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Submission + - Where does Google's Hardware go to die ?

Anonymous Coward writes: "I was talking with a co-worker today about how Google is so big, and how they make such great use of commodity hardware to do their business, and one of the topics that came up is where does Google's old hardware go ? Google has been around for many years now, and they have more machines than any sane person would own, and they are continually expanding. At some stage they must have to push out old equipment, either when it starts entering into its MTBF limits or it's been depreciated down. Searching (using Google of course) wasn't particularly fruitful. Has anyone seen where Google's hardware goes when it dies ?"

Submission + - One silver dollar, spy silver dollar

Tamas Feher from Hungary writes: "According to US national security officers, a handful of hi-tech hollow coins were recently discovered in Canada. The spy gizmos, each one with a miniature radio transmitter hidden inside, were used to track the movement of certain defense research employees — who apparently never realized they were shadowed via pocket change. Analysts suspect either Russia, China or France could be behind the operation, since they posess the advanced technology and extensive clandestine infrastructure required for such a bold scheme.

For the full article, see here:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070110/ap_on_hi_te/sp y_coins

Early last year, however, Russia' FSB anti-spy agency accused the MI6 of planting a hidden wireless station in a Moscow street. The hollowed fake rock with wi-fi inside was meant to help british operatives transmit secrets from their palmtops, as CNN reports:
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/01/23/uk.russ ia.row/index.html"

Feed Skeptic Revamps $1M Psychic Prize (wired.com)

For 10 years stage magician James Randi has offered a million bucks to anyone who can demonstrate paranormal phenomena under controlled circumstances. Now he's revamping his challenge to target the high-profile television psychics who somehow haven't gotten around to taking the test. By Kevin Poulsen.


Submission + - Robert Anton Wilson RIP

Belfegor99 writes: "Robert Anton Wilson, futurist, anarchist, and damn good author, has died aged 74:

Robert Anton Wilson Defies Medical Experts and leaves his body @4:50 AM on binary date 01/11. All Hail Eris! On behalf of his children and those who cared for him, deepest love and gratitude for the tremendous support and lovingness bestowed upon us. (that's it from Bob's bedside at his fnord by the sea)
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - How Linux Binary Drivers Destroyed the World

An anonymous reader writes: You think binary drivers aren't a threat to Linux? Think again... "What's a binary driver, Grandpa?" "I don't know, Mary, but they caused the worm. Or that's what they say. See, there was these two guys, terrorists, they say. I tell you, the world ain't never seen a day like January 1, 2010."

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