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Submission + - Microsoft unveils Windows 8 at D9 (

suraj.sun writes: Engadget is reporting live from Microsoft Windows president Steven Sinofsky's keynote at D9, and there's a pair of experimental Windows 8 dev boards running an OS that looks very much like Windows Phone 7's Metro UI. All Things D sat down with Sinofsky earlier and got a sneak peek at what to expect starting with the live tiled screen you see above — and yes, like Windows Phone 7, this OS is designed for touch.

There'll be two kinds of applications for Windows 8, one that runs in a traditional desktop, and the other pseudo-mobile apps based on HTML5 and Javascript, but both environments — rather, the entire OS — have been designed from the ground up for touchscreen use. Keyboard and mouse will still be options for both sets of programs, but there are multiple virtual sets of keys for different form factors, including a split keyboard for vertical slate use. Multitasking is simply a matter of swiping running apps into the center of the screen, and you can pull windows partway to "snap" them in place alongside other windows — even mixing and matching traditional desktop programs with web apps simultaneously (like Twitter alongside your spreadsheet). There's a new version of Internet Explorer 10 (which runs Silverlight) and an app store built into the touchscreen interface, along with integrated services like Office 365. Microsoft says the new OS will run on laptops, tablets and desktops when it appears — whenever that might be.


Comment Re:We can help you, comrades (Score 1) 175

I agree Russia is positioning itself, yet I still believe at some level this is a genuine effort at global cooperation *ducks*. And there is already defense against cruise missiles (Patriot missiles, etc.), so is it not plausible that cooperation can protect the involved nations from cruise missiles as well? It would be trickier because of range issues, but still plausible.

And yes, one of the motivations is definitely the lucrative contracts. However, Russia would not agree to this unless some political gain is won. A couple multimillion dollar contracts are not enough to sway the foreign policy of such a large nation.

Comment Re:We can help you, comrades (Score 2, Interesting) 175

It is good to see such international cooperation on a global issue. Russia's foreign policy positions seem to contrast with what was accomplished at the summit; I wonder what the sentiment about this settlement is in Russia. The next question is if this network can be expanded beyond NATO. Imagine a network which protected Asia, Oceania, and Africa as well. Whether that is politically possible or not is in question, but I believe with enough time we could see the day. Or everyone could nuke each other with their counter-counter-nuke tech.

Journal Journal: Perpetual Sessions? 1

Recently I went to from my secondary computer and realized I couldn't auto-login to the site. After logging in a few times across different computers I realized I could only be logged in on one browser at a time. But why? Is my security compromised by having a (hopefully) secure cookie across many browsers? Are there data issues? On my personal website, I implemented perpetual sessions with a few lines of php code. However many popular websites require you to log in for every session

Comment Re:Yet to experience them. (Score 2, Informative) 628

From United Nuclear's website

Caffeine is a central nervous system and metabolic stimulant in small milligram quantities, however, ingestion of only slightly larger amounts can be fatal. This material is for experimental purposes only and not to be added to food or drink products.
Caution: Caffeine is toxic. Use normal safety precautions (wear a filter mask/respirator and gloves) when working with Caffeine. Accidental inhalation of fine particles can be dangerous. Note: adult signature required upon delivery.

Disregarding the FUD, I still would think twice about ingesting pure caffeine.

Comment Re:Not gonna happen (Score 1) 249

As a current resident of NH, I can say that many people have access to an alternate ISP. In my area Fairpoint will take over Verizon's DSL and land-based telephone service, and the limited FiOS connections that exist. But on top of that Comcast (which isn't so benevolent either) and in some places Time Warner Cable offers internet. Of course in some of the rural areas the cable alternative might not be there, but in general there are options in NH.

Submission + - One Laptop Per Hacker program offers reduced-price (

AdamWill writes: "Emtec, the company behind the Gdium netbook, is launching the One Laptop Per Hacker program. Interested developers can apply to get a pre-release Gdium system at a reduced price of 250. Taking advantage of the Gdium's unique system of storing the operating system on a removable and interchangeable USB key, each system provided in the program will come with two G-Keys, containing different versions of the Mandriva Linux-powered operating system — one contains the standard version, and one a complete development environment. Interested developers are invited to register for the program, providing a description of what they would like to develop for the system."

Submission + - Hard times sometimes forces new inventions (

An anonymous reader writes: Gazan resident Abed Ar-Rahman revealed an alternative to cooking gas that he developed since Israel has prevented deliveries of cooking gas to Gaza. . He invented a device using chemical substances available in Gaza, which burn when mixed and brought into contact with oxygen. The first component is a metal filter that controls the interaction between 40% of the oxygen in the surrounding air, the inflammable substance and some other substances.

Submission + - Last.FM, Boldly Datamining Like Never Before (

Rob Spengler writes: "Last.FM cofounder Richard Jones says the biggest asset the company owns is "hundreds of terabytes of user data." Jones adds, "... playing with that data is one of the most fun things about working at the company." Last.FM, for those who have been living on Mars for the last two years, is the largest online radio outlet, with millions of listeners per day.

The company surpassed Pandora and others largely due to its unique datamining features: "Audioscobber," the company's song/artist naming algorithm, can correctly determine a track even with tens of thousands of false entries. Jones says sitting on that much data has even helped police: "thieves listening to music on an Audioscrobbler-powered media player have helped police in the U.S., UK, and other countries track down users' stolen laptops."

Does sitting on a mountain of data make Last.FM powerful enough to start making a stand against the record industry? CBS certainly thinks so — they bought the company for £140 (~$200) million last year."

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