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Submission + - The Return Of The Fat App (

snydeq writes: Mobile devices are turning the app dev ship around, and everything old is new again, writes Deep End's Paul Venezia. 'Fat apps are making a comeback. Thanks to mobile devices, we're drifting back to the fat app model, or at least a hybrid of Web and native app. In many cases, it's not enough simply to reformat a website for mobile browsing. The user experience on mobile devices is just too different than on a PC — you can't hover over links on a tablet or use pop-up windows, for instance. You can rearrange your website's CSS all you want, but the result is usually a poor representation of the original site, shoehorned to fit on a phone or tablet. The solution? A fat app.'

Submission + - The Real North Korea Threat (

An anonymous reader writes: Western governments have focused too much on North Korea's WMD. But despite its technological weaknesses, North Korea’s knowledge-based technology has advanced to the point where it’s capable of conducting DDoS and jamming attacks. Recent reports also claim that large-scale jamming facilities are currently under construction in areas near the demilitarized zone that would be used as part of a convectional attack on South Korea and U.S. forces, report says.

Submission + - Using Technology to transform Votes in Kentucky

KY_slashdoter writes: "A question to the always savy slashdoters: thinking a bit proactively for next year's elections, if you have the goal to transform votes from one color (for example red) to another one (randomly, let's assume blue) by using technology, in a state like Kentucky, what technology would you use? How?"

Submission + - NASA Study Shows Faster, Cheaper Alternative to SL (

Larson2042 writes: The site SpaceRef has an article about how an internal NASA study provides a cheaper and faster way to get humans beyond low earth orbit:
"This presentation "Propellant Depot Requirements Study — Status Report — HAT Technical Interchange Meeting — July 21, 2011" is a distilled version of a study buried deep inside of NASA. The study compared and contrasted an SLS/SEP architecture with one based on propellant depots for human lunar and asteroid missions. Not only was the fuel depot mission architecture shown to be less expensive, fitting within expected budgets, it also gets humans beyond low Earth orbit a decade before the SLS architecture could."

Submission + - Binary usenet groups prohibited in the Netherlands (

dutchwhizzman writes: Amsterdam based Usenet wholesale provider News Service Europe has been mandated by the court to remove all copyright infringing content on their servers, or face severe financial penalties. Dutch copyright MAFIAA organization BREIN has won a court case making the usenet provider responsible for the content posted on other platforms than their own.

Could this be the end of usenet as we know it, or will an appeal be won by NSE? Why didn't the judge make the provider that allowed the posts responsible? Why did the judge not honor the "cancel message" procedure that technically exists in the NNTP protocol?


Submission + - Wave-harvesting Ships, instead of long cables (

derGoldstein writes: From Discovery: "Harnessing wave energy may be a packed genre, but the non-musical super group composed of researchers from Boston University and the Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation think you might dig their sound ideas on producing cleaner and cheaper wave energy. They want to harness energy from waves using a fleet of ships. The fleet would replace expensive transmission cables currently used to transfer electricity from offshore power generators to the mainland could ultimately be done away with. Typically, these cables fetch a salty price — often more than $500,000 for about .62 miles." You can download a (rather primitive) visualization of the idea here. In terms of cost: "The project could potentially produce electricity at $0.15 per kilowatt hour — far cheaper than the cost of current wave technology, which falls anywhere from $0.30 to $0.65 per kilowatt hour."

Submission + - Does nuclear power require a new world order? (

mdsolar writes: "An analysis of leaked diplomatic cables shows grave concerns about the ability of developing countries to secure nuclear reactors they are having built. While 'atoms for peace' and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty call for spreading nuclear technology far and wide, there could be problems in unstable regions according to the report. Do we need a new world order to control security at nuclear power plants around the world? Would it really be any different than the security provided to FSU nuclear sites by the US? How much sovereignty should be traded for a bite at the nuclear apple?"

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