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In the Irish Sea off Wales this week, a new kind of robot is taking to the waves. For once, this is not a military kill-droid, nor a securo-pork powered surveillance machine. Instead, we are seeing the debut of the fully-autonomous sailboat, which uses its own software to navigate out at sea. For now the uninhabited windjammers will stay relatively close to home but, next year, their successors will race across the Atlantic.


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+ - Venezuelans Gain 30 Minutes

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chirone (643355) writes "President Hugo Chavez has announced that Venezuela's official time will be put ahead by half an hour starting January 1. "Its about the metabolic effect, where the human brain is conditioned by sunlight," Chavez said in a rambling, seven hour discussion on his radio show "Alo, Presidente" with Science and Technology Minister Hector Navarro."
The Matrix

+ - Wikipedia in mass panic over Colbert jab-> 1

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athloi
athloi writes "In the wake of "The Colbert Report" host Stephen Colbert waxing philosophical about Wikipedia, making changes to entries on the air and urging his viewers to edit entries to include details he knew were false, an editor of the site has banned the comedian. True open content isn't paranoid, and it's not up for any idiot to edit, either. Wikipedia isn't OS in the same way OSS is, it's OS in the way a graffiti wall is. If OSS developers ran an encyclopedia, they'd assign developer project managers to each entry and the entries would be actually informative, unlike Wikipedia's mishmash of gossip, plagiarism and political revenge fantasies. http://news.com.com/8301-10784_3-6102088-7.html?pa rt=rss&tag=6102088&subj=news"
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Space

+ - space shuttle cabin leak->

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dnormant (806535) writes "A week before Space Shuttle Endeavour's planned liftoff, NASA was analyzing a cabin leak in the space shuttle Tuesday. The leak was detected over the weekend. NASA thought it fixed the problem by tightening a loose bolt, but testing Monday night confirmed air was still escaping from the crew cabin, said NASA spokeswoman Tracy Young."
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Linux Business

+ - IBM saves $250 million running Linux on mainframes->

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "Talk about eating your own dog food. IBM today will announce it is consolidating nearly 4,000 small computer servers in six locations onto about 30 refrigerator-sized mainframes running Linux saving $250 million in the process. The 4,000 servers that IBM will replace by making this change will be recycled by IBM Global Asset Recovery Services. This change will affect IBM's data centers in Poughkeepsie, New York, Southbury, Conn., Boulder, Col, Portsmouth, UK, Osaka, Japan, and Sydney, Australia. These six data centers currently take up over 8 million square feet, or the size of nearly 140 football fields. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/17998"
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