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Portables (Apple)

Submission + - An Open Letter to iPhone Owners from Steve Jobs (

Ostar23 writes: "Steve Jobs has decided to offer every customer who purchased an iPhone before the price drop $100 Apple Store credit." "We have decided to offer every iPhone customer who purchased an iPhone from either Apple or AT&T, and who is not receiving a rebate or any other consideration, a $100 store credit towards the purchase of any product at an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store. Details are still being worked out and will be posted on Apple's website next week. Stay tuned. Steve Jobs Apple CEO"

Submission + - Verizon smokes out another family

netbuzz writes: "This time it's a Philadelphia family having to watch smoke billow from the front of their home after another Verizon FiOS tech drills into another electrical wire. The really bad PR news for Verizon? The homeowner happens to be a business reporter for Associated Press. But, hey, at least there was some good news, too, this time: The reporter had very nice things to say about FiOS ... aside from the installation."

Submission + - Is benchmarking a website you don't own illegal? 2

An anonymous reader writes: As a web developer, I'm constantly benchmarking my own sites to optimise for speed and stability. But recently, I was curious about the performance of a 3rd party website, and ran a benchmark against it. It was taking a while, so I went out to do some errands, and when I got back, the site was completely down, and had been for hours. I'd totally wiped them out, using nothing but ApacheBench.

My question is: is this illegal? I did nothing except request their own public URL, from one computer, a few thousand times. And yet, the effect was a total DOS. Could simply running AB be a crime, and can I expect the Feds at my door someday soon?

Submission + - Virus, not cell phones, killed 1 in 4 U.S. bees (

Lucas123 writes: "Colony Collapse Disorder is characterized by the rapid disappearance of a colonies' bees, even if there are adequate stores of food in the hive, MSNBC is reporting. The bees just seem to fly off into oblivion — hinting that the malady somehow affects the insects' navigational sense or learning ability. Some scientists had proposed that cell-phone radiation was disrupting bee colonies."
Input Devices

Submission + - Hands-free Web Browser using Face and Gaze (

Motor_Toni writes: Finnish researchers have created a video demo of a hands-free web browser. The mouse cursor is moved where you gaze at. You can click by smiling at the computer. The algorithms for moving the cursor need some fine tuning, but the system can surely help the disabled (e.g. quadriplegic) as it is. Probably there will be some interesting applications for FPS games as well.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - China says one-child policy helps protect climate

mernil writes: "Reuters reports: China says its one-child policy has helped the fight against global warming by avoiding 300 million births, the equivalent of the population of the United States. But delegates at U.N. climate change talks in Vienna said on Thursday birth control is unlikely to find favour as a major policy theme, partly because of opposition by the Catholic Church and some developing nations trying to increase their population."

Submission + - Water Vapor Seen on Young Star System

tonganqn writes: "Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope scientists have discovered huge amounts of water vapor in the young star system, called NGC 1333-IRAS 4B. From the text at Water Vapor Seen on Young Star System, scientists say that "the water vapor is pouring down from the system's natal cloud and smacking into a dusty disk where planets are thought to form". This certaintly is a important step forward in space exploration. We are getting closer to someday find life in other stars systems."

Submission + - Mobile phones to monitor traffic congestion (

shas3n writes: "In an interesting and innovative way, Bangalore city, India has come up with a way to monitor road traffic congestion by monitoring the density of mobile phones. This can give the quantitative and directional information of traffic flow without a significant additional infrastructure investments.
The congestion data is already available at"


Submission + - Fuel for your flying car - in your back yard! (

Ginsu2000 writes: "Oklahoma State University's sorghum-related biofuels research is taking a localized approach, with the aim of making possible the effective production of ethanol in the farmer's own field. The beginnings of a possible solution presented itself when entrepreneur Lee McClune, president of Sorganol Production Co. Inc., approached FAPC scientists seeking their assistance in testing his newly designed field harvester capable of pressing and collecting juice from sweet sorghum. His proposed Sorganol process involved using the harvester, large storage bladders for fermentation and a mobile distillation unit for ethanol purification. Power the engine in your skycar!"

Submission + - A Monsterous Email From (

David Owczarek writes: "You may have heard recently that was hacked and over a million records from both job seekers and employers were stolen. Pull up a chair because it gets worse. Much worse. Today Monster sent E-mail to all its users to discuss the event, how they were responding and how to prevent this information from being used against people via phishing or spoofing scams. I read it, did a little research and got immediately annoyed and concerned. I've posted an image of the E-mail at the end of the article here for reference. It's an excerpt — the full E-mail has a bunch of additonal safety information following the contents of Mr. Iannuzzi's statement. But first let me walk you through the most troublesome statements in the letter."

Submission + - Sun releases open source game server

An anonymous reader writes: Sun has just released Project Darkstar an open source (GPLv2) application server for developing networked multiplayer game server's in Java. The project is intended to simplify the task of developing a networked multiplayer game by providing libraries that simplify concurrency control and client-server communication. O'Reilly has also released an e-book in their "Short Cuts" series on the game server.

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