deepcleanfun writes: "The universes clock has neither a start nor finish, yet time is finite according to a New Zealand theorist. The theory, which tackles the age-old mystery of the origin of the universe, along with several other problems and paradoxes in cosmology, calls for a new take on our concept of time."
PJ1216 writes: "The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile has announced a ban on further investment into F1 engines and must look into more environmentally friendly technology. From the article, "The biggest teams — Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Toyota among them — each spend $200 million or more a year on fossil-fuel technology with little real-world application. But now the sport's ruling body has said, "Enough," and banned further investment in F1 engines. Teams must now focus on hybrid systems and other eco-friendly means of producing power." Looks like the race needs more green than just a flag. The upshot of this is that this will spur eco-friendly technology that can make its way onto our streets and into our cars."
Mr.Tweak writes: "Solid state flash drives are rapidly becoming large enough to use as primary drives in laptops. Less weight, less power, less fragile, but do they have the speed? This article reveals all."
fermion writes: The register is reporting that Vonage can't work around Verizon's VoIP patents. Combined with the judges interpretation of the patents, this seems to indicate that competitive VoIP, at least i the US, is dead. I can see shades of the bad of days when AT&T rented phones at an exorbitant rate and invented a new charge every month.
The only hope appears to be that "According to Paul Derry, from patent experts Venner Shipley, most of Verizon's claims should only apply to companies with servers located in the US, even if services are being offered to US citizens." Perhaps Iceland is to become the server capital of the world.
nlseaver writes: From a greenhouse gas perspective, coal is one of our dirtiest sources of energy. It's also widely available and cheap, and so it will continue to be a critical source of energy in the twenty-first century. Despite hopes for "clean coal" technology, no clear solution has emerged. Furthermore, because no policy framework (like a carbon tax or incentives to invest in clean technology) yet exists, coal companies are putting into place long-lived "dirty" coal facilities. As the article states: "Within the next few years, power companies are planning to build about 150 coal plants to meet growing electricity demands. Despite expectations that global warming rules are coming, almost none of the plants will be built to capture the thousands of tons of carbon dioxide that burning coal spews into the atmosphere."
paulraps writes: In the three years since Sweden made spamming a criminal offence, the authority set up to enforce the law has received 72,121 complaints, reports The Local. The result of investigations into these cases was one single prosecution. And that was dropped. The ratio of 72,121:1:0 begs the question — how can legislation against spammers ever be enforced?