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Submission + - Pi computed to 10 trillion digits: new record (calico.jp)

An anonymous reader writes: A Japanese programmer that goes by the handle JA0HXV announced 16 October that he has computed Pi to 10 trillion digits. This breaks the previous world record of 5 trillion digits. Computation began in October of 2010 and finished yesterday after multiple hard disk problems, he said. Details in English are not fully available yet, but the Japanese page http://ja0hxv.calico.jp/pai/pietc.html gives further details. JA0HXV has held computation records for Pi in the past.

Comment Re:The Real Real problem (Score 1) 1306

I agree with this one, the axle loading on trucks is significantly more impact to the roadway surface and sub-grade then the personal vehicle. Hopefully taxing them more would move them back onto rail and not pass the increased costs onto the consumers.

Another comment that I notice is that many people assume vehicles will continue using gas into the foreseeable future. I think that we will be using gas for a while longer, but personal vehicles will only get lighter and more efficient and eventually move onto electric/battery/solar/alternative form of energy consumption.

Rail was and is great and I would argue that roads and rail (either commercial or passenger) are both needed for an overall efficient transportation system.

Submission + - Usage based billing debates are wrong... and here' (rgbfilter.com)

dougplanet writes: In newspaper and TV coverage, there's an implication largely accepted that all 3rd party ISPs are nothing more than resellers of Bell's internet bandwidth. This isn't entirely accurate, and has led to debates on whether we need foreign competition, and how much UBB is enough. Eliminating the misconceptions should steer the Canadian internet debate toward a more productive outcome.

Submission + - Ice Cube Neutrino Observatory at South Pole (wisc.edu)

Scryer writes: Construction of the Ice Cube Neutrino Observatory was completed on 18 Dec at the South Pole. It's now the world's largest neutrino detector, with 5,160 optical sensors on 86 strings embedded two kilometers below the National Science Foundation’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. It has been gathering data since construction started, and will be fully operational after the last strings freeze in March 2011.

Submission + - Google TV Suffers Setback (zacks.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Google TV has now been around long enough for the geeks to play around with it. And they have come back with disappointing reviews. While most were excited at the concept of wedlock between the TV and Internet, the marriage itself looks destined to be challenging.
PC Games (Games)

Top Final Fantasy XIV Devs Replaced, PS3 Version Delayed 89

After Final Fantasy XIV's troubled launch and subsequent attempt to placate angry fans, Square Enix has decided that the game's leadership needs to be replaced. They've asked players to patiently stick around until they're ready to unveil their new plans for the game, extending the free trial period to compensate. Square also announced bad news for PS3 owners who were still somehow interested in the game: "Regarding the PlayStation 3, it is not our wish to release a simple conversion of the Windows version in its current state, but rather an update that includes all the improvements we have planned. For that reason, we have made the difficult decision to delay the release of the PlayStation 3 version beyond the originally announced date of March 2011."

Submission + - Assange's Defence (crikey.com.au)

NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes: Lost in bad reporting — Assange's lawyer speaks Sadly, there is a smear campaign against Assange and the balance needs to be reset. I do know Julian and he has always been a kind individual, but the way Palin and other politicians are speaking of him is totally disgraceful and utterly unfounded including "Conspiracy to committ Murder" of Assange.

Who is the guilty party here? Certainly not Assange. Wiki-Leaks have just provided a platform for open governments world-wide instead of secrecy and under-handed business deals and sponsorship of terrorism by the United States and other Countries to protect "vested" interests like oil.

The wikileaks insurance.aes file is exactly what it says. It will be more devasting than anything ever released, but it is getting closer.

I do not want to see 30 years on singing "Free Julian Assange" just like the world bonded together to free "Nelson Mandela" with concerts world-wide. Therefore, I vote Julian for a Nobel Peace Prize and if you do not agree, well that is your choice until you find out the truth. Hurts doesn't it? Not as much as the other releases are going to hurt. The truth hurts, but only for a short while. Enjoy George Orwell 1984 >>ffwd>>2011


Submission + - Google blocks pirated content (pcmag.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Google is making changes in the way it presents web search results to try to exclude links that may be tied to pirated content. In a move enthusiastically praised by the RIAA, Google says it will not include terms closely associated with piracy from appearing via autocomplete. The company acknowledged that it can be hard to know what terms are being used to find infringing content, but "we'll do our best to prevent Autocomplete from displaying the terms most frequently used for that purpose,"

Submission + - Couple Beats Google In Court, Is Awarded $1 (techcrunch.com) 1

thodelu writes: Back in April 2008, married couple Aaron and Christine Boring filed suit against Google for "intentional and/or grossly reckless invasion" of their privacy, because a Street View car drove down their Private road and snapped some photos of their house. The case may sound silly, but it could have blown up into a broader examination of Google and online privacy.

Submission + - Google Sues The US For Only Considering Microsoft (techdirt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Late last week, Google sued the US government for putting out a Request For Quotation for the messaging needs of the Department of the Interior that specified only Microsoft solutions would be considered. Google apparently had spent plenty of time talking to DOI officials to understand their needs and make sure they had a solution ready to go — and were promised that there wasn't a deal already in place with Microsoft... and then the RFQ came out. Google protested, but the protest was dismissed, with the claim that Google was "not an interested party."

Comment Re:What a waste (Score 1) 322

It's true, they even did research on things like font size and how visible you want/need them to be from certain distances. They also look at how many characters and text are too much information.

There is some fairly extensive research on signage. I am part of the small handful of others that are interested in things like this.


Submission + - Android Apps Caught Sending Private Data (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "A study using an application called "TaintDroid: An Information-Flow Tracking System for Realtime Privacy Monitoring on Smartphones," conducted by Intel Labs, Penn State Univesity, and Duke University, found that a number of Android apps were sending user data, including location, back to advertisers. In fact, the study found, one-half, or 15 out of 30 of the apps tested, shared some private data. "TaintDroid" itself is a real-time monitoring service that researchers used to track the flow of "privacy-sensitive data" through third-party Android apps. TaintDroid looks for taints, or data from privacy-sensitive sources."

Submission + - Review: Sintel

UnderCoverPenguin writes: Last night, I watched Sintel (sintel.org). Technically, it was a beautiful showcase for Blender. The models and animations were very well done. The fight and chase scenes were excellent. I think the movie can stand on its own among professionally made short movies of similar style and genre. Story-wise, the plot was weak and predictable. Also, the end of the final fight was too bleak and disturbing for the likely audience. Spoiler: I think the ending would have been better if the woman had been killed by the dragon. Unfortunately, I don't have the skill needed to re-do the ending myself.

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