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Floating Houses Designed For Low-Lying Countries

Medevilae Re:uh-oh (173 comments)

Maybe in China. I have "About 28,800,000 results (0.18 seconds)."

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Details About Raspberry Pi Foundation's $25 PC

Medevilae The Price of a Textbook (349 comments)

A textbook? $25?

dohoho

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Samsung Cites 2001: A Space Odyssey In Apple Patent Case

Medevilae Oh great (432 comments)

Apple patented the rectangle.

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Russia Approves Siberia-Alaska Railway

Medevilae COOOOOOO- (449 comments)

OOOOOOOOL

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'Electronic Skin' Grafts Gadgets To Body

Medevilae Question (31 comments)

Could this do rudimentary computer-brain interfaces without implants?

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Gamification — Valid Term or Marketing-Speak?

Medevilae "Gamification" (98 comments)

Gammification, which made me think turd-speak word for increasing gamma.

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GameFly To Jump Into Digital Game Rentals

Medevilae Re:Re-birth of the LAN party? (39 comments)

There're free weekends and demos, but that doesn't really cut it. However Steam is held to the publishers' terms, so there's not a lot of room to do anything innovative with the method of distribution.

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Are Google's Best Days Behind It?

Medevilae Obviously (283 comments)

While Google's are just in their infancy.

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Suggesting Innovative Uses For Retired Space Shuttles

Medevilae Re:What a stupid article (127 comments)

Never fails to disappoint. :\

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Anonymous Releases Restricted NATO Document

Medevilae Re:Yawn (187 comments)

Calling their bluff on having anything valuable.

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A Linux Distro From the US Department of Defense

Medevilae Re:Why? (210 comments)

Doubt the DoD really gives two shits if you look up child pr0n, tbh. More of an FBI thing.

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Activision Trying To 'Reinvent' Guitar Hero

Medevilae Re:it was a fad (144 comments)

Sadly, now it's 'Activision tries to revive dead fad.'

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NASA's Hubble Discovers Another Moon Around Pluto

Medevilae Re:That's no .... (208 comments)

It's a Mass Effect Relay, obvsly.

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Court Allows Webcam Spying On Rental Laptops

Medevilae Re:So, essentially... (240 comments)

"Accidentally" place tape or something over the webcam. After all if you're renting it, as long as you cause no damage to it, it should be fine.

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Apple Finally Approves Google+ App For iPhone

Medevilae Re:!news (162 comments)

It's at the point where it's not really a private beta, and the private tag is just to make it feel exclusive.

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Watch Out Linux, GNU Hurd Coming

Medevilae Re:*snore* (463 comments)

Blasphemy!

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Iran Tried and Failed to Launch a Monkey Into Spac

Medevilae Medevilae writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Medevilae (1456015) writes "This morning, PopSci’s dedicated “space monkey” news feed lit up with some distressing news: When Iran indefinitely suspended its plans to launch a monkey into space earlier this month, it was actually because they had already tried and failed. Iranian Deputy Science Minister Mohammad Mehdinejad-Nouri told state media that the Kavoshgar-5 rocket carrying a capsule with a live monkey launched during Shahrivar, which is the Iranian month spanning August 23 to September 22, but the launch was not publicized because it did not accomplish all of its mission objectives. Assuming one of the objectives was to safely carry the monkey to space and back, things don’t sound good for the monkey."
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China Poised to Launch Test for First Space Statio

Medevilae Medevilae writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Medevilae (1456015) writes "China, a burgeoning power in the world space community, is poised to launch a test module for its first space station. The question is, when?

The liftoff was initially expected to take place in the fall. However, the Aug. 19 failure of an unmanned Chinese satellite to enter orbit has delayed the rollout of the module, named Tiangong-1 ("Heavenly Palace" in Chinese).

The space station precursor module is slated to launch on a Chinese Long March 2F rocket, similar to the Long March 2C booster that doomed the experimental SJ-11-04 satellite in August. Chinese space officials have put a hold on the Tiangong launch until the issue with the rocket is resolved.

China is developing its first full-fledged space station, called Tiangong (Heavenly Palace). Early tests of China’s skills at rendezvous and docking, shown in this artist's illustration, are set to begin in 2011.

When China does succeed in launching Tiangong-1, it will mark the first in a series of steps toward the nation's goal of building its own 60-ton space station by the year 2020. An unmanned Shenzhou 8 spacecraft would launch a couple of months after Tiangong-1 and dock with it, in a demonstration of the autonomous docking technology necessary for assembling the station.

"The ability to do that robotically is going to certainly be a technological step forward for them," said Joan Johnson-Freese, chairwoman of the Department of National Security Studies at the Naval War College in Newport, R. I. "Some people have compared this to where we were at with Gemini. But we were doing it with people. If they can do it with robotics, it's a demonstration of a technological step forward."

China launched one astronaut on its first manned spacecraft, Shenzhou 5, in 2003. Since then it has sent five more men into space and performed the nation's first spacewalk.

Though these achievements come decades after the United States and Russia performed the same feats, they are enough to make China a force to be reckoned with in the future of human spaceflight, experts say.

"They have clearly established themselves in the top tier of spacefaring countries," Johnson-Freese told SPACE.com. "There are only three countries in the world who have the ability for human spaceflight, and China's one of them. If it were easy, there would be more countries that would have done it.""

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HP to Resurrect Touchpad for "One Last Run"

Medevilae Medevilae writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Medevilae (1456015) writes "HP slashed the price of its tablet to $99 from $399 and $499 the weekend after announcing the TouchPad's demise on August 18, part of a raft of decisions intended to move HP away from the consumer and focus on enterprise clientele.

That ignited an online frenzy and long lines at retailers as bargain-hunters chased down a gadget that had been on store shelves just six weeks.

"The speed at which it disappeared from inventory has been stunning," the company said. "We have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand.""

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NASA Powers on Humanoid Robot For the First Time

Medevilae Medevilae writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Medevilae (1456015) writes "Robonaut 2, or R2, tweeted the progress of its first test from the @AstroRobonaut feed, operated by NASA’s Joe Bibby, a multimedia specialist working out of Houston’s Johnson Space Center, where R2's ground support is located.
“My power cable is plugged in and my status LEDs on my power backpack are on,” Robonaut tweeted Monday morning.
The robot continued to post various updates about the status of the two-hour test as it was hooked up by two mission specialists in the Destiny module of the ISS and received power from the ground.
“Ground team in Houston has successfully connected with me through my graphical user interface,” it later said.
The $2.5 million bot is the first robot to be launched into space, and it was built through a partnership between NASA and General Motors to work as a helper for the space station’s six-person crew. With a head, a torso, and a pair of arms and hands, the robot looks similar to a human astronaut, but it lacks legs and feet. NASA said on R2’s Web site that it could get these extra appendages added in 2013. It will also be several weeks before it begins to move its head around, as its operators run initial tests, Space.com said."

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First, Functional, Anal Sphincters Made in Lab

Medevilae Medevilae writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Medevilae (1456015) writes "Researchers have built the first functional anal sphincters in the laboratory, suggesting a potential future treatment for both fecal and urinary incontinence. Made from muscle and nerve cells, the sphincters developed a blood supply and maintained function when implanted in mice. The results are reported in the medical journal Gastroenterology.

“In essence, we have built a replacement sphincter that we hope can one day benefit human patients. This is the first bioengineered sphincter made with both muscle and nerve cells, making it ‘pre-wired’ for placement in the body,” said senior author Khalil N. Bitar, Ph.D., a professor of regenerative medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Bitar performed the work when he was on the University of Michigan faculty and it included a colleague from Emory University."

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China's First Aircraft Carrier Launched

Medevilae Medevilae writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Medevilae (1456015) writes "BEIJING (AP) — China's first aircraft carrier started sea trials Wednesday, a step that will likely boost concerns about the country's naval ambitions amid sea territorial disputes.
The carrier left Dalian port in northeast Liaoning province early Wednesday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The test run had been expected.
Xinhua said the first sea trial was in line with the schedule to rebuild the carrier, which China bought from Ukraine more than a decade ago. The report cited unnamed military sources.
China officially acknowledged only two weeks ago that it is rebuilding the carrier and said the refurbished ship would be used for research and training — a strong indication it plans to build carriers of its own.
China's carrier ambitions have sparked concern among neighbors amid heightened tensions over territorial disputes around Taiwan and in the South China Sea."

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China "Vows Saftey Overhaul"

Medevilae Medevilae writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Medevilae (1456015) writes "A collision between two high-speed trains that killed at least 35 people has raised concerns about the government's ambitious plans to expand the service throughout the country and export the technology abroad.

Rescue operations continued Sunday, and emergency personnel hauled one toddler alive from the wreckage 21 hours after the crash.
The government moved quickly to reassure a nation heavily reliant upon rail transportation. An "urgent overhaul" of national rail safety has begun, and three railway officials already have been dismissed since the incident, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
"China's high-speed rail technology is advanced," railway ministry spokesman Wang Yongping said, according to the China News Service. "We still have confidence."
The accident occurred after lightning caused a power failure to stall one train, which was then rear-ended by a following train, Xinhua reported Sunday. Both trains were headed for Fuzhou in southeast China.
The crash was the latest in a series of incidents raising concerns about China's rail system."

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Adobe: Apple's Mac OS X Lion is Filled With Bugs

Medevilae Medevilae writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Medevilae (1456015) writes "The Mac OS X 10.7 Lion upgrade is littered with bugs according to the firm, causing us to wonder whether we should just carry the office Mac over to the window and encourage it to defenestrate itself. Of course it is worth remembering that Apple and Adobe don't get on particularly well.
A blog post published by the firm is headed, "Lion tamers" and paints a rather unfortunate picture of IT administrators struggling with the upgrade.
"The cat is out of the bag! Mac OS X 10.7 aka Lion is roaming the streets and you brave Mac IT admins have been deemed Lion Tamers by the public at large. Or at least by me. I've managed a few OS compatibility assessments in my past and it is no easy task to gather up all the necessary info from the software publishers that are used in your environment, run/coordinate testing, etc," wrote the firm's Jody Rodgers.

There are a lot of problems with Adobe products it seems and anyone that fancies spending a lot of time working with them on the Mac should probably take a good hard look at the tasks at hand, before getting on with whatever they were doing in the first place."

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ISPs Throttle "Pirate's" Connections

Medevilae Medevilae writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Medevilae (1456015) writes "Americans who illegally download songs and movies may soon be in for a surprise: They will be warned to stop, and if they don't, they could find their Internet access slowing to a crawl.

After years of negotiations with Hollywood and the music industry, the nation's top Internet providers have agreed to a systematic approach to identifying customers suspected of digital copyright infringement and then alerting them via e-mail or other means.

Under the new process, which was announced Thursday, several warnings would be issued, with progressively harsher consequences if the initial cautions were ignored.

The companies took pains to say that the agreement did not oblige Internet providers to shut down a repeat offender's account, and that the system of alerts was meant to be "educational." But they noted that carriers would retain their right to cut off any user who violated their terms of service."

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Beware of Online "Filter Bubbles"

Medevilae Medevilae writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Medevilae (1456015) writes "A newer TED talk with Eli Pariser delves into the idea that the web is increasingly becoming individualized, giving end users what they want to hear or see and not necessarily what they should have access to.

The video discusses how as web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy."

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Anti-helium discovered by STAR

Medevilae Medevilae writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Medevilae (1456015) writes "Eighteen examples of the heaviest antiparticle ever found, the nucleus of antihelium-4, have been made in the STAR experiment at RHIC, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory.

“The STAR experiment is uniquely capable of finding antihelium-4,” says the STAR experiment’s spokesperson, Nu Xu, of the Nuclear Science Division (NSD) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). “STAR already holds the record for massive antiparticles, last year having identified the anti-hypertriton, which contains three constituent antiparticles. With four antinucleons, antihelium-4 is produced at a rate a thousand times lower yet. To identify the 18 examples required sifting through the debris of a billion gold-gold collisions.”"

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