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Hardware Hacking

Building Chips Like LEGO 50

MattSparkes writes "It seems that 3D silicon chips, allowing designers to fit more components into a smaller space, could soon be made far easier to create with a little inspiration from a classic children's toy. "Silicon wafers covered with matching patterns of Lego-like teeth and holes could aid the development of 3D electronics, say UK researchers." Crucially, this technique can make use of existing machinery."

School Bans 'Tag' 1000

GillBates0 writes "CNN is carrying a story about a school in Boston which has have banned kids from playing tag, touch football and any other unsupervised chase game during recess for fear they'll get hurt and hold the school liable. According to the article, some elementary schools in other states have similarly banned "unsupervised contact sports". A parent was quoted as saying that her son feels safer now and that she'd witnessed enough 'near collisions.'" See, it's not just dangerous virtual games that are harmful to children!

Support for U.S. Mandatory Data Retention Laws 264

chill wrote to mention a C|Net article about an upswell in support for a mandatory data retention policy here in the U.S. From the article: "Top Bush administration officials have endorsed the concept, and some members of the U.S. Congress have said federal legislation is needed to aid law enforcement investigations into child pornography. A bill is already pending in the Colorado State Senate. Mandatory data retention requirements worry privacy advocates because they permit police to obtain records of e-mail chatter, Web browsing or chat-room activity that normally would have been discarded after a few months."

MySpace Makes it to Top 10 Internet Sites 344

prostoalex writes "Nielsen//NetRatings Top 10 is a monthly rating of top 10 Internet destinations. Generally dominated by Yahoo!, Microsoft, Google, AOL, eBay and similar major destinations, the list had a newcomer in March of this year. MySpace.com is 10th most visited Web site, losing to #9 Real.com only by 600,000 unique visits per month."

Negroponte says Linux too 'Fat' 839

Cadef writes "According to a story on CNet News.com, Nicholas Negroponte says that Linux has gotten too fat, and will have to be slimmed down before it will be practical for the $100 laptop project. From the article: 'Suddenly it's like a very fat person [who] uses most of the energy to move the fat. And Linux is no exception. Linux has gotten fat, too.'"

NPR & The Modern Media Distribution 272

Isao writes "The U.S. National Public Radio (NPR) network is feeling the pinch between giving their content away for free on the radio and on the internet as podcasts. The dilemma is that some of their audience is turning from the radio to podcasts, not for flexibility, but to either access locally unavailable content or avoid fundraising marathons (NPR is partially funded by listener donations). This has begun to skew their financial model. What's different about NPR's response is that they're not pretending that their old business model will work forever."

Journal Journal: Google Wishes

GMail is really cool. I mean REALLY cool. There are products you hate, and never use; there are products you hate, and use because you have to; there are products you use regardless of their shortcomings, because they have features you want; and then there are products that are so close to perfection they are no longer a product, but an extension of your work/play.


Journal Journal: JoIP?

I was just thinking, and I'm sure I'm not the first to think it, and, more than likely, it's even already being done. But just in case it isn't, here's my brilliant idea.

I'm a huge Jabber fan. I love it. Decentralized, open-source IM - open source at it's finest.

Classic Games (Games)

Journal Journal: How the Game Industry can Save Itself

How the Game Industry can Save Itself:

- Screw the publishers. Direct-download, baby. Appeal to the broadband connections of the world, use *them* to get a title off the ground, instead of letting the publishers use *you*. Publishers are middle-men. Distributors are middle-men. How much is Xbox live? Everquest? City of Heroes? Galaxies? World of Warcraft? GameSpy? How much would a gamer, who probably spends $1000 a year on computer hardware and software, pay per month to be able to down

User Journal

Journal Journal: New Interface at Neophoria

Neophoria has undergone a significant facelift, which is still somewhat in progress. The home page has also been completely revamped, and the entire site has been updated for more search-engine friendliness.

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354