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Comment Re:How do you power down? (Score 2, Informative) 476

As with any PC hardware which implements ACPI (basically every modern system), you use the "power button override." See ACPI v. 3.0b section "Sleeping/Wake Control. The description of the PM1.PWRBTN_STS bit in Table 4-11 gives further details.

In short: press and hold the power button for 4 seconds, and the system will transition straight to the G2/S5 Soft Off state.


Submission + - Blockbuster to Go Blu-ray Only in 1400+ Stores

An anonymous reader writes: In what could end up dealing a death blow to HD DVD, Blockbuster has selected Blu-ray as its high-def disc format of choice. The company is set to announce Monday that will not carry HD DVD discs as it moves to expand its high-def disc rentals to 1450 additional stores this July. According to Matthew Smith, senior vice president of merchandising at Blockbuster, the company began renting both Blu-ray and HD DVD discs in 250 stores in late 2006, but it has found that its customers have chosen Blu-ray titles more than 70 percent of the time. "The consumers are sending us a message. I can't ignore what I'm seeing," said Smith.

Submission + - Clouds Revealed on Titan

sporkme writes: "New images from Titan may reveal insight to the role of methane on Saturn's largest moon. From the article:

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the image of the 1,490-mile-diameter (2,400-kilometer-diameter) cloud on December 29, 2006. The cloud's presence fits predictions that Titan has a "methane cycle" similar to Earth's water cycle, with bodies of liquid methane evaporating and forming clouds that rain material back down on the surface.
Titan is the only moon that is known to have an atmosphere of significant composition, which in this case is almost entirely nitrogen. The cloud is about half the size of the United States, and the images are astounding."

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