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Submission + - Dot Matrix Printing in a Web 2.0 world

An anonymous reader writes: I'm currently developing a web application for an industry that relies heavily on dot matrix printing. Because of very specific typesetting requirements, PDF documents are produced for printing, though this workaround has presented a problem: very specific settings are required in Adobe Reader (don't check this, do check that, set page scaling to "none", etc.) which doesn't always remember these settings, and users are getting confused and frustrated with all the clicking.

My hunt for alternative solutions (paths I'm considering include browser extensions and applets) has me wondering about printing from other web applications. Web apps have long been replacing green screen and other office apps — but how many in offices that depend on dot matrix printing? Have any other Slashdotters developed or worked in an office that successfully uses a web app for dot matrix printing?

HardOCP Spends 30 Days With Vista 662 writes " has published "30 days with Vista" — with the same author from "30 days with Linux" doing the evaluation. And he doesn't like it. From the article: 'Based on my personal experiences with Vista over a 30 day period, I found it to be a dangerously unstable operating system, which has caused me to lose data [...] Any consideration of the fine details comes in second to that one inescapable conclusion. This is an unstable operating system.'"
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Submission + - Domain Name Purchase Scam

Bill writes: "Recently a scam artist has been contacting domain owners offering to buy the domain names. The person agrees to a price over the course of several emails, but then asks if the domain has ever been appraised. He then insists that an appraisal is performed on your domain. However, he only trusts one appraisal service... and it's not any place most people have ever heard of. He claims that the well-known names in the domain game are automated and not accurate, so even if you have an existing appraisal certificate, it's no good to him.

Basically this person offers to buy domains, but then tries to get owners to use a "trusted" domain appraisal service, with which he is actually associated. He's not trying to scam owners out of domains, he's trying to scam people into paying $69 for an illegitimate service by using the domain purchase scheme as a distraction. chase-scam-part-1.html"
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Submission + - Google Confirms $600M South Carolina Data Center

miller60 writes: "Google continues its furious data center building program in the Carolinas. Today the company announced a $600 million data center in Berkeley County, South Carolina. Google has already begun construction on a $600 million data center project in Lenoir, North Carolina, and is in the permitting process on another huge project in Richland County, South Carolina. Google's appetite for large tracts of land and cheap power are driving the site location process. Similar huge projects in central Washiongton are already transforming the tiny town of Quincy, where real estate prices have spiked, with open land fetching as much as 10 times its previous value."

Journal Journal: French high-speed train sets world record 357.2 mph

Today a French high-speed train known as TGV set a world speed record for conventional trains of 357.2 miles per hour. That is quite impressive. In my view, trains at this kind of speed would be competitive with commuter aircraft for the types of routes that both transportation systems serve. It seems that high speed train systems would work economically in par

Feed U-Mich ID-ing Students to RIAA (

The University of Michigan is apparently turning over the names of students accused of file-sharing to the RIAA as part of the organization's revitalized P2P crackdown. In Listening Post.


Submission + - Thunderbird Has Major, Unfixed Bug From 2004

An anonymous reader writes: Thunderbird contains a major, unfixed, and neglected bug in the RSS feed reader. First recorded in Thunderbird 0.8 (2004!) and never fixed, it's been reported often enough that a third of the Bugzilla entry is notifications of duplicate entries. The bug randomly bombards users with duplicate RSS entries, sometimes hundreds in an hour. I've been bitten by this bug constantly, and I'm hoping that the pressure of seeing this on Slashdot will convince the Thunderbird developers to finally concentrate on producing a solution. In the meantime, I and my growing collection of feeds have had to jump ship for a different product.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Boston Bomb-Squad Strikes Again

Brian writes: Boston Police discover (and destroy) the latest pseudo-threat. This time it's not an animated LED sign, but something far, far more nasty — A Traffic Counter. You know, the little boxes that the city (!) places on a roadside to measure the number of cars that pass in a given amount of time. Wow.

via BoingBoing.

Submission + - A 50-terabyte database of brain maps

Roland Piquepaille writes: "If you want to compare images from human brains with the ones of monkeys, dogs, cats, mice or birds, you should visit the website at UC Davis. It contains over 50 terabytes of brain image data directly available online. The researchers have found a way to transform sections of brain mounted on microscope slides into brain maps with a resolution of half a micrometer per pixel, or 55,000 dots per inch. With such a resolution, all the images are fully zoomable. You start with a single section of a brain and you explore it like if you had a virtual microscope. And the site also provides free downloadable tools to see the images in 3-D. Be warned: you might spend lots of time exploring this site. Here are more details about this project and pictures showing how the brain navigating process works and what a barn owl's brain looks like."

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