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Penguin Poop Seen From Space 86

Scientists have found ten new emperor penguin colonies by spotting their skid marks on the Antarctic ice from satellite images (video on page). The ice around the penguins gets very dirty because they congregate in a small area in very large colonies for months. Peter Fretwell, Mapping Expert, British Antarctic Survey says, "What we find is that we can see the guano (excrement) from space. They stay in the same space in very large colonies for eight months of the year and the ice around them gets very dirty, and it's that that we can see on the satellite images."

Comment Re:Eye Opener (Score 1) 461

That was a great night.
I remember sitting on the top of a lakefront with building with nothing but moonlight and the stars. We decided to finish off the beer a friend had in his fridge and shared it with all the neighbors and friends there. We had cold beer, a guitar, no technology, the day off and honestly I think it was one the more enjoyable nights of my life.

Comment Re:Nonsense. (Score 1) 390

Farnsworth: These are the dark matter engines I invented. They allow my starship to travel between galaxies in mere hours.
Cubert: That's impossible. You can't go faster than the speed of light.
Farnsworth: Of course not. That's why scientists increased the speed of light in 2208.
Cubert: Also impossible.
Farnsworth: And what makes my engines truly remarkable is the afterburner which delivers 200% fuel efficiency.
Cubert: That's especially impossible.
Farnsworth: Not at all. It's very simple.
Cubert: Then explain it.
Farnsworth: Now that's impossible. It came to me in a dream and I forgot it in another dream.
Data Storage

AnandTech Gives the Skinny On Recent SSD Offerings 96

omnilynx writes "With capacity on the rise and prices falling, solid state drives are finally starting to compete with traditional hard drives. However, there are still several issues to take into account when moving to an SSD, not to mention choosing between a widening array of offerings. Anand Lal Shimpi of AnandTech does a better job than anyone could expect detailing those issues (especially those related to performance) and reviewing the new offerings in the SSD arena. Intel's X25 series comes out on top for sheer speed, but OCZ makes a surprise turnaround with its Vertex drive giving perhaps the best value."

Comment Re:None of those games are remotely like WoW (Score 1) 137

And personally, I think WoW's killer will be another Blizzard game.

Diablo 3 is in the works and if anything is going to cause a major reduction in WoW subscriptions longer then 1-2 months this will be it.

Granted it isn't going to make WoW go away but I know if the multiplayer is as fun as Diablo 2 was it just might cause a good chunk of WoW Subscriptions to be canceled for longer then WAR or AoC ever could have made.

Comment Re:Moore's Law (Score 1) 140

There's probably some reluctance on manufacturers' part to hand out class-IV lasers for $29.99 with mail-in rebate.

This reminded me of an article I read a couple of months ago ( which might just happen to show why they would be reluctant to hand out said class-IV lasers.


QT 4.5 Released, Plus New IDE and Analysis Tool 62

stoolpigeon writes "QT 4.5 has arrived and is now available for download. This new release is quite significant due to licensing changes that now make it simpler to use QT in a wider range of products without cost as well as a number of new features. The latest version of Webkit is now integrated into the product. Qt 4.5 sees the introduction of QtBenchLib, a new component to make measuring the performance of the toolkit and checking for regressions easier. Mac developers who use Qt will note a major reworking of 4.5 on the Mac, now providing 64-bit support. QT Creator is a new IDE that looks to have combined a number of previously separate tools. And there is much more."

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