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10-11-2008, 02:50:06

Study Finds iPhone Twice As Reliable As BlackBerry

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Study Finds iPhone Twice As Reliable As BlackBerryAn anonymous reader writes "As reported at TechCrunch, 'The iPhone is twice as reliable as the BlackBerry after one year of ownership, a new study by SquareTrade finds. SquareTrade, which sells extra warranties for cell phones an...
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10-11-2008, 00:50:03

Dean Kamen Combines Stirling Engine With Electric Car

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Dean Kamen Combines Stirling Engine With Electric CarColin Smith writes "Dean Kamen, (inventor of the Segway) has combined a Stirling engine with a battery-powered electric vehicle based on the Ford Think to provide a fully decoupled electric hybrid car which can run on any fuel...
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09-11-2008, 22:50:27

How to Search Today's Usenet For Programming Information?

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How to Search Today's Usenet For Programming Information?DeadlyBattleRobot writes "I've been using Usenet searches since about 1995 to get programming information, sample code, etc., mostly for those standard APIs that are never documented well enough in the official documentati...
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Slashdot
09-11-2008, 20:50:10

Daylight Savings Time Increases Energy Use in Indiana

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Daylight Savings Time Increases Energy Use in Indianaenbody writes "The Freakonomics Blog at NYTimes.com reports on a study of Indiana energy use for daylight savings time showing an increase in energy use of 1%. 'The dataset consists of more than 7 million observations on month...
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Slashdot
09-11-2008, 18:50:02

German Doctor Cures an HIV Patient With a Bone Marrow Transplant

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German Doctor Cures an HIV Patient With a Bone Marrow Transplantreporter writes "HIV is the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Until now, HIV has no cure and has led to the deaths of over 25 million people. However, a possible cure has appeared. Dr. Ge...
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Slashdot
09-11-2008, 16:50:10

Very Large Telescope Captures New 27 Megapixel Deep Field

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Very Large Telescope Captures New 27 Megapixel Deep Fieldxyz writes "European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope has captured the deepest ground based U-band image of the universe yet. The image contains more than 27 million pixels and is the result of 55 hours of obser...
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Slashdot
09-11-2008, 14:50:04

How Social Software Can Improve Democracy

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How Social Software Can Improve DemocracyGeek Satire writes "Politics breeds cynicism; politicians seem to pander to contradictory focus groups to get elected, then break their promises to everyone. Mass mailings and faxings overwhelm their staffs, and who knows if you can tell ...
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Slashdot
09-11-2008, 10:50:17

Irish GSM Providers Asked to Track Users' Web Use

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Irish GSM Providers Asked to Track Users' Web UseWith the disclaimer "I'm both Irish and work for the EU Commission," reader VShael writes "The head of the Irish police force has requested that Irish cell phone providers (Vodaphone, 02, Meteor, 3) retain detailed information on ...
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Slashdot
09-11-2008, 08:50:02

OpenSolaris 2008.11 – Year of the Laptop?

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OpenSolaris 2008.11 – Year of the Laptop?Ahmed Kamal writes "Is Linux getting too old for you? Are you interested to see what other systems such as OpenSolaris have to offer? OpenSolaris has some great features, such as ZFS and dtrace, which make it a great server OS &mdas...
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09-11-2008, 06:50:03

China Hijacks Popular BitTorrent Sites

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China Hijacks Popular BitTorrent Sitesfrogger writes "China is not new to censoring the Internet, but up until now, BitTorrent sites have never been blocked. Recently, however, several reports came in from China indicating that popular BitTorrent sites such as Mininova, isoHunt ...
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09-11-2008, 04:50:04

China Hijacks Popular BitTorrent Sites

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China Hijacks Popular BitTorrent Sitesfrogger writes "China is not new to censoring the Internet, but up until now, BitTorrent sites have never been blocked. Recently however, several reports came in from China, indicating that popular BitTorrent sites such as Mininova, isoHunt ...
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09-11-2008, 02:50:04

Amazon's Cloud Data Center to Follow Google to Oregon

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Amazon's Cloud Data Center to Follow Google to Oregon1sockchuck writes "All your online data doesn't really live in a big, fluffy cloud. It resides in servers and data centers. That's why Amazon.com is quietly building a large data center complex in Oregon along the Columbia Riv...
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09-11-2008, 00:50:02

Microsoft Working On Its Own App Store

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Microsoft Working On Its Own App StoreCWmike writes "Microsoft is working on a software distribution scheme along the lines of Apple's iPhone App Store, CEO Steve Ballmer said yesterday at a developer's conference in Sydney, Australia. 'There's not much money being made, but the...
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08-11-2008, 22:50:08

Good Cross-Platform Speech-Recognition Programs?

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Good Cross-Platform Speech-Recognition Programs?CryoStasis writes "I am a graduate student getting my degree in biomedical sciences. Because my work often requires me to maintain a local sterile environment (under a biological hood) I find that I am unable to physically touch my...
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08-11-2008, 20:50:02

Bug In Android Passes Keystrokes To Root Shell

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Bug In Android Passes Keystrokes To Root Shellpasokon writes "ZDNet reports on an Android bug in T-Mobile G1s with early versions of the firmware: 'When the phone booted it started up a command shell as root and sent every keystroke you ever typed on the keyboard from then on to...
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Slashdot
08-11-2008, 18:50:04

Chandrayaan Enters Lunar Orbit

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Chandrayaan Enters Lunar OrbitWilliam Robinson writes "After an 18-day journey, Chandrayaan-1, the moon mission of India, has entered Lunar orbit. The maneuver was described as crucial and critical by scientists, who pointed out that at least 30 per cent of similar moon missions...
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Slashdot
08-11-2008, 16:50:05

Researchers Hijack Storm Worm To Track Profits

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Researchers Hijack Storm Worm To Track ProfitsAn anonymous reader points out a story in the Washington Post, which begins: "A single response from 12 million e-mails is all it takes for spammers to turn annual profits of millions of dollars promoting knockoff pharmaceuticals, ac...
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08-11-2008, 14:50:05

Should the United States' New CTO Really Be a CIO?

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Should the United States' New CTO Really Be a CIO?CurtMonash writes "Barack Obama promised to appoint the United States' first Chief Technology Officer. Naturally, the blogosphere is full of discussion as to who that should be. I favor American Management Systems founder and for...
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08-11-2008, 12:50:02

A Look At the CoreFlood Botnet

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A Look At the CoreFlood BotnetCNet is running a story about research from security expert Joe Stewart into the CoreFlood botnet, which has harvested at least "50 gigabytes of compressed data, searchable in a MySQL database," from a group of over 370,000 bot IDs. Stewart explains...
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08-11-2008, 08:50:03

Simulations Predict Where We Can Find Dark Matter

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Simulations Predict Where We Can Find Dark Matterp1234 writes with this excerpt from the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics: "Simulations by the Virgo team show how the Milky Way's halo grew through a series of violent collisions and mergers from millions of much smaller clum...
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Slashdot
08-11-2008, 06:50:02

Are Neo-Retro Game Releases a Fad?

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Are Neo-Retro Game Releases a Fad?With modern console technology making it easy to develop and distribute small games, more and more companies are taking advantage of gamers' nostalgia to re-release decades-old hits, and to create entirely new titles in older styles. Gamasutra t...
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Slashdot
08-11-2008, 04:50:02

Doctorow On Copyright Reform & Culture

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Doctorow On Copyright Reform & Culturesuper-papa sends us to Locus Magazine for an article by Cory Doctorow discussing the conflicts between copyright law and modern culture, and arguing against the perception that copying media is still unusual. Quoting: "Copyright law valo...
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Slashdot
08-11-2008, 02:50:01

The State of Electronic Voting In the 2008 US Elections

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The State of Electronic Voting In the 2008 US ElectionsGeek Satire writes "Voting works only if you believe your vote gets counted accurately. The 2008 US elections have avoided many well-known problems of the 2004 and 2000 elections, but many problems remain. O'Reilly News inte...
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Slashdot
08-11-2008, 00:50:02

"Minority Report"-Like Control For PC

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"Minority Report"-Like Control For PCAn anonymous reader writes "A startup named Mgestyk Technologies claims that they have an affordable solution for 'Minority Report'-like PC control. They have released a video in which they use hand gestures to play games like Halo and Guitar...
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Slashdot
07-11-2008, 22:50:16

Toshiba Launches Laptop With Three GPUs

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Toshiba Launches Laptop With Three GPUsarcticstoat writes to mention that Toshiba's latest line of high-powered laptops has three GPUs included. Both the Qosmio X305-Q706 and Q708 come with an integrated GeForce 9400M for day-to-day processing tasks but have a pair of GeForce 98...
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Slashdot
07-11-2008, 20:50:03

How Do You Justify the Existence of IT?

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How Do You Justify the Existence of IT?bakamaki writes "I work for a small manufacturing company as a SysAdmin. My boss is a DBA. We are the only IT employees. He recently decided to record hours spent on his projects and then evaluate how much time the databases he writes save ...
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07-11-2008, 18:50:02

Old Malware Tricks Still Defeat Most AV Scanners

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Old Malware Tricks Still Defeat Most AV ScannersSkiifGeek writes "A year ago Didier Stevens discovered that padding IE malware with 0x00 bytes would happily slip past most of the scanners in use at VirusTotal.com. Revisiting his earlier discovery, Didier found that detection on ...
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07-11-2008, 16:50:03

How Do I Get Open Source Programs Written For Me?

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How Do I Get Open Source Programs Written For Me?An anonymous reader writes "I am a biomedical researcher interested in having general-purpose, scientific programs developed and released as open source. Interface design and reusability of the code are of primary importance to me...
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Slashdot
07-11-2008, 14:50:11

The Real Story On WPA's Flaw

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The Real Story On WPA's FlawGlenn Fleishman writes "The reports earlier today on WPA's TKIP key type being cracked were incorrect. I spoke at length with Erik Tews, the joint author of the paper that discloses a checksum weakness in TKIP that allows individual short packets to b...
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Slashdot
07-11-2008, 12:50:04

UK Outlines Plan For Internet Black Boxes

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UK Outlines Plan For Internet Black BoxesRobotsDinner writes "In what sounds like a dystopian sci-fi plot, the Home Office has made public plans to outfit the country's Internet with upstream data recorders to log pretty much everything that passes through. 'Under Government pla...
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Slashdot
07-11-2008, 08:50:06

Raising Doubts About Australia's Broadband Upgrade Plan

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Raising Doubts About Australia's Broadband Upgrade PlanRcK writes "In addition to the rising controversy of the possible Australian version of the Great Firewall Of China already mentioned several times of late here on Slashdot; the viability of the proposed AU$5Billion internet...
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Slashdot
07-11-2008, 06:50:05

Guitar Hero World Tour Equipment Problems, Subscription Possibilities?

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Guitar Hero World Tour Equipment Problems, Subscription Possibilities?Guitar Hero: World Tour's recent launch saw boxes of plastic instruments flying off store shelves, quickly selling out in many areas. Unfortunately, many players reported problems with the bundled drums sets, ...
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07-11-2008, 02:50:04

Ballmer "Interested" In Open Source Browser Engine

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Ballmer "Interested" In Open Source Browser EngineDa Massive writes "'Why is IE still relevant and why is it worth spending money on rendering engines when there are open source ones available that can respond to changes in Web standards faster?,' asked a young developer to Micr...
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07-11-2008, 00:50:01

Craigslist Agrees With State AGs to Curb "Erotic Services" Ads

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Craigslist Agrees With State AGs to Curb "Erotic Services" AdsThe New York Times reports that Craigslist has reached an agreement with 40 state attorneys general to tame its notoriously unruly "erotic services" listings. Clever diplomacy: according to the article, Craigslist "sa...
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Slashdot
06-11-2008, 22:50:07

Creative GPLs X-Fi Sound Card Driver Code

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Creative GPLs X-Fi Sound Card Driver CodeAn anonymous reader writes "In a move that's a win for the free software community, Creative Labs has decided to release their binary Linux driver for the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi and X-Fi Titanium sound cards under the GPL license. Th...
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Slashdot
06-11-2008, 20:50:18

Microsoft's Internal Advice About Patents

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Microsoft's Internal Advice About PatentsBigPoppaT writes "Eric Brechner writes a best practices blog called Hard Code for Microsoft under the name I.M. Wright. His most recent post sounds like an endorsement of open source development (and does end with a call for Microsoft dev...
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Slashdot
06-11-2008, 18:50:12

FCC Unanimously Approves White Space Wi-Fi

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FCC Unanimously Approves White Space Wi-FiSmelly Jeffrey writes "With the release of this whitepaper, the FCC unanimously approved plans for a new technology with strong supporters and even stronger detractors. White Space Wi-Fi effectively allows manufacturers of wireless devic...
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Slashdot
06-11-2008, 16:50:14

Cash Lifeline For Bletchley Park

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Cash Lifeline For Bletchley ParkSmivs writes "Bletchley Park, the home to the allied codebreakers during WWII, and a major computing heritage centre, has been given a financial lifeline, reports the BBC.The grant of £330,000 will be used to undertake urgent roof works as t...
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06-11-2008, 14:50:04

How To Cloak Objects At a Distance

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How To Cloak Objects At a DistanceKentuckyFC writes "All invisibility cloaks to date work by hiding an object embedded inside them. Now a group of physicists have worked out how to remotely cloak objects that sit outside a cloaking material. The trick is to make the cloaking mat...
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Slashdot
06-11-2008, 10:50:02

LHC Forces Bookmaker To Lower Odds On the Existence of God

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LHC Forces Bookmaker To Lower Odds On the Existence of GodA UK bookmaker has lowered the odds on proving that god exists to just 4-1 to coincide with the switching on of the Large Hadron Collider. The chance that physicists might discover the elusive sub-atomic object called the...
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06-11-2008, 08:50:02

Google Kills Yahoo Ad Deal

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Google Kills Yahoo Ad Dealmytrip writes "Google has pulled the plug on on a search-ad partnership with Yahoo that would have given Yahoo major new revenue but that raised antitrust concerns. 'After four months of review, including discussions of various possible changes to the a...
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06-11-2008, 06:50:02

Microsoft Begs Hardware Makers To Take Support Seriously

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Microsoft Begs Hardware Makers To Take Support SeriouslyBanana ricotta pancakes writes "Microsoft has confirmed that there will be a widespread public beta of Windows 7 in early 2009, while urging device manufacturers to start immediate testing with its pre-beta release to avoid...
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Slashdot
06-11-2008, 04:50:02

Michael Crichton Dead At 66

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Michael Crichton Dead At 66Many readers have submitted stories about the death of Michael Crichton. The 66-year-old author of Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain died unexpectedly Tuesday "after a courageous and private battle against cancer," a press release said. In additio...
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06-11-2008, 02:50:01

US Army To Push X-Files Tech Development

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US Army To Push X-Files Tech DevelopmentAn anonymous reader writes "The US Army is ramping up the development of technology right out of the X-Files, 'making science fiction into reality' as Dr. John Parmentola--Director of their Research and Laboratory Management--puts it. The ...
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06-11-2008, 00:50:01

First Whole Cancer Genome Sequenced

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First Whole Cancer Genome Sequenceddooling writes "A paper detailing the sequencing of the first human cancer genome will be published in the 6 November 2008 issue of Nature. This is not only the first cancer genome published, it is the first female genome as well. You can read ...
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Slashdot
05-11-2008, 22:50:02

Critical Vulnerability In Adobe Reader

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Critical Vulnerability In Adobe ReaderAn anonymous reader writes "Core Security Technologies issued an advisory disclosing a vulnerability that could affect millions using Adobe's Reader PDF file viewing software. Engineers from CoreLabs determined that Adobe Reader could be exp...
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Slashdot
05-11-2008, 20:50:28

Supreme Court To Rule On TV Censorship

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Supreme Court To Rule On TV CensorshipKhashishi writes "The LA times and the Associated Press report that the FCC v. Fox Television Stations case is being heard in the Supreme Court. The FCC policy would impose a heavy fine on use of 'indecent' words on broadcast television, whi...
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Slashdot
05-11-2008, 18:50:09

Frozen Mice Cloned

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Frozen Mice Clonedm0rphin3 writes "Japanese scientists have cloned mice whose bodies were frozen for as long as 16 years and said on Monday it may be possible to use the technique to resurrect mammoths and other extinct species. Could we finally see Jurassic Park become a realit...
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Slashdot
05-11-2008, 16:50:15

EA Recommends Hilarious Work-Around For RA3 CD-key

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EA Recommends Hilarious Work-Around For RA3 CD-keysunderbear noted that EAs Command & Conquer 3 shipped missing the last digit of the CD Key. He writes "EA's brightest minds have put their synapses into overdrive in order to whip up a comical work-around. 'There is currently...
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05-11-2008, 14:50:03

Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

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Barack Obama Wins US PresidencyLast night around 11pm all the major networks announced that Senator Barack Obama had won the election. Soon after Senator McCain conceded. There were no crazy partisan court hearings, just a simple election. This is your chance to talk about it an...
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