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Comment Neal Asher (Score 1) 162

I haven't been paying much attention these last few years, but I haven't seen Neal Asher's name in these lists. His 'Polity' books are my favorite sort-of-recent SF - space opera with a side dash of horror and plenty of story, but not too implausible. If you mostly like Iain M. Banks 'Culture' books but they sometimes bore you, give Asher's 'Polity' novels a shot.

Submission + - Worlds first open-source OpenRISC processor ASIC (

An anonymous reader writes: Help OpenCores "revolutionize" the electronic hardware industry and to make the semiconductor giants tremble, by making a donation to design/manufacture an ASIC-component based on the world's only "true" open-source 32-bit RISC processor supporting Linux (the OpenRISC processor from The goal is to create a "super-low-cost" SoC ASIC component that will then be offered for sale to the community to use freely in any products, especially for the donors.

Submission + - Free Google apps to be limited to 10 users (

ableal writes: Google has sent email warning that: "As of May 10, any organization that signs up for a new account will be required to use the paid Google Apps for Business product in order to create more than 10 users. We honor our commitment to all existing customers and will allow you to add more than 10 users to your account for [...] at no additional charge, based on the limit in place when you joined us."

Submission + - SPAM: How to Watch DVD Movies on iPad on Windows and Mac

shailesh1231 writes: "If you have a ton of DVD movies then you must be eager to watch these movies on your iPad. In this article, I will recommend a free solution to assist you watch DVD movies on iPad with ease.

To put DVD movies on iPad, you have to convert DVD to iPad playable videos like MP4, M4V. While searching for free apps, I came across this awesome program â½Â½Â½Ââoe Handbrake which can work on MAC, Windows and Linux. It can't be much simpler even a computer illiterate can easily handle it. Note, this program is only for homemade DVD. Any DVD with copyright-protected is not the topic we are to discuss.

If you haven't got handbrake installed in your computer, you can follow this link to download it. While, Handbrake also requires you to have VLC installed, so if you donâ½Â½Â½Âât already have the awesome media player, go ahead and download it as well.

Now, you are ready to ripping DVDs for your iPad.
Step 1 Open Handbrake. Go to Source > DVD/VIDEO_TS Folder to upload your DVD movies to the program. Then, Handbrake will begin scanning the DVD contents, which may take a while.

Step 2 Decide which chapters to rip at "Source". Browse your computer, choose the output folder for the converted movies and give it a name.

Step 3 Select the output format and parameters for iPad. You choose the output container as "MP4". Then, go to the video and audio' taps to set the codec for iPad. While setting these parameters, you can take the iPad specifications on for reference.

Step 4 Hit "Start" to process the converting."

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Submission + - Instapage When you're Producing Web page landing p (instapagewhenyoureproducingwebpagelandingpages)

stanleybaile717 writes: Landing page will be the page that appears in response to clicking on an advertisement, banner or a link. In other sense landing page is really a logical extension of the advertisement or link. The apparent aim of landing page is converting site guests to customers. Consequently, it should have all needed tools to facilitate sales lead. You'll find couple of factors that need to be deemed even though creating landing pages.

Target Audience

Whenever you are going to make landing page you ought to think about target audience 1st. We website designer, developers, marketers say this thing but hardly implement it. You have to do thorough marketplace analysis to understand motivation, desires, fears and issues your target audience have once they encounter along with your items or solutions. That is the only way that you simply is going to be able to create landing pages that concentrate on converting your visitors for your buyers.

You need to prepare a question sheet to collect the desired information for the target audience. There are numerous parameters about your target audience for instant age, gender, education, location, their revenue, etc. which impact the conversion optimization.

Loading Time

Loading time of one's landing page is a quite important aspect. If your customer is clicking banner or link and has to wait for extended to appear the page, then positive they are going to visit your competitors’ pages and consequently you'll loose the enterprise. To prevent such embarrassment you will need to optimize the pictures and make them light weight to load quickly. Most probably you need to stay away from the excessive use of Flash.


When your guests click the advertisement or banner or link and arrive at your landing page they should not really feel drastic alterations in layout, color, graphic style, fonts, material, and so on. from the pages they arrive. This means you should retain same theme for banner and landing page. Not merely visual theme but content material must be relevant towards the previous page.

On-line Reputation

Show your online reputation in type of the testimonials. This really is strong medium to impress your customers. You must have strong and credible testimonials presented concise and on the point. Testimonial inform the story that how you had been behaved together with your previous clients. You are able to consist of complete name, place, photos of your consumer and if achievable place the video, this all efficiently convert visitors in to your customer.

Headlines and White space

Your headlines need to be catchy so they're able to attract a lot more visitors. Your headlines should also be direct and simple so they tell visitors what will need to become accomplished. Exact same the way use of ample white area bring beauty and let your users to concentrate on their wants. Use of white space leads visitors to scan and recognize the crucial message you deliver.

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Submission + - Knuth prize goes to Microsoft researcher (

mikejuk writes: Ravi Kannan has been named as the winner of of the 2011 Knuth Prize, awarded annually by the Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory of the ACM "developing influential algorithmic techniques aimed at solving long-standing computational problems."
Much of the work that is cited as the reason for awarding the prize might seem very abstract but there are also some very practical areas of research.


Submission + - 1 in 3 EU Internet Users Infected by Malware (

Orome1 writes: The report reveals that computers of one-third of the Internet users were affected with some or other form of virus. Fifty eight percent of Internet users in Bulgaria reported computer virus infection followed by Malta and Slovakia. On the other hand, lowest instances of computer virus were reported in Austria, Ireland and Finland. 3% of the Internet users in the 27 member states of the EU suffered monetary losses due to phishing, pharming and misuse of payment cards such as credit and debit cards. 8% of the Internet users in Latvia reported monetary loss, followed by United Kingdom (U.K), Austria and Malta.

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