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ne: 23-02-2009, 08:50:05

Music-swapping Sites To Be Blocked By Irish ISPs

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Music-swapping Sites To Be Blocked By  Irish ISPsAn anonymous reader writes "Irish internet users are to be blocked from accessing music swapping websites, as internet service providers bow to pressure from the music industry. Eircom, the country's biggest internet provider, is ...

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ne: 23-02-2009, 04:50:04

Gnome, KDE, LXDE, IceWM All Working On Android

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Gnome, KDE, LXDE, IceWM All Working On Androiddooberrymctavish writes "Ghostwalker over at AndroidFanatic has gone and done it again; now he's released clear and concise instructions on how to get X11 server running on your Android device. Not only that, but he has successfully ...

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ne: 23-02-2009, 02:50:03

Microsoft Asks For a Refund From Laid-Off Workers

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Microsoft Asks For a Refund From Laid-Off WorkersAn anonymous reader writes "The large print giveth, the small print taketh away. Microsoft, which recently laid off 1400 employees, is now claiming that some of those lucky schmoes were inadvertently overpaid on their severance pa...

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ne: 23-02-2009, 00:50:04

Cory Doctorow Calls Death To Music, Movies, Print

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Cory Doctorow Calls Death To Music, Movies, PrintAn anonymous reader writes "Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow depicts an unfortunate near-future for a handful of media industries being transformed or killed by the Internet. Predicting a large-scale transformation of the music, m...

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ne: 22-02-2009, 22:50:06

Linked In Or Out?

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Linked In Or Out?Mr_Whoopass writes "I am the IT Administrator for a regional restaurant chain and as of late I am noticing more and more people sending me invitations to sites like LinkedIn, FaceBook, etc. Mother always taught me to be a skeptic and knowing more than the averag...

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ne: 22-02-2009, 20:50:30

Security Review Summary of NIST SHA-3 Round 1

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Security Review Summary of NIST SHA-3 Round 1FormOfActionBanana writes "The security firm Fortify Software has undertaken an automated code review of the NIST SHA-3 round 1 contestants (previously Slashdotted) reference implementations. After a followup audit, the team is now re...

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ne: 22-02-2009, 18:50:11

Staccato Proclaims UWB Technology Isn't Dead

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Staccato Proclaims UWB Technology Isn't DeadMojoKid writes "Earlier this month, Ultra-Wideband mainstay TZero closed its doors, leaving the once hopeful format in limbo. One of the few UWB supporters still hanging around is Staccato Communications, and not surprisingly, its CEO ...

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ne: 22-02-2009, 16:50:06

Walter Bright Ports D To the Mac

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Walter Bright Ports D To the Macjonniee writes "D is a programming language created by Walter Bright of C++ fame. D's focus is on combining the power and high performance of C/C++ with the programmer productivity of modern languages like Ruby and Python. And now he's ported it t...

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ne: 22-02-2009, 14:50:09

Uncle Sam's Travel Site Grounded By Breach

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Uncle Sam's Travel Site Grounded By BreachMcGruber writes "Northrup-Grumman's Govtrip.com website has been shut down following a security breach, according to a report by 'Security Fix' blogger Brian Krebs. Being a federal employee and frequent work traveler, I am (was?) a Govtr...

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ne: 22-02-2009, 10:50:06

London Police Seek To Install CCTV In Pubs

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London Police Seek To Install CCTV In PubsJCWDenton writes "The Met Police got a short sharp rap over the knuckles yesterday, as the Office of the Information Commissioner questioned what looks very much like a blanket policy to force CCTV onto public houses in certain parts of ...

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ne: 22-02-2009, 08:50:03

How a Router's Missed Range Check Nearly Crashed the Internet

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How a Router's Missed Range Check Nearly Crashed the InternetBarlaam writes "A bug by router vendor A (omitting a range check from a critical field in the configuration interface) tickled a bug from router vendor B (dropping BGP sessions when processing some ASPATH attributes wi...

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ne: 22-02-2009, 04:50:03

Startup Threatened Into Settling Over Hyperlinking

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Startup Threatened Into Settling Over HyperlinkingAn anonymous reader writes "A tiny startup that was threatened by a massive law firm over nothing more than a humble hyperlink has been forced to settle and change its linking policies, handing Goliath the win in this gratuitous ...

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ne: 22-02-2009, 02:50:05

Satellite Collision Debris May Hamper Space Launch

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Satellite Collision Debris May Hamper Space LaunchMatt_dk writes "The debris from a recent collision involving two communications satellites could pose a serious threat for future launches of spacecraft into a geostationary orbit, a Russian scientist said on Friday. Future launc...

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Slashdot
ne: 22-02-2009, 00:50:04

We're Just Not That Into You, iPhone Apps

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We're Just Not That Into You, iPhone Appsmaximus1 writes "A new report compiled by iPhone analytics firm Pinch Media finds the majority of people stop using apps the day after they download them, and only 1 percent develop a long-term relationship with any given app. Instead, mo...

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ne: 21-02-2009, 22:50:09

Court Reinstates Proof-of-Age Requirement For Nude Ads

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Court Reinstates Proof-of-Age Requirement For Nude Adsarbitraryaardvark writes "An Ohio swinger's magazine objects to keeping proof on file that its advertisers are over 18. I reported here in 2007 that the 6th circuit struck down U.S.C. Title 18, Section 2257 as a First Amendme...

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ne: 21-02-2009, 20:50:06

Netflix To Offer Streaming-Only Service Plans

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Netflix To Offer Streaming-Only Service PlansMojoKid writes "Debates are raging as to what the future of movie distribution will look like. There are those who claim that physical discs like DVDs, Blu-ray, and whatever format will eventually supplant Blu-ray will always deliver ...

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ne: 21-02-2009, 18:50:09

Optical Concentrator To Make Solar Power Cheaper

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Optical Concentrator To Make Solar Power CheaperAl writes "Researchers at a company called Morgan Solar have developed a simple solar concentrator that promises to cut the cost of solar energy. The Light-Guide Solar Optic (LSO) consists of a specially-molded acrylic optic that t...

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ne: 21-02-2009, 16:50:06

Optimizing Linux Systems For Solid State Disks

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Optimizing Linux Systems For Solid State Diskstytso writes "I've recently started exploring ways of configuring Solid State Disks (SSD's) so they work most efficiently in Linux. In particular, Intel's new 80GB X25-M, which has fallen down to a street price of around $400 and thu...

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ne: 21-02-2009, 14:50:04

A Surveillance Camera On Every Chicago Street Corner?

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A Surveillance Camera On Every Chicago Street Corner?Mike writes "Chicago Mayor Daley has stated that if his Olympic dreams come true, by 2016 there will be a surveillance camera on 'every street corner in Chicago.' Just like in London, elected officials all over America appear ...

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ne: 21-02-2009, 12:50:03

Pirate Bay Day 5 mdash; Prosecution Tries To Sneak In Evidence

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Pirate Bay Day 5 mdash; Prosecution Tries To Sneak In EvidenceHodejo1 writes "On the old Perry Mason TV shows, it was a common sight to see someone burst into the crowded courtroom at a dire moment and confess aloud that they, not the defendant, killed so-and-so. In reality, cou...

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ne: 21-02-2009, 08:50:04

Most Extreme Gamma-Ray Blast Yet Detected

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Most Extreme Gamma-Ray Blast Yet DetectedMatt_dk sends in a quote from a story at NASA: "The first gamma-ray burst to be seen in high-resolution from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is one for the record books. The blast had the greatest total energy, the fastest motions ...

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ne: 21-02-2009, 06:50:02

'Cybot' Development For Network Defense

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'Cybot' Development For Network Defenselwbrown writes with this excerpt from Government Computer News about a concept being explored at Oak Ridge National Laboratory: "UNTAME is the product of a long-term program by the division's Cyber Security and Information Intelligence Rese...

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ne: 21-02-2009, 04:50:08

Freeing and Forgetting Data With Science Commons

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Freeing and Forgetting Data With Science Commonsblackbearnh writes "Scientific data can be both hard to get and expensive, even if your tax dollars paid for it. And if you do pay the big bucks to a publisher for access to a scientific paper, there's no assurance that you'll be a...

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ne: 21-02-2009, 02:50:06

Appeals Court Strikes Down California's Violent Game Ban

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Appeals Court Strikes Down California's Violent Game BanNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has struck down as unconstitutional a California statute purporting to ban the sale or rent...

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ne: 21-02-2009, 00:50:05

DARPA Creates Remote Controlled Insects

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DARPA Creates Remote Controlled InsectsEmagGeek writes "Attempts by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to create cybernetic insects (hybrids of biological and electronic 'bugs') have yielded ultra-low power radios to control the bugs' flight and a method of...

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Slashdot
ne: 20-02-2009, 22:50:19

Atlantis Seekers Given Thrill by Google Ocean

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Atlantis Seekers Given Thrill by Google OceanRcK writes "Numerous articles are springing up regarding a feature found using the new Google Ocean, which some claim could be the location of Atlantis. While this is obviously early, and probably has the same credibility levels as pr...

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

Microsoft Secret Prototype Phone Stolen

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Microsoft Secret Prototype Phone Stolenbossanovalithium writes to tell us that details are emerging about the theft of a top secret prototype mobile device stolen from an executive's pocket. Time to start watching eBay. "There are fears that leaks regarding the features and earl...

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ne: 20-02-2009, 18:50:06

Ma.gnolia User Data Is Gone For Good

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Ma.gnolia User Data Is Gone For Goodmiller60 writes "The social bookmarking service Ma.gnolia reports that all its user data was irretrievably lost in the Jan. 30 database crash that knocked the service offline. Ma.gnolia founder Larry Halff recently discussed the crash and the ...

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ne: 20-02-2009, 16:50:25

DIY 1980s "Non-Von" Supercomputer

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DIY 1980s "Non-Von" SupercomputerBrietech writes "Ever wanted to own your own supercomputer? This guy recreated a 31-processor SIMD supercomputer from the early 1980's called the 'Non-Von 1' in an FPGA. It uses a 'Non-Von Neumann' architecture, and was intended for extremely fas...

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ne: 20-02-2009, 14:50:03

Should Obama Give Stimulus To Open Source?

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Should Obama Give Stimulus To Open Source?snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Bill Snyder posits a deeper relationship between government and open source than was proposed in last week's open letter to Obama calling for broader open source adoption: economic stimulus. Since software vend...

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ne: 20-02-2009, 12:50:12

Do Video Games Cost Too Much?

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Do Video Games Cost Too Much?Valve's Gabe Newell gave the keynote address at this year's Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain (DICE) Summit about the cost of games, the effect of piracy, and how to reach new players. Valve undertook an experiment recently to test how price a...

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ne: 20-02-2009, 10:50:04

Spaceplane Concept Receives Euro Funding

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Spaceplane Concept Receives Euro Fundingdraevil writes "BBC News reports that the novel "Skylon" spaceplane design of British firm Reaction Engines has received funding to proceed with its proof-of-concept design for an air-breathing rocket engine. If successful the Sabre rocket...

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ne: 20-02-2009, 08:50:03

Space Based Solar Power Within a Decade?

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Space Based Solar Power Within a Decade?Nancy Atkinson writes "A new company Space Energy, Inc. says they have developed what they call a "rock-solid business platform" and they should be able to provide commercially available space based solar power within a decade. "Although i...

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ne: 20-02-2009, 04:50:03

Dell Accuses Psion of "Fraud" Over Netbook

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Dell Accuses Psion of "Fraud" Over NetbookBarence writes "Dell has issued court papers in the US, accusing Psion of fraudulently laying claim to the term netbook. Psion sent out warning letters late last year to PC manufacturers, retailers and bloggers alike, asking them to stop...

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

Human Eye Could Detect Spooky Action At a Distance

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Human Eye Could Detect Spooky Action At a DistanceKentuckyFC writes "The human eye is a good photon detector--it's sensitive enough to spot photons in handfuls. So what if you swapped a standard photon detector with a human eye in the ongoing experiments to measure spooky-action...

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ne: 20-02-2009, 00:50:03

Found In Space (On Flickr)

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Found In Space (On Flickr)Jamie stumbled upon a writeup for all you astronomy and photography buffs out there (Perhaps my Dad or Uncle Jim are reading ;). From the writeup "The...

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ne: 19-02-2009, 18:50:05

When Servers Explode

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When Servers Explode1sockchuck writes "Have you ever lost your patience with a server? We're not sure who was the first person to intentionally blow up a server, but plenty of others have followed in their footsteps, and many seem to have captured the event on video. The Gallery...

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ne: 19-02-2009, 16:50:04

Web-based IDEs Edge Closer To the Mainstream

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Web-based IDEs Edge Closer To the Mainstreamsnitch writes "Last week Mozilla released Bespin, their web-based framework for code editing, and only a few days later Boris Bokowski and Simon Kaegi implemented an Eclipse-based Bespin server using headless Eclipse plug-ins. With the...

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ne: 19-02-2009, 14:50:07

Arctic Ice Extent Understated Because of "Sensor Drift"

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Arctic Ice Extent Understated Because of "Sensor Drift"dtjohnson writes "The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has been at the forefront of predicting doom in the arctic as ice melts due to global warming. In May, 2008 they went so far as to predict that the North Pole w...

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ne: 19-02-2009, 10:50:03

Hubble Repair Mission At Risk

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Hubble Repair Mission At RiskMollyB writes "According to Wired the recent collision of satellites may put the Atlantis shuttle mission to repair Hubble in the "unacceptable risk" status: 'The spectacular collision between two satellites on Feb. 10 could make the shuttle mission ...

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ne: 19-02-2009, 08:50:03

NVIDIA Responds To Intel Suit

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NVIDIA Responds To Intel SuitMojoKid writes "NVIDIA and Intel have always had an interesting relationship, consisting of a dash of mutual respect and a whole lot of under-the-collar disdain. And with situations such as these, it's easy to understand why. NVIDIA today has come fo...

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ne: 19-02-2009, 06:50:04

Pirate Bay Day 3 mdash; Defense Requests Dismissal

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Pirate Bay Day 3 mdash; Defense Requests DismissalHodejo1 writes "Yesterday was a big day for the Pirate Bay when half of the charges against them were dropped leaving only the lesser charges of assisting making copyrighted material available in place. TorrentFreak is following ...

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ne: 19-02-2009, 04:50:03

Europa Selected As Target of Next Flagship Mission

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Europa Selected As Target of Next Flagship Missionvolcanopele writes "NASA and the European Space Agency announced today that they have selected the Europa/Jupiter System Mission as the next large mission to the outer solar system. For the last year, the Europa mission has been ...

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ne: 19-02-2009, 02:50:06

Judge Dismisses Google Street View Case

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Judge Dismisses Google Street View Caseangry tapir writes "A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Pennsylvania family against Google after the company took and posted images of the outside of their house in its Maps service. The lawsuit, filed in April 2008, drew attention b...

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ne: 19-02-2009, 00:50:10

MacBook's "Unremovable" Battery Easy To Remove

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MacBook's "Unremovable" Battery Easy To RemoveSlatterz writes "Going just a bit further than your average unboxing, someone has stripped a new 17-inch Apple Macbook Pro to its component parts revealing one or two little surprises. The biggest of which is that the built-in batter...

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Slashdot
ne: 18-02-2009, 22:50:19

Is the Bar of Soap Tomorrow's Smarterphone?

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Is the Bar of Soap Tomorrow's Smarterphone?Barence writes "Researchers at MIT have developed a gadget that knows whether you want to use it as a camera or smartphone, just by the way you're holding it. So, if you hold the device, dubbed the Bar of Soap, out in front of you like ...

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ne: 18-02-2009, 20:50:09

Twitter Leads Social Networks In Downtime

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Twitter Leads Social Networks In Downtimeillectro writes "A study on site availability by monitoring service Pingdom shows that in 2008 Twitter greeted users with the 'Fail Whale' for more than 84 hours, almost twice as much as any other site. At the other end of the scale imeem...

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ne: 18-02-2009, 18:50:46

Microsoft Says No Profit In Vista-XP Downgrades

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Microsoft Says No Profit In Vista-XP DowngradesCWmike writes "Microsoft has denied that it makes money when users 'downgrade' Windows Vista to XP, as a lawsuit filed last week alleges. The lawsuit, submitted last week, stems from the $59.25 fee that a California woman was charge...

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ne: 18-02-2009, 16:50:06

Apple's Mac OS X Update Breaks Perl

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Apple's Mac OS X Update Breaks Perlmir writes "It looks like if you use CPAN to install modules, Apple's latest security update might just have broken your Perl. According to Tatsuhiko Miyagawa 'The Security Update brings (old) IO.bundle with version 1.22 but your IO.pm has been...

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ne: 18-02-2009, 14:50:10

TrapCall Service To Bypass Caller ID Blocking

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TrapCall Service To Bypass Caller ID Blockingcemaco writes in with news that TelTech, developers of the infamous SpoofCard service, have come out with something even more controversial: a set of services for revealing blocked caller ID numbers. The services take advantage of a l...