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Submission + - Google lottery for seats at SketchUp conference (

New10k writes: "A few months before Google swooped in, the company behind SketchUp 3D CAD put on a user's conference that was wildly successful. Now Google is doing one, at the Googleplex. They won't charge a fee to attend, but because they say seats are limited, attendance is by invitation only. To get an invitation, users must sign up between now and April 30 for a lottery. Google says they will give out between 250 and 300 invitations."

Submission + - HP say 30-bit color 'jumps off screen' (

dcblogs writes: Hewlett-Packard worked with DreamWorks to develop a new display technology that uses a combination of backlit LEDs and 30-bit graphics card. It claims the colors "jumps off screen" and can accurately display what will appear on printer. It plans to eventually make it widely available in its product line. The overarching message is that once you see this display you'll never be able to look again at a 24-bit color display and feel happy about it.

Submission + - iPhone, iPod Touch 1.1.1 Firmwares Jailbroken (

vertigoCiel writes: "Hackers Niacin and Dre have recently gained full read and write access to the filesystems of both the iPhone and the iPod Touch. The Jailbreak exploits a vulnerability in Safari's TIFF library to execute the necessary code when the specially crafted image is loaded. Access can then be permanently sustained by modifying the fstab file with iPhuc"

Submission + - Plasma-Based Life possible? 1

An anonymous reader writes: According to, Researchers from Germany's Max Planck Institute have created a computer model demonstrating that microscopic dust-particles injected into low-temperature plasmas spontaneously self-organize into crystalline structures resembling DNA and other biological structures. Team member V.N. Tsytovich states "These complex, self-organized plasma structures exhibit all the necessary properties to qualify them as candidates for inorganic living matter."

No word yet on how this discovery might affect Human-Klingon relations.

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