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Android

Submission + - PlayStation 3 Controller on Android Devices (rootedsystem.com)

An anonymous reader writes: You can now use the PS3 Sixaxis Controller on android phones and devices. This requires your phone to be rooted however it is incompatible with most HTC devices and some newer Samsung devices due to the need of specific Bluetooth protocol. It can sync four controllers at once with buttons completely configurable.
Space

Submission + - Anti-Matter Belt Discovered Around Earth (bbc.co.uk)

hydrofix writes: A thin band of antiprotons enveloping the Earth has been spotted for the first time. The find, described in Astrophysical Journal Letters [arXiv], confirms theoretical work that predicted the Earth's magnetic field could trap antimatter. The antiprotons were spotted by the Pamela satellite launched in 2006 to study the nature of high-energy particles from the Sun and cosmic rays. Aside from confirming theoretical work that had long predicted the existence of these antimatter bands, the particles could also prove to be a novel fuel source for future spacecraft — an idea explored in a report for Nasa's Institute for Advanced Concepts.
Space

Submission + - Good News, Everybody

iminplaya writes: Ulysses is not dead yet."
"ESA issued a statement in February saying that, as Ulysses' radioisotope thermoelectric generators were running out of power, the spacecraft would likely die some time this year. The actual death blow to the spacecraft was likely to be the freezing of hydrazine fuel in a cold spot in a fuel line. Mission controllers found creative ways to prevent the freezing, but the solution was not a long-term one, and ESA had a ceremonial send-off and wrap-up of the mission in mid-June, announcing that the spacecraft would be shut down on July 1. However, it now appears that announcement was premature. ESA issued a statement on July 3 titled "Ulysses hanging on valiantly." And on Wednesday, the following email was sent by Ulysses mission operations manager Nigel Angold to the Ulysses community, indicating that Ulysses' voyage could actually continue for some time.
Cellphones

Submission + - News Release - iPhone 3G Disassembly Video & T (gethightech.com)

Robby Stanley writes: "iPhone 3G Disassembly Video & Take Apart Directions

PDAparts.com has just finished doing a complete step by step video on how to disassembly the iPhone 3G. Just like last year with the first iphone we are the first again to release a free video with direction on how to properly take apart the iPhone 3G. Soon we will also have OEM replacement screens available for sale for those unfortunate enough to break the screen on their new iPhone 3G which will void the warranty.

YouTube Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/v/8fF0DF-mbn4&hl"

User Journal

Journal Journal: How to dress for a coding interview 24

Show some confidence - don't wear a suit to the interview. What you wear sends a message as to what your core competencies are. A suit says "Sales," not "Development".

Microsoft

Submission + - Windows Mobile trouncing iPhone?

nerdyH writes: Apple sold 1.7 million iPhones in Q1. Meanwhile, 4.5 Windows Mobile phones shipped, up 1.8 million over the same quarter last year. The figures were cited by Microsoft's top Windows Mobile exec in a speech yesterday, and reportedly come from IDG. Meanwhile, WindowsForDevices's massive Windows Mobile Showcase now lists over 300 Windows Mobile models, including 50 launched this year.
Intel

Submission + - Scientists pave way for 25nm CPUs (custompc.co.uk)

arcticstoat writes: Scientists at the Space Nanotechnology Laboratory at MIT have potentially found a new way of extending Moore's law into the future, and have succeeded in etching a grid of 25nm lines into a silicon wafer. The new technique creates an 'interference pattern' using a light with a wavelength of 351.1nm. The interference pattern alternates dark and light zones, repeating them every 200nm. This allowed the scientists to etch 25nm lines into a silicon wafer, each of which were spaced 175nm apart. The process was then repeated three times, with a 50nm shift with each repeat, which resulted in an even grid of 25nm lines, spaced 25nm apart.
Medicine

Wikipedia To Host Human Gene Repository 73

schliz writes "US scientists are developing a 'Gene Wiki' with the aim of fostering a flexible, organic archive of human genetic information. The project exists within Wikipedia, and is expected to speed up the process of deciphering genome sequences."
Moon

Moon May Have Once Had Water 89

Smivs writes "US scientists have found evidence that water was held in the Moon's interior, challenging some elements of the theory of how Earth's satellite formed.The Moon is thought to have been created in a violent collision between Earth and another planet-sized object. Scientists thought the heat from this impact had vaporised all the water. But a new study in Nature magazine shows water was delivered to the lunar surface from the interior in volcanic eruptions three billion years ago. This suggests that water has been a part of the Moon since its early existence."
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Anti-Game Crusader Jack Thompson to be Disbarred

spielermacher writes: GamePolitics is reporting that Jack Thompson — the lawyer every gamer loves to hate — has apparently lost his court case and is facing disbarment. The Referee in the case has gone beyond the Florida Bar's request for a 10 year disbarment and is recommending a lifetime ban. From the Final Report issued by the court:

"...the Respondent has demonstrated a pattern of conduct to strike out harshly, extensively, repeatedly and willfully to simply try to bring as much difficulty, distraction and anguish to those he considers in opposition to his causes. He does not proceed within the guidelines of appropriate professional behavior..."

All I can say is that it's about time.

Feed Techdirt: Too Much Ownership Can Be Bad For The Economy (techdirt.com)

When we talk about intellectual property around here, one of the popular responses from those who disagree with what we say is that "property rights are a central tenant of capitalist economies, and you're trying to take away property rights." That's not quite true. Property rights are indeed an important part of capitalist economies, and we are supporters of property rights -- but only for things where property actually makes sense and is necessary. The whole reason why property rights exist in the first place is to manage the efficient allocation of scarce resources -- that is to make it clear who controls a specific scarce resource. Property rights don't make much sense when a resource isn't scarce, because there need not be any question of how to best allocate it, since anyone who wants it can have it. In those cases, adding property rights actually makes the market less efficient by limiting the allocation.

With that in minds, it's great to see that there's apparently a new book that touches on this very subject. Against Monopoly points us to economist Tyler Cowen's brief review of a new book called: The Gridlock Economy: How Too Much Ownership Wrecks Markets, Stops Innovation, and Costs Lives. The book apparently focuses on the "tragedy of the anti-commons," which is the situation when too many limitations are placed on how certain goods can be used. Sounds like an interesting book to add to the collection of books recognizing the economic problems that can come with putting property rights where they don't belong.

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Sci-Fi

Submission + - Leonard Nimoy NYC appearance on 7/23

An anonymous reader writes: STAR TREK LEGEND LEONARD NIMOY AND OLYMPIC FIGURE SKATING GOLD MEDALIST OKSANA BAIUL, WILL APPEAR ON LATENET WITH RAY ELLIN AS HIT INTERNET TALK SHOW KICKS OFF ITS SECOND SEASON LIVE FROM NYC Critically acclaimed comedy/ variety show has featured appearances by Hank Azaria, Richard Belzer, Chevy Chase, Fran Drescher, Susie Essman, Jeff Garlin, Gilbert Gottfried, Charles Grodin, Darrell Hammond, Richard Kind, Amy Sedaris, and Paul Shaffer Tickets Available to the General Public — A Portion of the Proceeds to Benefit Project A.L.S. Who: Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy will discuss (among many topics) his book of photography, The Full Body Project when LateNet with Ray Ellin (www.dailycomedy.com/latenet) begins its second season on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 7PM. Also confirmed for the live show is Olympic figure skating champion and star of the upcoming Broadway musical, Cold As Ice, Oksana Baiul and comedian Kyle Grooms, the Chappelle Show regular whose satiric spin on Barack Obama has been entertaining audiences nationwide. What: LateNet with Ray Ellin, the first comedy/variety show to be broadcast via live online video airs on PalTalk, the largest video chat community on the Internet that reaches the now coveted demographic of people who now make their entertainment choices (i.e., which movie to see, which album to download) based on what they experience on the web. Ellin, an accomplished stand-up comedian, actor, and award-winning filmmaker (The Latin Legends of Comedy/20th Century Fox) is the show's host and creator/producer through his company, DailyComedy.com. Where: LateNet with Ray Ellin is broadcast live from the Gotham Comedy Club, 208 West 23rd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. Members of the media should contact Judy Twersky directly at 718/263-6633 or judtwersky@aol.com When: Doors open at 6:30PM. The show airs at 7PM. Tickets A portion of the proceeds from all ticket sales will benefit Project A.L.S., whose mission today is to bring the best science to ALS patients in the form of effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure. They can be purchased at: https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/632562 or by calling: 212/352-3101.

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