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01-11-2009, 16:50:02

The Most Influential People In Open Source

The Most Influential People In Open Sourcemmaney writes "As part of its 2009 open source best practices research, MindTouch asked C and VP level open source executives who they thought are the most influential people in the industry today. The list is ranked by the effect these ...
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01-11-2009, 14:50:03

Evolution's Path May Lead To Shorter, Heavier Women

Evolution's Path May Lead To Shorter, Heavier WomenHugh Pickens writes "Yale University researchers believe that if evolutionary pressures of sexual selection and reproductive fitness continue for another 10 generations, the trends detected in their study may mean that the avera...
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01-11-2009, 12:50:01

Blogger Humiliates Town Counselors Into Resigning

Blogger Humiliates Town Counselors Into ResigningDr_Barnowl writes "In an occurrence first postulated in sci-fi and later lampooned by stick figures, it seems that a blogger has actually been responsible for the mass resignation of elected officials — a British town counci...
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01-11-2009, 08:50:02

The Golden Age of Infinite Music

The Golden Age of Infinite MusicOver at the BBC, music journalist John Harris speculates on what may become of the music business now that we have entered the golden age of infinite music. "I've just poured the music-related contents of my brain into a book, and I would imagine ...
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01-11-2009, 06:50:02

Plowing Carbon Into the Fields

Plowing Carbon Into the FieldsOzPeter writes "A wheat farmer in Australia has eliminated adding fertilizer to his crop by the simple process of injecting the cooled diesel exhaust of his modified tractor into the ground when the wheat is being sown. In doing so he eliminates rel...
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01-11-2009, 02:50:02

Microsoft's Lost Decade

Microsoft's Lost Decadetheodp writes "Newsweek's Daniel Lyons (that's Fake Steve to you) explains why Steve Ballmer is no Bill Gates, arguing that what most hurt Microsoft was BillG's decision to step down as CEO in January 2000: 'Gates was a software geek. He understood technol...
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01-11-2009, 00:50:05

Zombies As American Zeitgeist Proxies

Zombies As American Zeitgeist Proxiesblackbearnh writes "No doubt, there will be more than a few brain-munching glassy-eyed zombies showing up on the typical doorstep tonight, demanding brains, brains, brains, or at least some Milk Duds. But according to this essay over on Forbe...
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31-10-2009, 22:50:06

ICANN Might Pre-Register gTLDs To Placate Critics

ICANN Might Pre-Register gTLDs To Placate Criticsjudgecorp writes "ICANN is to be congratulated for succeeding in expanding the Internet beyond the Latin alphabet. However, the organization is facing a harder task in extending the Internet's global top-level domains (gTLDs) &mda...
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31-10-2009, 20:50:03

What Happened To the Bay Bridge?

What Happened To the Bay Bridge?farnsworth writes "Tony Alfrey has put together a fascinating page with some history, analysis, and possible explanations for what ultimately went wrong with the recent emergency repair of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The bridge has been ...
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31-10-2009, 18:50:02

Lawmakers Caught Again By File-Sharing Software

Lawmakers Caught Again By File-Sharing SoftwareAn anonymous reader writes "A document, apparently a 'confidential House ethics committee report,' was recently leaked through file-sharing software to the Washington Post. According to the article, 'The committee's review of invest...
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31-10-2009, 16:50:02

Moon-Excavation Robots Face Off

Moon-Excavation Robots Face Offavishere writes "Student teams designed and built robotic power-lifters to excavate simulated lunar soil (a.k.a. 'regolith') earlier this month, with $750,000 in prizes up for grabs. Excavating regolith, according to NASA, will be an important part...
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31-10-2009, 14:50:08

Adobe Pushing For Flash and PDF In Open Government Initiative

Adobe Pushing For Flash and PDF In Open Government Initiativeangryrice tips news that Adobe seems to be campaigning for the inclusion of Flash and PDF in the Obama administration's efforts at increasing government transparency and openness. A post from the Sunlight Labs blog is ...
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31-10-2009, 10:50:02

Disease May Prevent Manned Journey To Mars

Disease May Prevent Manned Journey To MarsPickens writes "Science Daily News reports that human missions to Mars and all other long-term space flights might be compromised by disease, first because space travel appears to weaken astronauts' immune systems; and second, because it...
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31-10-2009, 08:50:03

Masten Qualifies For $1 Million Space Prize

Masten Qualifies For $1 Million Space PrizeRobGoldsmith writes "Masten Space Systems successfully qualified for first place in level two of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge Wednesday. Flying a brand new vehicle named XA-0.1E (nicknamed Xoie), Masten demonstrated their...
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31-10-2009, 06:50:03

Contest To Hack Brazilian Voting Machines

Contest To Hack Brazilian Voting MachinesAn anonymous reader writes "Brazilian elections went electronic many years ago, with very fast results but a few complaints from losers, of course. Next month, 10 teams that accepted the challenge will have access to hardware and software...
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31-10-2009, 04:50:02

Android 2.0 — Competition Against the iPhone and the Rest

Android 2.0 — Competition Against the iPhone and the RestGMGruman writes "Every few months, it seems, there is a new 'iPhone killer.' Android 2.0, in the guise of the Motorola Droid, is the latest such 'killer.' But what will it really take to beat or match the iPhone (sin...
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31-10-2009, 02:50:02

After 1 Year, Conficker Infects 7M Computers

After 1 Year, Conficker Infects 7M Computersalphadogg writes "The Conficker worm has passed a dubious milestone. It has now infected more than 7 million computers, security experts estimate. On Thursday, researchers at the volunteer-run Shadowserver Foundation logged computers f...
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31-10-2009, 00:50:02

Wait For Windows 7 SP1, Support Firm Warns Users

Wait For Windows 7 SP1, Support Firm Warns UsersCWmike writes "Users should wait for Microsoft to work out the bugs in Windows 7 before jumping on the new OS, computer support company Rescuecom said on Friday. 'From the calls we're getting, as well as our own experience in the p...
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30-10-2009, 22:50:05

Nokia's N-Gage Service To End After 2010

Nokia's N-Gage Service To End After 2010negRo_slim writes "Who knew the N-Gage was still kicking? Well apparently it still is — however, it looks like 2010 will be the end. From the announcement: 'While the N-Gage.com site together with the N-Gage Arena and other community...
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30-10-2009, 20:50:03

EPA To Buy Small Town In Kansas

EPA To Buy Small Town In KansasPonca City, We love you writes "The Wichita Eagle reports that Congress has approved funds to relocate the population of the southeast Kansas town of Treece, which is plagued with lead, zinc and other chemical contamination left by a century of min...
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30-10-2009, 18:50:02

Metadata In Arizona Public Records Can't Be Withheld

Metadata In Arizona Public Records Can't Be Withheldjasonbuechler writes in with news of the first state to declare that metadata is part of public records and must be released when the records are. "Hidden data embedded in electronic public records must be disclosed under Arizo...
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30-10-2009, 16:50:03

Will Google and Android Kill Standalone GPS?

Will Google and Android Kill Standalone GPS?xchg passes along a WiseAndroid piece on the drop in value of Garmin and TomTom shares following Google's announcement yesterday of Google Maps Navigation. "Shares of GPS device makers Garmin and TomTom plummeted... through a combinati...
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30-10-2009, 14:50:04

How Terahertz Waves Tear Apart DNA

How Terahertz Waves Tear Apart DNAKentuckyFC writes "Great things are expected of terahertz waves, the radiation in the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and the infrared. Terahertz waves pass through non-conducting materials such as clothes, paper, wood and brick and ...
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30-10-2009, 10:50:03

USB 3.0 the Real Deal, SATA 6GB Not Yet

USB 3.0 the Real Deal, SATA 6GB Not YetMojoKid writes "HotHardware has posted a sneak peek at a new motherboard Asus has coming down the pipe with USB 3.0 and SATA 6G support. The Asus P7P55D-E Premium has a PLX PCI Express Gen 2 switch implementation that connects to NEC USB 3....
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30-10-2009, 08:50:01

New Threats Against Pirate Bay Owners

New Threats Against Pirate Bay Ownersangry tapir writes "The Pirate Bay should be closed, and if it isn't, two of the founders will each have to pay a fine of 500,000 Swedish kronor (US$71,500), according to a verdict in the Stockholm District Court. This time it's Fredrik Neij ...
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30-10-2009, 04:50:02

Hulu Blocks International Access Via Witopia

Hulu Blocks International Access Via WitopiaAn anonymous reader notes, and excerpts from, an article at PC Authority: "It's human nature that people always want what they can't have — which is why there's so much interest around the world in accessing the US-only Hulu site...
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30-10-2009, 02:50:02

Federal Judge Says E-mail Not Protected By 4th Amendment

Federal Judge Says E-mail Not Protected By 4th AmendmentDustyShadow writes "In the case In re United States, Judge Mosman ruled that there is no constitutional requirement of notice to the account holder because the Fourth Amendment does not apply to e-mails under the third-part...
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30-10-2009, 00:50:02

Fixing Bugs, But Bypassing the Source Code

Fixing Bugs, But Bypassing the Source Codeshreshtha contributes this snippet from MIT's Technology Review: "Martin Rinard, a professor of computer science at MIT, is unabashed about the ultimate goal of his group's research: 'delivering an immortal, invulnerable program.' In wor...
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29-10-2009, 22:50:05

Nintendo Announces DSi XL

Nintendo Announces DSi XLlbalbalba writes "This morning, Nintendo announced the third upgrade to the DS family, the DSi LL (or DSi XL), will be released in Japan on November 21, one year after the DSi debuted, for ¥20,000 (approx. $220). The LL's main improvement is the size...
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29-10-2009, 20:50:04

Mozilla Releases SeaMonkey 2.0

Mozilla Releases SeaMonkey 2.0binarybum writes "Often forgotten, but the independent open source spirit lives strong in the once Mozilla project — now SeaMonkey. Version 2.0 is finally out and rivals Firefox with similar features but integrated email with a small footprint...
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29-10-2009, 18:50:10

Bad Driving May Have Genetic Basis

Bad Driving May Have Genetic BasisSerenissima writes "Bad drivers may in part have their genes to blame, suggests a new study by UC Irvine neuroscientists.Peo ple with a particular gene variant performed more than 20 percen...
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29-10-2009, 16:50:03

Thermonuclear Reactor To Use Coconut Shells

Thermonuclear Reactor To Use Coconut Shellsdestinyland writes "A key component of a $10 billion nuclear fusion plant is vintage 2002 Indonesian coconut-shell charcoal. After a 20-year search, German researchers discovered that the coconut-shell charcoal is the best medium for 'a...
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29-10-2009, 14:50:03

Ubuntu 9.10 Officially Released

Ubuntu 9.10 Officially Releasedpalegray.net writes "The latest version of Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) has been released. Offering numerous enhancements for both desktop and server environments, this release includes notable features like Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud images, the Ubuntu...
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29-10-2009, 10:50:03

Xerox Claims Printable Electronics Breakthrough

Xerox Claims Printable Electronics Breakthroughadeelarshad82 writes "Xerox announced a new silver ink that it's calling a breakthrough in printable electronics, a leading-edge concept that's generated a lot of discussion but few actual products to date. Why? Precisely because of...
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29-10-2009, 08:50:02

The Monrovian Analog Blogger

The Monrovian Analog BloggerAn anonymous reader writes "Motherboard.TV reports, 'In Monrovia, Liberia, there’s a guy taking the matter of a lopsided, state-run media and reshaping it into a free-of-charge, independent news-aggregator—all accomplished with dry-erase b...
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29-10-2009, 06:50:02

Obama Looks Down Under For Broadband Plan

Obama Looks Down Under For Broadband Planoranghutan writes "The Obama administration is looking to the southern hemisphere for tips on how to improve the broadband situation in the US. The key telco adviser to the president, Sarah Crawford, has met with Australian telco analysts...
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29-10-2009, 04:50:03

Amazon Patents Changing Authors' Words

Amazon Patents Changing Authors' Wordstheodp writes "To exist or not to exist: that is the query. That's what the famous Hamlet soliloquy might look like if subjected to Amazon's newly-patented System and Method for Marking Content, which calls for 'programmatically substituting...
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29-10-2009, 02:50:02

Study Says US Needs Fewer Science Students

Study Says US Needs Fewer Science Studentscremeglace writes 'It's an article of faith: the United States needs more native-born students in science and other technical fields. But a new paper by sociologists at the Urban Institute and Rutgers University contradicts the notion of...
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29-10-2009, 00:50:01

Russia Develops Spaceship With Nuclear Engine

Russia Develops Spaceship With Nuclear EngineMatt_dk writes "The Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos has developed a design for a piloted spacecraft powered by a nuclear engine, the head of the agency said on Wednesday. 'The project is aimed at implementing large-scale space ...
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28-10-2009, 22:50:04

ARM Stealthily Rising As a Low-End Contender

ARM Stealthily Rising As a Low-End Contendersnydeq writes "InfoWorld's Neil McAllister examines how the ongoing rise of netbooks, decline of desktops, and the smartphone explosion are reconfiguring the processor market, putting Intel's Atom processor on a clear collision course ...
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28-10-2009, 20:50:04

Intel Pulls SSD Firmware Day After Release

Intel Pulls SSD Firmware Day After ReleaseCWmike writes "Intel has pulled a firmware upgrade it released on Monday for its X25-M consumer solid-state drives after users complained that the software caused crashes. The company on Monday made available a software package called SS...
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28-10-2009, 18:50:02

"Frickin' Fantastic" Launch of NASA's Ares I-X Rocket

"Frickin' Fantastic" Launch of NASA's Ares I-X Rocketcoondoggie writes "With a hiss and roar, NASA's Ares I-X rocket blasted into the atmosphere this morning at about 11:33 am EST, taking with it a variety of test equipment and sensors but also high hopes for the future of the U...
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28-10-2009, 16:50:06

Asterisk Vishing Attacks "Endemic"

Asterisk Vishing Attacks "Endemic"Ian Lamont writes "Remember the report last year that the FBI was concerned about a 'vishing' exploit relating to the Asterisk IP PBX software? Digium played down the report, noting that it was based on a bug that had already been patched, but n...
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28-10-2009, 14:50:01

Tesla Roadster Breaks Distance Record For Electric Car

Tesla Roadster Breaks Distance Record For Electric CarAn anonymous reader writes "The CEO of an Australian ISP has driven his Tesla Roadster into the record books, completing 501km on a single electric charge in the 2009 Global Green Challenge — beating the Roadster's offi...
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28-10-2009, 12:50:06

No Hand-Held Devices In Ontario Cars

No Hand-Held Devices In Ontario CarsNIK282000 writes "To cut down on accidents caused by drivers who aren't paying attention, in Ontario it is now a ticketable offense to text, email, or navigate with your GPS while driving. But it seems to me that they have thrown the baby out ...
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28-10-2009, 10:50:03

The Best Medications For Your Genes

The Best Medications For Your Genesblackbearnh writes "Until recently, physicians prescribed drugs to patients with dosages based only on weight, and with no idea if the drug would be effective for that particular person. But as this article on Forbes.com highlights, the same ad...
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28-10-2009, 08:50:02

Can Nintendo Really Be Planning Another DS Variant?

Can Nintendo Really Be Planning Another DS Variant?itwbennett writes "'There was a lot of talk yesterday about an article in the Japanese publication Nikkei which claimed that Nintendo was readying a new iteration of its DS line of handheld gaming systems,' writes blogger Peter ...
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28-10-2009, 06:50:03

Moving Away From the IT Field?

Moving Away From the IT Field?irving47 writes 'With the economy the way it is, it's a little iffy to even think about switching careers completely, but lately, I've gotten more and more fed up with trying to keep up with the technical demands of companies and customers that are ...
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28-10-2009, 04:50:02

Discovery of "Cancer-Proof" Rodent Cells

Discovery of "Cancer-Proof" Rodent Cellsanglico sends news of research out of the University of Rochester that has identified a gene that "cancer-proofs" cells in rodents. "Despite a 30-year lifespan that gives ample time for cells to grow cancerous, a small rodent species calle...
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28-10-2009, 02:50:02

Neanderthals "Had Sex" With Modern Man

Neanderthals "Had Sex" With Modern ManAccording to Professor Svante Paabo, director of genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Neanderthals and modern humans had sex across the species barrier. The professor has been using DNA retrieved from fossils t...
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