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Submission + - SCO Group files Chapter 7 ( 3

rkhalloran writes: The remnants of the failed litigation engine that was SCOX has finally filed for liquidation under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code. "There is no hope for rehabilitation". At this point the lawyers will suck the marrow from the carcass and leave the bones to bleach out in the sun.

Submission + - Facebook Hit By Coordinated Spam Attack

An anonymous reader writes: Over the last few days, Facebook users have been experiencing a flood of very graphic images depicting pornography, acts of violence, self-mutilation, and bestiality. The company confirmed the reports this morning and then this afternoon revealed that this has been the result of a coordinated spam attack leveraging a browser vulnerability.

Submission + - Top Gear's James May To Build Livable Lego House 1

dusty writes: "When we build something out of Lego bricks we typically house them in a room in our homes or offices that are constructed of more conventional materials like wood, steel, concrete, or even straw bale construction. Very few, if any, folks have ever constructed a real shelter out of Lego pieces. James May who co-hosts Top Gear will do just that. He intends to build a house out of the plastic bricks, and live in it for at least a few days. More than a million of the bricks have already been delivered to the site, and James is hoping for volunteers to help erect the structure. The house will have all the amenities of real life including power, and water for sanitation. The Lego house will also have a working staircase, shower, and flushing toilet. James says that he might need even more blocks, and may need donations of unused ones to make the dream square with reality. From the article: 'So if people do have bricks that aren't being used that they would be happy to donate to a very worthy pioneering Lego cause, then we'll be happy to take them off your hands."
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Submission + - Therapists Log on to WoW to Counsel Addicts ( 4

eldavojohn writes: So you can't find the time to leave the World of Warcraft to seek help for your World of Warcraft addiction? Sounds reasonable. Well, addiction therapists are coming to meet you so you don't have to quit playing as they counsel you and your addiction. From the leader of this initiative, Dr. Graham, 'We will be launching this project by the end of the year. I think it's already clear that psychiatrists will have to stay within the parameters of the game. They certainly wouldn't be wandering around the game in white coats and would have to use the same characters available to other players. Of course one problem we're going to have to overcome is that while a psychiatrist may excel in what they do in the real world, they're probably not going to be very good at playing World of Warcraft.' Send in the level 5 counselor and let the games begin!

Submission + - Using Sound Waves for Outpatient Neurosurgery (

eldavojohn writes: Got a piece of malfunctioning brain tissue in your head? Want to avoid messy lobotomies and skull saws? Well, you're in luck because a study shows that acoustic waves can do the trick and will hopefully treat patients with disorders like Parkinson's disease. A specialist said, "The groundbreaking finding here is that you can make lesions deep in the brain--through the intact skull and skin--with extreme precision and accuracy and safety." They focus beams on the part of the brain needing treatment and it absorbs the energy which turns to heat. The temperature hits about 130 F and they can burn 10 cubic millimeters at a time. Using an MRI to see areas of heat, they can watch the whole time and target only what needs to be burned. The study had nine subjects suffering from chronic pain that did not subside with medication (normally they need to go in and destroy a small part of the thalamus on these patients). After the outpatient procedure, all nine reported immediate pain relief and none experienced neurological problems or other side effects after surgery.

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