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Renault Opens Up the 'Car As a Platform' 318

pbahra writes "Renault has launched what it describes as a 'tablet,' an integrated Android device built into its next range of cars, effectively opening the way to the car-as-a-platform. At the Le Web conference last year, Renault's chief executive, Carlos Ghosn, announced the company's intention to open up the car to developers, safety considerations not withstanding. 'The car is becoming a new platform,' said Mr. Hoffstetter. He said the seven-inch device can be controlled by voice recognition or by buttons on the steering wheel. 'We need help now,' he said. 'We need developers to work on apps.' When it launches, there will be about 50 apps bundled with the device, mostly written by Renault. 'We will open a Renault app store for people to download their own apps,' he said." While I like the idea of such apps for certain purposes — a maintenance interface, less-inconvenient navigation and stereo controls, interesting driving stats — I'm skeptical of the average driver's ability to use one of these without turning his car into a 3,000-lb angry bird.

Activists Destroy Scientific GMO Experiment 1229

Freggy writes "In Belgium, a group of activists calling themselves the Field Liberation Movement has destroyed a field which was being used for a scientific experiment with genetically modified potatoes. In spite of the presence of 60 police officers protecting the field, activists succeeded pulling out the plants and sprayed insecticides over them, ruining the experiment. The goal of the experiment was to test potato plants which are genetically modified to be resistant to potato blight. It's a sad day for the freedom of scientific research."

Comment Barack Obama (Score 4, Insightful) 363

This is what happens when someone promises intangible things and bases their entire campaign upon promising 'change' and 'hope,' two things which mean whatever you want, and mean different things to different people.

Too bad he couldn't actually give real promises and expectations other than 'hope' this and 'change' that.

Bloody sheep. You all deserve the hell you're creating for us.


Submission + - A Tale of Data Shaping (AKA Global Warming) 4

RetroGeek writes: Is NASA fudging the temperature numbers? For the last few years the global temperature gradient has been reported as rising therefore leading to cries that man is responsible for greatly affecting global temperatures. These reports are based on the numbers which NASA is giving out. However it seems that NASA has been "adjusting" the numbers as reported by The Register. And to really stir up the conspiracy theories: "Dr. James Hansen at GISS is the person in charge of the NASA temperature data. He is also the world's leading advocate of the idea of catastrophic global warming, and is Al Gore's primary climate advisor."

Understanding is always the understanding of a smaller problem in relation to a bigger problem. -- P.D. Ouspensky