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Submission + - Sony Introduces The Rolly?!? (

mrneutron2003 writes: Sony, purveyor of extremely expensive consoles and rootkits, has launched an interesting portable media player that just has to be seen to be believed. Is it too quirky for western markets? Perhaps. The following video does some justice to understanding what it is, and how freaky it is too. duces-the-rolly.html

Submission + - Ultimate Censorship? China and Reincarnation.

michaelcole writes: ":
"China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission"
  — /

This article is both hilarious and sad, looking at the lengths to which a government will go to regulate thought through censorship. It also goes into some of the more subtle politics of the current 72 year-old Dalai Lama as he thinks about his political and spiritual successor.

The Dalai Lama's response: "he refuses to be reborn in Tibet so long as it's under Chinese control.""

Submission + - $1.4m IBM Server Falls Off Truck ( 2

mytrip writes: "An IBM server worth $1.4 million was wrecked after it fell off a forklift during shipping. Now the customer is suing ... "As a result of the rocking motion, the base of the pallet and the crate broke and the crate fell onto the curb, damaging the server packed inside," the contractor states in papers filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va.

That would be federal contractor T.R. Systems, which claims that IBM is responsible for mispackaging the machine, and that Big Blue won't accept returns. This forced them to buy another one.

It certainly puts all those "Best Buy won't let me return a lemon laptop" stories in perspective, eh?"


Submission + - CNET 1997: Java is Dead! (

porkrind writes: "David Herron has a great post on his blog at David uncovered an old CNET article listing 10 technologies that "don't stand a chance" with Java, of course, being one. It would seem that the death of Java has been foretold multiple times for at least 10 years now. One wonders how long it needs to survive before someone admits, "well, perhaps this Java thing will make it after all.""

Feed Science Daily: Married Men Really Do Do Less Housework Than Live-in Boyfriends (

The age-old stereotype that women do more housework than men has gotten more credibility with a new study. The study of more than 17,000 people in 28 countries found that married men report doing less housework than men who are live-in boyfriends. The study suggests that the institution of marriage changes the division of labor. Couples with an egalitarian view on gender -- seeing men and women as equal -- are more likely to divide the household chores equally. However, in married relationships, even if an egalitarian viewpoint is present, men still report doing less housework than their wives.

Submission + - Medal of Honor Given to DVD-Sniffing Dogs (

An anonymous reader writes: Two American sniffer dogs who found millions of pirated DVDs while on loan to Malaysian authorities will receive medals of honor when their six-month assignment ends next week, an official said Thursday. Black Labradors Lucky and Flo will be celebrated at an awards ceremony Monday before they return home to New York, said Nor Hayati Yahaya, the Motion Picture Association's manager for Malaysia.
Star Wars Prequels

Submission + - NASA to send Luke's lightsaber into space

Verunks writes: In honor of the 30th anniversary of Star Wars, NASA will launch Luke Skywalker's original Jedi lightsaber into space along with the crew of the space shuttle Discovery. The launch is slated for October.

Submission + - Artists created "anti-social network" proj (

destinyland writes: "Three geeky artists created an experiment where people meet in public spaces and then don't communicate in any way — no conversations, no interactions, and especially no text messages. ("The NoSo Project" remains committed "to fulfilling all your needs for greater social isolation.") Billed as "a real-world platform for temporary disengagement from your social networking environment," it's actually commenting on the "over-connectivity" some people are experiencing. The artists were inspired by Brian Eno's "silent nightclub" concept, but say it's since hit a nerve with the "over-networked" population."
The Internet

Submission + - Video Interview with Stephen Fry (

anish1411 writes: "Everyone in the UK and beyond loves Stephen Fry. I found these interview clips a delight to watch.

'Stephen Fry is well known as an actor, author, comedian, presenter, film director, playwright and all round intellect. He's also a passionate technophile. He was the second person in England to get a Mac computer, just after the author Douglas Adams; the first person he knew on the internet and he's currently obsessed by smart phones (he admits he should get out more). VideoJug went along to ask him about what new technology excites him today and where we're heading in the future.'"

United States

Journal Journal: Illegal Immigrant Works Six Years at O'Hare International 1

Elvira Arellano's sad case is going to embarrass the TSA. She is fighting deportion to avoid separation from her eight year old son. Her plight attracted attention when she claimed sanctuary in a church for more than a year. She was caught in LA and her story is gaining even more attention. A real black eye is going to the TSA when everyone learns she worked for six years at the O'Hare International Airport without be


Submission + - Fantasy Football? Not any more! (

AskChopper writes: "A nice article on a website started up with the intention of everyone pooling their cash to buy a football club. le2878781.ece

Please note the Independent article refers to and it should be is just a dead site with ads on it (and I haven't linked its URL for that very reason).

Anyone fancy a slice of Leeds United (currently the top club of choice for the subscribers) for £35?"

Feed Engadget: Keepin' it real fake, part LXXI: X-Game 360 doesn't play Halo (

Filed under: Gaming

Most people pop across the border for a good time. Engadget editors interpret that good time as a chance to check out rip offs like this $28 "X-Game 360." No bonus points here for spotting the inspiration behind this KIRF. All we wanna know is, what're the chances it comes with HDMI?

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