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Thieves Take the Cake 91

Two very hungry German couriers ate a fruit cake destined for a German newspaper and in its place mailed a box of credit card data. The data including names, addresses and card transactions ended up at the Frankfurter Rundschau daily. The mix-up triggered an alarm, and police advised credit card customers with Landesbank Berlin to check their accounts for inconsistencies. Fruitcake must be different in Germany for people to want to use it as something other than a paperweight.
Programming

Submission + - Linux "greener" than windows

GrapeSteinbeck writes: "SearchOpenSource.com reports a new study commisioned by the UK government of e-commerce:

A new report from the U.K. Office of Government Commerce about Open Source Software Trials in Government, has found that servers running Linux could combat the rising problem of e-waste because they last up to twice as long as machines running Windows.


The report said:

"One of the benefits frequently put forward for the use of open source software is the level of resources needed to support it. This means that for equivalent open source and Microsoft Windows systems, the open source will require less memory and a slower processor speed for the same functionality"
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Databases

Submission + - Freebase: a creative commons db of facts

yppiz writes: "My company, Metaweb, just announced Freebase, a Creative Commons licensed database of facts. The site is young, so for now, our alpha is by invitation, but Tim O'Reilly has posted his insights and some screenshots. There's also a writeup in the New York Times.

John Markoff, NYT:

A new company founded by a longtime technologist is setting out to create a vast public database intended to be read by computers rather than people, paving the way for a more automated Internet in which machines will routinely share information.
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