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Comment IE Leads (Score 1) 422

Realistically IE is still leading - when you add up all the IE and FF versions Microsoft is still at 50% dominance, FF trailing with 32%. Plus once Chrome gets a foothold it will sweep up the ranks (eating up the FF share), it loads in half the time of FF. You can't claim victory until the fat lady sings.

Comment Re:Resonant frequency myth (Score 1) 319

Possibly, highschool physics has led people astray before =)

"the microwave oven waves are 2450 MHz, and water has a dipole moment (negative on oxygen, slightly positive on hydrogen side), and when exposed to this electric field the water molecule tries to move to that field, but bumps into another water molecule, thus creating heat. This is not the resonant frequency of water, and the peak absorption of waves decreases as the temperature goes up because of the dielectric properties of water."

But on the other hand...
"The natural frequency of water is a bit more complicated, because it takes into account the mass of water molecules, the attraction between molecules, the distance between molecules, and some other stuff. Suffice it to say that most microwave ovens put out a frequency of 2.5 gigahertz. ... This isn't the lowest (also known as "primary") resonant frequency for water, but microwave manufacturers use 2.5 GHz because they want the microwave to work at any and all water temperatures. There's lots more techno-babble about resonance, matching, and the engineering of microwaves, but that'll have to be a separate question."

Perhaps what you are trying to say is that it is not the fundemental frequency, but a harmonic =). Either way. 2.5GHz is still *a* resonant frequency of water?
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Submission + - Crop loss from warming already $100 bilion

mdsolar writes: "Science Daily is reporting that researchers at the Carnegie Institution and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have found that crop losses owing to global warming exceeded $100 billion between 1981 and 2002 http://www.sciencedaily.com/upi/index.php?feed=Sci ence&article=UPI-1-20070316-15391700-bc-us-climate change-crops.xml. This is of interest not just because this indicates that warming is not good for crops, at least in the way that we grow them now, but that attempts to reduce warming through substituting biofuels for fossil fuels may be squeezed by this effect.

The estimated cost of crop losses is about 25% of the cost of the Iraq war so far http://nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com _wrapper&Itemid=182."

Submission + - The Greatest Game You Never Played

Alan writes: FiringSquad has been running their "American Idol wannabe" contest for a little over a month now. Now that they've weeded out the dredge, there are actually some awesome entries now. One of the best from this round is an article on The Greatest Game You've Never Played: Allegiance R3 Release. Apparently, it's a game Microsoft released several years ago and *gasp* ultimately made open source. It's since been developed further into an incredibly user-centric game. Good read.

Submission + - Getting out of two-year cellphone contracts

An anonymous reader writes: The Star news online has an article on getting out of 2-year cell phone contracts.. It discusses attempts made by people to get out of contracts. "Pretending to be dead, however, does not work well as a way to break a contract. Sprint Nextel, Verizon and Cingular, for example, may ask for a death certificate. T-Mobile says it does not." It also discusses other "strategies" such as joining the military, moving to a roaming location and so on. Any slashdot readers have interesting experiences on cancelling cell phone contracts, successes and failures?

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