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Sony To Detail "Premium PSN" Plans At E3 171

Posted by Soulskill
from the if-only-we-could-still-access-psn dept.
ranulf writes "VG247 is reporting that Sony will reveal their plans for 'premium PSN' services next month at E3, even though they've long stated that one of the PS3's advantages over the 360 is that they offer PSN for free. In addition to the premium services, they intend to offer a free PSN game to subscribers each month (from a choice of 'two to four games'), which should make the premium PSN effectively free if you already bought a game every month. VG247's source claims 'nothing planned will impact the service’s current free aspects,' and that 'there’s nothing in the premium package which will gimp regular PSN users.'"
Earth

Planned Nuclear Reactors Will Destroy Atomic Waste 344

Posted by Soulskill
from the but-where-will-we-get-our-superheroes dept.
separsons writes "A group of French scientists are developing a nuclear reactor that burns up actinides — highly radioactive uranium isotopes. They estimate that 'the volume of high-level nuclear waste produced by all of France’s 58 reactors over the past 40 years could fit in one Olympic-size swimming pool.' And they're not the only ones trying to eliminate atomic waste: Researchers at the University of Texas in Austin are working on a fusion-fission reactor. The reactor destroys waste by firing streams of neutrons at it, reducing atomic waste by up to 99 percent!"
Programming

+ - SPAM: C++ Programming: A Brief History of C++

Submitted by m_homam
m_homam (1688222) writes "The C++ programming language was introduced by Bjarne Stroustrup of the AT&T laboratories in 1985 as an extension of C, with additional features borrowed from the esoteric language Simula. Since then, C++ has grown rapidly in response to the practical need for a programming language that is able to efficiently handle composite and diverse data types."
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Medicine

+ - New sensory system found in the skin->

Submitted by mmmscience
mmmscience (1450939) writes "Researches have found a new sensory system in the skin that is completely separate from the traditional nerve network that gives us the sense of touch. The new system, comprised of sensory nerves found on blood vessels and sweat glands, is not nearly as potent, but does allow people to sense temperatures and textures. The research suggests that the system may play a role in chronic pain disorders such as migraines and fibromyalgia, conditions whose causes remain a mystery."
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+ - Electric MINI Cooper has rough start-> 2

Submitted by TopSpin
TopSpin (753) writes "BMW's limited roll out of the electric version of its MINI has met with complaints from early adopters including less than advertised range, cold weather charging problems, bulky batteries and connection issues. Richard Steinburg, BMW's manager of electric vehicle operations, assures everyone that the manufacturer is "learning quite a bit as we go." Drivers are paying $850/month for the privilege of helping BMW learn how to build EVs, while also helping BMW meet alternative fuel mandates so that other models can continue to be sold in select markets."
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+ - Palm Pre users suffer cloud computing data loss->

Submitted by DECS
DECS (891519) writes "Palm Pre users have been hit by a new cloud sync failure resulting in lost contacts, calendar items, notes and tasks, which now means that virtually every major smartphone vendor has suffered significant cloud problems: Apple's MobileMe last year, Nokia's Ovi and Microsoft's Danger/Sidekick this year, and additional rolling outages suffered by BlackBerry and Google users. Will vendors dial back cloud-only sync, or at least begin providing more robust local sync and restore features along the lines of the iPhone's iTunes sync? Windows Mobile and Android are still pursuing designs that, like the Pre, expected users to fully rely on central cloud servers rather than defaulting to a local backup option."
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Software

+ - Open Source: The good, the bad and the ugly->

Submitted by ibmrational
ibmrational (1616993) writes "There's no doubt about it: Free sounds like a pretty good price. A panel of experts as delves into this very relevant topic and discuss the benefits of using open source software, along with some of the potential risks, to help you determine whether an open source, a commercial application, or a combination of both are right for your company."
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+ - Ants Can Count ?

Submitted by thisIsOdd
thisIsOdd (1648295) writes "NPR had a recent report about scientists at the University of Ulm who suggest that ants in desert environments count to help them get to and from their homes. Because the desert's windiness and sandiness is not conducive the "smell-trail" method, where ants squeeze certain glands that leave a chemical trail, scientists were puzzled by the fact that these desert ants were able to leave and successfully return to their nest. The theory is called "pedometer theory" and the experiment used to test this theory involves manipulating the leg length of some of these ants. Ants with longer legs would pass the nest on the way home and ones with shorter legs came up . . . well . . . short. The link has an article and funny cartoon that explains:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120587095"

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