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Space

Submission + - Largest diamond in galaxy predicts our future

networkBoy writes: "Astronomers discovered the largest diamond of all times in space. The weight of the precious stone reportedly makes up ten billion trillion trillion carats.
The space diamond is virtually an enormous chunk of crystallized carbon, 4,000 kilometers in diameter. The stone is located at a distance of 50 light years from Earth, in the Constellation Centaurus. Scientists believe that the diamond is the heart of an extinct star that used to shine like the Sun.
Sounds like NASA may have a new source of funding!"
AMD

Submission + - OLPC - A childs view 1

Finallyjoined!!! writes: A (UK) childs view of OLPC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7140443.stm

Still, Rufus is widening his social circle. " I have three friends. It's nice to talk to them. They don't speak much English but I can understand them." The conversation is not exactly sparkling, but Rufus has learned to say "Hola".

Unlike the monopoly view from Dvorak, this reviewers child has actually used one. Does Dvorak have kids? If he does they should get to play with one, if he doesn't, maybe Dvorak should play with one.
Portables

Submission + - Fix that gadget or send it to the landfill? 3

An anonymous reader writes: There seems to be more attention being paid to fixing gadgets instead of sending them to the landfill. It may be because 10gb in your iPod is more than enough for any normal person, it may be a deep, abiding love for the environment or it may just be the price. The article mentions new sites like FixYa and old standbys like Macintouch . Practically every gadget has their own website devoted to helping owners help each other deal with problems that arise. I personally like AVS Forum for my living room needs.
Intel

Submission + - Intel, ST Micro Selling NOR to Joint Venture

networkBoy writes: "Intel is divesting its NOR flash memory devision. ST will be divesting it's NOR and NAND. The companies are spinning off to a private equity firm and will be forming a new company.

The Swiss and American chipmaking giants said the new company will be comprised of assets which generated about $3.6 billion in combined annual revenue last year. Under terms of the agreement, STMicroelectronics will sell its flash memory assets, including its NAND joint venture stake, to the new company while Intel will sell its NOR assets and resources. NOR flash is a technology flash devices use to store and run code, usually in small capacities. In exchange, Intel will receive a 45.1 percent stake in the new company and $432 million in cash. STMicroelectronics will own 48.6 percent of the new firm and receive $468 million in cash at closing. Francisco Partners LP, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based private equity firm, has agreed to invest $150 million in cash for convertible preferred stock representing a 6.3 percent stake.
details: http://www.pehub.com/article/articledetail.php?art iclepostid=4924"
Enlightenment

Submission + - Religion among the /.-ers.

Caffeinate writes: "Having just finished reading "The God Delusion" I'm curious to test one of Dawkins' theories. Dawkins postulates that atheism is common among the "intellectual elite". I feel that Slashdot represents a higher than average intelligence as well as a well-educated crowd and I'm wondering what the religious divide is amongst /.-ers.

I'm hoping that sentiments such as this are not prevalent among this group."
Businesses

Submission + - Road Runner Incompetence Gave My E-Mail Away

rezonance writes: "http://rezonance.wordpress.com/ Apparently requesting something as simple as installation of digital phone is too complex for a company like Roadrunner/Time Warner, so complex in fact that additional services for them leads to your 4+ year established accounts from being reassigned to different people. Thats right, the same account I thought would be the best option because hey, as long as we have our account the e-mail should be fine. Instead we got digital phone that took over a month to install and our e-mail address being handed over to the next person that requested the user name I once had. Now personal, and *most* importantly business e-mails are being directed to someone else. We got digital phone, and I got to spend 3+ hours on the phone telling my story starting at the same bottom customer service tech and working my way to managers who then pass me off to a different department. Oh and a day of trying to change all of my on-line accounts. After talking to the "highest" tech support agent I got the answer that comfirmed my worst fears, the e-mail is being used by someone else and apparently his one week of having it trumps my 4 years."
Education

French Kids Get OSS on USB Sticks 313

daria42 writes "To help make kids aware of alternatives to proprietary software the Ile-de-France, the political district of greater Paris, will give 175,000 school children and apprentices USB keys loaded with open-source software. With a word-processing program, audio and video playback capabilities, an email client and an IM client, these are essentially computers on a stick. The council touts this as 'represent[ing] for students a tool of freedom and mobility between their school, cybercafes and their home or friends' PCs'." With the prevalence of internet cafes in Europe, that might work better than in the US ... but do you think such a project would work here as well? If so, what software would you want to see loaded up?
Television

Submission + - Bud Light Superbowl ad rips off indie web sketch

Evil Dave Letterman writes: Most people who watched the Superbowl remember the Bud Light commercial, "Fist Bump," in which everyone suddenly declares the fist-bump greeting as passé, opting for the new fad of slapping each other. Unfortunately, the concept appears to have been completely ripped from a years-old sketch by NYC-based comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U Know, and they seem none to happy about it. Fortunately, they have a TV show (on cable channel Fuse) starting next month, so they have proper legal representation. CollegeHumor.com has a side-by-side comparison — what do you think? Do they have a case?

Whitest Kids is best known for their viral iPod Shuffle sketch from 2005.
User Journal

Journal SPAM: The EFF Cracks Secret FBI Printer Tracking Codes 2

Almost all printers secretly print dots without your consent, which are invisible to the naked eye. Apparently Xerox (Docucolor series), and possibly others, have included this technology. This is being used by the FBI to keep an eye on groups such as Greenpeace and United for Peace and Justice. As an effort of their Machine Identification Code Technology project, the EFF has cracked the code, and provided a

Intel by OSTG

Vendor Intel readies x86 system-on-a-chip as XScale successor 11

Intel's plans to develop an x86-based system-on-a-chip line are beginning to emerge as potential customers are being briefed. Codenamed 'Tolapai', the part is based on the 32-bit Pentium M processing core. "Add to that 256KB of L2 cache, an DDR 2 SDRAM controller - 400-800MHz memory supported - and an integrated South Bridge component that provides PCI Express connectivity, USB, SATA, Gigabit Ethernet, a cellular l
Security

Submission + - More Sites Found Infected with Super Bowl exploit

LodCrappo writes: "The SANS Internet Storm Center handler's diary is reporting that many more sites are serving up the exploit code that was found last week on the Super Bowl stadium websites: "On Friday we reported that the Dolphins Stadium (home of the 2007 Super Bowl) was infected with a scripted pointer to malware that exploited two patchable Microsoft Windows vulnerabilities. While doing research on that issue we uncovered many more sites that contain similar references."

It appears that some of the sites may have been infected since this past November."
Google

Submission + - A Google Presentation Tool?

echronicle writes: Ionut Alex at the Google Operating System blog recently wrote that Google is developing a new web tool — "Presently". Although Google hasn't publicly released any information about this tool, a document was found with the following information: a person using Presently will have the ability to convert a document into a presentation, create slides, and view their presentation in full-screen. Some of the current concerns, however, are: 1) "Presently" would not be Opera compatible, & 2) there are already other online presentation software (Zoho Show, Preezo, Empressr) that Google would have to compete against.
Patents

Submission + - Domain Name Rights - Keith Urban v. Keith Urban

vissa writes: What exactly is your right to use your own name when someone famous claims they have the right to it??

TSG (The Smoking Gun) has the following featured article
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/02 05071urban1.html

Country singer sues similarly-named New Jerseyan over web site
FEBRUARY 5 — Keith Urban, the country star and husband of Nicole Kidman, is suing Keith Urban, the New Jersey painter, over a web site bearing their name. The singer claims that the other Keith Urban owns the keithurban.com web address and is trying to mislead Internet users into believing that the site is the star's online home. In a lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Nashville, the 39-year-old singer, whose web site is keithurban.net, alleges that the New Jersey Urban is trying to sell art prints via his site, noting, "You have reached the site of Keith Urban. To those who don't know, oil painting is one of my hobbies." The site directs visitors to a gallery of paintings and offers a "very limited edition" of prints for sale. While the site does not list prices, a previous version of it offered $93.50 prints of hack paintings such as "Al Bundy for President" and "Missing Child," which features a lone red sneaker and a switchblade lying in a gutter. The keithurban.com domain was first registered in May 1999 by the New Jersey Urban, 37, who did not respond to a TSG e-mail seeking comment about the federal complaint. The performer's lawsuit, which does not specify monetary damages, seeks transfer of the keithurban.com address and an injunction barring the New Jersey Urban from operating a web site that suggests a relationship with the singer. (11 pages)

Read the court documents at
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/02 05071urban1.html

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