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Submission + - WPA bug in Vista, is that a security problem? (microsoft.com) 1

Anonymous Coward writes: "Many people, such as me-said-the-idiot, or maybe all, cannot connect to a WPA protected WiFi network with Vista. So many will have to use an unsecured network configuration in order to go online. Practically all new PC laptops sold now are bundled with Vista, so this could well become the biggest and easiest to exploit security leak.. Many posts on MS forum http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPost.aspx? PostID=481371&SiteID=17 but apparently it still isn't considered a problem by MS.."
Math

Submission + - Winnie Wrote a Math Book

SoyChemist writes: Hollywood is not known for providing a wealth of positive female role models. Danica McKellar, the actress that played Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years and Elsie Snuffin on The West Wing, has written a math book for teenage girls. Math Doesn't Suck is in the style of a teen magazine. It even includes a horoscope, cute doodles of shoes and jewelry, and testimonials from attractive young career women that use math at work. It focuses on fractions and pre-algebra and uses mnemonics like calling a reciprocal a "refliprocal", because you just take the fraction and flip it upside down. Wired interviewed McKellar about the new book and her crusade to eliminate the achievement gap between boys and girls in math courses. McKellar graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA. While studying there, she co-authored a proof and presented it at a conference. After she and Mayim Bialik — star of Blossom and a PhD in neuroscience — appeared in a 20/20 episode about intellectual actresses, several literary agents came knocking on her door.
Google

Submission + - Google Lawyer: First Kill All the Patent Trolls

theodp writes: "Speaking at the Stanford Summit, Google's Patent Poobah told conference attendees that the U.S. patent system is in crisis and lamented the quality of patents coming out. If associate general counsel and EECS grad Michelle Lee is truly serious about remedying the system, perhaps she'd like to kick things off by relinquishing Google's patent for encoding and decoding variable-length data, a circa-1965 novel concept that Google now has exclusive use of through the year 2024."

Mercury Contamination Vs. Energy-Efficient Lightbulbs 801

phyrebyrd writes "How much money does it take to screw in a compact fluorescent lightbulb? About US$4.28 for the bulb and labor — unless you break the bulb. Then you, like Brandy Bridges of Ellsworth, Maine, could be looking at a cost of about US$2,004.28, which doesn't include the costs of frayed nerves and risks to health."

Comment They're going to start revenue sharing (Score 1) 225

Google mentioned recently that they will start revenue sharing for content providers, ie posters, on youtube.

If all it takes to get paid is to copy clips off of tv and then post them on youtube, don't you see a problem? What viacom needs to do is ban all viacom content and then post it themselves, and get the revenue.

-Joejoejoejoe
User Journal

Journal Journal: [Christianity] Small groups, and mens large group

Last night was the first night of the small group meetings. It was awesome. Plenty of nice people with good hearts, and I appreciate all that met us, and hopefully the rest of the meetings will be just as blessed.

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Journal Journal: [World of Warcraft] I'm not addicted.. 3

14 more days till my WoW account expires. I removed my credit card information from Blizzard's web page and I'm not going to subscribe again till after the new year. I can't afford to spend hours upon hours playing a video game that is not giving me as much entertainment value as it used to. And more specifically, I need that time to keep my grades up. The $15 a month will barely be noticed.. I'm jobless (and a full time student) but $15 won't make or break me.

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Journal Journal: [School] A new quarter starts.. 18 hours worth 6

Today is the first day of my status as a full time student. It only took a little more than a years worth of planning to pull this off, during which time I was a part time student and was able to rack up 50+ hours of a 102 hour degree (including classes I have tested out of). My parents, grandparents, and great grandparents are all quite proud of me, and I suppose I'm proud of myself too. Now I just have to pass a dozen more pesky classes and I get a fancy piece of paper with my name on it

User Journal

Journal Journal: Snakes on a Plane... and otherwise busy 2

Seeing Snakes on a Plane tonight.

Other than that things have been busy around here. Being responsible takes up too much time.

I hope everyone is doing well.

Microsoft Calls for Truce With GPL and Linux? 464

An anonymous reader writes to mention an eWeek article discussing Microsoft's efforts to reach out to the open source community. The company is hoping to find a common ground with softare released under the GPL, so that OSS and Microsoft products can interoperate. From the article: "The goal, from both sides, is to meet customer needs, he said, adding, 'This is just the more mature view of the way the world is evolving, and we want to make sure that if customers are choosing Linux or other open-source-based products that we have ways of interoperating and working effectively with that.'" A related article mentions Windows server Expert Jeremy Moskowitzs' call for a truce between the Linux and Windows communities.
User Journal

Journal Journal: The un-zen of Lithron

I looked everywhere for my zen this morning, but I couldn't find it. So instead I ate a poptart.

High Definition Radio and New Content Alternatives 305

An anonymous reader writes "Many people are aware that satellite radio is a viable consumer option thanks to massive marketing campaigns. What many people do not know is that an alternative, High Definition Radio, exists in most major US markets. IBM DeveloperWorks explains how HD Radio works and why the masses may soon be scrambling to adopt this technology and expand it to alternative content as fast as possible."
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Journal Journal: Windows Thin Clients... opinions wanted

At work we're looking into selling Windows based thin client solutions to our customers. All we need it to run is Acrobat Reader v5 or higher, a driver for the USB/HSB signature pads we use, and a custom graphical Windows telnet client.

Does anyone have any suggestions on brands of thin clients to check out? We already inspected one IGEL solution and I'm testing another IGEL solution today. However, I would really like a recommendation from someone that actually deploys thin clients.

Classic Star Wars Trilogy Finally on DVD 673

chinton writes "From starwars.com: 'In response to overwhelming demand, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release attractively priced individual two-disc releases of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Each release includes the 2004 digitally remastered version of the movie, as well as the original theatrical edition of the film. That means you'll be able to enjoy Star Wars as it first appeared in 1977, Empire in 1980, and Jedi in 1983.'"

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