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+ - SPAM: Venerable jet engine gets $30M shot in the arm 1

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "While most of the military and some of the commercial aviation research has focused on building ever-faster, more advanced jet engines, little attention has been paid to developing the venerable turbine power plant. But that's about to change, at least a little. The Air Force today awarded a $30 million contract to Lockheed Martin to begin developing turbine engines that ultimately could be 10X faster than current variations. The contract falls under what the Air Force call its Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engines (VAATE) program that looks to bring turbine power technology into the future. [spam URL stripped]"
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Comment: Re:We already have one... (Score 2, Interesting) 337

by jmashaw (#25532511) Attached to: Fictional Town "Eureka" To Become Real?
Speaking of nuclear weapons...

What happens if this "Brain City" becomes a military target for an anti-western nation, or any nation that might oppose scientific thought? All it would take is a single attack to wipe-out so much research and great thinkers.

Don't we try to avoid the single point of failure and prefer distributed networks for this reason?
Transportation

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Spawns Real-Life Car 93

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the and-i'm-sure-it-will-be-affordable dept.
Car Analogy Please writes to tell us that a new car unveiled at the Paris Auto Show was modeled after the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue car. GTbyCITROËN is the first car that has been designed in tandem with a video game to then spill out onto the actual pavement. "The GTbyCITROËN is the product of a partnership built up during the creation of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. Takumi Yamamoto, from Citroen and Kazunori Yamauchi from Polyphony Digital Inc, the games developer were inspired by each others industries to design a concept car for the game that then flowed further into the real-world. The game version of the car mirrors the real-world performance of the concept."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - "The Hammer" vs. Comcast

Submitted by jmashaw
jmashaw (1099959) writes "The Washington Post is carrying this story about a 75 year-old woman who decides that she can get better service with a hammer:
Taking a Whack Against Comcast(washingtonpost.com)

From the Article:

"Hammer time: Shaw storms in the company's office. BAM! She whacks the keyboard of the customer service rep. BAM! Down goes the monitor. BAM! She totals the telephone. People scatter, scream, cops show up and what does she do? POW! A parting shot to the phone!"
The article goes on to read:

Who among us has not longed for a hammer in this age of incompetent "customer service representatives," of nimrods reading from a script at some 800-number location, of crumbs-in-their-beards plumbing installation people who tell you they'll grace you with their presence between 12 and 3, only never to show?
"
Software

+ - First ever social networking AND music download si->

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vibe99
vibe99 writes "Think of Rvibe.com as a mixture of myspace and itunes. When a member downloads the free software, they can create a profile, make friends, join groups, and talk to people just like on myspace. However, they can also legally buy music from any other user on the site. When a user first signs up, Rvibe adds the music currently on their computer to the software. Songs costs $.99 to buy, $.03 to stream, and can also be listened to for free in a radio style format. The user who has sold the song gets rewarded with $.05 to be used either towards their next purchase or given to one of our charity partners.

Rvibe combines the two biggest trends on the internet today, social networking and legal music downloading."

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You know, the difference between this company and the Titanic is that the Titanic had paying customers.

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