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04/06/2008 05:54 PM ID: 69819 Permalink   

Internet is Dead. Welcome to 'The Grid'

 

This summer, on the 'Red Button Day', scientists will turn on the LHC (Large Hadron Collider), and also open The Grid, which can send data online 10,000 times faster than current standards. Movies can be downloaded in 5 seconds, for example.

Scientists began developing The Grid several years ago when they realized the jaw-dropping annual amount of info collected from LHC can't be stored locally. A small academic network has already been in use by researchers to design drugs to fight malaria.

The Grid, according to experts, will transmit holographic data, revolutionize business, and lead to 'Cloud Computing'- where users store all data online. The LHC is expected to reveal secrets about the Higgs boson particle which gives matter mass.

 
  Source: www.timesonline.co.uk  
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  16 Comments
  
  sentance structure?  
 
Your first sentence on the second paragraph needs cleaning: "Scientists began developing The Grid several when.." Several what? Days? Weeks? Years?
This is not meant as a slam or a slight.
 
  by: Allanthar     04/06/2008 07:01 PM     
  years ago  
 
sorry. i ran out of space and had to rewrite that paragraph and those words got erased.
 
  by: theironboard     04/06/2008 07:44 PM     
  Sorry, but 3rd paragraph is misleading.  
 
'The LHC is expected to reveal secrets about the Higgs boson particle which gives matter mass.'

From the source: 'The real goal of the grid is, however, to work with the LHC in tracking down nature’s most elusive particle, the Higgs boson. Predicted in theory but never yet found, the Higgs is supposed to be what gives matter mass.'

The Higgs Boson is something which is predicted to exist; the third paragraph gives the impression its existence is more concrete.
 
  by: ofwolfandman   04/06/2008 09:02 PM     
  A Bit About Shortnews for Newcomers-  
 
The greatest weakness and strength of Shortnews is its extreme dedication to word-length. Summaries are limited to x number of words, and... well, sometimes cutting corners is mandatory.

I suggest, in a completely sincere and not-unfriendly tone, to actually take some time and submit a summary of a wordy newspiece. It's kind of a game sometimes and usually satisfying.

Shortnews needs a constant feed from users to keep fresh-- so, by all means, try it out at least once!

My original summary included the word 'theoretical' existence of Higgs Boson particles but it got cut do to the fact that I was debating of even including a mention of Higgs, etc. due to LIMITED space. I should have known some quantum physics fans would come out to bite me in the butt.

Most of all, thank you for READING the original source, which is usually my goal in posting stories.
 
  by: theironboard     04/06/2008 09:13 PM     
  AlllllRighty Then  
 
The Higgs boson is an undiscovered elementary particle, thought to be a vital piece of the closely fitting jigsaw of particle physics. Like all particles, it has wave properties akin to those ripples on the surface of a pond which has been disturbed; indeed, only when the ripples travel as a well defined group is it sensible to speak of a particle at all. In quantum language the analogue of the water surface which carries the waves is called a field. Each type of particle has its own corresponding field.
 
  by: Keftan   04/06/2008 09:46 PM     
  Bed Time reading  
 
From:
Ripples at the Heart of Physics
By Simon Hands Theory Division, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland.

(I recommend it to captJane to help with her sleep deprivation issues.)
 
  by: Keftan   04/06/2008 09:48 PM     
  ...  
 
im not sure about this stuff. it sounds really awsome; the technological advances.. we truely are at the dawn of a new era, and that is exciting. but i just dont like the idea of ALL data being stored ONLINE..think about it like that, anyone could gain access to anything about you..not that they cant do that already, but it sounds like it'd be easier or something.. i duno.
and holographic data?? interesting concept
 
  by: anonymousdude   04/07/2008 12:13 AM     
  @physics geeks :p  
 
Can someone clarify this for me?
I thought the understanding of particles as wave particles is the result of spectral analysis, which is an indirect study of the subject, which is due to our inability to directly observe particles under the microscope.
Doesn't that mean that once they CAN directly observe particles they might be proven wrong about their true nature?
Would the LHC help validate those past findings in this respect?
 
  by: silentrage   04/07/2008 06:11 AM     
  @critics, monsters and TiB  
 
nice job on the article TiB ... the title got me to read it, and the summary made me want to read the source. job well done.

though not a physics geek, i am an internet/computing geek ... and its shocking to not hear more commentary on the fact that the way we look at the internet today compared to the way we looked at it on a bulletin board is similiar to the change that will occur as a result of this change.

this is HUGE ... the entire idea of a computer is going to change ... everything will be a dumb terminal, and everything you want will be available online, anytime, anywhere.

if you havent heard of or seen the Ghost in the Shell series of Manga or the Anime ... i highly recommend seeing atleast 1 episode. it places this info. all in context quite well.
 
  by: bpearson   04/07/2008 06:36 PM     
  Big Bill  
 
Bill Bryson wrote a great book a few years ago (2005) .
'A Short History of Nearly Everything' ISBN:0767923227

If you are interested in Physics etc. This book is written for the layman and will educate, illuminate and give you as laugh at the same time.


Essential reading and well worth £4.99
 
  by: Keftan   04/07/2008 06:55 PM     
  Picture available  
 
A picture of the Hadron Collider in operation, according to this description it's quite amazing what it can do.

http://xkcd.com/...
 
  by: felixilef   04/08/2008 01:05 AM     
  @above cartoon  
 
Hahah. Awesome! :)
 
  by: theironboard     04/09/2008 08:41 PM     
  The Grid  
 
Will kill us all!
 
  by: jonnysodoff   04/14/2008 08:02 PM     
  @Keftan  
 
ha... that book is on my computer right now!
 
  by: Trevelyan   09/25/2008 07:32 PM     
  Grids and Clouds and pR0n  
 
The LHC is on now. Well, I think turned it off since it was glitchy and they need to do repairs or something, right? Anyways, it's on-ish so, uh... how long until this is open to the public? This could really enhance the way we view adult entertainment.

Also, could someone explain cloud computing a little better to me? I just email everthing that's important to myself since I don't have a flash drive or care to burn a bunch of word documents and stuff so I guess I could say I store my information online. My guess is that this isn't the same thing.
 
  by: jonnysodoff   09/26/2008 06:38 PM     
  @Jonny  
 
Cloud computing essentially lumps the processing power of the entire network into one and then distributes it amongst the connected units as needed in John-Nash-comparative-economics fashion.

As for the data itself, well, its like what happens in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. You know, the TV thing.
 
  by: maverick7h     09/28/2008 06:50 AM     
 
 
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