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Submission + - SETI Inst Announces Availability of Telescope Data (prnewswire.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The SETI Institute, an interdisciplinary scientific organization that explores the nature of life throughout the universe, announced that starting today it will make large quantities of astronomical radio telescope data accessible to astronomers and other scientists as part of an effort to build a global community of searchers for evidence of extra-terrestrial intelligence. The radio telescope data will be made available through setiQuest

Submission + - Indie Developers Beat Huge Publishers In iPad Race

andylim writes: Two developers, one based in London, the other in Seattle, have managed to wrestle international publishers to the floor with a book that is over 145 years old. Alice for iPad is an interactive version of the classic Alice in Wonderland story. Over the past few weeks Alice for iPad has become the iPad's best-selling children's book to date. "So how did we, as if by magic, wrestle Disney and Marvel to the floor with a book that is over 145 years old? The answer seems to be the marriage between physics and storytelling. Alice uses cutting edge physics and accelerometer readings to create the effect that brings static illustrations to life. Ben is unique in being able to code this stuff, and I like drawing. I think Carroll would have loved it."
Cellphones

Submission + - Microsoft Unveils 'Pink' Phones

adeelarshad82 writes: Microsoft has recently launched two new phones known as the Kin One and Kin Two; previously codenamed as Pink. The phones are designed to appeal to social-networking focused teens, which is probably why the marketing team has tried to spice up the packaging of the phones. According to a Microsoft official the phones are named Kin because it "knits together... kindred spirits." The Kin One contains a 5-Megapixel camera, while the Kin Two contains a more powerful 8-Megapixel camera that can shoot 720p HD video. The One also includes a mono speaker, while the Two supports stereo sound. Both cameras include an LED flash, to better illuminate subjects in low-light environments. The One version also includes 4GB of on-board memory, while the Two version includes double that amount, at 8GB. Both Kin phones have touch screens. According to the hands-on, the Kin phones are based on the same Windows CE core as Windows Phone 7, and they have an Internet Explorer based browser. Unfortunately though these phones have no downloadable apps, no games, not even a calendar. They're not meant to be expandable smart phones; instead very good messaging phones.
Space

Submission + - Mysteries Swirl Around Cyclones at Saturn's Poles (nasa.gov)

Riding with Robots writes: "New images of Saturn from the robotic spacecraft Cassini are shedding new light on monstrous storms that swirl at both poles of the ringed planet. "These are truly massive cyclones, hundreds of times stronger than the most giant hurricanes on Earth," said one mission scientist. Cumulus clouds twirl around the vortices, betraying the presence of giant thunderstorms lurking beneath. But the storms do not disturb the bizarre hexagonal cloud formation previously reported."
Earth

Submission + - Global Cooling?

d3ac0n writes: The Australian reports a few inconvenient truths regarding global climate change that have yet to receive much attention from a media sold on global warming. Not only has the Earth cooled since its peak year in 1998, not only are oceans cooler than predicted, but new NASA data shows that the computer models that predicted runaway global warming were based on a fundamental error. Rather than having clouds and water vapor amplifying the warming effect of carbon in the atmosphere, it turns out that they compensate for it! (Credit to Hot Air's Ed Morrisey for the article summary.)
Microsoft

Submission + - How Much Unix Does Microsoft Own? 1

An anonymous reader writes: In the wake of recent threats from Microsoft that Linux violates its patents, InfoWeek blogger John Foley attempted to find out just exactly how much Unix and open-source code Microsoft actually owns. Microsoft has a historical connection, via Xenix, its 25-year-old Unix clone, and Windows Services for Unix, which includes a Unix subsystem. But the trail quickly gets murky, because ownership of Xenix was transferred to the original SCO in 1987. It's also unclear whether Microsoft's 2004 deal with Sun resulted in any firm patent cross-licenses. Microsoft stonewalled Foley's requests for information, though one PR rep claimed that: "Microsoft has 65 patents in Linux GUIs, 15 patents in e-mail, 42 patents in Linux Kernel, 45 patents in Open Office, and 68 other patents that read on open source." Asks Foley: "Is Microsoft-patented code in Unix?, What Unix technologies does Microsoft continue to develop?, Where is Unix code used in Microsoft's own product line?" If it's threatening litigation, shouldn't Microsoft put up or shut up?
Education

Submission + - School Bans Valedictorian Honors to Protect Studen (blogspot.com) 8

Advocate123 writes: As a result of these ridiculous policies, gifted students are locked in a box of mediocrity. Students who dedicate their lives toward academics, and excel, are ridiculed by fellow peers. Even worse, disgraceful teachers force the best and the brightest students to be patient with students who neither demonstrate the effort nor intelligence to succeed. The boredom resulting from a lack of high expectations is painful to endure for many students. In Colorado this past Tuesday, the Boulder Valley school district engaged in the most recent example of insanity by baning valedictorian honors.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - EarthLink Says No Future for Municipal Wi-Fi (wifinetnews.com)

Glenn Fleishman writes: "EarthLink dropped its final bombshell on city-wide Wi-Fi, saying that it wouldn't put more money in and was talking to their current deployed cities about the future. The company had won bids in dozens of cities, and then backed out of the majority of them before building or finalizing contracts a few months ago. The remaining towns they were building out, like New Orleans, Anaheim, and Philadelphia, will ostensibly be turned off unless local officials come up with scratch or a plan of their own. EarthLink pioneered the model of free-for-fee networks, where there would be no cost or upfront commitment from cities, and EarthLink would charge for network access. Apparently, you can't make money that way."
Government

Submission + - Feds Confiscate Private Gold & Silver

CranberryKing writes: I am surprised this hasn't been posted already. Here is TV coverage and the original e-mail I received yesterday: Dear Liberty Dollar Supporters: I sincerely regret to inform you that about 8:00 this morning a dozen FBI and Secret Service agents raided the Liberty Dollar office in Evansville. For approximately six hours they took all the gold, all the silver, all the platinum and almost two tons of Ron Paul Dollars that where just delivered last Friday. They also took all the files, all the computers and froze our bank accounts. We have no money. We have no products. We have no records to even know what was ordered or what you are owed. We have nothing but the will to push forward and overcome this massive assault on our liberty and our right to have real money as defined by the US Constitution. We should not to be defrauded by the fake government money. But to make matters worse, all the gold and silver that backs up the paper certificates and digital currency held in the vault at Sunshine Mint has also been confiscated. Even the dies for mint the Gold and Silver Libertys have been taken. This in spite of the fact that Edmond C. Moy, the Director of the Mint, acknowledged in a letter to a US Senator that the paper certificates did not violate Section 486 and were not illegal. But the FBI and Services took all the paper currency too. The possibility of such action was the reason the Liberty Dollar was designed so that the vast majority of the money was in specie form and in the people's hands. Of the $20 million Liberty Dollars, only about a million is in paper or digital form. I regret that if you are due an order. It may be some time until it will be filled... if ever... it now all depends on our actions. Everyone who has an unfulfilled order or has digital or paper currency should band together for a class action suit and demand redemption. We cannot allow the government to steal our money! Please don't let this happen!!! Many of you read the articles quoting the government and Federal Reserve officials that the Liberty Dollar was legal. You did nothing wrong. You are legally entitled to your property. Let us use this terrible act to band together and further our goal — to return America to a value based currency. Please forward this important Alert... so everyone who possess or use the Liberty Dollar is aware of the situation. Please click HERE to sign up for the class action lawsuit and get your property back! If the above link does not work you can access the page by copying the following into your web browser. http://www.libertydollar.org/classaction/index.php Thanks again for your support at this darkest time as the damn government and their dollar sinks to a new low. Bernard von NotHaus Monetary Architect
IBM

Submission + - eComStation Release 2.0 RC3 available

Kim Haverblad writes: "Serenity Systems has released eComstation v2.0 RC3 that is an OEM-version of IBM:s OS2 Warp v4.52. It's great news for the OS2 users still hanging around since it supports dual and quad core CPU:s which IBM original code didn't support. The full press release can be found at OS2 World.Com where there also are technical notes with more specific updates."
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Bioshock DRM Causes Massive Outcry (pcgamer.com)

Dr Kool, PhD writes: "The PC DVD version of Bioshock is loaded with DRM like no other game ever released, and the outcry has reached critical mass. PC Gamer editors are reporting that they are not able to install and activate the game more than twice, even when previous copies are uninstalled. Thousands of complaints from frustrated buyers have flooded 2K Games' official Bioshock forum. The game uses a new version of the rootkit SecuROM to do its dirty deeds."
Networking

Submission + - Ohio Establishing State Wide Broadband Network

bohn002 writes: In order to coordinate and expand access to the state's broadband data network, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has signed an executive order establishing the Ohio Broadband Council and the Broadband Ohio Network. The order directs the Ohio Broadband Council to coordinate efforts to extend access to the Broadband Ohio Network to every county in Ohio. And the order allows public and private entities to tap into the Broadband Ohio Network — all with a goal of expanding access to high-speed internet service in parts of the state that presently don't have such service. http://governor.ohio.gov/News/July2007/News72707/t abid/335/Default.aspx

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