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Comment Re:Poll Explained (Score 3, Insightful) 711

I'm an electrical engineer and I design buildings for a living. I prefer the NEMA 5-20. Chances are, the plug in your office is a NEMA 5-20. The difference is in the ampacity rating, 15 amps and 20 amps. You can tell which is which by the plug configuration. Does your plug have a small horizontal slit on the right vertical slit? If so, it's a NEMA 5-20. Several commercial cleaning and kitchen appliances require 12 amps are more so the NEMA 5-20 is preferred in those applications. Don't worry if your house only has NEMA 5-15 plugs with a 20 amp circuit breaker protecting it. Residential appliances are rated to be used with a NEMA 5-15 plug.

Submission + - Tesla receives $465M loan to build Model S

SignalFreq writes: Tesla Motors, based in San Carlos, California, was approved yesterday for $465M in loans from the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program. Tesla plans to use $365M of the money to finance a manufacturing facility for the Model S (review, Letterman video) and $100M for a powertrain manufacturing plant in the SF Bay Area. "Tesla will use the ATVM loan precisely the way that Congress intended — as the capital needed to build sustainable transport," said Tesla CEO and Product Architect Elon Musk. Tesla expects the Model S to ship in late 2011 and the base cost to be $57,400 ($49,900 after a federal tax credit). Ford received $5.9B and Nissan received $1.6B under the same program.

Comment NIH Grant (Score 1) 599

The government does fund research, but not always for direct projects. NIH Grants provide funding for lots of research related things, such as laboratory improvements, new equipment, etc. One of the stimulus packages included added more funding for NIH Grants. You can see all the active ones at

Comment Architect's Office (Score 4, Funny) 392

I've actually been in an Architect's office where there was glass everywhere. Even the private offices had glass partitions. It was difficult to tell which of the glass panes were actually the door. In that environment, I'm not sure which way to go since you have no privacy either way, which is the whole point of an office right? Either way, probably makes for some funny moments watching new comers search for the door.

Submission + - New attack exploits virtually all intranets, VPNs ( 1

redsoxh8r writes: Security researcher Robert Hansen, known as Rsnake, has developed a new class of attacks that abuses a weakness in many corporate intranets and most browsers to compromise remote machines with persistent JavaScript backdoors. Threatpost reports: "The attacks rely on the long-term caching policies of some browsers and take advantage of the collisions that can occur when two different networks use the same non-routable IP address space, which happens fairly often because the amount of address space is quite small. The bottom line is that even a moderately skilled attacker has the ability to compromise remote machines without the use of any vulnerability or weakness in the client software. "If you're even vaguely clever, developing this might take you two hours. It's not that difficult," said Robert Hansen, the researcher who wrote about the attacks in a white paper published this week, called "RFC1918 Caching Security Issues."

Submission + - Stem Cell Therapy Cures Corneal Blindness (

Singularity Hub writes: "Researchers at Australia's University of New South Wales have used an elegant stem-cell based treatment to treat corneal opacity in 3 human patients. Unlike many stem cell advances trumpeted as breakthroughs, this technique has already delivered real, life-changing results. Two patients, previously legally blind, have regained functional eyesight, while the third, who could always read the biggest letters on an eye-exam chart, is once again able to drive. The improvement has already lasted for a full 18 months, and as the images and video show, such dramatic corneal regeneration is clearly visible to the naked eye."
Role Playing (Games)

Dungeons & Dragons Online Goes Free-To-Play 178

Dungeons & Dragons Online developer Turbine has announced that they'll be launching a new version of the game, called Eberron Unlimited, which makes it free to play, with the option of using micro-transactions to buy certain items and customize characters. Players will also be able to earn points through normal play that they can spend in the DDO Store. There's an additional option to pay a normal subscription fee for priority access to servers, a monthly allotment of points for the store, and extra character slots. Further details and a sign-up for the beta are available at the game's website.

Nintendo Unconcerned By Motion-Control Competitors 150

The Guardian's games blog reports on comments by Nintendo discussing why it's not worried about competition from Microsoft and Sony after their recent motion-control announcements at E3. Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime said, "The only thing I'll say is a rhetorical question. Is it fun? If it's fun, then I tip my hat and say, 'Well done.' But what's happening sounds to me a lot like, 'Who's got the prettiest picture. Who's got high-definition. Who has the best processing power?' It sounds like technology, when the consumer wants to be entertained. Our focus is how do we take active play and make it entertainment. And that's what we're going to continue to focus on."
PC Games (Games)

How Much Money Do Free-To-Play MMOs Make? 157

simoniker writes "Over at Gamasutra, a new feature article discusses how much money free-to-play MMO games make, with specific real-world stats from game developers willing to discuss how they make money with microtransaction-based PC games. In particular, Puzzle Pirates co-creator Daniel James reveals that 'the average revenue per user (ARPU) is between one and two dollars a month, but only about 10% of his player base has ever paid him anything. As a result, he says, approximately 5,000 gamers are generating the $230,000 in revenue he sees each month.' It's obviously quite a different model from the regular $15/month for World Of Warcraft, but it evidently works for some companies."

Submission + - Unix Turns 40

wandazulu writes: Forty years ago this summer, Ken Thompson sat down and wrote a small operating system that would eventually be called Unix. An article at ComputerWorld describes the the history, present, and future of what could arguably be called the most important operating system of them all.

Submission + - People in good moods see more (

Death Metal writes: ""Good moods enhance the literal size of the window through which we see the world. The upside of this is that we can see things from a more global, or integrative perspective. The downside is that this can lead to distraction on critical tasks that require narrow focus, such as operating dangerous machinery or airport screening of passenger baggage. Bad moods, on the other hand, may keep us more narrowly focused, preventing us from integrating information outside of our direct attentional focus.""

Submission + - Run Linux programs on Windows (

martycoop writes: ""Why would you want to do that?", you're probably asking. If you can run Linux 24x7 on any machine you come across, great — but given the ubiquity of Microsoft's OS, chances are you'll end up sitting at a Windows-only PC at some point. Never fear: even if you can't vape the drive and install your favourite distro, you can still get a Linux fix thanks by running Linux applications on Windows. All you need do is install and running KDE in Microsoftland. It isn't as tough as it sounds."

Submission + - Mitsubishi starts production of EV (

savuporo writes: Mitsubishi is the first major automaker to (re)start production of fully battery-electric vehicles. The i-Miev will be initially produced in low volume, 1400 units in 2009, and carry a price tag of $45,300 without subsidies. Initially available to fleet customers, Japanese market retail sales will begin in the end of this year, with small volumes sold around the globe for right-hand drive countries.
Subaru is the next automaker to start production of EVs with the similarly-sized Stella this summer.
For galleries and early test drive reports, see AutoBlogGreen coverage.

Hardware Hacking

Submission + - What to do with 50+ 1GB DDR2 SoDIMMs? 1

Tim Rutter writes: I have 50+ 1GB ddr2 so-dimm sticks, left overs after system upgrades. It seems a shame that they are sitting here in a box, doing nothing. Have any my fellow slashdotters come across anything such as the Acard ANS-9010B, Or a PCI Express card like the Intel BFCMEM that would use sodimms'? Whether its a memory expansion board like the Intel device or A pseudo storage like the Acard device.
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - iPhone upgrade to include 3D graphics chip in July (

Tom Jackson writes: "A source has apparently detailed plans for a July 17th release date for the next model of the iPhone, which will coincide with the launch of the 3.0 software. Probably the biggest news is that this hardware upgrade will boast its own 3D graphics processor, which makes some sense since Apple has taken a very keen interest in semiconductor manufacturing this last six months, and is expected to begin manufacturing its own proprietary chips. Perhaps this means it's already started? On top of all this, Apple is supposedly beginning to build an in-house game development team."

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