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Getting Inked for Tux at OSCON 108

OSCON isn't just a gathering for talks on topics like Creating Location-aware Web 2.0 Applications on an Open Source Geospatial Platform and fightin' words from the stage; it's also an excuse for some interesting social gatherings, like this year's Community Choice awards (organized and sponsored by the corporate overlords at SourceForge, as you might recall, and with Slashdot's own special category), at which, among other festive activities, attendees were offered the chance to get open-source-related tattoos. There are shots of some of these up on the SourceForge Community pages, and — with some overlap — even more in this set at Flickr. (My pasty bicep^h^h^h^h^h shoulder is the one now adorned with a circled head of a happy Tux ala IBM; I was expecting it to hurt more than it actually did.) Anyone with techie tattoos, please disclose below.
Media

MPAA Scores First P2P Jury Conviction 335

An anonymous reader writes "The MPAA must be celebrating. According to the BitTorrent news site Slyck.com, the Department of Justice is proclaiming their first P2P criminal copyright conviction, against an Elite Torrents administrator. The press release notes, 'The jury was presented with evidence that Dove was an administrator of a small group of Elite Torrents members known as "Uploaders," who were responsible for supplying pirated content to the group. At sentencing, which is scheduled for Sept. 9, 2008, Dove faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.'"
Biotech

Submission + - Iraq vet gets bionic hand

mcgrew writes: "CNN is carrying a report about a new prosthetic device, called an 'i-LIMB', that user Sgt. Juan Arredondo, who lost his real hand in Iraq, likens to the robotic bionics in 'Star Wars' and 'Terminator'. 'My son, he goes nuts about it,' the Sergent said.

'To have this movement, it's — it's amazing,' Arredondo said Monday as he showed off the limb made by Scotland-based Touch Bionics. 'It just gets me more excited about now, about the future.'

Five individual motors power the fingers, allowing the person to grasp round objects. The hand's gestures are made possible through electrode plates that detect electrical signals generated in the remaining muscles in the amputated limb.
And I thought my eye implant was cool! Welcome to the 21st century!"
Privacy

Submission + - Dell catching on to the "No Trial ware" sc (dell.com)

certain death writes: "It looks like Dell is finally catching on to the fact that people do NOT want a bunch of "Trial Ware" on new PCs. They are now offering a PC named "Vostro" that comes stripped of the crapware and with either Windows XP or Vista installed. The initial config is a bit short on memory, coming with only 512 megs, but it seems they are listening to people now. This may be in response to the fact that Wal-Mart has started providing low cost computers with only OpenOffice installed, and no Trial software. The base model starts at $399.00 and comes with a 19" LCD. This is still a bit more than the Wal-Mart model, but perhaps better quality hardware. That remains to be seen.

From the Dell advertisement:

You spoke. We listened. Introducing Dell Vostro — not just a new line of small business PCs, but a commitment to do more for your small business. They're powerful, completely customizable and backed by dedicated small business-trained technicians. Right now, get a Vostro 200 Mini Tower powered by an Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor and complete with a 19-inch monitor for just $399. But hurry — this offer ends today!"

Power

Submission + - New 125 Miles per Gallon Toyota Prius

Iddo Genuth writes: "The Pennsylvania based Lithium Technology Corporation recently demonstrated a new type of "plug-in" Toyota Prius hybrid car. The new model is based on advanced lithium iron phosphate battery which allows the hybrid car to travel up to a distance of 125 miles per gallon of fuel — making it possibly the most efficient mass-produced car in the world."
Education

Submission + - ASUS $199-$299 Notebook Announced

Plekto writes: "http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/entry/3951/asus_introd uces_new

I ran across this last night, but it evidently is slow to get out into the news.

Go to the ASUS site and select "global" as your area — there's an area on the left bottom side of the screen that you can click to bring up a nice bit of animation(the site's all JAVA, so I can't provide a direct link).

Prices will be $199-$299 — and it's not marketed as a OLPC, but a small basic laptop aimed at the younger crowds/college students/etc — who need more than a PDA but don't want it to be huge, either. It reminds me a lot of the Toshiba Libretto. Just under a pound."
Data Storage

Submission + - Hard Disk Drive Myths Debunked

babyshiori writes: This guide got down to basics and examined some of the common hard disks related fallacies or myths and debunked them. Although many articles have covered these topics, it is apparent that hard disk urban legends are still more popular than the simple truth such as 'formatting a hard drive too many times will cause it to fail' or 'If your hard drive has bad sectors, formatting will cause more bad sectors to appear' and many more. Read on and find out about these myths and most probably you'll get a laugh out of them.
Education

Submission + - Advice for a Junior Comp Sci Major

A College Student writes: I am currently a junior at a 4-year university, majoring in computer science with a minor in information science. I have been with a local small business since a few months after graduating from high school. My company primarily builds functional test systems for OEMs. We also have a small line of embedded products with software counterparts. Since I joined the company I have had a major role in most of the software development, often doing the vast majority of the work. Essentially, I am the software guy at my company.

As part of my CS program, I am required to take an internship. I have always thought that I would take my internship at my current place of employment, and that I would stay there after school if my employer could offer me a competitive salary and benefits. However, I have begun to wonder if taking my internship there, and staying there after school (even if the money is there), would hurt my career in the long-run. The whole idea of an internship is to gain real-world experience while learning from those with more experience than you, but there's really no one for me to learn from. Additionally, at school I have learned Java, C/C++/C#, VB .NET, ASP, etc, while at my current job I rarely do anything other than VB6 and LabView. I'm afraid that if I don't have a job/internship where I can practice these newly acquired skills that I'll start to lose them. Also, if I stay with my current employer after school, I'm afraid that if I ever decide to go to a different company that my actual skills won't be at the level they should be as a "Software Engineer" with several years of experience.

What advice can you offer me about my current situation? Is it a bad idea to seek an internship at my current place of employment? Would you seek a different job after graduating with a BS in computer science? Am I just worrying too much? Thank you for your input.
Linuxcare

Submission + - More Linux loving: Fixing GRUB

naser writes: "http://atunu.blogspot.com/2007/03/more-linux-lovin g-fixing-grub.html : Ubuntu and GRUB get along pretty good. But if your GRUB records get screwed somehow, so shall your boot record. Then there is no way left but to restore the old windows mbr. But what if you wanted to restore the GRUB menu? Here's a tutorial meant for the absolute beginners to restore the GRUB menu to the way it looked before the screw-up."
Quickies

Submission + - Mass media control with Sanjaya

krypt2nite writes: "In this day and age of monsters the likes American Idol, it brings the hopes and dreams alive for nerds everywhere that something so huge and seemingly important as the Idol show could be 'controlled'. Sites like www.sanjaya-idol.com are spreading, and it's interesting to see how people like Howard Stern are pushing for Sanjaya to actually become the next American Idol. As far as Sterns media reach stretches, some believe that it may take internet sites like www.sanjaya-idol.com to really create the frenzy needed to push Sanjaya over the top. It would be interesting to see what others think about a mass rigging of the pop culture phenomena."

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