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+ - Classy heist in Stockholm->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A Stockholm cash depot was hit by a spectacular helicopter heist this morning in Sweden. A notably planned robbery, involving the police's own helicopter having been sabotaged, the robbers landing their helicopter on the cash depot, using explosives and then fleeing the "bird way" 30 miles before probably switching to a land vehicle. The helicopter has been found, but the robbers haven't. Will we see this story converted to a movie soon? :)"
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Mozilla

+ - Firefox to replace menus with Office Ribbon -> 2

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Barence
Barence writes "Mozilla has announced that its plans to bring Office 2007's Ribbon interface to Firefox, as it looks to tidy up its "dated" browser. "Starting with Vista, and continuing with Windows 7, the menu bar is going away," notes Mozilla in its plans for revamping the Firefox user interface. "[It will] be replaced with things like the Windows Explorer contextual strip, or the Office Ribbon, [which is] now in Paint and WordPad, too." The change will also bring Windows' Aero Glass effects to the browser."
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Space

+ - High-School Student Discovers Strange Astronomical->

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Toren Altair
Toren Altair writes "A West Virginia high-school student analyzing data from a giant radio telescope has discovered a new astronomical object — a strange type of neutron star called a rotating radio transient.

Lucas Bolyard, a sophomore at South Harrison High School in Clarksburg, WV, made the discovery while participating in a project in which students are trained to scrutinize data from the National Science Foundation's giant Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT).

Rotating radio transients are thought to be similar to pulsars, superdense neutron stars that are the corpses of massive stars that exploded as supernovae. Pulsars are known for their lighthouse-like beams of radio waves that sweep through space as the neutron star rotates, creating a pulse as the beam sweeps by a radio telescope. While pulsars emit these radio waves continuously, rotating radio transients emit only sporadically, one burst at a time, with as much as several hours between bursts. Because of this, they are difficult to discover and observe, with the first one only discovered in 2006."

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+ - Aussie data centres brace for dust storm barrage->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Data centres and telcos in the Australian cities of Sydney and Brisbane have shut off external ventilation systems, restricted loading dock access and attended false alarms after a major dust storm choked the cities today. The storm is said to be the worst of its type ever recorded in Australia. Macquarie Telecom disengaged automatic deployment of fire-prevention gas from the fire alarm to prevent gas being released on a false alarm. Other major data centre operators reported clogged air filters and heat exchangers and said they would be performing cleaning and maintenance operations this week."
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+ - Google Books Settlement Goes Back to Beta->

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Miracle Jones
Miracle Jones writes "The Google books settlement has been removed from consideration by Google and the Author's Guild after the DOJ made it crystal clear that the settlement would not be ratified "as is" due to foreign rights, privacy, and antitrust reasons. The October 7th "fairness hearing" has been canceled, and the next step is a November 6th "status hearing" where the plaintiffs will reveal changes to the new settlement, such as how they plan to make the new settlement more fair, legal, and inclusive, and whether or not they will need to notify all the members of the class action lawsuit (7 million writers or so) YET AGAIN as a result of the changes. Some people are very happy about this."
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Comment: Re:Wt (Score 1) 65

by BradNeuberg (#23393898) Attached to: Brad Neuberg, Google Gears, and the Future of the Web

If I were to develop a web-based desktop application, I'd use a web framework which allows me to develop a webapp just like it was a desktop app. The only such framework I know is Wt ( http://www.webtoolkit.eu/ ): C++, Qt-like API. I gave up on Rails after discovering it.
I like the Qt model. However, C++ is a pretty brittle language to base a distributed system like the web on. I agree its probably useful for certain server-side scenarios like you describe, but as a general programming model for moving the web forward its not the best choice, plus requires too much trust from the end-user.

Best,
    Brad Neuberg

Draconian Anti-Piracy Law Looms Over Australia 436

Posted by kdawson
from the we-are-all-criminals-now dept.
ccozan writes to tell us of a law being rushed through the Australian legislature that would criminalize great swaths of the citizenry. The Internet Industry Association of Australia is posting warning scenarios spelling out how far-reaching this law would be. From the release: "A family who holds a birthday picnic in a place of public entertainment (for example, the grounds of a zoo) and sings 'Happy Birthday' in a manner that can be heard by others, risks an infringement notice carrying a fine of up to $1,320. If they make a video recording of the event, they risk a further fine for the possession of a device for the purpose of making an infringing copy of a song... The US Free Trade Agreement does not require Australia to go down this path, and neither US nor European law contain such far-reaching measures. We are at a total loss to understand how this policy has developed, who is behind it and why there is such haste in enacting it into law — with little if any public debate."

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