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Comment Re:If you want CD-quality audio, buy CDs (Score 2) 550

We Australians pay way too much for cds. $30~ for a new cd? Fuck that for a joke!

Plus for those of us who prefer the ease of having our audio in a digital format (the only thing I own that plays audio cds now is my car) buying a cd for cd quality audio really isn't conveint.

Maybe buying CD singles and albums appeals to you, but for me I much prefer my stuff in digital. Plus if it's DRM free FLAC it'll last a lot longer than a cd.

Submission + - Build a Magnetic Generator (homealternative-energy.com)

galaxy9000 writes: Did you know that you can generate your own electric energy using a magnetic energy generator? Once started, it works by itself and never stops. and it produces absolutely free energy.

Submission + - TorrentReactor buys and renames a Russian town. (torrentfreak.com)

baronvoncarson writes: Just saw this over at Torrent Freak. They are reporting that TorrentReactor has purchased a small Russian town. Costing $148,000, TorrentReactor have renamed the town after themself and plan on building infrastructure within the town.

Torrent Freak writes;
"With the financial injection from TorrentReactor the people of Gar (now the people of TorrentReactor) will be able to get connected to the Internet. Right now, there are only three computers available in the entire town, and just one is connected to the Internet via a dial-up connection.

“Most of it will be split among villagers and the rest will be used to re-equip the local school, repair roads, purchase agricultural equipment and machinery. Also torrentreactor.net company decided to pay for broadband Internet connection in the settlement which will result in about 900,000 rubles ($30,000) because there are no networks nearby,” TorrentReactor says."


Submission + - What Are Google and Verizon Up To? (nytimes.com)

pickens writes: Robert X. Cringley has an op-ed in the NY Times in which he contends that Google has found a way to get special treatment from Verizon but without actually compromising net neutrality by beginning to co-locate some of their portable data centers with Verizon network hubs. "With servers so close to users, Google could not only send its data faster but also avoid sending it over the Internet backbone that connects service providers and for which they all pay," writes Cringley. "This would save space for other traffic — and money for both Verizon and Google, as their backbone bills decline (wishful thinking, but theoretically possible). Net neutrality would be not only intact, but enhanced." So why won't Google and Verizon admit what they're up to? "If my guess is right, then I would think they’re silent because it’s a secret. They’d rather their competitors not know until a few hundred shipping containers are in place — and suddenly YouTube looks more like HBO."

Submission + - NASA Launches Google Phones Into Space as Cheap Sa (treehugger.com)

Jaymi writes: Called the NexusOne PhoneSat project — a group comprised of NASA Ames students, Google employees and two NASA contractors — they are determining if low-cost mobile phone components withstand space travel. The parts must reach orbit without shaking apart, function within a vacuum and operate at extremely high and low temperatures. So they shot two Nexus One phones 28,000 feet up and recorded 2.5 hours of video doing so.

Submission + - Australian IT Policy Debate Scheduled (theaustralian.com.au)

kandela writes: The Australian reports that Communications Minister Stephen Conroy will debate Coalition and Greens shadows Tony Smith and Scott Ludlam at the National Press Club next Tuesday. Amongst topics covered in the debate will be the national broadband network and internet filter policy. The event is being put on by the Australian Computer Society and which will be shown on Sky News and hosted by the station's political editor David Speers.
PC Games (Games)

Valve Releases Updated Alien Swarm For Free With Code Base 164

baronvoncarson tips news that today Valve released an updated version of Alien Swarm, a popular Unreal Tournament 2004 total conversion mod. The creators of the mod were hired by Valve, and they've helped turn it into a stand-alone game running on the Source engine. Valve is also releasing the code base for Alien Swarm and an SDK. The game is available for free on Steam.

Submission + - DOT Requires Rabbit Torture (theanimalrescuesite.com)

An anonymous reader writes: "The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is demonstrating the ultimate animal cruelty: it's using rabbits to test the corrosivity of chemical substances. The DOT shaves the rabbits' backs and applies the chemicals, which burn straight through the rabbits' skin."

Apparently the test is used to verify how corrosive a chemical is before shipment is allowed. More humane and more accurate tests are available, but they're tied up in the DOT's bureaucratic paperwork process.


Submission + - Valve to release Alien Swarm for free. (steampowered.com)

baronvoncarson writes: Available free of charge, the game thrusts players into an epic bug hunt featuring a unique blend of co-op play and squad-level tactics. With your friends, form a squad of four distinct IAF Marine classes. Plan your attack using an unlockable arsenal of weapons with countless loadout configurations against a wide variety of aliens. Blaze your way through an overrun, off-world colony, eradicating the alien infestation in environments ranging from the icy planet's surface, to a subterranean lava-flooded mining facility.

Submission + - Police investigating virtual furniture theft (bbc.co.uk) 2

krou writes: Finnish police are involved in the investigation of up to 400 cases of theft from virtual world Habbo Hotel, with some users reporting the loss of up to €1000 of virtual furniture and other items. Users were targeted using a phishing scam that used fake webpages to capture usernames and passwords. There is no mention as to whether or not the thieves made off with the bath towels, gowns, shampoo bottles, and soaps.

Submission + - Why Mozilla will use a Chrome interface in Firefox (conceivablytech.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: There is an interesting theory why Mozilla apparently had no choice but to go with a Chrome-like user interface in the next version of Firefox. It seems that Mozilla’s users are not quite as loyal as market share numbers indicate – Firefox may be gaining users from IE, but it may be losing users to Chrome at a similar pace. Now, it appears, Mozilla hopes that a Chrome-like interface will stop bleeding and convince more users to stay with Firefox. If Mozilla can’t stop the migration, it could be drowned by Chrome in the long run.

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