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+ - Iceland Volcano Ash Grounds European Air Travel->

Submitted by Ch_Omega
Ch_Omega (532549) writes "From the article at CBSNews:
"An ash-spewing volcano in Iceland emptied the skies of aircraft across much of northern Europe on Thursday, grounding planes on a scale unseen since the 9/11 terror attacks. British air space shut down, silencing the trans-Atlantic hub of Heathrow and stranding tens of thousands of passengers around the world.

Aviation officials said it was not clear when it would be safe enough to fly again and said it was the first time in living memory that an ash cloud had brought one of the world's most congested airspaces to a standstill. "

BBC News, Deccan Herald and Barents Observer has more coverage."

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Space

+ - Asteroid sickens villagers

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mcgrew (sm62704)
mcgrew (sm62704) writes "The AFP (Via Yahoo! News) reports that a meteorite struck southeastern Peru near the Bolivian border last night, leaving a 100 foot wide (30m) crater and sickening both residents, and policemen who were sent to the scene.

Residents complained of headaches and vomiting brought on by a "strange odor," local health department official Jorge Lopez told Peruvian radio RPP.
The report quotes local official Marco Limache as saying ""Boiling water started coming out of the crater and particles of rock and cinders were found nearby. Residents are very concerned.""
Software

+ - India decides to vote "No" for OOXML.->

Submitted by Indian
Indian (17922) writes "India on Thursday gave Microsoft a thumbs-down in the war of standards for office documents. In a tense meeting at Delhi's Manak Bhawan, the 21-member technical committee decided that India will vote a 'no' against Microsoft's Open Office Extensible Mark Up Language (OOXML) standard at the International Standards Organisation (ISO) in Geneva on September 2."
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Microsoft

+ - India shows thumbs-down to Microsoft's OOXML->

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kdrlx
kdrlx writes "India on Thursday gave Microsoft a thumbs-down in the war of standards for office documents. "We unanimously agree on the disapproval of OOXML with comments. The same will be submitted to ISO," National Informatics Centre head and BIS technical committee chairperson Nita Verma said after a marathon meeting that lasted over six hours.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/War_of_formats _India_shows_thumbs-down_to_Microsoft/articleshow/ 2305780.cms"

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PC Games (Games)

+ - Hands-on Spore 1

Submitted by Dr. Eggman
Dr. Eggman (932300) writes "1up.com has the exciting news, Spore is content finalized and moving into to tweak and polish phase! What's more, they were able to give a hands-on preview; the first of its kind outside of EA. Sam Kennedy was allowed to evolve his cellular creature up into the top of the ocean before finally flopping onto land. From there, he continued to evolve his creature to the point of simple communication, before his time was up."
United States

+ - People buy small cars though they can be deadly->

Submitted by proud american
proud american (1003577) writes "Americans are buying more small cars to cut fuel costs, and that might kill them.

As a group, occupants of small cars are more likely to die in crashes than those in bigger, heavier vehicles are, according to data from the government, the insurance industry and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

"People are looking for ways to save fuel, and they need to know that if they decide to buy a much smaller vehicle, they are putting themselves and their families at risk," says Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. IIHS, supported by auto insurance companies, follows traffic deaths closely.

Personally, I've lived this before, driving with kids in a compact car and rear-ended by a truck. I no longer have compact cars. The delta cost of the increased fuel is relatively insignificant."

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Media

+ - Wal-Mart "DRM-Free" MP3 Site: Windows-Only

Submitted by Skavoovie5
Skavoovie5 (1018244) writes "Despite all the raving about the new DRM-Free MP3 Download section of Wal-Mart, it would appear that Wal-Mart still expects its customers to chain themselves to a sub-standard OS. No Linux, no OS X.

Isn't the entire purpose of DRM-Free music to enable the purchaser the freedom to use the music on the platform and method they see fit? Apparently only as long as you're willing to run Windows, Internet Explorer, and Windows Media Player. No thanks!

When attempting to access Wal-Marts MP3 download section of their website via Linux, the user is presented with the following error message:

"We're sorry, your operating system is incompatible. To provide the best download experience, we can no longer support Windows 98, ME or NT. Please visit again after you upgrade to Windows 2000 or XP. Visit our Help section for complete system requirements information."

Following the "Help section" link leads to a page listing the minimum system requirements:

What are the system requirements for using Wal-Mart Music Downloads?

        * Windows 2000 or XP (sorry, no Macintosh or Linux) ...
        * Internet Explorer version 6.0 or higher
        * Windows Media Player version 9 or later"
The Internet

+ - Don't Kill The Trolls, But Feed Them-> 2

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Henk van Ess
Henk van Ess writes "Voelspriet.nl has initiated an idea to rid communities (be it forums, blogs, whatever) of trolls. Not get rid of them by banning them or nuking their posts, no, by accepting their trolly messages and keeping them at ease. The smart thing is that this anti-troll plug-in only shows the trolly stuff to the troll itself. That way, the other community members need not suffer. The idea was presented today on Dutch radio in Radio Online. A free beta plug-in for Wordpress will be available soon."
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AMD

+ - AMD previews new processor extensions

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It has been all over the news today. AMD announced its "x86 extensions for parallelism", a series of x86 extensions to make parallel programming easier. The first extension are the so called lightweight profiling extensions [that] would give software access to information about cache misses and retired instructions so they can optimize data structures for better performance. The specification is here and it has much wider applicability that parallel programming. It can be used to accelerate Java, .Net and dynamic optimizers."
Handhelds

+ - Nokia batteries to be drawn back->

Submitted by
iarefinnish
iarefinnish writes "Nokia has identified that in very rare cases the affected batteries could potentially experience over heating initiated by a short circuit while charging, causing the battery to dislodge. Nokia is working closely with relevant local authorities to investigate this situation. Nokia has several suppliers for BL-5C batteries that have collectively produced more than 300 million BL-5C batteries. This advisory applies only to the 46 million batteries manufactured by Matsushita between December 2005 and November 2006. There have been approximately 100 incidents of over heating reported globally. No serious injuries or property damage have been reported."
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Handhelds

+ - Nokia recalls up to 46 million batteries

Submitted by JavaBear
JavaBear (9872) writes "Now it's Nokia's turn to recall batteries, up to 46 million of them. It's the Nokia batteries branded BL-5C produced between December 2005 and November 2006, they shipped with these phones:
Nokia 1100, 1100c, 1101, 1108, 1110, 1112, 1255, 1315, 1600, 2112, 2118, 2255, 2272, 2275, 2300, 2300c, 2310, 2355, 2600, 2610, 2610b, 2626, 3100, 3105, 3120, 3125, 6030, 6085, 6086, 6108, 6175i, 6178i, 6230, 6230i, 6270, 6600, 6620, 6630, 6631, 6670, 6680, 6681, 6682, 6820, 6822, 7610, N70, N71, N72, N91, E50, E60
You can check if your battery needs to be replaced by visiting this advisory: http://www.nokia.com/batteryreplacement/en/"

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