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Comment Not Really HTML5... (Score 5, Informative) 177

So far as I can tell this is mostly just html4.1 plus some web-fonts thrown in (which is properly css3), and a bunch of mostly browser-specific css. Not really html5. They mention canvas in their introduction, but I haven't come across an example.

Certainly looks better than the flash, but take a look at the source code and it'll make your eyes bleed. So much for semantic code - there are spans and divs up the wazoo.


Submission + - Google to Open Source VP8 Codec

Torrance writes: NeeTeeVee is reporting that Google will open source their recently acquired VP8 codec next month at its Google I/O conference. The VP8 codec, which Google bought as part of their acquisition of On2, is reported to be able to achieve similar quality/size ratios as h.264, and could stand as a contender in the HTML5 video 'codec wars,' supplanting or supplementing Theora as free and open source codec of choice.

Submission + - Earth-Like Planets may be common in Milky Way (

sciencehabit writes: Science reports: "Maybe Frank Drake was right. Nearly half a century ago, the American astronomer postulated that, based on pure statistical probability, the Milky Way could be teeming with Earth-like planets. Now observations of formerly sunlike stars called white dwarfs suggest that the overwhelming majority of them once harbored at least one rocky world. And because sunlike stars could account for up to half of the Milky Way's population of several hundred billion suns, that means hundreds or even thousands of civilizations might inhabit our galaxy."

Comment Re:Wrong way round, Lovey (Score 1) 865

You're jumping the gun there.

We could argue over defintions (since what you're describing there I would never consider as 'communism') but let me just say this: I'm against capitalism because it places control of economic (and, to a great degree, political) life in the hands of a small economic elite. Why would I think that placing the control of both economic and political life into the hands of a political elite would be any better?


90% of the Universe Found Hiding In Plain View 279

The Bad Astronomer writes "As much as 90% of previously hidden galaxies in the distant Universe have been found by astronomers using the Very Large Telescope in Chile. Previous surveys had looked for distant (10 billion light years away) galaxies by searching in a wavelength of ultraviolet light emitted by hydrogen atoms — distant young galaxies should be blasting out this light, but very few were detected. The problem is that the ultraviolet light never gets out of the galaxies, so we never see them. In this new study, astronomers searched a different wavelength emitted by hydrogen, and voila, ten times as many galaxies could be seen, meaning 90% of them had been missed before."

Nearby Star Forecast To Skirt Solar System 135

PipianJ writes "A recent preprint posted on arXiv by Vadim Bobylev presents some startling new numbers about a future close pass of one of our stellar neighbors. Based on studies of the Hipparcos catalog, Bobylev suggests that the nearby orange dwarf Gliese 710 has an 86% chance of skirting the outer bounds of the Solar System and the hypothesized Oort Cloud in the next 1.5 million years. As the Oort Cloud is thought to be the source of many long-period comets, the gravitational effects of Gliese's passing could send a shower of comets into the inner Solar System, threatening Earth. This news about Gliese 710 isn't exactly new, but it's one of the first times the probability of this near-miss has been quantified."

Comment Re:Um why (Score 1) 221

I suspect it is because the government has $1.5 billion awaiting to be awarded to an ISP or ISPs to implement a next generation broadband network across the country. They're all biting at the bit to be awarded part of the contract, and I suspect that they think complying with a voluntary filter will increase their chances.

More a case of the carrot than the stick, and politics carries on as usual.

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