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Space

+ - FOIA Request Reveals ISS Entertainment Collection

Submitted by Slithe
Slithe (894946) writes "The Website GovernmentAttic.org made a Freedom of Information Act request and just received the list of books, movies, music and television shows aboard the International Space Station. SciFi is, of course, heavily represented; however, the website io9 made a good observation that there is absolutely NO Star Trek aboard the ISS (none of the television shows or movies). Anyway, this gives you a good idea of what astronauts use to pass the time."
Programming

+ - What is preventing FLOSS Nvidia 3D Drivers? 1

Submitted by Slithe
Slithe (894946) writes "What information is Nvidia not providing that would allow one to write FLOSS drivers for Nvidia cards? I am not an expert on this topic, so this is why I am asking Slashdot. A modern graphics card is basically a piece of hardware that can do matrix and vector operations very quickly, and modern graphics cards are programmable with shaders. I know that Nvidia graphics cards use the GPU assembly language, whose instructions are available and form the basis of writing shaders. I also know that X.Org has an open-source Nvidia driver for basic (i.e. not 2d or 3d accelerated) operation of the graphics card. Could someone take the Mesa OpenGL library and write a shader or set of shaders for every OpenGL function that the card should accelerate? What am I not seeing that would allow this to work?"
Democrats

+ - House Introduces National Service Bill

Submitted by Slithe
Slithe (894946) writes "On January 10, House Representative Charles Rangel introduced a bill, H.R. 393, that would require all persons in the U.S., between the ages of 18 & 42, to perform 'National Service' for a period of two years. The bill defines 'National Service' as military service or service in a civilian capacity that, as determined by the President, promotes the national defense, including national or community service and service related to homeland security. The bill would also make women eligible for Selective Service."
Biotech

+ - Synthetic Biology Could Turn Sugar Into Diesel

Submitted by Slithe
Slithe (894946) writes "ABCTech has an interesting article about an Emeryville-base tech startup, Amyris Biotechnologies , that is planning to use microbes to turn sugar into diesel. The company was initially given a $43 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to research the applications of Synthetic Biology for making a cost-effective malaria drug. Jack Newman, the Vice-President of Amyris, said

Why are we making ethanol if we're trying to make a fuel? We should be making something that looks a lot more like gasoline. We should be making something that looks a lot more like diesel. And if you wanted to design, you name it, a jet fuel? We can make that too.
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Democrats

+ - Democrats May Reinstate Fairness Doctrine.

Submitted by Slithe
Slithe (894946) writes "Last week at the National Conference for Media Reform, Dennis Kucinich stated that Fairness Doctrine may be reinstated. The Fairness Doctrine was an FCC regulation that required broadcast media to present controversial issues in an honest, equal and balanced manner. It was repealed in 1987, and the Supreme Court ruled that the Doctrine was constitutional when applied to radio stations because of "the limited nature of the public airwave spectrum." Critics of the Fairness Doctrine have stated that it was only used to intimidate and silence political opposition. At the convention, Kucinich said, "we know the media has become the servant of a very narrow corporate agenda. We are now in a position to move a progressive agenda to where it is visible.""
Space

+ - Scientific Landscape of the Next 50 Years

Submitted by Slithe
Slithe (894946) writes "New Scientist has posted numerous articles written by several top researchers who attempt to predict the future discoveries of the next 50 years. However, as with the Internet, we may not have even thought of the wonders that will await us. Anyway, the articles try to describe the next 50 years in the fields of ageing, alien life, consciousness, ecology, embryology, environment, evolution, genetics, health, humans, language, neuroscience, oceans, psychology, sex, social science, artificial intelligence, communications, computing, cosmology, space, chemistry, energy, materials, maths and physics."
Businesses

+ - McDonalds Uses Sexy Ads To Sell Beef in China

Submitted by Slithe
Slithe (894946) writes "McDonalds is using sexy advertising in China to sell its newly introduced Quarter Pounder. Beef is considered a luxury food in China, and it is also considered to increase vigor and sex appeal in men. One racy TV ad features footage of a man and woman eating Quarter Pounders that is interspersed with fireworks and spraying water; the voice over says "You can feel it. Thicker. You can taste it. Juicier."

With the introduction of the Quarter Pounder, McDonalds has decided to push traditional McDonalds food instead of selling foods specifically designed for Chinese markets."

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