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02-09-2009, 16:50:02

Build Your Own $2.8M Petabyte Disk Array For $117k

Build Your Own $2.8M Petabyte Disk Array For $117kChris Pirazzi writes "Online backup startup BackBlaze, disgusted with the outrageously overpriced offerings from EMC, NetApp and the like, has released an open-source hardware design showing you how to build a 4U, RAID-capable, r...
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02-09-2009, 14:50:03

Has the Rate of Technical Progress Slowed?

Has the Rate of Technical Progress Slowed?Amiga Trombone writes "An article in the IEEE Spectrum argues that the rate of technological progress has slowed in the last 50 years. While there have been advances in areas such as computers, communications and medicine, etc., the auth...
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02-09-2009, 12:50:02

UK Plans To Link Criminal Records To ID Cards

UK Plans To Link Criminal Records To ID CardsDeath Metal writes with this excerpt from ComputerWeekly.com about the UK's national ID card scheme: "Privacy advocates have reacted angrily to reports that the government plans to link national identity records to criminal records fo...
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02-09-2009, 08:50:02

Mount Wilson Observatory In Danger From L.A. Fire

Mount Wilson Observatory In Danger From L.A. FireAn anonymous reader writes "Mount Wilson is in danger from the Station fire burning near L.A. Their servers have gone offline, but there's a temporary mirror cam. It doesn't look good. Picture four on the L.A. Times photo gallery ...
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02-09-2009, 04:50:02

PS3-Compatible Phone Coming in October

PS3-Compatible Phone Coming in OctoberSpuriousLogic sends along this quote from CVG: 'You may remember reports of Sony's flashy Aino phone earlier this year which can, among other things, connect to a PS3 via Remote Play, giving you full access to your XMB through its tiny scree...
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02-09-2009, 02:50:02

Space Shuttle To Be Replaced By SpaceX For ISS Resupply

Space Shuttle To Be Replaced By SpaceX For ISS Resupplydestinyland writes "Next year SpaceX will perform resupply missions for the International Space Station after the Space Shuttle is grounded, as part of a $3.5 billion NASA resupply contract. 'The fledgling space industry is ...
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02-09-2009, 00:50:02

Judge Won't Lower $5M Bail For Jailed SF IT Admin

Judge Won't Lower $5M Bail For Jailed SF IT Adminsnydeq writes "San Francisco County Judge Charles Haines has denied Terry Childs' motion to reduce his $5 million bail, alluding to 'public security concerns,' according to Richard Shikman, who is representing Childs in court. The...
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01-09-2009, 22:50:03

iPhone App Wins Microsoft-Campus Programming Contest

iPhone App Wins Microsoft-Campus Programming Contestimamac writes "Startup Weekend was a 54-hour coding marathon held on Microsoft's campus last weekend. It was designed to encourage the use of MS programming technologies. However, the winner of the contest was an iPhone app: '"...
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01-09-2009, 20:50:04

Japan Plans $21B Space Power Plant

Japan Plans $21B Space Power PlantMike writes "Japan has announced plans to send a $21 billion solar power generator into space that will be capable of producing one gigawatt of energy, or enough to power 294,000 homes. The project recently received support from Mitsubishi Elect...
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01-09-2009, 18:50:03

Military to Spend $42M To Build Advanced Network Control

Military to Spend $42M To Build Advanced Network Controlcoondoggie writes "BBN, which was bought by defense giant Raytheon today, got almost $11 million to help build self-configuring network technology that would identify traffic, let the network infrastructure prioritize it do...
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01-09-2009, 16:50:02

Sony to put Chrome on Laptops

Sony to put Chrome on Laptopsconsonant writes "FT is reporting that Google has reached a deal with Sony to ship Chrome on the Viao line of PCs. Google confirmed that Sony PCs carrying Chrome had started to go on sale and said it was in talks for similar deals with other computer...
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01-09-2009, 14:50:04

Opera 10.0 Released

Opera 10.0 Releasedneonsignal writes "Opera 10 has been released. It now supports rich text email, the 'turbo' Opera proxy server feature, some HTML 5 support, XML 'pretty printing', extra skinning features, and a 100/100 score in the Acid3 test. There has been no official annou...
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01-09-2009, 10:50:02

Drop in P2P Traffic Attributed to Traffic Shaping

Drop in P2P Traffic Attributed to Traffic ShapingAn anonymous reader writes "A new report based on data from 100 US and European ISPs claims P2P traffic has dropped to around 20% of all Internet traffic. This is down from the 40% two years ago (also reported by the same company ...
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01-09-2009, 08:50:02

Making Babies In Space May Not Be Easy

Making Babies In Space May Not Be EasyHugh Pickens writes "Studies of reproduction in space have previously been carried out with sea urchins, fish, amphibians and birds, but Brandon Keim writes in Wired that Japanese biologists have discovered that although mammalian fertilizat...
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01-09-2009, 06:50:04

EMC Co-Founder Commits Suicide

EMC Co-Founder Commits SuicideThe Register is reporting that EMC co-founder Richard Egan has committed suicide. The article has an interesting look back at some of his accomplishments. "Egan had an amazing life, encompassing involvement in the Apollo space program, the US Marine...
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01-09-2009, 04:50:04

Internet's First Registered Domain Name Sold

Internet's First Registered Domain Name SoldMojoKid writes "Believe it or not, it wasn't internet.com or dot.com that was acquired when the Internet was young. Instead, it was the somewhat off-the-wall name of symbolics.com. The Symbolics company was the first to use an internet...
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01-09-2009, 02:50:02

British Company Takes Lead To Stop Asteroids

British Company Takes Lead To Stop AsteroidsAn anonymous reader writes to tell us that following the news of NASA's budget cuts impacting their ability to do things like watch the sky for asteroids, a British company has decided to create a "gravity tractor" ship that could dive...
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01-09-2009, 00:50:02

Xbox 360 Version of Champions Online Being Held Back By MS

Xbox 360 Version of Champions Online Being Held Back By MSTomorrow marks the launch of Cryptic Studios' new superhero MMO, Champions Online. It was developed for the PC and the Xbox 360, but the console version will be much delayed, according to Cryptic CCO Jack Emmert, because ...
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31-08-2009, 22:50:04

Military Helmet Design Contributes To Brain Damage

Military Helmet Design Contributes To Brain DamageBuzzSkyline writes "Improvements in helmets have helped modern soldiers survive bullets and blasts that would have killed them in past wars. But increasing numbers of soldiers are suffering long lasting brain damage from explosio...
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31-08-2009, 20:50:03

Robotic Mold

Robotic MoldCanis Lupus writes to mention that researchers from the University of West England are designing the world's first biological robot, constructed from mold. The robot, "Plasmobot," will be created using vegetative slime mold called plasmodium (Physarum polycephalum) t...
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31-08-2009, 18:50:04

AMD Packs Six-Core Opteron Inside 40 Watts

AMD Packs Six-Core Opteron Inside 40 Wattsadeelarshad82 writes "Advanced Micro Devices has launched a low-power version of its six-core Opteron processor in time for VMworld, a key virtualization show that opens on Monday. The six-core AMD Opteron EE consumes 40 watts, and is de...
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31-08-2009, 16:50:02

Disney Buys Marvel for $4B

Disney Buys Marvel for $4Bwhisper_jeff writes "Disney has announced they will be purchasing Marvel. 'Building on its strategy of delivering quality branded content to people around the world, The Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire Marvel Entertainment, Inc. in a stock and...
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31-08-2009, 14:50:02

Librarians Express Concern Over Google Books

Librarians Express Concern Over Google Booksangry tapir writes "Many libraries routinely delete borrower information, and organizations such as the American Library Association have fought hard to preserve the privacy of their patrons in the face of laws such as the US Patriot A...
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31-08-2009, 12:50:03

The Orange Goo That Could Save Your Laptop

The Orange Goo That Could Save Your LaptopBarence writes "A British company has patented what can only be described as an orange goo that could save your laptop or iPod after a nasty fall. The amazing material is soft and malleable like putty, but the substance becomes solid ins...
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31-08-2009, 08:50:02

A Breathalyzer For Cancer

A Breathalyzer For CancerTiger4 writes "Cancer researchers in the UK have come up with a way to sniff for lung cancer on the breath. 'From the results, the researchers identified 42 "volatile organic compounds" (VOCs) present in the breath of 83% of cancer patients but fewer tha...
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31-08-2009, 04:50:02

India's First Stealth Fighter To Fly In 4 Months

India's First Stealth Fighter To Fly In 4 Monthsxmpcray writes "Less than four months from now, India's first stealth fighter will fly for the first time. It is called the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft, or FGFA, and is being developed in Russia by Sukhoi. Several of the tech...
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31-08-2009, 02:50:01

Skype Trojan Can Log VoIP Conversations

Skype Trojan Can Log VoIP ConversationsSlatterz writes "Security giant Symantec claims to have found the public release of source code for a Trojan that targets Skype users. Trojan.Peskyspy is spyware which records a voice call and stores it as an MP3 file for later transmission...
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31-08-2009, 00:50:04

TwIP - An IP Stack In a Tweet

TwIP - An IP Stack In a TweetAdam Dunkels writes "Inspired by the Twitter-sized program that crashes Mac OS X, I just wrote a really, really rudimentary IP stack called twIP, small enough to fit in a Twitter tweet. Although twIP is very far away from a real IP stack, it can do t...
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Slashdot
30-08-2009, 22:50:02

Cato Institute Critique of Software Patents

Cato Institute Critique of Software Patentsbinarybits writes "I've written an article for the free-market Cato Institute about how patents impede innovation in the software industry. It points out that people tend not to realize how vast the software industry is. It's not just G...
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30-08-2009, 20:50:03

Laughing Gas Is Major Threat To Ozone Layer

Laughing Gas Is Major Threat To Ozone LayerHugh Pickens writes "The Christian Science Monitor reports that according to new research, nitrous oxide, the colorless, sweet-smelling gas with a long history as a medical and dental anesthetic is the next big threat to Earth's protect...
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30-08-2009, 18:50:04

Where Have You Gone, Bell Labs?

Where Have You Gone, Bell Labs?theodp writes "Name an industry that can produce 1 million new, high-paying jobs over the next three years, challenges BusinessWeek. You can't, because there isn't one. And that's the problem. So what's the answer? Basic research can repair the bro...
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Slashdot
30-08-2009, 16:50:08

Musician Lobby Terms Balanced Copyright "Disgusting"

Musician Lobby Terms Balanced Copyright "Disgusting"An anonymous reader writes "While most of the attention at Thursday's Canadian copyright town hall was on the recording industry's strategy to pack the room and exclude alternate voices, the most controversial activity took pla...
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30-08-2009, 14:50:02

Lori Drew Cyberbullying Case Dismissed

Lori Drew Cyberbullying Case DismissedTrepidity writes "About seven weeks after the judge tentatively overturned Lori Drew's guilty verdict for 'cyberbullying' following her online harassment of a teenager that was linked to the teenager's suicide, the case was finally officiall...
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30-08-2009, 12:50:05

Nokia Makes LGPL Version of PyQt

Nokia Makes LGPL Version of PyQtEtaCarinae writes "Nokia didn't succeed in convincing Riverbank to change its licensing terms on PyQt, and so decided to create their own LGPL'ed version of it. From the FAQ at the PySide site: 'Nokia's initial research into Python bindings for Qt...
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30-08-2009, 08:50:02

The Story of a Simple and Dangerous OS X Kernel Bug

The Story of a Simple and Dangerous OS X Kernel BugRazvanM writes "At the beginning of this month the Mac OS X 10.5.8 closed a kernel vulnerability that lasted more than 4 years, covering all the 10.4 and (almost all) 10.5 Mac OS X releases. This article presents some twitter-si...
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30-08-2009, 06:50:02

Chinese Censor-Beating Software Resembles Malware, But Isn't

Chinese Censor-Beating Software Resembles Malware, But Isn'tcoondoggie writes "Software designed to beat Chinese censorship may behave in ways that seem suspect, but it is all part of the application's strategy to fool the Great Firewall of China, according to one programmer of ...
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30-08-2009, 02:50:03

Ares Manager Steve Cook Resigns From NASA

Ares Manager Steve Cook Resigns From NASAFleaPlus writes "Steve Cook, project manager for the Ares I-X, Ares I, and Ares V rockets, announced that he will resign from NASA MSFC after 19 years at the agency, leaving for an executive position at Dynetics, Inc. This raises doubts a...
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30-08-2009, 00:50:03

Dell Says Re-Imaging HDs a Burden If Word Banned

Dell Says Re-Imaging HDs a Burden If Word BannedN!NJA writes "In an amicus curiae brief filed on Aug. 24, Dell asked the judge overseeing the Eastern District Court of Texas to reconsider its order blocking sales of Word, part of the original ruling in favor of Canadian software...
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29-08-2009, 22:50:04

Pigeon Protocol Finds a Practical Purpose

Pigeon Protocol Finds a Practical PurposeSelanit writes "Since David Waitzman wrote his tongue-in-cheek Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers, there have been occasional attempts to actually transmit information via pigeon. One group back in 2001 succes...
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29-08-2009, 20:50:02

James Murdoch Criticizes BBC For Providing "Free News"

James Murdoch Criticizes BBC For Providing "Free News"Hugh Pickens writes "News Corporation's James Murdoch says that a 'dominant' BBC threatens independent journalism in the UK and that free news on the web provided by the BBC made it 'incredibly difficult' for private news org...
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29-08-2009, 18:50:02

ESA Sent Takedown Notices For 45 Million Infringements In Fiscal 2009

ESA Sent Takedown Notices For 45 Million Infringements In Fiscal 2009eldavojohn writes "The Entertainment Software Association has released this year's fiscal report (PDF), putting out their numbers to level the finger at new targets. Following up on last year's published report...
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29-08-2009, 16:50:04

Apple Kicks HDD Marketing Debate Into High Gear

Apple Kicks HDD Marketing Debate Into High Gearquacking duck writes "With the release of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Apple has updated a support document describing how their new operating system reports capacities of hard drives and other media. It has sided with hard drive mak...
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29-08-2009, 14:50:03

Microsoft Holding 'Screw Google' Meetings In DC

Microsoft Holding 'Screw Google' Meetings In DCRunaway1956 writes "Microsoft's chief Washington lobbyist has been convening regular meetings, attended by the company's outside consultants, that have become known by some beltway insiders as 'screw Google' meetings, DailyFinance h...
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29-08-2009, 12:50:03

Highly-Paid Developers As ScrumMasters?

Highly-Paid Developers As ScrumMasters?An anonymous reader writes 'At my company, our mis-implementation of Agile includes the employment of some of our most highly-paid, principal engineers as ScrumMasters. This has effectively resulted in a loss of those engineering functions ...
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29-08-2009, 08:50:02

Is "Good Enough" the Future of Technology?

Is "Good Enough" the Future of Technology?himitsu writes "In an article titled 'The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine,' Wired claims that the future of technology, warfare and medicine will be filled with 'good enough' solutions; situations where feature...
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29-08-2009, 06:50:03

A New Look At Brain Control

A New Look At Brain Controlone_neuron_two_neur on writes "Researchers at Harvard have taken a new look at how electricity can make neurons fire in the brain. The scientists found some surprising things: if you stick an elec...
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29-08-2009, 04:50:02

Solar Roadways Get DoT Funding

Solar Roadways Get DoT Fundingmikee805 writes "Solar Roadways, a project to replace over 25,000 square miles of road in the US with solar panels you can drive on, just received $100,000 in funding from the Department of Transportation for the first 12ft-by-12ft prototype panel. ...
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29-08-2009, 02:50:02

Making an Open Source Project Press-Friendly

Making an Open Source Project Press-Friendlyblackbearnh writes "Corporations know that part of launching a successful project is projecting the right image to the media. But a lot of open source projects seem to treat the press as an annoyance, if they think about it at all. For...
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29-08-2009, 00:50:03

Crime Expert Backs Call For "License To Compute"

Crime Expert Backs Call For "License To Compute"The Cable Guy writes to mention that Russel Smith, one of Australia's principal criminologists, is pushing for first-time computer users to be required to earn a license to browse the web. "The Australian Computer Society launched ...
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28-08-2009, 06:50:02

FTC Rules Outlawing Robocalls Go Into Effect Next Week

FTC Rules Outlawing Robocalls Go Into Effect Next Weekcoondoggie writes "Nearly a year after announcing the plan, new Federal Trade Commission rules prohibiting most robocalls are set to take effect Tuesday, Sept. 1. With the rules, prerecorded commercial telemarketing robocalls...
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