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Submission + - Skype unstable on MacOS Lion? (skype.com)

boer lee writes: Many users reporting various problems on the Skype community forum after upgrading to the latest release of MacOS. Issues include crashes, degraded audio quality, high CPU utilization — and consequently — high fan speeds, etc.

Submission + - T-box concept to capture wind energy from trains (gizmag.com)

cylonlover writes: As anyone living near railway tracks will tell you, speeding trains generate quite a bit of wind as they whoosh past. Industrial designers Qian Jiang and Alessandro Leonetti Luparini have come up with a device that's installed between the sleepers on a track, and as the train passes overhead, the wind drives a turbine to generate electricity. The T-box devices could be placed along railway or subway lines, and make good use of an otherwise wasted resource.

Submission + - Samsung plants keyloggers on laptops it makes (networkworld.com)

Saint Aardvark writes: "Mohammed Hassan writes in Network World that he found a keylogger program installed on his brand-new laptop — not once, but twice. After initial denials, Samsung has admitted they did this, saying it was to "monitor the performance of the machine and to find out how it is being used." As Hassan says, "In other words, Samsung wanted to gather usage data without obtaining consent from laptop owners." Three PR officers from Samsung have so far refused comment."

Comment Re:Cost (Score 1) 301

Hell, the Brits traveled 8,000 miles to go to war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands, and the only thing worth anything there is a bunch of sheep.

I don't think the Brits would have traveled 8,000 miles just for a bunch of sheep. Can you spell oil?

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Submission + - Broken Strings in Oracle Java 1.6.0_18 (tumblr.com)

boer lee writes: If your Java application is acting up after upgrading to Oracle Java SE 1.6.0_18 (or later) and your system has a Core i7 CPU, then you may be a victim of a broken String method implementation. According to Oracle, the relief is on the way in 1.6.0_21 — to be released in June.

Comment More waiting in lines? (Score 1) 248

I wonder how much this will add to waiting times when clearing passport control at airports. I am also afraid that this may be the end for green card holders to use the US citizen lines after January 18.

If only I was convinced that it actually helps fighting domestic terrorism. It may just give more business to US passport forgers.

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