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Cooking With Your USB Ports 188

tekgoblin writes "Wow, I would never have thought to try and cook food with the power that a standard USB port provides, but someone did. A standard port provides 5V of power, give or take a little. I am not even sure what it takes to heat a small hotplate, but I am sure it is more than 5V. It looks like the guy tied together around 30 USB cables powered by his PC to power this small hotplate. But believe it or not, it seems to have cooked the meat perfectly."

Comment Isn't the IIPA web site itself hosted on Apache? (Score 1) 650

It appears to me that the IIPA's own web site is hosted on the Open Source Apache web server. It's a little hard to tell because the Server header has been customised and there may be some sort of hardware loadbalancer in front of the server. Anyway the 404 page and the directory listings certainly look like Apache.

Comment Re:ACTA is a copyright/trademark law, not patents! (Score 2, Informative) 400

ACTA is a treaty on copyrights and trademarks, which are totally different than patents.

How can you possibly know what is contained in the ACTA treaty? While the actual contents remain secret (and they're likely to remain so until passed into law in the signatory countries) we have nothing to go on but leaked documents. Documents leaked already suggest the treaty aims to go well beyond simply protecting copyrights and trademarks. But of course all the countries involved in the negotiations already have laws to protect copyrights and trademarks so if the treaty didn't go beyond that there would be no reason for it to exist.


Microsoft Unveils Browser-Based Office Apps 126

snydeq writes "Microsoft followed up its Windows Azure unveiling by announcing that it will deliver lightweight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote through the browser, a la Google Apps. Surprisingly, Office Web applications will run in Firefox and Safari, not just Internet Explorer. Far less shocking: You won't get Office Web apps free and clear as you do Google apps. The apps are meant to be an extension to locally installed instances of the next version of Microsoft Office, the same way Outlook Web Access provides access to mail without the fat Outlook client."

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