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Singer Murdered Hours After Denying Death Rumors Screenshot-sm 1

Mexican singer Sergio Vega may have spoken too soon when he denied reports of his death. He was murdered a few hours after telling entertainment website La Oreja that rumors of his demise were a bit premature. From the article: "Mexican media said that Vega's car was shot at by unidentified men who were following the vehicle in a truck. The shots injured Vega, making him lose control of the vehicle and crash it, according to El Debate newspaper. The gunmen then shot Vega again while he lay trapped in the car wreck."

4G iPhone Misplacer Invited To Germany For Beer Screenshot-sm 164

eldavojohn writes "You may recall the hapless engineer who left a fairly sensitive iPhone at a bar recently. Well, in a PR stunt, Lufthansa has invited him to visit Germany on their dime after citing his latest Facebook status, 'I underestimated how good German beer is' as well as his obvious passion for German beer and culture. It's not clear if Gray Powell has decided to 'pick up where he last left off' (as the letter puts it). I know what my decision would be."

Fine Print Says Game Store Owns Your Soul Screenshot-sm 262

mr_sifter writes "UK games retailer GameStation revealed that it legally owns the souls of thousands of customers, thanks to a clause it secretly added to the online terms and conditions for its website. The 'Immortal Soul Clause' was added as part of an attempt to highlight how few customers read the terms and conditions of an online sale. GameStation claims that 88 percent of customers did not read the clause, which gives legal ownership of the customer's soul over to the UK-based games retailer. The remaining 12 percent of customers however did notice the clause and clicked the relevant opt-out box, netting themselves a £5 GBP gift voucher in the process."

Microsoft's Top Devs Don't Seem To Like Own Tools 496

ericatcw writes "Through tools such as Visual Basic and Visual Studio, Microsoft may have done more than any other vendor to make drag and drop-style programming mainstream. But its superstar developers seem to prefer old-school modes of crafting code. During the panel at the Professional Developers Conference earlier this month, the devs also revealed why they think writing tight, bare-metal code will come back into fashion, and why parallel programming hasn't caught up with the processors yet." These guys are senior enough that they don't seem to need to watch what they say and how it aligns with Microsoft's product roadmap. They are also dead funny. Here's Jeffrey Snover on managed code (being pushed by Microsoft through its Common Language Runtime tech): "Managed code is like antilock brakes. You used to have to be a good driver on ice or you would die. Now you don't have to pump your brakes anymore." Snover also joked that programming is getting so abstract, developers will soon have to use Natal to "write programs through interpretative dance."

Chefs Unveil Viagra-Laced Dessert Screenshot-sm 2

A group of Colombian culinary students have come up with a dish that combines the two things they like best, prescription drugs and dessert. Their creation mixes a slightly sweet passion fruit preparation with some Viagra for texture. "We got the idea four months ago when we were dealing with a nutrition project for older people. It occurred to us that we could use passion fruit, with all its connotations.. and Viagra, and we came up with this dessert," aspiring chef Juan Sebastian Gomez said at an international gastronomy fair.

Cops Say Burrito Is a Deadly Weapon 4

Police have arrested a South Carolina teen and charged him throwing a deadly missile at a moving vehicle. The "deadly missile" in this case just happens to be a burrito. According to the police report, the teen threw the burrito at an oncoming Honda, leaving the car's windshield cracked and the driver covered in refried beans. The victim suffered no injury as a result of being struck by the burrito as he had once taken a class about defending yourself from fresh fruit and Mexican food.

SA's Largest Telecomms Provider vs. a Pigeon Screenshot-sm 149

dagwud writes "Just a few days after this Slashdot article, South Africa's largest telecoms provider, Telkom (which has been taking flak for years for its shoddy and overpriced service), is being pitted against a homing pigeon to see which can deliver 4GB of call centre data logs quickest over a distance of around 80km (50 miles). According to the official website, the race is set to take place September 10."

Bangladeshi News Duped By Faked Moon Landing Story Screenshot-sm 5

Mixel writes "Two Bangladeshi newspapers have apologized after publishing an article taken from a satirical US website which claimed the Moon landings were faked. From the article: 'The Daily Manab Zamin said US astronaut Neil Armstrong had shocked a news conference by saying he now knew it had been an "elaborate hoax." Neither they nor the New Nation, which later picked up the story, realised the Onion was not a genuine news site.'"

Do Not Crush Screenshot-sm 4

The strap demands a sacrifice.

Company Equips Buses With Emergency Bricks Screenshot-sm 7

As long as you travel on a select few of Harbin Public Transport Company's buses, you won't have to worry about breaking a window to escape a potentially deadly crash anymore. The company has equipped each bus with two yellow emergency bricks for passengers to use to break windows. A safety hammer used to be provided but they were stolen frequently because everyone can use a good hammer. "We don't think anybody will be interested in stealing bricks," a spokesman said. The company plans on putting bricks on all 700 of its buses if the customer feedback is smashing.

Charlie's Kid Angels Screenshot-sm

Soon all TV will be Muppet Babies.
The Courts

Submission + - Court Says Most Know Crunchberries Aren't Fruit (loweringthebar.net)

Xathrus writes: "On May 21, a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California dismissed a complaint filed by a woman who said she had purchased "Cap'n Crunch with Crunch Berries" because she believed it contained real fruit. The plaintiff, Janine Sugawara, alleged that she had only recently learned to her dismay that said "berries" were in fact simply brightly-colored cereal balls, and that although the product did contain some strawberry fruit concentrate, it was not otherwise redeemed by fruit. She sued, on behalf of herself and all similarly situated consumers, some of whom may believe that there are fields somewhere in our land thronged by crunchberry bushes.

The court, Judge Morrison England, Jr., also pointed out that the plaintiff acknowledged in her opposition to the motion to dismiss that "[c]lose inspection [of the box] reveals that Crunchberries . . . are not really berries." Plaintiff did not explain why she could not reasonably have figured this out at any point during the four years she alleged she bought Cap'n Crunch with Crunchberries in reliance on defendant's fraud.

Finally, the court held that while a first-time loser on a motion to dismiss would typically get a chance to amend the complaint, this one wouldn't."

To do two things at once is to do neither. -- Publilius Syrus