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Submission + - Vacitan Bans iOS Confessional App->

An anonymous reader writes: Despite all the hype yesterday that a lowly priest had approved the new confessional app hitting the app store, the truth has now found a way of revealing itself. According to today’s Daily Mail, a spokesman for the Vacitan, Federico Lombardi said: ‘It is essential to understand that the rites of penance require a personal dialogue between penitents and their confessor.’It cannot be replaced by a computer application’. ‘I must stress to avoid all ambiguity, under no circumstance is it possible to "confess by iPhone".’

The Vatican has warned that an app can never replace visiting a priest.


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Submission + - Mobl – A DSL for Creating HTML5 Mobile Appli->

aabelro writes: Mobl is an external DSL targeted at creating cross-browser applications for mobile devices by compiling the code into HTML5, and it has been developed by Zef Hemel as part of his Ph.D. thesis in model-driven engineering and domain-specific languages, being inspired by the WebDSL project. InfoQ has discussed with Hemel in an attempt to find out more about this approach to writing mobile apps.
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Submission + - New York and German stock exchanges to merge->

superapecommando writes: The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE Euronext) and Deutsche Borse have said that a planned merger between them would target €300 million (£255 million) in IT and operational cost savings.

The two exchanges last night confirmed heightened speculation that they were in advanced talks to merge, in a move that would create the world’s second largest trading venue by market capitalisation, after the Hong Kong Exchange.

The merger announcement follows hot on the heels of a statement yesterday from the London Stock Exchange that it is in advanced talks to merge with Toronto parent TMF. That merger is expected to see common IT platforms introduced in a Linux and Unix-based environment, as well as £35 million technology operational savings.

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Submission + - BBC iPlayer iPad App - The Real Review->

An anonymous reader writes: Today, the BBC iPlayer launched in the UK Apple App Store. I must admit I’ve been using the Beta web version of this app on my iPad for a while now but this brand new dedicated iPad version is really something else. It allows you to watch and listen live to over 400 hours of programs from the past 7 days, this is either TV or radio programs and it works great.

Read this review to learn how to maximize your pleasure with this app.

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Submission + - Samsung Galaxy S 4G will be cheaper than most new ->

kingkaos69 writes: The guys at AndroidLife have just put their hands on a leaked pricing sheet from Walmart revealing the price of T-Mobile's flagship 4G phone, the Galaxy S 4G. According to the photo leaked, consumers will pay $650 if they want one S 4G without a contract, but for only $148.88 they will be able to take home a brand new smartphone with a two-year service agreement.
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Submission + - Net Neutrality a the French National Assembly->

An anonymous reader writes: Net Neutrality will be in discussion at the French National Assembly on Thursday, the 17th February.

In a bold move, Christian Paul and other Representatives from the Socialist Party will propose to define the net neutrality as "the prohibition of discrimination related to content, issuers or recipients of electronic communications" and to require all Internet stakeholders to respect this key principle.

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Submission + - Ozzy spoofed as a cell-phone retard in TV pilot->

An anonymous reader writes: In what appears to be the half-hour pilot of a new animated show called Massac Rehab — we join Ozzy and a bunch of other celebrities getting treatment in rehab run by the Church of Rectology!!

Ozzy receives weird phone calls from what later appears to be his own '1983' brain, an aggressive wife beating dude with a taste for video nasties and alternative ways of birth control.

Finally the coin drops for the old fella, in a Back to the Future-esque moment he realize that he's "changed the past" by getting rid of his "fat c***s for kids" as they disappear from the famiily photo...

Hillarious! (warning for coarse language...)

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Submission + - Can you run a PC mag/website on Ubuntu?-> 4 4

An anonymous reader writes: PC Pro is undertaking a one-day experiment where they're attempting to run their magazine and website entirely off Ubuntu. The editorial team are live blogging about their experiences of switching from Windows to Ubuntu all day, and also providing regular updates on PC Pro's Twitter account.
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Submission + - Computing's new weapon against climate change->

An anonymous reader writes: A 10-petaflop IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer codenamed ‘Mira’ will be used to understanding global climate change and explore the evolution of our universe. According to IBM, the new system will be twice as fast as today's fastest supercomputer, capable of producing more than 10 quadrillion calculations per second. By contrast, the human brain's processing power has been estimated at around 100 trillion calculations per second, which equates to a puny 100 teraflops.
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Submission + - Facebook for Seniors and Baby Boomers – Is I->

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has seen a surge of 513% in sign-ups – by Seniors and over 55s!
These figures from the US, released by Nielsen, confirmed a trend that weve seen in recent years: That more seniors are becoming active on the Web. In fact, figures show that the number of older users of Facebook increased nearly tenfold in America last year, while university-age users declined by 55 per cent.

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Submission + - Social Network" Episode of "The Good Wife" Feb 15->

An anonymous reader writes: The Good Wife explores what would have happened if Mark Zuckerberg had sued the Social Network producers:
""Net Worth" — Will and Diane take on a defamation case from a young Internet billionaire, who is suing the film studio for depicting him in a negative light
Looks like Jack Carpenter ( is playing the character of Patric/Mark Zuckerberg.

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Submission + - Researchers Build Robot Knowledge Database

mvar writes: A group of European researchers are developing a project called RoboEarth, which will let robots exchange information on how best to complete a task. The idea is to build up a library of knowledge, accessible through open standards, that'll let robots come into service more quickly — they won't have to learn how to do something from scratch every time, they'll be able to benefit from others' learnings in the same way human communities share knowledge.

Submission + - Saving lives in Darfur through energy efficiency->

cold fjord writes: The genocide in Darfur is one of the terrible on-going atrocities of recent times, with hundreds of thousands killed, and millions driven into refugee camps where they live a harsh, precarious existence. Under such crisis circumstances, energy efficiency can be a matter of life or death. If they don't trade needed food for wood, a woman gathering firewood to cook might walk as long as seven hours to find a single tree, all the while at risk of rape, murder, or mutilation. A Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award winning stove designed by a group led by Berkeley physicist Dr. Ashok Gadgil and Christina Galitsky, is providing a ray of hope as it cuts fuel consumption by 75%. If the Darfur Stoves Project can meet its goals in building and distributing the stoves (they take donations) it could also reduce carbon emissions by as much as 18,000 tons annually. All in all, better living through physics for some desparate people. The science behind the stoves. More here.
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Submission + - Secret plan to kill Wikileaks with FUD leaked-> 1 1

An anonymous reader writes: Three information security consultancies with links to US spy agencies cooked up a dirty tricks campaign late last year to destroy Wikileaks by exploiting its perceived weaknesses, reads a presentation released by the whistleblowers'(TM) organisation that it claimed to be from the conspirators. Consultants at US defence contractors Palantir Technologies, Berico Technologies and HBGary proposed to lawyers for a desperate Bank of America an alliance that would work to discredit the whistleblowers’ website using a divide and conquer approach. Since the plan was hatched, disgruntled volunteers mentioned in the PDF broke away from Wikileaks, financial institutions withdrew services, Apelbaum was harassed by the US Government and Amazon denied service to Wikileaks' website.
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