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Sci-Fi

Submission + - Are there used book stores with personal service? 1

davonshire writes: Recently I decided to amass a collection of novels by a specific Science Fiction author who died not long ago. I don't expect that this collection will ever be more valuable than the price I pay for the used books. As such I don't have a lot of demands but I would like a few things that makes building this collection a bit challenging.

I would like the books to be in at least good condition, paperback is fine. Because this author wrote many series, I would like them all to have at least the same cover artist if not the same issue. Because I live where there is not a well stocked store with a good inventory flow. I'm limited to internet/mail order.

Does anyone know of a good, used book store that has personal service? I don't know exactly the nomenclature to use to even search for a store like this. Any help would be appreciated.

TIA.

Davon Shire.
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Pics: World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Collectors

LuckyNicky writes: "The productivity of 8 Million people will drop on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 when World of Warcraft Burning Crusade expansion hits store shelves. Press mailings of the game went out today of the exclusive Collector's Edition. This post has pictures of the box and what's inside including the DVD and PC-CD of the game, an art book, trading cards and limited edition mouse pad. http://www.gamedailyxl.com/2007/01/12/first-look-g amedaily-receives-wow-burning-crusade-collectors-e /"
User Journal

Journal Journal: Ubuntu Is Installed & My Thoughts 3

First, thanks to all who helped out with my grub problem. I finally let it loose on the MBR and everything still works. That solved a major problem because I could now boot into my new installation. After that, I had to solve a couple more problems:

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Submission + - Porn Industry Backs HD DVD, Is Blu-ray Dead?

junger writes: "At the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, three production houses touted HD DVD products, including at least one who formerly supported Blu-ray. Speculation is centering upon the availability of Blu-ray production machines owned by Sony or tied to Disney, both of whom seemingly want to avoid tarnishing their family-friendly reputation. Plus this gem from Kaylani Lei of Wicked Pictures on being filmed in HD: "I'm not really self-conscious because I'm so focused on my lines.""
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Submission + - Hello AT&T, Goodbye Cingular

Anonymous Coward writes: "From the Article "The Cingular name will start to disappear on Monday, when the AT&T brand will once again describe a mobile offering in the U.S. The move will have a tangental effect on Apple's nascent plans to get into the mobile phone business. Earlier this week, in unveiling its new iPhone, Apple announced that Cingular would be the exclusive U.S. carrier for the smartphone. Cingular CEO Stan Sigman appeared onstage with Steve Jobs during the Apple CEO's Macworld Expo keynote." And "As a result of a series of mergers and acquisitions, the AT&T brand on a wireless service was recently killed off, only to now be revived."

The article is done by Macworld,, and they have some good keypoints as to how this merger will effect Apple and their release of the new iPhone. Apparently all this name flipflopping is causing more than a bit of confusion with all their customers."
Announcements

Submission + - Exxon to Cut Ties w/ Global Warming Skeptics

An anonymous reader writes: It seems Exxon has finally pulled its head out of the sand. According to this article [msn.com], Exxon Mobil Corp. "...has stopped funding groups skeptical of global warming claims...", and has engaged in talks regarding the reduction of greenhouse gasses. I know the /. crowd feels that major corporations can do no good, especially big oil, but this does seem to be a step in the right direction. The article also mentions that Exxon is forced to follow the Kyoto treaty in nations that abide by those regulations, and it is inefficient to have differing environmental standards by region.
Sci-Fi

Submission + - Behind the Armor: 501st Professionals

bonniegrrl writes: "After game show host and Rose Parade commentator Bob Eubanks publicly labeled the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers as bunch of "groupies" and stated they all "need to get jobs" during the 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade on national television, when in reality the group primarily raises money for various charities worldwide and have amazing careers, we felt the need at starwars.com to write a story that would help counteract that rather rude and uninformed statement.

Article excerpt:
As the 200 members of the 501st Legion marched down the streets of Pasadena, CA, Rose Parade viewers everywhere were impressed with not only their marching skills, but their true dedication to the Star Wars saga and the characters they represent. But there's more to the 501st than the sea of troopers clad in white armor. 501st Garrisons are full of members who not only enjoy giving back to their communities by working with local charities, but they are also an impressive cross-section of professionals in every career field imaginable.

"I think it's important the public learn from the service-minded example the 501st sets," Legion founder Albin Johnson says. "If more people gave back to their communities while enjoying their hobbies, the world would be a much better place. Our club engenders a positive attitude of giving, not just taking. We actually gain from our friendships and the work we do. That's a unique experience few other hobbies can boast."

The 501st Legion contributes time and money to numerous charities including Ronald McDonald House, Toys-for-Tots, Make-a-Wish, Candle Lighters Fund, and the Jimmy Fund. Each garrison has also visited countless hospitals, daycare centers, schools and community centers to entertain children throughout the U.S. and around the world.

In addition to their charity work, 501st members have extremely varied and important careers. "We have our share of IT specialists, software engineers and librarians," 501st.com webmaster and Carolina Garrison member Dean Plantamura says. "But we are also lawyers, fashion models, ex-rollerderby stars, police officers, professional divers, pyro-technicians, butchers, teachers, air traffic controllers, nurses, social workers, security officers, musicians, accountants, graphic designers, illustrators, postal workers, helicopter pilots, pediatricians, dentists, nuclear plant operators, bankers, meteorologists, crime scene investigators, firefighters, DJs, paramedics, airplane mechanics, ex-pro wrestlers, actors, video game designers, stay-at-home moms, small business owners, chimney sweeps, archeologists, as well as many members who are currently serving in the Armed Forces."

Read the full story here:
Behind the Armor: 501st Professionals "
Security

Submission + - Google Exploit Allows Account HiJacking

Rub3X writes: "To execute the attack, the victim needs to be logged in to a Google service, and visit a specially crafted page. The page in question is on a Google sub domain, so it does look legitimate. A proof of concept page was set up to verify the claims, and successfully tested on a user of the Google services in question. With this attack you can: Get in to Google Docs and Spreadsheets application and read and modify documents saved there, Read subjects from GMail, including part of the first sentence, Access the personalized homepage, View Google Accounts page, Enter Google Reader, Read your private Google Notebook, View my complete Google search history if search history feature is enabled."
Media (Apple)

Submission + - What is Apple without Steve Jobs?

necro81 writes: "David Pauly at Bloomberg has written a piece that asks "Does Apple Inc. Have a Future Without Steve Jobs?" He writes in the context of Jobs' latest success in launching the iPhone, set against the backdrop of stock backdating troubles. In Pauly's worst-case-scenario, the SEC prosecutes Apple, and the board is forced to ouster Jobs. Even without resorting to such scenarios, it's an interesting question to ask the fanboys and detractors out there: could Apple succeed and continue to innovative without Jobs at the helm?"
Software

Submission + - Year 2007 Problem - Daylight Saving Time Changes

bdognet writes: "On March 11 2007, Daylight Saving Time will start 4 weeks early. This article discusses the problem and provides links to the major vendor patches including Microsoft, Sun, RedHat, Ubuntu, Cisco, Oracle & MySQL. Many devices like PBXs and fax machines can't be patched and need manual settings. Also, don't forget your cell phone/PDA/smartphone. Windows Mobile requires a registry hack!"
Education

Submission + - Global Warming Only a Theory, Says School Board

BendingSpoons writes: "A Seattle school board has placed a moratorium on screenings of "An Inconvenient Truth", having found its subject matter too controversial. Echoing the language of the evolution debate, the school board found that students must be told that global warming is only a theory and presented with an opposing viewpoint. The ban was prompted by the complaints of a parent: "'Condoms don't belong in school, and neither does Al Gore. He's not a schoolteacher,' said Frosty Hardison, a parent of seven who also said that he believes the Earth is 14,000 years old. 'The information that's being presented is a very cockeyed view of what the truth is. ... The Bible says that in the end times everything will burn up, but that perspective isn't in the DVD.'""
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Jobs: No third party apps for iPhone

walt-sjc writes: In a New York Times article Steve Jobs says: "I don't want people to think of this as a computer," "These are devices that need to work, and you can't do that if you load any software on them." Quick — someone tell Palm, Motorola, and Samsung why their phones don't work!! But seriously, that seems like a major slap in the face to third party software developers, basically saying that they can't write reliable software. It also seems to decrease the utility / value of the most expensive smartphone (soon to be) on the market. Or does it matter?
User Journal

Journal Journal: minimum wage's roots in eugenics

This is an eye opening piece -- in the early 20th century, progressives were the ones promoting ideas of eugenics. Their work later was drawn on by Hitler, the results of which are all too well known, but other ideas were promoted to exclude unfit workers, protect women from hazardous work, "uplift" more "deserving" workers, protect male head of households from excess competition and free women to engage in their roles as

Microsoft

Gates Foundation Revokes Pledge to Review Portfolio 236

NewsCloud writes "After the LA Times reported that the Gates Foundation often invests in companies hurting the very communities Bill and Melinda want to help, the Seattle Times reported the foundation planned 'a systematic review of its investments to determine whether it should pull its money out of companies that are doing harm to society'. Shortly after that interview, the Gates Foundation took down their public statement on this and replaced it with a significantly altered version which seems to say that investing responsibly would just be too complex for them and that they need to focus on their core mission: 'There are dozens of factors that could be considered, almost all of which are outside the foundation's areas of expertise. The issues involved are quite complex...Which social and political issues should be on the list? ... Many of the companies mentioned in the Los Angeles Times articles, such as Ford, Kraft, Fannie Mae, Nestle, and General Electric, do a lot of work that some people like, as well as work that some people do not like. Some activities might even be viewed positively by some people and negatively by others.'"

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