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+ - Google to release Linux based ChromeOS->

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erlik
erlik writes "The blogosphere is aflame with news that Google finally decided to go after Microsoft and release it's own Linux based Operating System targeted at netbooks: ChromeOS. The frenzy was started by a post on the official Google blog were Sundar Pichai announced the new OS. But is it really a new OS? I don't think so! Complete story"
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Education

+ - MIT's SAT Math Error

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theodp
theodp writes "The Wall Street Journal reports that for years now, MIT wasn't properly calculating the average freshmen SAT scores (reg.) used to determine U.S. News & World Report's influential annual rankings. In response to an inquiry made by The Tech regarding the school's recent drop in the rankings, MIT revealed that in past years it had excluded the test scores of foreign students as well as those who fared better on the ACT than the SAT, both violations of the U.S. News rules. MIT's reported first-quartile SAT verbal and math scores for the 2006 incoming class totaled 1380, a drop of 50 points from 2005."
Encryption

+ - Open Challenge To Improve Movie Content Protection->

Submitted by HarryCaul
HarryCaul (25943) writes "Now you too can make money by contributing to the improvment of DRM! The news blog NewTeeVee reports that "Motion Picture Laboratories" is offering up a number of open challenges to improve the protection of movies, both in theaters and in the home. According to the article, "Promising proposals will receive grants anywhere from $25,000 to $100,000 to continue research. These are "strictly problems we think smart people want to solve," CEO Steve Weinstein told me (NewTeeVee) over the phone yesterday."

Challenges include- Remote Content Access, Theatrical Anti-Camcording, and Hiding of Cryptographic Keys, among others.

Founding members of Motion Picture Labs include Paramount, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, Disney, and Warner Bros."

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Math

+ - Extra time dimension could simplify physics

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Daniel Dvorkin
Daniel Dvorkin writes "University of Southern California physicist Itzhak Bars proposes an extra dimension of time to resolve some fundamental physics problems. According to the article, "the math with four space and two time dimensions reproduces the standard equations describing the basic particles and forces." IANAP, but this sounds to me like it might be an elegant solution to some of the ever-increasing complexity of modern physics."
Role Playing (Games)

+ - Blizzard sues Peons4Hire

Submitted by Jeian
Jeian (409916) writes "According to Community Manager Eyonix, Blizzard has filed a lawsuit against gold-selling site Peons4Hire. Details are sketchy, but it seems they are demanding that Peons4Hire cease advertising in-game immediately. Depending on the outcome of the suit, it could set an interesting precedent for sites that sell virtual currency."
Data Storage

+ - Terabyte Hard Drive Review

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hungryhamster
hungryhamster writes "Let's take a look at the first terabyte hard drive, the Deskstar 7K1000 from Hitachi Global Storage, and see just how it performs. For an impressive $399 ($0.39/gig), is it worth your bucks? Extreme Tech provides an in-depth review of Hitachi's first Terabyte HHD. Benchmark Tests, performance charts, and comparisons with other HHDs are included. This is an interesting read. http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2131552 ,00.asp"
Robotics

+ - Soliders Bond With Bots, Take Them Fishing

Submitted by HarryCaul
HarryCaul (25943) writes "Soldiers are finding themselves becoming more and more attached to their robotic helpers. During one test of a mine clearing robot, "every time it found a mine, blew it up and lost a limb, it picked itself up and readjusted to move forward on its remaining legs, continuing to clear a path through the minefield." The man in charge halted the test, though- "He just could not stand the pathos of watching the burned, scarred and crippled machine drag itself forward on its last leg. This test, he charged, was inhumane." Sometimes the soldiers even take their metallic companions fishing. Is there more sympathy for Robot Rights than previously suspected?"
Books

+ - Book as College Graduation Present?

Submitted by tigersha
tigersha (151319) writes "I am the boss of a young lad who worked for me for a few years as an intern. He is about to graduate with a degree in computer science and I would like to give him a book as present. Does not have to be CS. Any suggestions?"
Movies

+ - Digital Media Archiving Challenges Hollywood

Submitted by HarryCaul
HarryCaul (25943) writes "Movies are moving to digital, but what about long-term archiving of the master source materials? Turns out it's harder for digital media than for contemporary analog. Data is being lost, and studios have to learn to cope. Phil Feiner of the AMPAS sci-tech division says "when he worked on studio feature films he found missing frames or corrupted data on 40% of the data tapes that came in from digital intermediate houses" How to deal with it? Regular migration from old media to new media. Grover Crisp, says Sony has put in a program of migrating every two to three years. Other studios are following suit, but wht about indie features? Will we lose films like we lost the orignals of the 20s?"
Media

+ - The Math of Text Readability

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Wired magazine has an article that explains The Law of Optical Volumes, a formula for spacing the letters on a printed page that results in maximum readability. Wired's new logo (did anyone notice?) obeys the law. Unfortunately, Web fonts don't allow custom kerning pairs, so you can't work the same magic online as in print. Could this be why some people still prefer newspapers and magazines to the Web?"

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