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Data Storage

Submission + - Scientists unveil most dense memory circuit ever m

adamlazz writes: "The most dense computer memory circuit ever fabricated — capable of storing around 2,000 words in a unit the size of a white blood cell — was unveiled by scientists in California. The team of experts at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) who developed the 160-kilobit memory cell say it has a bit density of 100 gigabits per square centimeter, a new record. The cell is capable of storing a file the size of the United States' Declaration of Independence with room left over."
Handhelds

Submission + - Switzerland bans the use of GPS units in cars.

An anonymous reader writes: If you're traveling with a GPS in your car to Switzerland, be very careful! As of January 10th, the Swiss authorities (ASTRA) have forbid the use of GPS systems in cars. They also banned the selling of car GPS units throughout the country.
The reason is that the software running on these devices reveal the location of traffic radars, through which less people have been fined in the recent years and thus Swiss authorities miss a lot of money. The controversial ban has been created a large commotion inside and outside the country, forcing the authorities to put an official document online [pdf — in Germans], with answers to most frequently asked questions.
GPS devices such as TomTom, Garmin, Mio, Navman, Medion, Route 66, Packard stand Ring, Sony and ViaMichelin are all in the banned list.
Education

Submission + - Examining the worth of laptops in Public Education

Natros writes: "This commenter picks apart the report presented by the Maine School board on the use of laptops in classrooms, and concludes that there is very little educational merit to the program. His analysis may be a bit controversial, but I think he asks some good, hard questions that need to be answered about the best way to leverage technology in the classroom. The author appears to be a software developer himself, so he's not ignorant on these issues.

http://www.udolpho.com/weblog/?id=01018&title=Comp uters-huh-What-are-they-good-for"

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