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Comment: Use Google's 'Closure Compiler' (Score 3, Informative) 575

http://code.google.com/closure/compiler/ It's exactly what you're looking for. It does type checking, it checks syntax and variable reference, it does file dependancy, and has a great inheritance system so you can get back to your Java/C++ ways. It's just awesome.
Apple

+ - DoJ investigates eBook price fixing->

Submitted by dave562
dave562 (969951) writes "The U.S. Justice Department's antitrust arm said it was looking into potentially unfair pricing practices by electronic booksellers, joining European regulators and state attorneys general in a widening probe of large U.S. and international e-book publishers.

A Justice Department spokeswoman confirmed that the probe involved the possibility of "anticompetitive practices involving e-book sales."

Attorneys general in Connecticut and, reportedly, Texas, have also begun inquiries into the way electronic booksellers price their wares, and whether companies such as Apple and Amazon have set up pricing practices that are ultimately harmful to consumers."

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Science

+ - Video released of new "FoFu-1" reliability tests->

Submitted by DerekShannon
DerekShannon (1913376) writes "Flipping a few switches might not seem like a big deal, but when you're researching fusion energy it can be cause for celebration — Or agonizing frustration. For the Lawrenceville Plasma Physics (LPPpower.com) "Focus Fusion-1" device, an array of high voltage spark-gap switches must fire within tens of nanoseconds to reach the parameters predicted to achieve net fusion energy. Progress has been slowed for months by switches firing too early or not at all. On September 29th, the team tested a simple change in hopes of improved reliability. The Focus Fusion Society (focusfusion.org) has released video of that experiment that also shows how the device will operate during upcoming net energy tests. Even when aiming for a big breakthrough, science tends to advance in very small steps!"
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+ - Turning Plastic Trash Into Fuel->

Submitted by El_Oscuro
El_Oscuro (1022477) writes "According to the Washington post, a D.C. Start-Up Aims to Pitch Oil Made From Plastic Waste. Plastic soda bottles, Big Gulp cups and empty sour cream containers get fed into the top of the three-story machine. About 10 minutes later, out the other side comes a light-brown synthetic oil that can be converted into fuel for a truck or a jet airplane.

The Envion Oil Generator, scheduled for an official unveiling at Montgomery County's Solid Waste Transfer Station on Wednesday, represents a local company's decade-long effort to fight rising fuel costs and help protect the environment. As part of a pilot program, the company recently assembled the first of its fuel-producing generators at the Derwood waste facility.

Envion said its new generator can consume any type of plastic and convert it into synthetic oil; depending on the type of plastic, one ton can be converted into three to six barrels of fuel. Envion said it costs about $10 to convert the plastic waste into a barrel's worth of synthetic oil; currently, crude oil sells for close to $70 a barrel.

How much oil could we recover from the Pacific Garbage Patch?"

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Science

+ - Gene Therapy Cures Color-Blind Monkeys->

Submitted by SpuriousLogic
SpuriousLogic (1183411) writes "After receiving injections of genes that produce color-detecting proteins, two color-blind monkeys have seen red and green for the first time.

Except in its extreme forms, color blindness isn't a debilitating condition, but it's a convenient stand-in for other types of blindness that might be treated with gene therapy. The monkey success raises the possibility of reversing those diseases, in a manner that most scientists considered impossible.

"We said it was possible to give an adult monkey with a model of human red-green color blindness the retina of a person with normal color vision. Every single person I talked to said, absolutely not," said study co-author Jay Neitz, a University of Washington ophthalmologist. "And almost every unsolved vision defect out there has this component in one way or another, where the ability to translate light into a gene signal is involved."

The full-spectrum supplementation of the squirrel monkeys' sight, described Wednesday in Nature, comes just less than a year after researchers used gene therapy to restore light perception in people afflicted by Leber Congenital Amaurosis, a rare and untreatable form of blindness."

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Government

+ - Obama's CTO Seeks 'Social Network on Steroids'

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The nation's first federal CTO, Aneesh Chopra, detailed his plans to implement a "social network on steroids" across all federal agencies. Chopra described the networks as "expert panels" where citizens and government officials can come together to discuss public policy. The details of this will be included in an upcoming "Open Government Directive" written by the Office of Budget and Management. The directive will require all federal agencies to write a plan for how, specifically, they intend to use the Web to take advantage of Data.gov and engage the public in policy making."
Communications

+ - N.S. garlic farm wards off high-speed internet->

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DocVM writes "A Nova Scotia farmer is opposing the construction of a microwave tower for fear it will eventually mutate his organic garlic crop. "Lenny Levine, who has been planting and harvesting garlic by hand on his Annapolis Valley land since the 1970s, is afraid his organic crop could be irradiated if EastLink builds a microwave tower for wireless high-speed internet access a few hundred metres from his farm.""
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Microsoft

"Easy Work-Around" For Microsoft Word's Legal Woes 172

Posted by timothy
from the legal-hokey-pokey-is-what-it's-all-about dept.
CWmike writes "Microsoft can likely use an 'easy technical work-around' to sidestep a recent injunction by a Texas federal judge that bars the company from selling Word, a patent attorney said today. 'The injunction doesn't apply to existing product that has already been sold,' said Barry Negrin, a partner with the New York firm Pryor Cashman LLP who has practiced patent and trademark law for 17 years. 'Headlines that say Microsoft can't sell Word are not really true,' said Negrin, pointing out that the injunction granted by US District Court Judge Leonard Davis on Tuesday only prohibits Microsoft from selling Word as it exists now after Oct. 10. 'All Microsoft has to do is disable the custom XML feature, which should be pretty easy to do, then give that a different SKU number from what's been sold so it's easy to distinguish the two versions.'"
Games

Bethesda Announces New Fallout Game For 2010 254

Posted by Soulskill
from the back-for-more dept.
On Monday Bethesda announced a new title in the popular Fallout series called New Vegas, set for release sometime in 2010. It's planned for the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. They said it wasn't a sequel to the highly-acclaimed Fallout 3, but rather a brand new game set in the same universe, though they confirmed that it will be similar in style to Fallout 3. The new game will be developed by Obsidian Entertainment, a studio containing members of the original Fallout team, which Bethesda's Pete Hines discussed in an interview with Shacknews. The Fallout series also made headlines earlier this week when Bethesda trademarked the name for TV and film.

Comment: kinda like AIG? (Score 1) 214

by arthur5005 (#27281905) Attached to: Researchers Ponder Conficker's April Fool's Activation Date

I personally which, that the conficker virus should do as much damage as possible and render the whole interwebs useless for a few days, so that our security geniuses get a hint on how sane it is to set up the majority of computer systems with the same OS, especially such a vulnerable one.

You mean kind of like AIG? Where all financial institutions were insured under the same company... I think what we can learn is that diversity in any market place is absolutely essential.

Cellphones

Mobile Gaming Market Heats Up 18

Posted by Soulskill
from the must-be-all-that-kinetic-energy dept.
A few days ago, we discussed Sony's announcement of a slew of new titles for the PSP, part of their plan to reinvigorate the platform. Unfortunately, according to analyst Nicholas Lovell, it may be too late for the PSP to achieve what Sony had hoped. He says gaming on the iPhone and iPod Touch are rapidly expanding to fill that section of the market. Despite this, rumors have been swirling once more that the PSP2 is under development, and while Sony wouldn't confirm or deny, they were at least willing to talk about the rumors. Meanwhile, the App Store is dealing with a flood of titles that shows no sign of slowing, making it somewhat difficult to keep tabs on the higher-quality games. An Apple spokesperson discussed this in an interview with Pocket Gamer, and also mentioned that they'd be OK with a community gaming service similar to Xbox Live, should somebody decide to make one. It's likely that Apple will soon see more serious competition from Android Market; now that a pricing system is going online, the major publishers have more of an incentive to bring games to the platform. The Guardian's games blog recently went over some of the top games available on Android.
Technology

New Nanotech Fabric Never Gets Wet 231

Posted by timothy
from the good-for-lining-lunchboxes dept.
holy_calamity writes "New Scientist reports on a simple coating for polyester that renders it unwettable — even after two months underwater it emerges dry to the touch. Water cannot attach to the new fabric thanks to nanostructured filaments and a structure that traps a constant air layer. One potential use is for low-drag swim wear."

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