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HP

HP Drops Price Again For Its WebOS-Based iPad Challenger 296

Posted by timothy
from the must-be-that-damn-apple-tax-at-work dept.
oxide7 writes with this selection from IBT: "Hewlett Packard reduced the price of its TouchPad tablet computer again, highlighting the uphill battle manufacturers will need to overcome as they go head-to-head against the dominant Apple iPad line of tablets. Much of a tablet's success is based on the ecosystem of apps that is available to the end-user. HP is far behind Apple or even the No.2 tablet platform, Google's Android."
Australia

Australian Court Gives Green Light To Disconnect Pirates 131

Posted by timothy
from the you-win-some-partially-you-lose-some-partially dept.
aesoteric writes "The Full Bench of Australia's Federal Court (three judges) has dismissed the film industry's appeal against a February 2010 judgment that found ISP iiNet had not authorised copyright infringement on its network. However, the ruling was a 2-1 majority and the judges have made several concessions to the Hollywood film studios. In particular, they set out a prescriptive path for the film industry to change the way it identifies alleged copyright infringers. The ruling says that if the film industry amends the format of its notices of infringement, pays the ISP to vet the notices and indemnifies the ISP against any fallout from disconnecting a customer, then disconnection is a reasonable step the ISPs should take to combat piracy. Essentially, the ruling gives internet service providers no absolute protection over the actions of their subscribers."

Apple Orders 10 Million Tablets? 221

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the pricepoint-better-be-right dept.
Arvisp writes "According to a blog post by former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee, Apple plans to produce nearly 10 million tablets in the still-unannounced product's first year. If Lee's blog post is to be believed, Apple plans to sell nearly twice as many tablets as it did iPhones in the product's first year."

Comment: Re:Who reboots? (Score 5, Interesting) 440

by BlueWomble (#27122931) Attached to: Quick Boot Linux Hopes To Win Over Windows Users

I'm not sure it's the apps. I think what actually happens is that Vista puts up a login prompt well before it has truly finished booting. i.e. before all the services have started.

The result is that you can login but the machine runs like a dog with no legs for the next 5 minutes as it tries to complete the boot process and deal with you trying to use it all at once.

Books

+ - J.K. Rowling explains "Dumbledore is Gay"->

Submitted by DA's Faaabulous Recruit
DA's Faaabulous Recruit (666) writes "J.K. Rowling, Author of the Harry Potter series of books, explained to a crowd in New York's Carnegie Hall on Friday that Albus Dumbledore is gay. When asked if Albus had ever found "true love" she replied (from the article)

"Dumbledore is gay," adding he was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, who he beat in a battle between good and bad wizards long ago. The audience gasped, then applauded. "I would have told you earlier if I knew it would make you so happy," she said.
"

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Science Daily: Fast, inexpensive sensors? Gel Changes Color On Demand->

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MIT researchers have created a new structured gel that can rapidly change color in response to a variety of stimuli, including temperature, pressure, salt concentration and humidity. A critical component of the structured gel is a material that expands or contracts when exposed to certain stimuli. Those changes in the thickness of the gel cause it to change color, through the entire range of the visible spectrum of light.
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Science Daily: New Role For Well-known Protein: Could Lead To Lead To Alzheimer's, Parkinson's ->

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In a finding that may lead to potential new treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, researchers report an unexpected role in the brain for a well-known protein. The new study shows that the same protein that enables a yeast cell to bud into two daughter cells also helps neurons sprout the branch-like protrusions used to communicate with other neurons.
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Power

+ - Toward greener jet fuels

Submitted by
Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "Researchers at Princeton University are currently working on two projects to reduce jet travel's role in global warming. The first one, a major project funded by the U.S. Air Force with $7.5 million, is focused on developing computational models that accurately simulate the burning of jet fuel, a complex process not well understood today. The second one, funded by NetJets, a company providing business jets, will help to develop new jet fuels with near-zero net greenhouse gas emissions. Read more for additional references and a picture of the variable-pressure flow reactor used to determine the chemistry of how petroleum and alternative fuels burn."
Censorship

+ - UK Lawyers Are Shutting Down Blogs Left and Right-> 7

Submitted by zarloq2
zarloq2 (1160039) writes "Craig Murray's site, along with several other UK-based political blogs have been shut down in response Usmanov's lawyers putting pressure on his webhost.

Here's an excerpt from the sports.aol.com blog:
Craig Murray, the former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, is badmouthing Alisher Usmanov, the billionaire Russian steel magnate attempting to take over Premier League club Arsenal (UK football club), because he wants to sell you a book he wrote about his experience in that former Soviet republic. It has become clear today, however, that whatever Murray is attempting to sell, Usmanov and his lawyers do not want anyone to buy it.
According to Tom Dunmore at PitchInvasion.net, Craig Murray's web site was taken off line today after sustained pressure on Murray's web hosting provider from Schillings, the London law firm representing Usmanov. What's more, Schillings has also managed to put the kibosh on political site Bloggerheads three days after Tim Ireland wrote this piece on Schillings' cease & desist letters."

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Announcements

+ - Anti-Bacterial Soap No Better than Plain Soap->

Submitted by
eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "Stop buying antibacterial soap as it's no more effective than the regular stuff and, on top of that, you are introducing a risk to a mutation of bacteria! From the article, "The team looked at 27 studies conducted between 1980 and 2006, and found that soaps containing triclosan within the range of concentrations commonly used in the community setting (0.1 to 0.45 percent wt/vol) were no more effective than plain soaps. Triclosan is used in higher concentrations in hospitals and other clinical settings, and may be more effective at reducing illness and bacteria. Triclosan works by targeting a biochemical pathway in the bacteria that allows the bacteria to keep its cell wall intact. Because of the way triclosan kills the bacteria, mutations can happen at the targeted site. Aiello says a mutation could mean that the triclosan can no longer get to the target site to kill the bacteria because the bacteria and the pathway have changed form." For the love of god, stop endangering everyone with your soapy hand held mutation experiments!"
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Intel

+ - Intel's vision on the future of multicores

Submitted by paleshadows
paleshadows (1127459) writes "In the company's blog, Sean Koehl, technology strategist for Intel, said that eight technical papers would be released this week, describing key findings from the company's work on future programmable multicore architectures. Koehl then provides a short preview: One of the papers discusses "data center-on-a-chip" (tera-scale processor composed of 32-core, each with 4-SMT, amounting to 128 threads of execution), proposing a new high-bandwidth L4 cache optimized by a cache quality of service discipline that will determine how multiple threads share cache space. Two other papers are about how to obtain parallel scalability for multimedia and search/mining applications. Another paper argues Intel would be required to build the memory directly on top of the die to obtain high-enough bandwidth to keep all threads busy. A related paper explores how caches would be shared between cores with an on-die interconnect mesh. Finally, two more papers discuss how Intel plans to simplify parallel programming using special runtime environments of tera-scale platforms and accelerator cores."

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