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01-01-2009, 00:50:03

Is the Yellowstone Supervolcano About To Blow?

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Is the Yellowstone Supervolcano About To Blow?An anonymous reader writes "Apparently, Yellowstone National Park has been having a very unusual number of earthquakes. Many of the most recent tremors have been deeper underground, an ominous sign. Combine that with a rapid rise in ...
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31-12-2008, 22:50:02

400,000 PCs Infected With Fake "Antivirus 2009"

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400,000 PCs Infected With Fake "Antivirus 2009"nandemoari writes "The second month of Microsoft's campaign against fake security software has resulted in the removal of the rogue "Antivirus 2009" application from almost 400,000 infected PCs. Microsoft claims that December's vers...
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31-12-2008, 20:50:03

Time Warner Recommends Internet For Some Shows

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Time Warner Recommends Internet For Some ShowsEdIII writes "The dispute between Time Warner and Viacom over fees seems to be without any resolution this year. Time Warner faces the possibility of being without content for almost 20 channels. Alexander Dudley, a spokesperson for ...
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31-12-2008, 18:50:03

The Best Computer Mice In Every Category

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The Best Computer Mice In Every CategoryThinSkin writes "Now that the folks at ExtremeTech have finished writing about the best keyboards for every occasion, they conclude their roundup of input devices with the best computer mice in every category, which includes ergonomic mice...
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31-12-2008, 16:50:02

Microsoft Zunes Committing Mass Suicide!

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Microsoft Zunes Committing Mass Suicide!jddeluxe writes "There are multiple reports springing up all over the internet of a mass suicide of Micro$oft 30Mb Zune players globally. Check Zune forums; Gizmodo; or other such sites, the reports are spreading rapidly, except apparently...
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31-12-2008, 14:50:02

The 2008 Malware Challenge

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The 2008 Malware ChallengeJohn Hering writes "With over 25 papers submitted, the results of the 2008 Malware Challenge are in. Malware has become an ever-present danger in today's connected world: The 2008 Malware Challenge was created to help increase awareness and understandin...
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31-12-2008, 12:50:02

A Look At the Growth of MMOs In 2008

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A Look At the Growth of MMOs In 2008Zonk writes with news of a collaboration between Massively and GamerDNA to analyze the state of MMO player bases for 2008. Sifting through the data brought out several interesting trends. For example, Age of Conan took a substantial hit when W...
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31-12-2008, 10:50:02

Terry Pratchett Knighted

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Terry Pratchett Knightedackthpt writes "Headlines have been popping up on Google News: 'Terry Pratchett declared himself "flabbergasted" to receive a knighthood as he led a group of writers, actors and performers honoured today.' The Discworld author and stalwart adversary of Al...
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31-12-2008, 06:50:01

Content Filtering Pulled From Free Broadband Proposal

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Content Filtering Pulled From Free Broadband Proposalhuzur79 writes "Electronista is reporting that Kevin Martin, Chairman of the FCC, has dropped the content filtering provisions from the proposal for free wireless broadband service, according to an interview with Ars Technica....
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31-12-2008, 04:50:02

Next Generation T9 Keyboard Technology

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Next Generation T9 Keyboard TechnologyIddo Genuth writes "Cliff Kushler, the inventor of the T9 keyboard technology for numeric keypads, has developed a new alphanumeric entry technology for touch-screen laptops and Smartphone devices. This latest technology, named Swype, works ...
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31-12-2008, 02:50:15

Sex Offenders Must Hand Over Online Passwords

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Sex Offenders Must Hand Over Online Passwordsmytrip writes "Privacy advocates are questioning an aggressive Georgia law set to take effect Thursday that would require sex offenders to hand over Internet passwords, screen names and e-mail addresses. Georgia joins a small band of ...
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31-12-2008, 00:50:01

NASA Releases Columbia Crew Survival Report

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NASA Releases Columbia Crew Survival ReportMigraineman writes "NASA has released a 400-page Columbia Crew Survival Investigation Report [16MB PDF.] If you're interested in a detailed examination and timeline of the events leading to the destruction of Columbia, this is well wort...
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30-12-2008, 22:50:02

Oregon Governor Proposes Vehicle Mileage Tax

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Oregon Governor Proposes Vehicle Mileage Taxtiedyejeremy writes "As covered by the Crosscut Blog, the Governor of Oregon, Ted Kulongoski, is proposing a change in the funding of the Oregonian transportation system that drops gasoline taxes and, by way of GPS tracking, taxes the ...
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30-12-2008, 20:50:14

Tales From the Support Crypt

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Tales From the Support CryptAn anonymous reader writes "Talking viruses, infected physical devices, and lights that go out are some of the 'problems' Panda Security's tech support service has had to face. Many of them were not a result of computer viruses, but of confused users....
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30-12-2008, 18:50:12

CCC Create a Rogue CA Certificate

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CCC Create a Rogue CA Certificatet3rmin4t0r writes "Just when you were breathing easy about Kaminsky, DNS and the word hijacking, by repeating the word SSL in your head, the hackers at CCC were busy at work making a hash of SSL certificate security. Here's the scoop on how they ...
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30-12-2008, 16:50:03

New Photos of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Assembly

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New Photos of SpaceX's Falcon 9 AssemblyRobGoldsmith writes "New images are now available of SpaceX's Falcon 9 being assembled, the images are accompanied with a small update from SpaceX. If there are no unexpected delays, its possible Falcon 9 will be completely integrated by t...
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30-12-2008, 14:50:05

CCC Hackers Break DECT Telephones' Security

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CCC Hackers Break DECT Telephones' SecuritySub Zero 992 writes "Heise Security (article in German) is reporting that at this year's Chaos Communications Congress (25C3) researchers in Europe's dedected.org group have published an article (pdf) showing, using a PC-Card costing on...
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30-12-2008, 12:50:05

How Small Can Computers Get? Computing in a Molecule

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How Small Can Computers Get? Computing in a MoleculeScienceDaily at what the future might bring for atomic-scale computing. "Joachim, the head of the CEMES Nanoscience and Picotechnology Group (GNS), is currently coordinating a team of researchers from 15 academic and industrial...
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30-12-2008, 08:50:02

Avoiding Wasted Time With emPrince of Persia/em

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Avoiding Wasted Time With emPrince of Persia/emZonk pointed out an interesting video presentation by Shamus Young on the importance of the new Prince of Persia, calling it the most innovative game of 2008. Young brings up the fact that many of today's games punish failure by was...
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30-12-2008, 06:50:03

AMD Releases Open-Source R600/700 3D Code

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AMD Releases Open-Source R600/700 3D CodeMichael writes "AMD has just released code that will allow for open-source 3D acceleration on their ATI R600 and R700 graphics cards, including all of their newest Radeon HD 4xxx products. This code consists of a demo program that feeds t...
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30-12-2008, 04:50:04

Worlds.com Sues NCSoft Over MMO-Patent

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Worlds.com Sues NCSoft Over MMO-PatentLulfas writes "Worlds.com today sued NCSoft over a patent filed in 2000 (granted this February) over its patent on a scalable virtual world. This is a very broad base patent, and there is no reason to expect they will only sue NCSoft, when t...
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30-12-2008, 00:50:02

FBI Issues Code Cracking Challenge

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FBI Issues Code Cracking Challengecoondoggie writes to tell us that the FBI has issued another cracking challenge for a new cipher on their site. Tens of thousands responded to a similar challenge last year. In addition to the challenge the FBI is also offering a few primers on ...
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29-12-2008, 22:50:16

The Best Keyboards For Every Occasion

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The Best Keyboards For Every OccasionThinSkin writes "ExtremeTech has written an article on the best keyboards in every category, such as gaming keyboards (macro and hybrid), media center keyboards, keyboard gamepads, and so forth. Of course, the big companies like Microsoft and...
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29-12-2008, 20:50:09

Interclue and What Going Proprietary Can Do

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Interclue and What Going Proprietary Can DoLinux.com (who shares a corporate overlord with Slashdot) has an interesting look at what going proprietary can mean for your overall effectiveness. Using Firefox extension "Interclue" as the object lesson, the piece looks at both the e...
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29-12-2008, 18:50:02

Amazon.com Reporting This Holiday Season Their "Best Ever"

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Amazon.com Reporting This Holiday Season Their "Best Ever"In a refreshing break from all the doom and gloom, Amazon.com is calling this holiday season their best ever. Reporting a 44 percent rise the in number of items sold, they are refusing to provide actual dollar amounts, so...
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29-12-2008, 16:50:02

Storm Causes ATamp;T Outage Across Midwest

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Storm Causes ATamp;T Outage Across Midwestdstates writes "ATamp;T left users across several Midwestern states without cellular phone service yesterday. The outage apparently resulted from a power failure at a Michigan switching center and spread to affect level3 Internet communi...
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29-12-2008, 14:50:12

The Slippery Legal Slope of Cartoon Porn

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The Slippery Legal Slope of Cartoon PornBenFenner writes "Two out of the three Virginia judges involved with Dwight Whorley's case say cartoon images depicting sex acts with children are considered child pornography in the United States. Judge Paul V. Niemeyer noted the PROTECT ...
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29-12-2008, 12:50:02

Evolution of Intelligence More Complex Than Once Thought

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Evolution of Intelligence More Complex Than Once Thoughtpalegray.net writes "According to a new article published in Scientific American, the nature of and evolutionary development of animal intelligence is significantly more complicated than many have assumed. In opposition to ...
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29-12-2008, 10:50:06

Leap Second To Be Added Dec 31, 2008

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Leap Second To Be Added Dec 31, 2008ammorris writes "Don't be the laughingstock of your friends when you shout 'Happy New Years' a second too early ... The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service has announced that a leap second will be added on December 31, 2...
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29-12-2008, 08:50:02

Walmart Photo Keychain Comes Preloaded With Malware

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Walmart Photo Keychain Comes Preloaded With MalwareBlowit writes "With the Christmas holidays just past and opening up your electronic presents may get you all excited, but not for a selected lot of people who got the Mercury 1.5" Digital Photo Frame from Walmart (or other store...
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29-12-2008, 06:50:02

Walmart Photo Keychain Comes Preloaded With Malware

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Walmart Photo Keychain Comes Preloaded With MalwareBlowit writes "With the Christmas holidays just past and opening up your electronic presents may get you all excited, but not for a selected lot of people who got the Mercury 1.5" Digital Photo Frame from Walmart (or other store...
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29-12-2008, 04:50:04

BBC's iPlayer Chief Pushes Tiered Charging For ISPs

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BBC's iPlayer Chief Pushes Tiered Charging For ISPsrs232 writes with a link to a story at The Register which begins: "The executive in charge of the BBC iPlayer has suggested that internet users could be charged pound;10 per month extra on their broadband bill for higher quality...
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29-12-2008, 00:50:03

Entire Transcript of RIAA's Only Trial Now Online

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Entire Transcript of RIAA's Only Trial Now OnlineNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "The entire transcript of the RIAA's 'perfect storm', its first and only trial, which resulted in a $222,000 verdict in a case involving 24 MP3's...
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28-12-2008, 22:50:01

Using Lasers To Generate Random Numbers Faster

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Using Lasers To Generate Random Numbers FasterPranav writes "Using semiconductor lasers, scientists from Takushoku University, Saitama University, and NTT Corporation achieved random number rates of up to 1.7 gigabits per second, which is about 10 times higher than the second-be...
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28-12-2008, 20:50:19

Batteries To Store Wind Energy

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Batteries To Store Wind EnergyRoland Piquepaille writes "Scientific American reports that Xcel Energy, a Minneapolis-based utility company, has started to test a new technology to store wind energy in batteries. The company is currently trying it in a 1,100 megawatt facility of ...
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28-12-2008, 18:50:03

How Can the Stimulus Plan Help the Internet?

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How Can the Stimulus Plan Help the Internet?Wired is running an article raising the question of how a US economic stimulus plan could best help broadband adoption and the internet in general. We discussed President-elect Obama's statements about his plan, which would include inv...
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28-12-2008, 16:50:02

Matt Blaze Examines Communications Privacy

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Matt Blaze Examines Communications Privacyaltjira writes "Matt Blaze analyzes the implications of a recent Newsweek story on the Bush administration's use of the NSA for domestic spying on communications, and questions whether the lower legal threshold for the collection of comm...
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28-12-2008, 14:50:05

What Carriers Don't Want You To Know About Texting

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What Carriers Don't Want You To Know About TextingAn anonymous reader writes "Randall Stross has just published a sobering article in The New York Times about how the four major US wireless carriers don't want anyone to know the actual cost structure of text message services to ...
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28-12-2008, 12:50:03

Michael Meeks Says OO.o Project is "Profoundly Sick"

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Michael Meeks Says OO.o Project is "Profoundly Sick"unassimilatible writes "Michael Meeks, who works full time developing OpenOffice, writes in his blog that the project is 'profoundly sick.' 'In a healthy project we would expect to see a large number of volunteer developers inv...
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28-12-2008, 10:50:02

Bush's Electronic Archives Threaten To Swamp National Archives

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Bush's Electronic Archives Threaten To Swamp National ArchivesColdWetDog writes "The New York Times reports that the soon-to-be-disbanded Bush / Cheney White House threatens to overload the National Archives with close to 100 Terabytes of data. This includes the Barney Cam and e...
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28-12-2008, 08:50:02

XBMC Running On an Atom-Based MID

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XBMC Running On an Atom-Based MIDreborn writes "Someone's got XBMC running on one of those MIDs. This one is a Compal Jax10. It runs Linux and is powered by an Intel Atom processor clocked at 800Mhz along with Intel's GMA500, which is basically a licensed PowerVR SGX GPU. Except...
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28-12-2008, 04:50:02

RIAA's Request For Appeal Denied In Thomas Case

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RIAA's Request For Appeal Denied In Thomas CaseNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "The RIAA's request for permission to appeal from the decision setting aside its $222,000 jury verdict has been denied by District Court Judge Mich...
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28-12-2008, 02:50:02

Study Abroad For Computer Science Majors?

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Study Abroad For Computer Science Majors?sbilstein writes "I'm currently a sophomore studying computer science with a penchant for international travel. While I do realize that the internet precludes the need for us geeks to travel farther than our desks, I'd still like to take ...
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28-12-2008, 00:50:01

Touchscreen Netbooks To Shine At CES 2009

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Touchscreen Netbooks To Shine At CES 2009i4u writes "The new generation of netbooks debuting at CES 2009 will add touch and will have twistable screens to use them in tablet or notebook style. Intel is set to introduce a new Classmate netbook with a twistable screen and touchscr...
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27-12-2008, 22:50:07

Microsoft Invents $1.15/Hour Homework Fee For Kids

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Microsoft Invents $1.15/Hour Homework Fee For Kidstheodp writes "Microsoft's vision of your computing future is on display in its just-published patent application for the Metered Pay-As-You-Go Computing Experience. The plan, as Microsoft explains it, involves charging students ...
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27-12-2008, 20:50:03

RIAA Case May Be Televised On Internet

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RIAA Case May Be Televised On InternetNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "In SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, the Boston case in which the defendant is represented by Prof. Charles Nesson and his CyberLaw class at Harva...
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27-12-2008, 18:50:08

CastleCops Anti-Malware Site Closes Down

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CastleCops Anti-Malware Site Closes DownFortran IV writes "Volunteer-powered anti-malware site CastleCops appears to have closed shop. As of Tuesday, December 23, the CastleCops home page notes: 'You have arrived at the CastleCops website, which is currently offline. . . . Unfor...
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27-12-2008, 16:50:02

UK Culture Secretary Wants Website Ratings, Censorship

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UK Culture Secretary Wants Website Ratings, Censorshipkaufmanmoore writes "UK culture secretary Andy Burnham calls for a website rating system similar to the one used for movies in an interview with the Daily Telegraph. He also calls for censorship of the internet, saying, 'Ther...
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27-12-2008, 14:50:05

Comcast Facing Lawsuit Over Set-Top Box Rentals

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Comcast Facing Lawsuit Over Set-Top Box RentalsMultichannel News reports that a woman from California has initiated a potential class-action lawsuit against Comcast for making customers rent a set-top box without giving them the option to buy it outright. Quoting: "The action, o...
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27-12-2008, 12:50:02

Chandrayaan M3 Instrument Confirms Iron-Bearing Minerals On the Moon

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Chandrayaan M3 Instrument Confirms Iron-Bearing Minerals On the MoonWilliam Robinson writes with news that the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3), an instrument developed by NASA and sent aboard India's Chandrayaan-1, has confirmed the presence of iron-bearing minerals on the moon. Thi...
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