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Comment Re:Oh brother... (Score 1) 213

showing that abrupt climate change is a matter of serious concern

Anyone who wants to experience abrupt climate change only needs to move to Ohio. This past year we had a period where the temperature dropped 42 degrees (F) in just under 24 hours. Whoa boy.

Comment Have other implications been addressed? (Score 1) 213

The goal to reduce carbon emissions is obvious, and this sounds like a good start (especially as one commenter noted -- on small scales to start, residential sidewalks, etc) but has anyone thought about the potential for impact of removing such a large portion of C02 from the environment on our fauna that requires CO2 for survival? I know we're putting off more than nature would due to processes like the creation of concrete, but could that mean that the plants of today are now depending on it? One argument could be that the amount of fauna in the world has decreased over the last 50-100 years (which is probably true), but could taking away all this extra "food" for the plants in a relatively short time span (5 years, 10 years, etc) have a serious negative impact on the greener places in the world?

I'm all for green, but we need to make sure we look at it from all sides, not just the obvious one.

Comment Skills (Score 1) 459

I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my laptop go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will upgrade your Windows XP to the original version of Vista that is completely unpatched and very vulnerable.


Battlefield Heroes Goes Into Open Beta 43

EA Digital Illusions CE has quietly opened up the beta of Battlefield Heroes, their long-delayed, free-to-play shooter. After gradually scaling up the number of players in the closed beta, they've now made the game available to everyone and lifted the NDA. EA has not yet mentioned this in an official announcement, probably hoping to keep their servers from being overwhelmed. The game's website is now accepting signups. IGN ran a hands-on preview of Battlefield Heroes back in April.

Submission + - Viacom might drop 19 channels from Time Warner 1

Sierpinski writes: MSNBC reported this AP article saying that Viacom will drop 19 channels offered by Time Warner if it does not reach an agreement on carrier fees by 12:01am Thursday.

From TFA:

LOS ANGELES — "SpongeBob SquarePants" may be getting squeezed off of Time Warner Cable.

Media giant Viacom Inc. said its Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and 16 other channels will go dark on Time Warner Cable Inc. at 12:01 a.m. Thursday if a new carriage fee deal is not agreed upon by then.

The impasse over carriage fee hikes would mean "SpongeBob" and other shows like "The Daily Show" will be cut off to 13 million subscribers, said spokesman Alex Dudley, a vice president at Time Warner Cable. The nation's second-largest cable operator primarily serves customers in New York state, the Carolinas, Ohio, Southern California and Texas.

Submission + - Bionic arm with muscle emulation

Gugo writes: "German based company FESTO had develop a bionic arm. The difference? It uses muscles emulation, with a product called "fluidic muscle". Is like a normal animal-human muscle but moved instead of blood by air running inside. The capabilities of this muscle are rapid response,small size,very simple to assembly and easy to control. Also in the website they show fluidic muscles in gamers application with a car race simulator. It seems at comparative low cost against similar devices. Films of this applications you can find there. Airic's_arm ed49f2394ea43c12572b9006f7032.htm Airmotion_ride c57ccbb36acf3c12572b900703b19.htm"

Journal Journal: Google offering $10 bonus to new users of CheckOut 1

The pros:


The cons:

  1. the $10 has to be used between now and March 31, 2007 and can't be used with other Checkout promotions.
  2. You have to provide a valid credit card number just to sign up.

The link:

Internet Explorer

Submission + - Serious IE7 div layer rendering bug

costmo writes: "We have discovered a very serious and repeatable bug in the way IE7 handles swapping div layer visibility. We haven't seen too much mention of this bug online except for a few people saying "should be fixed in beta 2." We were wondering if anyone else has been struggling with this (we can't be the only ones!), and what they are doing about it. More importantly, what can we do to get Microsoft's attention to fix the problem? The write-up of our results with code and usable examples is here."

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