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Comment Re:The Microsoft key!!!! I've never used it...ever (Score 1) 698

It does, in Gnome at least (not used KDE in donkey's years, other environments YMMV). This obviously assumes you use a bog-standard keyboard, but you need to make a real effort these days to get one without a Windows key.

Submission + - Google Android on Intel Atoms (

davidjgraph writes: BBC News reports that Intel have ported Google's Android operating system to their Atom processor. This represents the second main attempt to take a significant netbook market share using a linux-based OS. The jury is still out of the first attempt, that of the Ubuntu Netbook Edition. Some claim it's market share is growing rapidly, others asking "But where has all the Windows gone?".

Submission + - Tax Day: Crunch Time for IRS Data Centers (

1sockchuck writes: It's crunch time for the Internal Revenue Service. As the IRS processes the annual crescendo of returns around today's tax deadline, the state of the agency's infrastructure depends upon who you ask. IT executives at the IRS say it has made huge strides in modernizing its data centers, which processed 139 million returns and issued $298 billion in refunds in 2009. Independent tests say the IRS web site is the fastest U.S. government site, and one of the fastest on the web. But a key government watchdog, the General Accounting Office, says the modernization effort hasn't moved quickly enough, and continues to fault the IRS for security weaknesses.

Submission + - Britain Closes Airspace as Volcanic Ash Spreads

Hugh Pickens writes: "The NY Times reports that British civil aviation authorities ordered the closure of the country’s airspace as of noon on Thursday to shield aircraft from a high-altitude cloud of ash drifting south and east from an erupting volcano in Iceland. The perils of volcanic ash are well known to pilots and airline operators. After the 1982 eruption of Galunggung volcano in Indonesia, for example, a Boeing 747 flying from Kuala Lumpur to Perth, Australia, lost power in all four engines and descended from 36,000 feet to 12,500 feet before pilots could restart them and make an emergency landing in Jakarta. It was impossible to predict how long the disruptions might last or the extent of the flight cancellations, since the volcano was still erupting, says Deborah Seymour, a spokeswoman for Britain’s National Air Traffic Service. “We are completely and utterly hostage to weather conditions.""

Submission + - Review Finds no malpractice in Climategate methods ( 1

Stoobalou writes: An independent panel has found that there was no scientific malpractice at the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit, despite all the 'Climategate' brouhaha.

The review was instigated after e-mails from the Climate Research Unit's (CRU) scientists were published online, just in time to destabilise the Copenhagen conference on combating climate change.


Submission + - SPAM: O2 tease iPad data plans by Rogers

itechnopk writes: On the heels of international shipping delays, carriers from the UK and Canada have released abrupt confirmation that they will be offering iPad data plans by "...the end of May."
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Comment Immortal souls not in any danger...! (Score 1) 2

Neat idea, but the dizzy majority need not fear for their immortal souls! An "unfair term" in a contract or other legal agreement is unenforceable - it's one of the reasons why the Office of Fair Trading is investigating the banks and the charges they apply. You might sign a contract with, say a loan shark, that "allowed" the other party to kill you if you didn't comply with their terms - however, if the other party did kill you they'd be breaking the law. If they tried to sue you for the right to kill you, the court would rule against them.


Submission + - DOJ Demands warrantless email access. ( 1

chfriley writes: CNET reports that Google, EFF, CDT, and other groups have joined Yahoo in defending against a U.S. Department of Justice demand for warrantless access to email messages. The DOJ contends in a 17 page brief that while 'federal law requires search warrants for messages in "electronic storage" that are less than 181 days old, the Yahoo Mail messages don't meet that definition. 'Previously opened e-mail is not in 'electronic storage.''' And it further states that "This court should therefore require Yahoo to comply with the order and produce the specified communications in the targeted accounts."

The EFF has a statement, here,

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Submission + - Volcano grounds all UK aircraft (

I confirm I'm not a writes: The ash-laden cloud from a volcanic eruption in Iceland has grounded all flights in the UK and parts of Northern Europe. According to the Daily Mail this is more severe than the flight restrictions introduced immediately following 911. Strangely, the skies over Glasgow are blue — not the usual muddy grey...

Submission + - SPAM: Imports of ipad bans by Israel

itechnopk writes: Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the Communications Ministry in Israel has blocked the import of iPads to that country, directing customs officers to seize any iPads that are brought in from the U.S.
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Submission + - SPAM: Israeli customs directed to confiscate Apple iPads

LordSwap writes: Well, it is kind of hard to believe it but it is true because as per a report on by Bar Ben Ari and Zohar Blumehnkrantz it seems that getting Apple’s iPad into Israel is not possible at the moment as the Israeli customs are specially directed to take them away from you.
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Submission + - Fineprint says Game store owns your soul ( 2

mr_sifter writes: UK games retailer GameStation today revealed that it legally owns the souls of thousands of customers, thanks to a clause it secretly added to the online terms and conditions for its website. The "Immortal Soul Clause" was added as part of an attempt to highlight how few customers read the terms and conditions of an online sale. GameStation claims that 88 percent of customers did not read the clause, which gives legal ownership of the customer's soul over to the UK-based games retailer. The remaining 12 percent of customers however did notice the clause and clicked the relevant opt-out box, netting themselves a £5 GBP gift voucher in the process.

Submission + - NHL Considers Partnering With Anime Companies (

stevo3232 writes: National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed Wednesday rumors that the League Office is considering a partnership with several Japanese Animation studios which could be in place effect as soon as next season. Otaku a very dedicated bunch, and, more importantly, are a large demographic that intersects with current NHL viewers very little. If the NHL can turn the Otaku crowd into regular viewers, advertising for their games suddenly becomes much more lucrative.

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