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Submission + - Razer Mouse Crippled Without Online Activation

jones_supa writes: At Overclock.net forums, nickname channelx99 tells a story about a frustrating obstacle when he begun to use a Razer Naga mouse. A software is required to enable the full functionality of the mouse. The user was greeted by a login screen which couldn't be bypassed, and even worse, the account creation didn't work at the time. It turned out that the Razor activation server was down. As result, channelx99 was left out in the cold, and he wraps up 'Nowhere on the box does it say anything about needing an internet connection to "activate" a mouse. If the servers go down in the future, anyone who buys this mouse is out of luck.'

Submission + - Preserved 298-Million-Year-Old Forest Discovered (inhabitat.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Scientists just discovered an incredibly preserved 298-million-year-old forest buried deep beneath a coal mine in Wuda, China. The ancient forest in Inner Mongolia was preserved by volcanic ash, much like Pompeii. Both Chinese and American scientists are marveling at finds of 80-foot-tall trees from the Permian Era, which provide an incredible snapshot of plant life 298 million years ago.
Space

Submission + - North Star May Be Wasting Away (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: The North Star, a celestial beacon to navigators for centuries, may be slowly shrinking, according to a new analysis of more than 160 years of observations. The data suggest that the familiar fixture in the northern sky is shedding an Earth's mass worth of gas each year.

Submission + - Extremists exploit the web (bbc.co.uk)

Rambo Tribble writes: The BBC reports that Interpol has tracked a massive increase in the number of extremist websites in recent years. These sites are said to be aiding terrorist recruiting and propaganda dissemination.

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