itamblyn (867415) writes "I just upgraded to the IE 9 RC and decided to see how it did on HTML 5 speed tests compared to the most recent dev channel build of Chrome (11.0.672.2). The result was more than x3 faster performance by IE (using a test created by MS in fairness). Interestingly though, the images and text were somewhat blurry, as if it wasn't being rendered at the full resolution of the window. Is this "legal"? Is Chrome losing because it's not cutting corners, or is this trick fair game and Chrome should be doing it as well. If you have a windows machine, you can do the comparison yourself here: http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Performance/SpeedReading/default.html" top
itamblyn writes "BBC is reporting that a small island South of Bangladesh has "disappeared" — underwater. Rising sea levels have solved a longstanding territorial dispute between India and Bangladesh, but hint at a larger issue that would seem to extend beyond just these two countries' interests. Hopefully everyone brought rubber boots to work today." Link to Original Source top
itamblyn (867415) writes "Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Columbia University are studying how electrons flow through a molecular junction-a nanometer scale circuit element that contacts gold atoms with a single molecule. Their findings reveal the electrical resistance through this junction can be turned 'on' and 'off' simply by pushing and pulling the junction-a feature that could be used as a switch in nanoscale electronic devices." Link to Original Source top
itamblyn (867415) writes "CBC.ca is reporting the a private members bill will be introduced in the Canadian Parliament today focusing on net neutrality. From the article:
"The New Democratic Party's Charlie Angus told the cheering crowd that the private member's bill would protect Canadian consumers from having their internet speeds 'throttled' by service providers.
'You are citizens of a digital realm and you have rights,' he said."" Link to Original Source top
itamblyn (867415) writes "An independent effort to develop the software originally designed for the $100 (XO) laptop has been launched. Sugar Labs will take the laptop's innovative interface, known as Sugar, to the "next level of usability and utility", according to its founders. It is intended that the free software will be made available on other PCs, such as the popular Asus Eee.
"We will continue to work with OLPC but we will also work with other manufacturers," explained Sugar Labs founder Walter Bender.
"Hopefully it will mean that these ideas will get out there faster and to a broader community."" Link to Original Source top
itamblyn (867415) writes "A new sci-fi show is set to premier this spring...on the internets. Sanctuary will star Amanda Tapping (Sam Carter — SG1), and will feature guest appearances from other Vancouver based actors;) Gateworld has an interview with executive producer Damian Kindler, also of SG1 and Atlantis. The series will be shot entirely with green screen, and there is talk of an interactive gaming experience."