Mammoth "Metal Moles" Tunnel Deep Beneath London
140 metres will just fit just inside the boundaries of a cricket oval. 150 metres won't fit, making the machines more than one cricket pitch in size.
Now if only I could find out how many library of congresses worth of rock they could move in an hour.
Iran's Smart Concrete Can Cope With Earthquakes and Bombs
My toothbrush is smart enough to tell me when I've been brushing my teeth for 2 minutes.
I used to find this feature useless, but now I can take comfort in knowing my toothbrush is smarter than Iran's most advanced concrete.
Researchers Create Computer That Fits On a Pen Tip
From RTFA-ing it's clear that the weeks worth of data only applies when "implanted in something as small as a human eye"
Presumably implanting it in something larger affects the ability to store data, but it's not clear how many library of congresses it will store if implanted into a whale.
French Use Space Tech To Find Parking Spots
Is there a parking problem on Venus? I would have thought that there was plenty of room, given how few cars are designed to operate in such a hostile environment.
What To Load On a 4-Year-Old's Netbook?
It's too late. If you don't start them training with Blender before they can speak they'll never be able to master the interface.
Diablo 3 Hands-On
I know my personal game playing preferences, and after completing Diablo 3 in X I'll want to go in to Single Player mode with a memory editor and mess about for another 10X hours in assembler creating novel cheats and hacks for personal amusement.
Blizzard's behavior with Starcraft II means this will cause my account to be locked, despite never cheating on any multiplayer content.
This means no Diablo III purchase for me.
Why Warhammer Online Failed — an Insider Story
I'm only 31, and this is the second decade in which I've heard this claimed.
That's because Linux has poor game support and it's the Year Of The Linux Desktop.
Pope Says Technology Causes Confusion Between Reality and Fiction
The images of the soccer players stored in the Tivo have no free will.
I can't say with certainty if soccer players have free will, but I can state that a recording of something is not the same as the original object.
Claimed Proof That P != NP
> So, if the paper is true, then it doesn't really change a whole lot, except that
> now we know that some day there isn't going to be a trivial solution.
There could still be trivial solutions to some problems we thought were NP, but there won't automatically be a trivial solution to everything; for cryptographic work you'd still need to make sure whatever you're using was really NP and didn't just look really really difficult.
Study Hints Ambient Radio Waves May Affect Plant Growth
Make two real Faraday cages.
Put a real radio broadcast antenna in each.
Only turn on one of the antenna.
This also eliminates other possible causes for variation, like "plants grow better in a metal cage" or "A faraday cage gives a plant better shade"
Boy Builds Wall-Climbing Machine Using Recycled Vacuums
I'm pretty sure the biggest difference between this and mythbusters is mythbusters built a self-contained system, while this one requires an external power source.
What this kid has done is very impressive, but it does require an extension cord plugged into mains power.
Internet Sales Tax Gets a New Champion
Just as well those local bookstores produce all their products on-site and have also have no shipping costs.
The costs may be smaller, they may be built into the book prices, but they are there.
Tracking Down Wi-Fi Interference?
We had a lot of trouble with wireless disruptions around our office - I eventually bought a Wi-Spy (http://www.metageek.net/) for $99 because the productivity loss was getting bad enough to justify the cost of the hardware.
Running a spectrum analyzer, and moving around the office (spending a few minutes in each spot ) was a great way to see what interference was where, and it's great to be able to "see" the 2.4Ghz spectrum instead of just look at what wireless networks exist.
How PC Game Modders Are Evolving
Grab the source SDK and have him make up a few Portal levels; it's quick and easy to start because you can make a bunch of box-like rooms and ledges. You don't feel bad that your levels are all rectangular to start, because that is how most of the actual portal levels are designed.
And it's really fun to use portals to fling yourself around a 3D world that you created yourself.
Texas Man Pleads Guilty To Building Botnet-For-Hire
Maybe the $0.15 was a loss leader to help build up a reputation in his desired market segment, then you can up prices once you have a reputation for a solid reliable product.
This is a test response. You should ignore it
The Blind Shall See Again, But When?
I'd like to know why having a deaf culture is preferable to not having any deaf people.
Next you'll be wanting to bring back leper colonies so we don't lose leper culture.
Murdoch Says E-Book Prices Will Kill Paper Books
If a new product comes along that is cheaper and more desired by consumers the old product becomes a dead market? What fascinating insight! How can I pay money to see more news from this "Murdoch" guy?
Genre Wars — the Downside of the RPG Takeover
Someone blogged about some things he doesn't like and made the front page of slashdot.
Basically, more games have character progression in them where you improve your character and/or equipment while playing and he thinks this is a bad idea for competitive multiplayer games.
EVE Online Battle Breaks Records (And Servers)
You do know that an isk is not worth a dollar right?
Consider either the cost to buy 60B isk from currency sellers, or take the total man-hours needed to make a Titan and multiply by minimum wage, and then you'll have a much more useful figure representing how my *real* value was invested in those ships.
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