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Comment: And the remaining 8%? (Score 1, Interesting) 54

by Nuffsaid (#44978437) Attached to: Microsoft: We Offer Up User Data To Law Enforcement 2 Percent of the Time
"Ninety-two percent of requests for customer content came from U.S. law-enforcement agencies."

The remaining 8% of request came from various Mafia agencies, I suppose. This raises the obvious question: did Microsoft comply with them in the same proportions as with requests coming from U.S. law-enforcement agencies?

Comment: Old news, obsoleted six months ago (Score 5, Informative) 307

by Nuffsaid (#43923081) Attached to: Chinese Firm Approved To Raise World's Tallest Building In 90 Days
The Fine Article is a full year old. On October 17 2012 the very same source reported that the firm revised its plans, pointing to a more reasonable (but still very short) 210 days construction time. http://inhabitat.com/worlds-tallest-skyscraper-to-be-built-in-210-days-instead-of-90-as-originally-planned/

Comment: Saw them in Venice (Score 1) 52

Venice, Italy, is another place where cars simply cannot go. A few weeks ago I spotted the Trekker crew on the stairs of Rialto Bridge, plus another crew filming them. They looked like they were enjoying the trek.
Some photos: http://fotoni.liviux.altervista.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5182
Music

+ - "Open Source Bach" project completed; score and recording now online -> 1

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rDouglass
rDouglass writes "MuseScore, the open source music notation editor, and pianist Kimiko Ishizaka have released a new recording and digital edition of Bach's Goldberg Variations. The works are released under the Creative Commons Zero license to promote the broadest possible free use of the works. The score underwent two rounds of public peer review, drawing on processes normally applied to open source software. Furthermore, the demands of Bach's notational style drove significant advancements in the MuseScore open source project. The recording was made on a Bösendorfer 290 Imperial piano in the Teldex Studio of Berlin. Anne-Marie Sylvestre, a Canadian record producer, was inspired by the project and volunteered her time to edit and produce the recording. The project was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign that was featured on Slashdot in March 2011."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:This is good news. (Score 1) 347

by Nuffsaid (#38651170) Attached to: Carbon Emissions 'Will Defer Ice Age'

Are waterfront neighborhoods going to be abandoned to rising water? No way in hell. They'll just get rebuilt on taller foundations every 50 years or so when a major hurricane blows away whatever's there now.

I guess that makes sense, in a common USA mindset. After all, who wants to live in a house older than 50 years? My point of view is different, as I live in Venice and my 400-year old house is my most valuable property, at barely one meter over sea level thanks to last century's reckless underground water extraction. Relocating to a copy somewhere else (maybe Las Vegas?) is not going to be the same thing. Call me sentimental.

NASA

Spitzer Telescope Sheds Light On Colony of Baby Stars 34

Posted by Soulskill
from the orion's-baby-pictures dept.
astroengine writes "NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope had the unprecedented opportunity to observe the heart of the Orion Nebula for 40 days, returning 80 images of the star-forming region. In doing so, the observatory has been keeping track of 1,500 young stars as they undergo rapid variations in brightness, caused by large 'cool spots' on the surface of the stars and obscuring dust. However, the high resolution images Spitzer is returning take center-stage, showing a tight cluster of stellar birth amid the nebulous clouds of dust. This is an incredible achievement considering its primary mission is over (after using up all of its liquid helium coolant in May 2009) and only two instruments are still working."
Handhelds

Asus DR-570 E-Reader To Bring OLED Display 70

Posted by Soulskill
from the oled-tech-is-trouble-for-my-bank-account dept.
MojoKid writes "Reportedly, Asus will be introducing the DR-570 color eReader by the end of 2010, but it won't be just another one in the crowd. In fact, it just might be a game-changer. The reader will supposedly have a 6" screen, but rather than using e-ink like every other reader out there, this one will utilize a color OLED screen. Word is the unit will last a whopping 122 hours on a full charge. It should also be able to run Flash applications, download books over 3G to Wi-Fi, and most likely surf the web, unlike any other reader out there." Asus will be rolling out two other ebook reader models this year as well.

Comment: Re:Why is this important to non-Italians (Score 4, Interesting) 153

by Nuffsaid (#28585463) Attached to: Free Wi-Fi For the Residents of Venice, Italy

As someone who actually lives in Venice, I can tell you that you are right about the tourist traps, but they are easily avoided if you look around instead of going windows shopping. The made-in-China stuff you can buy is far from romantic, but the sheer structure of the city, with its two entangled mobility networks (one for walkers, one for boats) still amazes me after 10 years living here. Now we have three entangled networks...
Yesterday I had dinner with an old pal whose job in the last months has been installing the access points and congratulated him. He confirmed the amazing level of interest even among the elder population. Today, lots of people I know are checking signal strength in every hidden corner. Looks like the municipality (and my friend) did a great job, as the coverage seems rather complete.
BTW, Venice is not a theme park. People still live and work here, enjoying a lifestyle like no other, mainly due to the absense of cars. I won't tell you "come visit us", but I can confirm you don't need a pretext like free connectivity.

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