Archive for July, 2008

UK To Enforce Internet Industry Self-Regulation
July 31, 2008

If some governments and organizations have their way, perhaps you won’t be able to find virtually anything on the Internet. Is protecting our values and our children worth the price of potentially curtailing our freedoms? Is access to online content a right or a privilege?

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Water on Mars Is Official. What About Little Green Men?
July 31, 2008

Turning the Phoenix Mission’s confirmation of water ice on Mars into a thought experiment on the search for little green men (or at least some super microbes)a legit sci-fi geek offers an instant analysis on two diverging worlds-scientific research for alien life (losing funding) and open-source fanaticism for alien intelligence (losing credibility

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L.A. Quake Was Minor, but Is America Ready for the Big One?
July 30, 2008

The Chino Hills event was a reminder of the United States’ earthquake vulnerability. As limited as an earthquake early warning detection might be, the potential benefits—particularly in Southern California—seem clear.

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Twenty Percent Of All Primetime TV Is Viewed Online
July 30, 2008

Pundits argue that the computer is quickly on its way to becoming the primary source of delivering audio-visual entertainment. Others will argue that it’s already happened. With over 12 billion videos watched online in the U.S. during the month of May, its hard to argue against the ubiquity of the PC as the king of media.

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10 Cool Open Source Easter Eggs
July 30, 2008

It’s easy to forget with all the source compiling, the conspiracy theories, and the OS flaming going on in every corner of the Internet, that there is a fun side of our beloved OS and Open Source applications. I have compiled a list of 10 easter eggs found in Open Source project

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The Uncertain Future of the International Space Station
July 29, 2008

Still unfinished, engineers around the world ponder what to do with the space station—park it somewhere else, turn it into a lab or just let it burn. With calls to upconvert the ISS into a spaceship already hitting fever pitch, a leading aerospace expert checks in with some players from the space industry.

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NVIDIA’s New GeForce 9500 GT, Solid Graphics For Under $100
July 29, 2008

NVIDIA’s new GeForce 9500 GT is the company’s latest weapon in its arsenal of sub-$100 graphics cards. But don’t let the relatively low price fool you–of course the card won’t offer the same level of 3D performance as current high-end, more expensive products but its feature set is comparable to just about anything else on the market.

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Top 5 Most Charitable U.S. Cities and States
July 29, 2008

Let it never be said that Americans aren’t a generous or charitable people. In fact, the most comprehensive research on U.S. volunteering ever assembled has just been released, and the numbers are encouraging — particularly given the soft economy and an uncertain global future.

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How the Hell He Did It??
July 28, 2008

Impossible

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Bringing Microscope Down to Size in Quest for Compact Labs
July 28, 2008

In the drive to miniaturize laboratory tools, to create a so-called lab on a chip, the conventional light microscope has been a stumbling block. Microscopes require lenses and, above all, space to focus and magnify images. Changhuei Yang and colleagues at the California Institute of Technology have developed a different approach, one that eliminate

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