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Getty Images Makes 35 Million Images Free For Non-Commercial Use

ceview Re:That's not "why it doesn't work"....that's you (66 comments)

I just tried this on my site and the main problem I have is that their caption for 'getty images' is really too big. It needs to be just a simple caption one line style. I think it is sufficient to have the image clickthru to getty.

about a month and a half ago
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Will You Even Notice the Impending Robot Uprising?

ceview If robots are everywhere then it's possible (246 comments)

Imagine a scenario of several factories that are built by robots. The maintenance of the building is handle by robots too. For example an air conditioning unit breaks down, an oil leak etc etc. There is a robot that comes along to deal with it. The computer that controls these functions monitors it all and responds. The factory has its own robot guards, makes its own weapons etc. It needs more iron ore to make parts? It has a copy of all the maps of geological surveys and sends out a robotically controlled truck and excavator to dig up the ore. It gets the ore and brings it to the robot controlled smelting plant and so on. But this is probably not likely for another few hundred years.

about 4 months ago
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What Wi-Fi Would Look Like If We Could See It

ceview It's hard to see waves unless it reflects (120 comments)

This is imagery in the article is really very misleading. What would be more meaningful to set the visible spectrum to black ( so no colour for the buildings) and then set some colours for each individual wifi transmitter. In fact it would look more like an image of Earth from space with only the lights showing, but rather than light it would be a microwave image. It would probably show only the faintest outline of buildings as the RF is absorbed creating an odd looking set of structures. But to 'see' the RF you would also need to set up a kind of 'RF reflective' fog particles in the scene to view the reflections ( a bit like the way you need dust to see a laser beam in the dark)

about 9 months ago
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Apple Updates MacBooks and Mac Pro Desktop With Haswell, "Unified Thermal Core"

ceview Borg technology (464 comments)

This is very much like borg technology it seems, though it lacks the green glow. But actually this is a pretty nice prosumer device. I suspect that the entry level machine with 4 cores will be what Apple is keen to sell, I suspect the low end spec machine ( similar to current low spec on the Apple store) but probably a few hundred dollars cheaper. This will allow apple to sell more Apple Displays too. I actually think this is a clever strategy to get people who want to play high end graphics intense games. As far as expandability, I also think those days are over. The daisy chaining ability would reduce the actual number of wires at the back too. Pretty sure there is some kind of tower of Thunderbolt external adapeter drives you can sit next to it. No doubt a third party will create a matching cylinder that you can slide other things into like SDDs graphics cards drives etc and only needing one cable into the main cylinder.

about 10 months ago
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Sequoia Supercomputer Sets Record With 'Time Warp'

ceview Re:so.. how much power does it draw? (39 comments)

Isn't the solution to this to use qubits? Just use a quantum computer techniques to 'transmit' the data? Though the computer probably would need to be running at some crazy cold temperature.

about a year ago
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Sequoia Supercomputer Sets Record With 'Time Warp'

ceview The Answer is... (39 comments)

Well you are not going to like it. Though I'm pretty sure they need to build this at the end of the universe too, just to be sure.

about a year ago
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Physicists Attempting To Test 'Time Crystals'

ceview Re:What does this have to do with time? (231 comments)

It might be that time is important in the sense that it provides an asymmetry in that there is a direction to time when you observe an energy change. The idea that energy goes somewhere else, decays to somewhere else ( like heat) in a particular time direction. For example at time A energy goes from one level to another , to time point B. The experiment may suggest that under those special conditions time is symmetrical, there is no before or after event or that they can interchange with no energy changes. Just my interpretation here.

about a year ago
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Physicists Attempting To Test 'Time Crystals'

ceview Re:Newton? (231 comments)

I think the idea is that these atoms would do the equivalent of bob up and down without any external energy input. It's kind of analogous to observing an astronomical object moving in an orbit in the absence of a central massive object. That's how I would interpret it. Because this is happening at a super cooled state you could not extract energy from this system because that would disturb it ( ie Heisenberg's uncertainty principle comes into play). I speculate this effect may occur but it would not have any real large macroscopic relevance.

about a year ago
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Google's idea of productivity is a bad fit for many other workplaces

ceview Re:when you have monopoly power (3 comments)

agreed, the image search is really over done now.

1 year,11 days
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Cosmic Microwave Background: Google Earth Style

ceview Re:Blurred spots (36 comments)

Small Magellanic clouds may be most likely the Orion Nebula from when I put in coordinates for Galactic latitude -26.20deg long 184.45deg into starrynight software.

1 year,24 days
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Cosmic Microwave Background: Google Earth Style

ceview Pretty awesome (36 comments)

This is a very nice visualisation especially all the other wavelengths too. Hoping it shows the membrane structure of the 'bulk' pre-universes wandering out there.

1 year,24 days
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Can Innovation Be Automated?

ceview All innovation is automated (92 comments)

Nature itself is always innovating in the most bizarre and strange ways that allow organisms to evolve adaptations to various environment. So yes, if you can create an 'evolving' algorithm sure why not. In fact most engineering challenges should be 'evolved' and computers are particularly good at that process. Produce a design create a hundreds of thousands of tweaks or mutations and breed them. The surviving solution then is what works best in that scenario.

1 year,27 days
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Study Finds Universe Is 100 Million Years Older Than Previously Thought

ceview Dark matter (245 comments)

It's the dark matter that is still the key to all of this. Could this new data show some kind of structure to dark matter distribution in the early universe. Can Dark matter as WIMPs be generated as the result of high energy collisions more common at the beginning of the universe? From a press release it noted that "At the same time, some curious features are observed that don't quite fit with the current model. For example, the model assumes the sky is the same everywhere, but the light patterns are asymmetrical on two halves of the sky, and there is larger-than-expected cold spot extending over a patch of sky." http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-03/uoc--pnm032113.php So there is hope yet for some interesting potential new physics and cosmology. M-Theory, Brane cosmology is perhaps going to get a bit more data to back it up.

1 year,30 days
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Best RSS Reader Not Named Google Reader?

ceview Vienna (1 comments)

I vote for Vienna RSS feeder, well at least if you are on MacOS, it's nice and really simple http://www.vienna-rss.org/

about a year ago
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NASA Wants New Space Net To Sustain Big Data Dumps; Moon and Mars Trips

ceview Re:Bandwidth (63 comments)

Agreed. I think not only deep space transmitters. They should have entire server farms but buried inside some well placed asteroid(s).

about a year ago
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Protecting the Solar System From Contamination

ceview Tardigrades (121 comments)

Pretty sure there were a bunch of little Tardigrades stuck on rocks that have been blasted off the surface of Earth at some point and end up roaming around the solar system waiting to crash somewhere. They are likely to have been around for many hundreds of millions of years.

about a year ago

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Do 'time crystals' exhibit perpetual motion?

ceview ceview writes  |  about a year ago

ceview (2857765) writes "So this story on Wired seems to have got lots of people a bit confused. The experimental set up is incredibly delicate (Bose Einstein Condensate) so it implies this perpetual motion effect can't really be used to extract energy. What is your take on it? It can't really upend anything because at a quantum level things behave weirdly at the best of times.

The heavy details are here
http://arxiv.org/abs/1202.2539v2
http://arxiv.org/abs/1202.2537v2"

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Water dynamics simulations for the future of games and graphics cards

ceview ceview writes  |  about a year ago

ceview (2857765) writes "Some impressive demonstrations of water fluid dynamics for 3D Games. From the article it explains that "a new fluid simulation algorithm, called "Position Based Fluids" (PBD) makes it look easy, with water bouncing off objects in a realistic fashion.""
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Is human DNA encoded by extra terrestrial intelligence?

ceview ceview writes  |  1 year,11 days

ceview (2857765) writes "Well yes according to what discovery.com is reporting. Vladimir I. shCherbak of al-Farabi Kazakh National University of Kazakhstan, and Maxim A. Makukov of the Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute think human DNA contains data that can't be 'evolved' via Darwinian natural selection; so they suggest it as being of extra terrestrial origin."
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An orbital solar death ray idea from WWII

ceview ceview writes  |  1 year,18 days

ceview (2857765) writes "So from an old forgotten article in Life Magazine that as reported in news.com.au " US Army technical experts came up with the astonishing fact that German scientists had seriously planned to build a “sun gun".
A giant orbital mirror that would focus light on targets below and burn or boil away whatever was in the way."

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How could swarms of robots help humanity?

ceview ceview writes  |  1 year,23 days

ceview (2857765) writes "Researchers at Sheffield Centre for Robotics have demonstrated that a swarm of 40 robots can carry out simple fetching and carrying tasks. This is done by grouping around an object and working together to push it across a surface. They believe that this could provide opportunities for us mere humans to harness such power to do all sorts of things like safety — what like catching falling workers perhaps?

Youtube action at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e12RicAy1Q"

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What do researchers do with Caffeine addicted E.Coli?

ceview ceview writes  |  1 year,24 days

ceview (2857765) writes "According to the press release " The Journal ACS Synthetic Biology describes bacteria being "addicted" to caffeine in a way that promises practical uses ranging from decontamination of wastewater to bioproduction of medications for asthma."

But actually the researchers made E.Coli bacteria that could break down caffeine."

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'Jedi' may be allowed to perform marriage ceremonies in Scotland

ceview ceview writes  |  about a year ago

ceview (2857765) writes "The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill will allow groups promoting a belief to marry couples according to a report on the BBC. Also the Flat Earth society would be allowed to perform such ceremonies."
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Millions of people could be labelled mentally ill with new DSM

ceview ceview writes  |  about a year ago

ceview (2857765) writes "According to an opinion piece in the BMJ " The new somatic symptom disorder in DSM-5 risks mislabeling many people as mentally ill"

  Allen Frances, Chair of the current (DSM-IV) task force notes that " by eliminating the requirement that somatic symptoms must be "medically unexplained" he explains. In DSM-5, the focus shifts to "excessive" responses to distressing, chronic, somatic symptoms with associated "dysfunctional thoughts, feelings, or behaviours."

And goes on to note that " Somatic symptom disorder captured 15% of patients with cancer or heart disease and 26% with irritable bowel syndrome or fibromyalgia, and had a very high false-positive rate of 7% among health people in the general population.""

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Research shows women are grumpier in the morning

ceview ceview writes  |  about a year ago

ceview (2857765) writes "According to a report, Duke University shows that women tend to need more sleep, are somewhat in more pain in the morning and having more clotting factors seemingly making them more irritable in the mornings. Does this ring true to slashdotters?"
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Global warming has made the north greener

ceview ceview writes  |  about a year ago

ceview (2857765) writes "NASA has released its latest green data showing a creeping of green towards the northern hemisphere. From the article " Results show temperature and vegetation growth at northern latitudes now resemble those found 4 degrees to 6 degrees of latitude farther south as recently as 1982.""
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Self healing chips can handle a few laser blasts

ceview ceview writes  |  about a year ago

ceview (2857765) writes "Caltech researchers have been tweaking their designs of self-healing microchips with the hopes of them working to save power if they not being damaged by laser blasts.

From the article in Engadget
  " Its prototype power amplifier chip has a dedicated circuit and sensors that can change actuators in microseconds if there's damage, re-optimizing the connections on the spot." Which sounds pretty impressive. But can some explain how this actually works? It sounds like something from Star trek voyager."

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Processed meat means early death for some

ceview ceview writes  |  about a year ago

ceview (2857765) writes "The BBC reports that eating too much processed meat is a ticket for an early death. " If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding!" Yes Pink Floyd reference there. Anyway,I think this was reported a while back somewhere else about 6 months ago. Is this report saying anything new? Well this study is includes half a million people across Europe. According to BBC report

  " One in every 17 people followed in the study died. However, those eating more than 160g of processed meat a day — roughly two sausages and a slice of bacon — were 44% more likely to die over a typical follow-up time of 12.7 years than those eating about 20g.""

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UK government provides funding for European Extremely Large Telescope E-ELT

ceview ceview writes  |  about a year ago

ceview (2857765) writes "The Guardian reports that the UK Gov is to contribute £88 million for building a telescope with a diameter of 39 metres and made of 798 separate segments. This E-ELT has potentially more collecting area than all the other telescopes in the world. "The E-ELT will have almost as much light collecting area as all the telescopes ever built, put together," said Professor Niranjan Thatte of Oxford University. So what other things will this be able to see? what spin off technologies could be developed?"
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Culture defines sense of time, for time related things.

ceview ceview writes  |  about a year ago

ceview (2857765) writes "People seem to prefer ads placed that have a consistent placement according to the sense of time they are brought up with. It seems to be more to do with reading from left to right or right to left though. From the research: ""Whether a product's image is placed on the left or the right of an advertisement matters for products promising results occurring over time (weight loss aids or anti-aging creams) or products that are valued because they are old or new (antique furniture, modern art, wine, new technologies)," write authors Boyoun (Grace) Chae and JoAndrea Hoegg (both University of British Columbia)""
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