cedarhillbilly writes: "New Scientist has been doing a bang up job of covering a major drilling 'accident' in the North Sea where a drilling rig operated by France's Total has released a pool of natural gas into the atmosphere. Because it's not on CNN's doorstep and no one's been killed so far, the Elgin leak has received scant attention in US media. Still it's huge and raises some interesting questions about drilling safety. In today's installment of the coverage, New Scientist shows the 'purple haze' (great graffix) hovering over the site of the leak. Look at the photo, then drill down (ouch) thru the links to get the rest of the story!"
twoheadedboy writes: "Belfast is going to get ultrafast broadband, as plans for a 1Gbps network get going. Belfast’s City Council has been guaranteed £6m of the UK government's £100m Urban Broadband Fund, but could receive up to £13.7m if the Government approves its plans. The city plans to get the network up and running in three years, which will make it one of the best-connected cities in the world."
JoeBorn writes: Neuros has a blog posting discussing how they created their latest "thin" HTPC to be nearly silent. Instead of using a net-top architecture (atom or the like) they used a full 2.7GHz CPU and put this effort into making that nearly silent. The article talks about their efforts on fan selection, placement, control and vibration dampening. This route was chosen to "give more headroom" for CPU hungry apps (web and otherwise) including adobe flash. The solution costs $279, Is this an appropriate tradeoff for a device powering your TV?
CWmike writes: Apple's lowest cost iPad tablet, $499, actually runs Apple about $270 in materials and manufacturing costs, a Wall Street analyst said on Friday. According to a bill of materials (BOM) analysis by Brian Marshall of BroadPoint AmTech, the cost of goods inside Apple's 16GB WiFi-only iPad totals $270.50. That figure includes a $10 line item dedicated to manufacturing, but doesn't include another $20 set aside for under-warranty service costs. Adding the latter makes Marshall's bottom-line total $290.50. The most expensive component on his price list: the 9.7-in. LCD touch-sensitive display, which he tagged at $100. Because that model will sell for $499, Apple's profit margin is 42.9% after the $20 warranty set-aside is factored in. As a hardware expert pointed out Wednesday, saying the pricing for 3G models 'ridiculous,' the 3G models are more profitable since Apple adds a $130 surcharge for those tablets but incurs a very small hardware cost to add 3G. By Marshall's estimate, the $629 16GB iPad with WiFi and 3G costs Apple $306.50, just $16 more than the WiFi-only model, giving the company a profit margin of 52%, a jump of nine percentage points. In all cases, the WiFi+3G iPad provides a bigger margin that the same configuration in WiFi-only. The $599 WiFi-only iPad, which includes 32GB of flash storage, costs Apple $316, for a margin of 48.1%; the same iPad with 3G has a $729 price tag, but runs Apple only $332, a margin of 55.1%.
Comparing insurance claims for crash damage in 4 US jurisdictions before and after such bans, The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) researchers find claim rates are comparable with nearby jurisdictions without such bans.
lzandman writes: One of the largest provider of free mobile navigation solutions, Dutch company Nav4All, is forced to shut down its business in three days because map provider Navteq has revoked its license "in a totally unexpected manner". Navteq is a 100% Nokia subsidiary and as you may know Nokia is currently launching its own free mobile navigation software. That's a nice way to end competition...
ScuttleMonkey writes: "Bleep Labs, the same people who brought you the Thingamagoop (and now Thingamagoop2!), have released a new fun gadget — the Arduino-based Nebulophone. "What do you get when you mash together an Arduino-based synth with a Stylophone-like keyboard? A month ago, even we wouldn't have known, but now that Handmade Music Austin has come and gone, we're happy to say that this beautiful concoction leads to the creation of a Nebulophone. Unfortunately, there's no video (yet) to showcase what this musical wonder can do, but we're told that it has 'adjustable waveforms, a light controlled analog filter, LFO and an arpeggiator that can be clocked over IR.'""
Julie188 writes: Ivaylo Todorov Hristov, 28, is being held on $1 million cash bail after being charged with scamming bank customers in Massachusetts. Hristov snatched ATM card numbers by inserting a skimmer device in the ATM slot. He also installed miniature cameras at ATMs that recorded customers punching in their PINs. Hristov and at least two others created phony ATM cards to rip off those people, including the cop that arrested him.
adeelarshad82 writes: It hasn't been the smoothest introduction to the iPad for Apple. First McGraw Hill CEO leaked the very secretive Apple Tablet news on the eve of the Apple Event, then the name iPad has had its share of controversies, and after all this if it wasn't bad enough that the general public is doubtful about the tablet, today a Chinese OEM firm claims that Apple copied their design for the iPad and plans on suing the company.
westlake writes: The success of Windows 7 can be seen in the second-quarter numbers. Profits up 60% from December 08. Operating profitability in the Windows and Windows Live Division 78% in the quarter. Operating profitability for the whole company: 44%. It's been a big story in the trade and financial press, but studiously ignored on Slashdot. The Hotness of Windows 7
Andreas(R) writes: "The Freeciv.net crew has benchmarked of their web client, which is a rich web application using the HTML5 canvas element. This shows how fast Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer perform using the latest HTML5 web standards."