MojoKid writes: "2.5" mobile hard drives don't get nearly as much coverage as their more common 3.5" counterparts, but there have been significant advances made in this space that warrant some attention. Western Digital, for example, has released a high-capacity 250GB 2.5" SATA hard drive, the Scorpio WD2500BEVS, that sports a few proprietary technologies dubbed WhisperDrive, ShockGuard, and SecurePark, that improve the drive's acoustic profile, power consumption, and durability. And despite being a 5400RPM drive, its performance characteristics put it well ahead of most other 2.5" drives with similar spindle speeds and just behind a full-sized desktop hard drive running at 7200RPM. With hard drive speeds being the limiting performance factor in many instances, a drive like this could make for a worthwhile notebook upgrade."
LordLucless writes: "The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that New York City is banning the use of the word "nigger". There is no penalty for using the word, but the city hopes that the moratorium will discourage its use nonetheless. Is this a futile PC gesture, or does it present the specter of more draconian measures in the future?"