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Earth

Doubling of CO2 Not So Tragic After All? 747

Posted by samzenpus
from the let-the-flame-war-begin dept.
carvalhao writes "The Register reports on a study from NASA and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that claims that new climate models that account for the effects of increased CO2 levels on plant growth result on a 1.64 C increase for a doubling of CO2 concentrations, a far less gloomy scenario than previously considered."
Google

+ - Google Pagerank in 126 lines of Python

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GrumpySimon
GrumpySimon writes "Vincent Kräutler has reimplemented the Pagerank algorithm in 126 lines of Python following a post on the American Mathematical Society's webpage: How Google Finds Your Needle in the Web's Haystack . It will be most interesting to see if or how Google reacts to this, and whether other people can build on this in their own search engines."
HP

HP's Windows Bundle Trouble 697

Posted by Zonk
from the i'm-sorry-please-enter-your-option-again dept.
narramissic writes "A French consumer group has filed 3 lawsuits against HP, saying the company's practice of selling consumer PCs with Windows pre-installed violates a French law that 'prohibits linking the functionality of a product to another product' — not to mention that consumers wind up paying for an unwanted OS. For its part, HP contends that it is not in violation of the law because the OS is integral to the PC. 'The PC without an OS is not a product because it doesn't work,' said Alain Spitzmuller, legal affairs director for HP France. 'We believe the market is for products that work.'"
Education

+ - Class president charged with grade tampering

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "According to this article in the South Florida Sun Sentinel the class president at Cooper City High School in Broward County was arrested and charged with two counts of felony computer crime for using the access he had into the school's computer system to alter the grades of 19 fellow students.

He had been voted most likely to become President of the United States by his class. Sounds like he's on the right track, I see a great future for him in politics after he's paroled!"
Windows

+ - FSF launches campaign against Microsoft Vista

Submitted by Verunks
Verunks (1000826) writes "The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today launched BadVista.org, a campaign with a twofold mission of exposing the harms inflicted on computer users by the new Microsoft Windows Vista and promoting free software alternatives that respect users' security and privacy rights.
"Vista is an upsell masquerading as an upgrade. It is an overall regression when you look at the most important aspect of owning and using a computer: your control over what it does. Obviously MS Windows is already proprietary and very restrictive, and well worth rejecting. But the new 'features' in Vista are a Trojan Horse to smuggle in even more restrictions. We'll be focusing attention on detailing how they work, how to resist them, and why people should care", said FSF program administrator John Sullivan."
Editorial

+ - Do tech people do drugs?

Submitted by litewoheat
litewoheat (179018) writes "From the artilce "The better question is, "What kind of drugs?" Compared to New York, L.A, or D.C. the Valley is low on coke-addled dealmakers, drunk bosses, and celebrity rehab cases. But there's a decent chance some of the hardware and software you're using right now was conceived, and maybe implemented, by a big brain with a buzz on."

is it 4:20 yet?"
Censorship

+ - YouTube Accuses BLogger of Copyright Infringement

Submitted by jabster
jabster (198058) writes "YouTube, itself being accused of copyright infringement, is now accusing a blogger of...copyright infringement. All for creating a tool that allows users to download a YouTube video. From the article: "We created the tool only after a careful review of YouTube's Terms of Use, which state "If you download or print a copy of the Content for personal use, you must retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained therein." The letter, however, states "The YouTube's Terms of Use also allows users to access videos only through the functionality of the YouTube website via streaming on the Web, and it disallows the functionality of downloading videos." Not only am I unable to find that language in YouTube's Terms of Use, it directly conflicts with the language I did find and quoted above.""

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