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Submission + - Smell of forest pine can limit climate change (

Solo-Malee writes: New research suggests a strong link between the powerful smell of pine trees and climate change. Scientists say they've found a mechanism by which these scented vapours turn into aerosols above boreal forests. These particles promote cooling by reflecting sunlight back into space and helping clouds to form...According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), they "continue to contribute the largest uncertainty to estimates and interpretations of the Earth's changing energy budget."

Comment Battery Problems Anyone? (Score 4, Interesting) 272

Since this outage started, the Battery life on my Blackberry Bold has been depressingly short. Today it was flat after just 4 hours...I hope the device isn't repeatedly going out to RIM servers and running up a crazy data bill (with nothing to show for it). That's the only reason I can think that the battery life would coincidentally drop radically...or...the battery simply failed at the same time as the outage. - COINCIDENCE? I THINK NOT!

Comment can be life threatening (Score 1) 376

To all those laughing and making jokes about this... Two years ago I got a DVT as a result of too long sitting down. This is a potentially life threating problem if not spotted (As well as being very painful!) If you get a feeling of cramp in your calf muscle that doesn't go away and is even worse when walking that you can't put down to sport or a muscle strain, go see a doctor immediately! I suffered for nearly 10 days with this and then had the complication of a lung embolism as a result (That's the life threatening part). I ended up in hospital for a week hardly able to breathe and on morphine for the lung pain. I then had to spend 6 months off work recovering. And watch out, I found that some doctors are not good at identifying this problem. Take this is not a joke. Now get up and walk around!

Comment Re:Let the EU buy it then. (Score 2, Informative) 438

GM owns it (which was dumb in the first place), so let the Swiss buy it back from GM.

errrm, now let me see what's wrong here... 1. Saab are SWEDISH, that's SWEDEN, not SWITZERLAND. 2. Switzerland are not a member of the EU anyway although they are a part of the EEA, so why on earth on your logic should the EU want to buy it anyway. But true, GM were dumb, they showed complete incompetence in managing their business and their aquisitions.

Comment How many great brands must Ford and GM Destroy? (Score 1) 438

I for one hope that SAAB can move into some caring hands that will allow the company to thrive and innovate as it did in the earlier half of it's life. The death of Saab I think started once GM had it's dirty incompetent hands on it. The demise was signalled after the 900, when they started to become just another Eurobox built on the same chassis as every other boring old Eurobox, shared floor plan shared engines...etc. I once owned a 1974 SAAB 96, it was the most quirky car I ever owned, column shift, freewheel built in to the transmission, a Ford V4 engine. No transmission tunnel, a boot you could sleep inside, all finished in Sh1t Brown, but I loved it, until it caught fire due to my own stupid tuning attempts. The 99 Turbo and the 99 EMS were ground breaking cars in their day, and for a while unbeatable on the rally circuit. I hope Spyker can resucitate the brand, before someone else has to bring the badge back from the dead. Solo

Submission + - Digital Picture frame with Power Saving Features

Solo-Malee writes: I have been searching for a Digital picture frame that offers a 'proximity' or 'movement' based power saving mode. (Size is a secondary criteria after that functionality but consider 7" — 9" my target). Many of those that I see advertised offer a 'timer based' operating window. None seem to offer a mode that is based on:

"Don't display pictures if there has been no one in the room within the last [15|30|60|90] minutes".

Any Slashdoters out there know of a manufacturer that offers what I am looking for?

If you don't, then feel free to patent the idea, make the product, credit me as you feel fit and sell it to me for a reasonable price ;-)

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