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Submission + - Microsoft hands over technical data to EU

hankwang writes: Reuters reports that Microsoft has handed over technical documents to the EU in order to enable the competition to make interoperable software. So far, the EU has imposed fines of €497 and €280 onto Microsoft for abuse of its monopoly. The deadline for this documentation was today. According to Microsoft, the documentation is over 8500 pages.
Graphics

Submission + - Hexagonal pixels?

An anonymous reader writes: Has anybody ever stopped to question whether the square is the best possible shape for a pixel? Are there any reasons why triangles or hexagons can't work? It seems to me that hexagonal pixels might have several advantages over square pixels. To name one: six discrete straight paths from which to draw a line out from each pixel. Another: more fluid-looking shapes using anti-aliasing.
Spam

Submission + - Best method for foiling email harvesters?

pjp6259 writes: "One of the common ways that spammers generate email mailing lists is by harvesting email addressess from websites. But in many cases you also need to make it easy for your customers to reach you. I have found three common solutions to this problem:
  • Use an image to replace your email address.
  • Use ascii encodings for some/all of the characters.
  • Use javascript to concatenate and/or obfuscate your email address.
Which of these methods are most effective? Are email harvesters able to interpret javascript? What do you use?"
Power

Submission + - Korean Paper Battery Safe, Dry and Noncombustible

thejrwr writes: "Coming hot on the heels of Japan's just-add-water power source, a team at Rocket of Korea has announced equally eco-friendly batteries made of paper.

The novelty of this aside, the practical considerations speak for themselves. Chemically incapable of polluting, releasing toxic ooze or combusting under pressure, the batteries can also be very thin, allowing use in such applications as credit cards and RFID tags

http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2006/11/korean_paper _ba.html"
United States

Submission + - Man's Vote for Himself Missing in E-Vote Count

Catbeller writes: From the "There's Your Smoking Gun Department": The AP is reporting that one Randy Wooten, mayoral candidate for Waldenburg Arkansas — a town of eighty people — discovered that the electronic voting system hadn't registered the one vote he knew had been cast for him, because he cast it himself. The Machine gave him zero votes. That would be an error rate of 3%, counting the actual votes cast — 18 and 18 for a total of 36. For those who haven't quite gotten the concept of e-voting, we have this quote:
Poinsett County Election Commissioner Junaway Payne said the issue had been discussed but no action taken yet. "It's our understanding from talking with the secretary of state's office that a court order would have to be obtained in order to open the machine and check the totals," Payne said. "The votes were cast on an electronic voting machine, but paper ballots were available."
Yep. Get the screwdrivers out, time to find that missing vote!

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