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Comment Highest normalized weekly search term volume? (Score 1) 76

Here's a quick game. Try and find a term with the highest weekly search volume when normalized against the usual search volume for that term.

Here are a few that I tried: - 19.637 - 14.537 - 11.656's+eve&t=weekly# - 8.355

Also, check out the "Search by Drawing" option: - it's great. Draw your own graph and see what search terms correlate with it.

Comment Pages (Score 1) 446

I don't think many people will be that fussed about non-friends knowing who their friends are. A bigger problem will probably be that Pages that you are a fan of are now visible to everyone. This may go against other privacy measures if for example you're a fan of your hometown, or your employer/college etc. Or something that you generally don't want strangers to know that you like...

Submission + - T-Mobile backs off plan to charge $1.50 for paper (

netbuzz writes: Following a torrent of customer complaints, bad publicity and the threat of a class-action lawsuit, T-Mobile has abandoned a plan announced this summer to charge any customer wanting a paper bill $1.50 per month. While the news is being cheered by many T-Mobile customers, it's not going to be as popular with others who praised the extra fee as an environmentally sound inducement to reduce paper use.

Submission + - BBC Wants DRM on HD Broadcasts ( 1

NickFortune writes: Over on BoingBoing, Danny O'Brien has pointed out that, the BBC has asked the regulator for permission to add DRM to their High Definition broadcasts.
Apparently this is at the behest of "content providers".

Offcom, the regulatory body in question, has asked for comments, but the window closes today. So if you don't want DRM added to the Beeb's broadcasts, read the
proposal and explain why this is a bad idea.

America Online

NJ Spammer Gets Two Years Jail for AOL Spam Scam 73

Tech.Luver writes "A man from New Jersey has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for sending more than a million spam messages to AOL users. 'Todd Moeller was sentenced ... after he was caught making a deal with a government informant to send junk e-mails advertising a computer security program in return for 50 percent of the profits ... Moeller told the informant via instant messaging he could conceal the source of the e-mails through his access to 40 different servers and had profited $40,000 a month from other spam e-mail scams that promoted stocks, prosecutors said.'"
The Internet

Submission + - Analysis of Wikimedia fund raiser (

Daniel Lange writes: "Wikimedia foundation, the organisation behind Wikipedia, has been rather intransparent about the targets of the current fund raiser. It tracks the number of donors rather than the sum of donations this year and has given no indication on what it wants to achieve. There are quite some negative comments on this procedure and the hefty $4.6m budget plan for the next fiscal year. So I took the public donations page and gave it a drill down to find the running total, the average donation and build a current estimation of what looks achievable. Read the analysis."

Submission + - Multi color font glyphs?

The Goggles They Do Nothing writes: Back in the day (late 1980s onward), Amigas supported "colorfonts", where individual glyphs had multicolored data — very useful for fancy (or cheesy) video titling, graffiti-themed GUIs and so on (and some applications even supported colored+animated glyphs IIRC!). Though in those days, most fonts were bitmaps, and on today's high-res displays you really want outlines, so the completely obvious thing would be to support multicolored (and perhaps even animated?) outline glyph data in fonts. However, the closest I could find to that in a casual search was Harold's fonts where Harold has made sets of monochrome outline fonts suitable for careful overlaying in different colors to produce multicolored glyphs — a clever hack, but a hack. I can't quite believe there's no way to store RGB or CMYK (or whatever colorspace) multicolored outline glyphs in modern outline font file formats (though I could believe people omitting animation...), yet I can't seem to find anything about it online. Sooo... Am I just ignorant — is there a contemporary standard for such things? If so, hey, is there already linux support for it?

Submission + - New "Liquid resizing" software released (

Z80xxc! writes: A few months ago, a video was released on YouTube showing a new way of resizing images, called "Content-Aware Image Sizing". What is special about the software that does this is that when an image is resized to different proportions, the subject of the image remains intact. Now, a beta release of the software to do this has been made available for free download.
The Internet

Submission + - IEEE Spectrum: The Slashdot Supremacy

frdmfghtr writes: Our very own CmdrTaco has made the cover of November's IEEE Spectrum magazine. The article talks about the evolution of Slashdot, the Slashdot Effect, and even takes a light jab at Digg ("People on Digg "have the feeling that they are the ones determining what goes on the main page, and administrators on the site are all too happy to let that delusion persist," he says. "[But] stories randomly disappear. Obviously there are higher powers at work.""). It's a good read, although it makes a somewhat disturbing revelation: " It's midmorning at Slashdot as Malda bounds into his office. There's a doll of Tim the Enchanter from Monty Python and the Holy Grail on his desk and a lamp filled with marbles. Anime posters cover the wall. When his cellphone rings with the presumably ironic ringtone of Britney Spears's "Baby One More Time," Malda taps the mute button. He has work to do."

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