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Firefox stability to get a boost with multiprocess browsing

Mozilla is adding support for multiprocess browsing to Firefox. The feature, which is already found in Google Chrome, will improve the stability and security of Mozilla's browser. Ars takes a look at the current status of the implementation and at an early demo that shows a page rendering in a separate process.

Jammie Thomas challenges "monstrous" $1.92M P2P verdict

Jammie Thomas-Rasset has asked the court to overturn or reduce the $1.92 million judgment against her for sharing music files online. As an alternative, how about a third trial?

Fixing the past: the art of collecting pinball machines

Pinball is a dying art, but as it dies it has spawned a new art in its place: the art of collecting and restoring pinball machines. Ars talks to a veteran pinball machine collector and restorer about fixing (and playing) the past.

800 TFLOP real-time ray tracing GPU unveiled, not for gamers

A Japanese company has announced an ambitious new system that uses what is essentially a complex, 45nm ray-tracing GPU to accelerate real-time ray traced rendering. The target market is automotive design, and, unfortunately for any gamers who might fantasize about one day using for games, it's likely to stay confined to that niched forever.

Mac Quicken '09 still missing in action

All references to the new version of Quicken for Mac have been removed from Intuit's website, leaving only the old 2007 software. A year and a half after the "complete rewrite" was showcased, has the company decided to ditch the software in favor of its web offerings?

New algorithm guesses SSNs using date and place of birth

Two researchers have found that a pair of antifraud methods intended to increase the chances of detecting bogus social security numbers has actually allowed the statistical reconstruction of the number using information that many people place on social networking sites.

Goodbye, CompuServe! (We thought you already died)

Remember CompuServe? While many of us thought it had already died years ago, it turns out that AOL was keeping it on life support—up until this month. With the decision to finally shut the 30-year-old service down, Ars reminisces about the olden days of the Internet.

Science moves from the stacks to the Web; print too pricey

If information isn't online, it may as well not exist. In the latest sign that the world of traditional print has become a world of hurt, the American Chemical Society is reported to be planning to switch to an online-only publishing model for its journals.

UK ISP drops Phorm behavioral ad tech—for now

UK ISP BT has decided not to roll out the controversial behavioral advertising system Phorm for the time being, instead focusing its resources on more important prospects. The news comes as a relief to privacy groups in the UK, though Phorm is not dead yet.

The pillars of PC gaming: why StarCraft 2 LAN play matters

While it may not change the game's bottom line, the exclusion of LAN play from StarCraft 2 bothers many old-school gamers. It's an uncomfortable reminder of just how much the PC gaming world has changed.

The hazy future of Web typography

Current technology can break Web type free from the Georgia/Verdana prison, but getting all the stakeholders—Web designers, type designers, font vendors, and browser vendors—to agree on a standard may be a bigger challenge than the technology.

NSA's power- and money-sucking datacenter buildout continues

New budget docs reveal that the NSA is building a large new datacenter in Utah so that it can inhale more of your e-mail traffic. No word yet on how much it will pay for the large lidless eye wreathed in flame that will tower over the new facility.

More details emerge on the Intel/TSMC deal and Moorestown

A recent rumor that originated in a Chinese-language publication and passed on by DigiTimes fleshes out the answer to two long-running mysteries regarding the Intel ultramobile chipset story.

FCC broadband roadmap aims to bring order to stimulus chaos

The FCC has published its plan for creating a national broadband plan, it announced on Thursday, with lots of chances for public participation. Ars rolls out the itinerary.

Weird science has vibrating primates and globalized ants

Standardizing procedures for death, failing the "paté or dogfood" test, and signs that the ants are using us to take over the world. All just another week of Weird Science.

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