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Submission + - Navy Almost Ready to Torpedo NMCI (

NecroPuppy writes: The US Navy finally finds themselves in sight of the end of their contract with NMCI.. Depending on who you ask, the Naval Marine Corp Intranet (acronym explained so you don't have to come up with your own meaning), has been the best thing to happen to the Navy, a massive waste of taxpayer money, a less than useful implementation, or a massive boondoggle. Possiblly multiple of those at the same time. A bit of history, before people start laying all the blame on HP: EDS (who started the contract) was originally a standalone company that was only recently bought by HP. (Not that HP has done much better with the contract.)

Submission + - Plasma Technology Offers Clean Fuel Breakthrough (

ElectricSteve writes: The same process that illuminates big-screen plasma TV’s can now create ultra-clean fuels, according to a scientific report presented earlier this week. According to Prof. Albin Czernichowski from France’s University of Orleans, a device called a GlidArc reactor has successfully been used to create clean fuels from waste materials, utilizing electrically-charged clouds of gas called “plasmas.” One of the fuels is a form of diesel that reportedly releases ten times less air pollution than conventional diesel.

Submission + - Venezuela's Last Opposition TV Owner Arrested (

WrongSizeGlass writes: AP is reporting the owner of Venezuela's only remaining TV channel that takes a critical line against President Hugo Chavez was arrested Thursday. "Guillermo Zuloaga, owner of Globovision, was arrested on a warrant for remarks that were deemed "offensive" to the president", Attorney General Luisa Ortega said. This comes on the heels of last week's story about Venezuela's Chavez To Limit Internet Freedom.

Submission + - GameStop sued over lack of DLC for used games (

Absolut187 writes: I personally don't have a problem with publishers charging for DLC. IMHO, you put in the effort to make it, you have the right to (try) to charge whatever you want. I have the right to take it or leave it if I don't find your price fair (same goes for the main game). But what about the used game market? Should publishers be allowed to destroy the used market for their games by including "free" DLC with a one-time use code? Should the copyright doctrine of "first-sale" have any effect here? Or is it up to the consumer (frequently children) to realize that the product will have a reduced resale value due to the one-time nature of the DLC code? Is this any different from the use of unique "CD-Keys" that are required for online play (e.g. for Blizzard games since 1997 or earlier).

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