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ne: 05-03-2009, 00:50:12

Microsoft Windows, On a Mainframe

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Microsoft Windows, On a Mainframecoondoggie writes with an excerpt from Network World: "Software that for the first time lets users run native copies of the Windows operating systems on a mainframe will be introduced Friday by data center automation vendor Mantissa. The company'...

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ne: 04-03-2009, 22:50:07

Calif. Politican Thinks Blurred Online Maps Would Deter Terrorists

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Calif. Politican Thinks Blurred Online Maps Would Deter TerroristsHugh Pickens writes "California Assemblyman Joel Anderson plans to introduce a bill to force Google Earth and similar services to blur images of so-called 'soft targets' like schools, hospitals, churches and gover...

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ne: 04-03-2009, 20:50:07

iRobot Develops Hamster-Guided Robotic Vacuum

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iRobot Develops Hamster-Guided Robotic Vacuumcarusoj writes "The folks at iRobot apparently have plenty of time on their hands. They created a prototype wireless, robotic vacuum cleaner... powered by a hamster running inside a spinning ball. The rodent's movements with the ball ...

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ne: 04-03-2009, 18:50:11

Outliers, The Story Of Success

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Outliers, The Story Of SuccessTechForensics writes "Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell, is subtitled "the story of success". It is a book that purports to explain why some people succeed far more than others. It suggests that a success like Bill Gates is more attributable to external...

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ne: 04-03-2009, 16:50:02

Star Trek Fragrances

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Star Trek FragrancesAn anonymous reader writes "I am a trek fan and excited about the new movie, but this is too much. From the Trek Movie Article: 'Genki Wear, known for its licensed science fiction jewelry and perfumes, has produced what might be the most unusual Star Trek pro...

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ne: 04-03-2009, 14:50:06

A Short Summary Following the Pirate Bay Trial

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A Short Summary Following the Pirate Bay TrialDan B. writes "The Guardian has a nice piece wrapping up the trial in Sweden for the co-defendants in the P2P trial-of-the-decade, that of The Pirate Bay. 'Today, the defense lawyers summed up. It was a short trial and not a particul...

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ne: 04-03-2009, 10:50:02

Building a Successful "Open" Game World

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Building a Successful "Open" Game WorldM3rk sends an excerpt from an opinion piece on Gametopius discussing what it takes for an open game world to be successful. Interesting stories and characters are important, but they must be balanced by varied and entertaining gameplay. The...

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ne: 04-03-2009, 08:50:04

Should Job Seekers Tell Employers To Quit Snooping?

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Should Job Seekers Tell Employers To Quit Snooping?onehitwonder writes in with a CIO opinion piece arguing that potential employees need to stand up to employers who snoop the Web for insights into their after-work activities, often disqualifying them as a result. "Employers are...

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ne: 04-03-2009, 06:50:03

The 300 Million Year Old Brain

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The 300 Million Year Old BrainPickens writes "Paleontologists recently discovered the world's oldest brain nestled within a 300-million-year-old fish fossil of one of the extinct relatives of modern ratfishes, also known as 'host sharks' or chimaeras. These chimaera relatives, c...

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ne: 04-03-2009, 04:50:03

Roundup of Microsoft Research At TechFest 2009

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Roundup of Microsoft Research At TechFest 2009An anonymous reader writes "Ars Technica has a very thorough post of some of the technologies that Microsoft researchers showed off at TechFest last week. 'The exact number of projects that were demonstrated at TechFest 2009 is not c...

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ne: 04-03-2009, 02:50:02

Smart Immigrants Going Home

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Smart Immigrants Going Homeolddotter writes "A 24-page paper on a reverse brain drain from the US back to home countries (PDF) is getting news coverage. Quoting: 'Our new paper, "America's Loss Is the World's Gain," finds that the vast majority of these returnees were relatively...

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ne: 04-03-2009, 00:50:01

MediaSentry amp; RIAA Expert Under Attack

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MediaSentry amp; RIAA Expert Under AttackNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "Jammie Thomas, the defendant in Duluth, Minnesota, RIAA case Capitol Records v. Thomas, has served her expert witness's report. The 30-page document (PD...

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ne: 03-03-2009, 22:50:03

Tigger.A Trojan Quietly Steals Stock Traders' Data

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Tigger.A Trojan Quietly Steals Stock Traders' Data**$tarDu$t** recommends a Washington Post Security Fix blog post dissecting the Tigger.A trojan, which has been keeping a low profile while exploiting the MS08-66 vulnerability to steal data quietly from online stock brokerages a...

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ne: 03-03-2009, 20:50:30

The Finns Who Invented the Graphical Browser

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The Finns Who Invented the Graphical Browserwaderoush writes "If you thought Mosaic was the first graphical Web browser, think again. In their first major interview, three of the four Finnish software engineers behind Erwise mdash; a point-and-click graphical Web browser for the...

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ne: 03-03-2009, 18:50:04

First Touch-Screen, Bendable E-Paper Developed

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First Touch-Screen, Bendable E-Paper DevelopedAl writes "The first touch-screen flexible e-paper has been developed by a team from Arizona State University and E-Ink (the company that makes the technology for Amazon's Kindle and Sony's Reader). Jann Kaminski and colleagues at AS...

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ne: 03-03-2009, 16:50:07

Null References, the Billion Dollar Mistake

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Null References, the Billion Dollar Mistakejonr writes "'I call it my billion-dollar mistake. It was the invention of the null reference in 1965. At that time, I was designing the first comprehensive type system for references in an object oriented language (ALGOL W). My goal wa...

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ne: 03-03-2009, 14:50:10

The Formula That Killed Wall Street

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The Formula That Killed Wall StreetWe recently discussed the perspective that the harrowing of Wall Street was caused by over-reliance on computer models that produced a single number to characterize risk. Wired has a piece profiling David X. Li, the quant behind the formula tha...

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ne: 03-03-2009, 12:50:02

Open Source Usability mdash; Joomla! Vs. WordPress

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Open Source Usability mdash; Joomla! Vs. WordPressAn anonymous reader writes "PlayingWithWire profiles two open source tools for Web development, comparing Joomla! and WordPress through the lens of usability. The article has apparently upset a few people at the Joomla! forum, bu...

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ne: 03-03-2009, 10:50:03

Detecting Click Tracks

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Detecting Click Tracksjamie found a blog entry by Paul Lamere, working for audio company Echo Nest, in which he experiments with detecting which songs use a click track. Lamere gives this background: "Sometime in the last 10 or 20 years, rock drumming has changed. Many drummers ...

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ne: 03-03-2009, 06:50:06

Judge Orders Record Company Execs To Duluth

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Judge Orders Record Company Execs To DuluthNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "Lest there be any doubt that District Judge Michael J. Davis, presiding over the Duluth, Minnesota, case, Capitol Records v. Thomas, really does 'get ...

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ne: 03-03-2009, 04:50:03

Advance In Making Stem Cells From Skin

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Advance In Making Stem Cells From SkinKillerBob writes with an advance on the news from a year back that stem cells can be produced from human skin mdash; discussed here. Now Canadian researchers have found a safe way to generate stem cells without using viruses to modify the ge...

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ne: 03-03-2009, 02:50:03

UK Government Wants To Bypass Data Protection Act

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UK Government Wants To Bypass Data Protection Actrar42 writes "Clause 152 of the Coroners and Justice Bill, currently being debated by the UK Parliament, would allow any Minister by order to take from anywhere any information gathered for one purpose, and use it for any other pu...

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ne: 03-03-2009, 00:50:06

Intel Recruits TSMC To Produce Atom CPUs

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Intel Recruits TSMC To Produce Atom CPUsarcticstoat writes "Intel has surprised the industry by announcing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Taiwanese silicon chip maker TSMC to manufacture Atom CPUs. Although TSMC is already employed by AMD, Nvidia and VIA to make chips,...

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ne: 02-03-2009, 22:50:09

New Startup Hopes to Push Open Source Pharmaceuticals

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New Startup Hopes to Push Open Source Pharmaceuticalswaderoush writes "Nothing like the open source computing movement has ever caught fire in biology or pharmaceuticals, where intellectual property is king. But drawing inspiration from the people who make Linux software, and th...

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ne: 02-03-2009, 18:50:03

Maryland Appellate Court Set "New Standard" For Anonymous Posting

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Maryland Appellate Court Set "New Standard" For Anonymous PostingA Maryland court of appeals has set what they are calling a new "standard that should be applied to balance the First Amendment right to anonymous speech on the Internet with the opportunity on the part of the obje...

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ne: 02-03-2009, 16:50:15

Obama Stimulus Pours Millions Into Cyber Security

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Obama Stimulus Pours Millions Into Cyber Securitynandemoari writes "As his administration continues to work on an stimulus plan that can save America's economy, Obama's latest course of action will see millions of dollars being allocated to heighten cyber security. The move will...

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ne: 02-03-2009, 12:50:02

Best Solution For HA and Network Load Balancing?

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Best Solution For HA and Network Load Balancing?supaneko writes "I am working with a non-profit that will eventually host a massive online self-help archive and community (using FTP and HTTP services). We are expecting 1,000+ unique visitors / day. I know that having only one se...

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ne: 02-03-2009, 08:50:02

Reading the New York Times On a Kindle 2

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Reading the New York Times On a Kindle 2reifman links to his thorough and thoughtful review of the experience of reading a newspaper on the Kindle 2. "I've been eager to try The New York Times on the Kindle 2; here's my review with a basic video walk-through and screenshots. I g...

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ne: 02-03-2009, 04:50:02

Why Doctors Hate Science

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Why Doctors Hate Sciencetheodp writes "A 2004 study found some 10 million women lacking a cervix were still getting Pap tests. Only problem is, a Pap test screens for cervical cancer mdash; no cervix, no cancer. With this tale, Newsweek's Sharon Begley makes her case for compara...

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ne: 02-03-2009, 02:50:03

Uproar Over Netflix's New Instant Viewer

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Uproar Over Netflix's New Instant Vieweralmechist writes "Many Netflix customers are up in arms over the new instant-watch player powered by Microsoft's Silverlight. The official Netflix blog is full of complaints from users who decry not only the new player's quality but also t...

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ne: 02-03-2009, 00:50:03

Analyzing Microsoft's Linux Lawsuit

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Analyzing Microsoft's Linux Lawsuitjammag writes "Open source advocate Bruce Perens takes a close look at Microsoft's lawsuit against TomTom (discussed here last week), which involves an implementation of the Linux kernel, and calls it essentially a paper tiger. He notes: 'the t...

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Slashdot
ne: 01-03-2009, 22:50:26

Volt Asks Temps To 'Vote" For Microsoft Pay Cut

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Volt Asks Temps To 'Vote" For Microsoft Pay Cuttheodp writes "In an email sent Friday evening to its Microsoft temp workers, Volt Workforce Solutions asked the techies to 'vote' to agree to a 10% pay cut. From the email: 'We want to support you in continuing your assignment at M...

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ne: 01-03-2009, 20:50:26

Solar Panels Reach $1 a Watt

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Solar Panels Reach $1 a WattZosX writes "An article over at Popular Mechanics announces that, for the first time, solar cells have been manufactured for the much sought-after figure of $1/Watt. They also talk about a new study of the cost of the particular raw materials used in ...

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ne: 01-03-2009, 18:50:18

Hearst To Launch E-Reader For Newspapers

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Hearst To Launch E-Reader For Newspapersthefickler writes "The credit crisis couldn't have come at a worse time for newspapers, which were already suffering at the hands of the internet. Now it seems that the Hearst Corporation is planning to launch an e-reader later this year t...

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Slashdot
ne: 01-03-2009, 16:50:15

Japanese "Hate" For the iPhone All a Big Mistake

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Japanese "Hate" For the iPhone All a Big MistakeMBCook writes "AppleInsider has posted a great article explaining that Wired's story about Japanese iPhone hate was completely false and has been edited at least twice. The comments in the article were recycled and taken out of con...

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ne: 01-03-2009, 14:50:07

RIAA, Stop Suing Tech Investors!

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RIAA, Stop Suing Tech Investors!The RIAA isn't just suing tens of thousands of music consumers; they've also begun filing lawsuits naming the directors of and investors in tech companies that they believe contribute to copyright infringement. NewYorkCountryLawye

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ne: 01-03-2009, 12:50:21

A New Way To Produce Hydrogen

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A New Way To Produce HydrogenIddo Genuth writes "Scientists at Pennsylvania State University and Virginia Commonwealth University are producing hydrogen by exposing clusters of aluminum atoms to water. Rather than relying on the electronic properties of the aluminum, this new pr...

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ne: 01-03-2009, 08:50:06

French President Busted For Copyright Violation

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French President Busted For Copyright ViolationAn anonymous reader writes "ZeroPaid has an interesting take on the story of Nicolas Sarkozy being accused of copyright infringement. The irony, of course, is Sarkozy's pushing of a 3-strikes law mdash; disconnecting from the Intern...

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ne: 01-03-2009, 06:50:03

Spectrum Fees May Preclude US Low-Cost Cellular

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Spectrum Fees May Preclude US Low-Cost Cellulartheodp writes "Not to apologize for an industry that charges $27,000 to catch a Chicago Bears game, but will the huge spectrum fees charged by the government block the emergence of low-cost cellular service? In the most recent FCC s...

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ne: 01-03-2009, 04:50:02

Testing Lenovo's ThinkPad W700ds Dual-Screen Notebook

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Testing Lenovo's ThinkPad W700ds Dual-Screen NotebookMojoKid writes "Lenovo's ThinkPad W700 is a unique product, targeted squarely at mobile professionals who require the power, features, and performance of workstation-class product in a notebook. The machine has a few stand-out...

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ne: 01-03-2009, 02:50:02

Is Climate Change Affecting Bushfires?

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Is Climate Change Affecting Bushfires?TapeCutter writes "After the devastating firestorm in Australia, there has been a lot of speculation in the press about the role of climate change. For the 'pro' argument the BBC article points to research by the CSIRO. For the 'con' argumen...

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ne: 01-03-2009, 00:50:03

Contest For a Better Open-WRT Wireless Router GUI

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Contest For a Better Open-WRT Wireless Router GUIReader RoundSparrow sends word of a contest, with big cash prizes, being mounted by a commercial vender of open source Open-WRT routers. You have 10 months to come up with "the most impressive User Interface/Firmware for Ubiquiti'...

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Slashdot
ne: 28-02-2009, 22:50:12

Scientists Build an Ark To Save Jungle Amphibians

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Scientists Build an Ark To Save Jungle AmphibiansPeace Corps Online writes "In the 1980s a deadly fungus called chytrid appeared in Central America and began moving through mountain streams, killing as many as 8 out of 10 frogs and extinguishing some species entirely. (The fungu...

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ne: 28-02-2009, 20:50:28

Visa Says No New Processor Breach After All

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Visa Says No New Processor Breach After AllBuzz as been building for the last week about what might be a new data breach at a credit-card processor. No, not Heartland, a different one. Now Computerworld is reporting that Visa claims there was no new breach. Who to believe? "In a...

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Slashdot
ne: 28-02-2009, 18:50:05

Windows Server 2008 One Year On mdash; Hit Or Miss?

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Windows Server 2008 One Year On mdash; Hit Or Miss?magacious writes "Friday marked a year to the day since Microsoft launched Windows Server 2008, but did it have quite the impact the so-called software giant expected, or did it make more of a little squeak than a big bang? Befo...

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ne: 28-02-2009, 16:50:08

Facebook Vs. Spammers, Round Two

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Facebook Vs. Spammers, Round TwoAn anonymous reader writes "Three months after being awarded $873 million in a lawsuit against Atlantis Blue Capital for violating the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, Facebook earlier this week filed a federal complaint against 'Spam King' Sanford Wallace i...

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ne: 28-02-2009, 14:50:05

Amazon Caves On Kindle 2 Text-To-Speech

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Amazon Caves On Kindle 2 Text-To-SpeechOn Wednesday we discussed news that the Authors Guild had objected to the text-to-speech function on Amazon's Kindle 2, claiming that it infringed on audio book copyright. Today, Amazon said that while the feature is legally sound, they wou...

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ne: 28-02-2009, 12:50:18

Exoplanet Found In Old Hubble Image

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Exoplanet Found In Old Hubble ImageKristina at Science News writes "A new way to process images reveals an extrasolar planet that had been hiding in an 11-year-old Hubble picture. After ground-based telescopes found three planets orbiting the young star HR 8799, a team took that...

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ne: 28-02-2009, 08:50:02

Face Recognition mdash; Clever Or Just Plain Creepy?

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Face Recognition mdash; Clever Or Just Plain Creepy?Simson writes "Beth Rosenberg and I published a fun story today about our experiences with the new face recognition that's built into both iPhoto '09 and Google's new Picasa system. The skinny: iPhoto is fun, Google is creepy. ...

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ne: 28-02-2009, 06:50:05

Hope For Multi-Language Programming?

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Hope For Multi-Language Programming?chthonicdaemon writes "I have been using Linux as my primary environment for more than ten years. In this time, I have absorbed all the lore surrounding the Unix Way mdash; small programs doing one thing well, communicating via text and all th...