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Transportation

10,000 Shipping Containers Lost At Sea Each Year 163

Posted by timothy
from the shades-of-spook-country dept.
kkleiner writes "Right now, as you read this, there are five or six million shipping containers on enormous cargo ships sailing across the world's oceans. And about every hour, on average, one is falling overboard never to be seen again. It's estimated that 10,000 of these large containers are lost at sea each year. This month the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) sent a robotic sub to investigate a shipping container that was lost in the Monterrey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in 2004. What's happened to the sunken shipment in the past seven years? It's become a warren for a variety of aquatic life on the ocean floor, providing a new habitat for species that might otherwise not be attracted to the area."
Software

+ - File Deleting Software a Hoax

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teamhasnoi
teamhasnoi writes "In a followup to yesterday's story the developer of Display Eater has responded to the poor publicity, admitting that the app does not delete files. Quote: "It was my hope that if people thought this happened, they would not try to pirate the program. I could stop wasting time writing copy protection routines to be broken over and over. It turned out to be a mistake." He has now made the application free by posting a registration code, and plans to open-source it."
The Internet

+ - Bubble 2.0 or Domainers Gone Wild?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It's no secret that domain prices are on the way up. But what happened this weekend caught even the hardened domainers among us by surprise: The domain auction for xn — fx-kja.com attracted 102 bids from 26 bidders — and closed with a final bid of $46,001! These domain investors must know something that we don't: [...]

http://www.dailydomainer.com/200764-bubble-20-or-d omainers-gone-wild.html"
Censorship

+ - Google News and Censorship: Is this a Pattern?

Submitted by Jon Meyer
Jon Meyer (666) writes "The Google YouTube handling of Nick Gisburne is very similar to their News page's handling of Uruknet.

According to Alexa, the web-ranking organization, Uruknet is highly rated as an Iraqi news source. Yet, with no convincing reason, in late January Google delisted Uruknet from Google News. A campaign to restore Uruknet to Google News is underway. See this link for the full story.

Does the YouTube incident, Uruknet and Google's recent defusing of Google Bombs indicate the search giant is entering a new phase of more strident and direct information censorship?"
Patents

+ - Apple taking steps toward a Multitouch OS X?

Submitted by
SnowDog74
SnowDog74 writes "MacNN reports that on Feb. 8th, Apple, Inc., filed a US Patent Application titled Method and apparatus for organizing information in a computer system. This patent appears to be based on the Piles project developed by Gitta Salomon in 1992. Of particular note are descriptors such as "The appearance of the graphical representation of the pile (e.g. dynamic or static icon of the pile) provides further information to the user, including the texture, thickness, and color of the various documents within the pile." The summary, as a whole, surreptitiously suggests a dynamic user interface optimized for a touchscreen interface. This may be the first evidence to corroborate the hypothesis that iPhone is simply a tactical step in a larger strategic direction for Apple. Given Apple's typical product development cycle from patent to prototype to release, might we see the first multitouch Mac within two to three years?"

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