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Books

Submission + - Fantasy novel serialized on web

Jon Lundy writes: Lawrence Watt Evans has been serializing novels using a donation strategy. His traditional publishers found weren't interested in the series, but his fans were. His second novel is almost done at http://www.ethshar.com/thevondishambassador0.html.

This seems to be an interesting alternative to the current publishing mechanisms, where the readers and writer can use the internet directly to get a book published, that the traditional publishing house wasn't interested in.
Announcements

Submission + - Lucid Movement - A high-speed video blog.

An anonymous reader writes: I wanted to let you know about a new video blog that may be of interest to other Slashdot readers. Lucid Movement — A gallery of High-Speed / Slow Motion videos. http://www.lucidmovement.com/ From the site about: "Lucid Movement is a daily updated video blog that was created to display the wonder of the world through the lens of a high-speed / slow motion camera. In addition to displaying these videos this site acts as a video reference for artists and researchers by including information on how the shot was created including specific camera settings etc. Lucid Movement also serves as a resource for prospective camera buyers. By listing the manufacturer and model of camera, camera buyers can look at footage from the camera they are interested in getting to judge if the quality/features are what they are looking for."
United States

Submission + - Glass Walkway over the Grand Canyon

hac writes: "Afraid of heights? In March 2007, you will be able to walk over the rim and into the Grand Canyon, with glass separating you from a 4000 foot fall.

"The Skywalk will jut out 70 feet (21 meters) from the canyon rim, allowing tourists to go for a stroll with nothing between their feet and the Colorado River — 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) below — except for four inches (ten centimeters) of glass. "
How long until someone sets a record for wireless transmission within the Canyon?"
Portables

Dell Laptops Have Shocking New Problem 475

dapsychous writes "A friend of one of my coworkers has noticed a problem in Dell notebook computers (also covered in this engadget article about a problem that has been popping up lately in Dell 17" notebook computers). It seems that these computers are putting out between 19 and 139 (65 according to article, 139 according to him) volts of AC power as measured from any chassis screw vs. earth ground. This has led to several problems including fried ram, blown video circuits, and a stout zap on his left hand. According to him, Dell has tried to keep him quiet about the problem and has even gone so far as to have him banned from a few websites, and threatened him with legal action if he tells people about the problem."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - A Truly Useless Web 2.0 Service

Jaggo writes: "Creating his 10,000th account broke Jim Whimpey down, and so he decided to create his own web 2.0 service.
From the website: "Today's web is crazy. Open ID is a pipe dream. Every direction you turn you're forced to create yet another account. Most of the time it's for one of those throw-away web startups created 10 times a day, but occasionaly it's worth the effort. It might be to purchase some fancy threads, order a pizza or see how fat the Cool Kids from high school have become. When it's that important, you can't afford to drop the ball. With a useless account you can practice without fear. So when it comes to the crunch, you're ready! Sign up now!""
Novell

Submission + - Peugot-Citroen to Switch to SUSE

VE3OGG writes: "According to several news sources, the French automaker Peugot Citroen has announced that over the next several years they will be integrating upto 20,000 Novell SUSE desktops as well as 2,500 SUSE servers into its facilities. Some of the reasons cited by Peugot's IT representative include ease of use, support, commitment to open source software, and the clincher "SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop integrates seamlessly in our Windows-based infrastructure." Given some of the recent controversy surrounding Novell in the open-source world, let's just hope that Peugot didn't buy a lemon!"
Google

Submission + - Google Apps to become paid service

FredDC writes: Business Week reports Google Apps is becoming a paid service soon for companies who wish to use it for their domain. Disney and Pixar are reportedly thinking about switching to Google Apps innstead of using Microsoft Office. Could this be the end of a monopoly? Or the start of a new one?
Biotech

Submission + - DNA-rainbow: A new vision of human chromosomes

An anonymous reader writes: Two scientists have rendered amazing pictures using datafiles from the human genome project. They assigned different colors to the DNA and rendered images showing interesting patterns and strange structures of our chromosomes. It might be a groundbreaking new idea for displaying and maybe better understanding our genes. Anyways, with it's fascinating pictures it is a beautiful mix of science and art.
Intel

Submission + - Intel Discrete GPUs Overview

An anonymous reader writes: VR-Zone has a very interesting article on Intel's discrete graphics plans. According to them, Intel's Visual Computing Group (VCG) gave an interesting overview of the discrete graphics plans this week. There seems to be a few interesting developments down the pipeline that could prove quite a challenge to NVIDIA and AMD in 2 years time. Their first flagship product for games and graphics intensive applications is likely to happen in late 2008-09 timeframe and the GPU is based on multi-core architecture. There could be as many as 16 graphics cores packed into a single die.
Space

Submission + - Second chance for winner of space trip

smooth wombat writes: As a follow-up to this previous story, it appears Brian Emmett has been given a second chance at being flown into space.

He will now be employed as a consultant by Benson Space Co., a Poway-based, California upstart founded by rocket entrepreneur Jim Benson. In exchange for serving as a "test passenger" on the company's first scheduled flight for paying customers, sometime in 2008, Emmett will provide feedback during the testing phase of the project.
Privacy

Submission + - Senate introduces strong privacy bill

amigoro writes: "US Senators yesterday introduced a bill that better protects the privacy of citizens' personal information in the face of data security breaches across the country. Key features of the bipartisan legislation include increasing criminal penalties for identity theft involving electronic personal data and making it a crime to intentionally or willfully conceal a security breach involving personal data, giving individuals access to, and the opportunity to correct, any personal information held by commercial data brokers, requiring entities that maintain personal data to establish internal policies that protect the personal data of Americans, requiring entities that maintain personal data to give notice to individuals and law enforcement when they experience a breach involving sensitive personal data and requiring the government to establish rules protecting privacy and security when it uses information from commercial data brokers, to conduct audits of government contracts with data brokers and impose penalties on government contractors that fail to meet data privacy and security requirements."
Music

Submission + - DVD Jon challenges Steve Jobs on DRM

viking80 writes: Steve Jobs wrote an article "Thoughts on Music" discussed here on /. http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/06/ 2014217

Steve blames the music industry for DRM, and claims that Apple would love to sell DRM free music. This is of course the exact opposite of the truth accroding to DVD John (Lech Johansen).

DVD John challenges Steve: "Action speaks louder than words"

Read Johansens blog here: [ So sue me ] /http://nanocrew.net/

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