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Comment Google ad revenue boost? (Score 1) 417

So I would need to use "google" to go to any site I want if I only used chrome? This sounds like a huge boost to their ad revenue streams. I don't understand why you would want your url bar gone...what if I want to access my router, my ip camera, or an ftp site. Granted, there are many other ways. This just seems silly. They better provide an option to turn the url bar back on, like the menu in firefox 4. However, I don't care that much, since I don't use chrome.

Comment Re:The US shouldn't be there (Score 1) 688

It's not a question of morality at this point. However, questions of sovereignty and committing acts of war without congressional approval arise. At this point, it's a question of economics. Can we afford to do this? NO...period...end of story. We're flying on credit. Personally, having my military flying around the world on the whims of a world political body without any checks and balances is more than disconcerting. My country's national sovereignty and solvency is way more important than an internal dispute in a sovereign nation that poses no threat to my country. You can go hire a private military with your own money to dictate how others live their lives. Stay away from mine. Insightful? idealistic. Reality must factor in at some point.

Sex Drugs and Texting 287

statesman writes "The Associated Press reports that teens who text frequently are three and a half times more likely to have sex. A survey of 4,200 public high school students in the Cleveland area found that one in five students sent more than 120 text messages a day or spent more than 3 hours a day on Facebook. Students in this group were much more likely to have sex. Alcohol and drug use also correlate with frequent texting and heavy Facebook use."

Scientists Cut Greenland Ice Loss Estimate By Half 414

bonch writes "A new study on Greenland's and West Antarctica's rate of ice loss halves the estimate of ice loss. Published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the study takes into account a rebounding of the Earth's crust called glacial isostatic adjustment, a continuing rise of the crust after being smashed under the weight of the Ice Age. 'We have concluded that the Greenland and West Antarctica ice caps are melting at approximately half the speed originally predicted,' said researcher Bert Vermeeersen."

Submission + - Time Machines for Dummies By: Stephen Hawking

psyph3r writes: has published an interesting article written by Stephen Hawking on the practicality of time travel. He covers wormholes and approaching the speed of light as methods of time travel. He also covers current evidence that the passage of time is not constant, but varies based on conditions such as gravity (GPS satellite time loss) or velocity (LHC time dilation) He then expands on this proof into possible and impossible ways for humanity to travel through time. Long article, but a recommended read.
The Courts

Submission + - Apple Might Face Antitrust Inquiry (

suraj.sun writes: After years of being the little guy who used Washington to fend off Goliaths like Microsoft, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is about to learn what life is like when the shoe's on the other foot.

  According to a person familiar with the matter, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are locked in negotiations over which of the watchdogs will begin an antitrust inquiry into Apple's new policy of requiring software developers who devise applications for devices such as the iPhone and iPad to use only Apple's programming tools.

Regulators, this person said, are days away from making a decision about which agency will launch the inquiry. It will focus on whether the policy, which took effect last month, kills competition by forcing programmers to choose between developing apps that can run only on Apple gizmos or come up with apps that are platform neutral, and can be used on a variety of operating systems, such as those from rivals Google, Microsoft and Research In Motion.

An inquiry doesn't necessarily mean action will be taken against Apple, which argues the rule is in place to ensure the quality of the apps it sells to customers. Typically, regulators initiate inquiries to determine whether a full-fledged investigation ought to be launched. If the inquiry escalates to an investigation, the agency handling the matter would issue Apple a subpoena seeking information about the policy.



Submission + - Cheaper Hydrogen Production Catalyst Discovered (

ElectricSteve writes: The Hydrogen Economy that may one day replace the Hydrocarbon Economy came a step closer this week with the announcement that researchers have discovered an inexpensive new proton reduction catalyst — seventy times cheaper than the Platinum commonly used now — that can significantly reduce the costs of producing hydrogen using electrolysis to split water into molecules of hydrogen and oxygen.

Submission + - Scientist uses nanodots to create 4Tb storage chip (

arcticstoat writes: Solid state disks could soon catch up with mechanical hard drives in terms of cost and capacity, thanks to a new data-packed chip developed by a scientist at the University of North Carolina. Using a uniform array of 10nm nanodots, each of which represents a single bit, Dr Jay Narayan created a data-density of 1 terabit per square centimetre. The end result was a 4cm2 chip that holds 4Tb of data (512GB), but the university says that the nanodots could have a diameter of just 6nm, enabling an even greater data-density. The university explains that the nanodots are "made of single, defect-free crystals, creating magnetic sensors that are integrated directly into a silicon electronic chip.” Dr Narayan says he expects the technology overtaking traditional solid state disk technology within the next five years.

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