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Submission + - Most Violent Video Games Of All Time

adeelarshad82 writes: Switzerland and Australia already feel that violent video games are an issue and in June U.S Supreme Court will also take matters in its own hands. A revisit to some of the most violent video games made over the last couple of decades shows exactly why this is such a huge concern. Moreover games like Mortal Kombat and Modern Warfare 2 are exactly why studies like violent video games aren't harmful to most kids taken seriously.
Google

Submission + - The Dirty Little Secrets of Search

Hugh Pickens writes writes: The NY Times has an interesting story (reg. may be required) about how J. C. Penny used link farms to become the number one google search result for such terms as "dresses," "bedding," and "samsonite carry on luggage" and what google did to them when they found out. "Actually, it’s the most ambitious attempt I’ve ever heard of,” says Doug Pierce, an expert in online search. “This whole thing just blew me away. Especially for such a major brand. You’d think they would have people around them that would know better."
Microsoft

Submission + - Gates & Ballmer dumping MSFT shares (theweek.com)

walterbyrd writes: Microsoft Founder and Chairman Bill Gates sold 10 million Microsoft shares earlier this month, for a total of 90 million shares sold over the past year (a value of approximately $2.5 billion). CEO Steve Ballmer also sold nearly 50 million shares in the past week, his first stock selloff in seven years. Gates is still Microsoft's largest shareholder, with nearly 600 million shares. But should other investors be nervous about the accelerated rate of his divestiture?

Submission + - FreeDNS domain siezed by DHS/ICE (afraid.org) 1

An anonymous reader writes: FreeDNS provides free DNS hosting. Friday night the service provider's most popular domain mooo.com has been hijacked by ICE — Department of Homeland Security. The popular domain was home to over 80,000 subdomains. No reason for the hostile take over was provided by the DHS. FreeDNS news pages states that the outage may take up to 3 days to fix.

Author speculates that the most likely reason for hijacking is one of the subdomains (destiny.mooo.com) was used to host a Wikileaks mirror.

Earth

Submission + - NASA finds family of habitable planets (networkworld.com) 1

coondoggie writes: NASA's star-gazing space telescope continues to find amazing proof that there are tons of habitable planets in space and we have only scratched the surface of what's out there. The space agency said today its Kepler space telescope spotted what it called its first Earth-size planet candidates and its first candidates in what it considers to be the habitable zone, a region where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface. Kepler also found six confirmed planets orbiting a sun-like star, Kepler-11. This is the largest group of transiting planets orbiting a single star yet discovered outside our solar system.
Idle

Submission + - 19 Year Old Teen Makes Homemade Solar Death Ray (inhabitat.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Concentrated solar power has the potential to generate immense amounts of energy — but it can also be amazingly destructive. American student Eric Jacqmain has assembled over 5,800 mirrors into his own parabolic ‘solar Death Ray’, which can reportedly melt through metal and concrete.
Android

Submission + - A Deeper Look Into Android 3.0

adeelarshad82 writes: Google is getting ready to show off Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb later today and it's definitely going to give iOS a run for its money. Google's new OS carries a completely overhauled user interface. Not only does the interface have deeper, darker colors to increase battery life but also the home screen now provides the ability to view multiple widget as well as the functionality of stacking items within a widget like pictures or videos. Along with the UI, Google has also improved the multitasking functionality. The existing method of accessing running or recently opened applications has been grown to display in-app screens instead of just the name of the app and an icon. One of the biggest differences between Honeycomb and other operating systems running on tablets is that, Honeycomb along with the apps running on it are optimzed for dual core processing. Natively, Android will run the garbage collector on one core and an app on another. However, the tools are there to utilize both cores for your app, and to benefit from the performance gains that will occur. To take a shot at Blackberry's market, Google has ensured that the tablet carries business features like password expiration and encrypted storage tools. Finally the OS adds support for legacy Bluetooth devices which is not available on most of the other tablets in the market today.
News

Submission + - Wikileaks Nominated for 2011 Nobel Peace Prize 3

mvar writes: Whistle-blower site WikiLeaks has been nominated for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize by a Norwegian politician who cited its role in freedom of speech, news agency NTB reported Wednesday. "WikiLeaks is one of this century's most important contributors to freedom of speech and transparency," parliamentarian Snorre Valen said in his nomination. Valen cited WikiLeaks role in disclosing the assests of Tunisia's former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his nearest family, contributing to the protests that forced them into exile.
NASA

Submission + - NASA's Kepler spacecraft discovers planets outside (ibtimes.com)

mediaposts writes: NASA's Kepler space observatory has discovered more than 1,000 possible new planets outside the solar system, marking a watershed in the search for habitable alien planets.
An early report from a cosmic census being carried out by the Kepler mission indicates that there could be plenty of small planets and stable multi-planet systems in the universe, according to an Associated Press report on Wednesday.

Comment The charts are online (Score 1) 253

The standard instrument arrival (STAR) and standard instrument departure (SID) routes can be viewed at the bottom of this page for Miami International http://www.airnav.com/airport/KMIA I have no idea how up to date they are, but you can bet there won't be any drones getting in the way, or heads are gonna roll.

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