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Submission + - How to easily get your FBI, NSA, CIA... files ( 1

Phil Lapsley writes: "A new web site, Get Your FBI File.Com, makes it easy to automatically generate the letters you need to request your FBI file under the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act. While you're there you can request your CIA, NSA, DIA, DSS, etc. files, too. Couple this with UnSecureFlight.Com and we're close to one-stop shopping for all your national security file needs."

Submission + - Microsoft blocking MSN conversation links (

Carobu writes: "Earlier today I was helping a person with their computer and they needed to download a new copy of their XP cd because they lost theirs. So I directed them to Utorrent. They said "U what" so I sent them a link to "". It wouldn't send. No matter what I did I couldn't get that link to send it always said "could not be sent". I tried sending the link to another friend to see if it was just me, and explained to him what was happening. He tried to send me the same link, it didn't work. We each began contacting friends and none could send the link to the Utorrent download page. Than it hit me, Microsoft must have blocked that link, and if they are blocking our links in MSN what else are they doing through there , what else are they blocking? Please help me get to the bottom of this fellow /.'ers and people of the web! Try it yourself it just doesn't work."

Submission + - Airbus delivers first A380 (

archilies writes: Airbus this morning delivered its first A380 to Singapore Airlines ahead of the aircraft's maiden commercial flight on 25 October. The long-awaited hand over took place at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse. Airbus president and CEO Tom Enders told the 500-odd people at today's ceremony: "This is a landmark day for all those who worked so hard over the years to make it happen. It is also a tribute to all the engineers and workers who developed the A380, as well as all our customers who selected this magnificent and highly efficient jetliner. We appreciate the confidence they have shown in Airbus and for staying with us through troubled times." Read more at The Register

Submission + - The mysteries of making computer chips

Stony Stevenson writes: An inside look at an Intel computer processor fabrication plant. Liz Shipley, Communications Manager for Intel in New Mexico, USA explains what goes on inside Intel's secretive "Fab 11" facility, near the town of Rio Rancho. Includes images and covers topics about the why Fabs are so secretive and the manufacturing process of Intel chips.

Submission + - RIAA costs UW-Madison $300,000

An anonymous reader writes: In the last few years, the University of Wisconsin Madison has spent more than $300,000 to prevent and resolve allegations of illegal downloading and sharing of music by users of the university 's computer network. Noting that UW-Madison ranked No. 10 among all universities nationwide for its number of alleged RIAA copyright violations. Via

Submission + - Bacteria Feared Infesting Medical Mobile Devices

D.A. Zollinger writes: With the uptake in mobile devices in medicine, especially with the uptake in computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems, clinicians are starting to fear that the very devices used to help find information at the patient's bedside are breeding ground for infectious agents. This is mostly due in part to health information technology (HIT) adapting off-the-shelf PDAs and other computing devices instead of having enough clout to demand an inexpensive mobile computing device that can be easily cleaned and disinfected.

Submission + - Start-up launches real-world Truman Show

thefickler writes: San Francisco area start-up is offering thousands the chance to "lifestream", to turn their lives into non-stop daytime TV. The question is: will anybody want to watch? Not according to the author of this write up, who says "Unemployed, no sex, and confined to a desktop in a bedroom all day. Anybody who wants to watch that online could probably see it in a mirror."

Submission + - Did someone say transparent aluminum? (

rmallico writes: "I don't know about you... but the first thing I thought of when i read a transparent plastic that is as strong as steel was James Doohan (Scotty) explaining transparent aluminum in one of those Star Trek remakes... :) By mimicking structures found in seashells, scientists have created a transparent plastic that is as strong as steel. For years scientists have tried to build sturdy materials for larger products from ultrastrong nano-size building blocks, such as nanotubes, nanosheets and nanorods, only to have the larger structures turn out comparatively weak."
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Submission + - How the U.S. Became Switchboard to the World

slugo writes: A lucky coincidence of economics is responsible for routing much of the world's internet and telephone traffic through switching points in the United States, where, under legislation introduced this week, the U.S. National Security Agency will be free to continue tapping it. ...International phone and internet traffic flows through the United States largely because of pricing models established more than 100 years ago... The United States, where the internet was invented, was also home to the first internet backbone. Combine that architectural advantage with the pricing disparity inherited from the phone networks, and the United States quickly became the center of cyberspace as the internet gained international penetration in the 1990s.

Submission + - The Missing iPhone Feature -- Now at T-Mobile (

tregetour writes: "
Here's the basic idea. If you're willing to pay $10 a month on top of a regular T-Mobile voice plan, you get a special cellphone. When you're out and about, it works like any other phone; calls eat up your monthly minutes as usual.

But when it's in a Wi-Fi wireless Internet hot spot, this phone offers a huge bargain: all your calls are free. You use it and dial it the same as always — you still get call hold, caller ID, three-way calling and all the other features — but now your voice is carried by the Internet rather than the cellular airwaves.

Perhaps far more revolutionary than the iPhone. Full Article"

The Internet

Submission + - Google Answer Successors?

j.leidner writes: "ince the popular Google Answers service was shut down, a host of similar services aiming at answering user questions — either automatically or using `crowd wisdom' techniques, i.e. human volunteers — have emerged.

Contenders include (and their recent acquisition BrainBoost), AskAlexia, Amazon AskVille Lexxe, Lycos iQ,, Microsoft's Live QnA, Wondir, and Yahoo! Answers.

I wonder which sites are the favourites among ./ readers?"

Submission + - Google's name is worth more than $66 billion

An anonymous reader writes: How much is a company worth that is rolling in dough, making more than a $1 billion a quarter in profits? In Google's case it is currently almost $150 billion — with the brand of the company being estimated to be worth more than $66 billion. Google's brand value has now surpassed everything in its way and is considered to be the most valuable brand out there. Kinda impressive, if I remind myself that the company was founded based on the idea for a search engine that pretty much contradicted every marketing concept when it went online less than 10 years ago.

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