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Submission + - Google has trouble with IMAP

Anonymous Gmail user writes: Apparently Google is having some technical issues with IMAP for GMail account. I've been using IMAP access to my GMAil mailbox, since day one of the service. 2 minutes ago, for some reason, my outlook popped and error message which said: "Your IMAP Server wants to alert you of something: IMAP is not available for your account (Failure). I've checked the GMAil settings page — and there it was — my account doesn't have the IMAP options at all. This happened few time already today.

Submission + - What would you ask Bill Gates?

CrowdOfOne writes: Bill Gates is in a burger joint being interviewed by Charlie Rose of 60 Minutes when a passer by interrupts the conversation. Given the chance to grab the man's attention what would you ask? His thoughts on world poverty?, Favourite programming language?, Why Vista sucks? OR...
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Submission + - Wikimedia Foundation's State of Technology 2007 (

David Gerard writes: "The Wikimedia Foundation has just finished its fundraiser. Domas Mituzas presents what over half of the money goes on: the Wikimedia State of Technology 2007. The world's #8 website, run by a charity on approximately no money and a scant few staff and volunteers ("First of all, I'd like to thank mr.Moore for his fabulous law"), has in the last year had traffic double and requests quintuple ... we'll see how long the server racks stay neat. Domas also has slides describing the systems (PDF) from the MySQL Users Conference 2007."

Submission + - Google releases Chart API (

gordyf writes: Google has released a simple API for generating charts: "The Google Chart API is a simple tool that lets you create many types of charts. Send an HTTP request that includes data and formatting parameters and the Chart API returns a PNG image of the chart. Embed in a webpage with an image tag and you're done!"

Submission + - Amazon vs. Music Industrie (

gerddie writes: Heise reports (in German), that Amazon (German) flexed it's muscles over a dispute with the music industry. Labels like SonyBMG, Warner Music, Universal Music and EMI admonished Amazon for selling import-CD that are cheaper then European releases. Amazon showed its market power by not only removing the disputed CDs from the shop, but also a lot of EU-releases of these companies. For a few days, nearly all top-100 titles of SonyBMG and Warner, and many CDs of Universal and EMI were not available at Amazon, the strongest online-seller in Germany.
After talks, the European releases of the CDs are available again and the disputed imports are not. However, the issue is not yet settled, commented one of the music industry managers to Spiegel Online. Amazon gave "no comment".


Submission + - MIT Student disproves Stephen Wolfram

Richard Pritches writes: MIT errata expert, Evangelos Georgiadis, attains a milestone by actually disproving 44 conjectures set by Dr Wolfram (owner of the Makers of Mathematica and owner of the new kind of cult ANKS). Paper was published in the latest issue of the Journal of Cellular Automata and has also appeared free of charge at Prof Edwin Clark's Collection of Wolfram's NKS Reviews at the following link I believe that this is a nice Xmas present for the ANKOS spirit. Richard

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