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Submission + - Emotional Bag Check: Music for Sad Strangers (

thib_gc writes: Wired is running a piece on Emotional Bag Check, which lets you post about your problems when you're sad and suggest a song to cheer up sad strangers when you're happy. From the article: "Once you’ve shared a song with someone, you get access to the stats, which show that among the most popular songs to be recommended are Jimmy Eat World, Coldplay, James Blunt, and Maroon 5." The site is using Grooveshark to deliver music.

Submission + - Walmart Goes Solar In California (

tekgoblin writes: "Walmart today has announced a way to appeal to the mass of eco-friendly California Liberals by installing solar panels on more than 75 percent of its stores in the state, making California the first state in the nation where Walmart has devoted this level of commitment to renewable energy."
Open Source

Submission + - SourceForge Launches Web Redesign During Outage (

thib_gc writes: SourceForge, whose services have been partially crippled for two weeks after an intrusion previously discussed on Slashdot, surprised thousands of developers eagerly awaiting the end of the protracted outage of CVS with an e-mail announcing the immediate launch of a "shiny new look". The announcement boasts that "The use of HTML5/CSS3 has played a huge role in both the visual appearance and enabling performance improvements", in contrast with the exploit disclosure which pledged that "Our immediate priorities are to prevent further exposure and ensure data integrity. We have all hands on deck working on identifying the exploit vector or vectors, eliminating them, and restoring the impacted services." (SourceForge and Slashdot are both part of Geeknet, Inc.)

Submission + - Cancer resembles life 1 billion years ago ( 4

An anonymous reader writes: What is cancer? It's not an invader, it's spawned from our own bodies. And it bears striking resemblance to early multicellular life from 1 billion years ago. This has led astrobiologists and cosmologists Paul Davies and Charlie Lineweaver to suggest that cancer is driven by primitive genes that govern cellular cooperation, and which kick in when our more recently evolved genes that keep them in check break down. So, far from being rogue cells that mutate out of control, cancers are actually cells that revert to a more ancient level of programming, like booting in Safe Mode. The good news is this means cancers have only finite variation. Once we nut out the ancient genes, we'll know how it works, and it's unlike to evolve any new defence mechanisms, meaning curing cancer might be not quite as mammoth a task as commonly thought.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Male Science Students Least Sexually Active

Thib writes: A study at the University of Sydney published in the Journal Sexual Health and featured not without humor by PhysOrg confirms it: "Female arts students at university are the most sexually active while male science students are the most likely to be virgins", a conclusion which I'm sure will come as no surprise to Slashdotters worldwide. The study was actually about chlamydia awareness among university students aged 18 to 25.

Submission + - Taser Distributor Sues Political Figures (

Thib writes: SMP Technologies, the distributor of Taser stun guns in France, has threatened to sue the mayor of the country's fourth-largest city for slander after she spoke disapprovingly of the devices in a recent interview (article, Google translation). When asked on national television on Sunday if she would equip police in her town with Taser guns now that they are approved for use by French law enforcement, Lille Mayor Martine Aubry said 'No, certainly not. For several reasons. First of all it's dangerous, already 290 deaths in North America.' SMP Technologies head honcho Antoine Di Zazzo forwarded a 48-hour ultimatum to Aubry demanding that she provide the list of names of the alleged victims or face a slander lawsuit. This threat comes on the heels of several other ongoing lawsuits by the Taser distributor. On September 15, a Paris court heard arguments against Raid-H, a French human rights watchdog critical of the stun guns. The ruling will come on October 20, the day that a lawsuit similar to that against Aubry will proceed to court against Olivier Besancenot, the spokesman of a French political party, after he said that Taser guns had caused deaths in the US (article, Google translation).

Submission + - Congress Holds Hearing in Second Life (

Thib writes: The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet held a hearing on virtual worlds simultaneously in Washington, DC and in Second Life. From the article:

As usual, TV monitors carried the session, but one screen showed the Second Life version streaming in real time, complete with avatars providing some text-chat play by play, such as: 'There's another softball question.' Whimsical musing and theories about the evolution of the Internet and online communication dominated the conversation. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., proudly showed off the avatar created by his staff, rendered to make him look like a character from 'The Simpsons.' Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., said he had 'checked out' Chairman Ed Markey's avatar. 'I must say you are younger and in much better shape in your second life than you are in your first,' Stearns chided.
I already thought Washington, DC was a virtual world anyway.

User Journal

Journal Journal: Oracle's Second Bid for BEA Succeeds

On the heels of news that Sun has acquired MySQL, it seems that Oracle has succeeded in its efforts to slurp up middleware maker BEA for US$8.5 billion, or $19.375 per share. What this means for rival IBM and its WebSphere product is unclear, as is the impact that this merger will have on the future of enterprise computing. Oracle has been on a march in recent years to acquire more a

Nanowires Boost Laptop Battery Life to 20 Hours 238

brianmed writes to tell us that Stanford researchers have created a new use for silicon nanowires that promise to reinvent lithium-ion batteries. "The new version, developed through research led by Yi Cui, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, produces 10 times the amount of electricity of existing lithium-ion, known as Li-ion, batteries. A laptop that now runs on battery for two hours could operate for 20 hours, a boon to ocean-hopping business travelers. [...] The lithium is stored in a forest of tiny silicon nanowires, each with a diameter one-thousandth the thickness of a sheet of paper. The nanowires inflate four times their normal size as they soak up lithium. But, unlike other silicon shapes, they do not fracture."

Powerful Supernova May Be Related To Death Spasms of First Stars 136

necro81 writes "The New York Times is reporting on a discovery from a team of UC Berkley researchers, who may have discovered the brightest stellar explosion ever observed. Observations of the cataclysmic explosion of a 100- to 200-solar-mass star began last September, based on data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The researchers believe that the explosion is similar to the death spasms of the first stars in the universe. The super-massive star's collapse is believed to have been so energetic as to create unstable electron-positron pairs that tore the star apart before it could collapse into a black hole — seeding the universe with heavier elements."
The Internet

Submission + - Teens Protecting Their Online Profiles

Thib writes: A study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project reveals that the majority of teens pay attention to what they are exposing about themselves in their online profiles on social networking communities like Facebook. For instance, while many routinely use their first name or include a picture, 'fewer than a third of teens with profiles use their last names, and a similar number include their e-mail addresses. Only 2 percent list their cell phone numbers.' The study comes among growing think-of-the-children brouhaha in state legislatures about the dangers of online predators. From the article: 'According to Pew, 45 percent of online teens do not have profiles at all, a figure that contradicts widespread perceptions that the nation's youths are continually on MySpace.'

People are always available for work in the past tense.