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Comment Not true. (Score 3, Interesting) 80 80

Iridium are the best duplex LEO network (better for low power applications than GEO) and the only serious competition to Inmarsat. Inmarsat would not have made nearly as much progress if they had no decent competition - GlobalStar are simplex and Orbcomm are as abysmally useless are always.

Comment Re:poltiics, history, and commercial interests (Score 1) 318 318

Recent events with the Greek deficit crisis have shown that Germany is once again getting restless. I would expect over the next few years to see Germany both attempt to transfer EU powers from Brussels to Berlin in the cause of "efficiency" and demand member states to turn over more and more sovereign powers to the EU. Britain will be targeted specifically - one of the first major demands will be to turn over independent nuclear deterrents, with France providing an example for the rest.
First Person Shooters (Games)

Duke Nukem Forever Not Dead? (Yes, This Again) 195 195

kaychoro writes "There may be hope for Duke Nukem Forever (again). 'Jon St. John, better known as the voice of Duke Nukem, said some interesting words during a panel discussion at the Music and Games Festival (MAGFest) that took place January 1 – 4 in Alexandria, Virginia, according to Pixel Enemy. Answering a question from the crowd regarding DNF, St. John said: "... let me go ahead and tell you right now that I'm not allowed to talk about Duke Nukem Forever. No, no, don't be disappointed, read between the lines — why am I not allowed to talk about it?"'"
Space

Super-Earths Discovered Orbiting Nearby, Sun-Like Star 242 242

likuidkewl writes "Two super-earths, 5 and 7.5 times the size of our home, were found to be orbiting 61 Virginis a mere 28 light years away. 'These detections indicate that low-mass planets are quite common around nearby stars. The discovery of potentially habitable nearby worlds may be just a few years away,' said Steven Vogt, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UCSC. Among hundreds of our nearest stellar neighbors, 61 Vir stands out as being the most nearly similar to the Sun in terms of age, mass, and other essential properties."

Comment Re:I am in the market for a new camera. (Score 1) 450 450

Cheap printer cartridges do not have a tendency to go up in flames or explode.

Cheap lithium batteries are usually manufactured with little or no heed given to safety standards. There may be a chemical imbalance in the cell or the cell wall may be too rigid to permit any expansion from gas produced as the battery discharges.

Government

UK Tax Breaks For "Culturally British" Games 267 267

An anonymous reader writes with news of a proposal in the recent Digital Britain report to set up tax breaks for developing video games that are "culturally British." Quoting the report (PDF): "In film a system of cultural tax credits has long helped to sustain a wide range of films that speak to a British narrative, rather than the cultural perspectives of Hollywood or multinational collaborations. Other countries such as Canada, for similar reasons, extend the model of cultural tax relief beyond the film industry to the interactive and online worlds. CGI, electronic games and simulation also have a significant role in Britain's digital content ecology and in our international competitiveness. Each of these has the same capability as the more traditional sectors, such as film, to engage us and reflect our cultural particularism. They may in future have a cultural relevance to rival that of film." Conservative Shadow Arts and Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said the government has ignored the games industry, and he seeks to set up a government council to promote it. The report also outlined a number of changes to how games are rated.

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