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+ - SPAM: How To Find A Short Domain Name

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A website that specializes in finding catchy, 5-letter domain names quickly. It lets you play with predefined sets of letters and shows only the available domains, 50 at once, so it's much faster to find something that you can actually buy."
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+ - Belgian has to pay 70.000 euro for uploading unreleased cd from Kaiser Chiefs->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A 48-year-old man from Harelbeke (Belgium) who uploaded a CD of the band Kaiser Chiefs before the release,will have to pay a compensation of 65.651 euro and a fine of 5.500 euro.

In 2008 the man placed an album by British rock band Kaiser Chiefs on the Internet. The launch of the album was not until two weeks later planned. Tens of thousands of fans downloaded the album and the record companies filed a complaint against unknown persons."

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Chrome

+ - Chrome users are best with numbers, IE users worst->

Submitted by dr_blurb
dr_blurb (676176) writes "After reading about last year's hoax report "Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Browser Usage" I realized I was in fact already running a real live experiment measuring number skills: a site were you can solve Calcudoku number puzzles.

I analyzed two years' worth of data, consisting of over 1 million solved puzzles. This included puzzles solved "against the clock", of three different sizes. For each size, Chrome users were the fastest solvers, Firefox users came second, and IE users were the slowest. The number of abandoned puzzles (started but never finished) was also significantly higher for IE users. Analysis shows that the differences are statistically significant: in other words, they did not happen by chance.

I put up more details and some graphs, and also wrote a paper about it."

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Security

+ - New Weapon Against Copper Thieves 1

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Pervasive thefts of copper wire from under the streets of Fresno, California have prompted the city to seal thousands of its manhole covers with concrete and in Picher, Oklahoma, someone felled the town’s utility poles with chain saws, allowing thieves to abscond with 3,000 feet of wire while causing a blackout as the theft of copper cables in costs US companies $60 million a year and the FBI says it considers theft of copper wire to be a threat to the nation’s baseline ability to function. But now PC World reports that a US company has developed develop a new cable design that removes almost all the copper from cables in a bid to deter metal thieves. Unlike conventional cables made from solid copper, the GroundSmart Copper Clad Steel Cable consists of a steel core bonded to a copper outer casing, forming an equally effective but far less valuable cable by exploiting the corrosion-resistance of copper with the conductive properties of steel. "Companies trying to protect their copper infrastructure have been going to extreme measures to deter theft, many of which are neither successful nor cost effective," says CommScope vice president, Doug Wells. "Despite efforts like these, thieves continue to steal copper because of its rising value. The result is costly damage to networks and growing service disruptions." The GroundSmart Copper Clad Steel cable is the latest technical solution to the problem of copper theft which has included alternatives like cable etching to aid tracing of stolen metal and using chemicals that leave stains detectable under ultra-violet light. However the Copper Clad Steel strikes at the root of the problem by making the cable less susceptible to theft by both increasing the resistance to cutting and drastically decreasing the scrap value."
Software

+ - Patent Absurdity - The movie->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Patent Absurdity explores the case of software patents and the history of judicial activism that led to their rise, and the harm being done to software developers and the wider economy.

The movie is based on a series of interviews conducted during the Supreme Court's review of in re Bilski ââ a case that could have profound implications for the patenting of software. The Court's decision is due soon,

You can watch the movie online or download it, or both, @ http://patentabsurdity.com/

You can even make your own comment(s) to the producer of the movie as well, @ http://news.swpat.org/2010/04/patent-absurdity/"

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Security

+ - Operation Banner - British MoD Reminisce Northern->

Submitted by Rapide
Rapide (1136251) writes "Here's a recently unearthed document outlining the British military view of its own role, function, successes and failures from 1969 to 2006 in Northern Ireland. The document, Operation Banner — An Analysis of Military Operations in Northern Ireland ( pdf), offers insight into the thinking of senior military officers and civil servants at the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall. The level of detail re operational matters proves that this wasn't intended to reach the hoi polloi."
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Businesses

+ - The Key to Gay acceptance->

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Trey Cruz
Trey Cruz writes "I think Abercrombie may also be bisexual. They don 't know whether to stick with pretty girls, or have guys frolicking around naked together at the beach...Nonetheless their homoerotic content is what primarily lead to their sucess in the fashion industry. Advertisers everywhere will tell you that today, homosexuals are highly marketable."
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