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Comment Re:The shopping use case. (Score 1) 594

Key word here is mother-in-law, which in my case is 30 miles away (my parents are 30 miles in the opposite direction, makes holidays interesting). Given this is slashdot, I'm assuming you won't understand the benefits of being at least 30 miles from your mother in law.

Oh, I understand. Which is why I'm 150 miles from mine.

Comment Re:The shopping use case. (Score 2, Insightful) 594

Make the batteries bigger and you still have to have the gas engine for when you visit your cousin 300 miles away.

It's not for longer trips that pure EV's get killed. It's the every Saturday when you have to run to the grocery store, bank, stop by your mother in laws, pick up some stuff at Best Buy, and you drive 150 miles running errands use case. Our leaders never mention this case though, because they actually don't drive for themselves.

150 miles? If you're averaging 30 mph (whilst driving), that's 5 hours of driving. Just how far away is your Best Buy, grocery store and bank?

Submission + - Android Market grows up, hits 20,000 apps mileston ( 1

xchg writes: Rest assured that 2010 is going to be a big year for the Android operating system, with many new handsets finding their way to stores around the world (including Google’s own phone) and an increasing amount of developers building tools, games and the likes for the fast-growing platform.

Submission + - Aussie scientists find coconut-carrying octopus (

An anonymous reader writes: Australian scientists have discovered an octopus in Indonesia that collects coconut shells for shelter — unusually sophisticated behavior that the researchers believe is the first evidence of tool use in an invertebrate animal. The scientists filmed the veined octopus, Amphioctopus marginatus, selecting halved coconut shells from the sea floor, emptying them out, carrying them under their bodies up to 65 feet (20 meters), and assembling two shells together to make a spherical hiding spot. "I was gobsmacked," said Finn, a research biologist at the museum who specializes in cephalopods. "I mean, I've seen a lot of octopuses hiding in shells, but I've never seen one that grabs it up and jogs across the sea floor. I was trying hard not to laugh."

Submission + - SPAM: Adobe warns of Reader, Acrobat attack in the wild

alphadogg writes: Adobe is investigating new reports that hackers are attacking a previously unknown bug in the latest version of the company's Reader and Acrobat software. "This afternoon, Adobe received reports of a vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.2 and earlier versions being exploited in the wild," Adobe wrote in a post to its Product Security Incident Response Team blog [spam URL stripped] Monday afternoon. "We are currently investigating this issue and assessing the risk to our customers." Adobe heard of the vulnerability from "partners in the security community," she said, adding that she had seen no public reports of the issue apart from Adobe's own blog posting.
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Submission + - The perfect way to slice a pizza (

iamapizza writes: New Scientist reports on the quest of two math boffins for the perfect way to slice a pizza. It's an interesting and in-depth article;

"The problem that bothered them was this. Suppose the harried waiter cuts the pizza off-centre, but with all the edge-to-edge cuts crossing at a single point, and with the same angle between adjacent cuts. The off-centre cuts mean the slices will not all be the same size, so if two people take turns to take neighbouring slices, will they get equal shares by the time they have gone right round the pizza — and if not, who will get more?"

This is useful, of course, if you're familiar with the concept of "sharing" a pizza.

Submission + - Lucid Lynx gets 100 Paper Cuts (

richs-lxh writes: Lucid Lynx gets 100 Paper Cuts

Initially introduced during the development of Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala", the Ubuntu developers have re-launched the One Hundred Paper Cuts project for the next major release of Ubuntu, code named "Lucid Lynx". The project will again focus on improving the user experience for the 10.04 LTS release by "identifying 100 small points of pain for users, or "paper cuts", and healing them". The project is lead by Canonical's Design and User Experience team. Its goal is to channel the necessary resources behind fixing the relatively small and easy to fix bugs, resources that would normally only be focused on fixing larger issues.

Submission + - Sophisticated site spoofing confuses Copenhagen

JobyKSU writes: Sophisticated spoofs of multiple websites drew attention today in an effort to influence the climate negotiations in Copenhagen. The Huffington Post reports that the Yes Men are claiming responsibility. The group appeared to use virtual mirrors and misleading URLs to plant a single story claiming that Canada was prepared to make major concessions in the carbon emission negotiations.

Sites spoofed include Wall Street Journal Europe, Environment Canada, and the conferences own website.

The actual sites can be found here:Wall Street Journal Europe, Environment Canada, and UN COP15.

Submission + - Insider Bank Fraud Uncovered (

An anonymous reader writes: There are many ways bank employees can commit fraud and the method often depends on the employee's position inside the institution and their level of access to accounts and systems. Employees also can work directly with organized external crime rings to enable identity theft and other types of fraud. In an interview with Help Net Security, Wachovia Bank veteran Shirley Inscoe discusses insider bank fraud and illustrates how it happens and what we can do to mitigate it.

Submission + - Intel allows release of full 4004 chip-set details (

mcpublic writes: When a small team of reverse engineers receives the blessing of a big corporate legal department, it is cause for celebration. For the 38th anniversary of Intel's groundbreaking 4004 microprocessor, the company is allowing us to release new details of their historic MCS-4 chip family announced on November 15, 1971. For the first time, the complete set of schematics and artwork for the 4001 ROM, 4002 RAM, 4003 I/O Expander, and 4004 Microprocessor is available to teachers, students, historians, and other non-commercial users. To their credit, the Intel Corporate Archives gave us access to the original 4004 schematics, along with the 4002, 4003, and 4004 mask proofs, but the rest of the schematics and the elusive 4001 masks were lost until just weeks ago when Lajos Kintli finished reverse-engineering the 4001 ROM from photomicrographs and improving the circuit-extraction software that helped him draw and verify the missing schematics. His interactive software can simulate an ensemble of 400x chips, and even lets you trace a wire or click on a transistor in the chip artwork window and see exactly where it is on the circuit diagram (and vice-versa).

Submission + - Mafia Wars CEO Brags About Scamming Users (

jamie writes: "Mark Pincus, CEO of the company that brought us Mafia Wars, says: 'I did every horrible thing in the book to, just to get revenues right away. I mean we gave our users poker chips if they downloaded this Zwinky toolbar which was like, I don't know, I downloaded it once and couldn't get rid of it.'"
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Submission + - The Dark Mod beta released (

WWWWolf writes: "The Dark Mod is a total conversion mod for Doom 3 that recreates Thief 1 and 2 -style gameplay and finally finds a good use for all of those neat-but-ultimately-useless-in-main-game features of the Doom 3 engine, like lighting and physics, all in glorious detail that pushes the limits of the engine and shipping with gigabytes of awesome gothic fantasy/steampunk assets.

After five long years of development, the team has released the 1.0 beta of the toolkit; this will let people fire up GtkRadiant (or DarkRadiant, TDM's own Doom 3 -optimised variant) and start making awesome missions. For those who just prefer sneaking in shadows, there's a tutorial mission and three complete ones. The mod needs a patched-up Doom 3, and runs in Windows (both retail and Steam versions of Doom 3) and Linux."

Comment Re:Fusion!? (Score 1) 404

The public needs to be shown that the word "nuclear" is not cause for panic. Better yet, not to judge technology such as NMR as being dangerous simply because of the name.

You go to hospital and be given an enema instead of NMR because the nurse misheard and tell me it's not dangerous!


Submission + - ESA's 'Time Machine' Takes First Glimpse Into the (

Matt_dk writes: Planck, ESA's mission to study the early Universe, started surveying the sky regularly from its vantage point at the second Lagrange point of the Sun-Earth system, L2, on 13 August. ESA's Planck microwave observatory is the first European mission designed to study the Cosmic Microwave Background â" the relic radiation from the Big Bang. Within its allotted operational life of 15 months, Planck will gather data for two complete sky maps. To fully exploit the high sensitivity of Planck, the data will require delicate adjustments and careful analysis. It promises to return a treasure trove that will keep both cosmologists and astrophysicists busy for decades to come.

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