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Submission + - Microsoft China Borrows from Plurk (

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft China recently released it's Juku service in asia which they are touting as a local innovation. In reality, the site appears to be a blatant copy Plurk, a micro-blogging site that has become very popular in asia.

Comment Ah the beauty.. (Score 1) 313

The beauty of this whole thing is that they will then use the low sales on the PC to justify cutting the platform for their next game, as obviously all PC gamers are pirates, who refuse to buy their awesome game.. It isn't PC gaming that is dying, it is PC games, but I guess the few companies that understand this stand to make quite a bit of money as the competition shoot themselves in the foot one by one..

Comment Of course (Score 3, Insightful) 116

As long as someone is willing to sit and watch someone play a game, why wouldn't there be basis for a pro-gaming? Would you like to advertise directly to 1.000.000 16-25 year old males that play a lot of games, and buy a lot of hardware? Well then pro-gaming is where it is at, and you can get some really cheap well targeted advertising. When the advertising dollars are there, the rest is easy.

Physics Nerds Rap About the LHC 91

Engadget has pointed out a small band of people even we can consider nerdy that decided to cut loose and demo CERN's fancy new toy, the Large Hadron Collider. The resulting music video is certainly enough to "rock you in the head," and maybe even enough to cause a rip in space-time. Between Alpinekat and Dr Spatzo, I think my iPod just got a new entry.
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Submission + - 9/11/07: General Strike (

An anonymous reader writes: 'A general strike has been proposed for 9/11/07 in the USA. No work, school or shopping. The General Strike is a national call to action, from citizens to other citizens. It is not about a single issue. It is not an anti-war protest, a civil rights protest, an election fraud protest. It is not about torture, surveillance, corporate media, the 9/11 coverup, or the environment. This strike is about all these issues and more.' At the time of submitting, there are 4786+3374 diggs and 3783 members in the facebook group.

Submission + - AMD Analysts Get Codename Hurricane (

AlexAtAMD writes: While at the analyst day at AMD, the media was bombarded with new codenames: Bulldozer, Bobcat, Shanghai, Eagle, Spider and Python to name a few. These are all new products or platforms from AMD, discussed and detailed today over at PC Perspective in an article summarizing all the pertinent information. There are new details about Barcelona including a demo running at 3.0 GHz, AMD's plans for integrated CPU/GPU parts known as Fusion, their next ground-up, totally new CPUs dubbed Bulldozer and Bobcat and even some news on upcoming discrete GPU products.

Submission + - Samsung Opens Largest Wafer Plant In Austin, Texas

morpheus83 writes: "Samsung has announced the opening of the largest 300mm NAND flash memory wafer plant in Austin, Texas. The 1.6 million square foot building — as large as nine football fields and one of the largest buildings in Austin — is one of the largest single semiconductor facilities in the United States. The first product of the new plant will be 16Gb NAND flash chips using 50-nanometer level process technology. The $3.5 billion facility will initiate operation in the second half of 2007 and ramp up to produce 60,000 wafers per month by 2008."

Submission + - Microsoft to patent in-game stalking (

b100dian writes: "From NewScientist:

As spectator sports go, video games are no match for the football terraces or the racing stands. But Microsoft hopes to change that by giving its video games a "dynamic spectator mode", in which the footage is streamed to a third party who becomes a virtual observer but takes no part in the action.
Read the full dynamic spectator mode patent application.
Question: can you mention at least one existing game that already has this?"


Submission + - A Truly Inconvenient Truth

mattatwork writes: "I received an interesting email from my mother-in-law, and then had it forwarded again by my wife. According to WorldNetDaily, Compact Flourescent lamps (or CFL's) contain a significant amount of Mercury. While you're saving the world from global warming, you're also putting yourself and other carbon based life forms at risk to mercury poisoning. One of the victims of a CFL's mercury found out the hard and high priced way that removing the mercury couldn't be done with a simple vacuum, but by a specialized enviremental cleanup firm for around $2000. You would think someone like Al Gore, father of the Internet, would think twice before pushing a technology like CFL, still in its infancy, on consumers who don't or didn't know the risks. I know that when I get home tonight, I'm taking out my CFL's and replacing them with good ol' incandescents."

Submission + - Storing hydrogen into organic molecules

Roland Piquepaille writes: "While it is possible to store hydrogen in metal containers to use as fuel in hydrogen-powered vehicles, it is not today a cost-effective solution. But now, researchers at the University of California at Riverside (UCR) have identified organic molecules that mimic metals. They've used carbenes, molecules which contain a carbon atom with only six electrons, to demonstrate that these organic molecules could be used for storing hydrogen. Read more for additional references and a picture of such a very special molecule."

Submission + - BSG Renewed For 4th Season?

BiteMyShinyMetalAss writes: According to the LA Times (reg required, SPOILER ALERT), the Sci Fi Channel is expected to announce on February 13th that Battlestar Galactica's 4th season will premiere in January 2008. Also of interest is discussion about the role of DVRs in calcuating viewship and advertising revenue:

[Mark Stern, head of programming for Sci Fi] also pointed out that 510,000 additional viewers in the 18-to-49 demographic are watching the show on digital video recorders. They bring the total demographic average closer to 1.6 million, the show's highest numbers since Season 1.
Advertisers, however, do not yet pay for the playback ratings because the general assumption is that viewers watching recorded programs fast-forward through the commercials. It could be a crucial point for the channel, and Stern is hopeful that the business model is shifting.

"Who knows? This upfront season you might find that we can monetize that DVR usage," he said. "The important thing is when you add in the DVR numbers, the audience is there."

Yay! I don't feel so guilty anymore :)

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