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Earth

BP Ignored Safety Modeling Software To Save Time 203

DMandPenfold writes "BP ignored the advice of safety modeling software in an attempt to save time before the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to a presentation slide (PDF) prepared by US investigators. The slide in question briefly appeared on the Oil Spill Commission's website in error, but was quickly retracted. Advanced cement modeling software, provided by BP's cement contractor Halliburton, had highlighted serious stability concerns with the well."
Intel

Submission + - Apple sabotages Atom hackintoshes in Snow Leopard (crn.com)

mykos writes: Apple has launched a new salvo in the ongoing war against non-proprietary hardware. A recent snow leopard update (10.6.2) gives little warning, just a cryptic message: "You may experience unexpected results if you have third-party system software modiýcations installed, or if you've modiýed the operating system through other means. (This does not apply to normal application software installation.)" Installation of the update will result in an infinite restart loop for those using atom processors.
Microsoft

Submission + - MS pulls Windows 7 tool after GPL violation claims 1

Sam writes: Ars Technica reports: Microsoft has pulled the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool from the Microsoft Store website after a report indicating that the tool incorporated open-source code in a way that violated the GNU's General Public License (GPL). Whether the software giant is actually violating the GPL, a widely used (including by the Linux kernel) free software license, is not confirmed. "We are currently taking down the Windows USB/DVD Tool (WUDT) from the Microsoft Store site until our review of the tool is complete," a Microsoft spokesperson told Ars. "We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience." The fact the company pulled the tool doesn't bode well, so we'll have to watch closely to see what the company puts back on its servers.
Books

Submission + - How Ray Bradbury overcame fear of flying (keepingthedoor.com)

daria42 writes: Sci-fi and fantasy publisher Tor Books has published on YouTube a series of excerpts from a recent video with acclaimed American sci-fi author Ray Bradbury, in which he discusses his books and various aspects of his personal life. For example, he describes meeting a carnival performer named "Mr Electrico" who was the spur for Bradbury to begin writing in the first place. The author also talks about overcoming his fear of flying; he first flew on Delta Airlines only after drinking three double martinis first.
Microsoft

Submission + - Firefox Automatically Disables Microsoft Addon (pcworld.com) 1

Sasayaki writes: After it was revealed that the .net update to Firefox pushed through Windows Update left the browser vulnerable, Windows users today discovered that their browser had automatically disabled and blocked that addon (you could 'opt-in' again if you wanted). An interesting move- will Microsoft take it laying down?
Power

Submission + - Wearable electrical power system under development (energytech-today.com)

EnergyTech-Today writes: "Researchers at CSIRO have received $4.4 million in funding to develop flexible batteries and conductive fabrics that can be worn on the body. As shown in the prototype illustration, the design employs advanced, flexible materials that allow the system to wrap around the body of the wearer, increasing comfort and maximizing movement. The system incorporates a vibration energy harvesting system to allow movements of the wearer's body to recharge the batteries. Although the system is being designed for military applications, wouldn't this be the ultimate way for tech-geeks to power our arsenal of portable gadgets!?"

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