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Submission + - ChromeOS laptop-smashing ad equation solved

An anonymous reader writes: Google's latest marketing video for Chrome OS is interesting to watch for the laptop-smashing amateurs or the slow motion fans, but the real fun may be at 2:24 in the video where a X=G/(CHROM-3) equation is displayed on a chalkboard. Only 20 hours later, it has already been cracked by Jamendo founder Sylvain Zimmer and his team. Check out the details on how they did it and won a Cr-48 netbook which probably won't be delivered because they are not in the U.S.

Submission + - Wikileaks Petition Gathers Support (avaaz.org)

creativeHavoc writes: "The vicious intimidation campaign against WikiLeaks is wrong, dangerous and undermines the rule of law. Top US politicians have branded WikiLeaks a terrorist organization, suggested assassinating its staff, and urged corporations to shut it down.

The future of our freedoms and the Internet is at stake. Let's urgently take a stand to ensure governments and companies act with restraint and due process, not escalate this fight. "

http://www.avaaz.org/en/wikileaks_petition

It's gathering signatures at a rate of over one per second.

The campaign to silence WikiLeaks mirrors the attempts to abuse copyright to limit legitimate artistic expression. Amazon even used the ownership of the leaked documents — copyright — as their excuse for suspending the WikiLeaks account, When in fact the US government does not hold copyright in documents it produces.

WikiLeaks Central follows and summarizes news and blog posts:

http://wlcentral.org/

Science

Submission + - Symphony of Science

creativeHavoc writes: Symphony of Science aims to spread scientific knowledge and philosophy through musical remixes. Using footage of Carl Sagan, Bertrand Russell, Sam Harris, Michael Shermer, Lawrence Krauss, Carolyn Porco, Richard Dawkins, Richard Feynman, Phil Plait, and James Randi and visuals from the PBS Series Cosmos, John Boswell brings scientific knowledge and philosophy to the public, in a novel way, through the medium of music. http://www.symphonyofscience.com/index.html
Space

Submission + - Earth's water didn't come from outer space (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Where did Earth's oceans come from? Astronomers have long contended that icy comets and asteroids delivered the water for them during an epoch of heavy bombardment that ended about 3.9 billion years ago. But a new study suggests that Earth supplied its own water, leaching it from the rocks that formed the planet. The finding may help explain why life on Earth appeared so early, and it may indicate that other rocky worlds are also awash in vast seas.
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Why Every Office Needs an Outsider Screenshot-sm 81

Research has shown that having an oddball team member not only gives you someone to make fun of, but also leads to better decision making. Researcher Katie Liljenquist, says having "socially distinct newcomers" on a team can help it perform at a higher level. Team tension is crucial, and shaking up the same old crowd is the way to create it. "You can imagine if you work in an office and you've got this outsider like Dwight Schrute who walks in and a lot of his ideas resonate with you. Your fellow in-group members are hearing this and thinking, 'Wait, you agree with Dwight?' That can be really uncomfortable and socially threatening," she says.

Comment Re:Official bookmark shortcuts (Score 1) 360

I know, I love it. wiki for wikipedia, yt for youtube, imdb to search imdb.com... And they make it so easy to add new ones for ANY website with a search bar. You right click in the search box, choose "Create Search" and pick a key word. No need to add a %S wild card and figure out their url scheme for GET results. Works just as fine with POST forms too.

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