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Submission + - Stocktwits $SWEB : Social Web Index Composite (

ogfomk writes: "Stocktwits social network for stock traders has created an index ( $SWEB ) of "28 public companies that maintain a significant social web presence or contribute to the build out of social web infrastructure." These companies: Google, LinkedIn, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and others are combined as an index to determine or show their value. Not as a static graph, but an active trading principal. Open, very open."

Submission + - What's the Carbon Footprint of Bicycling?

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Brian Palmer writes that although none of the major manufacturers has released data on their energy consumption and how much greenhouse gas making a bicycle requires, Shreya Dave, a graduate student at MIT, recently estimated that manufacturing an average bicycle results in the emission of approximately 530 pounds of greenhouse gases. Therefor given a "typical U.S. diet," you would have to ride your bike instead of driving for around 400 miles to cover the bike's initial carbon footprint. However calculating the total environmental impact of a mode of transit involves more than just the easy-to-measure metrics like mileage per gallon. Using a life-cycle assessment Dave concluded that an ordinary sedan's carbon footprint is more than 10 times greater than a conventional bicycle (PDF) on a mile-for-mile basis, assuming each survives 15 years and you ride the bike 2,000 miles per year. What about other ways to get to work? According to Dave's life-cycle analysis, the only vehicle that comes close to a bicycle is the peak-hour bus—and it's not really that close. A fully loaded bus is responsible for 2.6-times the carbon emissions total of a bicycle per passenger mile while off-peak buses account for more than 20 times as many greenhouse gases as a bicycle. What about the carbon footprint of walking? “Walking is not zero emission because we need food energy to move ourselves from place to place,” says environmentalist Chris Goodall. “Food production creates carbon emissions.”"

Submission + - Community Design Apple's New Sledgehammer (

boley1 writes: This article describes how Apple is using the EU's Community Design — Design Patent like registration, to stop competition by simply filing designs, no review of prior art required. The filer "Apple" in this case is presumed to have a valid right to restrict "Samsung" in this case from marketing a similar device. No review by a third party or government required.

Submission + - How to Hack Into (

ogfomk writes: "James Altucher writes about how he was able to hack he writes: "My friend, Randy, wanted to play a trick on MTV. He got a friend of his, Mike, to sit in a wheelchair and he took Mike’s picture. He sent Mike’s picture to MTV and said in a cover letter that Mike was “afflicted” and his only goal in life was to go to the MTV Beach House, which was a popular MTV show at the time. Somehow the combination of girls in bikinis, the ocean, and an “afflicted” Mike really turned on MTV. They wrote back and said, “We would love to have him on the show!! We will pay for tickets, and have a huge party at the Beach House for him.”"

Comment Buy the phone in that country (Score 4, Interesting) 198

You will just need to buy that phone in the country you are going in. Otherwise you may loose it through customs unless you are a diplomat. Best to get something boring and assume that everything you send is readable by anyone. If you keep something that is valuable there is nothing that customs would like better than to have your device.

Comment Best Buddha (Score 1) 357

In support for the father I am getting an old Super Beetle and painting Buddha Squad. The church is always in a funny position. You have to send a message to others otherwise you will loose your tithe and way of life. It is an obvious parody and spoof with a positive message. Best Buy may just say: Look you guys are funny, but don't put VWs all over the place. When the numbers increase, then it is an obvious ploy to use Best Buy's marketing to push a different cause.

Submission + - Linux Stories Buried on Social Networking Sites? ( 1

Hugh Pickens writes: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes on Computerworld that those who follow Social Networking sites have long known that sites like Digg, Reddit, and StumbleUpon are susceptible to external gaming. "In early 2009, new popular Linux stories would pop up every day or two on Digg. By mid-2010, Linux stories on Digg became popular only once every week or so. Why? Has everyone who once interested in Linux suddenly vanished? Have people stopped writing about Linux?" writes Vaughan-Nichols. "The only explanation I can come up with is that Linux stories are getting down-voted on a regular basis on Digg these days. Who's doing this? In whose best interest is it to make it appear that there's little interest in Linux?"

Submission + - Vibration packs aim to replace batteries for gadge (

ogfomk writes: A Japanese electronics firm has shown off a vibration-harvesting generator that could replace standard batteries.

The Vibration Energy Cell batteries deliver power after a vigorous shake

Brother Industries, better known for its line of printers, claims the devices could be used in place of AA or AAA batteries for some applications.

Data Storage

"Limited Edition" SSD Has Fastest Storage Speed 122

Vigile writes "The idea of having a 'Limited Edition' solid state drive might seem counter-intuitive, but regardless of the naming, the new OCZ Vertex LE is based on the new Sandforce SSD controller that promises significant increases in performance, along with improved ability to detect and correct errors in the data stored in flash. While the initial Sandforce drive was called the 'Vertex 2 Pro' and included a super-capacitor for data integrity, the Vertex LE drops that feature to improve cost efficiency. In PC Perspectives's performance tests, the drive was able to best the Intel X25-M line in file creation and copying duties, had minimal fragmentation or slow-down effects, and was very competitive in IOs per second as well. It seems that current SSD manufacturers are all targeting Intel and the new Sandforce controller is likely the first to be up to the challenge."

Adobe Download Manager Installing Software Without Consent 98

"Not all is worth cheering about as Adobe turns 20," writes reader adeelarshad82, who excerpts from a story at PC Magazine's Security Watch: "Researcher Aviv Raff has found a problem in ADM (Adobe Download Manager) and the method through which it is delivered from The net effect of the problem is that a user can be tricked into downloading and installing software using ADM without actual consent. Tonight Adobe acknowledged the report and said they were working on the issue with Raff and NOS Microsystems, the company that wrote ADM."

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