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Microsoft

+ - How to get a Windows tax refund

Submitted by
lisah
lisah writes "Serge Wroclawski recently contacted Dell to request a refund on his unused (and unwanted) copy of Windows XP that came pre-installed on his computer and, surprisingly, Dell complied. Wroclawski admits that the $52.50 refund was more of a victory in principal and less an economic windfall but it was a success nonetheless. Using his tips and techniques, readers can try their hand at getting a refund of their own but Wroclawski says be prepared, the process could take hours."
Security

+ - RPGNow.com Servers Compromised, CC data lost

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "RPGNow.com has experienced a major breach of security. Hundreds of people's credit cards, addresses, and even ccv security codes have been available on a cached page on Google. Already people are linking the insecure control of their credit card data on credit card fraud they've experienced."
Quickies

+ - Sleep Disturbances associated with suicide

Submitted by brainvoid
brainvoid (1046974) writes "In the first known report of its kind, a study published in the January 1st issue of the journal SLEEP finds that sleep disturbances are common among suicide attempters, and that nightmares are associated with suicidality.
The study, conducted by Nisse Sjöström, RN, and colleagues of Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Göteborg, Sweden, focused on 165 patients between the ages of 18-68, who were admitted to medical units or psychiatric wards at Sahlgrenska after a suicide attempt. It was discovered that 89 percent of subjects reported some kind of sleep disturbance. The most common complaint was difficulties initiating sleep (73 percent), followed by difficulties maintaining sleep (69 percent), nightmares (66 percent) and early morning awakening (58 percent). Nightmares were associated with a five-fold increase in risk for high suicidality.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?ne wsid=59937"
Biotech

+ - Parasite makes us dumber or sexier

Submitted by odie_q
odie_q (130040) writes "It has long been known that the Toxoplasma gondii parasite alters its host's behaviour, but now it seems the way it alters it depends on the sex of the host. From the article, "A common parasite can increase a women's attractiveness to the opposite sex but also make men more stupid, an Australian researcher says.", and further, "Infected men have lower IQs, achieve a lower level of education and have shorter attention spans. They are also more likely to break rules and take risks, be more independent, more anti-social, suspicious, jealous and morose, and are deemed less attractive to women. On the other hand, infected women tend to be more outgoing, friendly, more promiscuous, and are considered more attractive to men compared with non-infected controls."

So, next time you want to score with a chick, slip some... eh.. cat feces in her drink."
Slashdot.org

Slashdot's Games of the Year 364

Posted by Zonk
from the what-we-played dept.
Not everyone who works on Slashdot plays games. Enough of us do, though, that I thought it would be interesting to tap my co-workers to see what folks would call their 'game of the year'. Below are comments on the best gaming of 2006 from Chris Nandor, CmdrTaco, Chris Brown, Scuttlemonkey, and myself. Then, once you've read that, we need your help in the comments. What was the game you couldn't put down? Perhaps it was over quickly, but you know you'll be thinking about it in the future? Was it a next-gen title, or something for the good old PlayStation 2? In your opinion, what was the best game of the year?
Operating Systems

+ - FreeBSD 6.2 RC2 Released

Submitted by Donald Church
Donald Church (666) writes "The second release candidate of FreeBSD 6.2 has been announced today. An incremental upgrade to the popular 6.x series, 6.2 features several network driver improvements and many updates in the userland utilities. Download from your closest mirror site or save some bandwidth and use a torrent."
Graphics

+ - What's hidden under Greenland ice?

Submitted by
Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "Ice has covered Greenland for millions of years. So what's hidden under this ice cap? Mountains and valleys? Rivers and lakes? Of course, we might know it sooner than we would have liked if the ice covering Greenland continues to melt. But researchers from Ohio State University have decided that they wanted to know it next year and have developed a radar to reveal views of land beneath polar ice. Their first tests of this new radar, which helps them to catch 3-D images of the ground under the ice, took place in May 2006. The next images will be shot in April 2007. Here are some images of the new GISMO device and what it can do."
Biotech

Super-Vaccine For Flu In Development 165

Posted by Zonk
from the just-what-i-wanted-for-christmas dept.
Adam9 tipped us to a DailyMail article about the possibility of a revolutionary flu vaccine that could work against all strains of the Influenza A disease. This 'holy grail' of vaccines would work on everything from the annual 'winter flu' to the 'bird flu'. The best part is that just a few vaccinations may provide complete immunity, unlike the annual boosters are current defenses require. From the article: "The new jabs would be grown in huge vats of bacterial 'soup', with just two pints of liquid providing 10,000 doses of vaccine. Current flu vaccines focus on two proteins on the surface of the virus. However, these constantly mutate in a bid to fool the immune system, making it impossible for vaccine manufacturers to keep up with the creation of each new strain. The universal vaccines focus on a different protein called M2, which has barely changed during the last 100 years."
Education

+ - Physics Fun with Scalding Hot Water

Submitted by
Dan Olive
Dan Olive writes "The students in the Advanced Physics Lab at Illinois Institute of Technology built a geyser as one of their experiments this semester. Powering the 6 foot tall creation is nothing more than an electric roasting oven; a copper fire pit provides the basin, and a copper pipe joins the two (along with a generous helping of epoxy.) Throw in some sensors to measure temperature and pressure and you have the makings of a science experiment that not only affords a study in heat, pressure, and hydrodynamics, but chaos as well. The unpredictable (read: highly sensitive to initial conditions) nature of the eruptions, which vary from several feet high to not much more than a trickle, led to the affectionate nickname "Old Yeller," a takeoff of its geologic cousin Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park.

A video of the geyser in action, entitled "Physics Fun with Scalding Hot Water" has been posted on YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr_uko0TiD4"
Biotech

+ - China heralds Year of the Fluorescent Green Pig

Submitted by Apocalypse111
Apocalypse111 (597674) writes "Chinese scientists have successfully bred partially green fluorescent pigs which they hope will boost stem cell research. A research team at the Northeast Agricultural University in Harbin managed to breed three transgenic pigs by injecting fluorescent green protein into embryonic pigs, Xinhua quoted Professor Liu Zhonghua as saying. "The mouth, trotters and tongue of the pigs are green under ultraviolet light," said Liu.

Finally, one step closer to realizing my dream of green eggs and ham!"
Wireless Networking

+ - Italy to begin WiMax Liscence Sales

Submitted by
sgt.greywar
sgt.greywar writes "Italy has approved sales of WiMax licences starting in June. Successful adoption and implementation of these new and fat wireless pipes should help pave the way for U.S. and international implementation that is sure to follow. From TFA :

"The sale is expected to generate between 100 million and 200 million euros for the Italian state, far below the billions gained from the sale of 3G mobile phone licenses at the peak of the high-tech boom, analysts said.""

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