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Submission + - Scientists have confirmed a brand new phase of matter: Time Crystals (sciencealert.com)

xanthos writes: The universe keeps getting weirder with the confirmation of a sixth form of matter: solid, liquid, gas, plasma, Bose-Einstein condensate and now time crystals.

For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals — strange crystals that have an atomic structure that repeats not just in space, but in time, putting them in constant oscillation without energy. Now it's official — researchers have just reported in detail how to make and measure these bizarre crystals. And two independent teams of scientists claim they've actually created time crystals in the lab based off this blueprint, confirming the existence of an entirely new phase of matter.

The first known type of non-equilibrium matter and one that is directly related to time. It will be interesting to see what possible uses come of it.

Comment DDOS has had its 15 minutes (Score 3, Insightful) 74

Ok, everybody who was effected by this raise your hands! Anybody?

These DDOS attacks are mildly interesting but irrelevant in the grander scheme of things. Given the nature of the attack payloads, it probably would have been effective at less than 100 Gbps so why hype the new high watermark? AFAIK, DDOS isn't a huge money maker so this isn't a threat in the same league as ransomware.

Quit trying to promote vandalism as news and maybe, just maybe it will become less interesting a thing to do.

Comment Re:Try This One Weird Trick to use it with a Rift (Score 1) 32

<quote><p>Pretty freaking awesome.</p><p>Flying over places like Manhattan, the Fukushima power plant, Gibraltar, et cetera.</p><p>Looking up places you lived when you were a kid.</p><p>Humming the theme music to the first Superman movie... ...or maybe that was just me.</p></quote>

I think HTC's postbot is stuck.

Comment Westward Ho! (Score 2) 474

Putting the practical aspects of getting there aside, this is no different than what many of our ancestors did at one time. Saying goodbye to everyone and everything that is familiar for the adventure of the unknown. Yes you will die. Quickly or slowly, in anticipated or unexpected ways.

Many people cannot envision a one way journey but others can. My great grandfather came to the US to join his sons. My great grandmother did not.

Comment Re:Normally I'm pro regulation (Score 1) 146

"That said, I don't think those forces have ever really been allowed to operate to their full extent, for a sufficient amount of time, outside of fictional accounts"

Is the word "monopoly" fictional? That is the end result of non-regulated market forces. Next time you read about a blockbuster M&A just substitute "increased market share" with "reduced competition". And with reduced competition comes less pressure to innovate and improve.

My guess is that Theranos will stop marketing itself as a technologically innovative company. Instead it will try to get funding to compete as a service provider at the national level in hopes of leveraging its name recognition into enough market share to be acquired. The end game of many an entrepreneurial MBA.

Comment Think of the Children! (Score 1) 331

If VB were to be open sourced some poor misguided fool might start using it to teach kids how to code in a simple point and click environment when they could be learning how to create responsive web pages! Why bother learning to do it yourself when you can just pull in megabytes of other peoples code to do your left padding!

Submission + - Telltale Signs You're Much Smarter Than Average

xanthos writes: Interesting post on LinkedIn by author Dr. Travis Bradberry regarding traits identified with intelligence: Anxiety, Early Reader, Left Handedness and Music Lessons.

So Slashdotters, how many of these traits apply to you? And what does this imply for secure right handed video watching music streamers?

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