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Science

Antarctic's First Plane, Found In Ice 110

Posted by timothy
from the ice-tractor-cometh dept.
Arvisp writes "In 1912 Australian explorer Douglas Mawson planned to fly over the southern pole. His lost plane has now been found. The plane – the first off the Vickers production line in Britain – was built in 1911, only eight years after the Wright brothers executed the first powered flight. For the past three years, a team of Australian explorers has been engaged in a fruitless search for the aircraft, last seen in 1975. Then on Friday, a carpenter with the team, Mark Farrell, struck gold: wandering along the icy shore near the team's camp, he noticed large fragments of metal sitting among the rocks, just a few inches beneath the water."
Games

EVE Online Battle Breaks Records (And Servers) 308

Posted by Soulskill
from the blame-it-on-the-torrents dept.
captainktainer writes "In one of the largest tests of EVE Online's new player sovereignty system in the Dominion expansion pack, a fleet of ships attempting to retake a lost star system was effectively annihilated amidst controversy. Defenders IT Alliance, a coalition succeeding the infamous Band of Brothers alliance (whose disbanding was covered in a previous story), effectively annihilated the enemy fleet, destroying thousands of dollars' worth of in-game assets. A representative of the alliance claimed to have destroyed a minimum of four, possibly five or more of the game's most expensive and powerful ship class, known as Titans. Both official and unofficial forums are filled with debate about whether the one-sided battle was due to difference in player skill or the well-known network failures after the release of the expansion. One of the attackers, a member of the GoonSwarm alliance, claims that because of bad coding, 'Only 5% of [the attackers] loaded,' meaning that lag prevented the attackers from using their ships, even as the defenders were able to destroy those ships unopposed. Even members of the victorious IT Alliance expressed disappointment at the outcome of the battle. CCP, EVE Online's publisher, has recently acknowledged poor network performance, especially in the advertised 'large fleet battles' that Dominion was supposed to encourage, and has asked players to help them stress test their code on Tuesday. Despite the admitted network failure, leaders of the attacking force do not expect CCP to replace lost ships, claiming that it was their own fault for not accounting for server failures. The incident raises questions about CCP's ability to cope with the increased network use associated with their rapid growth in subscriptions."
Google

+ - Google throws mud at OOXML->

Submitted by yogi
yogi (3827) writes "In a Blog post on Friday, Google welcomed the ISO decision not to fasttrack OOXML. From the article "Technical standards should be arrived at transparently, openly, and based on technical merit. Google is committed to helping the standards community remain true to this ideal and maintain their independence from any commercial pressure." while indicating their support for ODF."
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It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - BBC goatse'd in London 2012 Olympics logo backlash->

Submitted by soliptic
soliptic (665417) writes "Today the London 2012 Olympics committee unveiled their new logo, to a mostly derisory and hostile reception. In response, the BBC website challenged the public to do better, and showcased some entries both on the website and on BBC1. Unfortunately, one entry (SFW) wasn't exactly based on the inspiring premise it claimed! Is this the first example of a goatse prank getting all the way through to national network television?"
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Quake

+ - Nailgun: Weapon of choice for amateur DIYer

Submitted by yogi
yogi (3827) writes "In news from the US Centre for Disease control, it seems that there has been a 200% rise in the number of injuries from Nail Guns in the years since 1990. The release of Quake in 1996 may have some bearing on this. Either people aren't using them properly, or there is a marked preference for Nailguns now over the traditional pistols and shotguns for eliminating aliens in your backyard. The Register has the scoop. Casualty figures for Rocket Lanuchers are not provided."
The Internet

+ - Women outnumber men online; Men watch videos more.

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Ant
Ant writes "EMarketer (seen on Digg) reports that women outnumber men online, and it's likely to stay that way. Females now constitute an undeniable majority of the United States/U.S. Internet population. It also reports that there will be an estimated 97.2 million female Internet users ages 3 and older in 2007, or 51.7% of the total online population. In 2011, 109.7 million U.S. females will go online, amounting to 51.9% of the total online population... On a related story, Shacknews mentions MSNBC's story on how women prefer the remote over the mouse when it comes to watching videos even though they outnumber men in cyberspace. It says only 66 percent of women are watching videos online compared to 78 percent of men..."

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