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Submission Firefox 4 Web Demos: Web O' Wonder->

An anonymous reader writes: Similarly to Google with Chrome Experiments and Microsoft with Internet Explorer Test Drive, Mozilla has developed an HTML5 demo site to showcase the latest features supported by Firefox 4. Mozilla's Paul Roget writes, 'Firefox 4 is almost here, and comes with a huge list of awesome features for web developers. In order to illustrate all these new technical features, we put together several Web demos. You’ll see a couple of demos released every week until the final version of Firefox 4. You can see the first 3 demos online now on our brand new demo web site: Web’O Wonder' Unlike certain other HTML5 demo sites, Mozilla's site works in any browser that supports the features used in the demo.
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Submission Plasma Flow Linked to Spotless Sun

An anonymous reader writes: NASA explained the mystery behind the decreased solar activity during the Sun's 11-year cycle, linking it to the changing speeds of plasma inside the Sun. The new computer model study suggests the Sun's plasma rivers speed up and slow down like a malfunctioning conveyor belt. The scientists identified that variations in a hot plasma flow in the sun's interior is the likely reason behind the lack of sunspots and a weak magnetic field at the sun's poles.

Submission Mazda recalls car due to spiders-> 1

ndogg writes: "Mazda has decided to recall 52000 2009 and 2010 Mazda6 cars due to spider infestations. Apparently it's because of "a certain type of spider [the Yellow Sac spider]...may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent line and this may cause a restriction in the line." This one certainly could not be blamed on the driver, but it's strange nonetheless."
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Submission Timezone Maintainer Retiring->

linuxwrangler writes: It's used in Java. It's used in nearly every flavor of UNIX/Linux. In PostgreSQL, Oracle and other databases. Several RFCs refer to it. But where does the timezone database come from? I never gave it much thought but would have assumed that it was under the purview of some standards body somewhere. It's not. Since the inception of the database Arthur David Olson has maintained the database, coordinated the mailing list and volunteers and provided a release platform and now he is retiring. IANA is developing a transition strategy. Jon Udell has an interesting literary appreciation of the timezone database.
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Penumbra: Overture Goes Open Source 74

As promised when the Humble Indie Bundle hit $1 million in donations the other day, indie developer Frictional Games has released Penumbra: Overture's source code. "The code for Penumbra: Overture is a continuation of the one used for the tech demo + some addition for the not so long lived Robo Hatch project. It also contains some code from Unbirth, giving it quite some history." The release also includes the HPL1 engine. "This is engine that has powered all of the Penumbra games and it even includes the stuff used to create the 2D platformer Energetic. The engine code was started in December 2004 and was actively developed until early 2008." The repositories are available at github.

Mozilla Thunderbird 3 Released 272

supersloshy writes Today Mozilla released Thunderbird 3. Many new features are available, including Tabs and enhanced search features, a message archive for emails you don't want to delete but still want to keep, Firefox 3's improved Add-ons Manager, Personas support, and many other improvements. Download here."

Zombie Pigs First, Hibernating Soldiers Next 193

ColdWetDog writes "Wired is running a story on DARPA's effort to stave off battlefield casualties by turning injured soldiers into zombies by injecting them with a cocktail of one chemical or another (details to be announced). From the article, 'Dr. Fossum predicts that each soldier will carry a syringe into combat zones or remote areas, and medic teams will be equipped with several. A single injection will minimize metabolic needs, de-animating injured troops by shutting down brain and heart function. Once treatment can be carried out, they'll be "re-animated" and — hopefully — as good as new.' If it doesn't pan out we can at least get zombie bacon and spam."

Submission 2008: Year of the Linux Desktop

rstrohmeyer writes: "Over at Maximum PC, we're betting that Linux will pick up unprecedented momentum in the coming year. With phenomenal new distros, swelling international support, and a little extra momentum from Dell, we think Linux is poised to exploit the current atmosphere of doubt surrounding Vista and pick up serious traction in '08. But we want to know what you think. Head over and weigh in with your comments."

Submission Data Ticking Time Bomb->

Moe1975 writes: "According to the chief executive of the UK National Archives in a recent BBC article "The growing problem of accessing old digital file formats is a 'ticking time bomb'" — I personally found mention of the 580 Terabytes of data at the UK National Archives holding 900 years of written information "in older file formats that are no longer commercially available" to be particularly disturbing, in spite of this being expected."
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Submission DVD Jon releases iPhone hack

An anonymous reader writes: Engadget has a story up on DVD-Jon releasing a hack which lets you activate an iPhone without going through AT&T.

A little hex editing of iTunes, a little hostfile hacking, a little program called Phone Activation Server v1.0, and you're on your way to an AT&T service free iPhone, friend. That's right, Jon, knock that toxic AT&T-tied iPod-coffee out of Steve's hand. Ok, so apparently the phone still doesn't work (we wonder if there isn't some kind of mechanism that binds the iPhone to select AT&T SIMs), so it's not like it's an unlocked device, but at least you can now use it as "the best iPod [Apple's] ever made."

Submission Amazon & Microsoft help indie filmmakers to ju->

Xbm360 writes: "Amazon.com & Microsoft announced the 1,000 HD DVD Indies Project, which will help independend filmmakers to produce and distribute movies in the HD DVD format through the on-demand technology of CustomFlix, a part of an Amazon group of companies. At no charge, up to 1000 selected entries will be authored to HD DVD using Microsoft's HD technology & then made available to customers of Amazon.com through the CustomFlix Disc on Demand service."
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Submission "Freedom" HD DVD isn't

An anonymous reader writes: The irony is apparently lost on translated anime publisher Honneamise, which has released this hybrid DVD/HDDVD about life in a totalitarian future... on a DRM-restricted DVD that requires you to obtain a license key to play the disc.

Submission Processor: AMD Releasing Phenom->

suray writes: "Officially, AMD have been releasing new generation processors named Phenom. Phenom processors are based on Barcelona's architecture. As soon as possible, this new label of processors name called Phenom will be found in the next generation of desktop processors family from AMD. read more at http://surayblog.blogspot.com/2007/07/processor-am d-releasing-phenom.html"
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"The urge to destroy is also a creative urge." -- Bakunin [ed. note - I would say: The urge to destroy may sometimes be a creative urge.]