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Living In Tokyo's Capsule Hotels 269

afabbro writes "Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 once offered a night’s refuge to salarymen who had missed the last train home. Now with Japan enduring its worst recession since World War II, it is becoming an affordable option for people with nowhere else to go. The Hotel 510’s capsules are only 6 1/2 feet long by 5 feet wide. Guests must keep possessions, like shirts and shaving cream, in lockers outside of the capsules. Atsushi Nakanishi, jobless since Christmas says, 'It’s just a place to crawl into and sleep. You get used to it.'”
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Submission + - Student Suspended for Pastafarian Practices

Greyfox writes: "According to the metro news, a student in North Carolina has been suspended for his religious beliefs. Those beliefs? That global warming is caused by the decline in the number of pirates and therefore followers of the religion should wear full 'full pirate regalia' to combat global warming. The school insists that the student's suspension had 'nothing to do with religion and everything to do with his refusal to heed warnings about wearing pirate costumes to school.' But isn't that like saying that suspending a student for praying at lunch had nothing to do with religion and everything to do with praying at lunch?

I'm sure this is just another case of the Administration attempting to suppress global warming-related speech!"
Operating Systems

Journal Journal: Will vista improve driver support for OSS/Linux ?

After reading this article it came to mind that now Vista is more closely modeled after a less lossely coupled data+code instead of closely coupled data+code it might become easier for companies to write drivers for all platforms.

Would this be holding up in practice ?


Submission + - Fingerprinting the World's Mail Servers

ttul writes: "This O'Reilly SysAdmin Article describes some work done by mod_perl author Stas Bekman and his colleagues at anti-spam software company MailChannels to fingerprint the world's publicly visible email servers. Interesting results from the survey? Open source options like Sendmail and Postfix are still firmly in the lead after all these years, but commercial services like Postini are catching up fast. The article goes into some detail on how email servers can be fingerprinted despite attempts by sysadmins to cloak their identity."

Submission + - How To Go To MIT For Free

theodp writes: "Can't scrape up the bucks for junior college tuition? Don't worry, there's always MIT. By the end of 2007, the contents of all 1,800 courses taught at MIT will be available online to anyone in the world, anywhere in the world thanks to OpenCourseWare (OCW). Learners won't have to register for the classes, and everyone is accepted. The cost? It's all free of charge."

Submission + - Open source Flickr-like app?

Zanguinar writes: I've been a Gallery user for years now. I have a ton of photos, organized by albums, mainly just for use by my family and close friends. However, some of my friends have begun using Flickr. I can't say I blame them. It's got a great design, and I love the tagging concept. However, I'm not eager to store my photos on somebody else's server, and don't want to pay for the privilege, especially since I already run my own web server. But I can't find any Flickr-like software to run on my home LAMP setup. All I want is to be able to tag my photos like Flickr and be able to display them by tag, tag intersection, date, etc. Why hasn't anybody published some OSS to do this yet?

Submission + - Re-shipping scams skyrocketting

sorry-scammed-loser writes: A new online threat, reshipping fraud, is emerging in the form of a massive organized crime ring that is recruiting people in the US and Europe as "shipment handlers", and having them re-ship items to Russia. The criminals are using stolen Visa card details to pay for shipments from many large retail and auction sites (including and, and having the items shipped to their recruits who re-ship them to addresses they have been provided with. I personally lost a laptop this way that I had auctioned on ebay — I shipped the laptop after verifying that the funds had been deposited into my PayPal account, and two days later was contacted by PayPal who said that the account holder had not authorized the transaction. Now I have no money and no laptop. In my case, the scammers had recruited my re-shipper through an online job posting site, which pointed her to a legit-looking website called that claims to operate offices in Minnesota and the UK (but is hosted in Belize). This reads like an episode of "24"... Please get the word out about this scam, at this point consumer education is the best protection against perpetuation of these scams.
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - IBM Pimps PS3 as Cheap Cell Workstation

Borland writes: IBM has a pretty nice how-to article on using the PS3 as a cheap Cell development workstation. This first article in the series goes over broad technical details & limitations, installation using Yellow Dog Linux, and ends with a brief mathematical "Hello World" program using the SPEs.
Linux Business

Submission + - Linux is legal again for the European Commission

lancho writes: "The streaming service of the Council of the EU had a legal restriction related to Linux: "We cannot support Linux in a legal way. So the answer is: No support for Linux". A Spanish association of lawyers and programmers filed a complaint at the Council and the immediate answer was: "The FAQ you refer to in your email has an error in its English version compared to the original French version. The sentence mentioning Linux does not exist in the original French version. So, the English version has been modified". Now the FAQ shows also the legal translation omitted."

"Everybody is talking about the weather but nobody does anything about it." -- Mark Twain