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Submission + - French Fries Could Be Power Source of the Future

oxide7 writes: It sounds implausible, but from French fries could emerge a new source of alternative fuel. Researchers at the University of Leeds in the U.K. have found a way to produce hydrogen, which in turn can be used as an alternative source of energy, out of discarded vegetable oil. Traditionally, hydrogen has been extracted from natural gas deposits. It can be made from other sources such as water, but that requires a lot of energy, which contributes to the problem of greenhouse gas emissions.

Submission + - YouTube upload limit increased to 15 minutes (

tekgoblin writes: This is great news, the original 10 minute limit on videos uploaded to YouTube (YouTube) has now been increased to 15 minutes. It was very time consuming to split an hour video into 6 separate parts, now it only has to be done 4 times.

YouTube stated that an increase in the time limit for videos was the number 1 most requested feature on YouTube. They want you to take advantage of this new change by uploading your 15 minutes of fame video to the site and tagging it with “yt15minutes” the best video will be displayed in the featured spotlight on YouTube’s front page for the world to see.

The move to 15 minutes was also influenced by the success of the content ID program created by YouTube to help the music and movie industry identify copyright content on YouTube.


Submission + - User-mining: Start at the gym, end up at a bar? (

An anonymous reader writes: Instead of sitting at my desk, I spent all day “Hacking with Cloudera on CDH3 at the Cloudera Hackathon understanding people’s location-based activities using Yelp, Foursquare, and Twitter. By analyzing the data algorithmically, I got strikingly similar results to those shown on, which are based on user-generated and hand-moderated content. I was able to retrieve more data regarding users’ whereabouts each day, even hour. Here are my results...

Submission + - 100 Million Facebook Pages Leaked on Torrent Site (

Stoobalou writes: A directory containing personal details about more than 100 million Facebook users has surfaced on an Internet file-sharing site.

The 2.8GB torrent was compiled by hacker Ron Bowes of Skull Security, who created a web crawler program that harvested data on users contained in Facebook's open access directory, which lists all users who haven't bothered to change their privacy settings to make their pages unavailable to search engines.

Submission + - SPAM: Best Practices: Social media on your mobile

JosephVolcy writes: Social interaction via a mobile platform is key to building brand awareness, says B2B Marketing's new columnist Jon Holloway, chief digital officer at Hurricane.

One element that B2B companies seem to fail on is their ability to break down the barriers and truly engage with customers and employees. However, there is a new breed of application on the block that could revolutionise the way people interact with your business.

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Submission + - Twitter crime rate revealed (

An anonymous reader writes: For the first time a security research lab has calculated a Twitter Crime Rate, and it's actually not as bad as some might have you think. Some interesting statistics on 'normal' Twitter usage here though.

Submission + - NHS staff stripped of Microsoft Office (

nk497 writes: Tens of thousands of NHS employees are being asked to uninstall copies of Microsoft Office on their home computers that they bought via a discount agreement with the software giant. Earlier this month, the National Health Service ended its Enterprise-wide Agreement with Microsoft, shutting down its Home User Programme, which sold copies of Office to staff for a heavily discounted price of £8.95. However, staff weren't buying a full copy of the software, but according to the terms and conditions they were licensing it during the length of the agreement. Now that it's over, the software is unlicensed. One NHS staffer said: "oeOf course, I should have read the terms and conditions, but let's be honest, life's too short. I suppose I should also have guessed that £8.95 for a copy of Office or £17.95 for a physical disc was too good to be true."

Submission + - Angry players lash out at CCP over bugs (

An anonymous reader writes: A straight forward request from the creators of Eve Online (CCP) to their players to support a bid for best online game at the European Games Award quickly turned embarassing when an angry player base almost universally refused, often throwing support behind other games instead. Players of the beleagered game have been angered by the lack of progress made in squashing bugs that snuck into the last few expansions as well as a recent development blog saying that no developers will be free to work on reviewing existing content for at least 18 months.

Submission + - Ubuntu Fountain-of-Youth for Aging Windows PCs

theodp writes: When Slate's Farhad Manjoo reviewed Ubuntu 8.04 two years ago, he didn't find much to like. But that was then. This is now. Having gotten his hands on version 10.04, Manjoo now highly recommends giving your creaky old Windows computer an Ubuntu makeover, calling it a pretty fantastic way to get an instantly new computer. 'Thanks to Ubuntu,' says Manjoo, 'a four-year-old machine that I'd been ready to throw out now works amazingly well. It can run multiple tabs, it can play YouTube videos, and it can most certainly let me stream NPR.' Time for Ubuntu Ponce de Leon Edition?

Submission + - You Are Sexually Attracted to Your Parents, Yourse (

An anonymous reader writes: In a series of experiments where subjects viewed photographs of their opposite-sex parent or a photo morphed with their own face, researchers found that people are turned on by photographs of people who resemble their close genetic counterparts.

“People appear to be drawn to others who resemble their kin or themselves,” said psychologist R. Chris Fraley of the University of Illinois, lead author of the study published July 20 in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. “It is possible, therefore, as Freud suggested, that incest taboos exist to counter this primitive tendency.”

n the first experiment, people were shown a series of faces of strangers and asked to rank their sexual attractiveness. Before each of the faces were shown, half the subjects were subliminally exposed to photographs of their opposite-sex parent, by flashing the images so quickly that they couldn’t be processed consciously. The other half of the participants was shown photos of unrelated parents.

People who were primed with images of their own mom or dad were more likely to find the faces in the subsequent photo attractive than did people primed with a random image.

In the second experiment, participants were asked to rank the sexual attractiveness of another set of faces, but this time the faces were morphed to be composites of two different faces. Unaware that their own faces were part of the morph, half of the subjects were shown faces that were up to 45 percent their own, like an artificial sibling. The other half were shown morphs of faces that were not their own.

The people who saw faces morphed with their own found the images more sexually appealing.

Why did the Roman Empire collapse? What is the Latin for office automation?