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Farting Preacher 1 & 2

Okay, this is gOLD as heck but worth a repost for all you net newbiez

Farting Preacher 1

Farting Preacher 2

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Russian Jerry springer

Haha! This is what happens when a bunch of peasants tied together by years of oppressive thoughts and emotions get together on a Russian Jerry Springer show.

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New atomic circuit may help quantum computing become a reality

Mmmmm! Quantum mechanics on track to replace traditional transistors in PCs.

“At some point in time you get to the limit where a single transistor that makes up an electronic circuit is one atom, and then you can no longer predict how the transistor will work with classical methods”

“Saffman successfully used neutral atoms to create what is known as a controlled-NOT (CNOT) gate, a basic type of circuit that will be an essential element of any quantum computer.”

New atomic circuit may help quantum computing become a reality

Washington, DC: Physicists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, US, created an atomic circuit that may help quantum computing become a reality.

Quantum computing represents a new paradigm in information processing that may complement classical computers.

Much of the dizzying rate of increase in traditional computing power has come as transistors shrink and pack more tightly onto chips – a trend that cannot continue indefinitely.

“At some point in time you get to the limit where a single transistor that makes up an electronic circuit is one atom, and then you can no longer predict how the transistor will work with classical methods,” explained UW-Madison physics professor Mark Saffman.

“You have to use the physics that describes atoms – quantum mechanics,” he added.

“You open up completely new possibilities for processing information. There are certain calculational problems… that can be solved exponentially faster on a quantum computer than on any foreseeable classical computer,” he said.

With fellow physics professor Thad Walker, Saffman successfully used neutral atoms to create what is known as a controlled-NOT (CNOT) gate, a basic type of circuit that will be an essential element of any quantum computer.

The work is the first demonstration of a quantum gate between two uncharged atoms.

The use of neutral atoms rather than charged ions or other materials distinguishes the achievement from previous work.

To be useful for computing applications, systems must contain enough quantum bits, or qubits, to be capable of running long programs and handling more complex calculations.

An ion-based system presents challenges for scaling up because ions are highly interactive with each other and their environment, making them difficult to control.

“Neutral atoms have the advantage that in their ground state they don’t talk to each other, so you can put more of them in a small region without having them interact with each other and cause problems,” Saffman said. “This is a step forward toward creating larger systems,” he added.

The team used a combination of lasers, extreme cold, and a powerful vacuum to immobilize two rubidium atoms within “optical traps.”

They used another laser to excite the atoms to a high-energy state to create the CNOT quantum gate between the two atoms, also achieving a property called entanglement in which the states of the two atoms are linked such that measuring one provides information about the other.

According to Saffman, creating the gate is advantageous because it allows more control over the states of the atoms, as well as demonstrating a fundamental aspect of an eventual quantum computer.

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NASA Chief to Senators: We’re Going to Mars

NASA chief Charles Bolden told senators Wednesday that sending astronauts to Mars is still the ultimate goal for U.S. human spaceflight, as he defended the agency’s new space plan against criticism in a heated budget hearing.

“Mars is what I believe to be the ultimate destination for human exploration in our solar system,” Bolden told the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee.

But NASA will likely not have the technology to send astronauts to Mars for at least the next 10 years, he said.

“There are too many capabilities that we don’t have in our kit bag,” Bolden said.

That’s where the NASA’s 2011 budget request comes in, Bolden said. It sets the stage for future manned spaceflights to the moon, asteroids and Mars, by focusing on the technologies needed to explore beyond low-Earth orbit faster, he added.

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But Bolden’s comments were met with criticism and, at times, open hostility from some committee members and experts because the new budget request effectively canceled NASA’s Constellation program, which was building new rockets and spaceships capable of returning astronauts to the moon.

Without a successor to the space shuttle, NASA will lose talented engineers from layoffs and attrition, which poses a threat to the United States’ prowess in human spaceflight, former shuttle commander Robert “Hoot” Gibson told the committee as part of a later hearing with a panel of space experts.

“With the retirement of the space shuttle later this year, and if the administration’s proposal is followed, the United States will no longer be a space-faring nation,” said Gibson, who flew on five shuttle missions before retiring from spaceflight in 1996.

Next stop for NASA?

While Bolden said Mars is a goal, NASA and the Obama administration have yet to release an official outline for future destinations. That official space plan could take months, agency officials have said.

“You don’t accomplish great things without a clearly defined mission,” said Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana). “And this budget has no clearly defined mission.”

NASA’s 2011 budget request, released Feb. 1, sets aside $19 billion for the space agency for next year. It is a slight increase from the 2010 budget, and included a life extension through at least 2020 for the International Space Station, as well new funds for space technology development and basic scientific research.

But President Obama’s budget assures the retirement of NASA’s shuttle program in the fall. In place of NASA-built spaceships to replace them, the budget request would set aside $6 billion over the next five years to support the development of commercial spaceships capable of launching American astronauts.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) agreed that President Obama and NASA need to state a clear goal. But the agency must also work to be sure it does not trade astronaut safety for commercially built spacecraft that are cheaper and faster to produce, he added.

“The shift to commercial spaceflight cannot come at the expense of astronaut safety,” Nelson said.

Bridging the gap

NASA’s three aging space shuttles are due to retire in September after four final missions. After that, American astronauts will be dependent on Russian Soyuz spacecraft to reach the International Space Station during the gap between the shuttle program and when new spacecraft come online.

That gap, Vitter said, is unacceptable and will erode the United States’ claim as a leader in space exploration.

“I will fight with every ounce of energy I have to defeat this budget or anything like it,” he added.

Vitter asked Bolden how he explained the looming gap, and subsequent job layoffs, to NASA employees who will lose their jobs when the shuttle fleet retires without a successor program.

Bolden, known for his emotions, teared up.

“I can tell them, as I have, that I’m going to do everything in my power to try to make sure that we develop some programs that are going to get to where we all want to go as soon as possible,” Bolden said.

That includes funding research into new technologies, including ones to combat radiation and health effects for deep space missions, and others that have the potential to shave months off manned trip to Mars, he added.

“We are oh so close,” Bolden said. “But we are not there yet.”

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Opposition grows to internet filter

”The government believes this content has no place in a civilised society,” the spokeswoman said.

And who are they to determine what is civilised? Stephen Conroy thinks he can avoid state surrogacy laws but the rest of us are peasants and do what we are told like good little serfs? Screw YOU Conroy you treasonous bastard. Your kind are of the lowest civilised order!I’m glad MPs are finally speaking up . At least a few within that place have the backbone to defend the rights of individuals in this world. Except Conroy would prefer if we were all clones of him and ACMA.

I haven’t heard Mad Monk Tony Abbott say much (if anything) regarding the filter yet and people much rather prefer Joe Hocking as PM.

This either means he is for it, or he is waiting for the flaccid Labour Party fascist Conroy to reveal more about his plans before they put him and the entire Labour Party out for a public hanging.

All polls so far are as high as 80-96% of Australians who oppose this filter and rumor is it will be put on the back burner until after the next federal election. Too late Labour mongrels. Australia has woken up to your fascist ways.

Opposition grows to internet filter


February 25, 2010

Senator Conroy has won the backing of cabinet and is awaiting debate about the internet filtering plan in the party room next month. Photo: Andrew Meares

BACKBENCH MPs on both sides of politics opposed to the government’s internet filtering proposal are vigorously lobbying their colleagues, creating a potential roadblock to the plan backed by the Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy.

A group of four young Liberal MPs – Simon Birmingham, Alex Hawke, Michael Johnson and Jamie Briggs – are leading the charge against the filter within the Coalition, while the Labor senator Kate Lundy is putting a case to her colleagues in favour of an optional filter.

Senator Conroy has won the backing of cabinet and is awaiting debate in the party room next month, while the Coalition is waiting for more detail. With the Greens indicating their opposition, the Coalition’s position is likely to decide the filter’s fate.

The government’s proposal involves internet service providers blocking access to websites that appear on a blacklist because of content that falls foul of Australia’s classification guidelines, including portrayals of sexual violence and instructions on committing crime.

Mr Hawke said his biggest objection was that the mandatory nature of the filter took control out of the hands of individuals, while he also had doubts about filtering’s effectiveness.

”The government’s stated aim of filtering child pornography is not something that many people could disagree with, but the point is it won’t achieve that end,” he told the Herald. ”People will still be able to access that illegal content … and it will do all sorts of other things such as slow down the internet, plus potentially there will be lists of things censored that we don’t really want censored.”

One Liberal MP said older members of the party room were more sympathetic to the government position, while another claimed the issue was resonating with the electorate.

Despite the vocal opposition, McNair Ingenuity research released a fortnight ago found support for the filter running at 80 per cent.

On the Labor side, Senator Lundy has put forward an alternative ”optional filtering” proposal, by which households will be able to indicate to their internet service provider whether they want a filter rather than having one automatically put in place.

Senator Conroy remains resolute in his support for the filter, and through a spokeswoman noted the legislation was scheduled during the autumn session of Parliament, which runs until next month.

”The government believes this content has no place in a civilised society,” the spokeswoman said, noting the filter would bring overseas hosted internet material in line with Australian internet content and offline material such as DVDs and magazines.

The shadow communications spokesman, Tony Smith, said the Coalition supported measures to protect children from inappropriate online content.

Senator Kate Lundy proposes “Internet Filter Lite”

Lundy then proposes that the government should abandon its existing strategy, and instead adopt a new one, which:

1. requires all internet users to make an active choice (a “mandatory option”) about what level of filtering they want, and if they don’t make the choice within a reasonable time, they get defaulted to the government’s blacklist

2. makes it a requirement of ISPs that they allow consumers to opt-out and get a fully unfiltered internet feed. (A ‘requirement’ which no ISP would be likely to object to, since that’s what they offer now.)But The Pirate Party of Australia say “People opting out will run the risk of increased surveillance as the government continues its attempts to enforce conservative social norms and suppress fundamental freedoms…There is still nothing to prevent a future government from simply terminating
the ‘opt-out’option in the future”

Any political party which threatens individual rights shall never get my vote again. Even if they should withdraw their proposal, it still shows me that they do not have freedom as their first interest.

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ESA mulls three future missions

The European Space Agency (ESA) has picked out dark energy, habitable planets and a detailed solar survey as candidates for two missions to be launched sometime after 2017.

The first possibility, Euclid, would examine the nature of dark energy and dark matter – now believed to make up the bulk of matter in the universe. The mission would map the distribution of galaxies

to reveal the underlying ‘dark’ architecture of the universe.

PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) would search for planets – including habitable ones – around other stars. It would also probe stellar interiors by detecting the gaseous waves rippling their surfaces.

Solar Orbiter would take the closest-ever look at our Sun, approaching to just 62 solar radii. It would deliver images and data that include views of the Sun’s polar regions and the solar far side when it is not visible from Earth.

The three missions are the finalists from 52 initial proposals made in 2007.

“It was a very difficult selection process. All the missions contained very strong science cases,” says Lennart Nordh, chair of ESA’s Science Programme Committee.

And one of the three still has to go – with budget a significant consideration. The final decision will be taken in the second half of next year.

Meanwhile, ESA is also considering whether to make a European contribution to the SPICA mission – an infrared space telescope led by the Japanese Space Agency JAXA.

It would provide infrared coverage in the missing region of the spectrum between that seen by the ESA-NASA Webb telescope and the ground-based ALMA telescope, and would focus on the conditions for planet formation and distant young galaxies.

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AC Transit Bus Fight – Interview MICHAEL THE BLACK GUY THAT GOT BEAT UP – Epic Beard Man

To be fair – the other side of the story

The EXCLUSIVE interview with Michael, the guy that got beat up on the AC transit bus. Thank you Bay area listeners for your help on this.

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The Known Universe by AMNH

We are everything, we are nothing. We are but a grain of sand in the vast ocean of space.

The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History. The new film, created by the Museum, is part of an exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan through May 2010.

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AC TRANSIT BUS FIGHT– Interview w Tom (Epic Beard Man) & Parody Song

After AC Transit Bus fight, Viet Nam Tom talks about what happened.

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Dance Monkeys Dance by Ernest Cline

Haha! Watch this.More people need to do LSD.

Warning: Christians please stay away or you’ll have a fucking “WAH I’m special” attack!

Dance Monkeys Dance by Ernest Cline –

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