Tech News Today 392

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Episode 392

Tech News Today 392: Conspiracy Theory Tuesday

UMG fights back against Megaupload, censors Tech News Today in the process, NTSB fights against cell phones, Microsoft embraces iOS.

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  • NTSB recommends full nationwide ban on cellphone use while driving
  • U.S. Agency Proposes Total Ban on Talking and Texting While Driving
    • NTSB calling on all 50 states to ban using electronics while driving unless they are driving-specific.
    • “No call, no text, no update, is worth a human life,” Board chairman Deborah Hersman said in a statement on Tuesday. “It is time for all of us to stand up for safety by turning off electronic devices when driving.”
    • NTSB's director was specific about wanting to ban making phone calls, sending texts, and making Facebook updates, but gave a vague answer regarding possible provisions that would allow for driving-related uses like GPS navigation; additionally, no specific devices or technologies were listed as offenders.
    • “CTIA and the wireless industry agree that when drivers are behind the wheel, safety should be their number one priority,” CTIA CEO Steve Largent said in a statement.

Discussion Stories

  • CERN physicists find hint of Higgs boson
  • CERN: 'Don't believe the Higgs-Boson hype' (update: not yet)
  • Firm Evidence Of A Higgs Boson At Last!
  • Possible Higgs boson signals, but we won't know for sure until next year
    • Atlas experiment showed a statistically suspicious increase in activity that indicates the Higgs could be pinned down with a mass of 126 giga-electron-volts, and showing some important agreement, its independent CMS experiment found a possible result nearby at 124GeV.
    • The LHC's detectors have been gradually ruling out ranges of possible mass for the Higgs boson.
    • The Higgs boson isn't observed directly, but rather is detected by extremely rare side effects of collisions between protons smashing into each other. To increase the likelihood of collisions, the LHC operators have been gradually increasing the beam intensity.
    • CERN physicist and Atlas leader Fabiola Gianotti said the CMS results predict with a 95 percent confidence level that the Higgs boson has a mass between 115.5GeV and 131GeV.
    • Another experiment, the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS), also helped narrow down the possible mass of the Higgs boson. Its results showed with a 95 percent confidence level that the particle can't be between 127GeV and 600GeV, Tonelli said.

News Fuse



  • Nintendo also announced that Kid Icarus Uprising is coming on March 23rd.



"I know, I’m shocked to, but on the AT&T sales page it lists the iPhone 4s as a 4g phone. I’m not sure how their engineers could make that work when Apple didn’t include it, but wow, I better run and get one before they sell out.

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