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Archive for May, 2004

span of world highest bridge is completed

posted by Duncan at 10:31 am on May 29th, 2004

MILLAU, France (AFP) – Engineers brought the two central ends of the Millau road viaduct in southwest France together, completing the span of the highest bridge in the world.

Check out the photo. Pretty awsome.

harbin snow and ice festival

posted by Duncan at 5:02 am on May 29th, 2004

The temperature in Harbin reaches forty below zero, both farenheit and centigrade, and stays below freezing nearly half the year. The city is actually further north than notoriously cold Vladivostok, Russia, just 300 miles away. So what does one do here every winter? Hold an outdoor festival, of course! Rather than suffer the cold, the residents of Harbin celebrate it, with an annual festival of snow and ice sculptures and competitions. The festival officially runs from January 5 through February 15, but often opens a week early and runs into March, since it’s usually still cold enough. This is the amazing sculpture made of snow greeting visitors to the snow festival in 2003.

nintendo ‘fears for games industry’

posted by Duncan at 1:30 am on May 26th, 2004

The president of games giant Nintendo has said he fears for the future of the industry and has warned that it must innovate or die.

The DS was unveiled in Los Angeles Satoru Iwata told BBC News Online that the industry had become obsessed with faster processors and better graphics.

spam messages on the increase

posted by Duncan at 1:28 am on May 26th, 2004

Junk mail now accounts for nearly 70% of e-mails worldwide, according to filtering firm MessageLabs.

Despite efforts in the US to cut down on the sending of unsolicited messages, new laws seem to be having the opposite effect.

red hat has a program for pcs

posted by Duncan at 8:42 am on May 5th, 2004

Red Hat Inc., the world’s biggest distributor of the free Linux computer-operating system, will introduce a version for desktop personal computers to compete with Microsoft Corp.’s dominant Windows.

Red Hat wants to capitalize on rising corporate spending on PCs and Microsoft’s plan for a new version of Windows, which runs about 93 percent of all PCs, Red Hat Chief Executive Matthew Szulik said yesterday in an interview. He said Linux may win 10 percent of the market in “a few years.”

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