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Submission + - Satellites pick up distortion of space-time (sciencedaily.com)

Lucas123 writes: "Two X-ray satellites have picked up a distortion of the space-time continuum around three super-dense neutron stars, lending additional credence to Einstein's prediction in his theory of relativity. A similar rippling effect on the fabric of space has been seen around black holes, but this is the first time the phenomenon has been seen around a neutron star. 'It shows that the way neutron stars accrete matter is not very different from that of black holes, and it gives us a new tool to probe Einstein's theory," says NASA Goddard Space Center scientist Tod Strohmayer."

Submission + - Vista not sending links to Firefox-default browser

inaneframe writes: "While trying out Vista for myself, I came across a strange interaction. When Firefox 2.0 was installed and then set as the default browser I found that url links from applications or within the OS, like in the help program, would not open up at all. Has anyone else had this issue? I find it odd that no one else would have caught this. Is this another ploy by MS? Or does it have something to do with the fact that I was running the 64bit version of Windows Vista and Firefox is a 32bit app? Perhaps it has something to do with security "features" not allowing it?"
Data Storage

Submission + - Sony says no to porn on Blu-ray Disc

jcatcw writes: Sony Corp. says it will not allow its disc-replicating subsidiary, Sony DADC Global, to handle adult film titles. The decision could have wide implications for Blu-ray Disc. Some analysts say it could eventually mean that Blu-ray loses out to HD-DVD in the battle to become the next-generation DVD format, in a repeat performance of the Betamax vs VHS competition. Nonetheless, a sequel to the classic Deb Does Dallas should be out on both Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD this spring.
The Internet

Web 2.0 Mashups Almost Ready For Enterprise 69

Dion Hinchcliffe, in a blog post over at ZDNet, talks about the increasing business value of 'Mashup' projects. Some of these, he believes, may soon or already be ready for use in an enterprise environment. He demonstrates one of these upcoming projects, showing off IBM's QEDWiki in a Flash demonstration. The software allows users to create their own mashups from canned widgets, turning data into simple applications with fairly straightforward functionality. From the article: "The motivations for mashups are quite different inside of organizations, where application backlogs and demand for more software that will improve collaboration and productivity are often rampant. If this state of affairs is true, far from having too much software, most enterprises don't have enough to satisfy demand, despite the prevalence of mountains of existing enterprise systems, many of which are underutilized. The arguments for letting users self-service themselves with end-user application tools and getting IT out of the critical path for the backlog of simpler applications are extensive." How important do you think 'self-made' software will be in the future?

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