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Comment: Re:Not saying it's credible at first glance.. (Score 1) 736

by mp3phish (#23908831) Attached to: Japanese Company Says Laws of Physics Don't Apply — to Cars

thanks for the clarification. Your right..

I guess my main point is that the laws of thermodynamics still apply, and the cost of this water to hydrogen split will cost at minimum (but actually more than) the same as the current market value of the energy market.

The catalyst I have seen quotes is aluminum which is used up in the reaction to produce aluminum oxide and the byproduct is hydrogen. In a circumstance like this, the aluminum is used up and turned into a different chemical compound which cannot be converted back into aluminum without expending the same amount of energy at minimum which was transferred to the water compound that was originally split up.

so in actuality, the water is not the only fuel. As long as you have water you still don't get hydrogen. You have to have water plus some other compound which is splitting the water into hydrogen and oxygen. and that chemical (whether aluminum, or otherwise) will have to be produced in a factory which will cost the same amount of energy the car uses driving down the road.

So call that a catalyst or call it something else, the energy cost will still come from a coal or fission burning factory, which have arguably worse cost and environmental impact then direct burning of gasoline.

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Line Forms At Apple's Always-Open Manhattan Cube 445

Posted by timothy
from the they-serve-the-best-anticipation-ice-cream-here dept.
SpectreBlofeld writes "According to EngadgetMobile, a line has formed in front of Apple's flagship Cube store in Manhattan. From the article: 'So word on the street (literally) is that a large number of people are queuing in line outside of Apple's flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York City — keep in mind the Cube is open 24 hours a day. Our intrepid girl-on-the-scene reports that the group is more than 60-deep, though most people seem confused about what they're waiting for, but some believe they're actually camping out for a 3G iPhone.' Prank, or mass hysteria?" I wonder if the crowd already has its own Flickr group set up -- if not, what are they waiting for on that front?
Media

HD Monitor Causes DRM Issues with Netflix 540

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-years-low-resolution dept.
Jeremiah Cornelius points us to Davis Freeberg's blog, where he discusses his "nightmare scenario" of losing access to his DRM-protected purchases by upgrading his PC monitor. "When I called them they confirmed my worst fears. In order to access the Watch Now service, I had to give Microsoft's DRM sniffing program access to all of the files on my hard drive. If the software found any non-Netflix video files, it would revoke my rights to the content and invalidate the DRM. This means that I would lose all the movies that I've purchased from Amazon's Unbox, just to troubleshoot the issue. Because my computer allows me to send an unrestricted HDTV feed to my monitor, Hollywood has decided to revoke my ability to stream 480 resolution video files from Netflix. In order to fix my problem, Netflix recommended that I downgrade to a lower res VGA setup."
Portables

+ - Recovery of lost/stolen gadgets

Submitted by gurps_npc
gurps_npc (621217) writes "The explosion of portable electronic devices, can really weigh you down. Carrying a pager, phone, ipod, camera, and game is quite a lot. Worse, it gives you many more such things to misplace, or worse get stolen. This CNN story discusses some of the retrieval services that help you keep what belongs to you. I particularly like the first one, about a new singapore based software that when you download it to your phone, messages everyone in your phone's database whenever a new chip with a new phone number is installed in the phone. This makes it very hard for someone to steal your phone as all your friends get their new phone number."
United States

+ - President Bush paving the way for a Dictatorship.->

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Xyde
Xyde writes "from the site/video:

"The "National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive," with the dual designation of NSPD-51, and HSPD-20, as a Homeland Security Presidential Directive gives Bush total dictatorial powers — he just has to declare a national emergency. When declared it gives him the power to control all Federal, State, Local, Territorial and tribal governments as well as private sector organizations. It would also stop elections from being held." The press release is at http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/05/20 070509-12.html. How much more of this are we going to take?"

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Technology (Apple)

+ - Steve Jobs addresses new AT&T/iPhone controver->

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destinyland
destinyland writes "Working Assets is calling for a boycott of the iPhone. Locking all iPhones to AT&T is unnecessary, they argue, and AT&T is "a corporation whose practices seem to run counter to everything Apple stands for..." (They specify AT&T's stand on net neutrality, warrantless wiretapping, and their handing over of customer records to the NSA.) This article says Steve Jobs was asked specifically about the AT&T lock-in Thursday, and he responded that AT&T's GSM network makes the iPhone a "world phone". But asked point-blank about whether other U.S. carriers would service the iPhone — he didn't answer."
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The Courts

+ - AG Gonzales : "attempted" piracy should be->

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TechForensics
TechForensics writes "Gonzales: It's time to punish 'attempted' piracy

http://news.com.com/8301-10784_3-9736941-7.html?ta g=nefd.only

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales created quite a stir last month when he called for an aggressive rewrite of criminal copyright laws, including prison time for "attempted" copyright infringement, life behind bars for pirated software use, and more expansive wiretap authority in piracy investigations.

If anyone doubted his seriousness about that dramatic plan, look no further than the text of a speech the official delivered in Seattle on Wednesday. See http://www.usdoj.gov/ag/speeches/2007/ag_speech_07 0627.html"

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Software

+ - The Distro Jungle

Submitted by LinucksGirl
LinucksGirl (1105803) writes "People new to Linux are often confused by the large number of distributions there are to choose from. The good news is that you can safely ignore most of them. This article helps you cut through the confusion of choosing a Linux Distribution your exploration — and helps you understand just what it is you've chosen."
Portables (Apple)

+ - Apple gives all employees an free 8GB iPhone

Submitted by
sie
sie writes "Think Secret is reporting that one of the the things announced at Steve Jobs's town hall meeting was that every Apple employee, both full-time and temporary will receive a complimentary iPhone. According to Yahoo! Finance, Apple has 17,787 full-time employees. Think Secret also go on to say that they've heard from some of their sources who are saying the iPhone will have an AppleCare extended two-year warranty option for $69, but not at launch."
Portables (Apple)

+ - Steve Jobs says: Free iPhones for Apple employees->

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phaedo00
phaedo00 writes "Jacqui Cheng at Ars Technica has the exclusive scoop on what Steve Jobs told to Apple employees in a private, internal session this morning: "Steve opened up with how he believes that the iPhone will change the mobile space forever. He said that when the Mac first came out, people talked about how some day, every computer would work that way, and the same would be true of the iPhone... Someone from the audience asked whether Apple was concerned about cannibalization of business from the iPod with the introduction of the iPhone, and Steve answered that if there's going to be cannibalization of Apple, they want it to be by Apple. He also answered a question about "why EDGE?", saying that EDGE is more pervasive than 3G networks and that 3G chips are also power hogs." There's a bunch more in the full write-up and it's very interesting."
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Operating Systems

+ - ESR gives up on Fedora

Submitted by
greginnj
greginnj writes "Noted Linux evangelist Eric S. Raymond (ESR) has publicly announced that he is giving up on Fedora and switching to Ubuntu: http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-list/2 007-February/msg01006.html Not content to alert RedHat alone, it appears he has also sent out press releases to alert the media: http://www.linux.com/article.pl?sid=07/02/21/13402 37 . The announcement has already drawn smackbacks from David Cantrell of RedHat and Alan Cox."
Businesses

+ - Our customers demand Linux

Submitted by rolfc
rolfc (842110) writes "The OMXgroup, maker of systems for financial markets says in Computer Sweden that their next generation of software, Genium, will run on Linux since the customers demand it. The article in Swedish states that it is not the technical differences that is the reason but the fact that it is an open and competitive platform, and their customers has given clear signals that they want to run Linux."
Communications

+ - Junk Faxes

Submitted by olddoc
olddoc (152678) writes "I am having a growing problem with junk faxes. Unlike email, it costs me money when I get a fax so junk faxes really tick me off. A while ago, I gave my number to a removal number and now I am getting more junk faxes than ever! Does anyone know how to make them pay? What devious methods can I use to get even? Can I sign up for a phone number that will drive up their costs when I call the toll free removal number? What have other readers done?"

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