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Comment: Re:Good News / Bad News (Score 5, Informative) 841 841

Top Gear had a pre-scripted show, where they decided in the end that the Tesla would run out of power, so they had a shot of their people pushing the car, even though it still had plenty of power in its batteries. Top Gear claimed it was OK doing this, because they were showing something that could happen, even though it didn't.

Comment: Re:Was this article all a mistake? (Score 1) 688 688

That's the cool thing, I don't have to be careful, there is this large company called Microsoft that does that for me. For the record, my code is currently running on every flavor of windows from XP to Win7, (OK no XP 64 bit, but everything else) and it works just fine, I have never had an incompatibility. Now I do have a couple of apps that also run under Linux, and mono has a few rough edges, but it gets better all the time.

Comment: Re:Dear God (Score 4, Informative) 271 271

not affecting the majority does not imply not screwing the userbase

Yes it does.

Customers are not only the majority slice.

No, but the customer base is. Hence the term base, as in the most substantial part; not the fringe elements or corner cases.

Actually the userbase is all of the users.

  http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/user+base

Comment: Re:Time for a serious effort on renewables (Score 2, Insightful) 964 964

The NIMBYs are going "I told you so" around Tokyo right about now.

Only because they are idiots. So far no one has died from radiation, and it looks like no one will. Instead we have 11000 confirmed dead and another 17000 missing from the disaster, but because people are idiots they only talk about the damn reactors. We are going to have more deaths this summer from rolling blackouts in a heat wave, then will happen because of these reactors.

+ - India's $35 Android 7-in Tablet to Hit in Jan '11-> 2 2

indogiree writes: Link: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/india-android-tablet-35-indiapad,11255.html

"Engadget reports that India has just awarded the manufacturing contract to HCL Technologies. The first shipment will supposedly only contain the 7-inch model and is set to arrive on January 10. It's unclear if the $35 price has stuck or whether India's been successful in plans to eventually drive the price down to $10 with the help of large orders and government subsidies."

Additional Info: http://nexus404.com/Blog/2010/09/11/sakshat-tablet-from-india-gets-a-release-date-the-cheap-tablet-from-india-will-be-officially-out-by-january-10-2011/

"HCL Technologies plans to initially produce 100,000 units. Among the key features of this India-based tablet include 2GB of RAM, web-conferencing, PDF reader unzip, WiFi, camera and USB connectivity.

The Sakshat tablet will be available in an array of screen sizes. It will come out in 5, 7 and 9 screen sizes."

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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Zombies Dance on iPhone's Grave

theodp writes: If you're Microsoft, what do you do when grizzly ghouls from every tomb are closing in to seal your doom? TechFlash reports that Microsoft celebrated the completion and upcoming launch of Windows Phone 7 on Friday with a 'Windows Phone Pride Parade' complete with zombies, a 'Thriller' Dance, and pallbearers carrying a giant iPhone. 'These kind of 'ship' parties are common throughout the industry,' explained Microsoft communications VP Frank Shaw. 'It's a great way for teams that have worked overtime to create a kick-ass product blow off steam and have a little fun.' More pics at Technolog.
The Internet

+ - Rocket Engine: Plugin-free Web Game Dev Platform->

An anonymous reader writes: Finnish game developers Rocket Pack have built a browser based games development platform dubbed Rocket Engine. The blurb from the site touts Rocket Engine as being 'built by and for professional game developers, Rocket Engine is the only fully integrated solution for plugin-free browser game development'. Focused on rapid development and deployment, it supports all major browsers from IE8 to Firefox to mobile Safari without the need for browser plugins such as Flash or Silverlight. Be sure to check out the demo video.
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Technology

+ - Wearable Air Filter Transforms CO2 Into Energy-> 2 2

An anonymous reader writes: Brazilian designers Martina Pagura and Pedro Nakazato Andrade have created an oxygen-filtering breathing device that removes carbon dioxide from the air, stores it in a battery-like device, and then converts it into electricity for later use. Dubbed the W/Air, the mask pumps in fresh oxygen while distilling carbon dioxide from respiration and the environment. It is capable of producing enough energy to power a cellphone or portable music player.
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Google

Microsoft Talks Back To Google's Security Claims 528 528

Kilrah_il writes "Yesterday there was a piece about Google ditching Windows for internal use because of security concerns. Now Microsoft is fighting back, claiming its products are the most secure — more than Google's and Apple's. 'When it comes to security, even hackers admit we're doing a better job making our products more secure than anyone else. And it's not just the hackers; third-party influentials and industry leaders like Cisco tell us regularly that our focus and investment continues to surpass others.'"

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