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Hundred-Ton Dome To Collect Oil Spill 565

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the big-fire-go-boom dept.
eldavojohn writes "After failing to contain the Gulf oil spill any other way, a massive containment dome had the finishing touches put on yesterday. It amounts to a giant concrete-and-steel box made by Wild Well Control that is designed to siphon the crude oil away from the water. They expect an 85 percent collection with this device. It's not a pretty situation as Google Earth illustrates."
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How the Internet Didn't Fail As Predicted 259 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the series-of-popular-tubes dept.
Lord Byron Eee PC writes "Newsweek is carrying a navel-gazing piece on how wrong they were when in 1995 they published a story about how the Internet would fail. The original article states, 'Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we'll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Intenet. Uh, sure.' The article continues to say that online shopping will never happen, that airline tickets won't be purchased over the web, and that newspapers have nothing to fear. It's an interesting look back at a time when the Internet was still a novelty and not yet a necessity."
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Microsoft RickRolls Wi-Fi Network Leechers 165 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the never-gonna-tell-a-lie-and-hurt-you dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has revealed that it RickRolled users that were killing its TechEd conference Wi-Fi network last year by torrenting large files. Network administrators at the event quickly built a list of all of the top torrent trackers around and got the nod to add them all to the local DNS resolver and point them at a local Web server containing some Rick Roll scripts. According to the admin: 'It killed me that I didn't see anyone getting done by this first hand, but there were hundreds of impressions in the server logs containing the Rick Roll scripts so I did get a fair amount of satisfaction at least. It was the most evil of evil Rick Roll scripts too — worse than any that anyone has used to get me in the past.' Fun and games aside, it looks like the leechers will force quotas and traffic shaping for the first time in the event's history."
Television

D-Link's New Boxee Box Runs Linux, Eyes Netflix 138

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the one-ui-to-rule-them dept.
DeviceGuru writes "OpenBoxeeBox.com is reporting that D-Link's new DM-380 Boxee Box, demonstrated last night in New York at Boxee's Boxee Beta unveiling, runs Linux but does not yet stream Netflix video-on-demand titles. However, according to an unnamed Boxee insider, 'the goal is to have the device support Netflix.' The DM-380 features ports for HDMI, optical digital and analog audio, dual USB, and wired Ethernet, plus it has an SD card slot and built-in WiFi. Photos and screenshots are at OpenBoxeeBox, and additional details are on D-Link's website."
Microsoft

+ - Bing Adds Street View, Apps, and More->

Submitted by mikemuch
mikemuch (870535) writes "Thought it's still far behind Google in overall search volume, you have to give poor little Microsoft credit for continuing to add capabilities to its search engine. Today's release adds street view--called Streetside--that takes advantage of Microsoft's photo-stitching PhotoSynth technology. Not only is Microsoft itself using Photosynth, but users can also upload their Photosynths so that anyone on the web can, say, duck inside a house for sale, or into the Met to check out a Rembrandt. Beyond street view, Bing now also gets apps that third-party developers can add for map overlays that do things like showing where Twitter tweets were tweeted, webcams, news stories, and even grafitti tags.You can try the new features out for yourself at www.bing.maps/explore. You can also read more about the announcements or view a slideshow of Bing Streetside and Apps at PCMag."
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Security

+ - Cameroon the new Hong Kong of malware?->

Submitted by garg0yle
garg0yle (208225) writes "According to McAfee, more than a third of Cameroon domains (TLD of .cm) is infested with viruses or other not-so-fun party treats. Given that it's very easy to mis-type .com as .cm, this puts the computers of a lot of fat-fingered typists in peril. Second place on the most-infested domains list goes to China (.cn), while Hong Kong (last year's "winner") is now comfortably middle-of-the-pack."
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Media (Apple)

Why Won't Apple Sell Your iTunes LPs? 306

Posted by timothy
from the can-anyone-think-of-a-reason? dept.
jfruhlinger writes "Over the weekend there's been a bit of controversy over the fact that Apple has effectively shut indie artists out of the iTunes LP market by charging $10,000 in design fees. But the real question is why Apple is in charge of designing the new iTunes LP at all, since the format is based on open Web design technologies. There's at least one iTunes LP already available outside the iTunes store. Why won't Apple sell it?"
News

Barack Obama Wins the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize 1721

Posted by kdawson
from the taliban-not-happy dept.
Barack Obama has just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The BBC opines: "In awarding President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian committee is honoring his intentions more than his achievements. After all he has been in office only just over eight months and he will presumably hope to serve eight years, so it is very early in his term to get this award. ... The committee does not make any secret of its approach. It states that he is being given the prize 'for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples.' This is of course an implied criticism of former US president George W Bush and the neo-conservatives, who were often accused of trying to change the world in their image." The Washington Post collects more reactions from around the world.

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