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Submission + - Time's Person of the Year 2006 is... You

An anonymous reader writes: Time Magazine's Person of the Year selects the person (man, woman, group or idea) that, "for better or worse, has most influenced events in the preceding year". Previous recipients have included Charles Lindbergh (1927), Adolf Hitler (1938), the Generation Twenty-Five and Under (1966), the Computer (1982) and the Endangered Earth (1988). The Person of the Year for 2006 is you. Time believes that you are the most influential person in 2006, by using the "Web 2.0" (i.e. Wikipedia, YouTube, MySpace) to control the media and change the world. So give yourself a round of applause and a teary acceptance speech.

Submission + - China bought 4 nuclear reactors from Westinghouse

Pud writes: " eaking_news/16253343.htm Westinghouse to build 4 nuclear reactors in China Associated Press PITTSBURGH — China and the United States on Saturday signed a deal meant to pave the way for Westinghouse Electric Co. to build four civilian nuclear reactors in China. China is building scores of new nuclear power plants, seeking the latest technology from industry leaders while working to shore up its own expertise. Westinghouse, the U.S. unit of British Nuclear Fuels PLC, had been vying with the French nuclear group AREVA and Russia's AtomStroyExport to win the lucrative contract for building facilities at Sanmen, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, and at Yangjiang in southern China's Guangdong province."
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Submission + - Re-Stock Fees

zoomshorts writes: "How many times has THIS happened to you? You arrange a RMA for some obviously defective product you have purchased, and the manufacturer tries to stick you with a restocking fee? Do they really expect you to think that they RESTOCK DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS? How do you deal with this obvious scam? Buyer remorse, deserves a restock fee, but DEFECTIVE product??? Let's Cuss and Discuss this. I know a lady who purchased an Alienware laptop during the buyout period when they were purchased by DELL. She was hit with restocking fees for a unit that did not boot. What say you all? She was charged a "re-stock" fee. Grrrrrr."

Submission + - Choosing a video codec that will work anywhere

bruguiea writes: "Hi all, For a project, I need to distribute a 3 minute video to people who will not be able to contact me for feedback or help. It is a cartoon-like animation made of moving circles of various sizes and colors (800x600). I tried Google video, but the rendering is of poor quality. I also tried an AVI/XVID but it doesn't work on every Windows machine. Any suggestion about what codec to use? I would like it to run on the vast majority of MS and MacOS machines."

Submission + - Pulse no longer sure test for life

Timex writes: "On November 23, Gerard Langevin became the only living Canadian without a pulse. He was the recipient of the Heartmate II, a device about the size of a flashlight battery, and is powered by an external power supply. It works by providing a continuous flow of blood, which means there is no pulse. Though it is not yet approved for use, the "Heartmate II" is currently part of a clinical trial at several hospitals in Canada and the United States."
The Internet

Submission + - Running out of Steam

An anonymous reader writes: Valve's Steam is great for Valve, and its not so bad for the users when it works, but what happens when it doesn't work? Well now's the time to find out because Steam is down, and if like me you haven't set up offline use in advance you can't use any of the Steam assets you legally bought and paid for. What really hacks me off is that if I was running a cracked dodgy version without having paid etc.. I probably wouldn't have any problems... apart from finding my legit clanmates online... It's DRM again, when things go wrong the legitimate users suffer, not the users the wrong side of the moral fence. How much inconvenience should legal users face when trying to use something they have paid for, when the dodgy crowd face no such penalty for being illegitimate? Maybe Valve are hoping by thier actions to entice a buyout bid from Sony. I would inculde a link to the Steam site, but its being DOSed by people who want to know why they can't play and a voulenteer admin is helping to calm things down and answer questions by locking every thread :( On a side note I'm the IT admin for a small company, and if I had all my eggs in one basket in such a vulnerable way as Valve seem to do I'd expect to be looking for a new job....
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Top 100 Mods of 2006 Voting

An anonymous reader writes: The Mod of the Year Awards began 30 days ago on the Mod DB with 4,000 eligible mods. Now, after 40,000 nominations gamers have narrowed the field to the TOP 100 mods of 2006. The TOP 100 consists of an interesting mix of incumbents and rising stars. Returning for a 4th year in a row are Natural Section, ESF and Sven Coop. While rising stars include World of Padman, Empires, Iron Grip and many more. Once again Half-Life mods stole the show, however, this year the top mods originate from over 21 games and all have a chance to be recognized as the best of the best, the Mod of the Year! Gamers are now being called to play some mods and to vote for their favorites, as the ultimate winner is decided in the next 15 days. And this winner will be joining an elite tier past winners, which includes the incredibly successful Garrys Mod, Red Orchestra and Natural Selection.
The Media

Submission + - High IQ equals vegetarian

An anonymous reader writes: British researchers have found that children's IQ predicts their likelihood of becoming vegetarians as young adults — lowering their risk for cardiovascular disease in the process. The finding could explain the link between smarts and better health, the investigators say. "Brighter people tend to have healthier dietary habits," concluded lead author Catharine Gale, a senior research fellow at the MRC Epidemiology Resource Centre of the University of Southampton and Southampton General Hospital.

Submission + - Learn 10 good UNIX usage habits

An anonymous reader writes: Adopt 10 good habits that improve your UNIX command line efficiency — and break away from bad usage patterns in the process. This article takes you step-by-step through several good, but too often neglected, techniques for command-line operations. Learn about common errors and how to overcome them, so you can learn exactly why these UNIX habits are worth picking up.
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Submission + - 'Stop piping cats' and 9 less amusing UNIX tips

netbuzz writes: "Author/consultant Michael Stutz offers to help you "Learn 10 good UNIX usage habits" in an article posted to IBM's Web site. Number 10 had me laughing out loud: "Stop piping cats." Maybe the joke is lost on those who speak fluid UNIX, but those of us who don't speak any might conjure up all manner of thoughts upon hearing the phrase. Here are just a few. "

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