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Submission + - Solar Reactor Unveiled, Solar Plane Breaks Records

chrb writes: Scientists from the California Institute of Technology and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have unveiled a new solar reactor prototype that directly converts carbon dioxide or water into hydrogen or carbon monoxide. Science Magazine have the paper: High-Flux Solar-Driven Thermochemical Dissociation of CO2 and H2O Using Nonstoichiometric Ceria.

In other news, the Federation Aeronautique Internationale has confirmed that the UK-built solar-powered Zephyr aeroplane broke three world records following a non-stop two-week flight earlier this year.
Apple

Submission + - The top 3 mobile advances: 2 may surprise (infoworld.com)

GMGruman writes: In the year of a slew of new mobile products, picking the momentous isn't easy. But InfoWorld's Galen Gruman has chosen three that will make the deepest contributions to mobile, and two may surprise you: iOS 4's management APIs (which ended the BlackBerry reign in business) and pay-as-you-go pricing (which extends mobile Internet affordability and takes pressure off the networks). Number 3 is obvious but as fundamental: the iPad (this changes everything, to borrow a phrase, in the world of personal computing).
Data Storage

Journal Journal: [RAID] May be a enclosure/SATA cable issue. 5

I didn't have much time to continue the investigation of the hard disk issues of my dads server. I ran the Hitachi diagnostic disk fully. No errors. Read out SMART status, and did full SMART checks under Ubuntu. No errors.

Hardware

Submission + - 20 stunning PC mods from 2010 (bit-tech.net)

arcticstoat writes: Who says PC modding is dead? UK tech site bit-tech has rounded up 20 of the best PC mods from the year, showcasing an incredible amount of innovation, skill and craftsmanship. From a PC made of concrete, through a replica of a Cray-1 chassis to an Art Deco style wooden radio, these 20 stunning PC mods are just amazing pieces of work.

Comment This is an American problem with our democracy (Score 0, Offtopic) 401

and we Americans really need to responsibly take out our trash before the whole planet's just one big corporate garbage pile. Funny how America's so big on democracy, but the truth evidently is that America's democracy is useless because corporations like Apple have so corrupted the American government, that there's no real actual accountability to the American people. Evidently, that there is a democracy is just a lie told to we Americans so we'll be more easily turned into mindless consumers. Isn't it amazing just how many Americans, especially affluent ones, will deny that there's even any real problems with corporate America?

Google

Google Fixes 10 Bugs In Chrome, Pays $4000 Bounty 114

Trailrunner7 writes "It seems Google's bug bounty program is paying some nice dividends, for both sides. Less than two weeks after releasing version 6.0 of its Chrome browser, Google has pushed out another Chrome release, which includes fixes for 10 security bugs, seven of which are rated either critical or high. Google Chrome 6.0.472.59 comes out just 12 days after the last Chrome release, which fixed 14 security bugs. As part of its bug bounty program, Google paid out $4,000 in rewards to researchers who disclosed security flaws in the browser. Most of the security flaws fixed in the new release are in the Windows version of Chrome, but the most serious bug is only in Chrome for Mac."
Piracy

UK ISPs To Pay 25% of Copyright Enforcement Costs 255

Andorin writes "The UK's Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has released a report (PDF) related to the new Digital Economy Act. The debate between copyright holders and ISPs about who should front the costs for the enforcement of the Act's anti-piracy provisions has come to a close: Rights holders will pay 75% of the copyright enforcement costs, with the remaining 25% of the bill going to ISPs (and therefore their customers). Says the Minister for Communications, Ed Vaizey: 'Protecting our valuable creative industries, which have already suffered significant losses as a result of people sharing digital content without paying for it, is at the heart of these measures... We expect the measures will benefit our creative economy by some £200m per year and as rights holders are the main beneficiaries of the system, we believe our decision on costs is proportionate to everyone involved.' Not surprisingly, some ISPs and consumer groups are up in arms about the decision, with one ISP calling it a government subsidy of the entertainment industries."
The Internet

IE 9 Beta Strips Down For Speed 288

CWmike writes "Those who have written off IE as being slow and old-looking are in for a surprise. The just-released Internet Explorer 9 beta is dramatically faster than its predecessor, sports an elegant, stripped-down interface and adds some useful new features, writes Preston Gralla. Even more surprising than the stripped-down interface is IE9 beta's speed. Internet Explorer has long been the slowest browser by a wide margin. IE9 has turned that around in dramatic fashion, using hardware acceleration and a new JavaScript engine it calls Chakra, which compiles scripts in the background and uses multiple processor cores. In this beta, my tests show it overtaking Firefox for speed, and putting up a respectable showing against Safari, Opera and Chrome. It's even integrated into Windows 7. One big problem: It will not work on Windows XP. So, forget the performance and security boost, many enterprises and netbook users."
Microsoft

Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 702

Barence writes "PC Pro has performed a comprehensive test of Windows 7 vs Ubuntu 10.04. They've tested and scored the two operating systems on a number of criteria, including usability, bundled apps, performance, compatibility and business. The final result is much closer than you might expect. 'Ubuntu is clearly an operating system on the rise,' PC Pro concludes. 'If we repeat this feature in a year's time, will it have closed the gap? We wouldn't bet against it.'"

Comment Sigh ... copyright does not encourage creativity (Score 5, Insightful) 569

Sure Bono, and for the alternative perspective, how about Janis Ian's? "The Internet, and downloading, are here to stay... Anyone who thinks otherwise should prepare themselves to end up on the slagheap of history." ~ http://www.janisian.com/article-internet_debacle.html

Personally, I wonder how much music has been lost and locked up bu the music industry? Or how many musicians don't own their own songs? Or how many CDs were never cut, remain unreleased or are locked up in out of print limbo land? How many fat cat executives live it up while new talent can't pay the rent? and so on and so...

Submission + - Apple Fails to Deliver on Boot Camp Promise (apple.com)

SkydiverFL writes: For those fans of Apple's Boot Camp package, it looks like you might be waiting on the next "end of year" to use Windows 7 on your shiny silver boxes. Back in October (2009, of course), Apple published a rather short, but rather affirmative, promise stating quite simply that, "Apple will support Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate) with Boot Camp in Mac OS X Snow Leopard before the end of the year. This support will require a software update to Boot Camp." Needless to say that the support page has no updates regarding the new version. Maybe they're waiting for iSlate?
Windows

Submission + - Microsoft Backtracks, Extends XP For OEMs To 2011 (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "Just hours after a noted research analyst criticized Microsoft's plans to limit sales of Windows XP PCs, the company said it would extend the aged operating system's lifespan in the post-Windows 7 world to as late as April 2011. On Tuesday, Michael Silver of Gartner blasted the company's decision, saying it would make it more difficult for companies to manage their PCs, and more expensive to upgrade them to Windows 7 down the road. Microsoft's new policy: 'Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate customers will have the option to downgrade to Windows XP Professional from PCs that ship within 18 months following the general availability of Windows 7 or until the release of a Windows 7 service pack, whichever is sooner, and if a service pack is developed,' a company spokeswoman said in an e-mail. 'This is good,' said Silver. '[But] still not great.' His concern is over the 'out' Microsoft gave itself. 'The new policy is 18 months or SP1 delivery, whichever is sooner,' he said. 'It means that if SP1 shows up in six or eight months, the date suddenly moves in.'"

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