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Submission The Real Rain Man dies->

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SALT LAKE CITY — The man who inspired the title character in the Oscar-winning movie "Rain Man" has died.

Kim Peek was 58. His father, Fran, says Peek had a major heart attack Saturday morning and was pronounced dead at a hospital in the Salt Lake City suburb of Murray.

Peek was a savant with a remarkable memory and inspired writer Barry Morrow when he wrote "Rain Man," the 1988 movie that won four Academy Awards.

Fran Peek said his son met Morrow at a convention in the early 1980s and the writer was taken with Peek's knack for retaining everything he heard. Morrow wrote the script, and the movie went on to win Oscars for best film and best actor for Dustin Hoffman, whose repetitive rants about being an excellent driver and the "People's Court" about to start were a hit with moviegoers.

Although the character was technically fictional, Fran Peek said his son was every bit as amazing as Hoffman's portrayal of him. And Kim's true character showed when he toured the world, helping dispel misconceptions about mental disabilities.

"It was just unbelievable, all the things that he knew," Fran Peek said Monday. "He traveled 5,500 miles short of 3 million air miles and talked to nearly 60 million people — half have been students."

In his later years, Peek was classified as a "mega-savant" who was a genius in about 15 different subjects, from history and literature and geography to numbers, sports, music and dates. But his motor skills were limited; he couldn't perform some simple tasks like dressing himself.

NASA scientists had been studying Peek, hoping that technology used to study the effects of space travel on the brain would help explain his mental capabilities.

Fran Peek says the funeral will be next Tuesday in Taylorsville. Details were pending.

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Submission SPAM: The Good, Bad, and Ugly OSes of the Decade

itwbennett writes: Hundreds of Operating Systems were released during the past decade, finding their way into microdevices, watches, refrigerators, mobile phones, cars, motorcycles, jets, even the International Space Station. Some worked; some even worked well. Others, sadly, didn't. And some were just ahead of their time. Blogger Tom Henderson takes a look back at the best and worst OSes of the decade. Among the worst? Vista, as you'd suspect, along with WinME. But what about GNU Hurd? And some of the best? Solaris/OpenSolaris 10, MacOS X, And newcomer Google Android.

Submission Microsoft accused of helping virus writers->

Barence writes: Security firm Trend Micro has accused Microsoft of giving malware writers a helping hand by advising users not to scan certain files on their PC because "they are not at risk of infection". Trend Micro warns that by making such information available, Microsoft is effectively creating a hit list for malware writers. "Following the recommendations does not pose a significant threat as of now, but it has a very big potential of being one," the company's researcher, David Sancho, writes on the Trend Micro blog.
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Submission 10 things Microsoft did wrong in 2009->

Arvisp writes: The year 2009 was perhaps the most difficult for Microsoft since Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded the company nearly 35 years ago. Company executives can thank economic turmoil for the hardships. But Microsoft could have handled 2009 much better than it did. I present the list of 10 things Microsoft did wrong in 2009 in no order of importance. They're all important.
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Comment Re:Good for Rio (good for Chicago) (Score 1) 1040

Living in the Milwaukee area, I am very glad that the Olympics are NOT going to Chicago. Chicago is a land of garbage and destruction, and doesn't deserve the Olympics. Obama just wanted it there because he lived there once. I will be glad to never see the Olympics in America again. The Olympics just beg for terrorist attacks, and I would prefer to keep those in other nations.

Comment Software costs money once (Score 1) 465

Every time you buy hardware, you pay for it. Software can be copied an infinite amount of times for the price of the developer. If you are selling things in quantity, it makes sense to always solve problems with software and not hardware. If you're buying one or two, then hardware can be cheaper.

We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"