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+ - Architect Eli Attia Blames Google for Stilling His Life's Work->

Submitted by derGoldstein
derGoldstein (1494129) writes "Israeli-American architect Eli Attia (77) is accusing Google for stealing a construction concept that may be worth $120 billion annually. The story was first published in Globes, an Israeli business site (as well as on Jewish Business News): "architect Eli Attia, an expert in skyscrapers ... recently contacted Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google senior advisor and former US Vice President Al Gore, and Google’s board of directors, accusing the company of stealing his invention and making illegal use of his knowhow, a revolutionary technology in the design and construction of large buildings and skyscrapers". Google's spokesman said in response, "We are not aware of any formal complaints levied against us by Mr. Attia at this time.""
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Role Playing (Games)

+ - The trials of Wildman, one week from the Kickstarter deadline->

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derGoldstein
derGoldstein writes "Gas Powered Games' (GPG) Wildman is having a very difficult time getting underway. The Kickstarter project for funding the game was initialized on January 14, and since then GPG has had to lay off 40 people.
But this story has a lot of emotional depth, which is best seen in this revealing interview with Chris Taylor, the founder of GPG, on Matt Chat. The interview is about an hour long, but for anyone even remotely interested in game development, funding, and business models, it's well worth it."

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Mars

+ - Curiosity spots another shiny object on Mars->

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derGoldstein
derGoldstein writes "universetoday.com reports: "...the rover has imaged a small metallic-looking protuberance on a rock... the protuberance appears to have a high albedo and even projects a shadow on the rock below". The article features several images of the object, including one that uses an image from the left Mastcam to create an anaglyph. The geometry of the object is really unusual, as it pokes out of the ground and tilts a bit, showing that the entire thing is reflective. It's very small, though, only about 0.5 cm tall."
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+ - Another step towards Graphene semiconductors->

Submitted by derGoldstein
derGoldstein (1494129) writes "Ars has an article up about the two latest "papers demonstrating that, if you change the way the graphene stacks, you obtain a voltage-controlled bandgap ... Between these two papers, a fairly complete understanding of the bandgap behavior in three layer graphene has been obtained, leaving only the challenge of making the stuff"."
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Mars

+ - Coronal mass ejection hits Mars->

Submitted by derGoldstein
derGoldstein (1494129) writes "Discovery has an article up about the coronal mass ejection that just his Mars: "Unlike the coronal mass ejection (CME) that struck [earth] on Monday, Saturday's CME was sent in a different direction — toward the Red Planet. ... However, its impact on Mars will be very different than a CME's impact on Earth." Included is an animation of the predicted solar system path of the Mars-directed CME."
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+ - Dwarf planet Eris is bereft of atmosphere, about t->

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derGoldstein (1494129) writes "Ars has an article up discussing new measurements of Eris, the largest dwarf planet in our solar system: "New measurements are suggesting that Eris may actually be more like Pluto’s twin. The newly measured radius of Eris puts it within the error range of the accepted size of Pluto. ... Scientists were able to get a better handle on the size of Eris by observing it as it passed in front of a background star, a technique called stellar occultation. By observing how long Eris obscures the star (given how fast it is moving), you can determine the width of Eris at that point.""
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Microsoft

+ - Nokia announces the Lumia 800, the 'first real Win->

Submitted by derGoldstein
derGoldstein (1494129) writes "From Engadget: "From the outside, the Lumia 800 is very similar to our beloved N9. Dubbed the "first real Windows Phone," this device is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 CPU and is sculpted from the same 12.1mm (0.48-inch) thick of piece of durable polycarbonate plastic, with tapered edges on the top and bottom to give it that industrial look and make it feel thinner than it really is. ... the Lumia 800 is priced at €420, or about $585. It's already up for pre-order now, and is scheduled to roll out across France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK, beginning in November. It'll make its way to Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the end of the year, and will hit "further markets" sometime next year.""
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Hardware

+ - federal judge sentences woman to three years for s->

Submitted by derGoldstein
derGoldstein (1494129) writes "From AllThingsD: "Today a federal judge in Florida sentenced a woman to three years in prison and fined her $166,000 for selling counterfeit chips around the world to more than 1,000 buyers, among them companies selling equipment to the U.S. Navy. It’s being described as the first federal sentence for selling counterfeit chips. ... She was charged alongside Shannon L. Wren, now deceased, and together, they were accused of running a company called VisionTech... The DOJ says that on more than 35 separate occasions, they sold some 59,540 chips worth about $425,000. When customers who bought them complained that the chips were fakes — they didn’t work — McCloskey and Wren took no action.""
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+ - Amazon Is Making 'Millions More' Kindle Fires->

Submitted by derGoldstein
derGoldstein (1494129) writes "From Business Insider: "Amazon is ramping up production on its new Kindle Fire tablet after seeing a huge demand, according to the company's earnings report.
In a statement, Jeff Bezos said Kindle Fire pre-orders are causing Amazon to increase capacity and produce "millions more" tablets than it had originally planned. It seems like we finally have a viable competitor to the iPad. This is the first time we've seen a tablet manufacturer talk about producing "millions" of new tablets due to high demand.""

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+ - Conductive Silver Ink -- With complete instruction->

Submitted by derGoldstein
derGoldstein (1494129) writes "While conductive ink pens have existed for some time now, most inks were too viscous for use using a ball-point pen. Materials researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, have developed an ink with low viscosity that can be used in standard ball-point pen mechanisms. Included in the video is the complete procedure for producing the ink."
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Programming

+ - SPAM: Dennis Ritchie dies at the age of 70 1

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derGoldstein (1494129) writes "Multiple sources are reporting that Dennis Ritchie, the creator of C and co-creator of Unix, has passed away at the age of 70. From ZDNet: "...[C's] inventor, Dennis Ritchie, whose death after a long illness was reported on Wednesday and confirmed on Thursday by Bell Labs, similarly embodied a unique yet admirable approach to systems design: a man with a lifelong focus on making software that satisfied the intellect while freeing programmers to create their dreams"."
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Windows

+ - Welcome to Building Windows 8: Feedback wanted->

Submitted by derGoldstein
derGoldstein (1494129) writes "There's a new entry on the MSDN blogs: Building Windows 8. From the introductory post: "today we want to begin an open dialog with those of you who will be trying out the pre-release version over the coming months. We intend to post regularly throughout the development of Windows 8, and to focus on the engineering of the product. Welcome to "Building Windows 8," or as we call it, "B8". A new twitter account was also opened to keep people up to date: @BuildWindows8"
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