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+ - OJ Simpson's Book Leaked to BitTorrent->

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joshzweig
joshzweig writes "In 2006 O.J Simpson announced he was releasing a book in which he would detail what would have happened, had he really committed the horrific murders of his ex-wife and her boyfriend in 1994. After public outrage, the book was shelved and 400,000 copies of the book were destroyed but now a digital version has been leaked to BitTorrent.

"If I Did It" is the title of an unreleased book by ex-NFL player and actor O.J Simpson where he gave a hypothetical account of what would've happened, had he committed the double knife-murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1994. According to reports, Simpson was paid $3.5m for writing the book.

The PDF file is 118 pages, and 8 chapters long. The author's note is only eight words long, reading "If I did it, this is what happened." Unfortunately, the book is not very well written, and is exceptionally dull."

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OS X

+ - Mac OS X 10.4.10 Update->

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pestilence669
pestilence669 writes "The 10.4.10 Update is recommended for PowerPC and Intel-based Mac computers currently running Mac OS X Tiger. This update includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes or compatibility updates for the following applications and technologies:

- RAW camera support
- Mounting and unmounting external USB devices
- Support for 3rd party software applications
- Security updates

Mac OS X 10.4.10 Update (Intel) SHA-1 Digest:
MacOSXUpd10.4.10Intel.dmg=
0d3abab73af3370699bbe5389513511a1ba8b8fd"

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Security

+ - France: Surrender Your Blackberries!

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grcumb
grcumb writes "Le Monde has published a story claiming that French defence officials have asked all senior functionaries in the French government to stop using Blackberries wireless mobile devices. Fears that the US-based mail servers supporting the service could lead to systematic eavesdropping by US intelligence agencies led to the drastic move. From the AP story:

"It's not a question of trust," Mr. Lasbordes told The Associated Press. "We are friends with the Americans, the Anglo-Saxons, but it's economic war."

Research In Motion, makers of the Blackberry device, claim they couldn't read the emails even if they wanted to: "No one, including RIM, has the ability to view the content of any data communication sent using the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution,"

Apparently, nobody at RIM has ever worked at the NSA."
Enlightenment

+ - How Uses, Not Innovations, Drive Human Technology

Submitted by Strudelkugel
Strudelkugel (594414) writes "The NewYorker magazine has book review describing our common misunderstanding of the value of technology and its ultimate use: "The way we think about technology tends to elide the older things, even though the texture of our lives would be unrecognizable without them. And when we do consider technology in historical terms we customarily see it as a driving force of progress: every so often, it seems, an innovation — the steam engine, electricity, computers — brings a new age into being. In "The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History Since 1900", by David Edgerton, a well-known British historian of modern military and industrial technology, offers a vigorous assault on this narrative. He thinks that traditional ways of understanding technology, technological change, and the role of technology in our lives, have been severely distorted by what he calls "the innovation-centric account" of technology." This is also the first /. topic I know of that is linked to the NewYorker magazine!"
Sun Microsystems

+ - ZFS in plain English: "ultimate filesystem"->

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SlinkySausage
SlinkySausage writes "Unless you're the editor of Filesystem Weekly, it's likely that you might have been having trouble figuring out what all the hype over Sun's ZFS file system — to be supported by Mac OS X 10.5 and now in Linux as a FUSE module — is all about. APCmag.com's Ashton Mills has taken the jargon and translated it into plain English."
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Software

+ - PC stores in china don't stock Genuine XP/Vista->

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William A. Tomb
William A. Tomb writes "Well has anyone else tried to buy a brand name pc in china that has Genuine XP/Vista? I was looking at Lenovo. An for the life of me I could not buy one at the computer store (Park/Complex) that had a Genuine operating system. After wasting several hours I gave up and ordered one off Lenovo's china website. I think Sony had the real version but sometime the vendors copy it to several other machines. I was just trying to do the right and moral thing and that made me wait 10 days for a new PC."
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Enlightenment

+ - Mars space trip simulation volunteers needed

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The European Space Agency (Esa) is seeking volunteers for a simulated human trip to Mars, in which six crew spend 17 months in an isolation tank. With the exception of weightlessness and radiation, the crew will experience most other aspects of long-haul space travel, such as cramped conditions, a high workload, lack of privacy, and limited supplies. The volunteers will be put through a number of scenarios, such as a simulated launch, outward journey of up to 250 days, an excursion on the Martian surface, followed by the return home. The 500-day duration is close to the minimum estimated timescale needed for a human trip to the Red Planet. "The idea behind this experiment is simply to put six people in a very close environment and see how they behave," Bruno Gardini, project manager for Esa's Aurora space exploration programme, told BBC News. In all, 12 European volunteers will be needed. They must be aged 25-50, be in good health, have "high motivation" and stand up to 185cm tall. Smokers, or those with other addictions, to alcohol or illicit drugs, for example, will be rejected. Esa is also looking for a working knowledge of both English and Russian. Marc Heppener, of Esa's Science and Application Division, said the crewmembers would get paid 120 euros (158 dollars) a day. Viktor Baranov, of Russia's Institute of Biomedical Problems, said his organisation had received about 150 applications, only 19 of which had come from women."

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