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Comment: Re:Lamest poll options ever (Score 1) 557

by WhiteLudaFan (#21526041) Attached to: How Long Do You Have to Travel for the Holidays?
You might want to reconsider that whole "Different City, same state - Different State - Different Country" business. Consider someone traveling from Houston, TX to El Paso, TX - thats 745 miles. This is roughly (+/- 10%) the same distance as traveling across several states going from Chicago, IL to Philadelphia, PA or several countries going from Rome, Italy to Frankfurt, Germany.
Biotech

Springy Nanotubes Could Make Artificial Muscles 70

Posted by kdawson
from the strong-like-bull dept.
moon_monkey writes "Scientists have discovered that carbon nanotubes have remarkable springy properties, which could make them ideal for use in artificial muscles. Currently, electroactive polymers are most commonly used to make artificial muscles, but these lack mechanical robustness. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute tested the nanotubes by repeatedly squashing them between metal plates. The work is reported in Nature Nanotechnology."
XBox (Games)

+ - Xbox 360 Data Transfer Hard for Elite Upgraders

Submitted by
adam_sd
adam_sd writes "Seeing as how Microsoft doesn't think anyone will upgrade their current Xbox 360 to the new 120GB HD/HDMI-enabled Elite model, they are not planning to include their Data Transfer Cable with the Elites. This is causing some hassle for current 360 owners who are looking to upgrade, even on Microsoft's official forums. Microsoft has provided few answers, and seems to have forgotten to share even those with their support staff."
Security

+ - Lock wireless AP's to stop Porn?

Submitted by SponjWorthy
SponjWorthy (666) writes "A BYU professor has submitted a Utah anti-porn law that would require everyone to lock your wireless access point. "Under her proposal, anyone who unintentionally failed to block access to their network would be fined. While, intentionally leaving a network open to minors would be considered the same as publishing pornography." I want to know what 12 year old script kitty can't get through someones WEP encryption? "
Space

+ - How Safe is Space Tourism?

Submitted by Radon360
Radon360 (951529) writes "The race to send tourists into space is heating up with billionaires funding their own companies to build and launch spaceships for nonastronauts. Meanwhile, earlier this month, a Russian rocket carried another billionaire, former Microsoft Corp. programmer Charles Simonyi, to the International Space Station. The ride was brokered by Space Adventures Ltd., a company that has announced plans to build spaceports in Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.

But how safe is the space tourism business? The subject is discussed in a WSJ interview with Patricia Smith, who heads the Federal Aviation Administration office responsible for overseeing the nascent industry, and space entrepreneur Peter Diamandis, a co-founder of Space Adventures and chairman of the X Prize Foundation, which awarded a $10 million prize to Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne in 2004."
Sony

+ - PS3 Supports PSX Titles, Adds Rumble

Submitted by
fistfullast33l
fistfullast33l writes "Overnight Sony has released firmware updates for the PSP (version 3.40) and PS3 (version 1.70). PS3 Fanboy has most of the details of the update, which includes support for PS2 devices, including rumble in some cases. IGN has a more detailed report on the ability to download, play, and save PSX games on your PS3 and transfer them to your PSP. Apparently the Sony store won't have these updates until 4/26. The PSP update includes support for this feature and that's about it. No word on whether currently downloaded titles will work next week, however Sony apparently has stated that not all PSX titles will support this feature. IGN also has pointed out that the update currently is only available in Japan, and no word of it is mentioned on the North American PS3 Update Site."
XBox (Games)

+ - $1,000,000 Videogame Pro Circuit

Submitted by Zyphon
Zyphon (1080875) writes "Major League Gaming is giving away $1 million to professional video game players. The first link is more advertising it, but it's their only official press release I could find. The index page (2nd link) gives some more info about the company. Pretty crazy cash for just playing games.

http://www.mlgpro.com/?q=node/123489

http://www.mlgpro.com/?q=about/index

Cheers,
Andy"

DRM Hole Sets Patch Speed Record For Microsoft 397

Posted by Zonk
from the great-priorities dept.
puppetman writes "Wired columnist Bruce Schneier has an article up called 'Quickest Patch Ever', about a patch that was issued within three days to fix a vulnerability in Windows Digital Rights Management (DRM)." From the article: "Now, this isn't a 'vulnerability' in the normal sense of the word: digital rights management is not a feature that users want. Being able to remove copy protection is a good thing for some users, and completely irrelevant for everyone else. No user is ever going to say: 'Oh no. I can now play the music I bought for my PC on my Mac. I must install a patch so I can't do that anymore.' But to Microsoft, this vulnerability is a big deal. It affects the company's relationship with major record labels. It affects the company's product offerings. It affects the company's bottom line. Fixing this 'vulnerability' is in the company's best interest; never mind the customer."

Mozilla Developers Invited to Redmond 294

Posted by Zonk
from the dinosaurs-in-wa dept.
savio13 writes "Sam Ramji, Microsoft's director of its Open Source Software Lab has invited 4 Mozilla developers to spend 4 days with Microsoft's Vista Readiness ISV team. The invite can be found on mozilla.dev.planning and was posted on Saturday (Aug. 19). Schroepfer replied by indicating that Microsoft and the Moz guys are already in contact via email and will follow up on the offer there. This is interesting because Sam posted the offer in a public forum (and indicated that he'd sent a PM, but was posting in case they had an @microsoft.com email filter). Sam also made a point of stating that the Vista ISV Readiness offer is typically only for commercial ISVs."

Inside the NES Worlds of Power Series 78

Posted by Zonk
from the shamed-and-amused-at-the-same-time dept.
If you grew up in the 80s, chances were you'd at least heard of the Nintendo Entertainment System. For those of us that read Nintendo Power, ate Nintendo cereal, and (ahem) for a brief time even wore a Nintendo hat, the NES experience was fairly powerful. As such, reading about Nintendo games is a perfectly logical step. 1up has a long piece looking at the World of Power book series, a series of novelizations of some of the most popular NES titles of the day. Castlvania, Master Blaster, and Metal Gear all received the literary treatment ... with varying degrees of success. From the article: "This trend toward whitewashing death and violence also extended the books' text. In Blaster Master, all the defeated 'underboss' characters that look like mutated animals turn out to be holographic projections placed over formless blobs. In Metal Gear, Solid Snake is described as a 'walking arsenal,' yet he only uses his various weapons to shoot locks off doors. In Ninja Gaiden, Ryu's father is shown losing a duel to the death in the game's prologue, and is said to have passed away in the book's early chapters. Yet he turns up at the very end of the book, very much alive. In Infiltrator, a double agent that is ordered to be sent away to be 'voided' has his fate described as either having his memory wiped, being exiled, or getting demoted." So, how many folks (besides me) actually read these thing?

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