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Comment Doors, argh (Score 1) 443

Not have doors one has to *slam* shut.

As if there's not enough noise already.

(I know one can close/lock most doors by slowly but pretty firmly pressing them into the lock, but everybody likes to *BANG* them, esp. at night. )

Comment Re:Production version (Score 1) 97

And you have gotta love a company that advertises a position as:


Beautiful how they put in an extra paragraph to encourage new graduates. At last a company that does not expect you to be 25 and have 30 year of experience in Office 2010 :rolleyes:

Comment Re:Going to have a hard time topping modern remake (Score 1) 173

Beg to differ on that. http://www.oolite.org/ is an open, modernized version of Elite, and has lots of 'old geezers' practically creaming their pants when they discover and play it for the fist time.
Just look at their bulletin boards for all the kudos being strewn around to the developers.

Submission + - Is it okay to pirate digital versions of physical media you already own? (pottermore.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Harry Potter books are due to be released in ebook format. I am going to assume that the digital versions of these books will have their DRM removed and find themselves shared illegally. I personally own two copies of the books and several copies of the movies (some DVDs, all the Blu-rays). I ask the Slashdot community, have I "earned the right" to acquire these ebooks without actually paying for them?

Submission + - Slices of Einstein's Brain Show "the Mind as Matter" (scienceworldreport.com)

An anonymous reader writes: We've pickled it, desiccated it, drilled it, mummified it, chopped it and sliced it over centuries, yet as the most complex entity in the known universe, the human brain remains a mysterious fascination.

With samples of Albert Einstein's preserved brain on slides, and specimens from other famous and infamous heads such as the English mathematician Charles Babbage and notorious mass murderer William Burke, an exhibition opening in London this week is seeking to tap into that intrigue.


Submission + - The hunt for fusion power heats up (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "You’ve heard of the Manhattan Project — the Allied research and development program that resulted in two nuclear bombs being dropped on Japan and the end of World War II — and now it’s time to learn about one of its successors, Project Matterhorn, a Cold War program to control and harness thermonuclear reactions to create fusion power. Started in 1951, and renamed (and declassified) in 1961 to the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab (PPPL), scientists have been trying for decades to overcome a very fundamental issue: fusion power, in its current form, doesn’t actually produce more thermal energy than the electrical energy required to keep the reaction going. A recent discovery made by Bruce Koel at the PPPL might be exactly what we're looking for, though. Basically, to keep fusion going you need to sustain a temperature of around 11 million degrees Celsius, which requires a huge amount of electricity. Fusion chambers are usually lined with heat-resistant carbon tiles in an attempt to reduce wastage, but the problem is that protons and neutrons escaping from the fusion reaction hit the wall, cool down, and then bounce back into the reaction, reducing the temperature. Electricity must then be used to increase the temperature back to 11 million Celsius. By using a thin layer of lithium around the fusion chamber, Bruce Koel from the PPPL has found that these "cold" neutrons and protons can be absorbed, meaning less electricity is required to keep the reaction going. Koel hopes that this will lead to smaller, more efficient fusion power plants. In the meantime, of course, California's National Ignition Facility is on the verge of reaching ignition — and ITER in France is still 7 years from completion, and 14 years from actually fusing fuel."

Submission + - Liquid metal batteries may be the solution to renewable energy (youtube.com)

MMatessa writes: What's the key to using alternative energy, like solar and wind? Storage — so we can have power on tap even when the sun's not out and the wind's not blowing. In this talk, Donald Sadoway takes to the blackboard to show us the future of large-scale batteries that store renewable energy. As he says: "We need to think about the problem differently. We need to think big. We need to think cheap."

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