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Comment: Hoarding (Score 1) 309

by _GNU_ (#39977309) Attached to: What do you usually do with old hardware?

In what used to be a walk-in wardrobe when I had a girlfriend living here:
Mac SE (occationally brought out for Tetris, ShufflePuck Café, etc), Mac II, 2xMacIIsi, Mac LCII Mac LCIII, some 68k PowerBooks, PowerMac 6100/60, PowerMac 7200/90, iMac G3/400, b&w G3/400, PowerBook G3/350 iBook G4/1.2, PowerBook G4/1.6...

Sun SparcStation LX with enormous CRT

Couple of random pentium3 laptops, half scavanged hulls of old workstations...

Apple LaserWriter II NT

And of course my C64 with floppy drive, Atari 600XL, MSX and NES..

All in piles..

I need a smaller apartment so I can't keep all of this... or get a new girlfriend ;)

Science

+ - Why Don't Some People Have Fingerprints?->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "A small number of people in the world don't have fingerprints. The condition is known as adermatoglyphia, and one scientist has dubbed it the "immigration delay disease" because sufferers have such a hard time entering foreign countries. In addition to smooth fingertips, they also produce less hand sweat than the average person. Now researchers have identified the genetic mutation behind the condition."
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Space

+ - Best Evidence Yet of Liquid Water on Mars->

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Using the most powerful camera ever to orbit Mars,researchers are reporting the strongest evidence yet for water on Mars that's flowing, not frozen—and the water is flowing today, not a millennium or an eon ago. At a few spots, the meager warmth of martian summer seems able to coax enough liquid water out of the ground to darken the soil in streaks. The marks, which sometimes number in the hundreds, grow downhill hundreds of meters only to fade with the winter cold. And where there is liquid water, as they say, there could be life."
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Mars

+ - NASA finds liquid water on Mars->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "During a live (web)cast NASA scientists confirmed that thanks to images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter taken over a period of a few years, they have found proof of what they suspect to be "liquid salty" water in some Martian craters. An article will be published today in science magazine..."
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Space

+ - Geomagnetic storm predicted in next 12 hours->

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center today issued a geomagnetic storm bulletin for the next 12 hours. Such storms can cause problems with Global Positioning Systems and power grids.

NOAA stated: "Great anticipation for the first of what may be three convergent shocks to slam the geomagnetic field in the next twelve hours, +/-. The CME with the Radio Blackout earlier today is by far the fastest, and may catch its forerunners in the early hours of August 5 (UTC) — at earth. Two impacts are expected; G2 (Moderate) to G3 (Strong) Geomagnetic Storming on August 5, and potentially elevated protons to the S2 (Moderate) Solar Radiation Storm condition, those piling up ahead of the shock."

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China

+ - Rare Earth Deposit Discovered in US->

Submitted by s31523
s31523 (926314) writes "With China having 97% of the market share of rare earth elements, many countries are nervous about being able to get supplies of key elements needed for high tech gear. Quantum Rare Earths Developments Corp. has reported they have discovered a potential huge source of rare earth elements, right in the middle of the U.S. While the USGS reports that the U.S. has an estimated 13 million metric tonnes available for mining (about 1/3 of China's reserves), finding another regular source is crucial to global stability. The potential yield of the deposit, found in Nebraska, could be the world's largest source for Niobium and other rare earth elements. Could this be the next gold rush?"
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Comment: My internet bill in Sweden (Score 1, Informative) 89

by _GNU_ (#33482790) Attached to: UN Tech Group Finds Most Expensive Broadband

Including a small extra fee for access the municipal fiber network, for 1 month of 100/100Mbit with no caps or meters what so ever, I pay roughly 1.5 hours of my wage after taxes.. and I'm just above average for "low income".. I pay almost twice that for unmetered mobile 3G traffic on my phone though.. tethered to the laptop the gigs tend to run away so unmetered is the only way. ;)

As far as I've seen from the latest Akamai state of the internet reports, Scandinavia is losing ground to South Korea and some other quickly rising countries... We'll see.. ;)

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