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Comment: Flying Cars (Score 1) 139

You know nothing, Jon Snow.

On a more serious note, I'm not sure they should be worried about the wind. Is 8.5in of reinforced concrete really going to stop a station wagon full of tapes hurtling through the sky at 310mph?

Something tells me that their tornado budget would be better spent on insurance and remote data backups.

Comment: Re:Wrong conclusions (Score 1) 203

by MaXiMiUS (#39237969) Attached to: Chrome Users Are Best With Numbers, IE Users Worst
Google searches are not statistically valuable, unless you're gathering statistics on Google searches specifically I suppose. Very few IE crashes are reported in a manner Google can index, if they're even reported at all. Firefox on the other hand has Bugzilla, a public bug tracker with hundreds of thousands of reports.
Software

+ - EA Calls for 'Open Platform' for Games->

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eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "EA's head of international publishing made some interesting comments on where EA would like platforms & PC gaming to move to. From his statement, "We want an open, standard platform which is much easier than having five which are not compatible." While the rest of his comments imply that he simply meant 'one' platform instead of removing development licenses, it is an interesting concept. This is obviously a move designed to cut their development time for a game into a fifth of what it is but could this have other implications like easier homebrew development for consoles? There are the obvious concerns about losing the security-through-obscurity that odd hardware gives consoles, lack of being able to take advantage of chip architecture and emulators springing up on PCs. However, maybe this move would benefit everyone involved in gaming?"
Link to Original Source

Making Time With the Watchmakers 257

Posted by Zonk
from the temple-fugate-would-be-proud dept.
PreacherTom writes "In the age of watches that have more computational power than Apollo 11's computer, one would think that the watchmaker has gone the way of the cobbler, the blacksmith and the Dodo. Quite the contrary. With the rise in interest for mechanical watches (especially luxury models), Rolex has sponsored a new school to train horologists in the arcane art. From the article: 'We were facing a situation today where we needed to foster a new generation of watchmakers,' says Charles Berthiaume, the senior vice-president for technical operations at Rolex and the Technicum's president 'Thirty to 40 years ago, there was a watchmaker at every jewelry store. That's not the case today,' he notes. Included are some remarkable examples of their training, dedication, and intricate patience as they take technology in an entirely different direction."
Sony

Sony BMG Settles Over CD DRM 225

Posted by samzenpus
from the sorry-about-that dept.
aurispector writes "Sony BMG Music Entertainment will pay $1.5 million and kick in thousands more in customer refunds to settle lawsuits brought by California and Texas over music CDs that installed a hidden anti-piracy program on consumers' computers. The settlements, announced Tuesday, cover lawsuits over CDs loaded with one of two types of copy-protection software — known as MediaMax or XCP. Although it's great to see this as a victory for consumers, I can't help but wonder about the next wave of DRM schemes."
Mars

New Mars Discoveries 109

Posted by samzenpus
from the the-land-beneath-the-land dept.
sighted writes "The fleet of five active spacecraft examining Mars (in addition to the recently-missing Mars Global Surveyor) have been working overtime. On the heels of last week's finding of possible flows of liquid water, the ESA has announced that an entire hidden landscape exists just beneath the surface of the Red Planet, and NASA has released some really amazing images of layered topography that will yield many clues to the history of this strange world."
Hardware Hacking

RV Processes Own Fuel on Cross-Country Trip 165

Posted by Zonk
from the one-point-twenty-one-jiggawatts dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Frybrid has realized the dream of Dr. Emmet Brown's Delorean: putting garbage directly into your vehicle, and have it be turned into directly into fuel. This past fall, Frybrid installed a system into a 40' luxury RV that sucked up waste vegetable oil from the back of restaurants, removed the water and filtered it, and then burned the dry and cleaned vegetable oil as fuel. The family drove their converted RV from Seattle to Rhode Island on $47 worth of diesel fuel. Plans are underway for a smaller version of the system to fit in the bed of a pickup truck."
Microsoft

Microsoft Research Fights Critics 361

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the easy-things-to-fix-that-corporate-overlords-don't-want-to-do dept.
coondoggie writes to tell us Network World is taking a look at why Microsoft Research has to fight so hard against critics. From the article: "When the word 'innovation' is tossed about many may look down their nose at the company sitting on top of the high-tech industry — Microsoft. [...] Microsoft Research incubates not only futuristic ideas but young minds, having hired 700 interns worldwide this year including 250 computer science PhD candidates in Redmond alone, which is roughly 21% of all the computer science PhD candidates in the United States."

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