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Submission + - Bill Gates Spends First Day Back at MS Failing To Install Windows 8.Reverts to 7 (newyorker.com) 1

JeffClune writes: Bill Gates’s first day at work in the newly created role of technology adviser got off to a rocky start yesterday as the Microsoft founder struggled for hours to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade.

The installation hit a snag early on, sources said, when Mr. Gates repeatedly received an error message informing him that his PC ran into a problem that it could not handle and needed to restart.

After failing to install the upgrade by lunchtime, Mr. Gates summoned the new Microsoft C.E.O. Satya Nadella, who attempted to help him with the installation, but with no success.

While the two men worked behind closed doors, one source described the situation as “tense.”

“Bill is usually a pretty calm guy, so it was weird to hear some of that language coming out of his mouth,” the source said.

A Microsoft spokesman said only that Mr. Gates’s first day in his new job had been “a learning experience” and that, for the immediate future, he would go back to running Windows 7.


Submission + - UK Claims Link Between Child Porn and Terrorism (timesonline.co.uk) 3

Brian Ribbon writes: "The Times reports claims made by government officials and security services, regarding an alleged correlation between the use of indecent images and terrorist activity. According to the article, "secret coded messages are being embedded into child pornographic images, and paedophile websites are being exploited as a secure way of passing information between terrorists" and "it is not clear whether the terrorists were more interested in the material for personal gratification or were drawn to child porn networks as a secure means of sending messages." The correlation is likely to be false; under UK law, nude photographs of all minors — including those who are over the age of consent — are illegal, so it's not surprising that many people (including terrorists) are found to have illegal material when their computers are searched. In reality, this story is probably just a poor attempt to justify the government's proposed big brother database."
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Submission + - PimpStar - Exactly Why LED Technology Was Invented

MBAslug writes: MHT Wheels uses radially mounted LEDs on the rims of your car's wheel to display images while you cruise your way through the parking lot at Fry's. The included software allows you to create your own images and send them to each wheel individually or all wheels at the same time as you drive! Not sure if this is news for nerds, but it certainly is something that matters. Now maybe I have a chance for that date with Liz Lemon..."

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