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Submission + - Thousands of ICQ Numbers Deleted

BondGamer writes: Many ICQ users woke up and found their ICQ numbers were no longer working. There is a topic on the ICQ support with more than 1,500 replies. There are pages upon pages of other topics asking what happened. There has been no official response from AOL about what has happened. How would if affect you to one day to find out the instant messenger ID you used for years is suddenly gone?

Sounds Bring Google Earth to Life 84

Strudelkugel writes "The BBC is reporting that a Californian company has created software that can layer relevant recorded sounds over locations in Google Earth. The firm, Wild Sanctuary, has thousands of hours of recordings from all over the world. Company director Dr. Krause has spent over 40 years collecting sounds from natural and man-made habitats. '... his recordings include more than 15,000 animal noises, and sounds from a huge array of habitats, including cities, deserts, mountains and the marine environment. It is the largest library in existence of natural sound, he said. He said the idea would be to zoom-in on a particular area and then have the option to listen to the accompanying sound.'"

Submission + - bamboo laptop!?

Ken Birchall writes: I need to see what its guts are before I promise to buy it, but a cardboard and bamboo laptop with an idiot proof repair by numbers process sounds like a neat idea! hp
The Internet

Submission + - 70 Expert Ideas for Better CSS Coding

Patrick Griffin writes: CSS isn't always easy to deal with. Depending on your skills and your experience, CSS coding can sometimes become a nightmare, particularly if you aren't sure which selectors are actually being applied to document elements. The article 70 Expert Ideas for Better CSS Coding includes over 70 expert tips, which can improve your efficiency of CSS coding. It also has most interesting and useful CSS ideas, methods, techniques and coding solutions as well as basic techniques you can probably use in every project you are developing, but which are hard to find once you need them.

Submission + - Free X and Mesa drivers for new Intel 965GM chip

keithp writes: "The Intel Open Source Technology Center graphics team is pleased to announce the availability of free software drivers for the recently released Intel® 965GM Express Chipset family mobile graphics controller. These drivers include support for 2D and 3D graphics features for the mobile version of the newest generation Intel graphics architecture.

The Intel® 965GM Express Chipset represents the first mobile product that implements fourth generation Intel graphics architecture. Designed to support advanced rendering features in modern graphics APIs, this chipset includes support for programmable vertex, geometry, and fragment shaders.

Extending Intel's commitment to work with the and Mesa communities to continuously improve and enhance the drivers, support for this new chipset is provided through the 2.0 Intel driver and the Mesa 6.5.3 releases. These drivers represent significant work by both Intel and the broader open source community.

In addition to Intel® 965GM chipset support, the 2.0 driver adds native video mode programming support for all chipsets from i830 forward. The driver supports automatic video mode detection and selection, monitor hot plug, dynamic extended and merged desktops and per-monitor screen rotation. These Intel-developed features are built in to the 1.3 X server release and will eventually be supported across most of the open source video drivers.

Additional information available at the Intel Linux Graphics web site.

Intel's committment to providing high-quality drivers that meet the needs of the mobile Linux community is second to none.
Matthew Garrett, Ubuntu Mobile Linux Engineer

Hubble Space Telescope Detects Ring of Dark Matter 176

mknewman wrote with a link to a story on the NASA site indicating that they may have finally found dark matter using the Hubble telescope. We've discussed the stuff a few times in the last year, with the Hubble actually mapping out the dark matter in the universe in January. This, though, may be our first 'sighting' of the elusive substance. "NASA will hold a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT on May 15 to discuss the strongest evidence to date that dark matter exists. This evidence was found in a ghostly ring of dark matter in the cluster CL0024+17, discovered using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The ring is the first detection of dark matter with a unique structure different from the distribution of both the galaxies and the hot gas in the cluster. The discovery will be featured in the June 20 issue of the Astrophysical Journal."

Submission + - About time

Martin writes: "Well Tony 'Cunt' Blair has given up the ghost — I was just wondering how many other UK /.'ers jumped for joy over this and cracked open a bottle of champaign?"

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