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Earth

Doubling of CO2 Not So Tragic After All? 747 747

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

Submission + - Google Pagerank in 126 lines of Python

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 697 697

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

Submission + - Class president charged with grade tampering

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

Submission + - FSF launches campaign against Microsoft Vista

Verunks 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

Submission + - Do tech people do drugs?

litewoheat 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?
Space

Submission + - Leonid meteor shower visible this weekend

MattSparkes writes: "The Leonid meteor shower will be visible this weekend, and because there isn't much moonlight it should be quite a show. The comet is composed of material shed from the comets in 1932. It should be visible from western Europe, Africa, northeastern North America and Brazil and will reach peak intensity around 0445 GMT on Sunday."
Censorship

Submission + - YouTube Accuses BLogger of Copyright Infringement

jabster 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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