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Scientists Identify Head of France's King Henry IV 64

Posted by samzenpus
from the losing-then-finding-your-head dept.
JThaddeus writes "The Associated Press reports that 'After nine months of tests, researchers in France have identified the head of France's King Henry IV.' Henry was assassinated in 1610, and his head has been missing. His body was dug up and decapitated during the French Revolution. Researchers found features similar to those in royal portraits, and radiocarbon dating confirms that the head dates to the 17th Century. Interestingly, 'Perfumers on the team used their professionally trained noses to identify specific embalming substances in the mouth used to hide nasty odors.' The results have been published an online medical journal."

Comment: Re:I Don't Like Amazon's Decision, But: (Score 1) 641

by contra_mundi (#34558472) Attached to: Amazon Taking Down Erotica, Removing From Kindles
What I find objectionable about this is not the lack of incest, with which you dance around the issue masterfully btw, but the fact that Amazon deletes already bought material from users' devices.

Since you seem to be fond of food stores, I'll offer this analogy: This is not like a store deciding to not offer Twinkies anymore. Instead it's like a store deciding to forcefully stomach pump all the people who bought Twinkies from the store in the past.
Oracle

RIP, SunSolve 100

Posted by timothy
from the to-the-moon-instead dept.
Kymermosst writes "Today marks the last day that SunSolve will be available. Oracle sent the final pre-deployment details today for the retirement of SunSolve and the transition to its replacement, My Oracle Support Release 5.2, which begins tomorrow. People who work with Sun's hardware and software have long used SunSolve as a central location for specifications, patches, and documentation."

+ - Bank of the Clueless

Submitted by jcomeau_ictx
jcomeau_ictx (696704) writes "Bank of Internet has for years limited passwords to 8 alphanumerics, but over the next few days they will open their members' accounts up to anyone with the last 4 letters of their Social Security number: ex-partners, family, and any of thousands of employees of banks, credit unions, and online and offline businesses which have requested it over the course of an average life. Here is the communication sent out today:

Bank of Internet USA is upgrading our online solutions for Online Banking this weekend. The Bank is making this change to ensure we provide you with an Online Banking experience so impactful, you will not be able to imagine banking any other way. In preparation for the launch, there is some important information you need to know:

Launch Date: December 11, 2010. The conversion time frame will be from December 9, 2010 to December 11, 2010. Logging in to Online Banking on December 11, 2010 or thereafter. You will use the same Online Banking ID as you did prior to December 11th. The first time you log in only, your Password will be the last 4-digits of your Social Security Number. You will be prompted to change your password to one of your choosing immediately upon logging in.

This doesn't mean I'll stop doing business with them; they still have better customer service than any other bank I've ever dealt with. I just won't keep anything more than a few hundred in there until they take security a little more seriously."

Robotics

+ - Researchers build self-healing plastic->

Submitted by schliz
schliz (994115) writes "Watch out for T-1000s (Terminator) — Arizona State researchers have developed a "self-healing" polymer that uses a fibre optic "nervous system" to detect and fix cracks. The system recovers up to 96 percent of an object's original strength in laboratory tests and will likely be used in "large-scale composite structures for which human intervention would be difficult", such as wind turbines, satellites, aircraft and the Mars Rover."
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Comment: Re:We gotta buy them. (Score 1) 77

by contra_mundi (#34340106) Attached to: Attachmate To Retain Novell Unix Copyrights

Though I am a long time Microsoft basher (with very good reason) I have to totally disagree with you. A small company with nothing to lose run by a moron (SCO anyone?) is much more likely to try the kind of Hail Mary that any such attempt would constitute. Microsoft, while wrong in many ways, is not that phenomenally stupid. They actually have something to lose, and would be going up against Google, Motorola, HP, IBM, and thousands of other companies single handedly, and even they can't t weather the ill will such a stupid move would garner circa 2011. If it gets in the hands of another Darl McBride, it is still a non-issue, because they are guaranteed to lose, whether you think it is because we are right (which we are of course), or because big money talks. Any way you slice it, worrying about said trademark and who owns it is tantamount to complete foolishness.

On the other hand, it would make a perfect "nuke", if you will, to strike back at multiple competitors for Microsoft to use when the end is drawing near.

PC Games (Games)

Witcher 2 Torrents Could Net You a Fine 724

Posted by Soulskill
from the dodging-legal-threats-now-a-valid-gameplay-mechanic dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this quote from Eurogamer: "Gamers who download upcoming PC exclusive The Witcher 2 illegally could receive a letter demanding they pay a fine or face legal action. If gamers refuse to pay the fine, which will be more than the cost of the game, they could end up in court, developer CD Projekt told Eurogamer. 'Of course we're not happy when people are pirating our games, so we are signing with legal firms and torrent sneaking companies,' CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwiski said. 'In quite a few big countries, when people are downloading it illegally they can expect a letter from a legal firm saying, "Hey, you downloaded it illegally and right now you have to pay a fine." We are totally fair, but if you decide you will not buy it legally there is a chance you'll get a letter. We are talking about it right now.' Interestingly, The Witcher 2 will be released free of digital rights management – but only through the CD Projekt-owned digital download shop GOG.com. That means owners will be able to install it as many times as they like on any number of computers – and it will not requite an internet connection to run."

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