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+ - Driving Music Based on GPS: Get it done!

Submitted by megacia
megacia (534566) writes "After picking up Star Wars: Trench Run yesterday I was reminded of the many fond hours I spent playing X-Wing and Rebel Assault. With mobile phones more powerful and GPS capable, wouldn't it be interesting to duplicate the soundtrack for a game into a road trip? The GPS could know when you accelerate and start something with a faster tempo or when you are stuck in traffic loop some background music (like when you endlessly circle looking for that last turret on a star destroyer). And something grand as you get close to home, to finish exactly when you pull into the driveway."
Programming

+ - Ask Slashdot: Getting Back Into Programming

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An anonymous reader writes "In high school and college I took several years of programming classes with C++/JAVA. Upon graduation I was in a non-programming industry for a few years. Since losing my job and starting law school I've had some little programming ideas I wanted to work on. But they would be web based and I don't really know where to start picking it back up and transfer some of my knowledge of C into something useful. To work with some of these APIs like Goole Calendar and Facebook, what's a good place to start and mash some content up for some custom lawyering tools?"

+ - 10% of U.S. Energy from Old U.S.S.R. Nukes->

Submitted by Nrbelex
Nrbelex (917694) writes "The New York Times reports that about 10 percent of electricity generated in the United States, comes from fuel from dismantled nuclear bombs, mostly Russian. 'It's a great, easy source' of fuel, said Marina V. Alekseyenkova, an analyst at Renaissance Bank and an expert in the Russian nuclear industry that has profited from the arrangement since the end of the cold war. But if more diluted weapons-grade uranium isn't secured soon, the pipeline could run dry, with ramifications for consumers, as well as some American utilities and their Russian suppliers.'"
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Handhelds

+ - Verizon 4G LTE Tests Planned for Seattle, Boston->

Submitted by suraj.sun
suraj.sun (1348507) writes "Verizon will kick off tests of its LTE network in Seattle and Boston later this year.

"We plan to conduct LTE trials in Seattle and in Boston later this year," chief financial officer John Killian said during the company's earnings call. "We're working on a commercial launch of LTE service in up to 30 markets next year."

Verizon wants to ultimately cover 100 million points of presence (POPs), or Internet access points, with its LTE network, Killian said. "In 2011 and 2012, we'll continue to expand significantly with the ultimate goal being to cover all our POPs with this great product by the end of 2013."

LTE is Verizon's next-generation, "4G" network, which will supplement and eventually replace its existing CDMA network and provide average data speeds between 8-12 Mbps.

Verizon : http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2350807,00.asp"

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Data Storage

+ - How to store internal hard drives?

Submitted by mike
mike (534566) writes "I have been ripping all my movies and TV shows for easy viewing through a media PC. Because I would rather not rip everything again I'm looking for a simple backup solution. I'm considering a hard drive dock and several internal hard drives to use as "disks" to back things up every once in a while but I don't know what the best way to store internal drives would be in the meantime. Could they sit together in any empty box an be OK or would a number of externals be worth the slightly higher cost with fewer worries about storing them in the meantime?"
The Internet

+ - Answer People in Online Discussions Visualized->

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Marc Smith
Marc Smith writes ""Answer people", the folks who contribute most of the value in the Internet, are a small minority of all online users. Less than 2% of authors in Usenet newsgroups, a recent paper my co-authors and I (Howard T. Welser, Eric Gleave, Danyel Fisher and Marc Smith) have published in the Journal of Social Structure reports, are likely to be the helpful "answer person" type — authors who reply to many other people with brief replies. The paper Visualizing the Signatures of Social Roles in Online Discussion Groups contains social network visualizations of the ties created when authors reply to one another. These images highlight the difference between these helpful folks and other types of contributors. The findings may apply to other threaded discussions (maybe even Slashdot discussions!)."
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United States

+ - Italian boost for JFK plot theories->

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An anonymous reader writes "Conspiracy theories that dispute the official version of US President John F. Kennedy's assassination have been given a major boost by tests in Italy. Army-supervised tests on a rifle identical to the Italian-made weapon Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly used to murder the president suggest he could not have been working alone."
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