wattsup writes: "The
USGS Reports that a magnitude 8.0 earthquake occurred at 20:39:56 (UTC) in
the Solomon Islands. Police and residents said a wave about 10 feet high struck
the western town of Gizo, inundating buildings and causing widespread
destruction. A man who answered the telephone at the Gizo police station said
there were initial reports that eight people, six of them children, had been
killed by the tsunami. Gizo, a regional center, is just 25 miles from the
Australia to Hawaii went on high alert from the
Pacific Tsunami Center for several
hours after the quake struck between the islands of Bougainville and New
Georgia, though officials canceled a region-wide tsunami warning after the
danger period passed."
theodp writes: "Checked your Gmail lately? Thanks to Gmail Paper, you can now request a physical copy of any message with the click of a button, and Google will print it and mail it to you using ad-supported stamps."
mi writes: "After years of development and testing, Slashdot is responding to market demand with today's announcement of free Slashdot Personals (Beta): "We have long felt, this would be a good idea, and today we finally bring it to fruition. We have a strong and loyal community and there is no reason, we should not try to facilitate dating among the members. This is a long-term investment for us — nerds' offsprings will start becoming loyal users as soon as within 10 years," — said Commander Taco..."
An anonymous reader writes: Banks want a new internet classification to help combat online fraud. Banks' internet addresses would then read westpac.bank.nz, for example, rather than westpac.co.nz. The . bank address would join the five current "moderated" addresses with restricted memberships.
silic0nsilence writes: "Businesswire.com is reporting that CompUSA will be closing 126 stores, which is more than half of them. This comes months after a announcements that CompUSA may have been sold since it is not making much profit."
WebHostingGuy writes: "Today the Dow Jones Industrial Index dropped a little over 3% in value. Stock market swings come and go but it is interesting that the sudden drop in the stock market is the result of a computer glitch. According to MSNBC, the computers running were not properly calculating trades. This led to the switch to a backup system which led to several seconds delay which impacted the Dow. Even now after the close of the market spokesmen for the NYSE Group Inc. could not confirm if all closing share prices were even valid."
One Salient Oversigh writes: "I have been able to use Ogg Vorbis files on my iRiver Digital Music Player and easily access it via my Linux o/s (Kubuntu 6.10). iRiver is one of the few companies that have produced players capable of playing Ogg Vorbis sound files, and all that is needed to make the player Linux-friendly is a change of firmware. If anyone is interested in how I was able to do this, check out my story on my blog. Are there others out there who thought they were disenfranchised by the Window-centricity of MP3 players?"
daria42 writes: For some crazy reason, Microsoft makes you firstly buy the 32-bit version of Vista, then order a CD of the equivalent 64-bit version online. The issue has started to grate on some users. "Imagine going into a shop and buying a music CD only to get it home and open it up and find a bit of paper inside telling you to go online to pay to have the actual CD mailed out to you at an additional cost," wrote one.
An anonymous reader writes: The impact of heavy use and high temperatures on hard disk drive failure may be overstated, says a report by three Google engineers.
The report examined 100,000 commercial hard drives, ranging from 80GB to 400GB in capacity, used at Google since 2001.
From the article:
"The report also looked at the impact of scan errors — problems found on the surface of a disc — on hard drive failure.
"We find that the group of drives with scan errors are 10 times more likely to fail than the group with no errors," said the authors.
They added: "After the first scan error, drives are 39 times more likely to fail within 60 days than drives without scan errors."
EdgeNinjaX writes: It seems like ever since Samus fought in her Zero Suit in Metroid: Zero Mission every gamer's been itching to see the sexy space bounty huntress stripped-down. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that First 4 Figures is releasing a poly-stone 9.5 inch tall statue of a Zero-Suited Samus made famous after temporarily losing her trademark Chozo armor. This hand-painted, curvaceous figurine is modeled after the Smash Bros. Brawl version and comes packed with her signature pistol.
clockinreverse writes: "The creator of the webcomic Starslip Crisis recently tried to prove that the editors of Wikipedia were biased agianst webcomics by attempting to delete his own strip. In doing so he discovered that the editors were striking votes of people who were cheating by using multiple accounts and voting "keep", but were not striking the votes of his own multiple accounts that were voting to delete."