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Hand Written Clock 86

Posted by samzenpus
from the up-to-the-minute dept.
a3buster writes "This clock does not actually have a man inside, but a flatscreen that plays a 24-hour loop of this video by the artist watching his own clock somewhere and painstakingly erasing and re-writing each minute. This video was taken at Design Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2009."
Software

+ - Mandatory Software Warranties for Everyone->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Software and warranties go together like water and oil: Read the license for any application and you're bound to find wording that virtually eliminates any legal responsibility that the vendor might have toward the customer. But that may be changing in a big way through a legal backdoor A report from an influential organization could convince judges that a number of practices virtually unheard of in the software industry are, in fact, settled case law and standard practice. That would include mandatory warranties of "no hidden material defects" and no potential limitations on the liability of software vendors for problems caused by their products."
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Government

+ - Mexico decriminalizes small-scale drug possession 4

Submitted by Professor_Quail
Professor_Quail (610443) writes "Mexico enacted a controversial law Thursday decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs while encouraging free government treatment for drug dependency. The law sets out maximum "personal use" amounts for drugs, also including LSD and methamphetamine. People detained with those quantities will no longer face criminal prosecution when the law goes into effect Friday."
Input Devices

+ - New Logitech Dark Field mice operate on glass-> 1

Submitted by Slatterz
Slatterz (666) writes "Logitech has introduced new mice that use two lasers rather than one to work on a variety of previously unusable surfaces. The first laser picks out imperfections in the surface of a tabletop while the second laser focuses on microscopic imperfections highlighted and uses those to direct the cursor. The technique, dubbed dark field microscopy, allows mice to be used on almost any surface, including glass as long as it is more than 4mm thick."
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Comment: Re:Predictive power of evolution! (Score 1) 186

by sedman (#26138867) Attached to: Convergent Evolution Upends Honeyeaters' Taxonomy

Similarly, evolution is a fact. Our definitions and explanations of the mechanism of evolution are a theory, and a work in progress.

While I am willing to agree with you when it comes to micro evolution (we have observed it and use it all the time). Calling macro evolution a fact when it has not ever been observed is a different use of the word fact than I'm familiar with.

Windows

+ - Microsoft Drops Key Restrictions From Server 2008->

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Channel Guy
Channel Guy writes "According to a report from CRN, Microsoft plans to allow users of the Web server SKU in Windows Server 2008 to run any type of database software with no limit on the number of users, provided they deploy it as an Internet-facing front-end server. The previous limit was 50 users. Microsoft's partners expect the changes to go a long way toward making Windows Web Server 2008 more competitive with the LAMP stack, against which Microsoft has been making headway in recent months."
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