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SETI silences alien-seeking telescope array

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cnet.com: It seems, though, that economics is putting a difficult hue on our quest. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the SETI (Search For Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute has announced that it is setting aside some of its telescopes, as it cannot afford to run them.

Five things that technology made worse

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dedoimedo.com: Not everything about advancement is inherently good. Let me tell you about five pieces of modern technology that actually made life worse.

11 Epic Technology Disasters

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informationweek.com: Separating machine failures and negligent maintenance from unforeseeable circumstances isn't easy and no doubt there are some accidents worthy of mention that we've missed. In any event, these are the eleven worst tech-related disasters where mechanical or engineering failure played a significant role.

Top 10 Things Science Fiction Promised Us

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  • Top 10 Things Science Fiction Promised Us That Didn’t Happen in 2010
  • Top 10 Things Science Fiction Promised Us That DID Happen in 2010

The 10 biggest tech scandals of the decade

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techrepublic.com: Choosing the worst tech disgraces of the past 10 years isn’t easy, but CNET News recently took a crack at it. The incidents that made the cut involve sexual harassment, stripper-crazed CEOs, spies, congressional investigations, and even murder.

Top 10 tech tricks we're sick of seeing in movies

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cnet.com: Think how awesome it was the first time you saw a lightsaber in action. Or how your mind was officially shredded when Neo mastered the Matrix. Technology in movies is cool. But for every thrilling example of cool-ass tech, Hollywood seems to produce a tired, dated cliche.

Scientist infects himself with computer virus

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computerworlduk.com: A British scientist claims to have become the first human to be infected by a computer virus, in an experiment he says has important implications for the future of implantable technology.

Top 10 science and technology writers

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pcauthority.com.au: From Albert Einstein to Robert X. Cringley, these are the famous people who make progress understandable.

Pink Floyd remastered for Nintendo Entertainment System

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theregister.co.uk: A video games programmer has rather boldly taken Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon and remastered it as a Nintendo Entertainment System extravanganza, with surprisingly plausible results.

Heroes and Villains of Tech

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pcworld.com: Here's a look at standout good guys and bad guys -- from passionate heroes who balance profit with innovation and social responsibility to money-mad, egomaniac villains who simply cannot be trusted.

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    Mailspring is a fork of the now discontinued Nylas Mail client. It does, however, offer a much better performance, and is built with a native C++ sync engine instead of JavaScript. According to the development team, the company is sunsetting further development of Mailspring. Mailspring offers virtually all the best features housed in Nylas Mail, and thanks to its native C++ sync engine it uses fewer dependencies which results in less lag and a reduction in RAM usage by 50% compared to Nylas Mail.
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    It is true that some of you guys can build a tool in a hackathon, but maintaining a project is a lot more difficult than building a project. Most of the time they are not writing code, but [...]

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