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Submission + - Journalist Opts for Google Glass Money-Back Guarantee

theodp writes: Over at Internet Evolution, tech journalist Ron Miller explains why he marked his $1,500 Google Glass 'Return to Sender'. "When I purchased my Glass," Miller writes, "I knew I had 30 days to decide if I wanted to keep or return it. The device has many charms, but in the end I didn't like peering at a small screen while looking up. And I simply wasn't dazzled. For that kind of money, I wanted to be blown away and I wasn't. I just wasn't." Google CEO Larry Page, on the other hand, loves the device so much he risked upstaging the bride by wearing his Glass at the altar during brother-in-law's wedding in Croatia.

Submission + - Xmarks To Shut Down in January 2011 1

BarneyRabble writes: "The cross browser bookmark sync application Xmarks, is shutting down as of January 2011. The site is stating that even through advertising, they could no longer support their business model. Further information can be found here.(http://www.xmarks.com/about/shutdown) All data from sync, including bookmarks, passwords, etcetera, will be wiped from their servers, and they ask that you start now to use other applications."

Submission + - Thousands of sites taken offline in 4Chan misfire (itnews.com.au) 1

littlekorea writes: Anonymous attackers have taken aim at Australia's anti-piracy lobby, AFACT today, in a concerted 12-hour effort. Some 8,000 other Australian websites using the same web host were taken out in the process. The AFACT site resumed service after several hours of downtime. Similar attacks have been leveled at anti-piracy groups such as the MPAA and RIAA.

Submission + - Wikileaks insiders resign (wired.com)

Americano writes: Wired reports that at least six wikileaks insiders, including Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Wikileaks' spokesman in Germany, have resigned in the past few weeks. Those who have spoken with Wired cite differences and disputes with Julian Assange, and his autocratic leadership style, as the motivation for their departure.

From the article:
"You are not anyone's king or god," wrote Domscheit-Berg in the chat. "And you're not even fulfilling your role as a leader right now. A leader communicates and cultivates trust in himself. You are doing the exact opposite. You behave like some kind of emperor or slave trader."

"You are suspended for one month, effective immediately," Assange shot back. "If you wish to appeal, you will be heard on Tuesday."


Submission + - Data leak: galaxy rich in Earth-like planets (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: A leak from an Oxford conference about the Kepler satellite mission reveals that out of approximately 265 planets represented on a particular graph, about 140 were labeled "like Earth"--having a radius smaller than twice Earth's radius. So the unauthorized presentation of preliminary results would seem to confirm that Kepler has succeeded in showing that Earth is no fluke.

Submission + - NASA finds 14 new, seriously chilled stars (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: NASA astronomers said they have spotted 14 of the coldest stars in the known universe and they expect to find hundreds more. The 14 objects found by Spitzer are hundreds of light-years away and are thought to have temperatures 350 to 620 degrees Fahrenheit that NASA called bitter cold for stars — as cold, in some cases, as planets around other stars.

Submission + - Linux networking tools

MrScary writes: I am looking for some tools for debugging a wireless network. I work for a large coal mine which right now uses a point-to-point system but we are switching to a wireless mesh. I would like something to monitor network traffic and help us debug jams that occur in it. Occasionally we get a piece of equipment that starts flooding the network with traffic and takes part of it down. We need something to help us identify what may be causing it.

Submission + - Devastating landslides kill at least 51 in SE Bang (risangel.com)

An anonymous reader writes: At least 51 people including 5 army personnel were killed in devastating landslides caused by heavy rains in Bangladesh's two southeastern districts early Tuesday and many more were also feared dead under the mud, officials said.

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Submission + - New Mineral Reserves In Afghanistan (nytimes.com) 1

shriphani writes: From the article: "The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials."
This of course comes with its problems. Afghanistan, with its highly illiterate and impoverished population, might be a victim of a resource curse, where wealth in natural resources leads to bad socio-economic situations like ethnic violence, authoritarian regimes and so on. It will of course be highly interesting to see how the US government now views the Afghan war. On one hand, it is imperative that the Taliban doesn't regain control and on the other, it is hard to justify being responsible for the development of a state that has $ 1 Tr. in mineral reserves.

Submission + - Speakeasy, Covad and MegaPath combine (speakeasy.net)

fluke11 writes: Speakeasy has announced they are combining with MegaPath and Covad to 'create the next-generation CLEC — an MSLEC that can offer customers and partners a full suite of managed IP brandband services.' Given AT&T's anti-consumer attitude and clear incompetence, maybe this combined company will provide some of the competition the broadband market clearly needs.

Submission + - Guitar Hero Keytar (youtube.com)

UgmoRecords writes: A short video demonstrating the capabilities of a keytar made by Robert Willis. It was constructed using only a children's keyboard and a Guitar Hero controller.

Submission + - Adobe (temporarily?) kills 64 bit flash for Linux (adobe.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It seems that with the release of the 10.1 security patches Adobe has, at least temporarily, killed 64 bit Flash for Linux. Statement says: "The Flash Player 10.1 64-bit Linux beta is closed. We remain committed to delivering 64-bit support in a future release of Flash Player. No further information is available at this time. Please feel free to continue your discussions on the Flash Player 10.1 desktop forums." The 64 bit forum has been set to read only: http://forums.adobe.com/community/labs/flashplayer10_64bit The 10.1 forum is at http://forums.adobe.com/community/labs/flashplayer10/flashplayer10

Submission + - Renewable energy to power Aussie SKA (itnews.com.au)

schliz writes: New solar and geothermal energy facilities are being built in Australia to provide sustainable energy for the region's Square Kilometer Array (SKA) bid. The Australian Government yesterday announced A$47.3m in funding for a full-scale, hybrid solar and diesel plant for the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, and geothermal energy facilities for the Pawsey High-Performance Computing Centre, where data from SKA radio telescopes would be processed.

ASKAP is part of the Australasian bid to host the $2.5 billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA), which involves 20 countries and will investigate galaxy evolution, dark matter, and the existence of life. IBM expects the whole of the SKA to produce an exabyte of data per day.


Submission + - iPhone 4 vs. Android: And the winner is... (computerworld.com)

jcatcw writes: According to JR Raphael, it's Android by a long shot. The new iPhone hardware is a significant improvement and, on the software side, the updated operating system brings about numerous capabilities previously unavailable to iPhone users. However, most of the iPhone's new features feel like incremental upgrades. The HTC EVO 4G, arguably the highest-end Android phone on the market right now, uses a 1GHz processor, has limitless video chatting, full multitasking, significant customization options (and no, the ability to set your own wallpaper doesn't count as significant), system-wide voice-to-text input, and so much more. In the end, this won't be remembered as the year the iPhone got folders or a gyroscope.

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