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Submission + - Sand Holes Trump Sharks for Deadly Danger (cnn.com)

iocat writes: Just in time for summer comes a new threat at the beach... the beach itself. According to a story on CNN , which sites an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, sand holes have killed more Americans (16) than shark attacks (12) in the period from 1990 — 2006. They can quickly collapse and crush or suffocate victims.

According to the article, one victim was " Matthew Gauruder, who died from a collapse at an after-prom beach party in Westerly, Rhode Island, in May 2001. The 17-year-old was playing football with friends when he jumped for a pass and fell backward into an eight-foot-deep hole someone had dug earlier. Would-be rescuers made the problem worse by caving in more sand as they tried to approach him. People at the scene said he may have been buried 15 minutes, said his mother, Mavis. "

A crusading father and son duo of doctors has pursued the issue for years, after the son witnessed a dangerous collapse while working a summer job as a life-guard on Martha's Vineyard. Apparently life-guards on the Vineyard are now instructed to kick people out of holes deeper than a child's waist.


Submission + - Global Cooling - The other shoe drops (canada.com)

fyngyrz writes: "As always, there are rumbles of discontent from the scientific community with regard to global warming. This article from R. Timothy Patterson, professor and director of the Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre, Department of Earth Sciences, Carleton University, lays the overriding mechanism of climate change squarely at the feet of the various solar cycles. In the article, he explains that solar energy impacting the earth is part of the mechanism, while the sun's solar wind drives cloud formation in a complementary cycle that enhances the effect of the actual heat input. But that's not the kicker. The interesting part is he is predicting global cooling, rather than warming."

Submission + - Lawsuit shows how to sue spammers (com.com)

mytrip writes: "A recent decision in a lawsuit filed against a Florida credit counseling company offers a promising road map to follow for suing spammers.

An investigation of the sender traced the source back to a business called The Credit Counseling Foundation in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Hylkema, a Slashdot reader who once had an e-mail address at the aptly named Suespammers.org, filed a lawsuit in Washington claiming that Credit Counseling was spamming in violation of two state laws, and obtained a default judgment when the company never showed up to defend itself.

After receiving at least nine unsolicited e-mail messages offering credit counseling services, Washington state resident Joseph Hylkema did more than just consign the spam to his junk mail folder: he decided to get even.

Washington state law allows for damages of $1,000 per e-mail message. According to an announcement that Hylkema made in March 2002, though, a judge awarded him a default judgment of $31,575."


Submission + - Conservapedia - The Truth Will Set You Free (theregister.co.uk)

FraterNLST writes: "Most of us have heard of that joke that is the conservative answer to wikipedia — well, it's still alive and growing. This article gives some words from its founders, and some more brilliant extracts of "unbiased, conservative opinion."

I particularly like the one about Hillary Clinton being unsuited for president as she displays all the signs of classical narcissism. Oh, and she's a democrat, not that that would matter to an unbiased conservative."

Media (Apple)

Submission + - iPhone to Support Native YouTube Client (apple.com)

MattPat writes: "Much like the client currently available on the Apple TV, iPhone users will get a previously-unmentioned piece of functionality when the iPhone ships in 9 days: a native YouTube client.

Apple® today announced that iPhone(TM) users will be able to enjoy YouTube's originally-created content on their iPhones when they begin shipping on June 29. A new Apple-designed application on iPhone will wirelessly stream YouTube's content to iPhone over Wi-Fi or EDGE networks and play it on iPhone's stunning 3.5 inch display. ... "iPhone delivers the best YouTube mobile experience by far," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Now users can enjoy YouTube wherever they are — on their iPhone, on their Mac or on a widescreen TV in their living room with Apple TV."

Apple already has a QuickTour of the functionality on its website."

United States

Submission + - ZEITGEIST - The documentary (jasoncorradino.com)

absentmindedjwc writes: "This is a documentary split into three parts: Religion, 9/11, and the Fed. This work is completely brilliant, it conveys the importance of standing up against the government, as it is getting to the point where it is trying to control everyone. From the documentary: if the people knew about it, it would all fall like a house of cards."

Submission + - EVGA comes out with $800 superclocked GPU (extremetech.com)

hungryhamster writes: "Just when you thought graphics cards couldn't get any more ridiculously expensive, and just before ATI seemed to stem the tide with its sub-$450 HD 2900 XT, [url=http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,21 48243,00.asp]Nvidia releases a GPU that retails for around $800.[/url] The GeForce 8800 Ultra is certainly powerful; nobody's arguing that. But are frame rates worth that much money? Can any graphics card that won't also cook your dinner and wash your car be worth that kind of scratch? And with DirectX 10 not exactly wowing us, is a first-generation DirectX 10 card worth any money at all?"

Submission + - Dell replacing faulty LCD screens

An anonymous reader writes: Dell responds to customers who created a Web site to complain that some LCD screens developed a one pixel-wide vertical line by offering free replacements of the displays. According to the Web site, unless a faulty LCD screen is replaced, it can develop a permanent vertical line one pixel wide, either stuck on a single color or reflecting the color displayed behind it. ell first responded to the issue in April, offering to replace certain 17-inch displays on Inspiron 9200, Inspiron 9300 and XPS Gen 2 notebooks sold between November 2004 and October 2006. On Tuesday, Dell expanded its replacement program to include six more models, including the Inspiron 6000 and 8600, Latitude D800 and D810, and Precision Mobile Workstation M60 and M70 notebooks sold between December 2004 and December 2006. Some of those models use a faulty component that can generate the line over time, according to a posting on Dell's corporate blog by Lionel Menchaca, Dell's digital media manager. Dell will now replace any LCD screen affected by this issue within three years of purchase, or will refund customers who were forced to pay for their own replacements, Menchaca said.

Submission + - PC-BSD "24-hour test drive" (arstechnica.com)

Tyler Too writes: Ars Technica has a '24-hour test drive' of PC-BSD, a FreeBSD-based distribution designed to appeal to Windows converts. The overview covers installation, configuration, and usage. 'Just about everything you need to make a useful FreeBSD development system is there. The ports system is quite powerful and has inspired entire Linux distributions (see Gentoo), but it is often faster just to grab a compiled package. If the package you are looking for is not in the PC-BSD PBI repository, then you have the option of using regular FreeBSD packages or ports to fill the holes.'

Submission + - Mandriva will not partner with Microsoft (opensourcelearning.info)

JanStedehouder writes: "After some opening shots the Mandriva management decided to release a statement that they are not willing to partner with Microsoft, especially not under the threat of patent infringements. The statement can be found here: http://corp.mandriva.com/webteam/2007/06/19/we-wil l-not-go-to-canossa/

It took a few days and I can only hope that many other distributors follow with clear statements."


Submission + - Blockbuster chooses Blu-ray

bberens writes: Over the last year the sales of Blu-ray disks have grossly outpaced HDDVD but I'd personally held out hope that HDDVD would make some progress. The uncertainty of the format war has come to an end as blockbuster chooses Blu-ray.

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