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Comment: type of game matters! (Score 2) 220

by big ben bullet (#35065128) Attached to: Are Gamers Safer Drivers?

FTA: "Continental finds that frequent players of titles like Gran Turismo and Grand Theft Auto are more likely to crash their real-life cars than those that don't."

There's a huge difference between driving a car in Gran Turismo (or any racing sim for that matter) and driving one in Grand Theft Auto. If you can keep your car on the road in Gran Turismo, there's a good chance you can keep it on the road in real life. If you drive your car like Carl or Niko... well...

+ - Code Generating Bad Architecture (WCF RIA)->

Submitted by big ben bullet
big ben bullet (771673) writes "Some developers consider that Microsoft's RIA Services code-generating tools are teaching bad architectural principles to developers while others consider the tools useful if used properly. Microsoft technologies are known for offering code generating tools that make the life simpler for the developer at least at the first glance but are not really useful for large projects, and they are considered by some to teach bad lessons to new developers. RIA Services tools are no exception."
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Comment: Re:My daughter regularly produces better software. (Score 1) 769

by big ben bullet (#23584021) Attached to: Bill Gates: Windows 95 Was 'A High Point'

You seem to have no idea what SharePoint actually is...
If you do... you must be the one!

Seriously, sharepoint? Costs way too much, is buggy, hard to extend (workarounds workarounds workarounds) and looks like crap.

Some people make a bunch of money because they 'know' SharePoint... they are SharePoint 'developers' or even SharePoint 'Architects'

(rethorical)Did you ever came across a well architected, customized, extensible SharePoint implementation?
Role Playing (Games)

+ - Virtual Crime Doesn't Pay->

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explosivejared
explosivejared writes "Online gamers are finding out the hard way the rules of the virtual world are no different from those of the real world: In-game crime leads to real-life ramifications.

This week a Dutch teenager was arrested for allegedly stealing virtual furniture from other users in the online community Habbo Hotel. The 17-year-old is said to have looted over $5800 (4,000 euros) worth of virtual furniture, the BBC reports. Five 15-year-olds are being questioned by police."

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Math

+ - Do quantum laws give rise to our classical world?->

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kfz versicherung
kfz versicherung writes "Quantum physics forbids that quantum mechanics works on a macro level in the classical world. Now Kofler and Brukner demonstrated that the time evolution of a quantum system, no matter how macroscopic the system is, cannot be treated in a classical sense. "Just because something is big doesn't mean it can be described by classical physics." Then referring back to the case of spin, he continues: "Arbitrarily large spins can still have a quantum time evolution and violate the Leggett-Garg inequality." Next, the two realized that coarse-grained measurements are used in realistic conditions, such as situations that we are confronted with every day, as the resolution of the apparatuses usually is limited. "If you are bound to restrict yourself to coarse-grained measurements of the spin," Kofler explains, "you get the classical Newtonian laws of motion.""
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Movies

+ - A Convenient Truth - Preview goes online->

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "A CONVENIENT TRUTH" PREVIEW GOES LIVE
Feature length preview of "A Convenient Truth", a film about the world getting better, goes online.

Shot in late 2006, after watching Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, Jack Guest was inspired to find a A Convenient Truth about climate change. He invested his life savings and took a film crew to Sweden (by boat), a country aiming to break its dependency on oil by 2020. There he met a full range of people, from politicians and scientists, to families and entrepreneurs.

The feature length preview film tells the story of Jack's journey to Sweden, with part one released today:

www.climatefilm.com/preview

In December of the same year Jack continued his journey, crossing the Atlantic by cargo ship in search of love, a low carbon footprint, and time to enjoy the ride. Things didn't go exactly according to plan. With a light hearted tone A Convenient Truth's positive message is that things can get better and that change does not have to mean sacrifice.

The film is heading for release in early 2008.

Jack Guest, Director of Participate Productions said: "We've split our feature length preview of A Convenient Truth into five parts and will be releasing a new part online weekly following the launch on the 15th November, so it can reach as many people as possible. The film's global message is that things can get better, that the world can work for everyone, and that we will make it happen.""

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NASA

+ - A nanotechnology award for NASA

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Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "NASA is rarely associated with nanotechnologies. But one of its researchers working at the NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center just received a Nanotech Briefs Nano 50 award for a manufacturing process for high-quality carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Because of its ability to produce bundles of CNTs without using a metal catalyst, this method is simpler, safer, and cheaper than current ones. The CNTs produced by this process are also purer and well suited for medical applications. But read more for additional details and a picture showing the CNTs manufactured at NASA."
Announcements

+ - New Backup Appliance with Offsite Replication->

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John Thompson
John Thompson writes "Asheville, NC November 14, 2007: With businesses increasingly dependent on their electronic data, "backing up" computers has become a critical component to ensure business continuity. Netriplex, an international datacenter company headquartered in Asheville, NC, announced today a new line of offsite backup appliances which make their enterprise solution affordable for small and medium size businesses with as few as two computers.

"Effective disaster recovery from viruses, hard drive failure, theft, fire, etc. involves having up-to-the-minute copies of all company data both locally and offsite," explains Netriplex's Chief Technology Officer, Jonathan Hoppe. "If data copies are only kept locally, then a fire or natural disaster can destroy them; and if they are only kept offsite, they may not be available quickly enough when a file is missing or a hard drive crashes. Our new enterprise backup appliance intelligently and automatically compresses, encrypts and transmits all data on the network, first to the local Appliance and then to a Netriplex high security data center to ensure 100% data reliability and availability."

Unlike traditional, offsite data vaulting where tapes are sent to a remote storage facility or disaster recovery site, Netriplex's backup appliance is near instantaneous, making real-time data backup or disaster recovery far more effective for a fraction of the cost. IT managers can restore data to its original location or to any pre-configured disaster recovery location worldwide within minutes.

The new offsite backup appliances come in seven capacities starting at $99 monthly for up to 200GB of compressed data, plus a low one-time licensing fee. Small and mid-size companies especially benefit from the minimal up-front capital and administration costs. In addition, Netriplex's incremental, bit-level backup technology, which backs up only the data that changes, preserves company bandwidth and reduces network traffic. For more information, visit http://netriplex.com/

About Netriplex
Netriplex (http://netriplex.com) is a global provider of remote data backup, anti-spam technology and eBusiness hosting since 1999. Its new 10,000 sq. ft. datacenter in Asheville, NC, offers web hosting, grid computing and server collocation in a state-of-the-art environment with redundant power, cooling, advanced fire detection and suppression, multi-GigE connectivity to major internet backbones, biometric access control and every other amenity of a first-class datacenter. Netriplex operates other datacenters in Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle and London, U.K."

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+ - How to Be a Tech Hero...And Incredibly Popular->

Submitted by JKSN17
JKSN17 (956518) writes "http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,139503/article.html PC World has an article offering some handy tips for those of us out there that have friends and family who assume that just because you have a Computer degree or any knowledge in computing in general, you are immediately and always available to resolve any of their computer issues. The author provides a number of handy tips and articles to try and help the tech savvy look good, and regain life (or gaming) time."
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Space

+ - Incredible Holmes Comet grows bigger than the sun->

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "The Sun is no longer the largest object in our solar system. The recently visible-to-the-naked-eye Holmes comet has achieved that distinction today. The comet has a larger gas and dust cloud known as the coma, and consequently it has a larger diameter than the sun according to astronomers at the University of Hawaii. Scientists don't seem to have a guess as to how big it will ultimately become. The Holmes coma's diameter on Nov. 9 was 869,900 miles (1.4 million kilometers), based on measurements by Rachel Stevenson, Jan Kleyna and Pedro Lacerda of the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy. The sun's diameter, stated differently by various sources, is about 864,900 miles (1.392 million kilometers). http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/21947"
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