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Comment Re:Laptop (Score 1) 697

I'd also reccomend the Asus Eee Box.. It's a brilliant little PC for general server roles. Its small, and uses an atom CPU so idles around 10 watts at most. I've got one set up for home automation, power monitoring, weather station, and many more things. http://www.asus.com.au/Product.aspx?P_ID=QUObl5lSRQQ3lSqJ No CD drive, but can easily plug in an external USB drive, or just install from a usb thumbstick. I wouldn't know why you'd get anything else, this thing is feature packed and cheap! got for $300AU, would be less in USD.
Biotech

Submission + - Scientists Identify How Body Senses Cold

Vicissidude writes: As an ice cream melts in your mouth this summer, take a moment to contemplate the protein that may be bringing you that sense of cool relief — and numbing your tongue. Researchers have pinned down the particular protein in mice used by the body to sense cold temperatures, and think that a similar one in humans does the same job. Mice rely on a single protein, called TRPM8, to sense both cold temperatures and menthol, the compound that gives mints their cool sensation. The sensor also controls the pain-relieving effect of cool temperatures, but does not seem to play an important role in the response to painfully cold temperatures below 10 C. TRPM8 is in the same family as the protein that detects heat and capsaicin, the compound that makes peppers hot. These proteins lie in the cell membranes of select neurons, and form channels that open and close in response to external signals.
Businesses

Submission + - eBay Buys StumbleUpon

An anonymous reader writes: After rumors swirling around the Web for some time now, eBay has finally confirmed that it will indeed buy Web site discovery service StumbleUpon. The price will be a cool $75 million. This is a major coup for StumbleUpon's team since it only has a small number of members, under 2.5 million actually. "StumbleUpon is a great fit within our goal of pioneering new communities based on commerce and sustained by trust," eBay's senior director Michael Buhr said. With Skype in its portfolio, what type of company is eBay really trying to become?

Comment Limited installations (Score 4, Insightful) 246

I thought I'd point out a few things that were mentioned on the article from a few days ago:

- This ultimate edition thats available through this offer is limited to installation on one PC, vs installation on three PCs available to those who buy the student edition (around $249AU)
- You don't get the CDs with the offer, but can download it, or get a disc from a participating university (I didn't check if it was just a burnt copy or a nicely labeled pressed disc). I'd pay $75 if OpenOffice came in such a fancy box!

I was one button away from purchasing it, until I realized how unnecessary it is for me. I use OpenOffice for my university studies, it opens every word document and PowerPoint presentation thats given to us from the Lecturers. I'm not sure how it is for other things. But for those of you who think this is a good deal, please consider, or atleast try OpenOffice first!

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