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Submission + - Slashdot User Cries about Windows 7 DRM 1

AnimusF6 writes: Slashdot recently ran a story about the horrible DRM included with Windows 7. Fortunately ArsTechnica was able to swoop in with a more realistic perspective.

What was claimed? Well, some guy decided that he wanted to crack his (legally purchased, no doubt) copy of Photoshop on his Windows 7 install. Windows 7 then sprung into life to break his crack, defend Photoshop's virtue against his unwelcome advances, protect a load of random DLLs from deletion, and open up the firewall so that Adobe could see that he was up to no good. Yup yup. To add insult to injury, Windows 7 then crippled the dude's sound card. Or something. As is so often the case with this kind of story, the truth is more prosaic.


Submission + - The molecule that might combat SARS 1

votenoone2008 writes: Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Rochester have discovered a molecule that could combat Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). It counteracts the enzyme that allows SARS to replicate and a patent filed by the researchers suggests that — since it resembles Tamiflu — it might also help combat Bird Flu. It was discovered through computer simulations and has yet to be trialled, but it could perhaps make a very useful drug.

Submission + - Which HDTV to buy?

loafula writes: I'm in the market for a new television. As far as getting the most bang for my buck, what should I go with; LCD or Plasma? I'd like to keep the price down as much as possible. How about these companies like Niko, Vizio, Scepter or Westinghouse? Do they make good products, or am I better off spending a few hundred more on a Panasonic or Sony?
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Submission + - RPG Player Kidnapped for Password

mattOzan writes: "A top RPG gamer was kidnapped in Brazil after responding to a "honeypot" date on Orkut with one of the kidnapper's girlfriends. The victim was held alone for five hours with a gun to his head as the gang of four tried to get his account password for GunBound, which they wanted to sell for US$8,000. After he refused to speak, the victim was eventually released. Brazilian police have captured the suspects, who range in age from 19 to 27."

Submission + - Skype also affected by supposed Firefox bug

juct writes: "The latest security problem associated with URL handling seems to be a Windows problem rather than one of Firefox. As heise Security found out, other applications like Skype and Miranda show the same behaviour as Firefox: if Internet Explorer 7 is installed on a Windows XP system, a click on certain URLs can launch other applications like the Windows calculator. Problematic protocols include mailto:, nntp:, news: snews: and telnet:."

Submission + - FCC to Rule on Wireless Auction ( 1

vthokie69 writes: "The FCC is expected to rule tomorrow regarding the open access requirement proposal for the upcoming radio spectrum auction. Lobbying has been intense on both sides of the issue with Google proposing requirements of open access and the conventional carriers such as AT&T and Verizon lobbying against it. The open access requirement looks promising with the FCC chairman and many members of congress supporting it. Apparently, AT&T reversed their position to support the FCC chairman's position after Google committed to spending at least 4.6 billion on the airwaves if their conditions were met."

Submission + - Electric car to change the industry?

An anonymous reader writes: is running an article about a Norwegian car company that is hooking up with Google, Tesla, and others to bring an electric car to market that might change the automotive industry the way Dell changed the computer industry.

Submission + - Turn The Deserts Green by Killing Desal Costs (

cakilmer writes: "I visited the Annual American Membrane Technology Association meeting in Las Vegas last week. These membranes support water desalination. 15 or 20 new plants are in planning stage to be built along coastal California. But there's no new water sources for the southwest. People are still streaming in and the big Hoover dam is half full and falling. What to do? The answer is to invest the money to collapse the cost of water desalination and transport so water in the western deserts is as cheap as water on the East Coast. Is this doable? You bet."

Submission + - Slashdot readers missing out on important IT news? 1

SplatMan_DK writes: I have been a Slashdot reader for many years. I recently submitted a story about EU issuing an antitrust charge sheet against Intel. In other words: the EU is suing Intel over misuse of their near-monopoly on micro processors. The submitted story was ignored for 3 days, then finally rejected. Meanwhile the very same story has been big news on Groklaw, Cnet,, CNN, BBC, Computerworld, and many others. My question is this: Why the hell is Intel getting sued for literally billions of dollars not newsworthy on Slashdot? And do the rest of you feel that you actually know what's going on in the IT world by reading Slashdot (because obviously you might actually be missing out on rather important stuff)? What other IT news portals (besides Slashdot) do you read in order to feel you are "in the loop"?
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Submission + - 85-year-old man learns he needn't lease his phone

An anonymous reader writes: According to Bangor Daily News, a man from Hermon was still leasing his phone from AT&T. "Lloyd Overlock never had much reason to think about his telephone. The 85-year-old Hermon resident just paid his bills and knew the service was there if he needed it. But Overlock, who for five decades has been paying a monthly fee to lease his phone, found out recently that the arrangement is a pricey, outmoded throwback to the days of telephone industry monopoly." What's amazing is even when his niece, Roberta York, tried to cancel the service via customer services, the friendly operator on the other end attempted to dissuade her, "offering her uncle a 20 percent discount off his monthly rental fee and reminding York of the benefits of leasing. 'She said that if something goes wrong with that phone, they'd have a new one here the next business day,' she recalled. I was thinking to myself, 'If something goes wrong with that phone, I'll go to Wal-Mart and get one the next day.' But I didn't say it."

Submission + - Comcast Terms Change: You Lose Right to Sue (

dupeisdead writes: "Thankfully I don't even have the option to use Comcast where I live, but this is troubling. Almost all companies "reserve the right to change the contract" blah blah blah, but very few people actually read that. Comcast wishes to change existing contract with customers... Why would Comcast need to change this provision, and would this actually hold up if it came to it?"

Submission + - Russia hopes to win back the North Pole

mernil writes: "Santa Claus might soon be a Russian citizen. At least, that is the hope of well-known Arctic explorer Artur Chilingarov, who will lead Arctic 2007, one of the biggest expeditions in the history of polar research. [...] Chilingarov acknowledges the expedition's geopolitical goal: "We want to prove that Russia is a great polar power." A titanium capsule with the Russian flag will be dropped to the bottom as evidence of this. In other words, Russia will publicly stake its claim to the North Pole."

Submission + - Who's a Nerd ?

sas-dot writes: Is this nerdiness we know? New York Times carries this article on Who is a nerd?, excerpts from it "What is a nerd? Mary Bucholtz, a linguist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been working on the question for the last 12 years. She has gone to high schools and colleges, mainly in California, and asked students from different crowds to think about the idea of nerdiness and who among their peers should be considered a nerd; students have also "reported" themselves. Nerdiness, she has concluded, is largely a matter of racially tinged behavior. People who are considered nerds tend to act in ways that are, as she puts it, "hyperwhite."

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