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Sci-Fi

+ - A new, simple unifying theory of the universe->

Submitted by aalobode
aalobode (758863) writes "In an article titled "Surfer dude stuns physicists with theory of everything" the Times of London evaluates an article from New Scientist and reports that one Garret Lisi, a 39 year old physicist with a doctorate but no affiliation has come up with a testable theory that shows great promise. The theory's simplicity is also highlighted: needing 1 dimension of time and 3 of space as opposed to eight or more for competing theories. The theory is still being developed, and the crucial tests will be to make predictions that can be tested. String theory, one of the competing ideas, has failed to produce viable predictions. Fortunately, the Large Hadron Collider is due to come on line in Geneva in the near future and he can test his predictions there. It's always possible that beauty hides in simplicity — but the long shadow of cold fusion reminds us to take every new theory with a generous pinch of salt."
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Privacy

+ - OiNK Servers Raided; Admin Arrested

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54mc
54mc writes "Oink.cd, A popular, yet exclusive bittorrent tracker has gone down. TorrentFreak reports that the servers were raided and seized by agents working under IFPI. The new homepage indicates that the IFPI will be conducting an investigation into the identities and activities of the users of the site. TorrentFreak also points out that IFPI has threated such before, but nothing has ever come of it."
The Internet

+ - OiNK has been shutdown.->

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Monkeyknifightz
Monkeyknifightz writes " OiNK.cd has been shutdown and their servers confiscated. A 24-year-old admin was arrested today in Middlesbrough and the server data is being analyzed to identify users "criminal" activities.

"This site has been closed as a result of a criminal investigation by IFPI, BPI, Cleveland Police and the Fiscal Investigation Unit of the Dutch Police (FIOD ECD) into suspected illegal music distribution. A criminal investigation continues into the identities and activities of the site's users""

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Microsoft

+ - Windows Vista WGA Still Plagued By Problems

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "IWeek blogger Alex Wolfe writes that Vista is Still Plagued By Windows Genuine Advantage "False Postive" Problems. Along with his own experience (a support person hung up on him), he cites numerous cases on Microsoft's own forums where users have be forced to reactivate their copies of Vista and told there's a problem with their license.

[Messages like this: "After running vista for a few weeks, I rebooted this morning to find that my purchased copy of vista is no longer genuine."]
Based on the volume of problems, Wolfe characterized Microsoft's downplaying of false-positives last month as "spin control." Right now, the only "technical" solution when you run into this is to type "slui 4" into the command line and then go through phone activation. Have you had a problem with WGA? Do you agree with Wolfe that WGA should be shut off until Microsoft can resolve the 'false positives' problem? More importantly, do you think this could seriously undermine adoption of Vista?"
Music

+ - The Best P2P Network Nowadays?

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rigamarole
rigamarole writes "Well, I've been using Limewire for most of my mp3 downloads for the past while. At first I was very satisfied with it after switching from Ares, because my download times were significantly faster. Recently though, I've been getting a lot of results like, "Stephen Spielberg gets a hilarious prank call!" and other such nonsense. Note that I get a lot of search results like this on both audio and video-specific searches. I'm sick of Limewire now, and I'm wondering what people in the know are using for their downloads nowadays. I should note that I've had some satisfactory results from using isoHunt for movie downloads, but I have no idea how good of a music source it is...and I prefer the classic KaZaA/Ares/Limewire layout anyhow. Thoughts?"
Operating Systems

+ - DragonFly BSD to develop own filesystem

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Matt Dillon has decided to develop a new filesystem from scratch to support DragonFly's clustering, rather than port an existing one. From his post: "There are currently two rough spots in the design. First, how to handle segment overflows in a multi-master environment. Such overflows can occur when the individual masters or slaves have different historical data retention policies. Second, where to store the regeneratable indexes.""

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