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Submission + - WristWatch Sliderule: Casio Archive (

cwsumner writes: I ran across this in the Casio support site old products archive: A manual on how to use a wristwatch with a bult-in mechanical sliderule! For those who are to young to remember, a sliderule is a calculator from back before they had calculators.

And get off of my lawn! 8-)

Submission + - Red Hat Linux powering Indian mission to Mars! (

sfcrazy writes: India has made history today by being the first and only country in the world to send a space craft to Mars in first attempt. The country also made history as it achieved it in a budget lesser than the un-scientific Hollywood block buster Gravity; India spent only $71 million on the mission. What excited us the most was to see Red Hat Enterprise Linux being used in the mission. You can clearly see RHEL in the webcast of Isro where they talk about the mission.

Submission + - Servers Breached at Fortune 100 Company (

Orome1 writes: The Connecticut-based Hartford Financial Services Group — a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest investment and insurance companies in the US — has suffered a breach that resulted in password-stealing Trojans being installed on a number of the company's servers. A number of servers were compromised, including the Citrix servers which the employees use to access the company systems from a remote location.

Submission + - Ohio man gets a $16.4 million cable bill (

wiredmikey writes: You may have heard the story about the man living in a 14x60 trailer who got a $12,864 electric bill, or the Corpus Christie man who was billed $7.7 million by his water company, or the Canadian whose cell phone provider hit him up for $85,000...

In this case an Ohio man's attempt to make a payment on his cable bill to Time Warner was rejected, and he learned that the company had calculated his past-due amount at more than $16 million.

Submission + - Indie Freeware Game Release: Sqrxz 2 (

Anonymous Coward writes: "Insane difficult games are usually challenging and frustrating at the same time. With "Sqrxz 2" comes another crazy Jump'n'Run game which requires mind, reflexes and timing. Enemies may be not only eliminated, but be misused to solve tricky puzzles. Optically the game resembles a 16-bit style and features marvelous ingame chiptunes. The game is available for Windows, Ubuntu, Amiga OS4, Dreamcast and a couple of other systems."

Submission + - Investigating the Performance of Firefox 4 and IE9 (

theweatherelectric writes: Mozilla's Robert O'Callahan has posted an article on his blog in which he investigates the performance differences between Firefox 4 and IE9. He writes, 'As I explained in my last post, Microsoft's PR about "full hardware acceleration" is a myth. But it's true that some graphics benchmarks consistently report better scores for IE9 than for Firefox, so over the last few days I've been looking into that. Below I'll explain the details [of] what I've found about various commonly-cited benchmarks, but the summary is that the performance differences are explained by relatively small bugs in Firefox, bugs in IE9, and bugs in the benchmarks, not due to any major architectural issues in Firefox (as Microsoft would have you believe).'

Submission + - Possible new planet "about to be discovered" ( 1

nekad writes: From the article "Scientists believe they may have found a new planet in the far reaches of the solar system, up to four times the mass of Jupiter". They've already named the planet "Tyche" despite not having been discovered yet (if it even exists).

Submission + - Taxes on Cell Phones Hit All-Time High

adeelarshad82 writes: As the breakdown of top ten states with the higest and lowest taxes shows, the wireless consumers in Nebraska, Washington, and New York pay more than 20 percent of their wireless bills in taxes and fees, mostly due to the proliferation of archaic or duplicated surcharges.Experts from KSE Partners spent five years monitoring the federal, state, and local taxes imposed on wireless consumers. According to their analysis wireless taxes grew three times faster than the retail sales rate between 2007 and 2010. The reason behind this is that legislators and Congressmen are targeting the wireless industry for tax money to relieve the burden from more recession-starved industries. Infact a few states even tax wireless consumers for non wireless-related projects, for instance Utah funds its poison-control centers with a poison-control surcharge found on wireless bills, and in 2009 Wisconsin imposed a police and fire protection fee to subsidize local departments.

Submission + - Search begins for giant new planet ( 1

suraj.sun writes: The hunt is on for a gas giant up to four times the mass of Jupiter thought to be lurking in the outer Oort Cloud, the most remote region of the solar system. The orbit of Tyche (pronounced ty-kee), would be 15,000 times farther from the Sun than the Earth's, and 375 times farther than Pluto's, which is why it hasn't been seen so far.

But scientists now believe the proof of its existence has already been gathered by a Nasa space telescope, Wise, and is just waiting to be analysed.

Whether it would become the new ninth planet would be decided by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). The main argument against is that Tyche probably formed around another star and was later captured by the Sun's gravitational field.

The Independent:

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Submission + - The Term 'World Wide Web' is 20 Years Old Today (

MMBK writes: Before November 12, 1990, there was no WWW. But as fate would have it, on this date twenty years ago, Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau published a document called WorldWideWeb: Proposal for a HyperText Project coining the term and basic operations of the Web as we know it today.

Today's Children Are Officially Potty Mouths Screenshot-sm 449

tetrahedrassface writes "When the Sociolinguistics Symposium met earlier this month swearing scholar Timothy Jay revealed that an increase in child swearing is directly related to an increase in adult swearing. It seems that vulgarity is increasing as pop culture continues to popularize vulgarities. The blame lies with media, public figures, politicians, but mostly ourselves. From the article: 'Children as young as two are now dropping f-bombs, with researchers reporting that more kids are using profanity — and at earlier ages — than has been recorded in at least three decades.'"

Submission + - Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Boots in 8.6 Seconds Flat! ( 1

dkd903 writes: Ubuntu 10.10 has only entered the Beta. However, it looks like it is doing extremely well in cutting down the boot time.

There is even a video showing Ubuntu 10.10 in a mere 8.6 seconds. That is the total time it takes from GRUB to get to a usable desktop. However the computer on which this happened, uses a SSD.


Submission + - Boeing's Hybrid Electric Airliner Of The Future (

fergus07 writes: Borne out of the same NASA research program that gave birth to MIT's D "double bubble," Boeing's Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research (SUGAR) Volt concept is a twin-engine aircraft design notable for its trussed, elongated wings and electric battery gas turbine hybrid propulsion system — a system designed to reduce fuel burn by more than 70 percent and total energy use by 55 percent. The goal of the NASA supersonic research program is to find aircraft designs that will significantly reduce noise, nitrogen oxide emissions, fuel burn and air traffic congestion by the year 2035.

Submission + - Robot Runs For Days On Garbage, But Needs Walks (

RedEaredSlider writes: Robots need power, but picture powering your Roomba with the household garbage that it could eat

The Ecobot III is a creation of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. Dr. Ioannis A. Ieropoulos, research fellow at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, says the robot can sustain itself for a week without human assistance... ...At the end of each 24-hour cycle, a pump eliminates the waste that's accumulated at the bottom of the artificial stomach after the microbes get done with the "food." The Ecobot pushes out the dispensed waste in the form of what Ieropoulos calls a "liquid droplet" — basically a combination of the breakdown products from the garbage. What those chemicals are will depend on what you fed it at the beginning. So while having a robot that needs no electricity is convenient, it would need to be walked.


Submission + - Live a Month at the Museum of Science and Industry

theodp writes: Even usually snarky Gawker loves the idea of living in a science museum for a month. Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry is 'looking for someone to take on a once-in-a-lifetime assignment: spend a Month at the Museum, to live and breathe science 24/7 for 30 days. From October 20 to November 18, 2010, this person's mission will be to experience all the fun and education that fits in this historic 14-acre building, living here full-time and reporting your findings to the outside world.' Oh, and if you're The Chosen One, you'll also walk away with $10,000, a package of tech gadgets, and an honorary lifetime membership to MSI. Visit the Month at the Museum site for details and to apply — the deadline is August 11th.

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