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Bitcoin

Submission + - Bitcoin for dummies

An anonymous reader writes: Ever tried to explain the intricacies of Bitcoin to the uninitiated? Got a lot of blank looks when you tried to explain mining or Satoshis? This Bitcoin Cheat Sheet is probably just the thing you were looking for
Open Source

Submission + - Qualcomm Goes Open Source With AllJoyn Project (thinq.co.uk)

Blacklaw writes: "It's unexpected from Qualcomm," Qualcomm Innovation Center president Rob Chandhok admits in an interview with thinq_ about the company's open source AllJoyn proximity-based networking platform project. "Like 'wait, is this a guy from Qualcomm that just said that?' In my mind there's two ways that you standardise something: one is you wind your way through a standards body, and you standardise the APIs, and you then have proprietary implementations. The other way is that you open-source it and it becomes a de facto standard, because it's useful." The full interview has plenty of detail about Qualcomm's belief in the open source methodology, plus details of the AllJoyn project itself.
Biotech

Submission + - The new risk of inbreeding: sperm donors (msn.com)

concealment writes: "“We have more rules that go into place when you buy a used car than when you buy sperm,” said Debora L. Spar, president of Barnard College and author of “The Baby Business: How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception.” “It’s very clear that the dealer can’t sell you a lemon, and there’s information about the history of the car. There are no such rules in the fertility industry right now.”

Unlike other countries, including Britain, France and Sweden, there are no limits in the United States on how many children a sperm donor can father. There are only guidelines issued by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, a professional group that recommend restricting conceptions by individual donors to 25 births per population of 800,000."

Idle

Submission + - BMW working on laser headlamps (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "LED headlamps are only just trickling onto the market — mostly on high-end cars — but now it seems a certain German automaker has plans for laser headlamps. “Laser light is the next logical step in car light development ... for series production within a few years in the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid,” says BMW. Lasers have the potential to be simultaneously more powerful, more efficient, and smaller than other headlamp types. Before you get too excited, though: the output of laser headlights will be modulated for safety so you can’t, for better or worse, come up close and bubble the paint of the car in front that won’t get out of the left-hand lane on the interstate."
Google

Submission + - Google Music to soon Challenge iTunes (hostedftp.com)

hostedftp writes: iTunes has better watch out as a new player is coming out to rock a stagnated market of digital music which Apple has dominated. Reported by CNET, the kingdom known as iTunes might have a challenger that can equal its resources and backing as Google is set to launch their own digital streaming system that can be used on Android phones and also with Youtube
NASA

Submission + - NASA Picks Up Rainstorms On Titan (ibtimes.com)

RedEaredSlider writes: Rainy seasons aren't just a regular occurrence on Earth — they also happen on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.

The rain isn't water, it's methane. And the seasons are years long, as Titan takes two weeks to go around Saturn and Saturn takes 29 years to complete one circuit of the Sun.

Recent images from the Cassini probe, which is currently orbiting Saturn, show clouds forming in Titan's atmosphere and evidence that liquid methane is soaking the surface.

Google

Honeycomb To Require Dual-Core Processor 177

adeelarshad82 writes "According to managing director of Korean consumer electronics firm Enspert, Google's new Android Honeycomb tablet OS will require a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor to run properly. That means that many existing Android tablets will not be upgradeable to Honeycomb, as they lack the processor necessary to meet the spec. Currently, Nvidia's Tegra 2 platform is the only chipset in products on the market to include a Cortex-A9, although other manufacturers have said they're moving to the new processor architecture for 2011 products."
Linux

Submission + - Most Android tablets fail at GPL compliance (networkworld.com)

polar_bear` writes: Red Hat's Matthew Garrett has been checking to see who's naughty and nice. Most Android tablet vendors? Naughty, naughty, naughty, when it comes to GPL compliance. The current crop of Android tablets fails miserably when it comes to GPL compliance, with most of the vendors flouting the GPL and failing to ship source.
Image

Kentucky Announces Creationism Theme Park Screenshot-sm 648

riverat1 writes "On December first, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced that a creationism theme park is expected to open in 2014. Park developers are seeking state tourism development incentives and could receive up to $37.5 million over a 10-year period. Gov. Steve Beshear said he does not believe the incentives would violate the principle of church-state separation because the 14-year-old tax incentives law wasn’t approved for the purpose of benefiting the Ark Encounter. The park will have a 500 foot replica of the Ark with live animals on it and a Tower of Babel explaining how races and languages developed. The park will be turned over to Answers in Genesis after it is built. They are a non-profit organization which may allow them to discriminate in hiring on the basis of religion."

Submission + - Thousands of words are worth a Picture (rambisyouth.com)

An anonymous reader writes: An artist who spent 3 years finding magazines cutting out words and phrases and glued them back together to form pictures. One is a very large picture of Abraham Lincoln being assassinated at fords theater and another is of the escape from Saigon. The different areas of the picture have words related to the area of the picture giving background to the scene. The macro view is used to inspire an idea while the micro view drags you into a story.

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