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Google

+ - Google Released Google Maps for NES->

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caffiend666 (598633) writes ""In our pursuit of new digital frontiers, we realized that we may have left behind a large number of users who couldn't access Google Maps on their classic hardware. Surprisingly, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was unsupported, despite its tremendous popularity with over 60 million units sold worldwide."

"Our engineering team in Japan understood the importance of maps on retro game systems. With the power of Google’s immense data centers, and support from Nintendo and Square Enix, we were able to overcome the technical and design hurdles of developing 8-bit maps. Today, we’re excited to announce the result: a version of Google Maps for NES, with beautiful low-res graphics, simple and intuitive controls, and a timeless soundtrack.""

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Idle

+ - Man claims caffeine insanity->

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caffiend666 (598633) writes ""A Kentucky man accused of strangling his wife is poised to claim excessive caffeine from sodas, energy drinks and diet pills left him so mentally unstable he couldn't have knowingly killed his wife, his lawyer has notified a court."..."Dr. Roland Griffiths, a professor of behavioral biology at Johns Hopkins University has noted in an unrelated study that there is a diagnosis for "caffeine intoxication," which includes nervousness, excitement, insomnia and possibly rambling speech." Personally, I just blame 'dark roasts'."
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Idle

+ - Marge Simpson poses for Playboy->

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caffiend666 (598633) writes "'Marge Simpson poses for Playboy....the magazine is giving the star of "The Simpsons" the star treatment, complete with a data sheet, an interview and a 2-page centerfold.' ... '"We knew that this would really appeal to the 20-something crowd," said Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey.' ... Playboy even convinced 7-Eleven to carry the magazine in its 1,200 corporate-owned stores, something the company has only done once before in more than 20 years."
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+ - NASA discovers giant ring around Saturn-> 1

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caffiend666 (598633) writes ""The Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered the biggest but never-before-seen ring around the planet Saturn, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced late Tuesday."..."The bulk of the ring material starts about 3.7 million miles from the planet and extends outward about another 7.4 million miles." One ring to rule them all...."
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Education

+ - New species of worms release 'bombs'->

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caffiend666 writes "A newly found deep ocean worm 'can cast off green glowing body parts, a move scientists think may be a defensive effort to confuse attackers. Researchers have dubbed the newly discovered critters "green bombers."' ... 'The first of the new species has been given the scientific name Swima bombiviridis.' So, it's a naturally occuring animal that rips off it's arms and throws them and we're not talking about a game from ID Sofware?"
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Space

+ - NASA has the lost tapes->

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caffiend666 writes "A Speculated a few weeks ago, NASA has found and is starting to restore the lost Apollo 11 tapes. A Briefing will be held July 16th "at the Newseum in Washington to release greatly improved video imagery from the July 1969 live broadcast of the Apollo 11 moonwalk. " "The original signals were recorded on high quality slow-scan TV (SSTV) tapes. What was released to the TV networks was reduced to lower quality commercial TV standards.""
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Toys

+ - Teens makes prom dresses out of duct-tape->

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caffiend666 writes "Duct-Tape is having an official contest for prom outfits made from duct-tape. I'm at a loss for words here. Can't make up my mind of this is awesome or disturbing. Is this the new after-prom tradition, ripping the duct-tape off? First prize is a $3000 scholarship. Now to start work on my duct-tape feather boa..."
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The Gimp

+ - Kodak stops making Kodachrome film->

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caffiend666 writes "According to USA Today (and LA Times, and WSJ) "Eastman Kodak said Monday it's retiring its most senior film because of declining customer demand in an increasingly digital age." "Photojournalist Steve McCurry's widely recognized portrait of an Afghan refugee girl, shot on Kodachrome, appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1985. At Kodak's request, McCurry will shoot one of the last rolls of Kodachrome film and donate the images to the George Eastman House museum, which honors the company's founder, in Rochester." Mama dont take my kodachrome away..."
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Portables

+ - Palm Pre is out, time for discussion->

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caffiend666 writes "Palm Pre is out, let's discuss the status and compare stories. First days seems to of gone as well as expected with many selling out before noon. I bought the second at the local sprint store and so far I like it. Much more one-hand friendly than the iPhone. Haven't gotten the main aps to sync with Linux, but the media portion functions much like a thumb-drive with my Fedora-8 Linux system. For the Pre-verts out there, here's some Palm Pre dismantling pictures."
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Space

+ - USNS Hoyt S. Vandenberg to be sunk on Wednesday->

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caffiend666 writes "The USNS Hoyt S. Vandenberg is to be sunk on Wednesday becoming the worlds second largest artificial reef. The USNS Hoyt S. Vandenberg, named after the Air Force's General Vandenberg, served as a missle tracking and space relay ship for decades. Ship was used as a part of project Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and the Shuttle Program. Was used as a set for some of the scenes the 90's movie Virus as the Russian MIR relay station. Should be one of the more awesome diving spots soon..."
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Announcements

+ - Co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons dies at 61

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caffiend666 writes "Dave Arneson, one of the co-creators of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy game and a pioneer of role-playing entertainment, died after a two-year battle with cancer, his family said. "The biggest thing about my dad's world is he wanted people to have fun in life," Weinhagen said. "I think we get distracted by the everyday things you have to do in life and we forget to enjoy life and have fun.""

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