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+ - Terror attack on Norwegian government->

techtech writes: "A large explosion has hit near government headquarters in the Norwegian capital Oslo.

The blast is thought to have caused damage to the offices of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and a number of other official buildings.

Initial reports suggested Mr Stoltenberg was unharmed."

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Comment: Re:Paper/plastic money sure (Score 1) 391 391

Storing an ID on the phone doesn't cost anything. Transferring it to the phone could cost something, but it can easily be issued via bluetooth or infrared connection, for example from the DMV when you pass the driving test. The possibility of losing the phone is another problem though, and is the way I see it the biggest hurdle in implementing this idea.

Comment: Re:Paper/plastic money sure (Score 1) 391 391

I was thinking mobile phones when i wrote it, yes. Not everybody owns a smart phone NOW, but eventually as new models arrive the older models become cheaper. And everybody wants to have the toys that the "rich" people already have.
I definately don't think it will happen in the near future, but I truly believe it will happen someday. Perhaps towards the end of your lifetime, depending on how well you take care of yourself :)
IBM

+ - Flash Obsoleted by IBM Breakthrough in PCM->

An anonymous reader writes: IBM claims to have refined phase change memory (PCM) to put it on track to replace flash within three years. PCMs will be 100-times faster, last 3000 times longer and achieve densities that make flash look like an antique. We've heard these claims before, but this time it looks like they've got the deep-pockets and architectural changes to make it work.
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+ - Facebook Video Chat. Now, who you gonna call?->

Krnl678 writes: Mark Zuckerberg took the stage today at the Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California to announce that the most recognized VoIP service in the world (Skype) and the world’s most notable social network are now fully integrated with each other bringing the best of both worlds, video chat within the browser.
Video chat is nothing new, the problem was...

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Comment: Re:Microsoft Research (Score 1) 361 361

Apple makes good, user friendly products that simply works out of the box, but they are also patent trolling corporate bullies.
Microsoft makes good, user friendly products that simply works out of the box (most of the time), but they are also patent trolling corporate bullies.
Fanbois of both camps ignore the patent trolling corporate bully part, as long as they get a product that works for them.
Idle

+ - NASA's New Bag Turns Urine Into Sports Drink->

An anonymous reader writes: NASA's Atlantis shuttle is set to launch this Friday, and its crew will be testing an innovative device that can recycle human urine into a sugary sports drink. The bag uses forward osmosis technology and features a semi-permeable membrane capable of isolating water from virtually any liquid. Recycling urine in this way has a significant effect on a ship’s payload, and considering that a single pound adds $10,000 of cost, that slight weight difference can translate to serious savings.
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