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Submission + - Secret Formula for Coca-Cola Leaked 4

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The recipe for Coca-Cola including "secret 7X flavor" has just been moved to a new vault on display at the World of Coca-Cola Museum in downtown Atlanta but what you probably didn't know is that the secret Coca-Cola recipe, at least as it was originally formulated by the drink's inventor, John Pemberton, has already been leaked. Pemberton's original Coca-Cola drink, which he formulated shortly after returning home from the Civil War and called Pemberton's French Coca Wine, was a knock-off of Vin Mariani, a French coca wine that was considered to be a 'nerve tonic' and said to have very beneficial effects says Mark Pendergrast. Originally, both Vin Mariani and Coca-Cola contained alcohol and cocaine but in 1886, Atlanta enacted prohibition legislation. "Pemberton thought they weren't going to continue to allow the sale of French coca wine, so he worked on trying to modify it and take the alcohol out of it," says Pendergast, author of "For God, Country, and Coca-Cola: The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company that Makes It". "That made it really bitter, so he had to add a lot of sugar to compensate." When Asa Candler took over the company, he decreased the amount of caffeine in Coke, and varied the amount of sweetener, further altering the soda's taste. So which Coke version is "The Real Thing" and does it matter? "Even if you tried to make 'The Real Thing' now, it wouldn't make any difference," says Pendergrast. "Why would anyone go out of their way to buy a fake Coca-Cola that would cost more than the cheaply manufactured real ones?""
Android

Submission + - Mozilla Unveils Slick "Firefox For Tablets" (businessinsider.com) 1

Mightee writes: "In a blog post today, Mozilla unveiled Firefox for tablets, a work in progress that takes the best of Android Honeycomb and Firefox and blends the two together into a delicious browser concoction.
Dubbed "an evolution of its phone-based predecessor," Firefox for tablets was built to look like Android Honeycomb, while retaining trademark Firefox UI details like the back button."

Apple

Submission + - Steve Jobs' Career & Greatest Victories At App

adeelarshad82 writes: Surprising many, last night Apple announced the resignation of its CEO Steve Jobs who will now be replaced with Apple exec Tim Cook. It's hard to imagine Apple without Steve Jobs just because of the history between the two. PCMag takes a look back at his career at Apple along with some of his greatest victories which brought Apple back as a force to be reckoned with.
HP

Submission + - HP to Spin Off PC Business? (pcworld.com)

Ensign_Expendable writes: PC Magazine (and others) are reporting that HP plans to spin off its personal computer business as part of an acquisition of analytics software vendor Autonomy. PC Mag and other commentators speculate that price pressure and small margins in the PC market make it unprofitable to continue the business. Quite a shock and maybe a sad thing for one of the pioneers in the business to exit that segment.
HP

Submission + - HP to Spin Off PCs (bloomberg.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Hewlett-Packard Co., the world’s largest computer maker, is in talks to buy Autonomy Corp. for about $10 billion and plans to spin off its personal-computer business, people with direct knowledge of the matter said. Hewlett-Packard has been aiming to lessen its dependence on PCs, where growth has stalled as consumers flock to smartphones and tablet-style computers like those made by Apple Inc.
Windows

Submission + - Microsoft Confirms App Store In Windows 8 (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: Microsoft has begun talking about Windows 8 in general terms, reprising a blog-based strategy that it used in the year-long run-up to Windows 7. Microsoft kicked off the 'Building Windows 8' blog on Monday, almost exactly three years after the debut of a similar blog, 'Engineering Windows 7,' that the company used to beat the drum. Both blogs were launched by Steven Sinofsky, the president of Microsoft's Windows and Windows Live division. On Wednesday, Sinofsky essentially confirmed that Windows 8 will support an app store when he listed it as the title of one of 35 teams working on the operating system. Although Microsoft has publicly discussed a few bits of Windows 8, it has said nothing about integrating a download store with the new OS until now. Several Windows bloggers, however, reported finding signs of one in leaked previews of the OS several months ago.
HP

Submission + - What It Means If HP Dumps Its PC Business (infoworld.com)

GMGruman writes: "Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal are reporting that HP is ready to sell off its PC business and buy "smart" search vendor Autonomy. If true, the twin actions would be a major shift not just for HP but for users and IT. That's because it would signal that the so-called "post-PC" era is real, and drive further the separation of "consumerized" IT (the technology users directly use) and the back-office IT that orchestrates the business. Spinning out the PC business could also be the death knell of WebOS — or make it the crown jewel of HP's post-PC "consumerized" IT strategy. Whatever the specifics, such a move would have major implications for us all, not just stockholders."

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Home network backups?

marcsherman writes: I'm interested in setting up centralized backups for a small home network. We've got a shared linux server (running Ubuntu 10.10), and a couple windows desktops.

My current thoughts are to set up Bacula on the linux server, and buy a pair of USB or eSATA hard disks for the backup media. I'd write the backups to one disk at a time, swapping them out on a weekly basis, and keep the second disk at my office for off-site storage.

Any suggestions for improvements or fatal flaws in my plans from the hive mind? Bacula seems to be targeted at larger networks with tape-based backups. Is there other software I should look at that's better suited to my use case? Should I think about getting a removable disk enclosure system, and if so, any hardware suggestions?

Links to any existing howtos that specifically address my usecase are greatly appreciated. Even snarky ones via lmgtfy.com.
Security

Submission + - Apple asks security experts to examine OS X Lion (edibleapple.com)

An anonymous reader writes: For as much as Mac OS X has a reputation for being safer than Windows, security researchers won’t hesitate to point out that the opposite is, in fact, true. But Apple's looking to change that.

This past Thursday, Apple doled out a beta of OS X Lion to developers. In conjunction with that, Apple is also reaching out to noted security experts and offering them free previews of OS X 10.7 so that they can take a look at Apple’s new security measures and reach back to Apple with any thoughts and concerns they might have. Indeed, Apple is becoming a lot more security conscious these days, not only in terms of reaching out to security researchers but also in its personnel hires.

Censorship

Submission + - Tolkien Censors Tolkien 1

Anonymous Coward writes: "Back in the late 2009, I got into a Twitter conversation with Madeline Ashby about geek culture, fandom, and a bunch of stuff like that. Madeline wrote, “While you were reading Tolkien, I was watching Evangelion.” I thought this was an excellent encapsulation of the divide in SF/F/Whatever fandom, and thus took to Zazzle to make little buttons with her quote. I bought a bunch, handed them out at a few conventions, then I had a kid and promptly forgot all about it.

Until today, when Zazzle emailed me to say they were pulling the buttons for intellectual property right infringement.

And guess who complained about their rights being infringed?

I’ve tried to come up with something more to say about this, but I’m too angry and confused and tired to say anything more than I did in the title of this post. Have fun milking your dad’s stuff, Christopher Tolkien!"
Security

Submission + - Mac OS X backdoor Trojan, now in beta? (sophos.com)

xsee writes: "A new Mac Trojan has been found in the wild that allows an attacker to execute remote shell commands, leave messages for the victim, reboot the computer and more. While remote-access malware is nothing new, this one includes a very simple to use GUI that could tempt less skilled attackers."
Nintendo

Submission + - NESBot: Tool Assisted Speedrun on Real Hardware (instructables.com)

Xistic writes: For many years tool assisted speedruns (TAS) were purely theoretical and the domain of emulators. No longer! Using an Arduino Duemilanove microcontroller to drive an actual Nintendo console, pjgat09 plays back prerecorded input to beat Super Mario Brothers in record time. The selection of possible games is limited. 'If the game relies on any uninitialized memory for randomness, or if it is heavily based on console timing, it may not work. In the case of Super Mario Bros however, as long as the button presses start play back at the right time, the movie will play back correctly.' The author includes complete instructions on how to setup the device.

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