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Submission + - Frind Works 10 Hour Week, Makes $10 Million a Year

Reservoir Hill writes: "The New York Times reports that Markus Frind built the Plenty of Fish Web site in 2003 as nothing more than an exercise to help teach himself a new programming language, ASP.NET. The site first became popular among English-speaking Canadians. Popularity among online daters in many United States cities followed more recently, and with minimal spending on advertising the site. According to data from comScore Media Metrix for November 2007, Plenty of Fish had 1.4 million unique visitors in the United States. In December, Mr. Frind said, the site served up 1.2 billion page views, and page views have soared 20 percent since Dec. 26."
Biotech

Submission + - New research into orgone energy (foxnews.com)

scooter.higher writes: Three Panel Soul references an article about harnessing the power of orgasmic energy.

"Physician-scientist Wilhelm Reich, best known for his claims of a cosmic life force associated with sexual orgasm, died in federal prison, and the government burned tons of his books and other publications and destroyed his equipment.

But half a century later, a small number of scientists and other believers are working to advance the European-born psychiatrist's work on what he called 'orgone energy' — a theory largely forgotten in the scientific mainstream."

Scientists and doctors from the U.S. and Europe gathered this summer for a conference that explored the prospects of seeking FDA approval for clinical trials of orgone accumulator blankets to treat burn victims.

Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Rough iPhone 1.1.1 jailbreak developed (macnn.com)

scooter.higher writes: iPhone/iTouch Dev members, who have been working steadily for weeks, say they have discovered a way to "jailbreak" iPhone 1.1.1 (i.e., to enable file-level access to the OS on the device). The developers are quick to note however that the jailbreak is nowhere near ready for official release, rendering many applications inoperable until they are recompiled and disabling the iTunes Store without "major hacking."
Censorship

Submission + - What is the deal anyway? whats news vs. whats not

An anonymous reader writes: I'm so angry! -that I don't know where to start. I read slashdot a few times per day, 'almost' every day. I've tried to submit a story several times about some new hardware that revolutionizes both home and office. A drastically different piece of hardware than anything else out there. But My story got tossed I don't know how many times. I re-wrote it different ways, each time making sure it was not an "advertisement" for a company, but an awareness article. -all to no avail.

THEN I see stories on the FRONT page of slashdot, such as "what is your favorite way to make coffee?" (just to pull out a recent one) and I about lost it!

For years I have thought that slashdot was for latest breaking news about software, hardware, issues, and for news surrounding computers, IT, security etc.. but I cannot understand why my story of a powerful and unique piece of hardware cannot make the news.. but "how I like my coffee" can..

I give up... I'm beginning to think that concerned readers/posters, who are truly concerned about what slashdot has always been about, have all left the building. And, that I'm beginning to wonder what the people are like who are reading this now. How can a question of 'How I like my coffee' or 'what is my favorite soda' make the front page.. but not something revolutionary in the computer industry... I just cannot understand..

so my question is.. what is most important for you to read about in slashdot?
What is missing in slashdot? -I hope to see this question come online, because I really want to know.
Quickies

Submission + - Sean Stevens and Peter Berdovsky (Zebbler) Free!

Sean Stevens writes: "Boston Mooninite Update!

Sean Stevens and Peter Berdovsky (Zebbler) are Free!

The charges have been dropped in an agreement involving community service.

Thank you all!!!!!

We're likely on the Today Show this Friday morning!
We have a lot to say, yet.

More @ our support HQ.

http://toxicollective.org/ps/
Sean Stevens and Peter Berdovsky (Zebbler)"
AMD

Submission + - AMD on x86

Balaji Ramasubramanian writes: "Unlike Intel's Core, Barcelona gives each core dedicated L2 cache, and Barcelona incorporates a redesign that reduces cache latency (access delays). Barcelona adds Level 3 cache, a newcomer to the x86 and a page out of IBM's POWER playbook. All four CPU cores in a Barcelona socket will share a single master catalog of recently-retrieved data. A three-level cache is a must-have for a multicore CPU, and that becomes obvious when you get a demo that switches L3 on and off.

Barcelona is a new CPU, not a doubling of cores and not extensions strapped on here and there. Get ready to be blown away long before its release, which is scheduled for midyear."
The Internet

Submission + - Dell's "Direct model" extends to FMCG.

Michaeltt8 writes: "Do check out this interview article to read about how Dell's model of "Direct virtual integration" is now being utilized for the FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) industries to compress workload, increase productivity using technology and costs savings to consumers.

Moreover with the ever increasing prices of petrol, unnecessary shipping and logistic arrangements can add to unnecessary cost for customers.

Finally a turnkey system of an Online Hypermarket known as "Demandby.com — Make IT happen" which merges 3 categories of users — buyer, seller & marketer.
  • from which marketers can assist sellers to get buyers.
  • marketers offer the personalized touch to add greater trust which is non existent in ecommerce for more trade success.
  • After marketing, buyers get to deal direct with seller source and the "direct model" actually reduces costs of administration, hence cheaper pricing to buyers.
What Dell has pioneered for the hardware industry, Demandby.com is pioneering the virtual integration for the entire mass market. Click here to read more."
Security

Submission + - *nix systems more likely to be targeted by malware

Jerry Smith writes: "A Senior Virus Analyst from Kaspersky Lab writeshttp://www.viruslist.com/en/analysis?pubid=2 04791938: "It's also likely that there will be a significant increase in the number of malicious programs for other operating systems, primarily for MacOS, and for other *nix systems. Gaming consoles such as PlayStation and Nintendo are also likely to be targeted, as the increasing number of such devices and their ability to connect to each other and the Internet will make them a juicy potential target for virus writers." I guess there's software waiting to be sold?"
Google

Submission + - Google Unveils Universal Search

marcog123 writes: "Google has been expanding its collection of products enormously over the years. A large chunk of these products are search engines, each refined to work well with a specific content type. There's Google News, Maps, Scholar, Code Search — the list goes on. Today Google started combining the efforts of the separate search engines and packaging them into the so-called Universal Search. So now when you search for Steve Jobs you get a mixture of web, image, news and video results all on one page. The upgrade is gradually spreading out, so you might have to wait before you get the new results."
Java

Submission + - How and Why AJAX, Not Java?

Anonymous Coward writes: ""How and Why AJAX, Not Java, Became the Favored Technology for RIAs" writes Bruce Eckel in his blog entry which JDJ published as part of its JavaOne coverage. "We Can't Wait for Sun to Fix All of Java's Problems...The Solution is to Hybridize Parts of the Language" continues Bruce in his essay. This backlash has only been necessary because of Sun's death grip on the idea of ubiquitous, omniscient Java. It was admirable once, but a language only evolves if its designers and advocates can acknowledge problems. Pretending that a language is successful in places where it's not is just denial." http://java.sys-con.com/read/333329.htm"
Operating Systems

Submission + - Japanese Government to Move to OSS

An anonymous reader writes: linuxworld has an article on Japanese government's plan to reduce its reliance on a single IT vendor by moving to open source softwares.

Oracle, NEC, IBM, HP, Hitachi and Dell are among 10 IT equipment and software vendors that are forming a consortium to develop and sell Linux-based servers and computers for the Japanese market. The move by the vendors to collaborate on Linux in Japan comes from a edict from the country's government to make Linux and open source a priority for all IT procurements, starting this July.
Specifically, it looks to reduce Windows as the server OS.

The government has said explicitly it wants to decrease its reliance on Microsoft as a server operating system platform.
Handhelds

Submission + - Real IT Chiefs Rate the Latest Smart Phones

celcxo writes: "CIO.com gave four of the latest smart phones (the Nokia E62, BlackBerry Pearl, T-Mobile Dash, Palm Treo 750) to a selection of corporate IT leaders and told them to take the devices for a serious test drive. The result is an in-depth look at the phones that includes more than just cool factor, it measures "get work done" potential as well, from the perspective of the folks who actually have to support these things in their corporations."
Power

Submission + - Heating Your Home With A Geothermal Pump

Makarand writes: This article in the Chronicle describes how geothermal pumps could be used to heat our homes instead of natural gas or electricity. These pumps rely on the fact that regardless of what the surface temperature of the earth is, it is always 60 degrees a few hundred feet below. You have to drill a few holes 200 feet deep and insert U-shaped tubes in them and connect these to a heat exchanger. The tubes are filled with a solution of water and alcohol to prevent corrosion. Circulation pumps drive the water solution through the tubes in the ground and when the solution comes up from underground it is warm because it has passed through an environment of about 60 degrees.The heated liquid then is passed through the heat exchanger which takes care of the business of heating your home.

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