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Earth

Submission + - NOAA Announces Warmest Year-to-Date on Record (noaa.gov) 1

eldavojohn writes: "So far, it's been a scorcher for folks all around the world. So it might come as no surprise that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a report revealing 2010 having the record for warmest June, warmest April to June and warmest year to date. The announcement said 'Each of the 10 warmest average global temperatures recorded since 1880 have occurred in the last fifteen years. The warmest year-to-date on record, through June, was 1998, and 2010 is warmer so far.' So far we are even surpassing 1998's records which held the warmest year (despite directly contradicting reports). It certainly seems the scads of winter precipitation we enjoyed was no indication of how we would swelter through our summer this year. Will 2010 turn it around or are we set to break more records?"
Science

Submission + - Zephyr solar plane flies 7 days non-stop (bbc.co.uk)

chichilalescu writes: solar planes in the news again (BBC): The UK-built Zephyr solar-powered plane has smashed the endurance record for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
The craft took off from the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona at 1440 BST (0640 local time) last Friday and is still in the air.

maybe we can attach some netbooks, and extend the internet to the clouds.

PHP

Submission + - Comet in a Console (pubnub.com)

stephenlb writes: Comet real-time push in command line scripts now available. PHP and Ruby can both Publish and Subscribe within a console. Use comet in a console with two functions publish() and subscribe() made for programmers. The walkthrough uses PHP to publish and subscribe between a browser and console. Following the tips, developers can write code to speak between Ruby or PHP in two separate terminal windows on the same or separate machines without configuration.
Communications

Pedro Matias Sets New Texting Record At Mobile World Cup 70

Pedro Matias showed off his mad txtin sklz at this year's Mobile World Cup and managed to set a new record for "fastest, most accurate" texts as determined by the event's corporate owners. "history was made when Portugal's Pedro Matias set the new World's Record for texting by typing a 264-character text in just 1 minute 59 seconds (besting the previous record by 23 seconds). Of course, each Mobile World Cup must have its share of controversy -- in this case, Engadget Mobile's very own Chris Ziegler led a silent protest during the awards ceremony. The group was reportedly upset over the use of QWERTY phones (the LG enV3 in this case) to break the record."
AMD

Submission + - AMD Delivers DX11 Graphics Solution for under $100 (pcper.com)

Vigile writes: The new AMD Radeon HD 5670 launches today and it is the first graphics card to bring DirectX 11 support to the sub-$100 market and offers next-generation features to almost any budget. The Redwood part (as it was codenamed) is nearly 3.5x smaller in die size than the first DX11 GPUs from AMD while still offering support for DirectCompute 5.0, Eyefinity multi-monitor gaming and of course DX11 features (like tessellation) in upcoming Windows gaming titles. Unfortunately, performance on the card is not revolutionary even for the $99 graphics market though power consumption has been noticeably lowered while keeping the card well cooled in a single slot design.
Idle

Submission + - Lego Router (WRT54GL) (wordpress.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The successor to the Lego computer is the Lego router, a case for the Linksys WRT54GL made entirely out of LEGO bricks. Check out the blog for all the details on how it was built, and to download the plans to make your own!
Idle

Submission + - Smartphones receive holy blessing (timesonline.co.uk)

jeffmeden writes: Plow Monday is normally for blessing laborers and their tools; as the name suggests it is aimed at those that work the land. A church service in London, England Monday decided to go after a more modern audience: office workers and their modern communication gadgets. From the Times article: "The congregation at St Lawrence Jewry in the City of London raised their mobiles and iPods above their heads and Canon Parrott raised his voice to the heavens to address the Lord God of all Creation. 'May our tongues be gentle, our e-mails be simple and our websites be accessible,' he said."

Comment Re:Is this legal? (Score 0) 243

It would be be illegal if the device cause "undesired" or "unintended" interference. Since interference is the point it's perfectly legal. And there really isn't anything that carriers could do about it short of amending their terms of service to prohibit it's use; they don't own the spectrum, they are licensed to operate inside it. I agree with the post below, the 1 watt or less rule applies here and you would not need a license to operate in the GSM spectrum.

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