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Microsoft Indonesia president: Windows 9 will be free to Windows 8 owners


We already know quite a bit about Windows 9 (or whatever Microsoft decides to call it). Thanks to the president of Microsoft Indonesia, we might now know another detail about Microsoft’s upcoming OS—its price.

According to Indonesian news site Detik.com (via BGR), Andreas Diantoro, the president of Microsoft Indonesia, confirms that Windows 9 will be a free upgrade for all Windows 8 users.

Why it matters: Users are becoming more accustomed to free operating system updates, given the fact that even major iOS, Android, and OS X updates are gratis. And after the negative reception Windows 8 received, Microsoft has some added incentive to earn back its users’ trust. With that in mind, Windows 9 is just as much a chance to change the tenor of discussion surrounding Windows as it is a new version of the OS.

Taking cues from Windows 8.1, OS X

According to BGR, Windows 9 will be available as a free download, much like Apple’s updates to OS X–and much like Windows 8.1, which was a free update provided to Windows 8 and Windows RT users through the Windows Store.

Just another brisk fall day in Summit Station, Greenland: -20 F



Hurricane Rachel, Tropical Storm Kammuri

Hurricane Rachel, Tropical Storm Kammuri

Biohacking: The Creepy but Exciting Trend in Body Modification


“Sorry about the mess,” says Steve Haworth, as we walk down the stairs to the surgical theater in his basement. My friend Ted is visibly pale and sweating – for good reason. He’s about to get a sixth sense the hard way: by way of a scalpel, a needle and thread, and a tiny, gold-plated rare-earth magnet. Haworth is a body modification expert with a particular interest in what’s called “biohacking” – the practice of merging consumer technology and the human body to produce uniquely functional body modifications.

Haworth pioneered the procedure that Ted is about to undergo – the implantation of a rare earth magnet into the flesh of his ring finger. Haworth has several already installed in his own body, which he shows us as he moves his hand through the air next to his running can opener. Sure enough, you can feel the magnet twitch and jump in response to the electromagnetic field generated by the motor. It’s startling, and shows off exactly what you’re getting for your three hundred and fifty dollars: the ability to feel the shape and strength of electromagnetic fields in the world around you. Our host describes someone who had the procedure done, and was startled, when walking through New York City, to discover the powerful electromagnetic field produced by an electrical junction under the sidewalk.

It’s not just magnets, either. You can get a compass implant (called “SouthPaw“) that moves to alert you when you’re facing north. You can implant magnets in your ears and use a magnetic necklace to listen to music through your built-in speakers. Less ambitiously, you can get an RFID implant that unlocks your door, your phone, and your computer. Amal Graafstra, an implant enthusiast, uses his to open his safe, among other things:

We’re the first to put near field communication (NFC) compliant implants on the market like this. There are 880 bytes of space, relative to 97 in the previous generation, so before you could keep a name and phone number, but now it has far greater capacity.

much more at link, interesting yet creepy.

Tropical Storm Rachel; Tropical Storm Kammuri; Invest 96L

The rest here: http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/

Tropical Storm Rachel off Baja; Tropical Storm Kammuri; Invest 96L

The rest here: http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/

ok, I joined WoW again and got the xpac upgrade too for November release

First world problems: I have to relearn everything all over again and stay inspired. I used to play with another DUer and quit (my apologies once again).

If I can stay inspired long enough, maybe I can link up with other DU'ers.

Wish me motivation. Have a great day.


Invest 99E and Tropical Depression Fung-wong, no threats to US ! Enjoy your fall ! :)

Ginsburg: If I Resigned, Obama Couldn't Appoint 'Someone Like Me'


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a message for progressives who want her to retire under President Barack Obama: That ain't happening, and even if I did, my replacement would be nothing like me.

The leader of the Supreme Court's liberal wing told Elle magazine that if she did so, Obama would not be able to secure Senate approval for "anyone I would like to see in the court."

Here's a snippet from that interview:

I’m not sure how to ask this, but a lot of people who admire and respect you wonder if you’ll resign while President Obama is in office.

Who do you think President Obama could appoint at this very day, given the boundaries that we have? If I resign any time this year, he could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see in the court. took off the filibuster for lower federal court appointments, but it remains for this court. So anybody who thinks that if I step down, Obama could appoint someone like me, they’re misguided. As long as I can do the job full steam…. I think I’ll recognize when the time comes that I can’t any longer. But now I can.
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