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Submission + - Tom Clancey Dead at 66->

quantumghost writes: Spy thriller writer Tom Clancy, whose best-selling books became blockbuster films [and video games], has died, his publisher said Wednesday. He was 66. Clancy's publisher, the Penguin Group, said the author died in Baltimore on Tuesday. The written statement did not indicate the cause of death.
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Submission + - Man robbed of Grandtheft Auto V->

quantumghost writes:

Police and London Ambulance Service attended and took the 23-year-old man to hospital where he remains in a stable condition. The victim had been shopping and was on his way home when he was hit with a brick. He was then stabbed and robbed. A copy of Grand Theft Auto, a watch and mobile phone were stolen during the robbery. The motive for the attack is unclear at this stage.

I believe the motive was for a high score.
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Submission + - What would you build into a new home?

quantumghost writes: We have elected to undertake the formidable task of building a new home. We are going with an established builder and an established floor-plan. My question to the horde is: "What new technology would you add/incorporate to a new home to make it your dream?" I'm mainly looking for ideas that are best incorporated early in the process (we're still designing) (e.g. wiring for a home music system), but other ideas that can be bolted on afterwards are also appreciated.

What say you Slashdot, what would you like to have in your dream house?

Submission + - New island appears off coast of Germany-> 4

quantumghost writes: Despite its youthful age the sickle-shaped island lying 16 miles off the coast of the German state of Schleswig Holstein is already home to around 50 different plant species and proved popular with sea birds such as herring gulls and oyster catchers, eager to take advantage of its unspoilt and pristine environment.

Formed over just 10 years, the rapid appearance of the island has surprised scientists familiar with the strong winds and shifting shifts that characterise Germany's North Sea coast.

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Submission + - Possible ninth planet->

quantumghost writes: An as yet undiscovered planet might be orbiting at the dark fringes of the solar system, according to new research.

Too far out to be easily spotted by telescopes, the potential unseen planet appears to be making its presence felt by disturbing the orbits of so-called Kuiper belt objects, said Rodney Gomes, an astronomer at the National Observatory of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro.

Kuiper belt objects are small icy bodies—including some dwarf planets—that lie beyond the orbit of Neptune.

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Submission + - Best multimedia collection for a shared laptop

quantumghost writes: There is a shared laptop that a group of 60 use for weekly Powerpoint presentations. Access to the laptop is rare outside of the presentation day so people develop their presentations at home and bring them on CD or flash drive the day of the presentation. Often the pictures or video are caputured from in house devices, cell phones, or lifted off the web, etc. The problem is that too often the laptop does not have the required codec/media software (Tiff, QuickTime, RealTimeAccess, etc). What would be the best collection of programs that could be loaded onto a Windows XP laptop to give the broadest support without killing the harddrive/processor?
Cellphones

Submission + - Bill could force Apple, AT&T to unlock iPhone 1

quantumghost writes: When T-Mobile began selling Apple's iPhone in Germany last fall, a legal skirmish ensued, forcing the wireless carrier to sell it untethered to a contract — at $1,460, no less. T-Mobile eventually persuaded a court that the two-year contract was legal. Now that same kind of European rule would be imported into the United States — meaning AT&T would be legally required to sell a contract-free iPhone — if a new Democratic proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives becomes law.

http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9879554-7.html
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - RIAA Site Wiped by Hackers->

quantumghost writes: Apparently someone was using SQL injections to slow the RIAA site, when someone upped the ante and did a SQL "DROP"....

Someone apparently used SQL injection to wipe, and we do mean wipe, the website of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) clean of content. (In case they've fixed the site, click the empty "Who We Are" statement above to see what their homepage looked like at the time of this writing.) Since the RIAA is usually chasing after pirates of copyrighted and copy-protected material, call it ... well, call it what you will. It started on Reddit, where a link to a really slow SQL query was posted. The post said "This link runs a slooow SQL query on the RIAA's server. Don't click it; that would be wrong."
Full link: http://technologyexpert.blogspot.com/2008/01/riaa-website-wiped-clean-by-hackers.html

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