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Submission + - Fusion Power Soon to be a Reality (Again) (bbc.co.uk)

Shrike82 writes: The BBC are reporting encouraging results in the quest for nuclear fusion as a realiable power source. Previously it was believed that so called "laser fusion" would be hampered by interference from plasma — a "soup" of highly charged particles created by the lasers — but it seems that not only is the interference less significant than expected, it can actually be used to control the fusion process. The scientist heading the team behind this research is optimistic that a stable fusion process will happen any time now:

Dr Glenzer is confident that with everything in place, ignition is on the horizon. He added, quite simply, "It's going to happen this year."

It remains to be seen if fusion really is about to take off, or whether this is just another one of those amazing discoveries that quickly disappears, leaving fusion "in the next few decades" once again.

Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Disconnects Xbox Owners (bbc.co.uk)

Shrike82 writes: The BBC are reporting that around 600,000 XBox owners have been banned from using Microsoft's XBox Live service for modifying their consoles to "play pirated games". The article mentions Terms of Use violations as the reason for disconnections, and cites game piracy as the main reason behind this move. The bans will only affect online services, so anyone banned from XBox Live can still use their consoles for offline gaming.
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Hackers offer tool for Xbox Live revenge (bbc.co.uk)

Shrike82 writes: Disgruntled XBox Live players are apparently being offered a way to get revenge on fellow players. Common tools for Denial of Service attacks are being marketed as a means to kick players from games, and even prevent the use of XBox Live as a whole. By flooding the port(s) associated with XBox Live a player can effectively be blocked from the service entirely. For as little as $20 (£13) "some Xbox Live hackers will remotely access a customer's PC and set up the whole system so it can be run any time they need it". Now the player that you dominated in Halo 3 isn't limited to sending you abusive messages — they can actually stop you from using a service you've paid for, effectively wasting your money.
Mozilla

Submission + - Mozilla reveal plans for Firefox 3.2

Shrike82 writes: Mozilla have described plans for the next version of their popular web browser, Firefox. Mozilla's "Ubiquity project" is set to become a standard feature, allowing "users to type natural language phrases into the browser to perform certain tasks, such as typing 'map 10 Downing Street' to instantly see a Google map of that address, or 'share-on-delicious' to bookmark the site you're currently visiting on the social news site." Also of interest is so-called "lightweight theming" allowing users to customise the browsers design more easily. The launch date is still somewhat unclear, and Mozilla are apparently unsure if version 3.2 will be released at all, apparently considering going straight to Firefox 4.

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