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Submission + - Free IMAP on GMAIL? (google.com)

Demaratus writes: "It looks like Google is rolling out free IMAP service on select GMAIL accounts. One one of my gmail accounts, IMAP is now available in addition to POP in the settings for the account. I checked several of my other accounts, but it appears that only one of them has this new feature available. I can't find any information on this anywhere else after a few brief search engine queries, so I figured I'd share this great news with other \.ers. How long until Google rolls out free IMAP to all Gmail accounts?"
Patents

Submission + - Would you fight your own software patent?

ingo23 writes: Everybody knows that the Slashdot crowd just loves the software patents. If not the patents, what would you rant about? Now imagine this — at work you are developing a piece of some cool software. And one day your employer decides to file a patent for it naming you as an inventor. Would you gladly accept the honor or would you get on a soap box and stir up a little revolt against software patents?
Privacy

Submission + - Thumbprint required to buy a car in Southern CA

saccade.com writes: "Here's an insidious use of biometrics: A southern California car dealership actually refuses to sell you a car unless you submit your thumbprint. From the posting:

The dealership claimed that the fingerprinting was for my protection. To make sure I'm really who I say I am, and haven't just stolen someone's social security number.

But I don't get it. How does that work? No one's checking to make sure the fingerprint I leave matches the one on file with the DMV. There's no forensics expert on staff. And I don't have data on this but I feel pretty certain that any car thief worth his salt probably already has more than one set of prints on file.
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Dollar Rent-A-Car tried fingerprinting their customers for a while. They gave up after realizing that it had no effect on fraud or theft. Simply, treating your customers like felons is bad for business.
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Feed Google's Next-Gen of Sneakernet (wired.com)

For scientists dealing in terabytes of data, Google offers help. There's 'FedExNet" for those times when it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight (or thereabouts). By Cyrus Farivar.


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