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Submission + - WARNING: driver updates causing Vista deactivation (apcmag.com)

KrispySausage writes: "After weeks of gruelling troubleshooting, I've finally had it confirmed by Microsoft Australia and USA — something as small as swapping the video card or updating a device driver can trigger a total Vista deactivation.

Put simply, your copy of Windows will stop working with very little notice (three days) and your PC will go into "reduced functionality" mode, where you can't do anything but use the web browser for half an hour.

How can this ridiculous situation occur, and what is Microsoft's response... read on."

Puzzle Games (Games)

Submission + - Alberta Researchers Solve Checkers

abscissa writes: It took them almost 18 years, but the solution to checkers has been found. You can't win at checkers unless your opponent makes a mistake! Now all that remains is elusive solution to chess! With more possible ways to play a game of chess than there are electrons in the known universe, it does seem far off. Until then, study your perfect opening books for checkers!
The Internet

Submission + - Lying Admin No Longer at Wikipedia

abscissa writes: Essjay, the one of highest level ups on Wikipedia who lied about his credentials in an effort to "protect his identity" (though he later announced his real name, age, and place of residence), announced that he will be leaving Wikipedia. He claimed to have several advanced degrees in theology and even went so far as to pretend to be a professor and write in support of a student (that content has now been permanently erased). He had been promoted to a paid Wikia position by Jimbo Wales, but after an outpouring of anger he was asked to resign by Jimbo (who claimed not to have all the facts until very recently).

Submission + - TV delays drive viewers to piracy

Astat1ne writes: The Register has a story about the delays Australian TV viewers are experiencing with overseas-produced series and how it is driving many of them to download the shows via BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer networks. From the story: "According to a survey based on a sample of 119 current or recent free-to-air TV series', Australian viewers are waiting an average of almost 17 months for the first run series' first seen overseas. Over the past two years, average Australian broadcast delays for free-to-air television viewers have more than doubled from 7.9 to 16.7 months." According to the article, the situation is compounded by the fact that Australian viewers are unable to download legal copies of the episodes from the US iTunes website and are turning to unauthorised means to get copies of their favorite shows.
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Mac sleep LED on AC power?

Anonymous Coward writes: "I noticed the other day, when I picked up a sleeping Macbook, that its breathing LED thingie made blinky trails when my eyes were focused elsewhere and not following it (like LED christmas lights do if you wave them around). I then shook the Mac a little bit to be sure, and yeah, it looks like 60Hz AC to me. None of the LED's on any of my PC's do this, and it seems really weird to have AC power in a laptop case, when they put so much effort into making everything in there DC. I've just confirmed that a different iBook also has an LED like this. Anyone know what the story is behind it?"
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Canadian Telco reverses decision to sell porn

LordEd writes: Last month, westcoaster004 reported that Telus had started selling pornography to its cellular subscribers.

Today, Telus withdrew its adult content due to pressure from both business and Catholic organizations, including an instruction from Vancouver's Catholic archdiocese to cancel cell phone contracts at 130 parishes and schools.

"After receiving several hundred customer complaints — most of them from Western Canada — and a number of service cancellations, Telus has decided to discontinue the service", Johannsson said.

There will be no formal announcement of the decision.

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