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+ - Smart phones not replacing other media for news ac->

wjousts writes: Despite the fears of traditional media, a new report suggests that smart phones might not be replacing other media for news access, but instead are complementing it. As reported by ScienceDaily:

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers found that mobile media technologies such as smart phones aren't taking people away from relying on traditional media sources such as newspapers or television.

Instead, mobile media are filling the spaces in people's daily routine in which other media sources are either unavailable or inconvenient to use.

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+ - Linux process states, signals, and job control->

An anonymous reader writes: How does disown let a remote job continue running even after you kill the shell that spawned it? Where do zombie processes come from? What is an ``uninterruptible sleep'', and how can we use it to temporarily fake a load average of 1500? Ksplice gives us a hands-on introduction to Linux process states, a fundamental concept in the Linux kernel.
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+ - Despite 2.3mln Downloads IE9 Still Faces Issues->

jhernik writes: "Microsoft claims massive interest in Internet Explorer 9 but long-term dominance challenges lie ahead

Microsoft claims more than 2.35 million downloads of Internet Explorer 9 in the new browser’s first 24 hours of release.

“That is over 27 downloads every second,” Ryan Gavin, senior director for Internet Explorer, wrote in a March 16 posting on The Windows Blog, “or over 240 downloads every nine seconds.” The number of IE9 downloads in 24 hours, apparently, is double that of the IE9 Beta and “four times that of the IE9 RC”."

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+ - MESSENGER In Orbit Around Mercury->

krswan writes: From the NASA press release: "At 9:10 p.m. EDT, engineers in the MESSENGER Mission Operations Center at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., received the anticipated radiometric signals confirming nominal burn shutdown and successful insertion of the MESSENGER probe into orbit around the planet Mercury."

If you don't know much about this little spacecraft, check out its website. Designed with a completely passive cooling system, it will stay at 600C on the sun side, but room temperature behind the sunshade. During its 6 year journey it used its solar panels as sails, using the solar wind instead of thrusters to adjust its trajectory. Over then next year it will build a high-rez map of Mercury, and maybe determine if there is really ice hiding in polar craters on Mercury.

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+ - The Best Use of Email--Along with Dos and Don&rsqu->

An anonymous reader writes: I appreciate technology as much as the next person, but I draw the line when it comes to inappropriate use of email. My email is exploding – literally. From unsolicited political or personal messages to the dreaded “reply all” on group communication, I’ve seen countless examples of blunders and misuse. I think we all have.
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Woman's Nude Pics End Up Online After Call To Tech Support 197 197

Tara Fitzgerald couldn't find the nude pictures she planned on sending to her boyfriend, but instead of just taking more, she decided to see if a Dell tech support call could fix her problem. Apparently the tech support guy found them. Unfortunately, he then put them up on a site called "bitchtara."

A Flood of Stable Linux Kernels Released 105 105

Julie188 writes "Greg Kroah-Hartman has released five new stable Linux kernels, correcting minor errors of their predecessors and including improvements which are unlikely to generate new errors. As so often with kernel versions in the stable series, it remains undisclosed if the new versions contain changes which fix security vulnerabilities, although the number of changes and some of the descriptions of those changes certainly suggest that all the new versions contain security fixes."

Man Put On "No-Fly List" While In Air To NYC 300 300

An unnamed man flying from Nigeria to New York City found out he was added to a no-fly list somewhere above the Atlantic Ocean, when the plane stopped to refuel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Officials won't say what he did or why he was added to the list after he had already boarded a flight. He was not immediately charged with a crime and Customs and Border Protection will only say that he is a "potential person of interest." From the article: "The man, a citizen of Gambia, was not on the no-fly list when he boarded the aircraft in Dakar, Senegal, said a US official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly."

Comment: Re:Dated Technology... (Score 1) 435 435

But of course. I didn't say there wouldn't be an alternative. Newer tech can fill the void and bring bigger benefits. FTTH anyone? Landline phones and the supporting copper infrastructure should have been thrown out years ago. But we all know how the US and it's little bitch, the UK, love industry more than fast, effective progress for the betterment of society as a whole.

Comment: Dated Technology... (Score 1) 435 435

Well what a shame. Dated technology that doesn't do what we want. Of course it's on the way out. And the businesses have no right to survive. If it's a socially necessary utility then the municipality should be running it for the benefit of the citizens (and by some private firm for the benefit of shareholders). Let it die and bring on the new!

Torque is cheap.