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Submission + - VIP Stalkers Likely Suffer Serious Mental Illness

Hugh Pickens writes: "A study of 8,000 people stalking members of the royal family from 1988 to 2003 shows that the majority of VIP stalkers suffer from serious psychotic illnesses. "We didn't expect such high rates of psychosis. It was very surprising to us," says Paul Mullen, a forensic psychiatrist at Monash University. Around 3000 of the files covered incidences that were judged to be pranks, or committed by people accidentally or while they were drunk but when Mullen's team examined a sample of the remaining 5000 people judged to be true stalkers about 80% had a serious psychotic illness, including schizophrenia, delusions and hallucinations,. The finding contrasts sharply with people who stalk non-famous people who tend to be rejected lovers, who while they may be depressed and socially inept, don't usually suffer psychosis. Researchers are currently investigating ways to identify which stalkers are likely to pose a threat. "[Stalkers] who are fixated on a cause, and have a highly personalized quest for 'justice', often delusional in nature, are the ones most likely to breach security, and to be carrying weapons," says David James, a forensic psychiatrist at the North London Forensic Service."

Submission + - Major blow for OLPC (

carvell writes: According to reports, it looks like Intel have pulled out of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, citing "philosophical" differences as the reason. Back in May 2007 the OLPC founder, Nicholas Negroponte said that Intel should be ashamed of themselves, as they had planned a "rival" "classmate" laptop, intended to drive out the OLPC competition. Could this latest development be related to the classmate at all? Although OLPC appear to be using AMD processors, surely the loss of a major company backing the project will have repercussions for the OLPC project as a whole.

Submission + - Intel drops OLPC support (

siddesu writes: Intel has pulled out of the OLPC project, citing "philosophical differences". An Intel representative, Chuck Molly has commented that OLPC project has asked Intel to drop support for "rival" low-cost PC projects, including Classmate PC, and "to focus on the OLPC platform exclusively. At the end of the day, we decided we couldn't accommodate that request."

The OLPC has not yet commented on the story.

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Submission + - Intel remove support from OLPC

smithberry writes: The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has not to look far for its troubles lately, as stories on /. over the last few weeks prove. The BBC are now reporting that Intel are removing their support. The article is very brief, but it says

Citing "philosophical" differences, Intel has withdrawn its funding and technical help from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project.
Arstechnica say it changes very little because OLPC are committed to AMD, but I wonder what the long term outlook for OLPC is now? Is this the end of the beginning, or the beginning of the end? Have they simply paved the way for some similar project to come along with newer and cheaper hardware and gain from the OLPC concept? So many questions, and only time will tell.

Submission + - Google is down

An anonymous reader writes: I've never known Google to be down, but it is as I type this.

Submission + - Google Down? 3

matt writes: "Hey, I don't know what's going on, but it looks like all of Google went down about 10 minutes ago."

Submission + - Should 'unlimited' mean unlimited? 2

Tom Colimbone writes: Recently, Verizon Wireless agreed to settle a probe into the marketing of its Internet usage plans and reimburse $1 million to customers for wrongful account termination. The issue was centered around the use of the word 'unlimited' in its marketing campaigns for mobile Internet access. Interestingly, O2 in the UK just changed its iPhone tariff, as many potential buyers noticed that the 'unlimited' data package that came with the iPhone was actually capped at 200MB, which wasn't unlimited at all. Outside of wireless providers this might seem like a bizarre question to ask but should the word 'unlimited' truly mean unlimited and if so, should anyone misusing the word have to face similar repercussions to Verizon.

Submission + - Intel To Rebrand Processors In 2008 ( 1

DJ writes: We just heard from an anonymous source that Intel will be rebranding their processors in 2008. From the Centrino mobile platform to the Itanium 2 server processors, Intel will revamp and consolidate their product lines under these new brands. These new brand names will come into effect on the first day of 2008. Intel hopes that these new brands will not only leverage the strong Core 2 brand but also make it less confusing for the consumer.

At the moment, the Intel Centrino mobile platform has five different logos with brands like Centrino, Centrino Duo and Centrino Pro. Starting from January 1, 2008, Intel will consolidate the Centrino Duo and Centrino brands under the Intel Centrino brand, and rename the Centrino Pro as Intel Centrino with vPro Technology.

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Submission + - Font Freedom Day (

TrumpetPower! writes: "On September 29, 1988, the Library of Congress Copyright Office issued a notice of policy decision (4 Mbyte coralized PDF) in the Federal Register “to inform the public that the Copyright Office has decided that digitized representations of typeface designs are not registrable under the Copyright Act because they do not constitute original works of authorship.” In observance of Font Freedom day, go ahead and share some of your favorite fonts with your friends — and do so entirely guilt-free!"
The Internet

Submission + - Finaly we get new elements in HTML 5

An anonymous reader writes: Pure HTML enhancements grew hardly at all in the last eight years. It basicaly stopped in 1999 with HTML 4. Now the future looks bright. Recently, HTML has finaly came back to life. Eight years is a long time to wait for new features, especially in the fast-moving world of the Web. Take a look at how HTML 5 is restoring some of the excitement of the early days of the web with its new enhancements.

Submission + - Are you administrator of your workstation?

muanis writes: Options

1 — Yes, Im the root of it
2 — Yes, but not officially
3 — No, and I hate not to be
4 — No, but Im confortable with it

Submission + - Trojan creation for dummies (

juct writes: "With the Pinch Builder toolkit creating Trojan horses with arbitrary characteristics takes just a few mouse clicks. It offers a choice of various programs whose passwords the Trojan can steal from infected systems, including ICQ, Trillian, Mozilla, Opera, various FTP programs. Incorporated tools can also obtain credentials from protected Windows environments such as users' Internet Explorer and Outlook passwords. It is also possible to specify additional spyware functionality, for example to read keyboard entries, create screenshots or to log files sent via Internet Explorer. And the "best" of all: this beast is sold on the internet..."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Digital camera costs to go crazy in Europe

Brad Binglinton writes: In the unlikely event that you're planning to buy a digital camera in Europe, think again. According to, the European Comission is going to increase taxes on certain cameras with certain video recording capabilites. "At the moment, all digital cameras are manufactured outside Europe. They're all imported. All of them. Currently, there's a European Commission-imposed 4.9 per cent import tariff on camcorders, but not on cameras, whatever their video-recording abilities. "

Submission + - Holes in Firefox password manager (

juct writes: "Although the Mozilla developers have fixed a known hole in the password manager of Firefox & Co, a door remains open for exploitation. According to an article on heise Security attackers can still use JavaScript to steal passwords. However, the real problem might not be Firefox' password manager. If users can set up their own pages containing script code on a server, the JavaScript security model breaks. Heise Security demonstrates the possible password theft in a demo."

Submission + - X performance (

stdazi writes: "I've noticed that many people associate Linux with KDE, Gnome,etc.. Indeed, window managers form a huge part of a Linux desktop. There's a lot of fuss about the new scheduling algorithm introduced in the Linux kernel and all that makes me think about what's the point of people reporting better experience running X applications and compiling fat sources with the newest scheduler, if the whole X system looks way too fat? I know nothing about the internal architecture of X but I'm wondering if a redesign could make it work better (and, eventually faster). What I want to say is, that the major CPU hog on an average desktop machine is X, and, that makes me wonder if there's really no way to improve it's performance? Do you think it's time for a rewrite/redesign (and with rewrite, I mean a rewrite not caring about backward compatibility), or is X just performing tasks that can't be done in a better way."

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