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  • Why sweat? Tap nuclear power [for desalination]

    12/27/2007 7:55:08 PM PST · by grundle · 34 replies · 298+ views ^ | 12/26/07 | NOLAN HERTEL
    State governments looking for ways to cope with severe drought in the Southeast should consider using nuclear power to desalinate seawater. This is a safe and proven technology that the U.S. Navy has been using for more than a half-century to provide drinking water for the crews of its nuclear-powered submarines. Until a few years ago, the water debate here in Georgia was conducted in an almost surreal atmosphere. We appeared to have sufficient supplies of water to meet our needs, and most of us seemed to feel that this state of affairs would continue indefinitely. By definition, miracles do...
  • Add-on PlayStation 3 HDD will run Linux ~~ Hmmmm!!!

    06/10/2005 4:30:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 328+ views
    gamespot ^ | Friday, June 10, 2005 | staff
    Ken Kutaragi reveals the console's hard drive will use alternate OS, hints that it will ship separately and will come in more than one model. Since E3, Sony Computer Entertainment president Ken Kutaragi has been calling the PlayStation 3 an "entertainment supercomputer" rather than a gaming console. Now, he's revealed a new plan to make sure that it's acknowledged as one. In an interview with Impress PC Watch, Kutaragi disclosed that he plans to install the Linux operating system on the PS3's hard disc drive (HDD) so it will be recognized as a computer, rather than a mere console. But...
  • Nanoscale light tricks promise huge DVD storage

    06/03/2005 9:39:00 PM PDT · by phoenix0468 · 7 replies · 504+ views news service ^ | 18:07 26 May 2005 | Will Knight
    The tantalising prospect of DVDs capable of holding almost a terabyte of data - or several hundred movies - has been presented in a patent issued to US storage company Iomega. The US patent describes a disc that could store 40 to 100 times more information that a conventional DVD, using more nanometre-scale sloped ridges to diffract light. US patent number 6879556 - entitled "Method and Apparatus for Optical Data Storage" - was issued to Iomega on April 12 2005.
  • Hitachi To Produce 1 Terabyte Desktop Drives ...expected available late 2005.

    04/04/2005 9:25:04 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies · 673+ views
    WebProNews ^ | 2005-04-04 | WebProNews | Staff Writer |
    Hitachi's division of storage technologies, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, is expected to announce they will begin selling 1-terabyte desktop drives later this year. In order to increase storage capacities, HGST is employing perpendicular recording, which Macworld describes as: Perpendicular recording is perhaps the most significant near-term step in the evolution of hard-disk drive technology. The method is similar to the longitudinal recording used in today's drives in that it relies on magnetically charged particles for data storage. In today's drives, the north and south poles of the magnetic particles run parallel to the disc but in the new method they...
  • Hitachi claims new technology for 1TB disk drives ~~ ... it will introduce a 1 inch 20 GB drive.

    04/04/2005 7:38:52 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies · 445+ views ^ | 04.04.2005 - 15:12 | Autor: Redaktion
    Japan`s Hitachi will introduce its next-generation hard-disk drives attained by a innovative novel approach that packs the tiny magnetic ones and zeros that are the basis for digital storage technology even closer together.The innovative technology known as perpendicular recording because the tiny magnets that represent digits are placed upright, not end to end -- has been anticipated by the magnetic storage industry for more than 20 years. Hitachi announced today that it will produce 230 gbits per square inch meaning it will introduce a 1 inch 20 GB drive. While perpendicular recording has been talked about for years, Seagate, Toshiba...
  • A new potential source of fuel, buried deep underground ~ methane gas created in lab with rocks only

    10/10/2004 11:11:47 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 43 replies · 2,190+ views
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | Thu, Sep. 23, 2004 | BETSY MASON Knight Ridder Newspapers
    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - (KRT) - Scientists may have discovered a new source of fuel far below the Earth's surface. Fossil fuels get their name from the ancient plants and animals that decayed to form oil, gas and coal. But now scientists have created methane gas without any biological matter, suggesting that the fossil fuel supply may not be entirely dependent on fossils after all.The research opens up the possibility of a vast reservoir of methane gas more than 60 miles below the Earth's surface and could also help scientists hunting for signs of life on Mars and other planets."There...
  • Ok, maybe that was it? Bottlenecks! They just keep moving.

    10/05/2004 9:24:10 PM PDT · by John Robinson · 78 replies · 2,481+ views
    It's always something new with a complex system. We have frontends, backends and databases, not to mention ancillary services like DNS, mail, and internal gadgets. Something is bound to goober up. A few months ago we were hitting the limits of our database environment. I added hardware and all was good... well, too good. The backends couldn't keep up, so I added hardware (just this weekend!), and all was good... until tonight, when things were once again too good. This time the frontend went on strike, overwhelmed. A few years ago, when last looking at the scalability of our site,...
  • Open Source Myths

    07/26/2004 8:35:06 AM PDT · by GeorgiaFreeper · 103 replies · 1,416+ views
    Neil Gunton's Web Page ^ | 7/26/2004 | Neil Gunton / open_source_myths / Open Source Myths Thoughts on some frequently-stated dogma promoted by the Open Source community Copyright © 2004 by Neil Gunton Last updated: Mon Jul 26 08:43:56 2004 CDT This document collects some of my thoughts regarding some of the "conventional wisdom" that people seem to take as Gospel Truth about Open Source software (OSS) and software development in general. This is NOT intended to be "anti-OSS", but rather to generate real thought and discussion as opposed to the constant mindless re-iteration of the same old tired dogma. I fully realize that this will be controversial...
  • ASPs the next wave online

    07/21/2004 11:08:25 AM PDT · by solicitor77 · 9 replies · 752+ views
    CHICAGO, July 21 (UPI) -- Terrorists launch a chemical attack on the United States -- and the American military reacts in minutes, by means of a cutting-edge Internet application. In the middle of the night, fighter pilots are rousted out of bed by automated phone calls sent over the Internet. As each pilot picks up the receiver, his response is routed securely to an application service provider, which automatically begins the process of getting his warplane ready for flight -- before the pilot even arrives at the air station. "That's an early warning and call mechanism," said Peter Berghammer, chief...
  • Spanish simplify software searching

    07/20/2004 2:19:52 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 1 replies · 416+ views
    e4engineering ^ | 7/20/04
    Finding open source software on the Internet can often seem like searching for a needle in a haystack. But with the development of a new search engine called AMOS, finding code has just become easier. Aimed at programmers and system integrators, but with the potential to be used by a broader public, the AMOS system applies a simple ontology and a dictionary of potential search terms to find software code, packages of code and code artefacts rapidly and efficiently. 'There is so much open source code and program elements available today that people often don't know what's available or where...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • I really screwed up this time. Where did my WININET.DLL file go?

    07/07/2004 4:57:13 PM PDT · by Nita Nupress · 165 replies · 18,788+ views
    Computer Dummy | 7/7/04 | nita nupress
     Well, it's actually not my WININET.DLL file; it's my Dad's, which makes it even worse.  I'm on my computer right now because his won't reach the Internet.If you computer experts want to skip the first few (irrelevant) paragraphs about how it happened, you can get straight to the point by going directly to the Maintenance Done, Error Messages,  What I've Tried, and the My Bottomline Questions sections below.  Any help you can give me will be appreciated greatly.  I'm going to describe all the maintenance I did on his computer just in case you need it.  And in an effort...
  • Need Another Browser?

    07/05/2004 9:04:28 PM PDT · by South40 · 12 replies · 528+ views
    CBSNEWS ^ | July 5, 2004 | Larry Magid
    (CBS) Last week, there were two separate reported of flaws in Microsoft Internet Explorer that could jeopardize your security. One flaw made it possible for pop-up windows to install programs on your machine that could steal banking records. Another flaw, in both Explorer and a Microsoft web server program, made it possible for a hacker to implant malicious code in an otherwise legitimate Web site that could, once again, steal your data. Microsoft, of course, says it’s doing everything possible to eliminate these problems. As it has in the past, the company put out a fix that patches these particular...
  • Need Help: FR has become Norton Security Threat

    07/01/2004 9:36:01 AM PDT · by cgk · 45 replies · 1,182+ views
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  • Internet Attack Exploits Microsoft Software Flaws ( Internet Explorer vulnerable )

    06/25/2004 10:41:28 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 174 replies · 3,253+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jun 25, 2004 08:25 PM ET | Duncan Martell
        Internet Attack Exploits Microsoft Software Flaws Fri Jun 25, 2004 08:25 PM ET By Duncan Martell SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A potentially dangerous attack on personal computers by a virus designed to steal financial data and passwords from Web users rippled across the Internet on Friday, computer security experts said. The attack, which surfaced earlier this week and is known as the "Scob" outbreak, exploits a vulnerability in servers using Microsoft Corp.'s IIS software and has been called more dangerous than the recent "Sasser" and "Blaster" infections. The infected servers in turn exploit another vulnerability in Microsoft's...
  • One-of-a-Kind Database of World’s Petroleum Resources Now Available

    03/24/2004 4:10:50 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 3 replies · 310+ views
    One-of-a-Kind Database of World’s Petroleum Resources Now Available The USGS has completed and made public a database that has over 65,000 records containing the chemical analysis of crude oil, natural gas and rock samples from thousands of locations worldwide. This is the only database of its kind and for the first time it is now available to the public at USGS scientists use the information in the organic geochemistry database to assess domestic and world energy resources. The public will find the information helpful to better understand the geochemistry of many of the world’s major oil and gas...
  • Toshiba develops tiny fuel cell

    06/25/2004 5:53:36 AM PDT · by avg_freeper · 23 replies · 678+ views
    BBC News ^ | Thursday, 24 June, 2004
    A tiny prototype fuel cell the size of a thumb has been developed by Toshiba. The Japanese electronics giant said the methanol fuel cell could power a gadgets such as a digital music player for 20 hours. Fuel cells generate electrical power by catalysing substances such as hydrogen and methanol. Toshiba hopes that by 2005, the fuel cells could be used in handheld electronic devices instead of lithium-ion batteries. Size matters Fuel cells have been touted as a green power source for the future as they produce electricity by converting hydrogen and oxygen into water. Many companies are working on...
  • Wireless nanocrystals efficiently radiate visible light

    06/23/2004 3:37:36 AM PDT · by Moonman62 · 19 replies · 617+ views
    Eurekalert ^ | 06/22/04 | DOE/Sandia National Laboratories
    Marriage of quantum well, quantum dots could produce white light ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A wireless nanodevice that functions like a fluorescent light - but potentially far more efficiently - has been developed in a joint project between the National Nuclear Security Administration's Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories. The experimental success, reported in the June 10 issue of Nature, efficiently causes nanocrystals to emit light when placed on top of a nearby energy source, eliminating the need to put wires directly on the nanocrystals. The energy source is a so-called quantum well that emits energy at wavelengths most easily absorbable...
  • How to create CD of Windows updates (vs. doing direct live update) (vanity)

    06/09/2004 8:59:35 AM PDT · by rudy45 · 37 replies · 585+ views
    I am working with a client that has a LAN and high speed Internet connection in its central office. The client has several nearby "satellite" locations, each with one or two PCs, with only dialup Internet access. I am facing a challenge in keeping the remote PCs current with Windows updates. Trying to download them over a dialup connection will take HOURS. Here's what I would like to do instead: - At each PC, connect to Microsoft via dialup for a scan of needed updates - Record the list of updates - At central office, do download of updates and...
  • URI physics employee invents new antenna technology

    06/08/2004 7:53:01 PM PDT · by Denver Ditdat · 44 replies · 1,314+ views
    University of Rhode Island News Bureau ^ | June 2, 2004 | Jan Wenzel
    URI physics employee invents new antenna technology Media Contact: Jan Wenzel, 401-874-2116 KINGSTON, R.I. -- June 2, 2004 -- Rob Vincent, an employee in the University of Rhode Island's Physics Department, proves the adage that necessity is the mother of invention. An amateur radio operator since he was 14, Vincent has always lived in houses situated on small lots. Because he couldn’t erect a large antenna on a confined property, he has been continually challenged over the years to find a way to get better reception. "I was always tinkering in the basement. Thank goodness, my parents were tolerant. I...