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Windows

+ - Windows XP: The OS that won't die?-> 1

Submitted by akkarin
akkarin (1117245) writes "PC World NZ has released an interesting article about Microsoft
releasing Windows XP Professional SP2c, due to the shrinking pool
of activation keys. From the article:


Microsoft has had to create a new build of Windows XP Professional for computer makers because the six-year-old operating system's continued popularity has nearly exhausted the supply of product activation keys. The new build, dubbed SP2c, includes no fixes or feature changes, but was created simply to address the shrinking pool of product keys. XP Pro SP2c, which has been released to manufacturing, will be made available to OEMs and system builders next month, said Microsoft.
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Education

+ - Is computer science dead?

Submitted by
vaporland
vaporland writes "Some say computer science as a vocation is dying. This article says that the arrival of high-level tools means vastly complex applications for business, science and leisure can be created without the coding, logic or discrete mathematics skills taught at universities.

So, head on down to Staples, buy that big red button that says "It's easy!" and drop off a job application for the warehouse manager position . . ."
Businesses

+ - Interview with Tesla Motors CEO

Submitted by
hlovy
hlovy writes "Martin Eberhard believes in the innate desire of that unique and peculiar animal — the American automobile driver — to do the right thing But Eberhard also knows another inherent truth about the U.S. species of car consumer: The "doing the right thing" instinct is almost always subordinated to an even stronger natural urge... to own a cool ride. More here. Or, you can read my interview with Eberhard here."
Power

+ - Japanese company admits nuclear accident cover up

Submitted by
a-charles
a-charles writes "Reuters reports on a disturbing anouncement for anyone in the same state as a nuclear power plant:

"A Japanese power company admitted on Thursday that it had covered up a 1999 incident in which mishandling of nuclear fuel rods led to an unintended self-sustaining nuclear fission chain reaction for 15 minutes."

"Hokuriku Electric said the mishandling of nuclear fuel rods caused the company's Shiga No. 1 nuclear unit in central Japan to go into a "critical state" for 15 minutes in June 1999. The unit was shut down manually after an automatic shut-down function failed."

"The news... is likely to further dent public confidence in Japan's nuclear power industry, already undermined by safety scandals over the past decade."
And a separate incident later that year:

"In one of Japan's worst nuclear accidents, two workers were killed in September 1999, when workers at a nuclear facility in Tokaimura, northeast of Tokyo, set off an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction by using buckets to mix nuclear fuel in a lab."
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NASA

+ - Buy a zero-G flight with Stephen Hawking

Submitted by invader_allan
invader_allan (583758) writes "A charitable organization, starlight starbright, will be receiving the proceeds from an auction to accompany Stephen Hawking on his zero-G flight. From the auction: "You and a guest can fly weightless with Prof. Stephen Hawking on The ZERO-G Experience(TM)! The flight will take off from the Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Central Florida on April 26, 2007. The package will also include a three night stay at the JW Marriott Hotel Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida, from April 24-April 27!""
Businesses

+ - Bank of America Makes Money Off of Your Prudence

Submitted by bizzynut
bizzynut (887594) writes "Bank of America credit card customers recently received a notice in snail mail about a new higher minimum finance charge. Customers who don't want to pay the higher fee are welcome to opt out... all they need to do is send a letter including their ENTIRE CREDIT NUMBER to a P.O. box somewhere in Delaware. The notice from the bank simply identifies the recipient as "customer" and includes the last four digits of your credit card number (something that can be found on a receipt you dropped).

A letter like this arriving in your email inbox would set off an alarm. You would throw it away without a second thought. Throw this letter away, though, and you are actually agreeing to a needlessly high finance charge.

How can Bank of America, an organization that goes to great lengths to ensure your online security, stoop to taking advantage of your due care regarding your credit card information in order to make an extra buck?"
Wii

+ - DS and Wii Beat Out Xbox360 And PS3 in February

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "According to this Gamasutra article Nintendo got the #1 and #2 spots in the console sales figures with the DS (485,000 units) and Wii (335,000 units) respectively. Xbox360 pulled in 225,000 units, and the PS3 a mere 127,000 units. Even the PS2 (295,000 units) and the various Gameboy Advance iterations (136,000 units) sold more than the PS3. While the Xbox had a serious head start, Sony cannot be enjoying the fact that the GBA is selling more than their super-machine."
Nintendo

+ - February Console Sales Released

Submitted by pionzypher
pionzypher (886253) writes "So far it looks like the Wii is still going strong according to this story on ars.

From the article:
While next-generation hardware is helping to keep consumer interest in gaming high, Nintendo is definitely leading the charge. The DS and the Wii are dominating the top two slots in sales with 820,000 systems sold between them. This is even more impressive when you consider that in many areas of the US, the Wii is still nearly impossible to find, so demand may be higher than even these numbers indicate.

One has to wonder what story Sony has ready for the media if they don't make the six million.
Things aren't quite as bright for the PS3 though
The only console the PlayStation 3 was able to outsell was the Nintendo Gamecube, and Sony's 127,000 systems pale in comparison to its two competitors.

PS2 sales are still strong though. Time will tell if the Home Online Service SCEA is rolling out, combined with the European launch will be enough to make the six million mark they've set for themselves."

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