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UK Seeks Stronger Partnership In Space Technology With India
Posted by News Fetcher on November 17 '10 at 10:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's together-again deptartment:
tanujt writes "David Willett, British minister for Universities and Sciences has called for a stronger partnership between Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and UK's space program. As of now, Willetts invited ISRO to partner the UK in its TechDemoSat program. TechDemoSat is an industry-led technology demonstration satellite which aims to provide a low-Earth-orbit test bed to help demonstrate the technical maturity and commercial viability of innovative new space technology. TK Alex, director of ISRO Satellite Centre, invited the UK to partner India in training space scientists through academic exchanges between the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing and leading UK universities. This follows US President Obama's recent visit to India, wherein he signaled ending the ban on high-end technology exports and removal of Indian organizations, including ISRO and Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO), from the Entity List."

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Amazon Launches Online Movie Studio
Posted by News Fetcher on November 17 '10 at 08:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's one-click-cinema deptartment:
angry tapir writes "Amazon.com is getting into the movie business by opening Amazon Studios, with the goal of using the Internet to put fresh movies on the big screen. The new Internet movie studio will allow writers to upload screenplays to its website where the global Internet audience can read them and offer feedback, or producers/directors can use them to make test movies. The test movies, which must be at least 70 minutes in length, can also be uploaded."

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Sciencey Heroes For Young Children?
Posted by News Fetcher on November 17 '10 at 06:00 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's how-about-godzilla? deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "Unhappy that all his friends have heroes he knows nothing about (they've all chosen hockey players--actually a hockey player, Sidney Crosby), my eight-year-old son asked me if I would find him a 'cool hero.' When pressed to define 'cool,' he very earnestly gave me this list of acceptable professions: 'Astronauts, explorers, divers, scientists, and pilots.' A second and only slightly less worthy tier of occupations includes 'inventors, meteorologists, and airplane designers.' To be eligible for hero status, an individual must be (1) accomplished in one of these fields, (2) reasonably young (it pains me to report that Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, NASA's youngest astronaut and now just 31, barely makes the cut), and, critically to my naive son's way of thinking, (3) respected by third graders nationwide. Ignoring that last criterion, or not, what heroes would you suggest from the sciences as people whose lives and accomplishments would be compelling to an eight-year-old mind?"

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Problem-Solving Bacteria Crack Sudoku
Posted by News Fetcher on November 17 '10 at 04:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's and-your-bacteria-just-stink deptartment:
techbeat writes "A strain of Escherichia coli bacteria can now solve the logic puzzles – with some help from a group of students at the University of Tokyo, Japan, reports New Scientist. The team begin with 16 types of E. coli, each colony assigned a distinct genetic identity depending on which square it occupied within a four-by-four sudoku grid.The bacteria can also express one of four colours to represent the numerical value of their square. As with any sudoku puzzle, a small number of the grid squares are given a value from the beginning by encouraging the bacteria in these squares to differentiate and take on one of the four colours.The Tokyo team's sudoku-solving bacteria competed in the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last week."

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New Imaging Method Reveals Brain Connections
Posted by News Fetcher on November 17 '10 at 04:00 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's look-at-the-big-brain-on-you deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, applying a state-of-the-art imaging system to brain-tissue samples from mice, have been able to quickly and accurately locate and count the myriad connections between nerve cells in unprecedented detail, as well as to capture and catalog those connections' surprising variety. A typical healthy human brain contains about 200 billion nerve cells, or neurons, linked to one another via hundreds of trillions of tiny contacts called synapses. It is at these synapses that an electrical impulse traveling along one neuron is relayed to another, either enhancing or inhibiting the likelihood that the second nerve will fire an impulse of its own. One neuron may make as many as tens of thousands of synaptic contacts with other neurons, said Stephen Smith, PhD, professor of molecular and cellular physiology and senior author of a paper describing the study, to be published Nov. 18 in Neuron."

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MPAA Dismisses COICA Free Speech Concerns
Posted by News Fetcher on November 17 '10 at 03:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's don't-worry-about-it deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "The EFF has gone into detail about why it opposes 'The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act', or COICA. It has the potential to give the Department of Justice the power to shut down any domestic website, or block any foreign website it so chooses, setting the stage for Internet censorship in the United States. Addressing the free speech concerns, MPAA chief Bob Pisano dismissed the First Amendment issues, saying '...the First Amendment was not intended as a shield for those who steal, irrespective of the means.'"

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AT&T Wireless Data Still Growing At 1000%
Posted by News Fetcher on November 17 '10 at 02:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's big-and-bigger deptartment:
jfruhlinger writes "AT&T's wireless network came under a microscope when it seemed unable to handle the massive data use boost that came when the iPhone arrived on the scene. The company has since put money into its infrastructure, and that growth rate has slowed somewhat, but it's still gone up 30 times over the past three years."

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Anti-Smartphone Phone Launched For Technophobes
Posted by News Fetcher on November 17 '10 at 01:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's I-do-one-thing-and-I-do-it-well deptartment:
geek4 writes "A Dutch company has launched what it calls 'the world's simplest phone,' targeting users who are sick of new-generation models. Only capable of making and receiving calls, John's Phone is dubbed the world's simplest mobile phone, specifically designed for anti-smartphones users. It does not provide any hi-tech features. No apps. No Internet. No camera. No text messaging. All you have to do — in fact, all you can do — is call, talk and hang up."

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LHC Scientists Create and Capture Antimatter
Posted by News Fetcher on November 17 '10 at 01:00 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's I-want-my-warp-drive deptartment:
Velcroman1 writes "Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have created antimatter in the form of antihydrogen, demonstrating how it's possible to capture and release it. The development could help researchers devise laboratory experiments to learn more about this strange substance, which mostly disappeared from the universe shortly after the Big Bang 14 billion years ago. Trapping any form of antimatter is difficult, because as soon as it meets normal matter — the stuff Earth and everything on it is made out of — the two annihilate each other in powerful explosions. 'We are getting close to the point at which we can do some classes of experiments on the properties of antihydrogen,' said Joel Fajans, a University of California, Berkeley professor of physics, and LBNL faculty scientist. 'Since no one has been able to make these types of measurements on antimatter atoms at all, it's a good start.'"

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NHibernate 3.0 Cookbook
Posted by News Fetcher on November 17 '10 at 12:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's read-all-about-it deptartment:
RickJWagner writes "Are you a .Net developer? Do you have to persist your application objects to a database? If so, I know of a book you might be interested in, Packt Publishing's NHibernate 3.0 Cookbook. NHibernate is a port of the popular Hibernate object-relational mapper (ORM, for those who like TLAs.) An object-relational mapper is a framework that lets the developer get and retrieve application state from a database, and it does so in an efficient, non-intrusive, and flexible manner. Hibernate is the top of the line ORM implementation, yet it's easy enough to learn that even a newbie will find it easy to get started." Read on for the rest of Rick's review.

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Emergency Broadcast System Coming To Cell Phones
Posted by News Fetcher on November 17 '10 at 11:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's set-your-emergency-to-vibrate deptartment:
gambit3 writes "The Emergency Broadcast System that interrupts TV programming in times of crisis is jumping to a new format where it might be able to reach you better — on your cell phone. The communications company Alcatel-Lucent announced Tuesday that it's creating a Broadcast Message Center that will allow government agencies to send cell phone users specific information in the event of a local, state or national emergency. It will be similar to the TV alerts in that the text messages will be geographically targeted for areas where a tornado alert or major road closure, for example, is in effect."

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Bacteria Used To Fix Cracked Concrete
Posted by News Fetcher on November 17 '10 at 11:00 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's smear-and-repair deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the U.K's University of Newcastle have created a new type of bacteria that generates glue to hold together cracks in concrete structures - that means everything from concrete sidewalks to buildings that have been damaged by earthquakes. When the cells have been germinated, they burrow deep into the concrete until they reach the bottom. At this point, the concrete repair process is activated, and the cells split into three types that produce calcium carbonate crystals, act as reinforcing fibers, and produce glue which acts as a binding agent to fill concrete gaps."

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TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old
Posted by News Fetcher on November 17 '10 at 10:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's security-theater deptartment:
3-year-old Mandy Simon started crying when her teddy bear had to go through the X-ray machine at airport security in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was so upset that she refused to go calmly through the metal detector, setting it off twice. Agents then informed her parents that she "must be hand-searched." The subsequent TSA employee pat down of the screaming child was captured by her father, who happens to be a reporter, on his cell phone. The video have left some questioning why better procedures for children aren't in place. I, for one, feel much safer knowing the TSA is protecting us from impressionable minds warped by too much Dora the Explorer.

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An Illustrated Version Control Timeline
Posted by News Fetcher on November 17 '10 at 10:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's remember-when deptartment:
rocket22 writes "Most software developers are supposed to be using the latest in tech and see themselves as living on the edge of software innovation. But, are they aware of how old some of the tools they use on a daily basis are? There are teams out there developing iPad software and checking in code inside arcane CVS repositories. Aren't we in the 21st century, the age of distributed version control? The blog post goes through some of the most important version control systems on the last three decades and while it doesn't try to come up with an extremely detailed thesis, it does a good job creating a catalog of some of the most widely spread or technologically relevant SCMs."

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Long Takes In the Movies, Antidote To CGI?
Posted by News Fetcher on November 17 '10 at 09:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's can-i-cut-now deptartment:
brumgrunt submitted a Den of Geek story about long takes in movies. The premise is that CGI has made so many things possible that it all rings sterile now. Long shots are a better way to be flashy. Personally I absolutely love long takes, and I always elbow my wife excitedly when they happen. She probably hates them now! Some of the examples cited here are probably unfamiliar but maybe that'll just give you an excuse to queue them on Netflix.

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Debt Collectors Using Facebook To Embarrass Those Who Owe
Posted by News Fetcher on November 17 '10 at 09:00 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's pay-up-or-be-unfriended deptartment:
Not even the tranquility of FarmVille can save you from the long arm of debt collectors. Melanie Beacham says that a collector from MarkOne Financial contacted her relatives about her past due car note via Facebook. She is filing suit alleging that the company is harassing her family. Tampa based consumer attorney Billy Howard of Morgan & Morgan says, "Now Facebook does a debt collectors work for them. Now it's not only family members, it's all of your associates. It's a very powerful tool for debt collectors to use."

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UK Minister Backs 'Two-Speed' Internet
Posted by News Fetcher on November 17 '10 at 08:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's end-of-an-era deptartment:
Darkon writes "UK Culture minister Ed Vaizey has backed a 'two-speed internet, letting service providers charging content makers and customers for 'fast lane' access. It paves the way for an end to ;net neutrality' — with heavy bandwidth users like Google and the BBC likely to face a bill for the pipes they use."

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Is the Number Up For the Residential Phone Book?
Posted by News Fetcher on November 17 '10 at 08:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's i'm-in-the-book deptartment:
Hugh Pickens writes "The first phone directory was issued in 1878, two years after Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone and for decades regulators across the US have required phone companies to distribute directories in paper form. But now the Washington Post reports that Verizon, the largest provider of landline phones in the Washington DC region, is asking state regulators for permission to stop delivering the residential white pages in Virginia and Maryland. About a dozen other states are also doing away with printed phone books as surveys show that the number of households relying on residential white pages dropped from 25 percent in 2005 to 11 percent in 2008. The directories will be available online, printed or on CD-ROM upon request but the inches-thick white pages, a fixture in American households for more than a century, will no longer land on porches with a thud each year. "I'm kind of amazed they lasted as long as they have," says Robert Thompson, a professor of popular culture at Syracuse University. "But there are some people nostalgic about this. Some people like to go to the shelf and look up a number.""

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Rural North Carolina Experiences Data Center Boom
Posted by News Fetcher on November 17 '10 at 07:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's hear-that-sound deptartment:
1sockchuck writes "Rural counties in western North Carolina have hit the data center trifecta, landing major projects from Google, Apple and Facebook. These marquee tech companies will invest more than $2 billion in small towns like Forest City, Kings Mountain and Maiden, a town of just 3,300 residents. How did western North Carolina become a tech hub? Aggressive tax incentives and an abundant supply of cheap power, a legacy of the textile mills that once thrived in the region, which narrowly missed winning a $499 million Microsoft data center project that ended up in Virginia."

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Comparing Windows and Ubuntu On Netbooks
Posted by News Fetcher on November 17 '10 at 07:30 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's little-bit-of-this-and-that deptartment:
Barence writes "With the arrival last month of Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition, PC Pro has revisited a familiar question: which operating system is best for a netbook?. The magazine has run a series of benchmarks on a Asus Eee PC 1008HA running Windows XP Home, two versions of Windows 7 (with and without Aero switched on) and Ubuntu Netbook Edition. The operating systems are tested for start-up performance, Flash handling and video, among other tests. The results are closer than you might think."

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