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tkjtkj (577219) writes ""Detection of Waves in Space Buttresses Landmark Theory of Big Bang" From NY Times (do register!) !
Dr. John M.Kovac (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) confirms theory of 'inflation' first proposed in 1979 by Dr. Alan Guth (now at M.I.T) with '5 sigma' certainty.. "the gold standard in physics"... and consistent with Einstein's predictions.
This is a truly remarkable discovery well-worth noting.. Nobel ??.. would seem most likely..
tkjtkj (577219) writes "The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) says it expects to restart the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) by this weekend (note: it has started up) after more than a year of repairs. The 27 km (17 mi) particle accelerator was launched last year, but suffered a failure from a faulty electrical connection, damaging 53 of the smasher's 9,300 superconducting magnets. Repairs are now completed, and the plan is to begin injecting protons into the LHC this weekend, on the path to search for particles such as predicted-yet-unobserved Higgs Boson. Collected below are some photographs of the repairs, and of the LHC and some of its experiments in various stages of construction. (30 photos total) [q] http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/11/large_hadron_collider_ready_to.html [-q]
tkjtkj writes "Like many of you, I have downloaded via Apple's iTunes Store, many applications. Being a tightwad , only a few are 'Pay'; this leaves me with perhaps
25 app's installed on my original 8GB iPhone, now running version 2.0.2 software, recently updated.
I suddenly noticed that many, if not all of these app's fail to run! Symptom: tapping any of the new (non-original apps that came with the phone) causes
the app to begin to load. However, within seconds,
the app exits back to the iphone's default screen.
A phone call to Apple's Customer Service (800-MY-APPLE) revealed that Apple has 'pulled' an unknown number of app's that seem to cause this behaviour: not running and sometimes causing OTHER app's to fail in similar fashion! Suggested fix: "Remove all app's and try re-installing those that you need one at a time, testing for stability after each install of a desired application."
Well, apart from that being a rather tedious job, it certainly does point to the possibility that Apple's SDK is not causing app's to run in any 'sandbox' or protected space.. at least in this circumstance! Tech Support said that to her knowledge, no list has been published of these 'misbehaving applications'.
Have others found this problem? Perhaps an iPhone Application Developer here can shed some light! This is an important issue, for it might suggest the presence of an extreme vulnerability within the phone's operating system!" top
tkjtkj writes "I recently purchased a Gateway MT6821 laptop http://www.gateway.com/retail/mt6821.php from BestBuy http://www.bestbuy.com/, and , as seems most common, it was pre-loaded with Vista Home Premium. Before testing the unit's linux capabilities (if any!) i decided to play with Vista. It was an unfortunate experience.. yet that is not so important to me as the consequences i suffered in my attempts to get Best Buy to take the unit back:
Reasons for returning? Well, Vista refuses to allow me to be the Administrator of my own machine. The os irritates and failed miserably: Formatting a DVD could only be done on the 2nd immediate attempt.. every disk, every time. Copying 2gigs of data to a formatted +RW disk resulted in a screen msg saying "Time Remaining: 3 DAYS and 12 HOURS"... so , naturally , i waited 1 day.. at which time the msg had progressed to be: "2 DAYS 20 HOURS" !!!
These failings, naturally, were unacceptable, and i returned to BestBuy where their 'Geek Squad' guy (oh yeah: lets not forget that it was the GeekGuys who were illegally using unpaid-for diagnostic programs in their work! http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,191593,00.html) said he needed to 'make sure its intact and not damaged'.. fine with me! I explained the problem, I even brought with me a photograph of the intolerable screen msg.
He stated 'ya vista has problems' and inserted a DVD, copied from it to the laptop ( !! ) and said: 'but the machine isnt broken, so there's a 15% restocking fee".. that's $150 bucks! because the laptop was "working normally".
I'm proceeding with actions against the company, yet remain curious if BestBuy's practices in such matters represent some industry-wide behaviour. Comments??
(Also notable is the law suite against BestBuy by the State of Ohio for failure to pay customer rebate claims recently described here http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/08/20/18 34232"