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Submission Alistair Reynolds references /. in novel

EzraSj writes: Reading Alistair Reynold's book 'Century Rain' the other night I was surprised and delighted to see this — an explanation of the history of a group of humans referred to as 'slashers':

"Niagara made a careful gesture, like a religious benediction: a diagonal slice across his chest and a stab to the heart. 'A slash and a dot,' he said. 'I doubt it means anything to you, but this was once the mark of an alliance of progressive thinkers linked together by one of the very first computer networks. The Federation of Polities can trace its existence right back to that fragile collective, in the early decades of the void century. It's less a stigma than a mark of community.'"

For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Alistair Reynolds is one of the big names in science fiction today. He's the author of such books as Revelation Space and Chasm City. He also reads Slashdot, evidently. Link to the author's website here

Submission Diet Pills

Nitack writes: Diet pill makers just got spanked by the Federal Trade Comission today. The FTC levied a $25 million fine for false advertising on four diet pill makers. Apparently psudo-science and testimonials are not considered scientific proof any more! FTC Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras asserted that "They not only didn't have studies to support the claim, they actually had a study that went the other way." The fines are targeted against marketers of Xenadrine EFX, One A Day Weight Smart, CortiSlim and TrimSpa. Looks like Anna Nicole may be out of a job.
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Submission You Don't Know Jack is Back

Skittles writes: My brother habitually humiliated me in every video game we ever played (except "Tempest", but that's another story.) Then one year he gave me You Don't Know Jack for my birthday, and I dominated! So you can imagine how excited I was to see that You Don't Know Jack is back as a Flash game. They're currently posting a daily DisOrDat game every weekday, and if you believe the chatter in the comments, there's a full game on the horizon. If only it were multiplayer... I'd give my brother a call.

Submission Flaw found in ADOBE PDF reader

Englishuk writes: Web users are being urged to upgrade their Adobe reader software as a security flaw is found in older versions of the program.

Millions of people use the reader software to view documents prepared in the popular PDF format.

Security researchers said malicious hackers exploiting the flaw could view victim's hard drives or use it to make phishing scams look more plausible.


Submission The 10 Big Tech Stories Of 2006

digihome writes: CRN.com picks the 10 big stories of 2006, the ones that you followed closely throughout the year and that kept you coming back for more. Some you love to hate, along with the one we've been waiting for so long that its arrival seemed anticlimactic. And more than a few that made you angry. What do you think were the top stories of 2006? http://www.crn.com/sections/breakingnews/breakingn ews.jhtml?articleId=196801036

You know, Callahan's is a peaceable bar, but if you ask that dog what his favorite formatter is, and he says "roff! roff!", well, I'll just have to...