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Submission + - Microsoft's Azue Depends On BIG BOOBS (

sfcrazy writes: Who said Microsoft developers don't have a sense of humor. Even if that humor is sexist. Our own Matthew Garrett, UEFI secure boot fame, has posted a blog about the magic constant Microsoft used in its HyperV code.

Matthew writes: Paolo Bonzini noticed something a little awkward in the Linux kernel support code for Microsoft's HyperV virtualisation environment — specifically, that the magic constant passed through to the hypervisor was "0xB16B00B5", or, in English, "BIG B**BS". It turns out that this isn't an exception — when the code was originally submitted it also contained "0x0B00B135". That one got removed when the Xen support code was ripped out.


Submission + - IBM Snags Patent on Taking a Half-Day Off of Work

theodp writes: The USPTO appears to have lowered the bar on obviousness, awarding a patent to IBM Tuesday for its System for Portion of a Day Out of Office Notification. 'Out of office features in existing applications such as Lotus Notes, IBM Workplace, and Microsoft Outlook all implement a way to take a number of days off from one day to many days,' acknowledges purported patent reformer Big Blue. 'Yet, none of these applications contain the feature of letting a person take a half-day or in more general terms, x days and x hours off.' Eureka! And yes, the invention is every bit as obvious as you can imagine.

Submission + - Prototype device detects drug use via fingerprints (

cylonlover writes: Fingerprints have been used to confirm or determine peoples' identities for over one hundred years now, but new technology is allowing them to be put to another use — drug testing. Intelligent Fingerprinting (a spin-off company affiliated with the UK's University of East Anglia) has just unveiled a prototype portable device that can detect the presence of illicit drugs or other substances in a person's system by analyzing the sweat in their fingerprints.

Submission + - Ballmer: Windows 8 due in 2012 (

BogenDorpher writes: "icrosoft has been relatively tight-lipped about the next version of Windows. Most of the information available publicly is from leaked screenshots and videos. Therefore, it was a surprise to many today that Steve Ballmer openly discussed the next version of Windows and officially referred to it as "Windows 8.""

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