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Comment Re:Now just imagine...(Something for Nothing) (Score 1) 4

It really amazes me the lengths that people go to not have to put any effort into anything. When someone gets something that's free and it stops working they make all the complaints in the world to get some form of credit so it gets them free money they were never entitled to in the first place. This young lady is I'm sure violating the school's honor code by doing this, but granted she spent money so she wants her product. I agree the company did kind of pull a dochebag move, but the girl should have also known the risks of cheating.

Submission + - Data Center Campus Will Generate its Own Power (

1sockchuck writes: A large data center project in Reno, Nevada plans to generate its own power from natural gas and renewables, allowing tenants to use the local utility as a backup. As the cost and capacity of power becomes the driving force in data centers are built, The Reno Technology Park is expanding the traditional role of the data center builder. The developer plans to double as a power company, providing at least 440 megawatts of on-site power generation from natural gas, wind, solar and geothermal sources.

Georgia College's New Policy — Reporting All P2P Users To the Police 421

An anonymous reader excerpts from an article at TorrentFreak: "Georgia's Valdosta State University has updated its network with software that can pinpoint students who use P2P software. The university is committed to stop file-sharing on its network even if that results in prison sentences for students. Offenders will be disciplined by the school and then handed over to the police, the university has announced." School policy is one thing ("don't use file-sharing software on our resource-constrained network, or we may kick you off"), but I suspect the police wouldn't appreciate the task of sorting out legal from illegal use of widespread, essentially neutral software tools. Update: 11/15 18:27 GMT by T : Reader (and VSU alumnus) Matt Baker contacted the school; he reports that the school's IT director Joe Newton in response flatly denied the claims in the TorrentFreak article, and says the school hasn't installed such P2P tracking software, and doesn't hand students over the police, and says instead "I cannot foresee that we would ever do so." Thanks, Matt.

Google Preparing To Launch G-Town 251

theodp writes "The Mercury News reports that Google's aggressive online growth increasingly has a counterpart in bricks and mortar, with the company's Mountain View HQ mushrooming in the past four years to occupy more than 4 million square feet. And that's just for starters. On Silicon Valley's NASA Ames base, Google is preparing to build a new corporate campus with fitness and day care facilities and — in a first in the valley — employee housing, adding 1.2 million sqare feet to Google's real estate holdings. 'I don't want to say it's the new company town,' said commercial real estate VP Gregory M. Davies of Google's role, 'but it's not far from it.' Presumably, no anti-suicide nets will be needed for this one."

Submission + - SPAM: McAfee apologizes after “false positive&rdqu writes: Antivirus company McAfee apologized for it’s for its latest update that took down thousands computers around the world. "We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our customers," said Barry McPherson on a McAfee blog post. The false positive brought thousands of computers running Microsoft’s Windows XP, SP3 to its knees. Affected companies and owners will have to manually clean their machines to get them working again.

"In the past 24 hours, McAfee identified a new threat that impacts Windows PCs. Researchers worked diligently to address this threat that attacks critical Windows system executables and buries itself deep into a computer’s memory," said McPherson. "McAfee is aware that a number of customers have incurred a false positive error due to this release. We believe that this incident has impacted less than one half of one percent of our enterprise accounts globally and a fraction of that within the consumer base..."

Meanwhile, McAfee’s Business Community blogger site and Twitter are awash with comments from angry users. It seemed that the National Science Foundation, hospitals, and local police stations were affected, among many others. Computers that used McAfee’s VirusScan 8.7 started to reboot randomly after a critical Windows system file was flagged as a potential virus.

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Submission + - Toilet paper running out due to technology (

innocent_white_lamb writes: Less of the paper that is required for manufacturing soft toilet paper is being recycled due to the decline of newspaper printing and the "paperless office", while the worldwide demand for toilet paper is increasing due to improved sanitation.

Submission + - Memorizing a song/movie/book--copyright violation?

nicktuh writes: In a not so distant future; we will have devices that will allow direct interaction with our brains. We will be able to transmit data directly to our brains and in all likelihood well will also be able to transmit data coming from our brains to a computer.

Our brains store biochemical copies of everything we experience. If we listen to a song enough times we can even hear it in our thoughts. So, we've made an identical copy of the original source.

So if copyright protections prevent us from making digital copies of media; should it not also prevent us from making biochemical copies.

Should the RIAA and MPAA insist that microchips are implanted in our brains so we can not remember their protected works?

Should we not be allowed to remember anything that as a copyright on it?


Group Calls For Google Antitrust Probe 372

CWmike writes "Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog called on the DOJ to launch a broad antitrust investigation into Google's search and advertising practices and consider a wide array of penalties, including possibly breaking the company up (PDF). The watchdog, along with a mobile entrepreneur and two lawyers representing Google rivals, called for an investigation focusing on a number of issues, including Google's marriage of search results to advertising and its book search service. '...We think all remedies should be on the table, including, we think, the possible breakup of the Internet giant,' said John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog. Adam Kovacevich, senior manager for global communications and public affairs at Google, discounted the criticisms, saying Consumer Watchdog has been 'relentlessly negative' about Google. The group recently questioned the reasons why Google stopped censoring search results in China, and criticized Google's privacy Dashboard as inadequate, Kovacevich said."
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Cox Discontinues Usenet, Starting In June 306

Existential Wombat was one of several readers to note that Cox Communcations customers have been put on notice that their Usenet access will soon dry up, unless they want to pay a monthly surcharge for it. From the note that subscribers received: "Effective June 30, 2010, Cox Communications will discontinue Usenet service to our subscribers. Declining newsgroup usage in recent years has highlighted the need to focus our resources on other priorities, such as increasing our Internet speeds and providing new services, including Cox Media Store and Share. We understand that our newsgroup subscribers may want to continue accessing Usenet. Therefore, we have worked with leading newsgroup service provider Giganews to offer special pricing for Cox subscribers." Gripes Existential Wombat: "$15++ a month for something Cox provided as a part of the service? Of course they will be reducing everyone's monthly tariff by the value of the service they no longer provide. Yeah, right."

SETI To Release Data To the Public 150

log1385 writes "SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is releasing its collected data to the public. Jill Tarter, director of SETI, says, 'We hope that a global army of open source code developers, students, and other experts in digital signal processing, as well as citizen scientists willing to lend their intelligence to our exploration, will have access to the same technology and join our quest.'"

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