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Comment Never (Score 1) 217

Here in Switzerland, mail only enters your mailbox if it has your name written on it. If there is any other name, or even only your first name, they will not put it in your mailbox, or only if it is clear that it is meant for you. If your apartment building has several people with the same first name, it is impossible to tell in which mailbox they have to put an envelope with that exact first name. This is because everybody in the apartment building has the same house number, which I personally find rather ridiculous...

Comment What a great idea! (Score 2) 530

So, don't buy it now. Don't buy anything you don't really need now. Do this for 6 months. Save all the money that is left. From then on, continue to live as you do now. And suddenly you realize that you don't need your credit card with huge interest rates anymore! And you have suddenly all this interest that you would normally pay to the credit card company all for yourself!! Indeed, why pay $75 so that you have to pay small cash now, but lots more later.

Submission + - Discovery backs theory oil not 'fossil fuel' (

0ddity writes: A study published in Science Magazine today presents new evidence supporting the abiotic theory for the origin of oil, which asserts oil is a natural product the Earth generates constantly rather than a "fossil fuel" derived from decaying ancient forests and dead dinosaurs.

Comment Re:Yes, and? (Score 1) 514

... said "release WP7 handsets or we'll sue you for patent infringement." All the others complied, and Motorola is being sued for patent infringement. ...

Interesting, after all these years of trying to get Office onto all computers on the world, they suddenly force someone (Motorola) to make handsets with WordPerfect 7 on it! Where did this change of plans come from??


Solar Car Speed Record Smashed 72

An anonymous reader writes with word from Australia that "There's a new world record for the fastest solar-powered land vehicle: 88 km/h average speed over one kilometre in a lightweight car that uses about the same power as a toaster." As the article goes on to explain, this solar racer, built last year by students from the University of New South Wales, managed to nab that speed record earlier this month on an Australian navy base airstrip.

Comment Longer than expected (Score 1) 155

Although this news is of course potentially bad news, the lifetime of the Spirit robot exceeded all expectations. I think the original programme was more in the order of months than the years it has been successfully transmitting data now.

Everyone knew that this moment was going to come, so I bet the people working with the robot will be sad, but have planned something new in their lives. Next year for example, NASA is going to launch another Mars rover.

Submission + - Big Brother is finally here (

An anonymous reader writes: The WSJ started a series of articles on how advertising companies follow you across the Web using cookies, Flash cookies and pixels. Worth a read.

Drilling for oil is boring.