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Submission + - SPAM: Second Earth Found? Location Is Promising

ourscompany writes: "NASA announced a major milestone in the quest for life in the universe Monday: The discovery of another planet close enough to the sun it orbits to potentially support life.
Called Kepler-22b, the planet is about 2.4 times the radius of Earth and about 600 light-years away. And it orbits in the “habitable zone,” the region of space just far enough from a star that liquid water could exist on the planet’s surface — a discovery could have profound implications in the quest for alien life, said Alan Boss, an astrophysicist with Carnegie Melon University."

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Businesses

Submission + - Ready for your payroll software update? (hotair.com)

SEWilco writes: A federal payroll tax reduction for two months is being pushed by the President. Paying less money to the government seems good, but if the law is changed it will change the payroll taxes in January and February. Here in Slashdot many of us can well imagine what that will do to the many payroll systems which are already programmed with the 2012 tax rates.
Cellphones

Submission + - There are now more cell phones in the U.S. than pe (bgr.com)

zacharye writes: For the first time, the number of wireless devices connecting to cellular networks in the United States and its territories over the past six months has surpassed the country’s total population. A semi-annual survey conducted by the CTIA found that wireless subscriber connections now total 327.6 million while the population of the U.S. and its territories is now 315.5 million people. This means the wireless penetration rate in the U.S. in now 103.9% according to the CTIA, marking the first time that wireless penetration has surpassed 100% in the U.S...
Hardware

Submission + - Punchcards to iPads: The history of input devices (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "As we glide our fingers over the screens of our smartphones and tablets, or chatter to our computer instead of typing at it, it is easy to forget how far input devices have evolved since the first automated computing devices were introduced just over a century ago. After all, from the invention of the printing press in 1440 until the innovation of the paperback, and more recently the e-book, reading changed very little. From punchcards to Palm Graffiti to iPads, and whole lot more in between, ExtremeTech has compiled a history of every significant computer input device that is sure to bring back memories."

Comment Re:Buncha keys should go (Score 0) 968

function keys- few programs use them but they serve on my netbook for things like brightening and dimming the screen, locking the screen, ajusting sound levels, etc caps lock- a few games use it and there are situations were it is legitimatly used (some have pointed out database programming) windows key- i use that one because of its lack of use, its my push to talk button in teamspeak since it seams to have no other use menu key- it can die

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