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Submission + - How Do You Visualize 100 GB of Google Text Data? (conceivablytech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: There is an amazing series of charts that visualizes trigrams and bigrams, portions of sentences, that have been extracted from Google's web data set. The result are graphs that highlight the connections and their frequency of words as we use them on web pages. Chris Harrison, from Carnegie Mellon University found, for example, that teh word "he" is often tied to "argues", while "she" is found often with "loves". There are also word relation chats that highlight opposite words that are used in combination with other words such as good and bad, peace and war and PC and Mac. Fascinating.

Submission + - First fully synthetic jet fuel flight (sasol.com)

mix77 writes: Lanseria, Johannesburg — Sasol, the world'(TM)s leading producer of synthetic fuels from coal and natural gas, today flew the world's first passenger aircraft exclusively using the company's own-developed and internationally approved fully synthetic jet fuel.

The fuel, produced by Sasol's proprietary Coal to Liquids (CTL) process, is the world's only fully synthetic jet fuel to have received international approval as a commercial aviation turbine fuel.


Submission + - Terry Pratchett creates a sword with meteorites (news.com.au)

jamie writes: "Fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett says he was so excited after being knighted by the Queen that he decided to make his own sword to equip himself for his new status... the author dug up 81kg of ore and smelted it in the grounds of his house, using a makeshift kiln built from clay and hay and fuelled with damp sheep manure."

Submission + - Cheap, network-accessible power monitoring?

EigenHombre writes: I would like to be able to monitor the power consumed by a device and fetch the data over a LAN for remote display, preferably via WiFi. There are plenty of cheap, network-accessible devices out there (home routers are the obvious example) and cheap voltage/current monitors as well — but the only things I found which did both are expensive units targeted at monitoring whole racks of computers. Any suggestions out there for devices or projects which would do this? I'm not against touching a soldering iron, but plug-and-play (plus some scripting/hacking) would be better.

Submission + - Cooties - The Flash Killer (bluedojo.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Someone has written a potential Flash Killer as a web application. You can build animations that run in most browsers including IE, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. It even runs on the iPad and the iPhone. The best part is that no Flash plug-in is required. The application is called "Cooties" by a company called "Blue Dojo". Looks like it is still in beta but it looks very promising. Don't ask me why it is called Cooties or you will get cooties.

Submission + - IE9 Interface Leaked On MS Russia's Press Site (zdnet.com)

Kilrah_il writes: A few weeks before their intended Sep. 15th beta release, MS Russia's press site accidently showed screenshots of the new interface for IE9. The page was pulled down after a few hours, but ZDNet got the screenshots and the descriptions attached to it: "The Microsoft Russia site said there will be a new, simplified navigation bar with IE 9 that will leave 'more room for the (Web) site itself.' There will be some navigation tools for commonly used functions — things like a back button and a combined address/search bar. But the numerous menu items in older versions of IE have 'been consolidated into one,' the site said. 'Now the user sees only what you need to navigate.'"
This and other changes mentioned in the article seem to hint that MS took some tricks from Chrome and Firefox's books.

Submission + - Some Soldiers Can't Vote in November

trialjudge writes: Some soldiers fighting to protect our right to vote won't be able to vote themselves in November.
Only a cynic would suggest that the Obama Administration might not be too disappointed in the prospect that many servicemen might not be able to vote.
Lots of blame being passed around here.


Submission + - BioShock 2: Minerva's Den Preview (rundlc.com)

Buffalo55 writes: With BioShock Infinite on the horizon, 2K Games will give us one last chance to explore Rapture with the BioShock 2 DLC, Minerva’s Den, coming to Xbox Live and PSN August 31st for 800 Microsoft Points/$9.99. Unlike the majority of the game’s updates, this one presents a single player campaign to romp through that includes a new area, characters and other surprises, making it a final treat in what turned out to be a stellar undersea adventure.

Submission + - Halo: Reach Live Action Trailer is Stunning (examiner.com)

AndrewGOO9 writes: Today, Bungie and Microsoft have released the latest live action trailer for Halo: Reach. Depicting a desperate battle between humanity and the Covenant, it easily encapsulates the darker elements of virtues like heroism, courage and more appropriately, sacrifice. As always though, this just fuels the fire as we all continue to wonder why the hell a Halo movie hasn't been made yet.

Submission + - Dragon Age: Origins- Witch Hunt Casts A Spell Sept (rundlc.com)

Buffalo55 writes: Dragon Age: Origins is one of the most heavily supported games in history, with multiple pieces of downloadable content guaranteed to enhance an already incredible experience. The best part? BioWare has more on the way in the form of Witch Hunt, which arrives on Xbox Live, PSN and PC September 7th for 560 Microsoft Points/$6.99. The bad news? It seems like this will be the last DLC for the game.

Submission + - Google Testing Instant Search Feature

adeelarshad82 writes: According to a recently released video, the company is currently testing an "instant search" feature that changes search results as you type. The feature was first spotted over the weekend.. At the moment Instant Search seems to be implemented on very few accounts. A Google spokesman could not confirm or deny the accuracy of the video saying that at any given moment Google is running 50 to 200 experiments.

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