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Submission + - 21yrs of the Internet in New Zealand celebrated (downtothewire.co.nz)

An anonymous reader writes: New Zealand is celebrating 21 years since it became the first country in Asia Pacific to hook up to the global Internet with an online party — hosted by actress and singer Madeleine Sami with video interviews and contributions from around the world. The site claims that NZ's first internet link was 50% funded by NASA as part of a USA push for the TCP/IP standard in the region to influence Japan's adoption.

Submission + - Don't swim: Brain-eating bug cases on the rise! (indystar.com)

zahl2 writes: It sounds like science fiction, but there really is a brain-eating amoeba you can catch from swimming in warm freshwater lakes, entering your body through the nose. There is treatment, but you have to get it fast, and most people die. Global warming is expected to increase cases. Watch those noseplug sales increase!

Submission + - Student Attacked After Dropping Cake (infowars.net) 17

An anonymous reader writes: "School security guards in Palmdale, CA have been caught on camera assaulting a 16-year-old girl and breaking her arm after she spilled some cake during lunch and left some crumbs on the floor after cleaning it up. The girl, Pleajhai Mervin, told Fox News LA that she was bumped while queuing for lunch and dropped the cake. After being ordered to clean it up and then re-clean the spot three times, she attempted to leave the area out of embarrassment but was jumped on by security who forced her onto a table, breaking her wrist in the process."

Submission + - Dell says physicist not to hand computer to Cuba (digitaljournal.com)

Helmet_BR writes: "Two weeks ago, a brazilian physicist purchased two computers from Dell, and as they knew it was destinated to a Physics Institute, they asked him to sign a document vowing not to transfer, export or re-export the acquired products to the "Evil Axe", or to any foreigner with two nationalities, natural or living at those countries. The attitude has angered brazilian academic community, who may prepare a boycott.

http://tinyurl.com/2ecbqt (in Portuguese)

The physicist, Paulo Gomes, said he wouldn't sign because of principals and for technical reasons, as he already conducted research with Cuban cientists. He says that earlier this year he purchased other products from Dell and nothing was required. Dell says they're only following US laws, and that they may even be prohibited to export."

The Media

Submission + - Science vs. Homeopathy (arstechnica.com)

Mr. E writes: "Ars Technica has an interesting look at pseudoscience as it applies to homeopathy. While most discussions about what science is get derailed by the larger controversies surrounding them, Ars chose a relatively uncontroversial pseudo-science to examine so that they could examine the factors which make homeopathy a psuedo-science: ignoring settled issues in science, misapplication of real science, rejection of scientific standards, claims of suppression, large gaps between the conclusion and evidence, and focusing only on the fringes of what we currently understand."
The Courts

Submission + - Broadband site Whirlpool sued for forum comments. (whirlpool.net.au)

Anonymous Coward writes: "Simon Wright, founder and owner Australian broadband website Whirlpool is being sued by 2clix in the QLD Supreme Court for comments made on Whirlpool's online forum. The 2clix software was discussed in threads titled '2Clix or not 2Clix' and 'Anyone used 2clix', with primarily negative comments, and some discussion between 2Clix staff and other Whirlpool members."

Submission + - Week-long Botnet attack on eBay Accounts

flatfilsoc writes: " eWEEK reports an ongoing Botnet Attack is using popular Web sites to obtain personal information from eBay accounts. 'The attack, which is trying to wrestle personal financial data out of eBay accounts by brute force, has been going on for at least a week said officials at Aladdin Knowledge Systems . They discovered the new botnet Sept. 3 but has had no luck contacting eBay about the attack.'"

Submission + - "Burning" Saltwater

sunspot42 writes: From the too-good-to-believe file comes this AP story. Pennsylvania cancer researcher John Kanzius claims that hydrogen can be cracked from saltwater using nothing more than radio waves. A demonstration for the US Departments of Energy and Defense is scheduled for later in the week. Assuming this process puts out more energy than it costs — a big assumption — it could turn the most plentiful resource on the surface of the earth into an almost limitless, reusable source of energy.

Submission + - Burning salt water (yahoo.com)

InFire writes: Yahoo has an AP report that a scientist has discovered how to make salt water burn using radio frequencies. Is this another hot fusion, ie net energy loss system or a new energy source?

Submission + - ACCC sues Google for selling rankings (news.com.au)

dogbolter writes: "The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) is taking world-first legal action in the Australian Federal Court against Google Inc. The allegation is a case against the (Australian) Trading Post and Google(including subsidiaries Google Australia and Google Ireland) for potentially misleading consumers by failing to differentiate between sponsored links and "relevant" links."

Submission + - Turned Off iPhone Gets $4800 Bill from AT&T (theinquirer.net)

Tech.Luver writes: "theInquirer reports ( http://theinquirer.net/?article=42235 ) " A HUMAN called Jay Levy says he has been stung by Apple's iPhone pact with AT&T after he took an Iphone on a Mediterranean cruise. They didn't use their phones, but when they got back they had a 54-page monthly bill of nearly $4,800 from AT&T Wireless. The problem was that their three Iphones were racking up a bill for data charges using foreign phone charges. The Iphone regularly updates e-mail, even while it's off, so that all the messages will be available when the user turns it on. ""

Submission + - Solar plane stays aloft 54 hours (bbc.co.uk)

kwerle writes: "From the BBC News

A solar powered plane built by a UK defense company successfully stayed aloft through 2 nights (54 hours total). An unspecified fault cut it's flight short. A second flight of 33 hours was cut short by threatening thunderstorms.

The Zephyr is not the first solar-powered plane to fly through the night (SoLong: http://www.acpropulsion.com/solong/48_hour_flight. htm), but it claims to be the first that remained powered the whole time — as opposed to gliding occasionally.

The Zephyr has a 59' wingspan, and reached an altitude above 58,000'."

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