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Comment: Re:I don't get it... (Score 1) 151

by mikemsd (#30037308) Attached to: MIT Grad To Make Digital "SixthSense" Open Source

Yeah, really, I mean, it's like those people that wanted to put computers the size of a room in their house! I mean, it's not like they would have ever been able to make them small enough to fit in your pocket. Think of all the time and effort that would have been wasted. I'm glad I didn't invest that failed IBM startup.

+ - Penny-Sized Nuclear Batteries Developed 1

Submitted by pickens
pickens (49171) writes "Pickens writes:

Nuclear batteries that produce energy from the decay of radioisotopes are an attractive proposition for many applications because the isotopes that power them can provide a useful amount of current for hundreds of years at power densities a million times as high as standard batteries. Although nuclear batteries have been used for military and aerospace applications for years their large size has limited their general usage but now a research team at the University of Missouri team has developed a nuclear battery the size of a penny that could be used to power micro- and nano-electromechanical systems. The researchers' innovation is not only in the battery's size, but also that the batteries use a liquid semiconductor rather than a solid semiconductor. "The critical part of using a radioactive battery is that when you harvest the energy, part of the radiation energy can damage the lattice structure of the solid semiconductor," says Jae Wan Kwon. "By using a liquid semiconductor, we believe we can minimize that problem." The batteries are safe under normal operating conditions. "People hear the word 'nuclear' and think of something very dangerous," says Kwon. "However, nuclear power sources have already been safely powering a variety of devices, such as pacemakers, space satellites and underwater systems.""
Linux

+ - Hulu Desktop now available for Linux->

Submitted by Dega704
Dega704 (1454673) writes "At launch Labs' most exciting (and surprising) new feature was Hulu Desktop — a downloadable native client available for both Mac and Windows that sports a new interface that allows users to sit back from their screens and navigate the site using either their Mac or Windows Media remotes. And today, it's launching support for Linux. To be perfectly honest I did a double take when I heard the news — plenty of software never makes it to Linux at all, much less a few months after making its PC/Mac debut. But Hulu says that a Linux version was among users' top requests, so they built it."
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+ - French Prez Caught Violating His Own Copyright Law->

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I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property
I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been caught violating someone's copyright again. This time, presidential services made 400 unauthorized copies of a DVD when only 50 had been made by the publisher. Mr. Sarkozy, of course, is the one pushing the HADOPI law, which would disconnect the internet service of an alleged pirate after three allegations of infringement. This isn't the first time he's been connected to copyright violations, either. His party had to pay some 30,000 Euro for using a song without authorization. If he were he subject to his own law, Mr. Sarkozy would be subject to having his internet disconnected the next time he pirates something."
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+ - Dow to sell Solar Shingles->

Submitted by CyberDong
CyberDong (137370) writes "Dow Chemical Co said on Monday it would begin selling a new rooftop shingle next year that converts sunlight into electricity. The new solar shingles can be integrated into rooftops with standard asphalt shingles, Dow said, and will be introduced in 2010 before a wider roll-out in 2011."
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Spam

+ - Gold Spam becoming a sore topic for AION players->

Submitted by Usagi_yo
Usagi_yo (648836) writes "Endless whispers for Kinah (in game currency), scrolling chat tabs of multi-line SPAM messages from in-game currency traders, phishing scams, key-logger scam, power leveling ... It's all there and it's very ugly for NCsoft's latest release of AION http://na.aiononline.com/ online mmorpg as players are starting to revolt after only a two weeks of game release. Would you pay $49.95 + tax and then $15 per month for such headaches?"
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Windows

+ - "Windows 7 compatible" PCs must be 64-bit ->

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Barence
Barence writes "Microsoft has started certifying PCs as "compatible with Windows 7" — and looks to have avoided the mistakes that dogged the Vista Capable scheme. Whereas Microsoft certified PCs that could only run Vista Home Basic last time round, this time PCs will have to work with all versions of Windows 7 to qualify for the sticker, including 64-bit versions of the OS. Microsoft also claims that "products that receive the logo are checked for common issues to minimise the number of crashes, hangs, and reboots experienced by the user.""
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Software

+ - Company uses DMCA to take down second-hand softwar->

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dreemteem
dreemteem writes "A judge Tuesday heard arguments in a dispute over software sales that could potentially have repercussions on the secondhand sale of virtually any copyright material.
The suit was filed by Timothy Vernor, a seller on eBay, after Autodesk, citing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, asked eBay to remove some of its software products that Vernor had listed for sale there, and later to ban him from the site.
Vernor had not illegally copied the software but was selling legitimate CDs of the products secondhand. For that reason, he argued, he was not infringing Autodesk's copyright.
Autodesk countered that because it licences the software, rather than selling it outright, a licensee does not have the right to resell its products."

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+ - Heart patient with no pulse-> 2

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laggist
laggist writes "Heart patient in Singapore implanted with artificial heart that pumps blood continuously, allowing her to be very alive without a pulse.

From the article: '.. the petite Madam Salina, who suffers from end-stage heart failure, would not have been able to use the older and bulkier models because they can only be implanted in patients 1.7m or taller. The 30-year-old administrative assistant is the first recipient here to get a new artificial heart that pumps blood continuously, the reason why there are no beats on her wrist.'"

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+ - Patent case ruling against Microsoft overturned->

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some_guy_88
some_guy_88 writes "The $338 million verdict against Microsoft disucssed here previously for violating a patent held by Uniloc has been overturned. Ric Richardson, who divides his time between NSW, Australia and California, is the founder of Uniloc, which sued Microsoft in 2003 for violating its patent relating to technology designed to deter software piracy."
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United States

+ - Lethal Floor Mats Prompt Largest Toyota Recall-> 3

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reporter
reporter writes "In a stunning reversal of fortune, Toyota — the Japanese leader of automotive quality — has issued the largest recall in its history, according to a story by the "Wall Street Journal". A defective installation of a simple floor mat can jam the accelerator into a mode of maximum acceleration. This defect has lead to 5 deaths. According to a story by Reuters, in one harrowing incident, "an off-duty California state trooper and three members of his family were killed in the San Diego area in a crash of a 2009 Lexus ES350. Before the crash, a passenger in the car had called 911 and told dispatchers that the accelerator was stuck and the car had reached 120 miles per hour (193 km per hour)."

What could possibly cause an engineer to design an incorrect procedure for installing a simple floor mat?

In Japan, death by overwork is a recognized form of lethal industrial "accident". Unfortunately, too many Japanese managers — and nowadays, also, American managers in Silicon Valley — think that overworking an employee maximizes productivity. On the contrary, overworking an employee diminishes his productivity: lack of sleep can cause an engineer to create an improper procedure for installing a simple floor mat. Does that employee work at Toyota?"

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