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Submission + - Google Releases Street View Images From Fukushima Ghost Town (

mdsolar writes: "Google Inc. (GOOG) today released images taken by its Street View service from the town of Namie, Japan, inside the zone that was evacuated after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011.

Google, operator of the world’s biggest Web search engine, entered Namie this month at the invitation of the town’s mayor, Tamotsu Baba, and produced the 360-degree imagery for the Google Maps and Google Earth services, it said in an e-mailed statement.

All of Namie’s 21,000 residents were forced to flee after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the town, causing the world’s worst nuclear accident after Chernobyl. Baba asked Mountain View, California-based Google to map the town to create a permanent record of its state two years after the evacuation, he said in a Google blog post."

Comment Re:I Don't Understand This Legacy (Score 1) 375

It simply blew my mind that someone could be arrested for possession of this book because after all the notoriety it's really not that useful.

I think you know why the gov't wants to lend the book notoriety

This book exhibits somewhat of an active imagination in causing trouble ... oftentimes this trouble is easily traced back to you no matter how well the book tries to convince the reader you're being super careful and are virtually untraceable.

Dumb criminals are dumb. And easy to catch.


Growing A House From Meat 133

baosol writes "From the boundary-pushing team of archi-visionaries who brought us the fabulous Fab Tree Hab comes a new (and somewhat disgusting) way to grow a structure — using animal flesh! The In Vitro Meat Habitat is a futuristic concept home composed of meat cells grown in a lab. The creator of the concept, Mitchell Joachim, is a futurist with a twist– he says he is actually developing the concept in a lab."

Dad Delivers Baby Using Wiki 249

sonamchauhan writes "A Londoner helped his wife deliver their baby by Googling 'how to deliver a baby' on his mobile phone. From the article: 'Today proud Mr Smith said: "The midwife had checked Emma earlier in the day but contractions started up again at about 8pm so we called the midwife to come back. But then everything happened so quickly I realized Emma was going to give birth. I wasn't sure what I was going to do so I just looked up the instructions on the internet using my BlackBerry."'"

Comment Re:Also why are they doing it? (Score 1) 520

It's also a "problem" that PC games or even Nintendo DS games never had to deal with. There's no region locking on either platform.

Back when Quake II was released I had a copy that clearly stated on the disc "For sale ONLY in Australia". I literally had to change my timezone to install it. Please check your facts.


Submission + - Google goes green (

foobsr writes: "Google today announced it would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to make "Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal" in the near future. Larry Page stated: "With talented technologists, great partners and significant investments, we hope to rapidly push forward. Our goal is to produce one gigawatt of renewable energy capacity that is cheaper than coal. We are optimistic this can be done in years, not decades." This probably adds some new semantics to GoogleEarth."
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Submission + - Windows XP SP3 Yields Performance Gains ( 2

hairyfeet writes: "OSNews is reporting that after an abysmal showing by Vista SP1 in the latest benchmarks that, surprisingly, Windows XP SP3 showed a marked improvement over SP2, gaining around ten percent in performance in the benchmarks. Considering that Microsoft has kept pushing forward the end of life date on XP due to customer and PC manufacturer demand, one has to wonder how wise it is for them to release a service pack that makes the older XP even faster than it already was compared to Vista."

Submission + - SaaS-turbation and the art of creating nothing (

Dave Rosenberg writes: "I was discussing the questionable value of many on-demand/software-as-a-service applications and called it all "SaaS-turbation" and now I think it needs a good definition. A good example of SaaS-turbation is the Live Documents service that claims to offer a product that no one really wants.

My definition (it needs work)

SaaS-turbation (Noun)
Browser based, unsatisfying, on-demand version of a desktop application"


Submission + - 1977 gets its ass kicked! (

Cap'n.Brownbeard writes: Man finds JC Penney catalog from 1977. Man pees pants. Man blogs.

"A JC Penney catalog from 1977. It's not often [that] blog fodder just falls in my lap, but holy hell this was two solid inches of it, right there for the taking... The clothes are fantastic."

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