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Man Repairs Crumbling Walls With Legos 106

Posted by samzenpus
from the one-block-at-a-time dept.
Lanxon writes "German-born artist Jan Vormann, 27, has spent the past three years traveling the world repairing crumbling walls and monuments with Lego, reports Wired. His "Dispatchwork" began in 2007 in the small village of Bocchignano, Italy, as part of the contemporary art festival 20 Eventi. Developing the work in situ, he became intrigued by the makeshift repairs that had been made to the crumbling walls. The approach favored function over appearance, reminding Vormann of the haphazard Lego designs created by children."
Censorship

German Publishers Want Censorship Talks With Apple 197

Posted by kdawson
from the define-"press" dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The association of German magazine publishers has sent a letter to Steve Jobs (Google translation; German original here) demanding talks about censorship by Apple. The move draws attention to growing concerns about freedom of the press when a single unelected commercial entity has worldwide control over what gets published for the iPhone and, especially, the iPad." While the magazine publishers may rightly be concerned about private control of a platform that many of them are counting on for their long-term salvation, the German state is at the very least ambivalent about the subject of censorship. This is the country that has banned Wikileaks, sought a ban on violent games, and voted to censor child porn (only to have the president kill the ban as unconstituitonal).

Comment: Re:Why assume the Na'vi are low-tech? (Score 1) 870

by WreathOfBarbs (#30571570) Attached to: Anti-Technology Themes in James Cameron's <em>Avatar</em>
Not sure if you noticed, but the human defenders didn't actually contribute that much. Other than preventing a particularly large node of the planetary tree network form being blown up. It wasn't until the planetary consciousness in the trees decided it was time to join the fight by throwing every living weapon at it's disposal at the enemy that the tides turned. If Jake and Co. hadn't been able to stop the bomber I am sure that Eywa would have been damaged, but not crippled, and it would most certainly have retaliated in a way the humans were not fully prepared for. The interesting thing is why did Eywa allow the humans to do as much damage as they did before stomping them flat. Maybe it's a pacifist at heart.

Comment: Re:Depends on the guild, I guess (Score 1) 54

by WreathOfBarbs (#21675815) Attached to: How They 3D Print Your WoW Character
I agree. I tried the Raiding Guild business and ended up feeling like a slave to the DKP grind, always having to stay on top of the DKP pile just in case that special epic dropped. I finally just walked away from the loot drama and my DKP and went back to my old guild of friends. We don't raid 25 mans, but I can grind like nobody's business so I have my epics, but they are all crafted, world drops or Arena pieces. I feel good about the fact that my characters still kick ass even without being in a 'leet raiding guild. And yeah, for the most part, my guildies are my friends since the ones that are only concerned about loot left a long time ago for more progressed guilds.
Supercomputing

+ - NVIDIA Tesla High Performance Computing Products->

Submitted by
SuperComPute
SuperComPute writes "NVIDIA is taking the wraps off a new product line dubbed Tesla comprising of desktop, deskside and rack mount server based hardware solutions for high-performance supercomputing. They are offering up add-in cards that will install in existing systems, a "deskside" solution that is really dual add-in cards in an external case and 1U rack mount systems featuring up to four of these cards. Basically rebranded G80 graphics cores, the Tesla line up will not have monitor connections and will still use SLI connections for some data communication. Claiming up to 2 Teraflops per 1U server, NVIDIA is hoping that this will make a big impact in the HPC world. PC Perspective has a nice summary of the products being launched today with photos, specs and prices starting at $1500."
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Biotech

+ - Bush Vetoes Popular Stem Cell Research Bill->

Submitted by Spamicles
Spamicles (731847) writes "President George W. Bush has vetoed legislation to expand federally funded embryonic stem cell research, triggering an uphill battle in the Democratic-led Congress to override him. Critics called the presidential order a sham and said he should have signed into law the stem-cell bill, which polls show is backed by more than 60 percent of American voters who see the measure as a way combat a host of illnesses. Backers note the legislation would only permit scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatments that would otherwise be discarded."
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Software

+ - How can we keep software from being lost forever?

Submitted by TheRealMindChild
TheRealMindChild (743925) writes "Recently, I obtained a contract who ran some system critical applications on Windows NT 4.0 Embedded machines. They have been having problems with the system crashing and the application failing. Inspecting the machine, core DLL files were corrupt enough that they weren't even recognized as executables by utilities like depends.exe. It was pretty obvious that the system image needed rebuilt (no backup... how lucky). The client INSISTS that we not upgrade the system to a more recent Windows Embedded product. The previous contractor who set up the systems took all of the software with him, and convieniently, he can't be located. So I start my search for a copy of Windows NT 4.0 Embedded, somewhere... anywhere. Simply put, it can not be found, legally or otherwise. Contract issues aside, it started really getting me down that software can actually be lost in time. It is a sad state of affairs, as such things can be learning tools for the future, if even only about the history of how things progressed. Is there some sane manner of which we can keep this from happening? What are some solutions?

On a similar note, Magnussoft Zeta 1.5, released this year, seems also as impossible to find anymore. Ignoring the legal implications, this bit of BeOS history is quite a milestone for so many reasons. I went through contacting everyone that has even reviewed this operating system, and they all either threw it away or gave it to a friend (who convieniently doesn't have it anymore either). Something needs to preserve our software history, but I am completely lost on what I/we can do."
Google

+ - Google's new lobbying power in Washington

Submitted by *SECADM
*SECADM (223955) writes "Learning from Microsoft's error, Google is builds a lobbying power house in Washington. "... Two years ago, Google was on the verge of making that Microsoft-like error. Davidson, then a 37-year-old former deputy director of the Center for Democracy & Technology, was the search-engine company's sole staff lobbyist in Washington. As recently as last year, Google co-founder Sergey Brin had trouble getting meetings with members of Congress. To change that, Google went on a hiring spree and now has 12 lobbyists and lobbying-related professionals on staff here — more than double the size of the standard corporate lobbying office — and is continuing to add people.""
Biotech

+ - FAA plan looks to clean up the skies->

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes "On top of its recently announced plan to reduce flight delays, Federal Aviation Administration officials today launched what they hope will be pan U.S. and European Union joint action plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft. Specifically the group announced the Atlantic Interoperability Initiative to Reduce Emissions or AIRE — the first large-scale environmental plan aimed at uniting aviation players from both sides of the Atlantic.A couple things the alliance will work on: -Trajectory-based operations on the ground to minimize aircraft flight time. -Collaborative oceanic trajectory optimization, which promises major fuel reduction at cruise. http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1652 7"
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PC Games (Games)

+ - New Duke Nukem Screen?

Submitted by Conception
Conception (212279) writes "They really mean business this time. Yesterday a new and crappy scan of Duke Nukem Forever appeared on the 3D Realms forums. The image shows a dark room filled with stuff that can't be expressed properly by a non-hardcore fan like me. After various scan and photoshop jobs however, the first better quality images were uploaded and ... I still can't make out what the hell is going on. Maybe this is a Chinese myth dragon or something, I don't know. Hopefully a high resolution picture will be released soon."
Google

+ - Google and other Ajaxy sites sabotaging IE?

Submitted by Joe Latone
Joe Latone (472084) writes "Remember when MS was accused of doing dirty things with IE that would cause it not to work properly on other (competitors') sites? As a Web site owner, you had to make sure IE worked with your site, otherwise people wouldn't visit it. I'm starting to wonder if the opposite is starting to happen, with sites perhaps sabotaging IE now that we have a viable alternative browser, and if others are experiencing anything similar: I often run into a problem with Ajax-heavy sites eating up my CPU in the background, and these are sites I need to visit, e.g., Gmail, Google Reader. I cannot just stop visiting the site, and it's so annoying, I downloaded Firefix and started using it to see if it will fix my problem. OK, I'll stop reading conspiracy novels."
Robotics

+ - Nasa Frees Their Robotics Software->

Submitted by kremvax
kremvax (307366) writes "It's a field day for robotics hackers everywhere, as NASA releases the first installment of their CLARAty reusable robotic software framework to the public. According to the JPL press release, these modules contain everything from math infrastructure to device drivers for common motors and cameras, and computer vision, image, and 3D processing."
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