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Submission + - 450,000 iPads sold but how many returned? (

Kitkoan writes: From the article:

Apple announced that it had sold 300,000 iPads by end of day Saturday, and now we’re hearing that more than 450,000 have been sold. What’s most interested about that stat, though, is that I heard from a source that there’s a tremendous amount of buyer’s remorse with the iPad, and people are coming in droves to return them.


Submission + - Maybe the Aliens are Addicted to Computer Games

Hugh Pickens writes: "Geoffrey Miller has an interesting hypothesis in Seed Magazine that explains Fermi's Paradox — why 40 years of intensive searching for extraterrestrial intelligence have yielded nothing: no radio signals, no credible spacecraft sightings, no close encounters of any kind — all the aliens are busy playing computer games. The aliens "forget to send radio signals or colonize space because they’re too busy with runaway consumerism and virtual-reality narcissism," writes Miller. "They don’t need Sentinels to enslave them in a Matrix; they do it to themselves, just as we are doing today." Miller says the fundamental problem is that an evolved mind must pay attention to indirect cues of biological fitness, rather than tracking fitness itself and that although evolution favors brains that tend to maximize fitness (as measured by numbers of great-grandkids), no brain has capacity enough to do so under every possible circumstance. "The result is that we don’t seek reproductive success directly; we seek tasty foods that have tended to promote survival, and luscious mates who have tended to produce bright, healthy babies. The modern result? Fast food and pornography," writes Miller. "Once they turn inwards to chase their shiny pennies of pleasure, they lose the cosmic plot." Miller adds that most bright alien species probably go extinct gradually, allocating more time and resources to their pleasures, and less to their children until they eventually die out when the game behind all games—the Game of Life—says “Game Over; you are out of lives and you forgot to reproduce.”"

Submission + - Low support for Australian Internet Filtering (

ThinkOfaNumber writes: Results from Whirlpool's 2009 Australian Broadband Survey are in with (not-so?) surprising results about the Australian Federal Government's mandatory internet filtering. Only 7.4% of over 23,000 validated unique surveys supported the idea. Of course, Whirlpool is a large forum with many IT-savvy readers, and the survey doesn't represent a broad selection of Australians, but they state this bias and the results are interesting nonetheless.

Submission + - California to Create Public Animal Abuser Registry ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: California legislators are moving forward with plans to create a public, online, animal abuser registry identical in function to the public sex offender registry. Is this the slippery slope to further government mandated lists and registries?

Submission + - Advertising on the Internet, or How Not To.

Eric Freyhart writes: I have been working to bring a new commercial website online. The URL is . I have owned this URL for over 14 years, and after a layoff last year decided to get into business for myself and finally bring it online. As you may know, advertising what you sell is the key to a successful business. So we started a Google ad campaign.

The last time I did a Google advertisement campaign for my employer we received massive amounts of traffic and great conversions (sales). Now that I started my own business enterprise I find that the market is saturated and conversions are few and far between. We have issued out over 2 million advertising banners, yet only 500 or so clickthroughs. Is this the standard now, or am I doing something wrong?

Is the end of the Internet advertising system coming to an end? Are fewer people clicking on advertising links? Is this why Google converted to a pay-per-click system instead of the original pay-per-impressions system?

Since Slashdot is the leader in the community for Internet developement and news, I would love to hear back from the members on this issue.

Submission + - 5 of the Best Free Linux Data Recovery Tools (

An anonymous reader writes: Data recovery is the process of retrieving data from corrupted or damaged storage media when it cannot be accessed. The storage media in question will often be a hard disk, but it can also be removable media such as CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and storage tapes. There are many different reasons why a system administrator may need to use data recovery tools.

At boot up, mainstream Linux distributions perform routine scans to identify and fix any inconsistencies in the file system. A damaged file system might be caused by the computer not shutting down in an orderly fashion, which can occur say in the event of a power cut. However, such routine scans will not detect hardware failure which might exist for a long period without being noticeable to users. Accesses to bad sectors on the media can make the situation worse, and with further usage as well as the passage of time, the media can eventually become unreadable.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 5 high quality Linux data recovery tools. These tools may well be a life-saver in the event that you need to retrieve data from corrupted media. We would strongly recommend that you become familiar with how they work just in case you are ever put in the position of needing to recover data.


Submission + - Shuttle Endeavor returns to Kennedy Space Center a (

MileHighScience writes: Space shuttle Endeavor, on the fifth-to-last mission of the shuttle era, returned to Earth Sunday after delivering two important components to the International Space Station. One, a cupola with seven windows, will give astronauts on board the ISS the opportunity to have a 360-degree view into space.

Submission + - Thermaltake Element T Case Review @ Tweaknews (

An anonymous reader writes: With a budget chassis like this, we can overlook some minor shortcomings due to the low price. There is room for lots of hardware in the Element T, with three big bays and six HDD mounts with a placement for a 2.5-inch drive. It is lightweight but sturdy while being relatively easy to work in.

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