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Comment Re:microsoft looks to have fired to architect of w (Score 0) 663

that is so twisted and counter productive its not even funny. really?! middle of the title bar? why not far right corner to close and far left to minimize, that would go with the crap m$ have been shoving down our throats since we got out of DOS, kinda. having used windows since than i wouldnt even begin to think about the center of the title bar and resort to alt-f4, atleast they didnt take that away, yet....

Submission + - Ask Slashdot:How to Really get Started Programming 1

Arch_Android writes: Hello Slashdot! The last post on Computer Science curriculum got me thinking about my own, predicament, if you will. I'm 14 years old, and began programming when I was 11, in Python. Now, along the way, I've never really had any project to really "get into", so to speak. Mainly, I've been writing simple text editors, prime number calculators, chat servers, and other simple beginner projects. Now, I have a decent knowledge in Python and C, while I just need to learn some little syntactical things in Java and C++ (excepting STL. I can save that for later!). So basically, what I'm wondering is, where does an eager programmer go from here, and how did you really get into programming?

Submission + - scientists find evidence cell phones cause cancer (

An anonymous reader writes: A team of 31 scientists from 14 countries... found enough evidence to categorize personal exposure as "possibly carcinogenic to humans."

Results from the largest international study on cell phones and cancer was released in 2010. It showed participants in the study who used a cell phone for 10 years or more had doubled the rate of brain glioma, a type of tumor.


Submission + - Cellphone Use May Be A Cancer Risk After All ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: A bunch of experts convened by the World Health Organization have decided that cellphones might pose a risk of brain cancer in humans.

The finding that cellphones are a possible carcinogen is a bit of surprise. Only last year, a WHO-organized study of cellphone risks that was the largest conducted to date found scant evidence to support a link between cellphones and brain cancers.

But a group of 31 experts from 14 countries conducted a review of the scientific literature and determined that the evidence, though limited, could support a connection between cellphone use and brain tumors — cancerous gliomas and acoustic neuromas, which are noncancerous. (A summary of the findings is described in this press release.)

The evidence didn't support a link between the electromagnetic radiation emitted by cellphones with other cancers.

The findings by the cancer experts will be evaluated by WHO and health agencies in individual countries.

The full review will be published in the July 1 issue of the medical journal The Lancet Oncology and will be available online in a few days, the WHO's IARC said.

Submission + - Note to cheaters: next time hire the brains

An anonymous reader writes: A man and his accomplice are accused of cheating on a Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) by using a wireless pinhole camera and cellphone to send realtime images of the exam questions to a team of people supplying the "correct" answers. One problem: the "answer team" was tricked into the job by being told they were taking a test to qualify them as MCAT tutors. There were several clues the "tutor exam" was bogus, including the poor quality of the images of the questions. Suspicious, the "answer team" discovered the real MCAT test was occurring at the same time. They started feeding wrong answers to the accused cheaters and called campus security. The two accused cheaters now face several charges as a result.

Submission + - Mac OS Update Detects, Kills MacDefender Scareware (

CWmike writes: Apple released an update for Snow Leopard on Tuesday that warns users that they've downloaded fake Mac security software and scrubs already-infected machines. Chet Wisniewski, a security researcher with Sophos, confirmed that the update alerts users when they try to download any of the bogus MacDefender antivirus software. Wisniewski had not yet tested the malware cleaning functionality of the update, but was confident that it would work. 'It's reasonably trivial to remove MacDefender,' said Wisniewski. 'It's not burying itself in the system, not compared to some of some of the crap that we see on Windows.' The update, labeled 2011-003, adds a new definition to the rudimentary antivirus detection engine embedded in Mac OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard, and also increases the frequency with which the operating system checks for new definitions to daily.

Comment yarr, blame the pirates (Score 0) 187

Nintendo and makers of games for the DS line lost out on billions of dollars to easier-then-windows flashcarts. This kind of user monitoring is what they came up to combat that, I for one don't care at all if they know how long i use what software on my 3DS. Sure there are thousands of other uses for this hardware brewing out there already and thats all fine and dandy, just expect to loose the ability to use any official software. This is something I can almost agree with, but in the future we could say get debian running on one, I'd buy another one for my non-nintendo use. I see most of the data they record being used for marketing purposes internally at nintendo, and they've been doing it a long time. So I don't really mind my 3DS phoning home unless its going to include what websites I went to on the browser, than I might have to limit its usage.

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