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+ - Honor a great American and a great man, Fred Rogers, by making March 20th a nati->

Submitted by gt_mattex
gt_mattex (1016103) writes "The petition description reads:

Fred McFeely Rogers was a Presbyterian minister and educator, widely known as Mr. Rogers on the children's television show "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood." He taught children for decades that each one of them is special and treated everyone with kindness and respect.

We the people would like to see a holiday dedicated to our kind neighbor, Mr. Rogers, on his date of birth, March 20th."

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Blackberry

+ - Blackberry sells 1 million units to a single buyer-> 3

Submitted by Gumbercules!!
Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "At the end of each quarter, investors eagerly await the sales figures for the last three months and probably no company (with the possible exception of Nokia) will be so closely watched this quarter as Blackberry. This quarter has seen the release of what many consider to be their last throw of the dice – the Blackberry 10 range introductory range of handsets and poor sales figures could portent a very difficult time ahead.

So with that in mind, it’s “odd”, in the least, that suddenly someone would suddenly step forward and buy a full and exact million handsets – and Blackberry won’t tell us who. Blackberry is touting this as a huge vote of confidence in their brand – however if someone is so amazingly confident in Blackberry, why do they need to remain secret?"

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Android

+ - Usefull APIs cellphone companies can offer

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joshuacalvert
joshuacalvert writes "I work at a company that has a small influence in the future functions of a cellphone company — including some of the larger wireless providers. What kind of API should a cell phone company offer to its customers, and especially to Android/iPhone app developers? One famous example is Blackberry's unusual "push" email service which is unfortunately proprietary. Another might be a precense service, a backup-service. It would seem that many of the most useful phone interfaces are things like GPS, accelerometers, mic/video, which are independent of the provider. So is there something cool the provider can add that you would really love to see implemented?"
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Believing You Are Very Good Or Evil Boosts Your Physical Capabilities 192 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the strength-of-heart dept.
Research by Kurt Gray, a doctoral student in psychology at Harvard, shows that a person's capacity for willpower and physical endurance increases if they perceive themselves as good or evil. "Evil" acts in particular give a person a large boost in physical strength. From the article: “'People perceive those who do good and evil to have more efficacy, more willpower, and less sensitivity to discomfort,' Gray said. 'By perceiving themselves as good or evil, people embody these perceptions, actually becoming more capable of physical endurance.' Gray’s findings run counter to the notion that only those blessed with heightened willpower or self-control are capable of heroism, suggesting instead that simply attempting heroic deeds can confer personal power."
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Verizon Charged Marine's Widow an Early Termination Fee 489 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the literal-charges dept.
In a decision that was reversed as soon as someone with half a brain in their PR department learned about it, Verizon charged a widow a $350 early termination fee. After the death of her marine husband, Michaela Brummund decided to move back to her home town to be with her family. Verizon doesn't offer any coverage in the small town so Michaela tried to cancel her contract, only to be hit with an early termination fee. From the article: "'I called them to cancel. I told them the situation with my husband. I even said I would provide a death certificate,' Michaela said."
Math

Ranking Soccer Players By Following the Bouncing Ball 142

Posted by timothy
from the well-it-ain't-baseball dept.
sciencehabit excerpts from an interesting report on statistics for soccer, in the stats-obsessed world of sports: "Only a handful of soccer ranking systems exist, most of which rely on limited information: the number of goals scored in a match, the number of goals assisted, and some indices of a match's difficulty and importance. ... So researchers turned to an unlikely source: social networks. Applying the kinds of mathematical techniques used to map Facebook friends and other networks, the team created software that can trace the ball's flow from player to player. As the program follows the ball, it assigns points for precise passing and for passes that ultimately lead to a shot at the goal. Whether the shot succeeds doesn't matter. Only the ball's flow toward the goal and each player's role in getting it there factors into the program's point system, which then calculates a skill index for each team and player."
Software

WordPress 3.0 Released 79

Posted by timothy
from the now-even-wordier dept.
An anonymous reader writes "WordPress 3.0, the thirteenth major release of WordPress and the culmination of half a year of work by 218 contributors, is now available for download and comes with 1,217 bug fixes and feature enhancements. Major new features in this release include a new default theme called Twenty Ten. Theme developers have new APIs that allow them easily to implement custom backgrounds, headers, shortlinks, menus (no more file editing), post types, and taxonomies."
Math

First Self-Replicating Creature Spawned In Conway's Game of Life 241

Posted by Soulskill
from the emergent-gameplay dept.
Calopteryx writes "New Scientist has a story on a self-replicating entity which inhabits the mathematical universe known as the Game of Life. 'Dubbed Gemini, [Andrew Wade's] creature is made of two sets of identical structures, which sit at either end of the instruction tape. Each is a fraction of the size of the tape's length but, made up of two constructor arms and one "destructor," play a key role. Gemini's initial state contains three of these structures, plus a fourth that is incomplete. As the simulation progresses the incomplete structure begins to grow, while the structure at the start of the tape is demolished. The original Gemini continues to disassemble as the new one emerges, until after nearly 34 million generations, new life is born.'"
Space

Giant Planet Nine Times the Mass of Jupiter Found 73

Posted by Soulskill
from the fat-planets dept.
cremeglace writes "In the late 1990s, astronomers noticed a distinct warp in the disk of dust and gas orbiting a young star some 60 light-years from Earth. Now, using new analytical tools, researchers have discovered a giant planet lurking within the dusty haze. About nine times as massive as Jupiter and composed mainly of gas, the planet is only a few million years old, proving that such enormous planetary bodies can form rapidly." What's amazing about this is that the images taken of the star clearly show the planet first on one side of the star, and then the other, several years later.
Power

+ - China to Build 600 MW Wind Farm in Texas

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "The Wall Street Journal reports that Chinese banks will provide $1.5 billion to a consortium of Chinese and American companies to build a 600-megawatt wind farm in West Texas, using turbines made in China. “This wind farm project came about thanks to the openness of the United States for investments in the field of renewable energy,” says John S. Lin, chief operating officer of A-Power Energy Generation Systems, which is part of the consortium building the project. The wind farm will be built on 36,000 acres in West Texas, and will use 240 2.5-megawatt turbines providing enough power to meet the electrical needs of between 135,000 and 180,000 American homes. The wind farm will be the first instance of a Chinese manufacturer exporting wind turbines to the United States, says Yang Yazhou, vice mayor of the city of Shenyang, where the wind turbines will be manufactured. Cappy McGarr, managing partner of US Renewable Energy Group, a private-equity firm that is lead partner on the 600-megawatt development, says the partnership will seek tax credits and support from the federal stimulus package, which should amount to millions of dollars. McGarr says the project should create 2,800 jobs — of which 15% would be in the US and the rest in China, where Shenyang employs 800 people. The project a "win-win-win for everyone. We're two great countries and we need to work together," says McGarr. China aims to be the front runner in wind- and solar-power generation and Thomas Friedman writes that China's decision to go green "is the 21st-century equivalent of the Soviet Union's 1957 launch of Sputnik.""
Security

+ - SSL Still Mostly Misunderstood->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "People still don't understand SSL. This isn't much of a surprise... no one expects that grandma and grandpa know how to what SSL is and what it does. What is surprising and downright scary is that most IT professionals don't understand SSL, and many consider it to be the be-all, end-all of security in their organization. With all the tools out their to manipulate SSL connections and the browser vendors unable to settle on a single method of showing if a site is secured by SSL or not, is it any wonder that no one gets it? Security researchers Tyler Reguly, Mike Zusman, Jay Graver and Robert 'RSnake' Hansen recently discussed some of these issues at SecTOR security conference in Toronto."
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+ - Butterfly Wings Could Lead To Better Solar Cells->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers have developed a technique to replicate biological structures, such as butterfly wings, on a nano scale. They focused on the tiny nano-sized photonic structures that are found in the insects’ cuticle, and which give insects their iridescence — that slightly metallic sheen that also seems to shift in color depending on the viewing angle. By replicating the biotemplate of butterfly wings, the researchers hope to be able to make various optically-active structures, such as optical diffusers or coverings that maximize solar cell absorption."
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Comment: Re:Running out of juice (Score 1) 139

by gt_mattex (#29716055) Attached to: LG Presents Solar Powered E-Book

I'm wondering if this is a viable concern.

From the Kindle web site.

Battery Life: Read on a single charge for up to 4 days with wireless on. Turn wireless off and read for up to two weeks. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as shopping the Kindle Store and downloading content. In low-coverage areas or in EDGE/GPRS-only coverage, wireless usage will consume battery power more quickly

Does one need more than 4 day to 2 weeks between chargings?

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