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Submission + - Any Persistent Home Videoconferenceing Solution?

An anonymous reader writes: I'm moving very soon for work, and will be several hundred miles away from my young family for six to nine months. Obviously I'll travel back as often as possible, and there's always Skype and XBLA video, but the whole "now it's time to talk to dad" thing seems... a little weak. I was wondering the Slashdot community could help me come up with a more persistent solution.

Ideally what I want is an always-on connection between a pc/monitor/camera/speakers in my old kitchen and my new kitchen, so if we're in the kitchens, we can see each other and interact semi-normally. (We're a kitchen-focused family.) Most solutions I can find time out pretty quick, or require some knowledge on the part of the users, and the tech-savvy people are only gong to be in one kitchen, to put it politely!

I'm sure, given enough time, I could google a solution, but I don't have a ton of time. I do have a reasonable number of Windows PCs and Macs (and game consoles), but no alt. OS machines, so something for retail OSes would be better — I haven't tested the PS3 camera for long durations, but I know the conferencing quality with a PS3 is pretty good, and that could be an option too. Any camera recommendations would be good. We have sweet access at our house, but it will need to be wireless to the kitchen from the router.

Thank you very much for any help you can provide!
Transportation

Submission + - Supercritical Fuel Results in 30% MPG Increase (greencarreports.com)

thecarchik writes: A flurry of innovations to boost fuel efficiency is in the pipeline. One of them comes from a startup, Transonic Combustion, which claims its technology delivers fuel into the cylinder in a supercritical state--essentially, a fourth state of matter (after solid, liquid, and gas) in which the liquid is heating above its boiling point at very high pressure. When gasoline is injected into the cylinder as a supercritical liquid, Transonic says, it burns faster, cleaner, and closer to the center of the combustion chamber, meaning less energy is wasted as heat loss through the cylinder walls.
Power

The Risks and Rewards of Warmer Data Centers 170

1sockchuck writes "The risks and rewards of raising the temperature in the data center were debated last week in several new studies based on real-world testing in Silicon Valley facilities. The verdict: companies can indeed save big money on power costs by running warmer. Cisco Systems expects to save $2 million a year by raising the temperature in its San Jose research labs. But nudge the thermostat too high, and the energy savings can evaporate in a flurry of server fan activity. The new studies added some practical guidance on a trend that has become a hot topic as companies focus on rising power bills in the data center."
Censorship

Mass Arrests of Journalists Follow Iran Elections 333

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the fact that no less than 23 journalists have been arrested in Iran in the week following the elections, making Iran one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Online activists are trying to counter this trend by giving advice for helping Iranian protesters. One problem is that Iranian leaders are trying to delegitimize the reform movement by pretending that the reformers are puppets of foreign powers, so special discretion is required for anyone wanting to help the Iranian people."
Data Storage

How To Store Internal Hard Drives? 393

mike writes "I have been ripping all my movies and TV shows for easy viewing through a media PC. Because I would rather not rip everything again I'm looking for a simple backup solution. I'm considering a hard drive dock and several internal hard drives to use as 'disks' to back things up every once in a while but I don't know what the best way to store internal drives would be in the meantime. Could they sit together in any empty box and be OK, or would a number of externals be worth the slightly higher cost with fewer worries about storing them in the meantime?"
Games

Submission + - Gaming without the Internet = Metaphysics (escapistmagazine.com)

An anonymous reader writes: What would gaming look like today without the internet? According to SHAMAN, a story at The Escapist, it looks like a lonely young girl tinkering on a farmhouse computer... who accidentally breaks the walls of the universe. An eerie, fascinating little piece.
The Military

Submission + - US Nuclear sub crashes into US Navy vessel (guardian.co.uk)

Kugrian writes: "Showing that it's not just the British and the French who have trouble seeing each other on the high seas, a US Nuclear submarine yesterday crashed into a US Navy heavy cruiser. The USS Hartford, a nuclear-powered attack submarine, was submurged as it crashed into the USS New Orleans in the strait of Hormuz, resulting in the spillage of 95,000 litres of diesel fuel. Both vessels were heading in the same direction when the collision occurred in the narrow strait and were subsequently heading to port for repairs. A spokesman for the 5th Fleet said that the USS Hartford suffered no damage to its nuclear propulsion system."
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Submission + - Research Finds All Jokes Fit in Eight Categories

Hugh Pickens writes: "After studying more than 20,000 examples of humor through the ages, from a man breaking wind in the 14th century Miller's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer to modern television situation comedies, Alastair Clarke, a British evolutionary theorist, has identified eight patterns into which all jokes fit no matter where you come from in the world. "While it may seem bizarre to some, these few patterns are the real stimulus that makes us laugh, regardless of the content of the sitcom we're watching or the funny story we're being told," says Clarke. Clarke says the brain subconsciously seeks out the patterns and when it discovers them is rewarded for its efforts. "Sometimes a single pattern is the cause but just as often combinations of two or three are recognized simultaneously," says Clarke. Categories include "qualification" where a familiar word is said in an unfamiliar way, "qualitative recontextualisation" where something you know well is changed, "application" where words have a double meaning, and "opposition" which covers irony and sarcasm. Clarke adds that humor plays a fundamental role in the evolution of homo sapiens and that humor is not about comedy but about a fundamental cognitive function that makes us human. "An ability to recognize patterns instantly and unconsciously has proved a fundamental weapon in the cognitive arsenal of human beings" says Clarke. "Recognizing patterns enables us to quickly understand our environment and function effectively within it: language, which is unique to humans, is based on patterns.""

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