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The Internet

+ - Musicians Fight For Net Neutrality

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Erin Lenseth
Erin Lenseth writes "Musicians are now fighting for net neutrality,fearing that certain internet providers will soon charge a fee to those who want their websites to have faster loading times. The Rock the Net Campaign, an advocacy group composed of lesser known artists, is now being backed by the Future of Music Coaliation, which is supported by the likes of R.E.M. This begs the question- are ISPs going too far in their quest to generate more profit?"
Real Time Strategy (Games)

+ - The World's Most Realistic Virtual Reality Room

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Lucas123
Lucas123 writes "Iowa State University's Virtual Reality Applications Center is completing a $5 million upgrade to its six-sided virtual reality room, which will now sport 100 megapixels of resolution. Besides serious research, like viewing data from as many as 22,000 genes at once and training soldiers in urban combat, the room offers some cool games. The upgrades include a Hewlett-Packard computer cluster featuring 96 graphics processing units, 24 Sony digital projectors, an eight-channel audio system and ultrasonic motion tracking technology."
Programming

+ - Pure servlets: Designing Web UIs for Simplicity

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "JSP was designed to keep Web developers' tasks separate from those of the nondevelopers who design dynamic webpage UIs. Unfortunately, JSP is a bit too complicated for many designers. This article demonstrates the advantages of an unorthodox alternative: using simple helper objects to build a Web interface based on servlets alone. This is an invitation to think outside the framework, if you will, and imagine a Web interface built directly on the Java Servlet API."
Security

+ - MSI Computers Tech Support page hacked

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It appears that MSI's tech support page has been hacked to generate a lot of referral traffic for some very sketchy sites. The page is at (http://www.msicomputer.com/support/TechSupport.as p) — no link given for obvious reasons.
Adblock lists connections to a huge number of very non-MSI sites. Several other friends have confirmed the same behavior, so the problem is certainly on MSI's end of things.

You may wish to write to their webmaster (msiwebmaster@msicomputer.com) and let them know they've got a problem."
Yahoo!

+ - Yahoo Mail storage capacity touches infinity

Submitted by
Vinit
Vinit writes "World's leading email service provider Yahoo has increased mail storage capacity to infinity! What could be a better gift Yahoo Inc. could offer to it's millions of users on it's 10th anniversary than this? On the company blog, John Kremer, Vice President, Yahoo! Mail, has disclosed the firm's plan to provide unlimited storage to all users from this May. I still remember the day in 1997 when I got myself a Yahoo email ID with a whopping 4MB storage. And I was like, what am I gonna store in this huge account? This is going to be the best move against Google which offers about 2.8GB storage. One of the reason Google has started gaining market share is storage; currently Yahoo offers 1GB storage — way too less compared to what Google provides. The firm will be rolling this out over a few months to facilitate a smooth transition. Now with the unlimited storage in place I am thinking about shifting my whole songs, photos collection to Yahoo. What about you guys? http://www.pclaunches.com/industry_buzz/yahoo_mail _storage_capacity_touches_infinity.php"
Power

+ - Trash powered Electricity

Submitted by
Jarik C-Bol
Jarik C-Bol writes "http://www.popsci.com/popsci/science/873aae7bf86c0 110vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd.html Popular Science has a report on a machine that uses plasma to render anything short of nuclear waste down to is base elements, and use the results to drive generators that produce more power than the machine uses. Its creator has big plans to save the world, one landfill at a time. Hopes are that once in place, we will solve our garbage problems, and be producing cheep easy electricity from the junk we throw away. Here's to hoping, maybe this one will pan out, according to the article, it is being implemented in several cities across the country."
User Journal

Journal: Boeing Working on Fuel Cell Aircraft 163

Journal by jdray
Boeing is working with development partners on a fuel cell-based small aircraft as a technology demonstrator. It seems like a logical use of the technology. From the article, a Boeing research director was quoted as saying, "While Boeing does not envision that fuel cells will provide primary power for future commercial passenger airplanes, demonstrations like this help pave the way for potentially using this technology in small manned and unmanned a
Software

+ - Novel Open Source Software Distribution System

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SpectralDesign
SpectralDesign writes "Is it a candy vending machine, or an Open Source software vending machine? That's what you might ask yourself if you walk past the proposed "Seneca Freedom Toaster", a concept that has won designer Andrew Smith (a fourth year Software Development student at Ontario's Seneca College) a $2500.00 prize to bring the concept to life.

Evan Weaver, Chair of the School of Computer Studies, says, "The Seneca Freedom Toaster's purpose is to encourage distribution and use of Open Source software, which is a very important cause for us at Seneca." Seneca College, Ontario's largest college — boasting a population of more than 100,000 students, has become more and more involved in Open Source software over the last number of years, in-part due to corporate partnerships such as with Mozilla.

Andrew says that many students have shied away from downloading Open Source software because of the time involved, and the difficulty in obtaining reliable and complete programs that are easy to install and upgrade. His idea for the Freedom Toaster came from exposure last year to a similar project in South Africa. To use the Freedom Toaster, simply bring your own CDR disc to the kiosk, and the library of Open Source software in it's hard drive is ready to browse and burn (err, Toast)."
Biotech

+ - The mystery of vitamin B12 finally solved

Submitted by
Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "You probably think that scientists know everything about the common and essential vitamin B12, the only vitamin synthesized by soil microbes. In fact, one part of this biosynthesis has puzzled researchers for at least 50 years. But now, MIT and Harvard biologists have solved this vitamin puzzle by discovering that a single enzyme known as BluB synthesizes the vitamin. So what is the next challenge for the researchers? It's to discover why the soil microorganisms synthesize the vitamin B12 at all, because neither them — nor the plants they're attached to — need it to live. Read more for additional references and a picture of BluB."
Math

+ - Scientists solved huge theoretical problem

Submitted by BoredStiff
BoredStiff (637972) writes "The Weekend Edition of NPR Scientists have solved one of the toughest problems in mathematics, performing a calculation to figure out the symmetry of a 248-dimensional object known as the Lie group E8. The solution is so large that it would take days to download over a standard Internet connection. Lie groups were invented in the 19th century by the Norwegian mathematician Sophus Lie [pronounced LEE], to express the symmetry of three-dimensional objects like spheres, cones and cylinders."
Programming

+ - Learning Ajax Anti-Patterns prevents design flaws

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "You can learn a lot about how to do things correctly by understanding how things are done incorrectly. Certainly, there's a right way and a wrong way to write Ajax applications. Understanding how and why design flaws happen is important and can save you valuable coding time. This article discusses some common coding practices you will want to avoid."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Unveils SME VoIP system

Submitted by
Weather Storm
Weather Storm writes "Microsoft has launched an internet protocol (IP) phone system code-named Response Point, designed for ease of use and manageability at SMEs. The new system, now in beta testing, comes in an easy-to-install box, supports both voice over IP (VoIP) and traditional phone lines, and includes a voice-activated user interface. The Beta 2 release of Response Point is scheduled for early April."

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