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Submission + - Plastic Logic Cancels QUE ProReader (

edwebdev writes: In an e-mail sent to Plastic Logic subscribers, Plastic Logic's CEO, Richard Archuleta, canceled the much-anticipated line of e-readers after months of delays. The company claims that it is canceling the product in order to shift its attention to a second-generation device based on the same polymer electronics. Plastic Logic's ProReader was beat to release by the Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle DX, which no doubt factored heavily into the decision to cancel the line as one of the devices main selling points was its large e-ink screen.

August 31, 2010

Dear Plastic Logic follower:

You may have read the news that we have cancelled our QUE product and are shifting our focus to a second-generation ProReader product. With the product delays we have experienced, and in recognition that the eReader market has dramatically changed, it no longer make sense for us to move forward with our first generation electronic reading product.

This was a hard decision, but we believe it is the best one for our company, our investors and for our customers. We remain excited about the potential to productize our thin, light and shatter-proof technology in a next generation ProReader device.

We do hope you will stay on our list of those interested in knowing about our progress and details of our next generation product. If you'd like to remain on our list, please click here. . If not, we can understand.

Thanks again for your interest in Plastic Logic,

Richard Archuleta

CEO, Plastic Logic

Comment Re:Bathrooms (Score 2, Insightful) 244

Is it a large building? A lot of buildings use this arrangement because alternating the location of the men's and women's bathrooms minimizes the average distance-to-bathroom. For example, if the men's bathroom on my floor is on the north side and I work on the south side, going up one floor to the south-side bathroom there would be faster than going to the north-side bathroom on the other end of my floor.
United Kingdom

Submission + - Satellites to issue speeding tickets from space (

edwebdev writes: A new type of speed cameras which can use satellites to measure average speed over long distances are being tested in Britain. The cameras, which combine number plate reading technology with a global positioning satellite receiver, are similar to those used in roadworks. The AA said it believed the new system could cover a network of streets as opposed to a straight line, and was “probably geared up to zones in residential areas.”

Comment This article is so RIGHT (Score 5, Informative) 595

So much of modern antibiotic use (at least in the U. S.) is hugely irresponsible. Doctors prescribe antibiotics not because they are necessary, but because they are heckled by patients who want a prescription to justify their trip to the doctor's office and because they are encouraged by pharmaceutical companies to move their products.

Anybody who knows anything about biochemistry and/or pharmaceuticals knows that novel drugs that are SAFE and EFFECTIVE are enormously expensive to develop and clinically test. It's idiotic to use these medical tools, which have finite effectiveness due to resistance development, unless they are truly necessary.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria develop their resistance at a cost - a resistant organism that can out-survive normal bacteria in the presence of antibiotics will probably die out in a normal environment if it hasn't already gained an overwhelming majority. The mutations that provide antibiotic resistance will, in most cases, make the organism less fit or efficient than an unresistant strain in an antibiotic-free environment. The fact that Norway's policies are working is partial proof of this.

In short, people are idiots and everyone should really be following the example the Norwegians have set here.

Submission + - Climategate spreads to Wikipedia ( 14

sparkydevil writes: Some catnip to those who have long argued about administrator bias and groupthink in Wikipedia.

Canada's National Post reports here and here that one of the objectives of those promoting Climate alarm was to control Wikipedia. Starting in February 2003 U.K. scientist and Green Party activist William Connolley, one of nine team members, rewrote Wikipedia'½Â½Â(TM)s articles on global warming, on the greenhouse effect, on the instrumental temperature record, on the urban heat island, on climate models, on global cooling as well as working to erase the Little Ice Age, the Medieval Warm Period and infamous hockey stick graph. He rewrote articles on the politics of global warming and on the scientists who were skeptical of the team.

According to the article Connolly created or rewrote 5,428 unique Wikipedia articles, removed more than 500 articles as an administrator and barred over 2000 Wikipedia contributors while rewarding those who supported his views. "In these ways, Connolley turned Wikipedia into the missionary wing of the global warming movement."

Submission + - The End of Saab (

Entropy98 writes: Nearly a year ago, General Motors announced it was putting Saab on the block so it could concentrate on developing — or salvaging — its core brands.

On Friday, GM announced it failed to find a buyer for the Swedish maker of luxury sports sedans and was, regrettably, working "closely with the Saab organization to wind down the business in an orderly and responsible fashion."

Translated: GM is abandoning the smoldering hulk of a perfectly fine car company it bought for all the wrong reasons. Saab was a trophy acquisition, funded by an era of cheap gasoline and booming SUV sales back home that lined GM's pockets and gave it a reckless sense of entitlement.

Saab aficionados worldwide warned at the time that GM would destroy the brand. They were right.

The news hit Sweden like a bomb Friday, crowding other stories off the top of all its main newspapers and Websites. In a nation of only 9 million, losing one of its biggest manufacturers hurts the economy every bit as much as the loss of an American car company here in the U.S.. Probably more.

The Military

Submission + - Insurgent Attacks Follow Mathematical Pattern 6

Hugh Pickens writes: "Nature reports that data collected on the timing of attacks and number of casualties from more than 54,000 events across nine insurgent wars, including those fought in Iraq between 2003 and 2008 and in Sierra Leone between 1994 and 2003 suggests that insurgencies have a common underlying pattern that may allow the timing of attacks and the number of casualties to be predicted. By plotting the distribution of the frequency and size of events, the team found that insurgent wars follow an approximate power law, in which the frequency of attacks decreases with increasing attack size to the power of 2.5. That means that for any insurgent war, an attack with 10 casualties is 316 times more likely to occur than one with 100 casualties (316 is 10 to the power of 2.5). "We found that the way in which humans do insurgent wars — that is, the number of casualties and the timing of events — is universal," says team leader Neil Johnson, a physicist at the University of Miami in Florida. "This changes the way we think insurgency works." To explain what was driving this common pattern, the researchers created a mathematical model that assumes that insurgent groups form and fragment when they sense danger, and strike in well-timed bursts to maximize their media exposure. Johnson is now working to predict how the insurgency in Afghanistan might respond to the influx of foreign troops recently announced by US President Barack Obama. "We do observe a complicated pattern that has to do with the way humans do violence in some collective way," adds Johnson."

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