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+ - ICQ Protocol Change? pidgin.im down->

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An anonymous reader writes "I just tried to log onto the ICQ network with my Pidgin client and got a "your client is too old, please update". Trying to do that, I found pidgin.im to be down. Downloaded Trillian, says my password is wrong. Works fine with the original ICQ client. There is a security report about Pidgin 2.4.2, might be related? (http://archives.neohapsis.com/archives/bugtraq/2008-06/0225.html). Anyone have news?"
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Comment: Re:big increases in your power bill! (Score 1) 355

by epsalon (#23690221) Attached to: Software Update Shuts Down Nuclear Power Plant
For a commuter jet there is no failsafe mode. You can't just have the jet "shut down" when something wrong is detected. To deal with emergencies you need all systems functioning until you can get the jet to land.
In a nuclear power plant there is failsafe: drop the control rods. Sure, the plant won't produce electricity, but it will be safe. Compare to an unscheduled emergency landing of a jet.
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+ - First look at $100 laptop Linux interface

Submitted by BogusToo
BogusToo (930712) writes "TAIPEI, Taiwan — While many analysts are busy tearing down Sony PS3's and Nintendo Wii's, a few insiders are taking a closer look at the first batch of $100 (eventually) laptops to roll off the production lines in Shanghai as part of the One Laptop Per Child program backed by Nicholas Negroponte and MIT's Media Lab. http://www.eetimes.com/rss/showArticle.jhtml?artic leID=196100148&cid=RSSfeed_eetimes_newsRSS"
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+ - Open Directory Project Crippled

Submitted by Anonymous
Anonymous (666) writes "The Open Directory Project (ODP) run in partnership with AOL has been crippled for over a month, following catastrophic hardware failure. The system supplies the human edited data to many large 'category' style directories such as those hosted by Google and Yahoo!

Although the public facing site (www.dmoz.org) was restored relatively quickly, the ability to submit new sites and the editing facilities for the 1,000's of editors have been offline since 20th October. Editors on the support forums have questioned the seeming lack of a viable recovery plan which has hampered restoration of the service for over four weeks, with no immediate sign of recovery."

Mac Theft Recovery Software Tracks Thieves 82

Posted by Hemos
from the ironc-actions dept.
Dubpal writes "Apple Macintosh users can now fit their machines with theft protection software that reports back on what a thief is doing with their computer, should it ever be stolen. The software, named "Undercover" allows users to report their Macs as stolen, causing the software to report back with IPs, screenshots and even a picture of the thief and his surroundings. In addition to this, Undercover begins faking hardware faults, displaying messages and even reading them aloud, alerting anyone around that the Mac's been stolen."

Sysadmins - What's in Your MOTD? 176

Posted by Cliff
from the daily-thoughts-from-BOFHs dept.
permaculture asks: "This is a 'knowledge management' issue, on a University network. For many years we've had a network 'Message of the Day' that appears when any network user logs in. MOTD lists planned service outages for maintenance, progress on current issues, upcoming holidays, and other items that affect network users. Recently, this has been replaced by a page that announces general University business such as Open weeks, upcoming awards etc. There's a link on the page to the network MOTD that used to greet every user immediately after login. Does your network have a 'Message of the Day' that appears at login? Is it a Corporate business page, entirely related to network services, or something else entirely?"

Satellite Navigation a Real Crackpot! 230

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the asking-for-directions dept.
debest writes "What happens when your satellite navigation system in your car gives you bad advice on which road you should take? In Britain, these systems have been directing drivers down a road near the (aptly named) town of Crackpot that is strewn with boulders and has an unprotected 100ft dropoff on one side! The locals are worried someone's going to go off the edge."

Super-ATMs Being Rolled Out 270

Posted by Zonk
from the more-than-just-money-machines dept.
News.com has an article up looking at something I find interesting and somewhat confusing. The Vcom ATM is an attempt to make people's lives more convenient by adding unexpected functionality to the standard Teller Machine. Besides dispensing cash, new ATMs can fulfull the roles of PayPal (by sending money to people), bank (by cashing checks on the spot), and cellphone store (by selling Verizon services). From the article: "The Circle K and Exxon Mobil machines are far more basic than 7-Eleven's Vcoms, which have been called overengineered. Several dozen customers polled informally outside a 7-Eleven in Winter Springs, Fla., recently said that they had never used the Vcom inside, and one woman who said she did use it once to withdraw cash complained that it was 'confusing' and 'complicated,' and added that she would not use it again. 'There were just too many steps,' said the woman, Peggy Baker, who teaches French in Winter Springs. 'And the $1.75 transaction fee was too much--it was painful.' She said she was not interested in the other Vcom features, which require users to enroll and enter a Social Security number on a touch screen."

Swedish Study Finds Cell Phone Cancer Risk 282

Posted by Zonk
from the i-call-my-tumor-tummy dept.
dtjohnson writes "A new Swedish study has found that heavy users of cell phones had a 240 percent increase in brain tumors on the side of their head that the phone was used on. The study defined 'heavy' use as more than 2,000 total hours, or approximately one hour of use per workday for 10 years. An earlier British study was previously discussed here that didn't find an increased risk, although that study covered fewer subjects and only followed one type of brain tumor for a shorter period of time. Or course, the biggest epidemiological study of all is the one we are all participating in whenever we use our cell phone. The results from that study won't be available for a while."

Neutrino Mass Confirmed 318

Posted by Zonk
from the they-do-exist dept.
biohack writes "BBC News reports that results from the MINOS experiment have confirmed that neutrinos have mass. To look for neutrino oscillations, scientists created muon neutrinos in a particle accelerator at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). After passing through a particle detector at Fermilab, a high intensity beam of neutrinos travelled to another particle detector 724km (450 miles) away in a disused mine in Soudan, US. The set up established that fewer particles were being detected at the Soudan site than had been sent from Fermilab, which confirmed that some neutrinos changed their flavor on the way - an effect called neutrino flavor oscillation, which requires them to have mass. 'To put it simply, if they are heavy, it means that there is a lot more mass in the Universe than we thought there was,' said Professor Jenny Thomas from University College London."

Wikipedia Covers April Fool's Hoaxes 129

Posted by Zonk
from the check-out-what-you-missed dept.
vladd_rom writes "Wikipedia maintains an up to date list with April Fools hoaxes from this year. The list already includes hundreds of entries. Among the most popular, one could find Google Romance, a new Google.com project, Google Browser, as well as Yahoo!'s desire to buy all Web 2.0 companies on the web. However, it seems that this year hoaxes will be more interconnected: the wiki page already includes some websites that announced that they have been bought by Yahoo!, and linked to Yahoo!'s blog post from their pages."

OMG BARBIE LINUX LOL!!1!!!! 124

Posted by Zonk
from the comes-with-ponyos dept.
tini1212 writes "LIKE OMG!! Have you guyz seen Barbie Linux!!??!?!?!? It's like totally cool! It's open source too!!! We can spend long nights patching the kernel, and look at pictures of that total hottie, Linus Torvalds!" From the site: "Making a bid for a piece of the emerging desktop Linux market, Mattel, Inc. announced the immediate availability of downloadable beta ISOs for BarbieOS 0.99, and said it hoped the final 1.0 retail version would be on store shelves in time for Christmas. The new OS was created by Mattel to power the upcoming revision of its popular B-Book line of laptops for girls between the ages of four and eleven. The original B-Book laptop, which ran a modified version of PalmOS, was a huge hit with consumers last holiday season, so much so that many stores had trouble keeping them in stock."

New Plans From Lucasfilm 101

Posted by Zonk
from the galaxy-not-too-far-away dept.
Lawrence Person writes "Locus Online has the announcement from Lucasfilms stating that they have authorized an 'adult' line of Star Wars novels. From the article: 'While the movies were still an ongoing project, it was important to portray all aspects of the Star Wars universe as wholesome family entertainment. However, now that the cycle of films is done, we can finally broaden the Star Wars franchise into marketing niches we'd heretofore avoided, and adult entertainment is at the top of our list.'" Relatedly, H_Fisher writes "In a first-of-its-kind move, George Lucas has announced that Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox will offer free 'replacement DVDs' to anyone who mails in pre-Special Edition VHS and Laserdisc copies of Star Wars episodes IV, V, and VI by April 30th. From the press release: 'This unique opportunity will help fans experience the complete and correct vision of my epic story.'"

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