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Submission + - Is In-Flight Wi-Fi a Boon to Terrorists? (technologizer.com) 5

harrymcc writes: The attempt to ship bombs from Yemen, apparently intended to blow up the planes they were on, has some people wondering whether in-flight Wi-Fi is a security risk that could let terrorists rig a Wi-Fi-enabled cell phone to trigger a bomb from the ground. Seems to me that terrorists intent on blowing up planes would find old-fashioned timers easier and more reliable. Of course, the people in charge of flight security seem to value the appearance of safety above all else, so who knows?

Submission + - OLPC's $75 Tablet Debut Delayed 45 Days (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of One Laptop Per Child project, said that the $75 XO-3 tablet computer will now debut sometime in February 2011, about 45 days later than originally planned. He said that he wants the screen to be flexible so that it is more resistant to breaking, but that it doesn't need to roll up. 'The issue has been really finding an unbreakable material, which may not be plastic, it may be glass or some flavor of glass,' he said during a video interview at MIT. At first the XO-3 won't be branded OLPC, rather made by Marvell, with the actual XO-3 to follow. The tablet will eventually cost $75 and during a May 2010 interview, Negroponte said hitting that mark wouldn't be a problem. Negroponte said that the job of the XO-3 is 'pushing where normal market forces wouldn't otherwise.'
Australia

Aussie Research Company Brings Wi-Fi To TV Antenna 74

joshgnosis writes "The CSIRO has unveiled new technology that could bring internet to people in rural or remote parts of Australia using their existing TV antennas. Analog TV signal is set to be switched off in 2013 but this technology could see the spectrum used to deliver internet straight into people's homes through their TV antenna. Gartner expert Robin Simpson told ZDNet Australia that this would make it much easier for companies to get new customers. 'What appeals to me about it is that it re-uses existing infrastructure, all of the competing wireless technologies tend to use high frequencies and therefore require new base stations, new spectrum and new receiving antenna infrastructure as well,' he said. 'The fact that they're re-using the analog TV stuff gives them a much easier market entry strategy.'"

Submission + - New compounds may treat both alcohol and cigarette

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco, and Pfizer Inc., have determined that two new compounds may be effective in treating both alcohol and nicotine dependence at the same time. In a paper published in the November 3, 2010 issue of Neuropsychopharmacology, the researchers showed that alcohol consumption in rodents was significantly decreased by two compounds that target neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) subtype 3 4*. nAChRs are proteins found in the brain and broader central nervous system that mediate the effects of substances such as nicotine. Recent human genetic studies have shown that the genes encoding the 3 4* subtype are of significant importance for susceptibility to both alcohol and nicotine dependence.

Submission + - USB stick for Techs 1

SmoothBreaker writes: Slashdot readers, I'm working on a project for both my own company and my current full time employer, where we will have a usb stick loaded with apps and utilities to be used on systems to set parameters, troubleshoot, etc. However, the desired level of control is to restrict the drive to write permissions and allow the programs to run, but require only certain users to delete data from them, to prevent accidental deletions of the files and yet be ubiquitous across user machines and any domain. I havent found anything that seems to quite address that level of control. Am I missing a good solution, or is this only a pipe dream?
Hardware

Submission + - Keyboard simulators are awesome

An anonymous reader writes: Have you thought about investing in a new keyboard lately? Maybe treating your weary hands to a Topre Realforce or Filco with Cherry Brown switches? If you have, but are hesitant to drop the $100+ on a premium keyboard, then you might want to check out a keyboard simulator.
Games

Submission + - Why Warhammer Failed - Insider Story

sinij writes: EA insider, airs dirty laundry over what went wrong with Warhammer and what could this mean for upcoming Bioware Old Republic mmorpg.

Anyway, back to Warhammer. We shouldn’t have released when we did, everyone knows it. The game wasn’t done, but EA gave us a deadline and threatened the leaders of Mythic with pink slips. We slipped so many times, it had to go out. We sold mor ethan a million boxes, and only had 300k subs a month later. Going down every since. It’s “stable” now, but guess what? Even Dark Age and Ultima have more subs than we have. How great is that? Games almost a decade make more money than our biggest project.

Read it all here!

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The "King of All Computer Mice" Finally Ships Screenshot-sm 207

An anonymous reader writes "The much-anticipated, much-mocked 18-button joystick mouse from WarMouse is now shipping. The press release features an impressive set of user quotes from game designer Chris Taylor, new SFWA president John Scalzi, and a doctor who runs a medical software company. Crazy or not, it's obviously more than just a gaming mouse."
Science

Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Protein ... and Now Fat 210

ral writes "The human tongue can taste more than sweet, sour, salty, bitter and protein. Researchers have added fat to that list. Dr. Russell Keast, an exercise and nutrition sciences professor at Deakin University in Melbourne, told Slashfood, 'This makes logical sense. We have sweet to identify carbohydrate/sugars, and umami to identify protein/amino acids, so we could expect a taste to identify the other macronutrient: fat.' In the Deakin study, which appears in the latest issue of the British Journal of Nutrition, Dr. Keast and his team gave a group of 33 people fatty acids found in common foods, mixed in with nonfat milk to disguise the telltale fat texture. All 33 could detect the fatty acids to at least a small degree."
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How the Internet Didn't Fail As Predicted Screenshot-sm 259

Lord Byron Eee PC writes "Newsweek is carrying a navel-gazing piece on how wrong they were when in 1995 they published a story about how the Internet would fail. The original article states, 'Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we'll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Intenet. Uh, sure.' The article continues to say that online shopping will never happen, that airline tickets won't be purchased over the web, and that newspapers have nothing to fear. It's an interesting look back at a time when the Internet was still a novelty and not yet a necessity."
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Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child Screenshot-sm 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."
Input Devices

Best Mouse For Programming? 569

LosManos writes "Which is the best programming mouse? Mandatory musts are wireless, and that it doesn't clog up like old mechanical mice. Present personal preferences are for: lots of buttons, since if I have moved my hand away from the keyboard I can at least do something more than move the pointer; sturdy feeling; not too light, so it doesn't move around by me accidentally looking at it." What would you recommend?

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