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Comment Re:Underground methane leaking? (Score 4, Informative) 297

There are recent studies showing it may be possible that some of our methane on Earth is being created by the high pressure/temp conditions in the earth's mantle, rather than exclusively by the decay of organic matter. A written article on this, or an NPR segment (about 1/3 of the way into the audio file).
Censorship

Sharp Rise In Jailing of Online Journalists; Iran May Just Kill Them 233

bckspc writes "The Committee to Protect Journalists has published their annual census of journalists in prison. Of the 136 reporters in prison around the world on December 1, 'At least 68 bloggers, Web-based reporters, and online editors are imprisoned, constituting half of all journalists now in jail.' Print was next with 51 cases. Also, 'Freelancers now make up nearly 45 percent of all journalists jailed worldwide, a dramatic recent increase that reflects the evolution of the global news business.' China, Iran, Cuba, Eritrea, and Burma were the top 5 jailers of journalists." rmdstudio writes, too, with word that after the last few days' protest there, largely organized online, the government of Iran is considering the death penalty for bloggers and webmasters whose reports offend it.
Intel

Submission + - Quad-core computers getting more affordable

An anonymous reader writes: If you have been playing with the idea to buy a quad-core computer, but refused to shell out $5000 or more, you may be surprised to hear that there is suddenly a system that is in your reach. Ok, now we all expected that prices would come down sooner or later, especially, after Intel's latest price round, but I was somewhat baffled about the dramatic price drop: Gateway is offering a decent $2100 retail system with an overclockable Q6600 CPU from Intel, which is, according to TG Daily, at least $700 below the nearest competitor's offering. We are still a bit away from calling these computers mainstream, but at least there's a light at the end of the tunnel, right?
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Paid to do nothing?

djupedal writes: Are you paid to do nothing? Were you hired to do nothing?

Are you paid, yet you don't do any work? This is for anyone, except of course those collecting job benefits. I'm talking about those that come into work and hang out and do nothing whatsoever productive, but still receive regular performance reviews, generic corporate emails and a routine weekly/monthly salary. Maybe you don't even have to show up at the office.

I have a friend who is going on six months since he was asked to do any type of work, yet his (not meager) salary keeps being automatically deposited and the only time anyone from the office checks on him is to make sure he is still alive. How long has it been since you had an assignment or participated in an active project, etc.? What do you do with your time? How long do you think this type of ghost position can continue? Is this a dream job or an ethical burden?
Businesses

Submission + - End of Peak Oil? Shell Oil Patents Oil Technique.

Oil guy writes: "The weekly standard is running an article about Royal Dutch Shell. The oil company is patenting a technique to convert shale reserves in Alaska and other areas to petroleum at a cost of only about $30/barrel. If it works, the world's single largest source of oil would be the United States Of America. Amazingly the claimed method is cleaner than conventional drilling, and generates the highest grade of light-sweet crude oil, which burns cleaner than other varieties. The other big deal? Oil would only be $30 a barrel."
Role Playing (Games)

Neverwinter Nights 2 Expansion Announced 56

Next Generation is reporting Atari's announcement of an expansion for Neverwinter Nights 2 entitled Mask of the Betrayer. "Mask of the Betrayer will put players back into the Forgotten Realms (of Dungeons & Dragons fame) shortly after the events of the original Neverwinter Nights 2. The expansion will incorporate a new campaign, more feats and spells, races, weapons, monsters and enhanced modding tools, among other new features. Developer Obsidian Entertainment, the same studio behind the original Neverwinter Nights 2 and 2004's Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, will be handling development of Mask of the Betrayer."

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