 13,600 last year, that's at a time in major growth in overall applications, so the percentage of students looking to study the subject has fallen from 5% to 3%."

Personally, I don't see how the "Latin" analogy this story uses works. Although the point is clear:

Computer Science is becoming niche and "un-cool" and is not taught well enough in schools. This needs to change and it seems the cogs are starting to turn."

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Hackers 'hit' US water treatment systems

FBeans FBeans writes  |  more than 2 years ago

FBeans (2201802) writes "The BBC reports:
"Hackers are alleged to have destroyed a pump used to pipe water to thousands of homes in a US city in Illinois."

"Hackers with access to the utility's network are thought to have broken the pump by turning it on and off quickly."

"The comments by the DHS prompted a hacker using the handle "pr0f" to claim he had access to the control systems for a second US water utility.

In an interview with the Threat Post website, Pr0f said the hack of the South Houston network barely deserved the name because only a three-character password had been used to protect the system."

Pr0f's evidence that he has access to the second Water utility can be found on pastebin here"

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Intel shows off its Knights Corner one teraflops c

FBeans FBeans writes  |  more than 3 years ago

FBeans (2201802) writes "From the BBC website: "Intel has developed an accelerator chip capable of running at speeds of one teraflops, equal to one trillion calculations per second.
The firm showed off the chip, dubbed Knights Corner, on a test machine at a supercomputing conference in Seattle."

"It packs more than 50 cores — or individual processors — onto a single piece of silicon. "

The chip falls short of IBM's 2008 Roadrunner chip: "In 2008, IBM's Roadrunner achieved petaflop speed, equal to 1,000 trillion calculations per second."

Intel are confident in the future of their chip, claiming very large increases in performace over the next few years : "Ten years on, in 2018, Intel hopes it will be able to deliver so-called exascale-level performance, which is more than 100 times faster than currently available.""

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Doctor Who 'to be made into Hollywood feature film

FBeans FBeans writes  |  more than 3 years ago

FBeans (2201802) writes "The BBC Reports: "Cult BBC TV show Doctor Who is set to be made into a Hollywood movie, a leading director has said."

"David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films, told Variety magazine he is working on developing a feature film with the BBC."

However, "The project is unlikely to reach cinemas for several years and as yet there is no script, cast or production crew in place."

"He said the film would take a fresh approach to the show, which first appeared on TV in 1963."

So it looks as though the infamous Doctor is in for a new regeneration that could see the already large following become worldwide."

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London trials 4G

FBeans FBeans writes  |  more than 3 years ago

FBeans (2201802) writes "From an article at theguardian.co.uk:

"London will begin to switch on 4G high-speed mobile internet with the launch of the first large-scale public trial in Britain."

"Initiated by O2, Britain's second largest operator with 22 million customers, the trial involves more than 25 masts covering 15 square miles in Canary Wharf, Soho, Westminster, South Bank and Kings Cross. It will run for nine months, and the equipment installed will eventually become part of O2's first commercial 4G network."

So the new generation of mobile technology is set to go live near the end of next year.

"The new technology is capable of speeds of up to 150 megabits per second. During the trial, users will be more likely to experience average speeds between 25Mbps and 50Mbps. When 4G is introduced nationally the average speeds are likely to drop to between 10Mbps and 15Mbps. This is faster than 3G, which averages between 1Mbps and 1.5Mbps, and compares well with the average household, fixed line broadband connection, which rose to just under 7Mbps this year."

"Live gaming against other players and video calling without delays will become possible from phones, because the speed at which new information loads onto the screen will be reduced from 1 second to 0.07 seconds."

With the new technology clearing a network bottleneck for phones, tablets and dongles, will we start to really see differneces in Browser, OS and phone performances?"

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COD Fans Answer their Call Of Duty

FBeans FBeans writes  |  more than 3 years ago

FBeans (2201802) writes ""The launch of the latest "Call of Duty" videogame has broken first day sales records to become the highest grossing entertainment launch in history, the publisher Activision has claimed."

" 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3' took over $400m in Britain and America in the first 24 hours of going on sale, shifting over 6.5 millon copies."

Clearly the fans (new and old) of the COD game series are devoted in their war-game selection. With Battlefield 3 released recently, the direct competition between the two games has a clear favorite.

This battle may already be over, but is the war set to continue?

Which do you prefer, is there space for both these games on your shelf?"

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1M people stop playing WoW

FBeans FBeans writes  |  more than 3 years ago

FBeans (2201802) writes "“Almost a million people have stopped paying for World of Warcraft in the last three months.”

“World of Warcraft's subscriber numbers have been on a steady decline from the peak of 12 million they hit in 2010.”

The recent decline in numbers could be put down to a string of top titles that have hit the shelves recently: Arkham City, Skyrim, Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 to name a few.

But now WoW is 7 years old, are gamers looking for something fresh? Or is WoW set for another 7 years at the top??"

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Google Street View Spreads to the Amazon.

FBeans FBeans writes  |  more than 3 years ago

FBeans (2201802) writes "“Google has used a pedal-powered tricycle to start photographing the vast Amazon rainforest as part of its global Street View facility.”

“Although the pictures will only show a small slice of the gigantic forest, members of the Sustainable Amazon Foundation (FAS) which helped Google carry out the project, hope it will help spread environmental awareness.”

Now we can all go on rain-forest tours or travel down the Rio Negro river, “a boat with the tricycle on top took thousands of shots of the jungle and its residents.”

With Google spreading it’s street-view to businesses, geothermal mapping of the US and now the Amazon. Is there anything that Google won’t point a camera at? And what’s next?"

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Smallest ever "electric-car" made of just one mole

FBeans FBeans writes  |  more than 3 years ago

FBeans (2201802) writes ""Scientists have shown off what can be described as the world's smallest electric car — made of a single, carefully designed molecule."

He continues, "The molecule has four branches that act as wheels, rotating when a tiny metal tip applied a small current to them."

Unfortunately it seems the car isn't going anywhere fast. After 10 electrical bursts it had only traveled six billionths of a meter. Further to this though, the car only works in -266C whist in a high vacuum. Dr Kudernac, the lead author on the paper, seems optimistic despite the potential road blocks that the single-molecule car faces.

"There are ways to play around," he said. "That's what we chemists do — we try to design molecules for particular purposes, and I don't see any fundamental limitations."

There is a long road ahead for this area of chemistry and it is yet to be know if there will be any real application of the smallest car in the world."

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