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Wireless Networking

+ - SC looking at State-wide WiMAX

Submitted by jaweekes
jaweekes (938376) writes "The South Carolina State lawmakers are looking at a proposal for State-Wide WiMAX using the frequencies that will be abandoned by the State ETV when they go digital.

"This is a transformational opportunity that won't come again," said John Warner, founder of InnoVenture, an Upstate organization dedicated to helping create high-impact companies. "It would be a shame that at the end of the day, we let this chance go by because we didn't have the vision and leadership to step up and grasp it."

State Sen. Luke Rankin, R-Horry, said there still are too many unanswered questions about this new technology.

"WiMax has been talked about like it's the next best thing to Penicillin," said Rankin, who headed a legislative study committee this past summer that examined the WiMax "wireless cloud" proposal. "And (lawmakers) are being told, 'Hurry up. We don't have time to wait. We don't have time to study WiMax and whatever else is out there.'""
Space

+ - the largest non-commercial rocket launch in Europe

Submitted by jaweekes
jaweekes (938376) writes "The TV program "Top Gear" recently launched the "largest non-commercial rocket launch in European history" in the form of a rocket-propelled Reliant Robin. From the article http://www.bbc.co.uk/topgear/show/production_notes /shuttle.shtml "What could possibly be so difficult about building a space shuttle? Quite a lot, as it turns out. This was easily Top Gear's most ambitious film and, while everything didn't go quite according to plan, we're still very proud of the results. Here are just a few of the things that happened when we tried to put an ageing three-wheeler into space.""
Google

+ - Google makes novel print

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jaweekes
jaweekes writes "From BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/5297412.stm)

Search engine Google plans to offer consumers the chance to download and print classic novels free of charge.

The firm's book search tool will let people print classics such as Dante's Inferno or Aesop's Fables, as well as other books no longer under copyright.

Until now, the service has only let people read such books on-screen."

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