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+ - Google Voice Offering Invites

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kevind23
kevind23 writes "I checked my email this evening to find that Google Voice, which has caught the attention of Slashdot several times, is now offering free registrations on an invite-only basis. Unfortunately, unlike Gmail, current users cannot send invitations to their friends (or other interested parties). Google Voice is currently available in the United States, with free domestic calling and SMS, as well as cheap international rates."
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+ - Cats 'exploit' humans by purring ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Cat owners may have suspected as much, but it seems our feline friends have found a way to manipulate us humans.

Researchers at the University of Sussex have discovered that cats use a "soliciting purr" to overpower their owners and garner attention and food.

Unlike regular purring, this sound incorporates a "cry", with a similar frequency to a human baby's.

The team said cats have "tapped into" a human bias — producing a sound that humans find very difficult to ignore."

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Comment: Re:Kills Twilight Hack, Temporarially (Score 1) 94

by kevind23 (#27369943) Attached to: Wii System Menu 4.0 Released
Well, I of course read that too, but previously Nintendo has killed off the Twilight Hack, and look how long it still survived. I wouldn't say it's permanently dead, but yeah, it's a possibility.

It doesn't kill the HBC, you're right, but I think it's better to be safe and keep the TP Hack option open, just in case something goes wrong.
GNU is Not Unix

NY Bill Proposes Tax Credit for Open Source Developers 111

Posted by timothy
from the save-the-commonwealth-a-few-bucks dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Assemblymen Jonathan Bing and Micah Kellner, along with a number of co-sponsors, have introduced proposed legislation in New York State which would grant a tax credit to individuals acting as volunteers who develop open source programs. The idea of the credit is to ensure that volunteer developers, who could not otherwise deduct their expenses because they are not part of a 'business,' should nevertheless be able to receive a tax benefit for their contribution. The credit would be for 20% of the expenses incurred, up to $200. The preamble to the bill notes that the New York State Assembly itself currently uses 'Open Source programs such as Mozilla for email, Firefox for web browsing, and WebCal for electronic calendars,' and that these programs have led to significant cost savings to taxpayers. The preamble also cited a 2006 report authored by John Irons and Carl Malamud from the Center for American Progress detailing how Open Source software enhances a broader dissemination of knowledge and ideas."

Comment: Re:Blu-Ray? (Score 1) 386

by kevind23 (#26863399) Attached to: Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "Lenny" Released
Actually, you can just grab the base CD, and install the basics. You can choose to install from the internet anyway, and it's great if you need to install it on a machine that only has access to a wireless network. After you install the base system you can boot into it and select whatever you want, from whatever repos you want, of course.

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