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China Plans To Mine the Yellow Sea Floor 223 223

eldavojohn writes "Details are limited but state media is reporting on $75 million being put into a new research facility in Qingdao, Shandong Province that will conduct research into mining the sea floor. From the article: 'Scientists believe sea beds at a depth of 4,000 to 6,000 meters hold abundant deposits of rare metals and methane hydrate, a solidified form of natural gas bound into ice that can serve as a new energy source.' The research center's first goal is to do surveying and exploration with a new submersible named 'Jiaolong' (a mythical aquatic Chinese dragon). Hopefully these quests yield energy resources to meet growing demand for resources like liquefied coal in China."

Comment: Hello? It's a presentation to developers. (Score 1) 196 196

Even shows the code loaded into Visual Studio. He's not talking to "consumers". And since when did Microsoft ever claim, even to consumers, that all there OSes were the same on all devices? Consumers couldn't care less about whether a phone OS is the same as a PC OS.

Microsoft Demos Three Platforms Running the Same Game 196 196

suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from Engadget: "Microsoft's Eric Rudder, speaking at TechEd Middle East, showed off a game developed in Visual Studio as a singular project (with 90% shared code) that plays on Windows with a keyboard, a Windows Phone 7 Series prototype device with accelerometer and touch controls, and the Xbox 360 with the Xbox gamepad. Interestingly, not only is the development cross-platform friendly, but the game itself (a simple Indiana Jones platformer was demoed) saves its place and lets you resume from that spot on whichever platform you happen to pick up."

Comment: Well, MS may as well change it anyway. (Score 1) 436 436

Simply assign each browser a random number, then sort them by each corresponding number. The current solution is over-engineered. It's till random, but lacks an even distribution of probability. They should make the very simple change to "fix" that, if for no other reason than just to be beyond reproach.

Comment: Chrome actually steals some UI ideas from IE7 (Score 1) 948 948

such as eschewing a menubar and consolidating the commands in Page and Tool dropdown buttons.

Incidentally, Slashdotters bashed MS for doing this in IE7, but were silent about Google doing the same thing in Chrome. Which reminds me that slashdotters also bashed Microsoft for merging the Back/Forward navigation stack into a single dropdown control in IE7, but said nothing when Firefox 3 copied that idea. I only point out these things to show that slashdotters aren't the most objective analysts when it comes to judging UI.

That said, I agree with you that Chrome's UI is better than IE's, and I think Chrome's UI is the best of all browsers.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 410 410

Looks to me like the Pirate Party has a horrible vote vs party membership ratio. It's shockingly pathetic. So what will 5000 more members mean? 10000 more votes? Big deal.

BTW, yes the Pirate Party is utterly insignificant politically. Or do you think that zero seats is significant?

Comment: Stupid Users (Score 0, Redundant) 685 685

Stupid Users who use
Stupid Software like
Symantec Products deserve
Stupid problems like
This one.

Why are people still using Norton for anything? It's *absolute* 'fascist-bullshit-bloated-doesn't-let-you-uninstall-or-exit-the-app-easy' software.

Why am I *not* surprised at all .

STOP USING THEIR SOFTWARE and shit like this...simply won't happen.

Lead me not into temptation... I can find it myself.

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