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+ - Skype Crash caused by bug in Windows version-> 2

Submitted by AndGodSed
AndGodSed (968378) writes "The recent two day outage suffered by the Skype network was caused by a bug in the Windows version of the popular messaging software. Version 5.0.0.152, used by about 50% of Skype users, crashed when there was a delay in receiving information from relay servers. Because of these crashes rerouting took place across the Skype network, causing other nodes to overload and in turn go offline. Skype is offering compensation to registered and pre-paid users in the form of vouchers and a week of free service for those affected."
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+ - China to cut Rare Earth exports in 2011 by 10%->

Submitted by AndGodSed
AndGodSed (968378) writes "What many has predicted, (and what China has promised not to do,) will happen. China announced that they will cut the export of Rare Earth Minerals by 10% next year. China has an effective worldwide monopoly, with 97% of all mineral deposits worldwide in China itself. China is not above using their monopoly to further their diplomatic aims, cutting exports to Japan in September after a territorial disagreement. Also telling is that the USA has not started production of Rare Earth Minerals, and only now seems to have the will to act. For added fun there is a rare grammatical error in the BBC article. This being Slashdot there should be much fun to be had correcting the error in the comments."
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Warns of Critical IE Bug->

Submitted by AndGodSed
AndGodSed (968378) writes "Microsoft is warning of a new critical browser vulnerability related to how the browser handles CSS that is affecting "all versions of Internet Explorer." The code is in the wild, but there is currently no evidence of it being used. Yet. There is a workaround, but there are no guarantees that it will work for you. It tickles me that this vulnerability affects all versions of IE, especially since it relates to how the browsers handle CSS. Does this point to old code in newer versions of IE?"
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+ - Total victory for open source software in a patent->

Submitted by AndGodSed
AndGodSed (968378) writes "A really great article on a jury victory 3rd of May by Red Hat and Novell: The jury verdict last Friday in favor of Red Hat and Novell in a case based on bad software patents owned by "non-practicing entities" is an important victory for the open source community...we know that attacks on open source based on FUD will not stand up when subjected to the light of truth."
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+ - Malware Hidden Inside Screensaver on Gnome-Look-> 2

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AndGodSed
AndGodSed writes "OMG! UBUNTU! Reports the following:
Malware has been found hidden inside an innocuous 'waterfall' screensaver .deb file made available on popular artwork sharing site Gnome-Look.org. The .deb file installs a script with elevated privileges designed to perform a DDoS attack as well as keep itself updated via downloads. The dodgy screensaver in question has since been removed from gnome-look and this incident was a very basic, if potentially successful, attempt."

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+ - Microsoft investigating Windows 7 Black Screen Pro->

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AndGodSed
AndGodSed writes "Microsoft is investigating an issue dubbed the "Black Screen of death." From The BBC Story::
Microsoft has confirmed that it is investigating a problem described as the "black screen of death", which affects its latest operating system. The error means that users of Windows 7 see a totally black screen after logging on to the system.
Right now some people are resorting to re-installing to get a working system. Apparently the issue has been around "for years" and affects Windows 2000, NT, XP, Vista and 7."

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+ - Going Closed Source for a Week->

Submitted by AndGodSed
AndGodSed (968378) writes "I am a linux geek and recently got hold of Windows 7 Ultimate. I decided to go completely closed source. That was seven days ago. Today on day seven I am honest in saying that switching back to linux will hold no particular advantages or disadvantages. Ubuntu or Win7 are both equally viable options for me. In fact, I didn't think I would last this long and now I am seriously contemplating waiting for Karmic to see if I will switch at all."
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Sci-Fi

+ - Arthus C Clark Dies at 90

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AndGodSed
AndGodSed writes "Writer Arthur C Clark died at 01:30am in Sri Lanka this morning. From the

BBC Article: British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse paid tribute, hailing the writer as a "great visionary". An aide said Clarke died at 0130 local time in what had been his homeland since 1956 after a cardio-respiratory attack. One of the greats. Go find the monolith..."

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+ - The Future Of the Internet According to Intel

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AndGodSed
AndGodSed writes "The BBC has a story on Intel's take on the future of Mobile Computing.

From the article:

Mobile devices will deliver a more personal internet within five years, using chips with the power of today's desktop PCs...an internet that is proactive, predictive and context-aware."

Explaining that devices would be location-aware, and would access the internet over Wimax wireless connections, he said: "Instead of going to the internet, the internet comes to us.
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