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Submission + - Wikipedia-sponsored 'pilot study' lauds Wikipedia accuracy (

netbuzz writes: "The Wikimedia Foundation today is releasing the results of a “pilot study” it commissioned last year to assess the accuracy and quality of Wikipedia in such a way that it would provide a methodology blueprint for others do more thorough reviews of online encyclopedias. The results are in, and despite ready acknowledgement of the small sample size and paragraphs worth of other caveats, the parents of Wikipedia can’t help but note that its baby was judged to have outperformed other online encyclopedias, including Encyclopaedia Britannica, in three different languages. Britannica, which disputed the Wikipedia-friendly results of a much-cited Fortune comparison report back in 2005, has yet to offer a reply to this one."

Submission + - Wii System Menu 4.0 Released (

dougisfunny writes: The Wii System Menu 4.0 has been released. It adds a number of features that people have been waiting for, the ability to use SDHC cards, as well as the ability to download and play things directly off of the SD/SDHC card rather than the internal memory. This was announced at GDC09 by Nintendo's President Saturo Iwata in his keynote. More information can be found at Nintendo's website

Submission + - Court ruling allows remote DVRs...

BUL2294 writes: USA Today is reporting that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has overturned a lower court ruling, therefore allowing Cablevision to offer remote-storage DVRs. The motion picture industry was fighting this (no surprise), arguing that cable companies would be guilty of copyright infringement... As a result, most existing non-DVR cable boxes would be able to function as DVRs — probably as an extension of existing On-Demand capabilities.

This is huge since 1) recordings would be unaffected by cable or power outages; 2) recordings wouldn't be lost over a fried/replaced DVR box; 3) cable companies could offer customers the ability to login & adjust their recordings remotely over the Internet; 4) cable companies might even be able to offer Slingbox-like online viewing capabilities. Unfortunately, there's no indication of where the additional bandwidth to support this would come from...
Operating Systems

Submission + - Symbian Foundation to take Symbian OS open source (

bythescruff writes: "Nokia is buying Symbian from its remaining shareholders, and the Symbian OS is going open source in the care of a new entity: the Symbian Foundation. From the article: "Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and NTT DOCOMO announced today their intent to unite Symbian OS(TM), S60, UIQ and MOAP(S) to create one open mobile software platform." "The Foundation will make selected components available as open source at launch. It will then work to establish the most complete mobile software offering available in open source. This will be made available over the next two years and is intended to be released under Eclipse Public License (EPL) 1.0.""

Submission + - Rechargable Energizer Batteries Exposed (

DaZZl3R writes: Energizer "D" Rechargeable batteries are no more powerful than common "AA" rechargeable batteries. In fact, an off-the-shelf Energizer "D" rechargeable battery is actually made of a much smaller AA-capacity battery wrapped in a cheap plastic cylinder with air gaps, designed to make it appear physically like a "D" battery while only delivering the performance of an "AA" battery (2500 mAh).

Submission + - Paper-thin Carbon Nanotube Battery on the Horizon (

Max Romantschuk writes: "As reported by the Inquirer: "Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have nanoengineered a flexible paper thin battery. According to Physorg, the battery is lightweight, ultra thin and completely bendy." This should have interesting applications... I already want to wrap it around my bicycle frame to power my lighting setup. Or how about combining it with flexible electronics and e-paper? As mentioned, there's more on the nano-paper battery at Physorg."

Every little picofarad has a nanohenry all its own. -- Don Vonada