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Comment Tooting Bec, London, UK. (Score 1) 721

Tooting Bec is my local underground station in South London and they have been playing classical music in the foyer / ticket hall for several years.

The sound quality is good. The volume level is reasonable.

I asked one of the staff whether he enjoyed the music and he said 'some of it' & he also said that it kept young people from loitering.

Next time I will try and find out more on London Underground (a part of Transport for London) policies on noise and social exclusion.

Personally I enjoy the few seconds of classical music I hear as I stroll down to the escalators.


Breaking the Squid Barrier 126

An anonymous reader writes "Dr. Steve O'Shea of Auckland, New Zealand is attempting to break the record for keeping deep sea squid alive in captivity, with the goal of being able to raise a giant squid one day. Right now, he's raising the broad squid, sepioteuthis australis, from egg masses found in seaweed. This is a lot harder than it sounds, because the squid he's studying grow rapidly and eat only live prey, making it hard for them to keep the squid from becoming prey themselves. If his research works out, you might one day be able to visit an aquarium and see giant squid."

The State of Ruby VMs — Ruby Renaissance 89

igrigorik writes "In the short span of just a couple of years, the Ruby VM space has evolved to more than just a handful of choices: MRI, JRuby, IronRuby, MacRuby, Rubinius, MagLev, REE and BlueRuby. Four of these VMs will hit 1.0 status in the upcoming year and will open up entirely new possibilities for the language — Mac apps via MacRuby, Ruby in the browser via Silverlight, object persistence via Smalltalk VM, and so forth. This article takes a detailed look at the past year, the progress of each project, and where the community is heading. It's an exciting time to be a Rubyist."

Modern Warfare 2 Not Recalled In Russia After All 94

thief21 writes "After claims that console versions Modern Warfare 2 had been recalled in Russia due to complaints from politicians and the gaming public over the infamous airport slaughter scene, it turns out the stories were completely untrue. Activision never released a console version of the game in Russia." Instead, they simply edited the notorious scene out of the PC version. They did this of their own volition, since Russia doesn't have a formal ratings committee.

Comment Re:Okay, enough already (Score 0, Troll) 484

Total nonsense! The EU is doing what the USA should have done a decade ago. If the US regulators hadn't been spineless & in bed with big business.

You Americans talk so big - when someone else shows cohones you can only scream & stamp your little feet.

I'm proud of Europe & the EU here. We'll get Windows bundled with Opera & Firefox yet.

Comment Tidbinbilla - Telescopes, Emus & Roos. (Score 1) 189

The Tidbinbilla Tracking Station (now known as CDSCC) was opened in 1965 and is the only NASA tracking station in Australia still in operation. During the Apollo program, Tidbinbilla was used for tracking the Apollo Lunar Module.

So Pooh 2 u all ye doubters of the Northern Hemisphere!


An Australian Space Agency At Last? 189

Dante_J writes "In the Australian Federal budget presented last night, as well as big national infrastructure spending, an amount of $48.6 million over four years was allocated for an 'Australian Space Science Program.' Normally a space program is managed by a space agency. Does this now mean that Australia will follow the recommendations of the Senate Space Science report and give up its rather inadequate title of the only top-20 GDP nation not to have one? With nations like Vietnam, Bangladesh and Bulgaria forming or maintaining space agencies, this government infrastructure is obviously not limited to G-20 nations. Discussions to combine Australian and New Zealand airspace have been undertaken; should that translate to aerospace too, and both nations form an ANZAC space agency together?"

Comment Hackett and Bankwell - The Linux Comic (Score 1) 236

Anyone want to review this?

"Hackett and Bankwell is an educational comic/cartoon manual designed to teach the finer points of the GNU Linux platform using Ubuntu."

Free downloads as .pdf e-book (issues 1 & 2).

Comment Slashdotting at its Worst. (Score 1, Insightful) 236

No - not the article, which was excellent.

No - nor on the book - which is merely continuing a tradition of excellence in graphical education quite usual in Japan but sadly lacking elsewhere.

No - this is the /. contingent of commentators being 'funny' about foreign(er) ideas - because WE invented the internet and Cobb was an American and no darn .....

Well - you get the gist.

VERY disappointed, makes me wonder whether to stop /. watching - there are many other good tech sites with a lot less bias and a lot less jingoism to wade through.

Comment Re:The Best? (Score 1) 488

I watch a lot of fansubbed anime & find I prefer Zoomplayer

I also am using a 6 year old IBM laptop that isn't too powerful & I find Zoom uses less memory & less processing power. Therefore less lag & better rendering.

I believe this is due to the fact that the actual Zoom player is a sort of framework and all the codecs are external.

It used to be a beast to set-up the codecs but now it has an excellent codec installer which downloads the latest needed codecs (you have control over which) and installs them, usually perfectly.

The only thing I found recently was that I couldn't get it to play Flash .flv although I had Flash installed. Turned out I had Flash installed on Firefox & Zoomplayer needed the IE OCX control - once I fired up IE and installed Flash it worked fine.

Zoom is well-tuned for speed & accuracy and handles subtitles beautifully with complete positioning & display options including font selection.

There is even an U3 version that runs from a USB stick

It is of course a paid Windows application so I guess everyone here is going to put it down.


Submission + - China's global cyber-espionage network. (

micronicos writes: "China's global cyber-espionage network GhostNet 'penetrates embassies across 100 countries' .... Office of the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, contacted experts to investigate if it was being bugged ...... it was: Original report page seems now to be down, attacked by Ghostnet?"

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