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Comment Re:Get rid of... Parking Meters! (Score 3, Interesting) 863

Where I live, Burbank, CA, we got rid of all parking meters -- and good riddance to boot! You can park anywhere in Burbank without paying a fee -- pull into any city lot and go to the local AMC Theater, watch a movie --> head on over to your favorite eating spot, have a bit to eat --> head on over to the ice cream shop, get a double-dipper --> browser the magazine shop, read later PC Magazine --> walk the Media Center Mall, hang out with friends --> finally head back to your car! NO RUNNING TO DROP QUARTER. Nice

South Park To Be Available Online Free and Legal 277

garnetlion writes "South Park is coming online, free and legal. My brief research has not indicated if it will use DRM, require some silly Windows-only software or be otherwise substandard. According to a Wired blog article, 'Parker and Stone said they were inspired to start the site when they got 'really sick of having to download our own show illegally all the time. So we gave ourselves a legal alternative.'" In this regard South Park joins fellow Comedy Central notable The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, whose archive was made freely available online late last year.
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Submission + - Microsoft Vista-Live Combo Impacts Google

ReadWriteWeb writes: "Windows Vista is finally out and along with that Microsoft seems to have kick-started its Vista-Live joint initiative. Which means that Microsoft makes its Windows Live web properties the default in Windows Vista PCs, where possible — for example Live Search is the default search engine in IE7 on new Vista machines. Stats from Alexa show that after Vista's release, traffic on Live.com and MSN rose sharply. And interestingly, both tangents have the same slope: Live's slope is 0.79 and MSN's is 0.76. On the other hand, Google's Alexa chart shows the reverse trend. There is a significant fall in Google's traffic after Vista was released and Google's slope is a negative 0.5. Is this an early indication that new Vista users are happy with what is given as the default — that for example Live Search is 'good enough' compared to Google search?"

Submission + - Microsoft ordered to pay 1.5 Billion

Anonymous Coward writes: "CNN has it all; Microsoft ordered to pay 1.5 Billion dollars in patent infringement case. (http://money.cnn.com/2007/02/22/technology/micros oft_alcatel/index.htm?eref=rss_topstories) From the article; "NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — A federal jury said Thursday that software maker Microsoft Corp. infringed audio patents held by Alcatel-Lucent and should pay $1.52 billion in damages. Tom Burt, Microsoft corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, said the verdict was unsupported by law or facts. TECHNOLOGY "Today's outcome is disappointing for us and for the hundreds of other companies who have licensed MP3 technology. "We will seek relief from the trial court, and if necessary appeal," Burt said. ""

Submission + - The Ten Most Frequently-Guessed Passwords

darkreadingman writes: "IT people often create their own security problems by choosing administrative passwords that are easily hacked. Here's a list of hackers' ten most frequently-guessed passwords, along with some suggestions on better ways to create and maintain strong passwords. http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=117 988&WT.svl=news1_1"

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