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Submission + - Computer screens makin' you blind? (sciam.com)

Scott R. writes: "From SciAm.com — Ophthalmologists, optometrists and other eye professionals note a seeming link between myopia, also called nearsightedness, and "near work" — visual activities that take place at a distance of about 40 centimeters (16 inches) from the eye — such as reading a book. Staring at a computer screen qualifies as well, though monitors usually are around 50 centimeters (20 inches) away. But only a small — and mysterious — subset of people see myopic progression from near work, whether they are focusing on a computer or accounting books. The fact that near work doesn't lead to myopia in all of us, however, doesn't mean sitting close to a computer screen causes no problems. Though for most it is not permanently damaging, computer near work leads to an uncomfortable, at times debilitating, list of symptoms collectively known as eyestrain."

Submission + - Intel Snares 3 Photonics Patents 1

An anonymous reader writes: Intel has been awarded three optoelectronics patents, InfoWeek reports. They're apparently related to the prototypes it demonstrated in September of a working silcon-laser modulator-demodulator which can support a communication link of 40 Gigabits per second. This is sigificant because copper wire links top out at about 20 Gbps. With the patents, Intel may have locked up business rights to the technology. While this stuff is very important for low-latency interprocessor communications in the hundred-processor servers which will soon be common, it's more likely to have immediate use in fiber-optic communications systems and the story speculates that Intel may finally be on the verge of the first big successful market its found outside of microprocessors since the old DRAM days.
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Submission + - Colbert for President? (comedycentral.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Colbert (from the Colbert Report) has announced his candidacy for U.S. President. In a world where the economy is not up to par, the U.S. is engaged in at least two major military conflicts, the real state market is collapsing, and there is a distinct possibility that global warming is for real; are we ready to break from the norm and pursue an alternative candidate? And if he were to win, would that be a strong comment towards the need to break the status quo?

Submission + - PVI demonstrate flexible display (video) (mobileread.com)

Johnson writes: "http://www.slashgear.com/ifa-2007-exclusive-pvi-fl exible-e-paper-video-demo-017106.php You might not be able to fold the corner down (not, at least, without voiding your warranty) but PVI's flexible e-Paper is the closest thing yet to a mass-produced replacement for traditional paper. Vincent caught up with them at IFA 2007 today and managed to score an exclusive video demo; make sure to check out the rest of the footage and exclusive photos after the cut!"

Submission + - The Linux Vault, "The Linux Wikipedia" (thelinuxvault.net)

knithx writes: "The Linux Vault is a new wiki project founded with the mission of creating a centralized GNU/Linux information website. It has been just created, so we are begging everybody to take part of it and make it the place for writing guides, HOW-TO's, configurations, administration tips, tricks, tweaks or whatever else related to the GNU/Linux system.

URL: http://www.thelinuxvault.net/"

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