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Comment outsider question: why the USA embargo on Cuba? (Score 1) 141

I'm no historian, but here is my take so forgive me if I am wrong: When Fidel Casto's party overthrew the government in 1953 there were many US owned businesses and properties that were basically stolen by that new government. It was a hostile act and the US was acting to protect the interests of its citizens without using force. It's not the result of a bunch of old voters in Florida, but the US attempt to get restitution for taken property in a peaceful manner. At this point it seems pointless to maintain the embargo since in all these years it hasn't achieved its goal.

Comment Re:Dark matter/energy = Fudge factor? (Score 1) 247

It's not voodoo, there is an abundance of secure scientific evidence from observational data that supports the existence of dark matter. Galaxies do not spin apart, but the stars are held in by the force of gravity that is greater than can be accounted for by objects that emit light within that galaxy. The problem with Dark Matter is that it has not been definitively detected. It's either Dark Matter/Dark Energy or the laws of physics need to be completly rewritten.

Comment Inaccuracy in article on what 80% of universe is (Score 2) 247

This statement is inaccurate: "...predominant theories about the composition of the universe didn't assume 80 percent of it was made up of invisible dark matter" 80% of the universe is made up of with Dark Matter and Dark Energy. The theories suggests the universe is made up of about 27% dark matter (not 80%) which is the subject of the article. Dark energy is a sort of negative gravity and is the force pushing galaxies apart faster and not relevant to this article's topic. Dark energy makes up most of the energy mass of the universe at 68%. Taken together they make up 80%, but affect the universe in completely different ways.

Comment Re:Close the door. (Score 1) 480

I tape a sign to the door if I have a conference call so they (wife and kids) know not to disturb me. Lock the door if you get bothered. Plus have some music handy in case there is a distracting noise (trash truck, kids, annoying spouse). It helps drown out some distractions. Also keep distractions out of the office (ie. games, keyboards, guitars, etc). I take frequent breaks using WorkRave at least every 15 mins so I remember to sit up, move and relax my eyes.

Physicists Discover Universal "Wet-Dog Shake" Rule 97

Dog owners can sleep easy tonight because physicists have discovered how rapidly a wet dog should oscillate its body to dry its fur. Presumably, dogs already know. From the article: "Today we have an answer thanks to the pioneering work of Andrew Dickerson at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and a few buddies. But more than that, their work generates an interesting new conundrum about the nature of shaken fur dynamics. Dickerson and co filmed a number of dogs shaking their fur and used the images to measure the period of oscillation of the dogs' skin. For a labrador retriever, this turns out to be 4.3 Hz."

Windows Phone 7 Gaming and Xbox Live 99

Engadget is running a preview of Microsoft's attempt to bring Xbox Live to upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices. Launch titles will include Guitar Hero, Castlevania, and Halo: Waypoint, and many of the features from the console version of Xbox Live will make the transition intact. Quoting: "Live on WP7 will allow for full avatar integration (we're talking fully rendered, interactive avatars) along with customization (clothes, accessories, and more). The company has even crafted an avatar-centric version of familiar phone utilities like flashlight apps and levels, adding some whimsy to what would normally be pretty staid affairs. Additionally, messaging, friend lists / status, achievements, and leaderboards (with friend comparisons) are all here as well, making for a pretty complete mobile Xbox Live experience. And also just like the console, every game will have a try-before-you buy demo to check out before spending your hard-earned cash."

The "King of All Computer Mice" Finally Ships 207

An anonymous reader writes "The much-anticipated, much-mocked 18-button joystick mouse from WarMouse is now shipping. The press release features an impressive set of user quotes from game designer Chris Taylor, new SFWA president John Scalzi, and a doctor who runs a medical software company. Crazy or not, it's obviously more than just a gaming mouse."

Supermassive Black Hole Is Thrown Out of Galaxy 167

DarkKnightRadick writes "An undergrad student at the University of Utrecht, Marianne Heida, has found evidence of a supermassive black hole being tossed out of its galaxy. According to the article, the black hole — which has a mass equivalent to one billion suns — is possibly the culmination of two galaxies merging (or colliding, depending on how you like to look at it) and their black holes merging, creating one supermassive beast. The black hole was found using the Chandra Source Catalog (from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory). The direction of the expulsion is also possibly indicative of the direction of rotation of the two black holes as they circled each other before merging."

Wii 2 Delay Is Hurting Nintendo 310

BanjoTed writes "Michael Pachter's ongoing spat with Nintendo regarding the Wii 2 is well documented. Pachter is sure it's coming, Nintendo says it's not. Now the analyst has gone one further by claiming that the declining sales of the Wii documented in the platform holder's recent financial statements will only get worse unless it speeds up attempts to get its successor to market. He said, 'The reason for this is clear: the software being created is just not interesting enough or compelling enough to drive Wii owners to buy more than two [games] per year, and most of those purchases are first party software. We can blame the third party publishers for making shovelware, or for misjudging the Wii market, but the simple fact is that the publishers have to develop completely separate games for the Wii because its CPU is not powerful.'"
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Sony Refuses To Sanction PS3 "Other OS" Refunds 396

Stoobalou writes "Sony says that it has no intention of reimbursing retailers if they offer users partial refunds for fat PS3s. Last week, the first PS3 user successfully secured a partial refund from Amazon UK as compensation for the removal of the ability to run Linux on the console. The user quoted European law in order to persuade the online retailer that the goods he had bought in good faith were no longer fit for his purposes because of the enforcement of firmware update 3.21, which meant that users who chose to keep the Other OS functionality would lose the ability to play the latest games or connect to the PlayStation Network."

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