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Comment Re:New medium awaiting new aesthetics and explorat (Score 1) 220

I can't say that i've ever used Unix (as we all know GNU's not Unix), but extrapolating your statement implies that *nix is less professional than Windows.
I disagree.

BTW Google sucks. You can't google "*nix". There's no escaping.
I do understand why it needs to suck, but it still sucks...

Submission + - Did Microsoft Just Kill Ubuntu Tablets? (muktware.com) 1

sfcrazy writes: There is no doubt that Canonical is looking at the ARM based hardware for its tablets. But Microsoft seemed to have nipped Ubuntu's Tablet in the bud. The company tweaked its Windows Hardware Certification Requirements to effectively ban most alternative operating systems on ARM-based devices that ship with Windows 8. This was the hardware that was going to be used by Ubuntu Tablets.
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Submission + - Murdoch squares off with Obama over online piracy (guardian.co.uk)

microphage writes: "The gathering storm over online piracy legislation being debated in the US Congress has sucked two more heavy hitters into the fray, with the Obama administration and Rupert Murdoch lining up on opposite sides of the argument.

'We will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global internet," said three of Obama's top technology advisers in a statement. The authors said manipulating the DNS by forcing service providers to block access to pirating sites could damage cybersecurity by driving users to much more unscrupulous servers`.


Submission + - Pouring Water Into a Volcano to Generate Power

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Until recently, geothermal power systems have exploited only resources where naturally occurring heat, water, and rock permeability are sufficient to allow energy extraction but now geothermal energy developers plan use a new technology called Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) to pump 24 million gallons of water into the side of the dormant Newberrry Volcano, located about 20 miles south of Bend, Oregon in an effort to use the earth's heat to generate power. "We know the heat is there," says Susan Petty, president of AltaRock Energy, Inc. of Seattle. "The big issue is can we circulate enough water through the system to make it economic." Since natural cracks and pores do not allow economic flow rates, the permeability of the volcanic rock can be enhanced with EGS by pumping high-pressure cold water down an injection well into the rock, creating tiny fractures in the rock, a process known as hydroshearing. Then cold water is pumped down production wells into the reservoir, and the steam is drawn out. Natural geothermal resources only account for about 0.3 percent of U.S. electricity production, but a 2007 Massachusetts Institute of Technology report projected EGS could bump that to 10 percent within 50 years, at prices competitive with fossil-fuels. "The important question we need to answer now," says USGS geophysicist Colin Williams, "is how geothermal fits into the renewable energy picture, and how EGS fits. How much it is going to cost, and how much is available.""

Submission + - NASA Open Sources Aircraft Design Software (openvsp.org)

sabre86 writes: "At the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Nashville, NASA engineers unveiled the newly open sourced OpenVSP, software that allows users to construct full aircraft models from simple parameters such as wing span and fuselage length, under the NASA Open Source Agreement. Says the website, 'OpenVSP allows the user to create a 3D model of an aircraft defined by common engineering parameters. This model can be processed into formats suitable for engineering analysis.'"

Submission + - Raspberry Pi beta boards unveiled 1

anwe79 writes: Those of you who have been wishing for a Raspberry Pi this christmas will sadly not get your wish granted. However, you may be happy to hear that populated beta boards have now been produced. Beta of course means the boards still have some more testing to undergo. But, if all goes well, those inclined should be able to get their hands on production boards in January!

Head over to http://www.raspberrypi.org/ for some juicy pics and more details.

Submission + - Whistleblower releases eBook about mass poisoning (sparkwatch.ca)

An anonymous reader writes: Whistleblower releases eBook about mass poisoning in the Alberta oilsands:

"During construction of the UE-1 project in northern Alberta, Syncrude exposed thousands of their craft workers to high levels of toxins when a boiler was shut down for repair, and harmful gases (that would normally have been burned) were pumped out of a nearby smokestack in raw form. The "Plume of Doom" lasted a week, with hundreds seeking medical attention at Syncrude's First Aid facilities. However, because of the massive oil profits to be lost from project delays, Syncrude actually forced the unionized construction workers to stay and work in the toxic cloud for several days, under possible threat of ten thousand dollar fines."


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