OMNIpotusCOM writes: PCWorld is saying, "Bill Gates, this is your life," with their retrospective of the top 10 moments for the world's second richest man. It's an interesting read that is sure to bring a smile to the faces of most people... even if it is just remembering when Bill got pied.
OMNIpotusCOM writes: For the first time in history your ticket to the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies will contain a microchip with information about you, including photograph, passport details, addresses, e-mail and telephone numbers. The stated intent is to keep trouble makers out of the 91,000-seat National Statdium so that they cannot cause disruptions while China is on world-wide television, but it brings up serious concerns for privacy and identity theft.
OMNIpotusCOM writes: I don't know exactly what this has to do with nerds, but the times that Frank Buckles lived in affected the world, and is definitely stuff that matters. Frank is the last known surviving World War I veteran — the last doughboy — and has had quite a life. He enlisted by lying about his age, spent time in German and France during the war, worked to return prisoners of war back to Germany after Armistice Day, and now spends a lot of his time at 107 giving interviews and lectures. He's surprised by the interest in World War I, he says, "but the timing in history has been such and it's been unreal." It is an interestingread for anyone, regardless of where they live and their thoughts on war.
OMNIpotusCOM writes: Those of you who have a valid Steam account and us an Nvidia card can download free games from Steam by visiting this site. The games are Portal (demo), Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, HL2: Lost Coast, and Peggle Extreme. It says it's a limited time offer by has no expiration date, so I'm sure as soon as it's Slashdotted they'll take it off.
OMNIpotusCOM writes: CNN is reporting Microsoft still wants Yahoo! and is willing to talk about deals that don't involve acquisition!
"Microsoft is considering and has raised with Yahoo! an alternative that would involve a transaction with Yahoo! but not an acquisition of all of Yahoo!," according to a statement released by Microsoft on Sunday.
OMNIpotusCOM writes: CNN, amongothers, are reporting the discovery of the oldest known representation of one of the world's most famous rulers found in the Rhone River. The marble bust shows a wrinkled and weathered Caesar and is believed to have been carned around 46 B.C. A statue of Nepture and a satyr are also being reported.
OMNIpotusCOM writes: The EV-71 virus that was previously reported on Slashdot has spread rapidly throughout China, with its capital reporting its first case on Wednesday. Nearly 25,000 children are now affected, a number eight times what it was on May 3, with a death toll rising to over 70. The first child to become affected in Beijing also became Beijing's first death from this virus. This increase in infections was announced a few days after the 7.9 earthquake which killed or left missing thousands. How long will it be before this is taken seriously?
OMNIpotusCOM writes: CNN is reporting an outbreak of Enterovirus 71 (or EV71), that has affected more than 3700 children and killed over 20, is creating concern for the visitors and athletes expected for the Beijing Olympics in August. The virus can cause "poliolike paralysis" according to the article.
OMNIpotusCOM writes: As a follow-up to his wonderful letter, there is an interview with Kurt Denke, former lawyer, owner of Blue Jeans Cable, and the man who fought back against Monster Cables. When was the last time you heard the owner of a company say something like, "I view Monster in this situation the way most people view aggressive panhandlers. Why would you give anything to someone who will only be back for more over and over again?" We wait for Monster's response with baited breath.
OMNIpotusCOM writes: Noted astrophysicist, Stephen Hawking, thinks that alien life is likely, albeit primitive, according to a lecture delivered at George Washington University in honor of NASA's 50th anniversary. It begs the question of if we need to consider a Prime Directive before exploring or sending signals too far into the depths of space.
OMNIpotusCOM writes: CNN is reporting Mark Schubert, US swimming head coach, thinks the new Speedo LZR Racer may cause every record in the sport could fall at the Beijing Olympics. If that is the case, and it's only the suit that is making the difference, then why can't a runner with a prosthetic leg compete? The lines between human accomplishment and science are being blurred.
OMNIpotusCOM writes: As you have previously read on Slashdot, Amazon is in the process of taking the "Buy" buttons off of published on demand (POD) books that were not created by Amazon's in-house publisher, BookSurge. PODdy Mouth has been repoting reactions throughout the week (including an open letter from Amazon), culminating today in letters to Amazon and their board by the Author's Guild, Small Publishers Association of North America, and the Publishers Marketing Association. Possible lawsuits are looming... is it enough to change Amazon's mind?