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Submission + - Getting the Most from Large Monitors 3

Anonymous Coward writes: "A recent study (sponsored by NEC) has confirmed that large monitors can increase productivity up to 52% on certain types of tasks, but the productivity falls off when you get above 24 inches. The ability to watch a DVD while working might be partially to blame, but there is a bigger issue. Once you get over about 24 inches, the habits developed on smaller monitors no longer work. To work effectively with a large monitor you have to break habits formed from years of using smaller displays."

Submission + - Silent microchip 'fan' has no moving parts

Stony Stevenson writes: Researchers in the US have developed a microchip fan with no moving parts that operates silently and generates enough wind to cool a laptop computer. The solid-state fan, developed with support from the US National Science Foundation (NSF), is touted as the most powerful and energy efficient fan of its size. The device produces three times the flow rate of a typical small mechanical fan and is one-fourth the size. The technology has the power to cool a 25W chip with a device smaller than one cubic-cm and can someday be integrated into silicon to make self-cooling chips, according to the researchers.
The Military

Submission + - First Crash of B-2 Stealth Bomber

Ponca City, We Love You writes: "Two air force pilots are safe after their B-2 Stealth Bomber crashed on the island of Guam. This is the first crash of a B-2, a $1.2 billion aircraft which uses highly advanced materials and technology to evade radar. It was first deployed in combat in the 1990s Balkan conflict, and later in U.S.-led actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. The crash occurred Saturday morning local time as the B-2 Stealth bomber was taking off from Andersen Air Force base on Guam, a U.S. territory that lies south of Japan. "The cause of crash is unknown, pending an investigation," he said. "The pilots had ejected safely — no serious injuries. One is mobile, one is still in the hospital under observation." The B-2 is a low-observable, strategic, long-range, heavy bomber capable of penetrating sophisticated and dense air-defence shields with all-altitude attack missions up to 50,000ft, a range of more than 6,000nm unrefuelled and over 10,000nm with one refuelling, giving it the ability to fly to any point in the world within hours. Its distinctive profile comes from the unique 'flying wing' construction with the leading edges of the wings angled at 33 degrees and the trailing edge with a double-W shape."

Submission + - Literally Freeze Decryption Key In Memory

arminw writes: "Computer scientists have found a way to steal critical data from computers by freezing memory chips with liquid nitrogen and breaking the encryption system used in programs like Microsoft's BitLocker and Apple's FileVault.

"There seems to be no easy remedy for these vulnerabilities Simple software changes are likely to be ineffective; hardware changes are possible but will require time and expense; and today's Trusted Computing technologies appear to be of little help because they cannot protect keys that are already in memory.

If the police confiscate your encrypted laptop, they may now be able to get your data."

Submission + - Super-speed Internet satellite blasts off in Japan

TheGreatDonkey writes: Japan launched a rocket Saturday carrying a satellite that will test new technology that promises to deliver "super high-speed Internet" service to homes and businesses around the world. The Associated Press said the satellite would offer speeds of up to 1.2 gigabytes per second. The rocket carrying the WINDS satellite — a joint project of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries — lifted off its pad at 5:55 p.m. (0855 GMT).
The Internet

Submission + - Demonoid back up, now blocking Canada

An anonymous reader writes: TorrentFreak has an update to the Demonoid story from last week. From the article, "The popular BitTorrent tracker Demonoid is back online after nearly a week of downtime. The website and the tracker are hosted on the same ISP, but Canadian traffic is blocked thanks to pressure from the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA)". If you are a Canadian resident, you will now be redirected to this Demonoid page which has the following message: "We received a letter from a lawyer represeting [sic] the CRIA, they were threatening with legal action and we need to start blocking Canadian traffic because of this. If you reside in Canada, that is the reason you are being redirected to this message. Thanks for your understanding, and sorry for any inconvenience". It looks like TorrentFreak was right all along, Demonoid was indeed (temporarly) shut down by the CRIA.

Submission + - Happy Birthday Slashdot!!!!!

CliffH writes: "This isn't a story per say. Just wanted to congratulate the editors, and all of the members whom have kept this site going for 10 years. Thanks for a lot of tips, and lot of arguments, more hot grits and petrification then anyone can stand, and, most of all, thanks for all of the fun and thought that the members and editors of this site has given me and I'm sure an awful lot of other people."

Submission + - Is HTML Validity Overrated

An anonymous reader writes: Hi all, in the office today coding away on some random website, checking my my XHTML coding was valid, in my boredom decided to check a number of popular sites thinking that they would would intern be valid, though to my surprise i struggled to find a single site that was 100% valid in it's coding. — 30 errors, — 28 errors, — 4 errors, and i wont even mention how many eBay had. Hell even our beloved Slashdot didn't have a clean slate. My question is "Is HTML Validity Overrated?" or is there a reason for all the big sites not caring about there code? Now i'm a very (I must stress very) small time programmer, and my skills are pretty poor, but am i just waisting my time checking my code, is it wrong of me to believe in standards?

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