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ne: 28-02-2009, 04:50:03

emTabula Rasa/em Going Out With A Bang

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emTabula Rasa/em Going Out With A BangMytob notes that sci-fi MMO Tabula Rasa is set to close down tomorrow, and the development team has something special planned for the game's final hours. The decision to close the game was made in November, and it went free-to-play a month l...

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ne: 28-02-2009, 02:50:04

NASA Funding Boost, But No Shuttle Extension in Obama Budget

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NASA Funding Boost, But No Shuttle Extension in Obama Budgetadeelarshad82 writes to point out that details have been provided for President Obama's proposed $18.7 billion in funding for NASA in 2010 (up from $17.2 billion in 2008). Quoting: "The budget calls on NASA to complete ...

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ne: 28-02-2009, 00:50:04

RIAA About to Transform?

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RIAA About to Transform?It has been reported for a while that the RIAA was suffering some cutbacks and dwindling support, but techdirt is reporting that the cuts may be even deeper than most originally suspected. Who knew suing potential customers would ruin your business? "I'm ...

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ne: 27-02-2009, 22:50:07

Privacy in the Age of Persistence

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Privacy in the Age of PersistenceBruce Schneier recently wrote another essay on privacy for the BBC concentrating on how data seems to be the "pollution of the information age" and where this seems to be leading. "We're not going to stop the march of technology, just as we canno...

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ne: 27-02-2009, 20:50:07

Use Your IPhone To Get Out of A Ticket

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Use Your IPhone To Get Out of A TicketAn anonymous reader writes to tell us that Parkingticket.com just announced new compatibility with the Safari web browser on Apple's iPhone, giving you new tools to immediately contest a parking ticket. The site is so confident in their serv...

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Slashdot
ne: 27-02-2009, 18:50:26

How To Hijack an EU Open Source Strategy Paper

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How To Hijack an EU Open Source Strategy PaperGlyn Moody writes "Thanks to the indispensable Wikileaks, we have the opportunity to see how an organization close to Microsoft is attempting to re-write mdash; and hijack mdash; an important European Union open source strategy paper...

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ne: 27-02-2009, 16:50:13

Microsoft Brings 36 New Features To Windows 7

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Microsoft Brings 36 New Features To Windows 7Barence writes "Microsoft has unveiled a slew of new features that will appear in the Release Candidate of Windows 7 that didn't make an appearance in the beta. 'We've been quite busy for the past two months or so working through all ...

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ne: 27-02-2009, 14:50:07

Without Jobs, Will Open Source Suffer?

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Without Jobs, Will Open Source Suffer?darthcamaro writes in with an interview with Markus Rex, Novell's top Linux exec and the former CTO of the Linux Foundation. While some open source vendors see the current economy as a boon to open source, the interview concludes with Rex's ...

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Slashdot
ne: 27-02-2009, 08:50:03

Bunnie Huang on China's "Shanzai" Mash-up Design Shops

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Bunnie Huang on China's "Shanzai" Mash-up Design Shopssaccade.com writes "Bunnie (of XBox hacking and Chumby fame) has written an insightful post about how a new phenomena emerging out of China called 'Shanzai' has impacted the electronics business there. A new class of innovato...

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ne: 27-02-2009, 04:50:02

Microsoft's Augmented Reality, Video Photosynth

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Microsoft's Augmented Reality, Video PhotosynthAl writes "Microsoft demonstrated new augmented-reality software for cell-phones at the 2009 TechFest conference, which was held this week in Redmond. Instead of using GPS or WiFi triangulation, the prototype system relies entirely ...

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ne: 27-02-2009, 02:50:04

Best FOSS Help Desk Software For Small Firms?

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Best FOSS Help Desk Software For Small Firms?Nocts writes "I'm currently working for a moderately sized company that manages a large portion of its internal help desk questions through a Jabber-based chat room. What we're looking for instead is an open source, preferably Web-bas...

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ne: 27-02-2009, 00:50:04

Creative Commons Releases "Zero" License

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Creative Commons Releases "Zero" Licenserevealingheart writes "Plagiarism Today reports on the release of the Creative Commons Zero license, which allows you to waive copyright and related rights to your works, improving on the existing public domain dedication. This follows-on ...

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Slashdot
ne: 26-02-2009, 22:50:08

Sony Blu-spec CD Format Detailed, Hits Stores

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Sony Blu-spec CD Format Detailed, Hits StoresCNETNate writes "More details about Sony's new Blu-spec CD format mdash; standard CDs authored using Blu-ray's blue diode technology mdash; are beginning to emerge, with commercial releases beginning to hit Amazon. Blu-spec CDs are co...

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Slashdot
ne: 26-02-2009, 20:50:10

New Medical Disorder Linked To Gaming

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New Medical Disorder Linked To Gamingoldspewey writes "A new skin disorder caused by use of games consoles has been identified by skin specialists. The condition, dubbed "PlayStation palmar hidradenitis", is described in the British Journal of Dermatology. Researchers outline th...

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Slashdot
ne: 26-02-2009, 18:50:10

Google Joins EU Antitrust Case Against Microsoft

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Google Joins EU Antitrust Case Against Microsoftgubm writes "Google said it wants to help the European Commission prove its antitrust charges against Microsoft regarding the bundling of the Internet Explorer browser with Windows."pa href="

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ne: 26-02-2009, 16:50:13

Motor Made From Liquid Film

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Motor Made From Liquid FilmKentuckyFC writes "Last year, a group of Iranian physicists made a puzzling discovery. They placed a thin film of water in a small cell and bathed it in two perpendicular electric fields. To their suprise this caused the water to rotate. They called th...

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Slashdot
ne: 26-02-2009, 14:50:09

NASA Contest To Name ISS Module

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NASA Contest To Name ISS ModuleSolarch writes "NASA is holding a contest to name ISS Node 3. Being a Browncoat myself, I should hope that the choice of names would be obvious. As of the 7:30 PM EST on 2/25, the name Serenity has over 80% of the vote. From the site: "Node 3 will ...

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ne: 26-02-2009, 12:50:02

UK Politician Criticised For Using Hotmail

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UK Politician Criticised For Using Hotmailnk497 writes "The UK justice secretary Jack Straw has been criticised for using Hotmail as his official government email account after he apparently fell foul of a Nigerian spammer in a phishing attack. A security researcher said using s...

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Slashdot
ne: 26-02-2009, 08:50:02

Crocodiles With Frickin Magnets Attached to Their Heads

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Crocodiles With Frickin Magnets Attached to Their HeadsBrickwall writes "Florida, faced with a problem of crocodiles returning to residential neighborhoods after being relocated elsewhere, is trying to solve it by affixing magnets to the crocs' heads. The theory is the crocodile...

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ne: 26-02-2009, 06:50:02

US Antitrust Judge Examining Windows 7 Documents

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US Antitrust Judge Examining Windows 7 DocumentsAnonymous writes "After more than 11 years, the US antitrust case involving Microsoft is still alive, with a federal judge overseeing enforcement of provisions under which the software giant must operate. And now, Judge Kollar-Kote...

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ne: 26-02-2009, 04:50:04

Designer Babies

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Designer BabiesSingularity Hub writes "The Fertility Institutes recently stunned the fertility community by being the first company to boldly offer couples the opportunity to screen their embryos not only for diseases and gender, but also for completely benign characteristics su...

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ne: 26-02-2009, 02:50:03

Sony To Unveil New Fuel-Cell Prototype

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Sony To Unveil New Fuel-Cell PrototypeNakeot writes "On Friday, Sony plans to unveil their newest portable fuel-cell technology, aimed at a variety of mobile applications. From the article: quot;The system contains both a methanol fuel cell and a Li-on batteryquot; and can quot;...

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Slashdot
ne: 26-02-2009, 00:50:06

Has Microsoft's Patent War Against Linux Begun?

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Has Microsoft's Patent War Against Linux Begun?Glyn Moody writes "Microsoft has filed a suit against TomTom, 'alleging that the in-car navigation company's devices violate eight of its patents mdash; including three that relate to TomTom's implementation of the Linux kernel.' Wh...

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Slashdot
ne: 25-02-2009, 22:50:14

Microsoft Sees Linux As Bigger Competitor Than Apple

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Microsoft Sees Linux As Bigger Competitor Than AppleFacetious writes "It seems Microsoft doesn't believe the data from Net Applications regarding Linux any more than Slashdot readers do. In a recent presentation, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed a slide showing, from Microsoft...

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Slashdot
ne: 25-02-2009, 20:50:29

MS Excel Users Susceptible To New Vulnerability

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MS Excel Users Susceptible To New Vulnerabilitynandemoari writes "Microsoft has warned users that yet another critical vulnerability has been found in its popular Office spreadsheet program Excel. The flaw could allow remote hackers to open and run malicious code on an unsuspect...

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Slashdot
ne: 25-02-2009, 18:50:04

Functional Neurons Created From Adult Somatic Cells

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Functional Neurons Created From Adult Somatic Cellsmmmscience writes "Researchers at UCLA have accomplished a task that has long vexed stem cell researchers: They've created the first electronically active neurons from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. This is a great leap f...

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Slashdot
ne: 25-02-2009, 16:50:16

Jurassic Web

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Jurassic Webtheodp writes "It wasn't so long ago, but Slate's Farhad Manjoo notes that The Internet of 1996 is almost unrecognizable compared with what we have today. No YouTube, Digg, Huffington Post, Gawker, Google, Twitter, Facebook, or Wikipedia. In 1996, Americans with Inte...

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Slashdot
ne: 25-02-2009, 14:50:05

Transparency Advocate Campaigns To Lead GPO

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Transparency Advocate Campaigns To Lead GPOBigTimOBrien writes "In this interview with O'Reilly Broadcast, Carl Malamud discusses his grassroots effort to build support for his appointment as Public Printer of the United States, running the Government Printing Office mdash; an a...

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Slashdot
ne: 25-02-2009, 10:50:06

Superguns Helped Defeat the Spanish Armada

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Superguns Helped Defeat the Spanish ArmadaHugh Pickens writes "With the discovery last year of the first wreck of an Elizabethan fighting ship off Alderney in the Channel Islands, thought to date from around 1592, marine archaeologists are revising their ideas on how the English...

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Slashdot
ne: 25-02-2009, 08:50:03

Whither the 19th IOCCC?

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Whither the 19th IOCCC?dazedNconfuzed writes "Whatever happened to the 19th IOCCC? The opening thereof was announced over two years ago and the winners' names were posted, but the source code was never released mdash; leaving the results of the 2006 contest unknown as we get wel...

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Slashdot
ne: 25-02-2009, 06:50:02

Attackers Infect Ads With Old Adobe Vulnerability

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Attackers Infect Ads With Old Adobe Vulnerabilitythethibs writes "eWeek is reporting that just as everyone is buzzing about the latest Adobe vulnerability, someone poisoned ads hosted by Ziff-Davis with an older Adobe exploit (affecting versions 8.12 and earlier, and long since ...

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Slashdot
ne: 25-02-2009, 04:50:04

Terry Childs Case Puts All Admins In Danger

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Terry Childs Case Puts All Admins In Dangersnydeq writes "Paul Venezia analyzes the four counts San Francisco has levied against Terry Childs, a case that curiously omits the charge of computer tampering, the very allegation that has kept Childs in jail for seven months and now ...

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Slashdot
ne: 25-02-2009, 00:50:03

Court Upholds AP "Quasi-Property" Rights On Hot News

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Court Upholds AP "Quasi-Property" Rights On Hot NewsI Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "A federal court ruled that the AP can sue competitors for 'quasi-property' rights on hot news, as well as for copyright infringement and several other claims. The so-called 'hot new...

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Slashdot
ne: 24-02-2009, 22:50:14

Cold-War Era Naval Vessels Up For Grabs

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Cold-War Era Naval Vessels Up For Grabsmcleland lets us in on a Wall Street Journal story about two cold-war era, formerly top-secret vessels the US Navy is trying to give away. At issue are the Sea Shadow (the ancestor of all modern naval radar-evading technology) and the Hughe...

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Slashdot
ne: 24-02-2009, 20:51:11

$100 Linux Wall-Wart Now Available

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$100 Linux Wall-Wart Now AvailablenerdyH sends us to LinuxDevices for a description of a tiny Linux device called the Marvell SheevaPlug. "A $100 Linux wall wart could do to servers what netbooks did to notebooks. With the Marvell SheevaPlug, you get a completely open (hardware ...

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ne: 24-02-2009, 18:50:12

The Chinese (Web Servers) Are Coming

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The Chinese (Web Servers) Are ComingGlyn Moody writes "The February 2009 Netcraft survey is not the usual 'Apache continues to trounce Microsoft IIS' story: there's a new entrant mdash; from China. 'This majority of this month's growth is down to the appearance of 20 million Chi...

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Slashdot
ne: 24-02-2009, 16:50:07

How To Rack Up $28,000 In Roaming Without Leaving the US

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How To Rack Up $28,000 In Roaming Without Leaving the USpmbasehore writes "While waiting for his cruise ship to depart, a man decided to use his ATamp;T wireless card and Slingbox account to watch the Bears vs. Lions football game. When he got his bill, he was slammed with $28,0...

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Slashdot
ne: 24-02-2009, 14:50:09

Supreme Court Sides With Rambus Over FTC

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Supreme Court Sides With Rambus Over FTCafabbro writes "The US Supreme Court rejected the FTC's bid to impose anti-trust penalties on Rambus. Without comment, they let stand an appeals court decision favoring Rambus. The FTC had found that Rambus undermined competition by gettin...

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ne: 24-02-2009, 12:50:14

Working Around Slow US Gov. On DNS Security

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Working Around Slow US Gov. On DNS Securityalphadogg writes "Last fall, the US government sought comments from industry about how better to secure the Internet by deploying DNSSEC on the root zone. But it hasn't taken action since then. Internet policy experts anticipate further...

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ne: 24-02-2009, 08:50:03

UK Gov. Wants IWF List To Cover 100% of UK Broadband

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UK Gov. Wants IWF List To Cover 100% of UK Broadbandwild_quinine writes "The UK government stated in 2006 that they wished to see 100% of UK consumer broadband ISPs' connections covered by blocking, which includes images of child abuse. 95% of ISPs have complied, but children's ...

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ne: 24-02-2009, 06:50:02

EU Says MS Must Offer Other Browsers; Now What?

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EU Says MS Must Offer Other Browsers; Now What?Glyn Moody writes "So the European Commission is going to require Microsoft to offer competitors' browsers with Windows. '...Microsoft will be obliged to design Windows in a way that allows users "to choose which competing web brows...

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ne: 24-02-2009, 04:50:02

First Evidence of Supernovae Found In Ice Cores

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First Evidence of Supernovae Found In Ice CoresKentuckyFC writes "Supernovae in our part of the Milky Way ought to have a significant impact on the atmosphere. In particular, the intense gamma-ray burst would ionize oxygen and nitrogen in the mid to upper atmosphere, increasing ...

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ne: 24-02-2009, 02:50:02

Homemade PDF Patch Beats Adobe By Two Weeks

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Homemade PDF Patch Beats Adobe By Two WeeksCWmike writes "Sourcefire security researcher Lurene Grenier has published a home-brewed patch for the critical Adobe Reader vulnerability that hackers are exploiting in the wild using malicious PDF files, beating Adobe Systems Inc. to ...

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Slashdot
ne: 24-02-2009, 00:50:03

Combining BitTorrent With Darknets For P2P Privacy

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Combining BitTorrent With Darknets For P2P PrivacyCSEMike writes "Currently popular peer-to-peer networks suffer from a lack of privacy. For applications like BitTorrent or Gnutella, sharing a file means exposing your behavior to anyone interested in monitoring it. OneSwarm is a...

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Slashdot
ne: 23-02-2009, 22:50:11

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory Set for Launch Tomorrow

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NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory Set for Launch Tomorrowbughunter writes "The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) is slated for launch tomorrow, February 24, 2009. OCO is the first earth science observatory that will create a detailed map of atmospheric carbon dioxide sources an...

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ne: 23-02-2009, 20:50:34

Joomla! Web Security

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Joomla! Web SecurityStephen Brandon writes "It used to be that to set up a database-backed web site required at least a server guy, a database administrator, a programmer, and a designer. Joomla! and other modern CMS systems have opened the door to allow non-administrators to be...

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ne: 23-02-2009, 18:50:10

The Art of The Farewell Email

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The Art of The Farewell EmailWith so many people losing their jobs the farewell email, letting colleagues and contacts know where you are moving and how you can be reached, has become common. Writing a really good one, whether it be funny, sad or just plain mad is an art form. C...

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ne: 23-02-2009, 16:50:17

Last.fm Shoots Down Rumors Over U2 Album Leak

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Last.fm Shoots Down Rumors Over U2 Album Leaknandemoari writes "Internet radio site Last.fm has denied reports that it told the record industry which of its members had listened to a leaked U2 album. The site claims the entire story, published by Techcrunch, was made up. Last we...

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Slashdot
ne: 23-02-2009, 14:50:09

Slumdog Millionaire Takes Home 8 Oscars

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Slumdog Millionaire Takes Home 8 OscarsBen Burtt was robbed of his overly deserved Oscars for the sound on Wall-E, and Heath Ledger's Joker unsurprisingly got a posthumous statue, but the big winner for the night was Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire with Picture, Director, Song...

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Slashdot
ne: 23-02-2009, 10:50:08

An Early Look at the NASA MMO

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An Early Look at the NASA MMOBig Download is running an article with details and screenshots from the MMO under development by NASA. The game makes us of Unreal Engine 3, and it's titled Astronaut: Moon, Mars and Beyond. A demo is planned for later this year, and in 2010 they ex...