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Submission + - Mystery illness from meteor crash is solved. (

Technician writes: The meteor that crashed in Peru caused a mystery illnesses. The cause of the illness has been found. The meteor was not toxic. The ground water it contacted contains arsenic. The resulting steam cloud is what caused the mystery illness. "The meteorite created the gases when the object's hot surface met an underground water supply tainted with arsenic, the scientists said." There is a very good photo of the impact crater in the article. The rim of the crater is lined with people for a size comparison.
The Almighty Buck

Journal Journal: New dollar coin error scam: edge print can't be upside down 7

There are several different errors circulating with the new dollar coins, however the claims that on some of the coins the text on the edge was accidentally printed upside-down are bogus:

Due to the minting process used on the circulating and "uncirculated" quality coins, the edge-incused inscription positions will vary with each coin.


Submission + - The Greatest Game You Never Played

Alan writes: FiringSquad has been running their "American Idol wannabe" contest for a little over a month now. Now that they've weeded out the dredge, there are actually some awesome entries now. One of the best from this round is an article on The Greatest Game You've Never Played: Allegiance R3 Release. Apparently, it's a game Microsoft released several years ago and *gasp* ultimately made open source. It's since been developed further into an incredibly user-centric game. Good read.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Ubuntu Feisty Fawn: Desktop Linux Matured

Provataki writes: It seems that Linux on the desktop is getting there, with Ubuntu. The (often bitchy about usability) Eugenia of OSNews fame wrote a glorifying preview about Ubuntu's next version, dubbed Feisty Fawn. The review touches down on the new features like the restricted drivers/codecs management, even easier package management, admirably good laptop support and to keep it balanced, it also lists some of its flaws in the current beta. A good read for those who are curious about what's next for Linux on the desktop.
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Submission + - Proof that someone is watching over Linux?

An anonymous reader writes: The recent delivery to of a kickbut server from HP had some serious shipping trouble... but the amazing thing is that it booted right up after going through this. /

It almost makes me think that it was routed through Redmond first. Just maybe someone up stairs really does use Linux!
Operating Systems

Submission + - US university dumps Windows to go all Mac

MacKeyser writes: Wilkes University announced on Wednesday that it has pulled the plug on PCs in favour of Macs, saying the move — which actually began last year — will save the Pennsylvania liberal arts college more than $150,000 while letting students and faculty continue to run Windows applications. d=17512

Submission + - EFF forces DMCA abuser to apologize

destinyland writes: "The EFF just announced victory over a serial abuser of DMCA copyright notices. To set an example, their settlement required Michael Crook to record a video apology to the entire internet for interfering with free speech. He's also required to withdraw every bogus DMCA notice, and refrain from future bogus notices, never contest the original image again, and take a remedial class on copyright law. He'd attempted to use flaws in the DMCA to censor an embarrassing picture of himself that he just didn't want appearing online — but instead the whole thing backfired."

Submission + - OpenBSD: Now 2 remote holes in more than 10 years

Saint Aardvark writes: "CoreLabs released an advisory today about a remote hole in OpenBSD. The vulnerability, which affects versions 3.1, 3.6, 3.8, 3.9, 4.0 and the upcoming 4.1 release (for code obtained prior to Feb 26th; the upcoming CD is fine), comes from the way OpenBSD's IPv6 code handles mbufs. Theo's terse announcement is an interesting counterpoint to Core Security's timetable, which details their efforts to convince the OpenBSD team of the flaw's seriousness. The workaround is to block IPv6. Discussion continues on, and a short discussion of the flaw's details can be found here."

Submission + - Tracking System to Nab Tor Pedophiles

Huskies3565 writes: Amidst concerns that pedophiles are using public Tor (the Onion Router) servers to trade in child pornography, Metasploit founder HD Moore is building a tracking system capable of pinpointing specific workstations that searched for and downloaded sexual images and videos of kids. Moore has come up with a series of countermeasures that include using patched Tor servers and a decloaking engine to detect the exact location of a pedophile within an organization or residence.
The Internet

Submission + - Web's 50 most important

An anonymous reader writes: PC World has a list of their 50 most influential people of the Web. It's a sundry list, with business heavies along evangelists, start-uppers and bloggers. "Yours truly" is on 44, and we've been "stolen a bit of [] thunder".

Submission + - FoxTrot comic jokes about RIAA

MX writes: The last Sunday drawing by Bill Amend, the creator and author of FoxTrot comics, pokes some fun at the RIAA. By teaching his Iguana how to use Bittorrent, he can one-up "Hollywood" because while they would go after "single moms, widows, grandmothers, dead people and children" they would have to insane to sue an Iguana.

The strip mentions bittorrent, hollywood, RIAA (picture), and Metallica. Quite a laugh.

Note the author does not have a link-to policy or any kind of "reuse" policy that I can find on his website. The direct link is gif

Submission + - Novell drives nail into Microsoft Office coffin

Tookis writes: The news that Novell has released an Office Open XML (OOXML) translator for is yet another nail in the coffin of the office productivity franchise known as Microsoft Office. However, if the open source crowd is really serious about denting Microsoft's dominance in this space, what is needed is a little Evolution.

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