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Feynman Lectures Released Free Online

Slashdot - Sun, 2014-08-31 10:48
Anna Merikin writes In 1964, Richard Feynman delivered a series of seven hour-long lectures at Cornell University which were recorded by the BBC, and in 2009 (with a little help from Bill Gates), were released to the public. The three-volume set may be the most popular collection of physics books ever written, and now the complete online edition has been made available in HTML 5 through a collaboration between Caltech (where Feyman first delivered these talks, in the early 1960s) and The Feynman Lectures Website. The online edition is "high quality up-to-date copy of Feynman's legendary lectures," and, thanks to the implementation of scalable vector graphics, "has been designed for ease of reading on devices of any size or shape; text, figures and equations can all be zoomed without degradation." Volume I deals mainly with mechanics, radiation and heat; Volume II with electromagnetism and matter; and Volume III with quantum mechanics. Last year we told you when Volume I was made available. It's great to see the rest added.

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Aftershock hits California's Napa Valley

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2014-08-31 10:20
(Reuters) - California's Napa Valley, the site of a strong and damaging earthquake a week ago, was shaken by a small aftershock early on Sunday.
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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

The Register - Sun, 2014-08-31 09:45
Stop bitching about firearms fees - we need computerisation

One thing the British state does well is waste money – as evidenced by its pouring of taxpayers' cash into millionaire model Lily Cole's online wishing well Impossible.com, or, say, fining itself hundreds of thousands for its pisspoor data security practices. Yet when it comes to firearms licensing, surprisingly few people see the benefit of replacing ancient paper-based files with a modern computerised system.…

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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

Slashdot - Sun, 2014-08-31 09:40
First time accepted submitter airfuz writes Microsoft took a bold move announcing that users have to move away from the old version of internet explorer to the new version 11. And now not long after that, Microsoft announced that they are shutting down the 15 year old MSN Messenger. Most people have moved away from the service to Facebook and other mobile based messenger such as Whatsapp and so MSN is left with few users. But still, ending a 15 year messaging service like the MSN Messenger means something to the one's who grew up using it.

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

The Register - Sun, 2014-08-31 09:07
Activists told NOT to snap pics of staff at the concrete doughnut

A number of protesters haranguing UK spies stationed at the country's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have taken to apparently drinking human urine to publicise their disgust with the eavesdropping nerve centre's surveillance tactics.…

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Hong Kong braces for protests as China rules out full democracy

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2014-08-31 08:39
BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Pro-democracy activists vowed on Sunday to bring Hong Kong's financial hub to a standstill after China's parliament rejected their demands for the right to freely choose the former British colony's next leader in 2017.






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Iceland Raises Volcano Aviation Alert Again

Slashdot - Sun, 2014-08-31 08:38
An anonymous reader writes Iceland's authorities have raised an aviation warning for a region close to the Bardarbunga volcano after a small fissure eruption in the area. The eruption began around 0600 GMT prompting the Icelandic Met Office to raise the aviation warning code to red for the Bardarbunga/Holuhraun area, the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management said in a statement. The country's meteorological agency described the eruption as a "very calm lava eruption and can hardly be seen on seismometers."

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'I think photographers get TOO MUCH copyright for their work'

The Register - Sun, 2014-08-31 08:30
Reg commentards' views, sliced and diced for your delight and delectation

CoTW Copyright is a basic property right. It's one of those fundamental things you just don't muck around with: if someone creates something and others want to use it, they should be paid. Everyone agrees with this - except for one Register reader...…

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Report: Sprint to bring Sony Xperia into tough US smartphone market

The Register - Sun, 2014-08-31 07:50
Could it soon be selling the Japenese giant's Z3 model?

Stateside mobile carrier Sprint is reportedly planning to bring the Sony Xperia handset to the US market for the first time.…

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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

Slashdot - Sun, 2014-08-31 07:28
schwit1 writes: Check out this detailed and informative look at the unspoken competiton between NASA's SLS rocket and SpaceX's planned heavy lift rocket. It's being designed to be even more powerful than the Falcon Heavy. Key quote: "It is clear SpaceX envisions a rocket far more powerful than even the fully evolved Block 2 SLS – a NASA rocket that isn't set to be launched until the 2030s." The SpaceX rocket hinges on whether the company can successfully build its new Raptor engine. If they do, they will have their heavy lift rocket in the air and functioning far sooner than NASA, and for far less money.

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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

The Register - Sun, 2014-08-31 06:03
Feeling sticky, punk?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? This week I met a gun nut. I knew this immediately because he was an American with a moustache. Americans with moustaches are always gun nuts. Don’t blame me, I don’t make the rules. It is simply the way of things.…

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Iran says possible response to new U.S. sanctions could not be 'pleasant'

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2014-08-31 05:37
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's possible response to new U.S. sanctions could "not be pleasant", its foreign minister said on Sunday, raising the prospect of tit-for-tat retribution against the Islamic Republic's old adversary weeks ahead of fresh nuclear talks.
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EU wields Russia sanctions threat but timing vague

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2014-08-31 05:27
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union threatened Russia with new trade sanctions if Moscow fails to start reversing its action in Ukraine, but sharp divisions among leaders at a summit in Brussels left the timing of any measures uncertain.






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Several Swiss banks pull out of U.S. tax program: paper

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2014-08-31 04:37
ZURICH (Reuters) - At least 10 Swiss banks have withdrawn from a U.S. program aimed at settling a tax dispute between them and the United States, Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag said on Sunday, quoting unnamed sources.
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Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

Slashdot - Sun, 2014-08-31 04:30
jfruh writes: With Nokia's Windows Phone handset line sold off to Microsoft, one of the company's remaining businesses is its Here digital mapping service. No longer feeling loyalty to Microsoft or its OS, Nokia has inked a deal with Samsung to supply Here services to both Tizen and Android devices, including the upcoming Samsung smartwatch.

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Weekend reads: Colorless Tsukuru, Kool Korea and strange encounters with IKEA wardrobes

The Register - Sun, 2014-08-31 04:00
Murakami's bestseller translated at last

Page File El Reg's avid bookworm Mark Diston chews his way through some of the latest foreign language bestsellers recently translated into English and Lucy Orr discovers how South Korea became cool.

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Polls say Scotland will spurn independence, but are they right?

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2014-08-31 03:57
LONDON (Reuters) - Opinion polls, financial markets and bookmakers are unanimous - Scotland will reject independence in a historic referendum next month and the United Kingdom will endure.
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RAYA: Real-time Audio Engine Simulation In Quake

Slashdot - Sun, 2014-08-31 01:26
New submitter bziolko writes: RAYA is a realtime game audio engine that utilizes beamtracing to provide user with realistic audio auralization. All audio effects are computed based on the actual geometry of a given game level (video) as well as its acoustic properties (acoustic materials, air attenuation). The sound changes dynamically along with movement of the game character and sound sources, so the listener can feel as if they were right there — in the game.

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U.S. planes strike militants near Iraq's Amreli, airdrop aid

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2014-08-31 01:18
BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli in northern Iraq and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon said.
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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

Slashdot - Sat, 2014-08-30 22:36
An anonymous reader writes: If you've built a PC in the past 17.5 years, chances are you read some hardware reviews on AnandTech at some point. The site's creator, Anand Lal Shimpi, has announced that he is retiring from the tech writing business. He said, "AnandTech started as a site that primarily reviewed motherboards, then we added CPUs, video cards, cases, notebooks, Macs, smartphones, tablets and anything else that mattered. The site today is just as strong in coverage of new mobile devices as it is in our traditional PC component coverage ... To the millions of readers who have visited and supported me and the site over the past 17+ years, I owe you my deepest gratitude. You all enabled me to spend over half of my life learning more than I ever could have in any other position. The education I've received doing this job and the ability to serve you all with it is the most amazing gift anyone could ever ask for. You enabled me to get the education of a lifetime and I will never be able to repay you for that. Thank you."

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