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  • Interior of Burnt Herculaneum Scroll Read For First Time
    By on January 20, 2015 | Comments Off  Comments

    New submitter Solandri writes: When Mt. Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, it destroyed a library of classical works in Herculaneum. The papyrus scrolls weren’t incinerated, but were instead carbonized by the hot gases. The resulting black carbon cylinders have mostly withstood attempts to read their contents since their discovery. Earlier attempts to unfurl the scrolls yielded some readable material, but were judged too destructive. Researchers decided (more…)

  • FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold
    By on October 5, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “In a public letter to both Time Warner and Comcast, the FCC said they are putting a hold on the merger deal between the two companies. Citing inadequate responses by both cable companies to earlier FCC requests for additional information, the agency is stopping the clock on its 180-day review period until late October. Comcast and Time Warner together control most of the Internet services in the country. However, the companies (more…)

  • Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger
    By on April 10, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes in with news about money and politics that is sure to shock no one.”It’s no surprise that Comcast donates money to members of Congress. Political connections come in handy for a company seeking government approval of mergers, like Comcast’s 2011 purchase of NBCUniversal and its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC). But just how many politicians have accepted money from Comcast’s political arm? In the case of the (more…)

  • Working with Real-Time Analytics as a Service (Video)
    By on March 20, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    This is wide-ranging interview with Dev Patel and Poulomi Damany of BitYota, an Analytics as a Service startup that works specifically with MongoDB. Open Source? Not yet. But hopefully soon, they say. And why should an IT person or programmer care about marketing-oriented analytics? Because the more you know about functions in your company besides IT (such as finance, investor relations, and — yes — marketing), the more valuable you are as an employee. (more…)

  • VIDEO: It helps if you’re ‘odd’ in time trial
    By on September 25, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Great Britain’s Sir Bradley Wiggins thinks success can be achieved in the time trial if you have “special and odd” characteristics.


  • Zuckerberg: Ads On Instagram “When the Right Time Comes”
    By on July 25, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “During his company’s quarterly earnings call, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed how Instagram will be monetized. The answer isn’t too surprising: there is a big expectation for the app to one day be profitable, and advertising will be the name of the game. ‘Kevin [Systrom] has always been clear that we’re building Instagram to be a business,’ Zuckerberg said. ‘We expect over time to generate a lot of (more…)

  • Gamma-Ray Photon Observations Indicate Space-Time Is Smooth
    By on August 31, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    eldavojohn writes “Seven billion light years away (seven billion years ago), a gamma-ray burst occurred. The observation of four Fermi-detected gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) has led physicists to speculate that space-time is indeed smooth (abstract and a pre-publication PDF both available). A trio of photons were observed to arrive very close together, and the observers believe that these are from the same burst, which means there was nothing (more…)

  • Will Climate Engineering Ever Go Prime Time?
    By on August 31, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    coondoggie writes “You may or may not be old enough to remember the TV commercial for margarine that had the tag line: ‘It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.’ But that commercial came to mind as I was reading a report out recently that looked at the viability of large climate engineering projects that would basically alter large parts of the atmosphere to reduce greenhouse gases or basically reverse some of the effects of climate change. The congressional (more…)

  • Note To Cheaters: Next Time Hire the Brains
    By on May 31, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “A man and his accomplice are accused of cheating on a Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) by using a wireless pinhole camera and cellphone to send realtime images of the exam questions to a team of people supplying the ‘correct’ answers. One problem: the ‘answer team’ was tricked into the job by being told they were taking a test to qualify them as MCAT tutors. There were several clues the ‘tutor exam’ was bogus, including (more…)

  • The 10 Best Dinosaur Games of All Time
    By on February 22, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Dinosaurs have been ruling our imaginations since we were ten years old, fueled by a combination of movies, toys, and, of course, video games. Gamers have been able to fight dinosaurs, make money off dinosaurs, shoot up dinosaurs, ride dinosaurs, and even become dinosaurs. Now, with Telltale Games set to resurrect the Jurassic Park license, we decided to compile a list of of the ten best appearances of dinosaurs in video games.