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+ - Feds Shut Down File-Sharing Website Megaupload->

Submitted by Subratik
Subratik (1747672) writes "Today, "Federal prosecutors in Virginia have shut down one of the world's largest file-sharing sites, Megaupload.com, and charged its founder and others with violating piracy laws."

The indictment given to Megaupload cites over $500 million in lost revenue from stolen intellectual-property.

Even though SOPA has drawn insurmountable criticism from both citizens and the White House, it would seem as if the US needs less of a reason everyday to not need it passed anyway."

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Comment: City Museum (Score 1) 140

by XaviorPenguin (#32076276) Attached to: St. Louis Museum Offers Thrills, Chills, and Lawsuits

I have been there numerous times to the City Museum. In my opinion, if you don't walk out of there with at least a bruise or two, you didn't play hard enough. There are rules, yes but the rest is common sense. It seems to me that these individuals that had gotten hurt didn't have any to begin with and decided to start suing.

City Museum in St. Louis is a safe place, again, you have to have common sense.

About the Alcohol part...that is only served outside in a little shack of sorts. It isn't served inside at all. Yes the little shack outside connects to the inside but there is a bouncer or two that states that you cannot go beyond a certain point with your drinks. ID's are checked to verify your age.

Museum is open late on Friday and Saturday until 1AM, that is the latest they stay open.

In cooler months, they have a fire pit inside the jungle gym of sorts where people gather to not only get warm but occasionally, roast marshmallows and have smores. The fire was maintained by an adult not of the City Museum, but an adult with common sense.

The City Museum in St. Louis is a great experience time and time again. Every time I go, I always find something new I had not seen before. I enjoy going there and will be returning again toward the end of this month for a birthday party so I cannot wait.

Operating Systems

+ - Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 3 Comes with Ubuntu One->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Canonical just released the third alpha version of the upcoming Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) operating system, which is scheduled to be released in late October this year.

I have downloaded a copy of it and the first thing i have noticed is Linux kernel , version 2.6.31 .Kernel packages are at version 2.6.31-3.19, based on Linux kernel 2.6.31 RC3, and the Kernel Mode Setting is now enabled by default for Intel graphics .

Here are couple of features of Alpha 3 release , I have noticed .

First of all the Gnome , Alpha 3 has a new version of the GNOME desktop environment, 2.27.4 with few really exciting features . The User Switch applet has been modified largely . It will now has only information about the account, gives access to system preferences and lock screen/quit facility. The Log Out, Shut Down, Restart, Suspend and Hibernate functions have been moved to the System menu.

On Screen Display notification system introduced in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) has been redesigned and It is now a little longer and has smaller fonts that makes it much slicker than before!

It has completely rewritten login manager (GDM), which is pretty similar as well as works like any other modern login manager (e.g. KDM, the KDE login manager). In short, it means that you don't have to write both your name and password anymore, in order to log in.

Now the Best Feature : Ubuntu One has been included in this version. The main features of Ubuntu One, as described on the official website, are: seamless integration and synchronization between multiple machines and a convenient web interface. You will also see a folder named "Ubuntu One" in your home directory.

Well, so far its very exciting and interesting but it also has a bad news for pidgin lovers . The Karmic Koala has replaced it with the Empathy instant messenger client.

Good news for the Kubuntu and Xubuntu lovers as these two will also have its own "Netbook Remix" Edition .

As per the schedule , Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) will be released on October 29th and it will become the eleventh release of the Ubuntu operating system."

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+ - 100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About

Submitted by runyonave
runyonave (1482739) writes "There are some things in this world that will never be forgotten, this week's 40th anniversary of the moon landing for one. But Moore's Law and our ever-increasing quest for simpler, smaller, faster and better widgets and thingamabobs will always ensure that some of the technology we grew up with will not be passed down the line to the next generation of geeks. That is, of course, unless we tell them all about the good old days of modems and typewriters, slide rules and encyclopedias ...


100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About"
Idle

+ - 217,000 text messages!

Submitted by
AlHunt
AlHunt writes "Two central Pennsylvania friends spent most of March in a text-messaging record attempt — for a total of 217,000. For one of the two, that meant an inches-thick itemized bill for $26,000. Nick Andes, 29, and Doug Klinger, 30, were relying on their unlimited text messaging plans to get them through the escapade, so Andes didn't expect such a big bill.

"It came in a box that cost $27.55 to send to me" Andes said.

After a "panicked" call, Andes says his cell phone company assures him he won't have to pay it."
Microsoft

+ - Vista post-SP2 is the safest OS on the planet.->

Submitted by pkluss
pkluss (731808) writes "Kevin Turner, COO of Microsoft, is sure to turn heads with this little remark.

'Vista today, post-Service Pack 2, which is now in the marketplace, is the safest, most reliable OS we've ever built. It's also the most secure OS on the planet, including Linux and open source and Apple Leopard. It's the safest and most secure OS on the planet today.'

Discuss amongst yourselves.

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/turner/2009/04-06MMCIOSummit.mspx"

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Handhelds

+ - iPhone Jailbreaking Still Going Strong->

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snydeq
snydeq writes "Despite the productivity promises of Apple's forthcoming 3.0 firmware update, jailbreaking should continue to push the iPhone's productivity envelope, as users increasingly demand the Holy Grail of smartphone power use: applications that run in the background, InfoWorld reports. Copy and paste, video recording and streaming, Internet tethering, and content search are just a few of the features over which iPhone users have sought to jailbreak their devices — a practice Apple itself has done little to crack down on. Jailbreak apps circumvent hardware and software restrictions that Apple says ensure a consistent, responsive user interface and optimal battery endurance. In particular, jailbroken phones can run apps in the background, a capability Apple reserves for its own apps but prohibits in third-party programs. Jay Freeman, creator of the Cydia iPhone installer and Cydia Store, however, believes a free-market approach is the best way to satisfy power users' demands for features without compromising the performance of their iPhones. And given Apple's App Store overcrowding, it seems likely that jailbroken phones and app venues like Cydia Store will continue to be popular with iPhone customers and developers, even after the 3.0 firmware ships."
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Security

+ - Conficker Worm Crashes University of Utah

Submitted by nandemoari
nandemoari (1318651) writes "Last week the latest variant of the Conficker worm surfaced — and just to prove it, the worm infected at least 700 computers at the University of Utah. According to school officials, two main systems are affected by the infection: the university's three hospitals, but also its adjoined medical, nursing, and pharmacy colleges. The tip-off was a simple one most of us are quick to associate with trouble: staff noticed something was amiss when Internet service slowed considerably and email correspondence bogged down altogether."
Movies

+ - MPAA President to be Thrown Out->

Submitted by XaviorPenguin
XaviorPenguin (789745) writes "Glickman, head honcho at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), is in an unenviable position. As head of the MPAA he helped lead the organization into a crusade against millions of people around the world, pushing strategies which can, and often were described as draconian.

Glickman's departure comes as many see current MPAA tactics starting to backfire. In the important teen and twenties demographics the MPAA's messages are not getting through, and in many cases are driving resentment against them. The negative PR generated by The Pirate Bay case, initiated after intense pressure was put on the Swedish government by the MPAA (via the White House) has also worked against them, as have various pushes globally to get ISPs to agree to a 3-strikes (or 'graduated response') policy. Others claim that Glickman's leadership has been lackluster, his public speaking gigs 'bad' and 'boring', and hint that the short contract extension is because of this."

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The Internet

+ - Web Surfing Boosts Office Productivity Study Says

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "Dr Brent Coker, professor of Department of Management and Marketing at Melbourne University, says employees who surf the internet for leisure during working hours are more productive than those who don't. A study of 300 office workers found 70 per cent of people who use the internet at work engage in Workplace Internet Leisure Browsing (WILB). "People who do surf the internet for fun at work — within a reasonable limit of less than 20 per cent of their total time in the office — are more productive by about nine per cent than those who don't," said Coker. "People need to zone out for a bit to get back their concentration. Think back to when you were in class listening to a lecture — after about 20 minutes your concentration probably went right down, yet after a break your concentration was restored. It's the same in the workplace." However Coker warns that excessive time spent surfing the internet could have the reverse effect. "Approximately 14 per cent of internet users in Australia show signs of internet addiction — they don't take breaks at appropriate times, they spend more than a `normal' amount of time online, and can get irritable if they are interrupted while surfing. Those who behave with internet addiction tendencies will have a lower productivity than those without.""
Security

+ - Aircrack-ng works with native Windows wifi driver

Submitted by
chalkcircle2
chalkcircle2 writes "Aircrack-ng team released a GUI version of Airodump-ng that works with the native Windows (at least with XP) wireless drivers. They have posted all the details and download links on their blog. Because all wireless drivers on Windows are NDIS, they were able to do a small modification, a special driver, to enable monitor mode and the only thing you have to do is installing that special driver to enable it (they provided a torrent) and then start the application."
Privacy

+ - School flexes Muscles over Teacher's Thong Photos 1

Submitted by Darkon
Darkon (206829) writes "UK Teacher Natasha Gray faces disciplinary action after posting revealing pictures on a modelling website. While some may agree with the school's opinion that the material was "completely inappropriate" it was also not against the law and produced in her own time outside of work. To what extent should our employers be poking their noses into what we do at home and should legal activities conducted in private be grounds for censure at work?"

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