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Submission + - Meet Firefox's built-in PDF reader (

An anonymous reader writes: Not long ago, Mozilla coders announced that they were starting to build PDF.js, a way to display Acrobat documents in the browser using pure web code. No longer will you have to fight with an external PDF plug-in in Firefox. Development on PDF.js has progressed to the point now where you can take an early peek at it. Huzzah!

Submission + - Cutting Open a Heatsink Heatpipe to See Inside - Z (

An anonymous reader writes: Frostytech gets to the heart of Zalman's CNPS11X heatsink by cutting a section of heatpipe from the CPU cooler to inspect its inner composite heatpipe wick structure. Now THATs an in-depth heatsink review! Interesting photos of the dissected heatpipe's composite wick — sintered copper powder on top and axial groove wick below — that you're unlikely to see elsewhere. In the late 1960's the first commercial heatpipes were used by NASA to stabilize satellite temperatures, now they stabilize multi-core processors.

Submission + - Flooding in Thailand impacts computer manufacturer (

ninecastles writes: Major manufacturers of magnetic disk drives are warning that the impact of flooding in Thailand will leave consumers in short supply for the coming months. Seagate, Western Digital, and Apple CEO Tim Cook have weighed in, saying manufacturers are "virtually certain there will be an overall industry shortage of disk drives." If you've been thinking about picking up a new hard drive or two, now may be the time to do it.

Comment Re:So...what's the answer? (Score 1) 252

The point of all this is that in spite of the disanalogy - nobody here is suggesting Bolshevism as an alternative to liberalism, so your comparison is misplaced - the Soviet Union comparisons don't do the work you want them to. In spite of the lack of abundant natural resources in controlled territories, or the colonies controlled and exploited by Western powers, the Soviet Union transformed itself from a decrepit feudal economy into a world superpower within a single generation. In addition to points already raised above, that doesn't account for Western GDP growth that was gleaned from colonialism and foreign wars, or from the growth that resulted from Keynesian economics (state planning). The old "taking care of other people is Soviet Communism, and Communism is bad" trope is very old hat these days. The issues aren't as simple and the comparisons aren't so direct.

Submission + - Google project maps U.S. geothermal energy potenti (

infodragon writes: Excluding inaccessible zones such as national parks and protected lands, the United States has enough geothermal energy, accessible using current methods, to generate 9,000 times as much power as our current coal output.

Submission + - Google breaks down where it fields most government (

ninecastles writes: The Washington Post reports that Google has released the latest metrics on government demands for user data, and the results are interesting: the United States continues to lead the pack with the most requests (at 5,950), followed by India (1,739), France (1,300), the UK (1,273), and Germany (1,060). Of particular note is that Google has reported significant increases in these demands over the prior 6-month stretch, suggesting that governments worldwide are increasingly relying on your internet activity to police you, and on private corporations to provide it.

Comment Re:So...what's the answer? (Score 2) 252

Rich is relative. By the standards of say roman Gaul everybody in the USA is RICH.

I like living in a country were one or 'poor' peoples problems is obesity.

I don't like living in a country where privileged people (if you are reading this, that almost surely includes you) think that obesity is the big problem for the truly impoverished and not the lack of access to reasonable health care, transportation, and education (among many other things) that are all REQUIRED for meaningful participation in this society. When you set the bar at Roman Gaul it's easy to pat yourself on the back for the catastrophic results of our economic system, but for anyone who thinks citizens should be entitled to livable conditions and meaningful social/economic/political participation, what we have is an abject failure.


Submission + - World Population to Hit 7 Billion This Week (

An anonymous reader writes: This week the world’s population will reach a whopping 7 billion people, and experts are already releasing their estimates of where the world’s rapidly accelerating population growth will be by the end of the century. One forthcoming United Nations report estimates that the number may reach 15 billion — more than double current levels, and 5 billion more than what was previously predicted. So what does this mean for our planet and its resources?

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