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Microsoft

+ - .NET Frameworks coexisting?

Submitted by callistra.moonshadow
callistra.moonshadow (956717) writes "At my company we have put in a service request to roll out the .NET Framework 3.51. Several new applications leverage LINQ for database components in our applications. We currently have a mix of classic ASP, .NET 1.0 and 2.0 applications as well as some old Cold Fusion on our web servers. The powers that be that maintain the web servers do not want to complete the service request because "It will cause problems with the 1.0 and 2.0 frameworks." Now 3.51 is an expansion of the 2.0 applications and is backwardly compatible. If the code is already compiled (should be in production but our server admins are not all that) no problem. If not the case it should still not be a problem as the code should recompile on the web server. 1.0 framework should not be an issue as it is totally separate. One thing I DO know is that the network admins are not using the recommended separate application pools. I am not sure why, but I suspect it's a lack of understanding on how to set it up. Well they are fighting us because they claim they would break a number of applications. There is a LINQ extension for 2.0 but to the team this seems foolish. If anyone has some wisdom here I'd really appreciate it."
Software

+ - Edge Magazine Compiles List of Top 100 Video Games

Submitted by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo
Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "According to the BBC, Edge Magazine has compiled a list of the top 100 video games of all time. The top 10 are rather surprising in that most of the games were released a decade or more ago. Is it possible that with all of the focus on life-like graphics and animation so pervasive on the next-gen consoles, developers have forgotten what it takes to make a game enjoyable to play? Cue the Duke Nuke'em Forever jokes in 5...4...3...2..."
Software

+ - Safari on Windows--Just Say No->

Submitted by
mikemuch
mikemuch writes "Apple says Safari is "the world's best browser," but here are 10 reasons why Safari is inferior to other browsers available on Windows. The article also includes checkups on Apple's claims of Safari's faster operation. It turns out that for most rendering tests, Safari is indeed quite a bit faster than IE, and especially Firefox, but there are other performance issues to consider."
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Announcements

+ - Supreme Court Decision Against Discrimination?->

Submitted by
JeremyDuffy
JeremyDuffy writes "The Supreme Court just shot down special programs in schools that resulted in some districts denying access to kids based on skin color because their "racial quotas" were not in balance. Many news sources online are saying that the Court has turned Brown v. Board of Education on its head and that this decision is a blow to racial equality, but is that really true?

One plaintiff in the case was a white woman in Louisville whose son was denied a transfer to attend kindergarten in a school that needed more black pupils to keep its minority population at the district-required minimum of 15 percent.
Last I checked, discrimination on the basis of race is still discrimination, even if you're white."

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Security

+ - Up to 40 million Mastercards compromised by theft-> 2

Submitted by
John3
John3 writes "Mastercard announced that at least 68,000 and possibly as many as 40 million Mastercard accounts were compromised by a security breach at Cardsystems Solutions. Cardsystems Solutions has been in trouble before due to security breaches, so one would have hoped that they would have beefed up security. I received a replacement Mastercard yesterday in the mail (with a totally new account number) due to this security breach, and a number of customers shopping at my hardware store today commented that they also received new Mastercards. Anyone else receive a replacement Mastercard in the past few days and how much is this breach costing the banks (and ultimately the cardholders)?"
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Google

+ - Google tries to sell ads by criticizing "Sicko->

Submitted by KeepQuiet
KeepQuiet (992584) writes "Philipp Lenssen noticed that Google Health Ad blog team posted a review to bash the new documentary, Sicko, of Michael Moore. It reads "With all the coverage, it's a shame no one focuses on the industry's numerous prescription programs, charity services, and philanthropy efforts." Lauren Turner then tells to health industry companies that "We can place text ads (...) within our ever-expanding content network. Whatever the problem, Google can act as a platform for educating the public and promoting your message.""
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Music

+ - Music Industry Attacks Papers For Free Prince CD->

Submitted by im just cannonfodder
im just cannonfodder (1089055) writes "The music retailers are seething at the mouth, as the artist formally known as prince, cuts a deal with Sunday newspapers and at his uk concert venues to give away his new album Planet Earth for FREE.

i love this quote from sony "the UK arm of Sony BMG had withdrawn from Prince's global deal" and i thought the media companies were fighting for the artists rights so when an artist wants to give away their music for free, sony run a mile!

"It's all about giving music for the masses and he believes in spreading the music he produces to as many people as possible,""

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Censorship

+ - O'Reilly & American Progress: Loudness > Lo->

Submitted by
Neil V
Neil V writes "In a recent on-air Fox News segment regarding high school drug and sex education, a Colorado high school student's defense of in-class drug education bothered ultra-conservative republican host Bill O'Reilly enough for the host to became slanderous. O'Reilly, supporting the idea that open discussion of drugs and sex only leads to promiscuity... (click for more)"
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Republicans

+ - Is Vice President's Office Above The Law?->

Submitted by
Frosty Piss
Frosty Piss writes "US Vice President Dick Cheney's office has refused to comply with an executive order governing the handling of classified information for the past four years and recently tried to abolish the office that sought to enforce those rules, according to documents released by a congressional committee yesterday. Since 2003, the vice president's staff has not cooperated with an office at the National Archives and Records Administration charged with making sure the executive branch protects classified information. Cheney aides have not filed reports on their possession of classified data and at one point blocked an inspection of their office. After the Archives office pressed the matter, the documents say, Cheney's staff this year proposed eliminating it."
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Technology (Apple)

+ - Physicists do first mixed reality experiment->

Submitted by
starfoot
starfoot writes "Researchers at the University of Illinois linked a real pendulum to a virtual one in the first mixed reality experiment". They found that when the two systems had similar parameters they would drive one another (called a mixed reality state) and defy the frictional forces that brought the pendula to a stop when they swung independently (called a dual state). Implications? A physical system with unknown parameters could be synced to a virtual system. Scientists could adjust the parameters of the virtual system until the systems moved from dual reality to mixed reality — providing an estimate of the physical system's parameters."
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Communications

+ - Facebook and E-Mail addresses

Submitted by dmurph83
dmurph83 (1118097) writes "I work for Tulane in the Technology Services department and our group just realized something the other day. We recycle old email addresses of students who have graduated and issue the addresses to new incoming students. In the past this was not an issue, but with the advent of Facebook we now have some concerns. A user joins the Facebook Tulane network by having a valid Tulane email address where their password is sent. But let's say I graduated 2 years ago and my email address was "username@tulane.edu". I've been gone a couple years and my address, which is still tied to my Facebook account in the "Tulane network", is now issued to a new incoming freshman. The incoming freshman goes to sign up for Facebook, or join the network, only to find that their address is already registered. So what do they do? Potentially they could ask for a password reset for the account, and the new password is emailed to them. Now they've just highjacked my Facebook account to make their own. Has anyone else been thinking about this?"
Displays

+ - Dell replacing faulty LCD screens

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Dell responds to customers who created a Web site to complain that some LCD screens developed a one pixel-wide vertical line by offering free replacements of the displays. According to the Web site, unless a faulty LCD screen is replaced, it can develop a permanent vertical line one pixel wide, either stuck on a single color or reflecting the color displayed behind it. ell first responded to the issue in April, offering to replace certain 17-inch displays on Inspiron 9200, Inspiron 9300 and XPS Gen 2 notebooks sold between November 2004 and October 2006. On Tuesday, Dell expanded its replacement program to include six more models, including the Inspiron 6000 and 8600, Latitude D800 and D810, and Precision Mobile Workstation M60 and M70 notebooks sold between December 2004 and December 2006. Some of those models use a faulty component that can generate the line over time, according to a posting on Dell's corporate blog by Lionel Menchaca, Dell's digital media manager. Dell will now replace any LCD screen affected by this issue within three years of purchase, or will refund customers who were forced to pay for their own replacements, Menchaca said."

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