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Google

Google Crawls The Deep Web 197

Posted by Zonk
from the delved-too-deeply dept.
mikkl666 writes "In their official blog, Google announces that they are experimenting with technologies to index the Deep Web, i.e. the sites hidden behind forms, in order to be 'the gateway to large volumes of data beyond the normal scope of search engines'. For that purpose, the engine tries to automatically get past the forms: 'For text boxes, our computers automatically choose words from the site that has the form; for select menus, check boxes, and radio buttons on the form, we choose from among the values of the HTML'. Nevertheless, directions like 'nofollow' and 'noindex' are still respected, so sites can still be excluded from this type of search.'"
Windows

Unofficial Win2K Daylight Saving Time Fix 299

Posted by kdawson
from the it's-about-time dept.
Saturn2003a writes "Microsoft has stated that they will not be offering a patch for the new US Daylight Saving Time for Windows 2000 and earlier. Only customers with an extended support agreement can get a Hotfix from Microsoft. To get around this, IntelliAdmin has created an unofficial patch (source code provided) that will fix Daylight Saving Time on Windows 2000 and Windows NT machines."
PC Games (Games)

+ - World of Warcraft now the size of New York City

Submitted by
DeadBugs
DeadBugs writes "World Of Warcraft has passed 8 Million subscribers. This would put it on par with the population of New York (the largest city in the United States). With the first expansion coming out since the game was released, the game could easily pass 10 million people.

From the press release: "Since debuting in North America on November 23, 2004, World of Warcraft has become the most popular MMORPG around the world. Today, World of Warcraft is available in seven different languages and is played in North America, Europe, mainland China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.""
Patents

+ - Steorn details their free energy tech. deployment

Submitted by
Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Steorn announces plans for widespread deployment of its free energy technology post-validation

http://www.steorn.net/en/news.aspx?p=2&id=981

Dublin, 11th January 2007: Steorn, the Irish technology development company, has today announced that its free energy technology will be made widely available to the development community immediately after the independent scientific validation process that is currently underway.

Under the terms of a modified general purpose licence and for a nominal fee, Steorn's intellectual property will be made available concurrently to all interested parties, from individual enthusiasts to larger research organisations. Steorn is taking this bold move to accelerate the deployment and acceptance of its technology for both humanitarian and commercial products.

Steorn's technology is based on the interaction of magnetic fields and allows the production of clean, free and constant energy. The technology can be applied to virtually all devices requiring energy, from cellular phones to cars.

Steorn placed an advertisement in The Economist in August 2006 to attract the attention of the world's leading scientists working in the field of experimental physics. It has now completed the selection of its jury of scientists who have embarked on the testing of the technology prior to publishing their results worldwide.

Sean McCarthy, CEO of Steorn, commented: "We have experienced enormous levels of interest in our free energy technology from the product development community.

"Experience tells us that opening up access to technology to all interested parties via the internet allows for rapid third party development. We believe that our technology can have a profound impact on people's lives and are confident that the delivery of our intellectual property via this type of online development and engineering support environment will lead to the rapid deployment of all kinds of different products.""
Hardware Hacking

+ - Laptop Keyboard Surgery

Submitted by
Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "The Dell Latitude CPx line of laptop is notorious for having keyboards go bad and mine was no different. Not all the keys would stop working, just the 8, I and K keys. I've tried all the various fixes but to no avail, cleaning the contacts, removing parts of the metal keyboard tray that was supposedly shorting, etc, ect. They would work for a few days then it would be back to typing with the on-screen keyboard. If I pounded my fist in just the right place I could get it to work but only until I moved the laptop again. This was getting irritating, time for some surgery."
Communications

iPhone Faces Uncertain Market 869

Posted by kdawson
from the second-and-third-thoughts dept.
48 hours have passed since Steve Jobs's MacWorld keynote and the reality distortion field is beginning to wear off. Lists of the drawbacks of the announced iPhone are sprouting all over the Net (and there is the occasional defense by true believers). Now narramissic writes, "The iPhone may be poised to take over the high-end cell phone market, but is it a market worth taking? Not if an InStat survey from July is any indication: Of 1,800 consumers surveyed, just 21 had spent more than $400 for a cell phone. Prices for the iPhone, admittedly more of a handheld computer than a cell phone, start at $499 for the 4G-byte version with a required two-year contract with Cingular. So, is Apple pricing it right? Analysts quoted in this article seem to think Apple's going to have a hard time getting the 1% of market share that Jobs called for."
United States

+ - U.S. warns about Canadian spy coins

Submitted by Radon360
Radon360 (951529) writes "The Pentagon issued a report that it has discovered Canadian coins that contain a small radio transmitter inside being planted on government contractors as they pass through Canada. The source of these sophisticated coins is either unknown or not being released at this time. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070111/ap_on_hi_te/sp y_coins_10"
Sony

+ - Analyst: PS3 Stock Left in Channel 'Troubling'

Submitted by
njkid1
njkid1 writes "American Technology Research's PJ McNealy is a bit concerned over the discrepancy between SCEA's stated PS3 shipment figure and actual sales, which may be several hundred thousand short. He called the situation "troubling." McNealy also trimmed his X360 2007 estimate."

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