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Comment Re:Even if this was true... (Score 5, Funny) 1009

Oh boy, I hadn't thought of that. I can just see a situation where you need to buy an i7 to get any motherboard with decent overclocking ability or other features when you would be far happier with an i5 and an extra $100 in your pocket. Intel and motherboard manufacturers working together like this could mean terrible things for home builder.

Comment Re:Sounds familiar. (Score 1) 571

Yeah, if i think of the things i used to do as a teen i know i would never get away with it nowadays. I didn't used to have access to dry ice so i used to take 2 liter bottles and put old bike tire valve stems in them then pressurize them to about 100 PSI (our poor pump wouldn't go over that) and them split them with an axe, even my parents used to think it was one of the coolest things ever as it has such an amazing report. Used to do this at random times in the summer and LOTS by the 4th of July and never once had anybody complain. Then there were the spud guns i used to make and bolas and Atlatls and all kinds of stuff with my free time after school. I even had a chance to take the spud gun to school for physics class and everyone had a grand time, just a couple years later after columbine i would of been interrogated and forced into counseling if anyone on the school staff found i had such things at home.

Man Swallows USB Flash Drive Evidence 199

SlideRuleGuy writes "In a bold and bizarre attempt to destroy evidence seized during a federal raid, a New York City man grabbed a flash drive and swallowed the data storage device while in the custody of Secret Service agents. Records show Florin Necula ingested the Kingston flash drive shortly after his January 21 arrest outside a bank in Queens. A Kingston executive said it was unclear if stomach acid could damage one of their drives. 'As you might imagine, we have no actual experience with someone swallowing a USB.' I imagine that would be rather painful. But did he follow his mother's advice and chew thoroughly, first? Apparently not, as the drive was surgically recovered."

Gamma Ray Mystery Reestablished By Fermi Telescope 95

eldavojohn writes "New observations from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope reveal that our assumptions about the 'fog' of gamma rays in our universe are not entirely explained by black hole-powered jets emanating from active galaxies — as we previously hypothesized. For now, the researchers are representing the source of unaccounted gamma rays with a dragon (as in 'here be') symbol. A researcher explained that they are certain about this, given Fermi's observations: 'Active galaxies can explain less than 30 percent of the extragalactic gamma-ray background Fermi sees. That leaves a lot of room for scientific discovery as we puzzle out what else may be responsible.' And so we reopen the chapter on background gamma-rays in the science textbooks and hope this eventually sheds even more light on other mysteries of space — like star formation and dark matter."

A Hyper-Velocity Impact In the Asteroid Belt? 114

astroengine writes "Astronomers have spotted something rather odd in the asteroid belt. It looks like a comet, but it's got a circular orbit, similar to an asteroid. Whether it's an asteroid or a comet, it has a long, comet-like tail, suggesting something is being vented into space. Some experts think it could be a very rare comet/asteroid hybrid being heated by the sun, but there's an even more exciting possibility: It could be the first ever observation of two asteroids colliding in the asteroid belt."
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EA Shutting Down Video Game Servers Prematurely 341

Spacezilla writes "EA is dropping the bomb on a number of their video game servers, shutting down the online fun for many of their Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 games. Not only is the inclusion of PS3 and Xbox 360 titles odd, the date the games were released is even more surprising. Yes, Madden 07 and 08 are included in the shutdown... but Madden 09 on all consoles as well?"

The Best Robots of 2009 51

kkleiner writes "Singularity Hub has just unveiled its second annual roundup of the best robots of the year. In 2009 robots continued their advance towards world domination with several impressive breakouts in areas such as walking, automation, and agility, while still lacking in adaptability and reasoning ability. It will be several years until robots can gain the artificial intelligence that will truly make them remarkable, but in the meantime they are still pretty awesome."

Comment Re:Net neutrality anyone? (Score 1) 122

I believe hes talking about managing flows to keep streams from getting interrupted so if it sees data transfers that have been going on between 2 points consistently its going to be less likely to drop packets from that stream than it is some other random ping or small packet. Basicly the idea is to keep things working that are streaming instead of dropping a packet and stalling them or sending packets out of order due to queuing. Benefit is downloads and streams of data are more likely to stay working while one off communications and handshakes would be more likely to get dropped.

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