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Submission + - Air-powered Hybrid Cars To Market In India In 2008 ( 1

djasbestos writes: Motor Development International of France and Tata Motors of India are teaming up to bring a new kind of (nearly) pollution-free hybrid car.

From the article: "Instead of those tiny, tiny explosions of gasoline and oxygen pushing the pistons up and down, like in a normal internal combustion engine, the all-aluminum four-cylinder air engine used compressed air for the job.

"A hybrid version, using a small gasoline engine to power an onboard compressor for a constant supply of compressed air, is claimed to be able to travel from Los Angeles to New York on just one tank of gas."

A similar vehicle developed by Energine Corporation (South Korea) is mentioned, whose design supplants an electric battery for the small gas motor in powering the air compressor. The battery is also used to power the vehicle once it has reached cruising speed.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - The ten mosted hated words on the internet (

akkarin writes: ARS Technica have an interesting article titled
'The Ten most Hated words on the Internet". From the article:

The Internet has much to answer for, but one of its chiefest sins
its relentless stupifidication of the English language. And no,
I did not just make up the word "stupifidication. sonomy-most-hated-word-on-the-internet.html


Submission + - FBI: Identity theft of an entire company (

coondoggie writes: "The FBI recently concluded a rather unique case of identity theft: it found one company trying to steal $23 million by pretending to be a whole other company. In a release the FBI said the crime was made possible by what it called a remarkable coincidence: two private security companies with nearly identical names. One of the firms, based in Michigan, was named Executive Outcome Inc. The other, based in South Africa, was called Executive Outcomes Inc. According to the FBI criminal activities started in late 2001, when a British debt collector called the Michigan-based Executive Outcome, run by Pasquale John DiPofi. The collection agency asked if DiPofi wanted help collecting $23 million owed by the government of Sierra Leone for military equipment, security, and training. They forgot to mention one little detail however: The millions of dollars weren't owed to DiPofi's company. 9"

Submission + - Harry Potter and the Security Exploit (

Dragoonmac writes: "A hacker/cracker/script kiddie named "Gabriel" claims to have infiltrated Bloomsbury Publishing to retrieve an advance copy of the new Harry Potter text.
He claims to have used "The usual milw0rm downloaded exploit delivered by email/click-on-the-link/open-browser/click-on-this -animated-icon/back-connect to some employee of Bloomsbury Publishing, the company that's behind the Harry crap."

He posted his spoiler synopsis to

The publishing house would not say if the posting was accurate or not.

The full spoilers post can be found here tml
Needless to say, spoiler warning."


Submission + - Would you give up owning a cell phone for $2m?

Theodore Magnavius writes: According to research carried out by the Carphone Warehouse and the London School of Economics, one in three people aged 16 to 24 in the UK, would not give up being able to own or use a cell phone in exchange for a million pounds ($2m). It seems like an extraordinarily high number, so I want to know if you would give your phone for the cash?

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