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Comment Re:Look at Edinburgh University, in Scotland (Score 1) 386

I'd second this recommendation. Edinburgh is a wonderful city and the uni has one of the best AI programs in Europe. While you're there, try out Scottish country dancing, scotch (of course) and -why not- courses in another major.Edinburgh is the home of David Hume and has an excellent philosophy department.


Submission + - NIH Research To Go Public 1

shofutex writes: According to the Washington Post, the omnibus spending bill recently passed includes provisions to make NIH-funded research publicly available.

Under the bill's terms, scientists getting grant money from the National Institutes of Health would now have to submit to the NIH a final copy of their research papers when those papers are accepted for publication in a journal. An NIH database would then post those papers, free to the public, within 12 months after publication.

Submission + - iPod Touch more expensive in Canada?

Still waiting for my slashdot password writes: I was wondering why Apple is charging more for the iPod Touch in Canada than in the U.S. A quick look at the exchange rate shows that 1 U.S Dollar is worth ~98 cents Canadian. Apple is selling the iPod Touch in the U.S for 299$ (8gb ver.) while in Canada, that same version is sold for 329$ CDN. The same can be said about alot of other things, cars, etc... That kind of pisses me off that we are getting screwed here. I can purchase an iPod Touch in the U.S for 299$ US and actually pay 294.993 CAD. GRRRRRRRR!
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Submission + - Internet Domain .Asia Launched (

eldavojohn writes: "Expect to see sites ending in .asia pop up soon as ICANN has allowed DotAsia to recently open bidding on the new domain. A DotAsia representative is quoted as saying, "Our research has found that 'Asia' is one of the most searched-for terms and by having a .asia website, your ranking on Google or Yahoo will become much higher." Is there really a need for more top level domains? I personally think that you're just going to see the same companies registering their domains with .asia to match their .jp or .cn websites."

Submission + - Some like it (food) hot. (

Ant writes: " reports that boomers' failing taste buds are shaping the future of American food. Supermarkets and restaurants, in the last few years, are practically bursting into flames with more spicey food. Seen on Blue's News."

Submission + - Indiania Jones computers, photos stolen 1

penguin_dance writes: The LA Times reports that law enforcement is investigating the theft of computers and photographs for Steven Spielberg's fourth "Indiana Jones" film. There is a concern the thieves might try to sell them. In a related story apparently one of the laptops contained an entire script of the movie and the thief was attempting to sell it. An anonymous movie blogger alerted police who arrested the thief after a successful sting operation.

"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," is due to be released next May.

Submission + - Paint that can generate electricity

An anonymous reader writes: Industrial Nanotech, Inc. based in Florida has announced it is now in the development stage of a thermal insulation material that will generate electricity. With the application of the paint coating, the thermal difference between inside and outside temperatures could be used to generate electricity, as well as save energy.

Submission + - Microsoft Announces New Zune Lineup, Wireless Sync (

BarlowBrad writes: From PC World: "Microsoft announced a new slate of Wi-Fi-equipped Zune players today, including $150 4GB and $200 8GB flash-based players, and a $250 80GB model that's slimmer than the original Zune. All of the new models feature touch-sensitive controls and wireless syncing with your PC, a much-demanded feature that Microsoft will also make available on the original 30GB Zune when the new models debut in mid November."

Wireless. More space than a Nomad. But draw your own conclusions.


Submission + - Redmond Magazine Readers Slam Word 2007

msmoriarty writes: A while back Slashdot took notice when Redmond magazine ('the independent voice of the Microsoft IT community') advocated dumping IE. Now the magazine has posted a Reader Review of Word 2007, and it looks like Microsoft's many changes to the program could mean a real opening for Open Office and the like in Windows IT shops. As one reader said in the article: '[Word 2007's] interface is such a shock...if people were looking to go to something open source, like StarOffice or OpenOffice, this would be the perfect time. It's no different than learning the new Word.'

Submission + - iPhone Security Hellhole? ( 1

TheAncientHacker writes: "eWeek reports that not only is the iPhone's root password compromised, not only was the password a simple six character lower case word, but the entire freakin' system — all apps and utils and tools from the calculator to the kernel — run as root."

Submission + - New Zune Details (

NoiPod4Me writes: BetaNews updated the story they released last night, saying that details now indicate three new Zune players (1 80GB and a 4 and 8GB flash), as well as about 1 million songs available without DRM (read: MP3).
Utilities (Apple)

Submission + - Roll your own .Mac. notMac challenge has been met. (

Aaron Linville writes: "The notMac challenge to replicate the synchronization services of Apple's .Mac has been met. Ben Spink (developer of CrushFTP) has created a SourceForge project with the source code for his entry, winning the contest's price of $8622. Emulation of the iDisk functionality of .Mac has been doable for awhile now, but the actual emulation of the .Mac synchronization servers, the functionality that allows applications to store and synchronize profile information online, has not been done until now."

Submission + - Rocket-Powered 21-Foot Long X-Wing Actually Flies ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: Andy Woerner and his crazy rocketeer friends have built a 21-foot long X-Wing model that can actually fly. Yes, this is a real X-Wing powered by four solid-fuel rocket engines complete with radio-controlled moving wings. It blasts off in California next week, and we talked with Andy about the project, and how they expect it will do. Look at the pictures of the construction. It even has an R2-D2. I can't wait for this fly and/or blown-up.

Submission + - Microsoft offers licenses for fake Windows XP

Stony Stevenson writes: In the latest sign that Microsoft expects to support its Windows XP operating system for the foreseeable future, the company has introduced a new licensing program designed to let users of fake or pirated copies of the business version of the OS upgrade to fully licensed copies. To qualify, users of illegitimate versions of Windows XP Pro must pledge to use only genuine Microsoft software going forward and agree to have their software infrastructure audited. Resellers who push the Get Genuine Windows Agreement to customers will get a cut of any new license fees they generate, Microsoft said.

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