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Submission + - MA Treasurer Arrested for 3 Peaches at Airport 2

boot1780 writes: The treasurer for the state of Massachusetts announced that he and his family arrested by US Customs officials and "treated like criminals" on their way back from Italy due to three peaches in his daughter's carry-on bag. "It felt like we were being interrogated and found guilty without any process, no explanation, no rundown of our rights," he said. He was told he had to pay a $300 fine or spend a night and jail, but wasn't told that paying the fine waived any right he had to an appeal. Well, they nabbed the girl with the three peaches. Any word on Osama yet?
Mozilla

Submission + - New Apple website causes Firefox to crash (apple.com)

Spiri writes: "Following the announcement of it's new iPods, Apple has released a website promoting the iPod nano: . It appears now that clicking the "Buy Now" button causes Mozilla Firefox to completely freeze in Windows XP. Did Apple (accidentally?) discover a new vulnerability in Firefox?"
AMD

Submission + - Dell and AMD, One Year Later

Anonymous writes: One year in to his relationship with AMD, Michael Dell seems pretty satisfied, according to his remarks at the Citigroup technology conference. Key quote: "It is simply unacceptable for a company of Dell's size to only have one of those choices. So we have quite a complete spectrum of both 'A' and 'I' flavors and we'll continue to do that." He seemed to have given a thumbs up to Barcelona.
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Submission + - POLL:Where are those Elliptical galaxies pointing? (slashdot.org)

BiloxiGeek writes: What do you think those elliptical and aligned galaxies are pointing at?

— George "DubYa" Bush
— Osama "I'm gonna get you sucka" bin Laden
— Hillary "I wear the pants" Clinton
— Waldo
— The elusive 3rd step (???) before "Step 4. Profit!"
— Cowboy "Scape Goat" Neal

Privacy

Submission + - New York Taxi Drivers Will Strike if GPS installed (gpsdaily.com)

wooferhound writes: "http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/New_York_taxi_driv ers_threaten_two-day_strike_999.html New York's taxi drivers on Thursday said they would mount a two-day strike in early September if authorities did not scrap plans to introduce satellite positioning systems in the city's yellow cabs. "We are ready to go on strike on September 5 and September 6," Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, which represents some 8,400 of New York's 26,000 cabbies, told AFP."

Feed Publishing exec 'steals' Google laptops in silly demonstration (engadget.com)

Filed under: Misc. Gadgets

We can't say that we'd recommend a CEO steal property from Google in order to prove a point, but the head honcho of Macmillan Publishers pushed his superego aside and did just that at a recent BookExpo America in NYC. It's no secret that a number of publishers have been up in arms about Google's approach to digitizing their works, but Richard Charkin went so far as to recruit a colleague and swipe a pair of laptops from a Google Books kiosk at the event. About an hour later, the booth attendants actually noticed the missing goods and presumably began to panic, and the haughty executive then had the nerve to return the machines to their rightful owners whilst dropping the "hope you enjoyed a taste of your own medicine" line. He justified the bizarre behavior by suggesting that "there wasn't a sign by the computers informing him not to steal them," apparently referencing Google's controversial tactics when scanning books. That'll show 'em, Mr. Charkin.

[Via TechDirt]

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Office Depot Featured Gadget: Xbox 360 Platinum System Packs the power to bring games to life!


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Submission + - Just add water - students invent alcohol powder

spamking writes:


AMSTERDAM (Reuters) — Dutch students have developed powdered alcohol which they say can be sold legally to minors.

The latest innovation in inebriation, called Booz2Go, is available in 20-gramme packets that cost 1-1.5 euros ($1.35-$2).
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I can hear it now . . . "honestly mom it's kool aid.
Data Storage

Submission + - Would you use LightScribe? How about on DualLayer?

BiloxiGeek writes: Well forget the DualLayer idea according to Verbatim.

After recently purchasing a LightScribe enabled burner I ran into a rather significant drawback. Yes it burns pretty much any CD or DVD media. The LightScribe feature is nice and beats the heck out of the sharpie marker and my chicken-scratch penmanship. Now for the problem; I created some iso images of a data DVD close the max of a dual layer DVD. Before I burn I run out to the local stores to find some LightScribe Dual Layer DVD-R's and find that those just don't exist.

Now I'm feeling a little ticked off (ok, I didn't research this aspect of LightScribe beforehand).

I emailed Verbatim to ask when Dual Layer DVD-R's will be available and they told me they have no plans for DL DVD media.

Quote:
The current LightScribe products are available in CD-R, DVD+R and DVD-R only.
There are no plans at this time for a DVD+R DL or DVD-R DL LightScibe product.
Unquote.

Knowing that you can save the cost of labels and ink, print snazzier looking labels for your homebrewed CD's and DVD's but will be limited to single layer capacity DVD's, would you buy a LightScribe drive and the media for your next computer, or get a 12-pack of Sharpie markers?

Korea Plans to Choose Linux City, University 207

thefirelane wrote to mention an ambitious plan in the works by the South Korean government. Work is underway to choose a city, which will become a place where open-source software will become the mainstream operating system. From the article: "The selected government and university will be required to install open-source software as a main operating infrastructure, for which the MIC will support with funds and technologies. In the long run, they will have to migrate most of their desktop and notebook computers away from the Windows program of Microsoft, the world's biggest maker of software. 'The test beds will prompt other cities and universities to follow suit through the showcasing of Linux as the major operating system without any technical glitches and security issues,' Lee said. "

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