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Submission + - ASUS Padfone unveiled (

iONiUM writes: "Today, ASUS unveiled the Padfone at Computex, running the "latest Android version". As the video demonstrates, the idea behind this is to allow the phone to plug directly into the pad in order to facilitate 3G connectivity and such into the tablet. While this idea isn't new (tethering), the integration part is. This seems to be the clear direction for tablets moving forward."

Submission + - Higgs discovery getting closer (

stox writes:

"It reached my ear, from two different, possibly independent sources, that an experiment at the Tevatron is about to release some evidence of a light Higgs boson signal. Some say a three-sigma effect, others do not make explicit claims but talk of a unexpected result. That the result comes from the Tevatron is for sure, since the LHC experiments do not have nearly enough data yet to search for that elusive particle, and other particle physics experiments in the world have not nearly enough energy to produce it."

Comment Cut cut the cable this month (Score 1) 502

My wife and I just moved and decided that paying $150 for Comcast Silver + HBO + HD "Bonus" was just too much. We moved out to Portland and subscribed to Verizon ViOS and cut our "media" bill to $85/month (we got a higher tier). I got "permission" to build a sweet HTPC and hooked it up to our 46" TV.

With Hulu, Netflix, a vast library of personal DVDs on a jukebox system, and a fat pipe to the Internet, we've been doing quite well. Unfortunately we like our sports and ESPN360 isn't really there yet. When we want some background noise, Aussies rule Footie has been great, but we're really noticing the lack of NASCAR, March Madness, and are worried about actual coverage of June the World Cup. We're actually looking at satellite to at least get the World Cup without worries.

Comment Re:hmm (Score 1) 117

Yep, ice-9. That's what I thought at first, too. Then, while reading the article (something about eventually decreasing the density), I thought "new replacement for silicone used in breast implants". Then I combined the two and resulted with something marginally better than a plastic doll.

Comment Re:DVD Sales Gap (Score 3, Insightful) 378

If I copied a site like slashdot called slashdot2, copied all of the articles from slashdot, and got users and people to read it and added some advertisements, would you tell slashdot to get another "business model"? After all, noting of value was taken..only copied. This should be fine in the digital age..right?

It's ironic that you say that, because Slashdot runs on free software and the scenario you're describing would be perfectly legal and ethical. Feel free to get all the Slashdot source code, fork the site to "Slashdot 2" and use Slashdot's RSS feed to populate it with stories.

Despite anyone's ability to freely copy its content Slashdot still manages to make money. Maybe you could learn something.

Submission + - New Material for Lithium Battery discovered 2

canadian_right writes: "Canadian scientists create new material with the potential to triple the power output of Lithium batteries. The new material uses sulphur formed into nano-scale ribbons for the cathode instead of traditional transition metals. The break through could lead to better batteries for everything from latops to cars."

Gaming Netflix Ratings? 235

Nom du Keyboard writes "Not for the first time, I've noticed a new film that hasn't yet even reached the theaters, yet has hundreds of positive votes and/or reviews recorded on Netflix. This time the movie is Inkheart. For a movie that doesn't even hit the theaters until January 23, it already has 428 votes and a rating of 4.3 (out of 5) on Netflix. Seems more than a bit fraudulent to me. Also, it has a review that doesn't even review the movie, but instead says the books are great, therefore the movie should be too. Does the word 'shills' come to mind? With millions spent to promote a movie, are a few hundred of that going to phony voters? Or have that many people actually seen the film and just can't wait to rush home and log onto Netflix to vote? Just what is Netflix's responsibility here to provide honest ratings?"
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Blizzard Sued By South Carolina Inmate 239

Benjamin Duranske writes "Jonathan Lee Riches, an inmate in South Carolina famous for filing long, handwritten, rambling screeds against celebrities, politicians, and even buildings, has filed a third-party motion in Federal Court in Arizona in the MDY v. Blizzard botting case claiming that Blizzard's World of Warcraft 'caused Riches mind to live in a virtual universe, where Riches explored the landscape committing identity theft and fighting cybermonster rival hacker gangs. Riches was addicted to video games and lost touch with reality because of defendants. This caused Riches to commit fraud to buy defendants video games. Riches chose World of Warcraft over working a legit job, Riches mind became a living video game.'"

Slashdot's Disagree Mail 167

I get a lot of mail from obviously unbalanced people. Enough in fact, that I've often wondered if there was a institution that allowed their patients to only read Slashdot. We've even had a few visits from some questionable individuals. A man who tried to bribe me with a car if I let him "reverse engineer" Rob Malda's Life comes to mind. He insisted on Rob being present for the process and couldn't explain to me what it entailed, so I suggested he leave. The personal visits are rare, however, compared to the amount of mail I get. Here are a few of my favorites; let's hope these people have started to take their medication. Read below and don't be worried if you don't understand all of it.

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