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Microsoft

First MS Retail Stores Will be In Scottsdale, AZ and Mission Viejo, CA 189

Posted by timothy
from the probably-good-swag-on-day-1 dept.
UnknowingFool writes "MS has announced the locations of its first two retail stores. The first one will be located at The Shops in Mission Viejo, CA sometime in the fall. There is an existing Apple store at the location. The second one will be located in Scottsdale Fashion Square in Scottsdale, AZ. That location does not have an Apple store. According to Corporate Communications Director Kim Stocks, the locations were picked because they were 'hot markets,' presumably meaning high traffic. Also, the stores will sell laptops, Zunes, Xbox 360s, MS and 3rd party software. No details on which laptops were provided."
Space

Sunspots Return 276

Posted by kdawson
from the try-this-proven-acne-cure dept.
We're emerging from the longest, deepest sunspot drought since 1913 (we discussed its depths here) with the appearance of a robust group of sunspots over the weekend. Recently we discussed a possible explanation for the prolonged minimum. The Fox News article quotes observer Michael Buxton of Ocean Beach, Calif.: "This is the best sunspot I've seen in two years." jamie found a NASA site where you can generate a movie of the recent sunspot's movement — try selecting the first image type and bumping the resolution to 1024. The magnetic field lines are clearly visible.
Biotech

Japanese Creating "Super Tuna" 280

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the delicious-engineering dept.
motherpusbucket writes "The Telegraph reports that Japanese scientists hope to be breeding a so-called 'Super Tuna' within the next decade or so. They have about 60% of the genome mapped and expect to finish it in the next couple months. The new breed will grow faster, taste good, have resistance to disease and will totally kick your ass if you cross them."
Classic Games (Games)

Universal Lands Rights To Asteroids Movie 194

Posted by Soulskill
from the starring-the-rock-perhaps dept.
It seems Universal Studios has won the highly sought-after movie rights to the 1979 Atari game Asteroids. Disney's Matthew Lopez will be writing the adaptation, having previously worked on the scripts for Bedtime Stories, The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Race to Witch Mountain. The NY Times is skeptical about Hollywood's ability to do right by the 30-year-old game, already imagining what a director like Michael Bay would do with it: "In this $300 million, three-and-a-half hour spectacle, loud and expensive computer simulations of large boulders crashing into one another are briefly interrupted by the hilarious antics of Chip and Gravel, two living rocks with gold teeth who speak in hip-hop slang, and the nonstop shouting of John Turturro."
Medicine

Staying In Shape vs. a Busy IT Job Schedule? 865

Posted by timothy
from the no-not-the-regular-hacker's-diet dept.
tnok85 writes "I started a new job ~7 months ago at a very large company working a 12-hour night shift (7PM-7AM) in a fairly high volume NOC. Our responsibilities extend during the night to basically cover everything but the most complex situations regarding UNIX/Windows/Linux/App administration, at which point we'll reach out to the on-calls. I live 1.5 hours away as well, so it turns into 4-5 15 hour days a week of sitting still — throw in almost an hour to get ready to leave, and a bit of time after I get home to unwind and I'm out of time to work out. Unfortunately I'm pretty sure I have a very slow metabolism, ever since I was a pre-teen I would gain weight fairly quickly if I didn't actively work out, regardless of how much or what I eat. (Barring starving myself, I suppose...) So, how does somebody who works a minimum of 60 hours over 4 days, often adding another 12 another day, and sometimes working 7-10 days straight like this, stay in shape? I can't hold a workout schedule, (which every person I've talked to in my history says is necessary to stay in shape) and I can't 'wake up early' or 'work out before bed' because I need sleep. Any thoughts/opinions/suggestions?"
Privacy

Montana City Requires Workers' Internet Accounts 836

Posted by timothy
from the are-you-now-or-have-you-ever-been dept.
justinlindh writes "Bozeman, Montana is now requiring all applicants for city jobs to furnish Internet account information for 'background checking.' A portion of the application reads, "Please list any and all, current personal or business websites, web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc.' The article goes on to mention, 'There are then three lines where applicants can list the Web sites, their user names and log-in information and their passwords.'"

Comment: As always, the difference of the GPL... (Score 1) 4

by frankie (#28256365) Attached to: Lori Drew, The SCO Group, and the GPL

To hold the GPL to a different standard than MySpace's terms of service just because we like the license is hypocritical

The difference between the GPL and pretty much all EULAs and ToSes is: the former grants extra rights while the latter takes away rights. If everything else were exactly the same, except the license did not exist, your use of MySpace would be freer, but your use of GPL code would be... nonexistent. It's someone else's copyrighted material, which is simply illegal to insert into your own work without permission. The only reason that people may redistribute GPL code is the GPL itself.

I fully support anyone's right to ignore stupid EULAs and ToSes. I also support their right to ignore the GPL, and not use the code. The hypocrisy is from anyone who thinks they should be allowed the freedoms given to them by one part of the GPL without the requirements laid down by the other part.

Comment: Re:freedom of expression (Score 2, Insightful) 665

by frankie (#28138469) Attached to: Wikipedia Bans Church of Scientology

Bad analogy. ISPs are in a position of power over its users. Generally there are only a handful of plausible choices for broadband internet in a given location. Wikipedia is just one information-gathering web site out of thousands. If you don't like Wikipedia's conditions, you can put your stuff somewhere else, including many completely free wiki sites. Whereas you can't set up your own independent broadband connection without a huge investment of money and effort.

Comment: Monkeys are safe again... but for how long? (Score 1) 104

by frankie (#28014903) Attached to: Gene Transfer Immunizes Against Monkey HIV Analog

Antibodies against HIV are extremely hard to get right. For example, Dan Barouch has kept a group of vaccinated monkeys with an SIV/HIV hybrid alive for years... except for one whose virus mutated in just the wrong way. Based on the limited information in the article, it seems like the U Penn study works similarly.

Comment: Re:More PERTINENT Post... (Score 1) 348

by frankie (#27909305) Attached to: Baby Monitors Killing Urban Wi-Fi

if a baby monitor is interfering with your cordless phone or WiFi, that is probably the least of your problems!

Umm... so what is the bigger problem you are implying? And what exactly can't you agree with? When a lot of 2.4GHz devices are all operating in close proximity (such as apartments in a city) there will be more interference than if those devices are farther apart. It's simple physics.

I know from direct experience that a single 2.4GHz consumer product (such as this one, which BTW does not tell you it uses 2.4GHz video anywhere on or in the box, and only states the much lower frequency of its control channel) can completely swamp WiFi across the width of a suburban house. If there weren't a big yard between us, it would probably knock out my neighbor's WiFi too.

Comment: Re:Let's celebrate! (Score 1) 270

by frankie (#27599295) Attached to: Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is Shrinking

Back to partisan sniping — has not Barack Obama already fixed the global warming problem some time last year (before even taking office)? The 2008 was, like, the coldest in decades and 2009 is not particularly warm either...

1: No matter how much people on ALL sides of the debate like to scream about the latest short-term variation, one or two years of air temperature data do not constitute a trend. Decades are probably the smallest useful increment for considering climate change.

2: Everyone knows global temperature has fallen recently because of the valiant efforts of Somali environmentalists. Ramen!

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