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Power

+ - Untapped Energy Below Us-> 1

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EskimoJoe
EskimoJoe writes "BASEL, Switzerland — When tremors started cracking walls and bathroom tiles in this Swiss city on the Rhine, the engineers knew they had a problem. "The glass vases on the shelf rattled, and there was a loud bang," Catherine Wueest, a teashop owner, recalls. "I thought a truck had crashed into the building." But the 3.4 magnitude tremor on the evening of Dec. 8 was no ordinary act of nature: It had been accidentally triggered by engineers drilling deep into the Earth's crust to tap its inner heat and thus break new ground — literally — in the world's search for new sources of energy. On paper, the Basel project looks fairly straightforward: Drill down, shoot cold water into the shaft and bring it up again superheated and capable of generating enough power through a steam turbine to meet the electricity needs of 10,000 households, and heat 2,700 homes. Scientists say this geothermal energy, clean, quiet and virtually inexhaustible, could fill the world's annual needs 250,000 times over with nearly zero impact on the climate or the environment. A study released this year by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said if 40 percent of the heat under the United States could be tapped, it would meet demand 56,000 times over. It said an investment of $800 million to $1 billion could produce more than 100 gigawatts of electricity by 2050, equaling the combined output of all 104 nuclear power plants in the U.S."
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Announcements

+ - Medison comes out in open regarding $150 laptop 3

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Vinit
Vinit writes "Medison's representatives have come out in open to say they aren't fakes and the controversial $150 laptop is on it's way for 15 August release (hopefully). In a press conference in Sweden, Medison displayed the notebook in front of ten journalists and defended itself against accusations of fraud. Regarding the low price of it's laptop, Medison said it's not their main revenue source. They plan to make money by advertising on it's site. http://www.pclaunches.com/notebooks/medison_comes_ out_in_open_regarding_celebrity_laptop.php"
Education

+ - Opensource in Industry?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I'm in my last year at university and in the local chapter of the Association of Information and Technology Professionals (AITP). Every fall our organization hosts a conference where various businesses/recruiters come in and we do a couple of presentations and discussion topics. On the schedule this year is a discussion about Opensource. Coming from more of CS background and then moving into MIS it's been my experience that many of the more business minded people have a lot of common misconceptions about Opensource and are just uneducated in the matter in general. For this discussion I'm trying to compile a list of some of the most notable projects as well as some supporting data as a way to raise awareness. What makes your top 5 or 10 list for most notable Opensource projects and supporting statistics that make you believe this? One excellent example I can think of is the recent article about IBM saving $250M by consolidating some of its servers into Linux mainframes."
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+ - NBC reporter flees from Defcon after cover blown.->

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linuxuser3.14
linuxuser3.14 writes "Fresh from The Register:

"Defcon A rare moment of drama came to Defcon when a woman fled the conference after being exposed in front of hundreds of other attendees as an undercover television reporter on a crusade to expose collusion between cyber criminals and federal agents."

The woman, identified by conference organizers as a producer for Dateline NBC, bolted a few minutes after a panel called Spot the Fed began. After being tipped off about the covert operation — and knowing the producer was in the audience — organizers announced to the standing-room only crowd that the contest was being changed to "spot the undercover reporter."

Silly question — but was anyone there? What happened?"

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+ - New way for singles to meet -- the digital zap->

Submitted by
Tech.Luver
Tech.Luver writes "'Reuters Technology' reports about singles' mixers with a technological twist. " Before parties, guests register online and complete questionnaires. The answers are then transferred to digital memory devices — red, plastic squares slightly larger than a matchbox — that the guests wear like necklaces. During a party, people point their devices at one another to check how compatible they are. The devices flash red, yellow or green, depending on their level of compatibility. Green means go, and red? Stop. Web matchmaking has one main drawback — lack of personal contact. "There's no interaction anymore," said Duterte. "We're adding the human touch to a high-tech industry.""
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Education

+ - Indiana University Dumps Google for ChaCha

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theodp
theodp writes "Come Monday, no more Indiana University searches will be powered by computer-driven Google. Only by people-powered ChaCha. The move was announced by new IU President Michael McRobbie, who until recently sat on ChaCha's Board of Directors (5-29 SEC filing, PDF). IU will draft hundreds of librarians and IT employees to be ChaCha Guides for the university's websites, although a FAQ accompanying IU's press release tells librarians not to expect any checks for their efforts from ChaCha, which IU notes is backed by Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Compaq founder Rod Canion."
AMD

+ - AMD Exposes Phenom Die - Barcelona Unveiled

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "A few weeks ago, AMD released information on new branding for their desktop derivatives of the Barcelona core, now dubbed the Phenom FX, X4 and X2. If you're unfamiliar with Phenom, the processors will be based on AMD's K10 architecture and will feature a faster on-die memory controller, support 64-bit and 128-bit SSE operations, and they'll be outfitted with 2MB of on-chip L2 cache (512KB dedicated per core) in addition to 2MB of shared L3 cache. Today,instead of revealing some more of the juicy details regarding those enhancements, AMD just sent over a tasty photo of a Phenom die. Click the image to the left for a high-res version."

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