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Submission + - Why Can't Intel Kill x86? ( 2

jfruh writes: "As tablets and cell phones become more and more important to the computing landscape, Intel is increasingly having a hard time keeping its chips on the forefront of the industry, with x86 architecture failing to find much success in mobile. The question that arises: Why is Intel so wedded to x86 chips? Well, over the past thirty years, Intel has tried and failed to move away from the x86 architecture on multiple occasions, with each attempt undone by technical, organizational, and short-term market factors."

Submission + - Photo shows how Google Glass will work in direct sunlight (

An anonymous reader writes: Google Glass works by projecting a tiny image on to a specially cut piece of glass so that your eye catches the reflection. The result is faint ghost like images that float just inside your field of vision. This is a great idea indoors, but there’s no way that the projector in the slender Glass units is powerful enough to deliver content to you when you are outside on a bright day.

But Google may have already fixed this, as proven by a photo captured of two cyclists wearing Glass with a slight modification. What looks to be the same photochromic material used in traditional transitions lenses has been used to replace the previously transparent glass block. In so doing, the projected image should still be viewable in any lighting conditions.


Submission + - A new class of graphene supercapacitors to replace batteries (

An anonymous reader writes: A novel graphene-based electrode, produced with a standard LightScribe DVD optical drive, ends the search for an optimal electrochemical capacitor. The discovery could pave the way for a new class of flexible energy-storage devices. “We have tested the device for over 10,000 charge/discharge cycles, and the device maintains about 97 percent of its performance,” El-Kady said. “This contrasts with a lifetime of less than 1000 cycles for conventional rechargeable batteries.” The team also tested the device’s shelf life over four months and discovered that there was no sign of decrease in performance.

Submission + - SimCity launch problems (

Killall -9 Bash writes: from

Sim City recently went live on the Origin store, and as the perils of digital downloads go, masses of people are all attempting to download the game at once. While this wouldn’t be a problem if everything goes smoothly, it rarely ever does. EA and its Origin platform are taking a ton of criticism tonight as many are left out in the cold when trying to download the new city-building simulator.


Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How best to set up a parent's PC? 2

CodingHero writes: My mother uses a recent enough PC running Windows XP and has a broadband connection, but her primary method of interacting with the online world remains the AOL software. She also likes to download and use various seasonal wallpapers, screensavers, etc. Usually all this works fine and I don't get family tech support calls, but occasionally something big goes wrong. Since she lives 400 miles away, that means I get to provide phone tech support. While I can usually get something fixed through simple instructions, sometimes it's just too complicated to properly diagnose and explain over the phone (e.g., a trojan infection that anti-virus won't get rid of on its own). I'd like to set up the system so that her account is not an Administrator and that I can easily (and securely) remotely connect to fix problems, install stuff she really wants to use (after proper vetting of course), and so on. Moving to Linux or a Mac is not an option. Upgrading the system to Windows 7 and breaking the AOL habit, while seemingly the best course of action, is going to mean a lot of my time up front to explain how to do things all over again, time that I don't have a lot of right now. Has anyone else had a similar experience? If so, what did you find was the best way to re-educate a parent and/or set up a method to securely remotely manage a system, or at least lock it down to better protect it?

Submission + - If Current Habits Continue, Half of U.S. Adults Will Be Obese by 2030 1

An anonymous reader writes: Experts predict that unless Americans change their eating and exercise habits, half of U.S. adults will be obese by 2030. Using a model of population and other trends based on data released by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the report "F as in Fat," from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, estimates at least a 44 percent obesity rate in every state and over 60 percent obesity rate in 30 states.

Submission + - Get Your 3D Printed Leather Jackets (

MatthewVD writes: "Bioprinting startup Modern Meadows is coming forward with its plans to master in vitro leather production in the next five years. The news follows the August announcement that Peter Thiel's Breakout Labs revolving fund had given the startup a grant. Modern Meadows' plans for 3D printed meat will probably have to wait for a few years, notably because a majority of people wouldn't want to eat cultured meat. Printed leather, on the other hand, would be welcomed by animal activists and skin is structurally simpler than meat."
Emulation (Games)

Nintendo Upset Over Nokia Game Emulation Video 189

An anonymous reader writes "Nintendo is investigating potential copyright infringement by Nokia during some video demos of their N900 phone, which can be seen emulating Nintendo games. Nintendo spokesman Robert Saunders says: 'We take rigorous steps to protect our IP and our legal team will examine this to determine if any infringement has taken place.' In the video, Nokia says, 'Most publishers allow individual title usage, provided that the user is in possession of the original title.'"

How 136 People Became 7 Million Illegal File-Sharers 313

Barence writes "The British government's official figures on the level of illegal file sharing in the UK come from questionable research commissioned by the music industry. The Radio 4 show named More or Less examined the government's claim that 7m people in Britain are engaged in illegal file sharing. The 7m figure actually came from a report written about music industry losses for Forrester subsidiary Jupiter Research. The report was privately commissioned by none other than the UK's music trade body, the BPI. The 7m figure had been rounded up from an actual figure of 6.7m, gleaned from a 2008 survey of 1,176 net-connected households, 11.6% of which admitted to having used file-sharing software — in other words, only 136 people. That 11.6% was adjusted upwards to 16.3% 'to reflect the assumption that fewer people admit to file sharing than actually do it.' The 6.7m figure was then calculated based on an estimated number of internet users that disagreed with the government's own estimate. The wholly unsubstantiated 7m figure was then released as an official statistic."

Submission + - 386 Million Firefox Downloads. 96 Million Users. (

NewbieV writes: "Three out of every four people who download Firefox don't use it actively. According to the Spreadfirefox website, Firefox has been downloaded over 386 million times. According to an article in the Ziff Davis blog roll, Firefox has about a 25% retention rate: half the people who download it, try it. Half of those people end up actively using it.

How to improve that retention rate? The Mozilla Foundation has a plan (which is also discussed here). What would Slashdotters recommend?"


Submission + - Wii Update Kills off Freeloader/SD Media Launcher

Croakyvoice writes: "The latest firmware update for the Nintendo Wii has dealt users a double blow, Gamesindustry report that Freeloader which enables you to play import Gamecube titles on the Nintendo Wii is now unusable, Wii-News have also revealed that the SD Media Launcher which is a way of legally playing Gamecube homebrew on the Wii has also suffered the same fate. Nintendo have responded by saying that because it isn't an official product approved by Nintendo, there was nothing it could do."

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