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Earth

Breaking the Squid Barrier 126

An anonymous reader writes "Dr. Steve O'Shea of Auckland, New Zealand is attempting to break the record for keeping deep sea squid alive in captivity, with the goal of being able to raise a giant squid one day. Right now, he's raising the broad squid, sepioteuthis australis, from egg masses found in seaweed. This is a lot harder than it sounds, because the squid he's studying grow rapidly and eat only live prey, making it hard for them to keep the squid from becoming prey themselves. If his research works out, you might one day be able to visit an aquarium and see giant squid."
Linux

Linux Needs Critics 1127

An anonymous reader writes "Keir Thomas berates the fact that the world of Linux almost entirely lacks critics. In fact, he says, Linux people tend to see genuine critical evaluation as a bad thing. FTA: 'The problem with this anti-criticism approach is that it's damning Linux to an eternity of navel gazing. Nothing can ever get any better. The best hope we have are the instances where a few bright sparks, with their heads screwed on the right way, get together and make something cool (as happened with, say, Firefox back in the day). But that's rare and can't be relied upon.'"
Operating Systems

Submission + - New DST to cost $350 million?

ktappe writes: "An analyst at Forrester Research estimates the daylight saving time (DST) switch coming this Sunday will cost the average company $50,000 in time and labor expenses — a conservative figure that doesn't take into account missed airline flights or forgotten appointments. That's a total of $350 million for the 7,000 publicly traded companies in the U.S. Is this another case of an analyst pulling numbers out of the air, or will we really be paying a high price for earlier DST?"
Media

Submission + - Who needs iTunes? Indie-friendly video stores

An anonymous reader writes: Adams Media Research predicts that by 2011, the online video market will be worth $5.8 billion, and bucking today's trend, the majority of that revenue will be generated through selling downloads not ad-supported content. It's perhaps no surprise then, to see a number of paid-for download services pop up over the last 18 months — with Apple's iTunes being the market leader. However, in the eyes of many of these stores, not all producers are created equal. For example, if you're an independent and you want to get your work into iTunes, you're out of luck. The same goes for Google Video's paid-for download option. As ZDNet reports, a number of indie-friendly paid-for download services have stepped up to fill the void.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

Andru Edwards writes: "Bluetooth SIG just announced the new spec for Bluetooth, that being Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. Gear Live has a video demo with Mike Foley, Executive Director of Bluetooth SIG, where he shows off all the new Bluetooth 2.1 features. Take a look at what is improved in the new spec, like the ultra-cool near field communication technology, and five times better battery life."
Space

Submission + - Travel Back in Time Not Possible

anthemaniac writes: Time travel has long been one of those "theoretically possible" things that makes Sci-Fi thrive. But while going forward in time is still perhaps possible, going back has been all but ruled out, according to an article (and accompanying videos) at LiveScience. Chiming in are four scientists who think about this a lot: Brian Greene, Charles Liu, Michio Kaku and J. Richard Gott. Liu flatly states: "It is not possible for you and me to travel backward in time."
Robotics

Submission + - Automatic Beer Launching Fridge

gondarlinux writes: "From this site:
Have you ever gotten up off the couch to get a beer for the umpteenth time and thought, "What if instead of ME going to get the BEER, the BEER came to ME???" Well, that was how I first conceived of the beer launching fridge. About 3 months and several hundred dollars later I have a fully automated, remote controlled, catapulting, man-pit approved, beer launching mini-fridge. It holds 10 beers in its magazine with 14 more in reserve to store a full case. It is controlled by a keyless entry system. Pressing unlock will start the catapult rotating and when it is aiming at your target, pressing unlock again will stop it. Then the lock button can be pressed to launch a beer in the selected direction." Here's the video:"
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - MIT Media Lab Turns Game Players Into Designers

Anonymous Coward writes: "The MIT Media Lab is taking a novel approach to game development, and it needs your help. The Restaurant Game is a research project that will algorithmically combine the gameplay experiences of thousands of players to create a new game. In a few months, researchers will apply machine learning algorithms to data collected through the multiplayer Restaurant Game, and produce a new single-player game that will be entered into the 2008 Independent Games Festival. Everyone who plays The Restaurant Game will be credited as a Game Designer. 1,074 games have been played to date, and the researchers are aiming for 10,000. Download for PC or OSX here: http://theRestaurantGame.net"
Microsoft

Microsoft WGA Phones Home Even When Told No 403

Aviran writes "When you start WGA setup and get to the license agreement page but decided NOT to install the highly controversial WGA component and cancel the installation, the setup program will send information stored in your registry and the fact that you choose not to install WGA back to Microsoft's servers."
Music

Submission + - Digital music store comparison website

thebluecat writes: TuneTuzer aims to clarify digital music soup — A UK man has set up a website that compares digital music stores, after realising that if he changes his portable music player then his digital music collection would become 'unusable' http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/106658/tunetuzer-aims- to-clarify-digital-music-soup.html
Robotics

Submission + - A robot in every pot by 2020! 3 laws are coming.

Mister Zed writes: With Korean officials promising a robot in every household by 2020, legislators there are drafting an ethical charter to govern how robots will function alongside humans. Park Hye-Young of the ministry's robot team brings up a host of concerns which must be addressed: "Imagine if some people treat androids as if the machines were their wives. Others may get addicted to interacting with them just as many Internet users get hooked to the cyberworld," she said. In all seriousness, with Google cooking up some AI in the near future, do we need similar guidelines to assure the new Google AI overlord "does no evil"? Korean robot ethics: http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2007/03/07/tech -robot-ethics.html Google AI link: http://news.com.com/2100-11395_3-6160372.html

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