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Submission + - IAEA Forms Nuclear Fuel Bank (

Kemeno writes: The International Atomic Energy Agency voted on Friday to form a nuclear fuel bank to help developing countries acquire nuclear fuel without having to enrich uranium themselves. Warren Buffet contributed 50 million dollars to a pool of 150 million with contributions from many different countries. The goal of the program is to provide countries with a source of low-grade enriched uranium suitable for fueling reactors but not for creating nuclear weapons.

Submission + - Man who built first stored-program computer dies (

The Gold Tooth writes: Professor Sir Maurice Wilkes, who died on Nov. 29 aged 97, led the Cambridge University team that built the world’s first operational stored-program computer. The computer, known as EDSAC (Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator) was a huge contraption that took up a room in what was the University’s old Mathematical Library. It contained 3,000 vacuum valves arranged on 12 racks and used tubes filled with mercury for memory. Despite its impressive size, it could only carry out 650 operations per second.

Submission + - Apple considering AMD Chips? (

gyrogeerloose writes: While Apple has sourced it's microprocessors solely from Intel since it's switch to the x86 architecture, AMD executives and sales reps have been seen on the company's campus recently giving rise to speculation that Apple may be considering using AMD chips in future offerings. Various theories have been put forth for this, including issues of limited availability of certain Intel chips and new chipset designs from Intel which have interfered with Apple's partnership with NVida to develop a standardized graphics chipset design that could be used across it's entire line. There is also speculation that the talks with AMD may amount to nothing more than something to be used as a bargaining chip in Apple's negotiations with Intel.

Submission + - Android's possible readmission to Linux Kernel (

MonsterTrimble writes: "At the Linux Collaboration Summit, Google and Linux Kernel Developers are meeting to discuss the issues surrounding the Android fork and how it can be re-admitted to the mainline kernel. From the article:
"James Bottomley, Linux SCSI subsystem maintainer and Novell distinguished engineer, said during the kernel panel forks are prevalent in embedded systems where companies use the fork once then "throw it away. Google is not the first to have done something like this by far, just the one that’s made the most publicity." Bottomley said. "Hopefully the function of this collaboration summit is there is some collaboration over the next two days and we might actually solve it.""

Submission + - SEC Files Suit against Goldman Sachs (

Kemeno writes: The SEC has filed suit against Goldman Sachs, alleging that the bank engaged in fraudulent behavior by packaging and selling bonds likely to default to investors such as foreign banks and pension funds, while claiming that the content of the bonds would be selected by an independent manager. It should be interesting to see where this goes.

Comment Re:Not necessarily. (Score 1) 143

Not only that, but what if Intel tries to leverage their monopoly to get Nvidia out of their graphics offerings, and instead tries to bundle their processors with their own integrated graphics chipsets? One of the FTC's complaints was that Intel was doing something pretty close to this on their netbook/atom platform. If they tried it on the higher end, I could see that backfiring for them.

A good Nvidia or AMD offering combined with Intel's abuse of their monopoly could lead to their own demise...

Comment Re:Wow. (Score 2, Interesting) 282

While I don't deny that there are a *lot* of people who are probably doing exactly this, I think this has become a bit of a stereotype for the average twitter user. I have quite a few friends who will tweet when they find a new/interesting app or article online, or if they're looking for suggestions for a place to eat/an application/whatever else pops into their head. I don't care who watched what on TV last night either, but if one of my friends finds a cool iPod/iPhone app or some interesting bit of news online, Twitter is a good way to share that info.

I don't use twitter myself, but I do visit occasionally and don't think it's exclusively used to the entirely pointless ends that are constantly suggested here.

Comment Re:Bonus! (Score 2, Insightful) 737

Yes, and I think this is strange, because this exact feature is how I introduced my friends to the original Starcraft. More than half the fun of an RTS for me is playing it on a LAN with a few of my friends. Some of them even went out and bought the game afterward. If an RTS doesn't let me have a lag-free LAN experience, why should I buy it? How should I convince others to buy it?

Forcing everyone to have a unique key for Starcraft seems like a good idea for Blizzard on the surface, but I think that, in the end, it will hurt them more than it will help them.

Real Time Strategy (Games)

Blizzard Confirms No LAN Support For Starcraft 2 737

Kemeno writes "Blizzard has announced that they will be dropping LAN support for Starcraft II, citing piracy and quality concerns. Instead, all multiplayer games will be hosted through their new service. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised by this move, but wasn't LAN play how the original Starcraft became popular? Blizzard said, 'More people on means ... even more resources devoted to evolving this online platform to cater to further community building and new ways to enjoy the game online. World of Warcraft is a great example of a game that has evolved beyond anyone's imagination since their Day 1 and will continue to do so to better the player experience for as long as players support the title. ... We would not take out LAN if we did not feel we could offer players something better.'"
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Submission + - Nazi Stealth Bomber Built and Tested (

Spy Handler writes: "The Horton 229 Flying Wing, one of the more famous "Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe" produced in the latter days of WWII, is noted for its striking similarity to the modern B-2 Stealth Bomber. The question remained, "How effective would it have been against Allied air defenses of the day?". Unfortunately no surviving example existed for testing... until now. Northrop Grumman, on its own time and money, built a replica using the original blueprints and conducted radar tests. The result? Very good for the Nazis, bad for Allied defenses trying to detect it.

National Geographic Channel will be airing a new documentary about this on Sunday July 5th. (Although Nat Geo calls it "Hitler's Stealth Fighter", the size and shape of the aircraft dictates that it wouldn't have been used for anything other than dropping bombs)"

Real Time Strategy (Games)

Submission + - Starcraft 2 Drops LAN Support, Only ( 2

Kemeno writes: Blizzard has announced that they will be dropping LAN support for Starcraft II, citing piracy and quality concerns. Instead, ALL multiplayer games will be hosted through their new service. I suppose I shouldn't be suprised by this move, but wasn't LAN play how the original Starcraft became popular? It's the only way I ever played it, and I don't see why Blizzard would alienate casual LAN gamers in favor of forcing their new service upon everyone (well, except for more profit, of course).

Comment Re:It's the teachers, and the parents. (Score 1) 1515

But aren't uneducated parents less likely to see the value of education? The only way to get parents who understand the value and importance of education is to... educate them.

If we can't educate parents (because they're already out of school), we need to instead teach their children that education is important, so that they can in turn pass that onto their children. To do that, we need to put more resources into our schools. Except that if parents don't see the value of education, they're not going to be willing to put more money/resources into the system to fix it.

The education system needs to be reformed BOTH from the top down AND from the bottom up at the same time. Schools need more resources to teach students, and parents need to see that education is worth putting additional resources toward. Furthermore, there is no 'quick fix' to the problem... any changes made now would likely not be seen for another 10-20 years. That's why reforming it is such an enormous challenge.

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Journal Journal: Drug patents threatening cheap drugs

This was a story I tried to submit but was rejected by Slashdot's editorial staff. Not grousing, saving my composition here for posterity, as I do with other of my rejected stories.

Submission + - Why is RAM so bloody expensive?

LuckyEdBoy66 writes: This has annoyed me for a while, but today i was surfing Newegg for some RAM (Random Access Memory), and I was outraged by the price tags on those things. none that i found were under $100 for 1gb (ok, i didn't look that hard). What is the deal? I have seen 1gb SD cards for under $10, so why is RAM so pricey? sure they use different types of memory and formating, but if technology can produce cheap SD cards and flash drives, one would think it could do the same for RAM... The only possible explanation i can think of is that all the people upgrading to Vista are flocking to upgrade their machines and thus causing a huge supply shortage (ya, right. we all know better than that...). ok, so if thats illogical, then where IS the logic? is there any foreseeable price drop in the near future?

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