6.22.2009

Orwell Rolls In His Grave

UFO-spotting Turkish night-watchman regards aliens as 'the world's policemen'

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2009/0622/1224249263841.html

The images 51-year-old Yalcin Yalman has filmed, since 2007 from the suburban Istanbul holiday village where he works as a night-watchman, have helped turn UFO-spotting, once the object of scorn, into a popular pastime among educated Turks.
“For me it’s just a hobby, a way of passing the night,” Yalman shrugged outside an Istanbul conference centre where more than 1,000 people had paid 35 lira (€16), a handsome sum by local standards, to listen to him and ufologists from around the world reveal their latest findings.
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“These are the most remarkable images taken in Turkish history,” Haktan Akdogan, the organiser of last weekend’s International UFO and New Age Congress, said, sitting in the central Istanbul office of the Sirius UFO Space Science Studies Centre, which he set up in 1997.
“The authorities can no longer turn a blind eye to this phenomenon.”
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Is Moore's Law about to die?

http://ca.tech.yahoo.com/blogs/the_gadget_hound/rss/article/3647
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It's one of the most famous maxims in the technology world: Moore's Law, originally conceived by Intel's Gordon Moore in 1965, posits that the number of transistors on a circuit will double every 1 1/2 to 2 years. That has held true -- like a rock -- since it was envisioned, from the 2,300 transistors on an Intel 4004 to the 2 billion or so transistors on a quad-core Itanium produced today.
But even Moore has cautioned that the Law won't be sustainable forever. The limits of physics -- the size and characteristics of electrons that have to move through these circuits, for example -- mandate that at some point, we'll either have to stop shrinking transistors (which is how you fit more and more of them on a chip) or move to another form of CPU that doesn't rely on traditional silicon. Either way, Moore's Law would no longer apply. Intel itself has predicted the imminent end of Moore's Law on many occasions, though its most recent prediction is that there is "no end in sight."
Research group iSuppli would beg to differ with that opinion, and says that not only is the end in sight, it's right around the corner: By 2014, the company says Moore's Law will cease to drive chip design, and for a reason unrelated to physics. Rather, it's economics that will kill Moore's Law as we know it.
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Mars 'Still' A Living Planet: Methane In Atmosphere

·A team of NASA and university scientists has achieved the first definitive detection of methane in the atmosphere of Mars. This discovery indicates the planet is either biologically or geologically active.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090115164621.htm

The team found methane in the Martian atmosphere by carefully observing the planet throughout several Mars years with NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility and the W.M. Keck telescope, both at Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The team used spectrometers on the telescopes to spread the light into its component colors, as a prism separates white light into a rainbow. The team detected three spectral features called absorption lines that together are a definitive signature of methane.
"Methane is quickly destroyed in the Martian atmosphere in a variety of ways, so our discovery of substantial plumes of methane in the northern hemisphere of Mars in 2003 indicates some ongoing process is releasing the gas," said Michael Mumma of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "At northern mid-summer, methane is released at a rate comparable to that of the massive hydrocarbon seep at Coal Oil Point in Santa Barbara, Calif."
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Methane, four atoms of hydrogen bound to a carbon atom, is the main component of natural gas on Earth. Astrobiologists are interested in these data because organisms release much of Earth's methane as they digest nutrients.
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2012 -Trailer

Australian scientists close to solving mystery of teleportation

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,25669608-5005941,00.html?referrer=email&source=DT_email_nl
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Australian scientists have developed a new method for transmitting data with light that may lead to super-fast quantum computers and teleportation technology.
The research team from the Australian National University developed a new approach to generating quantum entanglement in beams of light using only two parts.
Quantum entanglement is a process in which two objects are linked together in such a way that any changes to the properties of one can be measured from the other regardless of the distance between them.
This process of linking particles has existed for a few years but team leader Dr Jiri Janousek says this new method allows it to be achieved in a much simpler way.
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Crop Circles -2009 Update- Numbers 27, 28 & 29

[Formation Nº 27 @ Waden Hill - nr Avebury, Wiltshire - reported June 20, 2009]
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2009/wadenhill/P5030147.jpg

[Formation Nº 28 @ Below Milk Hill - nr Alton Barnes, Wiltshire - reported June 21, 2009]

http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2009/milkhill3/Milk-HillW.Kennet54.jpg

[Formation Nº 29 @ West Kennett - nr Avebury, Wiltshire - reported June 21, 2009]
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2009/westkennett/WestKennett1.jpg

El software libre garantiza el anonimato en internet

·La nueva tecnología asegura el respeto del derecho a la privacidad en la comunicación.
http://www.tendencias21.net/El-software-libre-garantiza-el-anonimato-en-internet_a3391.html

La frenética actividad de toda la comunidad de internet provoca que continuamente surjan nuevas tecnologías que desafían los nuevos retos. Y este caso no es diferente. Ante la presión de los gobiernos y las empresas por censurar la red, y el progresivo refinamiento de los criminales en internet, la privacidad de los usuarios se ve seriamente amenazada. Frente a eso, recientemente han surgido nuevas estrategias que aseguran el anonimato en internet. Al tratarse de software libre, pueden ser adaptadas para su uso generalizado y además pueden ser usadas libremente.
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La tecnología actual permite que las conexiones puedan ser intervenidas.
En este contexto económico, político y mediático, desde el punto de vista puramente tecnológico la situación es más sencilla. La tecnología actual permite que las conexiones puedan ser intervenidas, y con tiempo descifradas si es que estaban cifradas. Cualquiera con ciertos conocimientos de informática y telecomunicaciones puede hacerlo. La única condición es que la conexión no esté físicamente aislada, o especialmente protegida. Esto se cumple para la práctica totalidad de los usuarios, que no tienen los conocimientos o los medios necesarios para protegerse.
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El capitalismo no da la felicidad

·Los niveles de satisfacción de los ciudadanos se han reducido en los países que abandonaron el socialismo.
http://www.tendencias21.net/El-capitalismo-no-da-la-felicidad,-segun-un-estudio_a3402.html
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Un estudio reciente realizado por el economista de la University of Southern California, Richard Easterlin, ha demostrado que la llegada del capitalismo a los países del Bloque del Este no ha supuesto un aumento de la satisfacción general de los ciudadanos de estas naciones. Más bien al contrario: el análisis de las encuestas realizadas al respecto han revelado que la gente es allí, hoy por hoy, más infeliz que nada más caer el Telón de Acero. Parece que los cambios políticos ni el aumento del nivel de vida importan más que cuestiones como la salud, la familia o la profesión, para asegurar la satisfacción vital de los ciudadanos.

La Paradoja de Easterlin
Los resultados de esta investigación redundan en lo planteado por la Paradoja de Easterlin, que es un concepto que pone en cuestión la teoría tradicional económica que afirma que cuanto mayor sea el nivel de ingresos de un individuo, mayor será su nivel de felicidad.
Postulada por el propio Richard Easterlin en 1974, surgió a raíz de la comprobación de que el nivel medio de felicidad que los sujetos dicen poseer no varía prácticamente entre los países ricos y pobres.
Asimismo, el científico descubrió entonces que, aunque los ingresos por persona habían aumentado de manera significativa en los Estados Unidos entre 1946 y 1970, el nivel de felicidad informado por los ciudadanos de este país mostró una tendencia de cambio homogénea, acorde con este crecimiento económico.
Esta teoría sugería, por último, que las políticas gubernamentales, una vez que las necesidades primarias están cubiertas, deberían centrarse en aumentar la satisfacción de los individuos, actuando sobre la Felicidad Interna Bruta, y no en el crecimiento económico.
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