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Submission + - George Takei Fans Flatter Him To Join Google+ (yahoo.com)

JeepFanatic writes: A number of us on Google+ yesterday promoted #TakeiTuesday (started by +Stephanie Van Pelt) and got it to trend to #2 while posting to Twitter and Facebook to get George to show G+ some love too. Today he replied on Facebook saying if we can prove G+ is not a "ghost town" by getting 250K followers on his "empty" account there he'll start using G+.

Submission + - Which comic books to start my 3 yr old with? 2

JeepFanatic writes: I've never been one to read comic books however I've always enjoyed superheros. My 3 yr old son is really into superheros (especially Spiderman) and I thought it would be a fun thing to do together to start reading comics to him. Any suggestions on comics that would be more appropriate to start him out with?
Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Sun Cooling, Soon to Have Four Poles, Say Japanese Astrophysicists (asahi.com) 1

Jeremiah Cornelius writes: Officials of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and the Riken research foundation said on April 19 that the activity of sunspots appeared to resemble a 70-year period in the 17th century. Known as the Maunder Minimum, temperatures are estimated to have been about 2.5 degrees lower than in the second half of the 20th century. The researchers also found signs of unusual magnetic changes in the sun. Normally, the sun’s magnetic field flips about once every 11 years. The solar observation satellite Hinode found that the north pole of the sun had started flipping about a year earlier than expected, with no noticeable change in the south pole. It's possible the north pole could complete its flip in May 2012 but create a four-pole magnetic structure in the sun, with two new poles created in the vicinity of the equator of our closest star.
Android

Submission + - Hulu App Now Available To Android (hulu.com)

FredFredrickson writes: "Just in time for Verizon Wireless' bandwidth cap news, Hulu has made available an Android Hulu Plus app during their first phase of their android rollout.

Hulu Plus is available on six phones, including the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix. They expect to add more devices throughout the year.

Just like the Netflix app, the Hulu Plus app has left quite a few phone models in the dust for their launch, though Netflix recently added many more phones to their lineup. Let's hope that Hulu follows suit."

Bug

Submission + - Toronto Stock Market Halted due to Technical Issue

larry_larry writes: The TSX, Canada's major stock exchange was halted today "due to technical issues with data feeds." This is causing massive disruption for investors.

"We've halted the Toronto stock exchange and TSX Venture Exchange and we will update you as soon as we are able," said Caroline Quick, director of communications at market operator TMX Group Inc.

"It's a technical issue", she added, declining to elaborate.

I wonder what type of technical issue can cause such a mission critical system go down?
Earth

Submission + - Scientists Find Hole in Earth's Magnetic Field (reuters.com)

Velorium writes:

The Earth's magnetic field has been found to have two large holes that are making Earth's surface vulnerable to solar winds. Despite what scientists originally thought, these holes allow 20 times the normal amount of solar particles through when they are facing away from the sun. This being opposite from what the scientists had originally speculated.


Education

Submission + - What restrictions to place on student laptops?

An anonymous reader writes: We're a school district in the beginning phases of a laptop program which has the eventual goal of putting a Macbook in the hands of every student from 6th to 12th grade. The students will essentially own the computers, are expected to take them home every night, and will be able to purchase the laptops for a nominal fee upon graduation.

Here's the dilemma — how much freedom do you give to students? The state mandates web filtering on all machines. However, there is some flexibility on exactly what should be filtered. Are things like Facebook and Myspace a legitimate use of a school computer? What about games, forums, or blogs, all of which could be educational, distracting or obscene? We also have the ability to monitor any machine remotely, lock the machine down at certain hours, prevent the installation of any software by the user, and prevent the use of iChat. How far do we take this?

While on one hand we need to avoid legal problems and irresponsible behavior, there's a danger of going so far to minimize liability that we make the tool nearly useless. Equally concerning is the message sent to the students. Will a perceived lack of trust cripple the effectiveness of the program?
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Releases Critical IE Vulnerability Fix (microsoft.com)

JeepFanatic writes: "Microsoft has released MS08-078 — a critical update to fix the recently discovered vulnerability.

From TFA:

This security update is rated Critical for Internet Explorer 5.01, Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1, and Internet Explorer 7.

The security update addresses the vulnerability by modifying the way Internet Explorer validates data binding parameters and handles the error resulting in the exploitable condition.

Microsoft recommends that customers apply the update immediately.

"

Software

Submission + - Best of FOSS and linux in 2008 (abhishekrane.com)

Abhishek writes: 2008 was a really dramatic year for the linux and FOSS world as there were many major releases of softwares and distros which kept changing the ideas of desktop computing.Here are some of the best linux and FOSS stories of 2008.

Comment Re:I think we're already there (Score 1) 187

When Chrome came out I had many people who never would have any idea about new browsers come to me and ask for my thoughts on it. Any type of Google related news has a way of making it out into the public. As a result, many discussions get started about the benefits of different browsers and even allowed me to mention other browsers to people that they had never heard of before.
Announcements

Submission + - System Administrator Appreciation Day (sysadminday.com)

Anonymous Coward writes: "Friday, July 25th, 2008, is the 9th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. On this special international day, give your System Administrator something that shows that you truly appreciate their hard work and dedication. Let's face it, System Administrators get no respect 364 days a year. This is the day that all fellow System Administrators across the globe, will be showered with expensive sports cars and large piles of cash in appreciation of their diligent work. But seriously, we are asking for a nice token gift and some public acknowledgment. It's the least you could do. Consider all the daunting tasks and long hours (weekends too.) Let's be honest, sometimes we don't know our System Administrators as well as they know us. Remember this is one day to recognize your System Administrator for their workplace contributions and to promote professional excellence. Thank them for all the things they do for you and your business."

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