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Submission + - Driving to shops better for planet then walking?

apodyopsis writes: The Times Online has done some research into uses of carbon, and come up with some startling research.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/a rticle2195538.ece

from TFA:

"The climate could benefit if people avoided exercise, ate less and became couch potatoes. Provided, of course, they remembered to switch off the TV rather than leaving it on standby."
Sci-Fi

Submission + - British scientists reverse Casimir effect (telegraph.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: The Telegraph reports that Scientists at the University of St. Andrews have developed a technique to cause the Casimir effect to repeal instead of attract. This discovery could lead to near frictionless machines or in theory even levitation.
Power

Submission + - Car powered by AA batteries runs at 76 miles/hr

An anonymous reader writes: After the first AA battery powered airplane, Panasonic Japan has developed a car which is powered by 168 AA batteries or normal pencil cells. In test runs the car touched speeds upto 122 km/hr (76 miles) thus entering into Guniness book of records. The car is shaped like an aircraft but has no wings, it is 3.3 meters long and has a F1 car styled cabin. The body is made from aramide honeycomb which is also used in bulletproof vests.
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - id Software gets Steamed (blogspot.com)

gaanagaa writes: "Valve to share its Steam platform with video game publisher id Software. The deal will distribute a range of the company's popular game franchises on Valve's Steam network. Games can be purchased for download individually or in collections, including the id Superpack which includes every id game on Steam. Starting today, Steam users can download full versions of the complete Doom series and Quake I — III, including mission packs, as well as a collection of retro classics."
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Photosynth technology/NASA announcement (labs.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft Live Labs is announcing a collaboration with NASA using Photosynth technology to create 3-D environments of space shuttle Endeavour and surrounding buildings at Kennedy Space Center in Florida prior to the shuttle's launch next week. For the first time, viewers can experience unprecedented views of shuttle Endeavour on the launch pad, the interior and surrounding area of the Vehicle Assembly Building, and the return of previous flight Shuttle Atlantis atop a 747. Photosynth is able to capture the depth and complexity of the shuttle's structure, providing exclusive images to viewers around the world enabling the unique ability to explore this NASA mission. Photosynth is an innovative imaging technology that uses hundreds of standard digital camera images to construct a 3-D environment. Similar to a 3-D gaming experience, viewers can zoom in to see greater detail or zoom out for a more expansive view. Viewers can experience this innovative technology of the four shuttle Endeavour collections at: http://media.live.com/photosynth/NASA/default/htm, and view a video demo at: http://labs.live.com/photosynth/video.html beginning Sunday August 5 at 9:01 pm PDT. For more information on Microsoft Live Labs and Photosynth technology go to http://live.labs.com/
Microsoft

Submission + - Vista Strongly Recommended Against by BECTA

Dracul writes: BECTA — the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency — have just released a report which analyses whether Vista should be adopted by UK schools

The recommendations of the report basically say it all:

The enhancements in Vista add value but do not justify its early deployment in the educational environment Early deployment [of Vista] is considered high risk and strongly recommended against
I expect higher education world wide is going to try to adopt a similar position. It will be interesting to see how hard Micro$oft fights back. The report estimates that upgrading would cost the UK schools £167 million — universities are going to be spending billions on this...

Apple's Growing Pains 375

Tyler Too writes "Is Apple having an unusually large number of quality control problems since its switch to Intel? Ars Technica runs down the litany of problems MacBook and MacBook Pro users have experienced since their launch. From the article: 'Is Apple's quality control slipping through the cracks with this Intel transition? Given the volume of available evidence that has appeared in such a short timeframe, it's simply impossible to say that Apple isn't having problems.'"

Ubuntu to Bring About Red Hat's Demise? 435

Tony Mobily has written a thought-provoking editorial for Free Software Magazine that makes the bold prediction of Red Hat's eventual demise at the hands of Mark Shuttleworth and Ubuntu. Calling on memories of Red Hat alienating their desktop user base to focus on their corporate customers and making money, Mobily states that many of those alienated desktop users are also system administrators who now feel more comfortable with Ubuntu and will make the choice to use Ubuntu Server over Red Hat now and in the future.

TUAW Recommends Joke App 65

ejdmoo writes "The Unofficial Apple Weblog, a very popular Apple enthusiast site, has accidentally posted (and since retracted) a recommendation for an application called Procrastinatr. Though the original website for Procrastinatr promises to 'efficiently prioritize your calendars and regain lost time,' it gives no real description of the functionality. In reality, the application was written as something of an extensive joke between friends, moving all iCal appointments and tasks forward a week. The author has since apologized and posted a fix for users who borked their calendars. This story once again highlights the importance of making sure something is legitimate before letting it run loose on your system, even if it appears to be coming from a reputable source."

MacBook Pro Batteries Swelling and Failing 388

JohnnyCakes writes "MacBook Pro batteries are apparently swelling, then failing. MacFixIt has some grotesque pictures of their own swollen MBP battery, which looks like it has suffered an internal explosion. Apple is replacing batteries on a case-by-case basis, but hasn't yet admitted any wide-scale issues."

Windows Live Messenger with VoIP 169

V-man writes "Microsoft has just launched Windows Live Messenger with free PC-to-PC phone calls and PC-to-phone calling as a pay service provided by Verizon Web Calling. Of course, most people doing PC-to-PC and PC-to-phone calling are probably using Firefox...too bad the Launch Page isn't Mozilla friendly."

Microsoft Clarifies Backward Compatibility Stance 85

kukyfrope writes "Peter Moore, Head of Interactive Entertainment at Microsoft, has clarified previous comments about gamers not being concerned with backward compatibility on the Xbox 360, claiming his words were 'misconstrued' and reiterating Microsoft's goal to make every Xbox game backward compatible. 'It's quite simply not that we don't care about backward compat[ibility]. Boy, do we care about backward compat[ibility]... We're going to get darn close to that stated goal of every title done,' Moore promised."

Intel To Slash Prices Up To 60% 227

Chuan-kai Lin writes "According to Bloomberg, Intel will slash product prices by up to 60% in order to regain market share captured by AMD." From the article: "Intel said it will reduce prices of faster dual-core chips by about 15 percent, according to Alex Lin, a product marketing manager at Micro-Star, Taiwan's third-largest maker of motherboards, which connect electronic parts in computers ... Shares of Intel have fallen 33 percent since Otellini succeeded Craig Barrett in May last year. Advanced Micro's stock has gained 77 percent during the same period. Intel fell 31 cents to $17.08 at 12:06 p.m. New York time in Nasdaq Stock Market composite trading. Advanced Micro dropped $1.55, or 5.5 percent, to $26.45 on concerns that Intel will lower prices."

Microsoft Employees May Lose Admin Rights 502

daria42 writes "As Microsoft moves its internal desktop systems to Windows Vista, the company is contemplating whether to change a long running tradition and take away admin rights from its employees in order to improve security." From the article: "'We haven't made that final determination yet. We would like to absolutely look at scenarios where we can look at elements of User Access Control -- that is the feature in Vista -- so that we can start moving in that direction ... It is a tough balance and every company has to decide what is right for them,' said Estberg. However, Estberg said that for the moment, the company will continue to leave the responsibility of installing software with its employees."

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