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Education

Submission + - Call To Halt Donations To Stop Wikipedia Deletions 4

ObsessiveMathsFreak writes: "Howard Tayler, the webcomic artist of Schlock Mercenary fame, is calling on people not to donate money during the latest Wikimedia Foundation fund-raiser, in protest at the "notability purges" taking place throughout Wikipedia, where articles are being removed en-masse by what many see as overzealous admins. The webcomic community in particular has long felt slighted by the application of Wikipedia's contentious Notability policy. Wikinews reporters have recently begun investigating this issue, but are the admins listening? Is Deletionism becoming a dominant ethos on Wikipedia? Are the right people holding the reigns?"
Patents

Submission + - Amazon defends one-click patent with Wikipedia

An anonymous reader writes: In a new filing with the USPTO on 28 March Amazon has submitted 32 wikipedia articles to try and defend its one-click patent which is being re-examined by the USPTO in a case brought by Peter Calveley . This heavy use of Wikipedia by Amazon raises the question of whether a "website that anyone can edit" should be used as evidence. Calveley points out on his blog that in August, the USPTO acknowledged that it had taken Wikipedia off its list of acceptable research sources . Amazon also submitted a patent that Cordance Corporation is currently suing Amazon for infringing.
Announcements

Submission + - 8.0 Quake hits Solomon Islands,Tsunami kills 8

wattsup writes: "The USGS Reports that a magnitude 8.0 earthquake occurred at 20:39:56 (UTC) in the Solomon Islands. Police and residents said a wave about 10 feet high struck the western town of Gizo, inundating buildings and causing widespread destruction. A man who answered the telephone at the Gizo police station said there were initial reports that eight people, six of them children, had been killed by the tsunami. Gizo, a regional center, is just 25 miles from the earthquake's epicenter.

Australia to Hawaii went on high alert from the Pacific Tsunami Center for several hours after the quake struck between the islands of Bougainville and New Georgia, though officials canceled a region-wide tsunami warning after the danger period passed."
Slashdot.org

Submission + - Slashdot announces Slashdot Personals

mi writes: "After years of development and testing, Slashdot is responding to market demand with today's announcement of free Slashdot Personals (Beta): "We have long felt, this would be a good idea, and today we finally bring it to fruition. We have a strong and loyal community and there is no reason, we should not try to facilitate dating among the members. This is a long-term investment for us — nerds' offsprings will start becoming loyal users as soon as within 10 years," — said Commander Taco..."
Security

Submission + - NZ Banks want .bank domain to reduce fraud

An anonymous reader writes: Banks want a new internet classification to help combat online fraud. Banks' internet addresses would then read westpac.bank.nz, for example, rather than westpac.co.nz. The . bank address would join the five current "moderated" addresses with restricted memberships. http://www.stuff.co.nz/3976481a28.html
Businesses

Submission + - Stock Market Drop Blamed on Computer Error

WebHostingGuy writes: "Today the Dow Jones Industrial Index dropped a little over 3% in value. Stock market swings come and go but it is interesting that the sudden drop in the stock market is the result of a computer glitch. According to MSNBC, the computers running were not properly calculating trades. This led to the switch to a backup system which led to several seconds delay which impacted the Dow. Even now after the close of the market spokesmen for the NYSE Group Inc. could not confirm if all closing share prices were even valid."
Music

Submission + - Media Players, Linux and Ogg Vorbis

One Salient Oversigh writes: "I have been able to use Ogg Vorbis files on my iRiver Digital Music Player and easily access it via my Linux o/s (Kubuntu 6.10). iRiver is one of the few companies that have produced players capable of playing Ogg Vorbis sound files, and all that is needed to make the player Linux-friendly is a change of firmware. If anyone is interested in how I was able to do this, check out my story on my blog. Are there others out there who thought they were disenfranchised by the Window-centricity of MP3 players?"
Media (Apple)

Submission + - 64-bit Vista is hard to get

daria42 writes: For some crazy reason, Microsoft makes you firstly buy the 32-bit version of Vista, then order a CD of the equivalent 64-bit version online. The issue has started to grate on some users. "Imagine going into a shop and buying a music CD only to get it home and open it up and find a bit of paper inside telling you to go online to pay to have the actual CD mailed out to you at an additional cost," wrote one.
Google

Submission + - Google HD failure report, high temps/usage

An anonymous reader writes: The impact of heavy use and high temperatures on hard disk drive failure may be overstated, says a report by three Google engineers. The report examined 100,000 commercial hard drives, ranging from 80GB to 400GB in capacity, used at Google since 2001. From the article: "The report also looked at the impact of scan errors — problems found on the surface of a disc — on hard drive failure. "We find that the group of drives with scan errors are 10 times more likely to fail than the group with no errors," said the authors. They added: "After the first scan error, drives are 39 times more likely to fail within 60 days than drives without scan errors."
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Submission + - Zero Suit Samus Statue Coming This Summer

EdgeNinjaX writes: It seems like ever since Samus fought in her Zero Suit in Metroid: Zero Mission every gamer's been itching to see the sexy space bounty huntress stripped-down. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that First 4 Figures is releasing a poly-stone 9.5 inch tall statue of a Zero-Suited Samus made famous after temporarily losing her trademark Chozo armor. This hand-painted, curvaceous figurine is modeled after the Smash Bros. Brawl version and comes packed with her signature pistol.
The Internet

Submission + - Wikipedia Deletion of Webcomics

clockinreverse writes: "The creator of the webcomic Starslip Crisis recently tried to prove that the editors of Wikipedia were biased agianst webcomics by attempting to delete his own strip. In doing so he discovered that the editors were striking votes of people who were cheating by using multiple accounts and voting "keep", but were not striking the votes of his own multiple accounts that were voting to delete."

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