Mercedes to go Green. ALL Green. No Petroleum by 2015.

27 06 2008

In less than 7 years, Mercedes-Benz plans to ditch petroleum-powered vehicles from its lineup. Focusing on electric, fuel cell, and biofuels, the company is revving up research in alternative fuel sources and efficiency.

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Why I Still Use Windows Despite the Peer Pressure

26 06 2008

There are over a dozen people working at our fair Gizmodo, but as a Windows user, I’m in a definite minority. I still rock XP, and I’m pretty happy with that. Why haven’t I switched to Macs? Plenty of reasons, not least of which being that I’m just too smart to switch to a Mac.That’s right, I’m too smart for Macs.

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MICROSOFT: Open Source is a Bigger Threat than Google

25 06 2008

Speaking at a conference in New York, Microsoft’s chief architect, Ray Ozzie, said open source is a bigger threat to the software juggernaut than Google is. He says open source developers are not restricted by the best interests of shareholders and potentially are, therefore, a stronger market force.

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Asperger’s: the IT industry’s dark secret

24 06 2008

“Jeremy” excels at being able to see an engineering problem from the inside out,What Jeremy is not good at is suffering fools or dealing with bureaucracy. If someone is wrong — if their idea just plain won’t work — he says so, simply states the fact. That frankness causes all manner of upset in the office, he’s discovered.

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The World’s Largest Cruise Ship

24 06 2008

Currently under construction, these pictures offer a first glimpse of the luxury that awaits passengers on the world’s largest cruise liner.

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Comcast ads are misleading consumers about FiOS

24 06 2008

Avery Axel was annoyed with his cable company, Comcast, and was considering switching to Verizon’s new FiOS fiber-optic TV and internet service…

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Want to trick your brain? Check this out!

24 06 2008

Jerry Andress show and explains a few optical illusion.

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$500 for 5 feet of Ethernet cable?

22 06 2008

Parts of the blogosphere have been buzzing over the discovery of a 1.5-meter Ethernet cable that is being sold for the insane price of $499. The cable would cost you $4 elsewhere. The manufacturer is Denon, and the target customer is the “audio enthusiast.” Apparently “audio enthusiast” is Denonese for “sucker.”

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“Perfect Evidence” ICE on Mars!

22 06 2008

“It must be ice,” said Phoenix Principal Investigator Peter Smith of the University of Arizona, Tucson. “These little clumps completely disappearing over the course of a few days, that is perfect evidence that it’s ice. There had been some question whether the bright material was salt. Salt can’t do that.”

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8 Reasons You Should Not Expect an Inheritance

22 06 2008

You’ve probably heard about the bumper sticker, even if you haven
’t seen it. It’s the one on Cadillacs in Florida and Lexuses in Arizona that says “I’m spending my children’s inheritance.” With the pressures on nest eggs growing every year, most people will end up spending every dime before they die.

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Life In Outer Space? Japan Astronomers Hunt Aliens

22 06 2008

apan’s biggest astronomical observatories are teaming up for an unprecedented quest to find out whether there is life in outer space.

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Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines: The Future of Micro Wind? [w/vi

22 06 2008

Walking the floor of WINDPOWER 2008, the annual conference and trade show for the wind energy industry, one couldn
’t help but be transfixed by all of the different types of turbines – at least I couldn’t. The wind turbine has become the iconic symbol of clean, renewable energy. But the classic three-bladed turbine horizontal axis wind turbine, with

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