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+ - What do you do if you are a mob hitman on trial for murdering 19 people?->

Submitted by gVibe
gVibe (997166) writes "First...Kill all government witnesses.
Second...lie about having anything to do with it.

Stephen "Stippo" Rakes, a former South Boston man who had waited decades for a chance to testify against James "Whitey" Bulger, was found dead in Lincoln on Wednesday, authorities said today.

Rakes, had been on the witness list and had been eager to testify that Bulger threatened his family at gunpoint and forced him to turn his liquor store into a front for the Winter Hill Gang. But earlier this week prosecutors informed Rakes he would not be called to testify, a decision that left Rakes despondent."

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+ - Clearly Illustrating why Twitter just can't replace website comments->

Submitted by gVibe
gVibe (997166) writes "...in a nutshell: a discussion between several prominent bloggers and authors erupted a few months ago about whether or not to enable comments on websites. One of the arguments against having comments was that Twitter was a perfectly adequate replacement; something the author thinks is complete nonsense. Not only is Twitter effectively one-to-one communication (it's very easy to just ignore tweets you disagree with; none of your other readers will ever see them), Twitter messages are far too short to be able to sustain a coherent conversation.

gVibe says, "I personally can't wait to read what Slashdot Readers have to say!""

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+ - Everytime A Toilet Flushes A Google Server Gets Cooled in Georgia-> 2

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gVibe
gVibe writes "Oh, that Google. They’re always thinking of new ways to lower their carbon footprint on the planet earth. And to prove it, they’ve uploaded a new video to YouTube showing off exactly what they can do with all your doo-doo water, once they put their mind to it. To help cut massive energy costs, Google is using colorful pipes of waste, too cool down servers at their Douglas County data center in Georgia. Once their heat sinks are down to a reasonable temperature, the water is sent to a Google made treatment plant where the water is further cleaned up before it exits into the Chattahoochee river.

Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lJnlgM1yEU0"

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+ - Cobb v. Google: Google Sky lawsuit dismissed->

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gVibe
gVibe writes "Friday, August 01, 2008 (15:48 UTC)

That demonstrably frivolous lawsuit filed by Jonathan Cobb back in February 2008, alleging that Google stole the idea of Google Sky from him? Dismissed. This just arived in my feed reader via the RSS feed tracking the case:

        Cobb v. Google, Inc. et al Docket Report Updated 2008-08-01

        MEMORANDUM OPINION, The Court GRANTS defendant's motion to dismiss and DENIES plaintiff's motion for declaratory judgment. Signed by Judge Richard J. Leon on 7/30/08. (kc) (Entered: 07/31/2008)

        ORDER granting defendant's Motion 43 to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction; denying plaintiff's Motion 44 for Declaratory Judgment. ORDERED that judgment is entered for defendant. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Richard J. Leon on 7/30/08. (kc) (Entered: 07/31/2008)"

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