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Power

Submission + - Microwave Converts Waste to Fuel (peswiki.com)

sterlingda writes: "Global Resource Corp's High-Frequency Attenuating Wave Kinetics (HAWK) recycler extracts oil and gas in seconds from most everyday objects like tires, plastic cups, as well as from shale, coal, and tar sands. Microwaves tuned to an optimum frequency separate the component parts which can be burned or condensed into liquid fuel, using only a small portion of the energy produced."
The Media

Submission + - Pirates on the Open Airwaves (yesmagazine.org)

UtahPirate writes: "Yes, it's new news about an old tradition that predates that new-fangled contraption of interlocking tubes we like to call the Internet.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?ID=2104

Brooke Jarvis finds and reports on a group of people who are doing media piracy the old-fashioned way: with a radio station. Though misinformed about FCC regulations (regarding low-power broadcasting and the legalities thereof), these people actually do consider themselves to be pirates, and are supporting a Get Out the Vote campaign."

The Matrix

Submission + - Does Time Slow Down in a Crisis?

Ponca City, We Love You writes: "If you have ever been in a traffic accident or other life threatening crisis, time may have seemed to move in slow motion. But does it really slow down like Neo dodging bullets in slow-mo in The Matrix? To test the hypothesis, researchers developed a perceptual chronometer where numbers flickered on the screen of the watch-like unit. The scientists adjusted the speed at which the numbers flickered until it was too fast for the subjects to see. Then subjects were put in a Suspended Catch Air Device, a controlled free-fall system in which "divers" are dropped backwards off a platform 150 feet up and land safely in a net. "It's the scariest thing I have ever done," said Dr. David Eagleman. "I knew it was perfectly safe, and I also knew that it would be the perfect way to make people feel as though an event took much longer than it actually did." Subjects were asked to read the numbers on the perceptual chronometer as they fell. The bottom line: While subjects could read numbers presented at normal speeds during the free-fall, they could not read them at faster-than-normal speeds. "We discovered that people are not like Neo in The Matrix," Eagleman said. "The answer to the paradox is that time estimation and memory are intertwined: the volunteers merely thought the fall took a longer time in retrospect,""
User Journal

Journal Journal: LCD woes

Well I spent the past hour and a half tearing a Dell e193fp apart hoping to solve the overheating issue. Well inside I found there were holes drilled for venting purposes but I guess they thought it was a good idea to cover them with a plastic shield. So I made a nice cut out of it for the vent, sealed everything back up and voila! I am now enjoying a 19" LCD over my previous 2 17" CRT's which one was too dark and the other was too blurry. Sweet.
Mozilla

Submission + - Stick it to the Man with Thunderbird on Exchange (opensourcesociety.org)

handle2001 writes: "http://www.opensourcesociety.org/2007/12/09/digital-rebels-using-thunderbird-in-an-exchange-environment/ Want to use Linux but can't because your workplace uses Exchange? Like Thunderbird but forced to use Outlook by rigid corporate policy? Fear no more! This howto shows you how easy it is to configure Thunderbird to access some of Exchange's best features without betraying your open source ideals."
The Courts

Submission + - RIAA ups ante, argues MP3's from CD's unauthorized (blogspot.com)

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "In an Arizona case against a defendant who has no legal representation, Atlantic v. Howell, the RIAA is now arguing — contrary to its lawyers' statements to the United States Supreme Court in 2005 MGM v. Grokster — that the defendant's ripping of personal MP3 copies onto his computer is a copyright infringement. At page 15 of its brief (pdf) it states the following: "It is undisputed that Defendant possessed unauthorized copies....Virtually all of the sound recordings .... are in the ".mp3" format for his and his wife's use.....Once Defendant converted Plaintiffs' recordings into the compressed .mp3 format and they are in his shared folder, they are no longer the authorized copies....""
Power

Submission + - Continuous Light Doesn't Need to be Plugged In (peswiki.com)

sterlingda writes: "First announced publicly at NASA Tech Briefs on Oct. 5, 2007, GlowPaint glow-in-the-dark paint company, MPK Co., has come up with self-luminous micro particles called Litrospheres(TM) which they say are inexpensive, non-toxic, and will stay on for 12+ years (half-life point) continuously — without having to be plugged into any power source. The Litrospheres(TM) are not effected by heat or cold, and are 5,000-pound crush resistant. They can be injection molded or added to paint. The fill rate of Litroenergy micro particles in plastic injection molding material or paint is about 20%. The constant light gives off no U.V. rays, and can be designed to emit almost any color of light desired. The company seeks to mass produce this mateiral and supply OEMs."
Linux Business

Submission + - Linux is about to take over the low end of PCs (desktoplinux.com) 3

An anonymous reader writes: Desktop Linux has a recent commentary on the inevitable growth of Linux on the cheaper end of the desktop market. According to the article, the availability of under-$500 usable hardware, combined with free a operating system, free desktop office products, and free or cheap "Software as a service" online applications, opens a new market in which Microsoft cannot compete. "Microsoft will fight this trend tooth and nail. It will cut prices to the point where it'll be bleeding ink on some of its product lines. And Windows XP is going to stick around much longer than Microsoft ever wanted it to. Still, it won't be enough. By attacking from the bottom, where Microsoft can no longer successfully compete, Linux will finally cut itself a large slice of the desktop market pie."
Software

Submission + - Nokia claims Ogg format is "proprietary" 2

a nona maus writes: Several months ago the WHATWG workgroup of the W3C decided to include Ogg/Theora+Vorbis as the recommended baseline video codec standard for HTML5, against Apple's aggressive protest. Now, Nokia seems to be seeking a reversal of that decision: they have released a position paper calling Ogg "proprietary" and citing the importance of DRM support. Nokia has historically responded to questions about Ogg on their internet tablets with strange and inconsistent answers, along with hand waving about their legal department. This latest step is enough to really make you wonder what they are really up to.
Social Networks

Submission + - Facebook tries$85 million acquisition of Zhanzuo (blorge.com)

Secret Squirrel writes: Facebook is offering $85 million to the huge Chinese social networking site Zhanzuo.com. Why? Probably because Zhanzuo.com is home to over 7 million Chinese user accounts, and would be a huge stepping stone into global social networking.
Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Sun and Dell Make Solaris Distribution Agreement (sun.com)

treak007 writes: November 14, 2007: Dell and Sun Microsystems have signed an OEM agreement for Dell to make the Solaris Operating System (OS) and Solaris support services available directly to customers for select Dell PowerEdge servers.
The Internet

Submission + - Honeybees prompt faster Internet server technology (networkworld.com) 1

coondoggie writes: "Honeybee intelligence can be used to improve the speed and efficiency of Internet servers by up to 25% according to Georgia Institute of Technology researchers.Honeybees somehow manage to efficiently collect a lot of nectar with limited resources and no central command. Such swarm intelligence of these amazingly organized bees can also be used to improve the efficiency of Internet servers faced with similar challenges. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/22045"
United States

Submission + - A New France is Born (iht.com)

reporter writes: "According to a report by the "Times Online", President Nicolas Sarkozy has proposed changing the work rules for public-sector employees so that they meet private-sector standards in France. For example, railroad operators can currently retire on a full pension at the age of 50 (which corresponds to roughly 32 years of employment if you began work at the age of 18). Other employees can retire on full pension after 37.5 years of work instead of the usual 40 years. Sarkozy has prosposed requiring that everyone work, at least, 40 years. Well, his proposal triggered a nasty response from the unions. According to a report by the "International Herald Tribune" and another report by the Associated Press, France is entering its second week of nationwide strikes, which are primarly affecting the transportation sector.

In the past, the public tended to support the strikers, but now most French people are condemning them for being a bunch of spoiled brats. Today, "despite freezing weather, about 10,000 people marched in Paris to demand that railroad workers return to work and that the government not back down from its efforts at reforms."

Are we seeing the birth of a new France, returning to its rightful place as an economic and cultural superpower? Vive la France!"

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