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Wireless Networking

Submission + - Unlimited gall to cost Verizon $1 million (

netbuzz writes: Unlimited really means unlimited, even in advertising. So says the New York State Attorney General's Office in squeezing a $1 million settlement out of Verizon Wireless for disconnecting 13,000 of its customers who had the temerity to believe that the unlimited service they were promised came with unlimited service. Verizon's statement explaining the settlement is a gem, too.


Submission + - Another Microsoft unwanted update... IE6 --> IE ( 5

A little Frenchie writes: On Friday, October 5, Microsoft has made an update without our consent. We have more than 70 computers, 95% were using IE6 (Win98 WinXP SP1 and 2).

Our network responsible was on leave that day. However, during lunch time, a lot of computers have been restarted with the return, IE7 installed. Yet our responsibility did not authorize this update and all the computers had the option to upgrade automatic non-active (it is the system that pushes updates, usually on Wednesday).

It's as if Microsoft had forced an update of which nobody wanted! We are under Novell and information logs indicated that the update had not been accepted. But it happened anyway!

Operating Systems

Submission + - Vista vs. the Gibbon 4

ricegf writes: If you had 7 computers running various versions of Windows and Linux, on which machine would you choose to do most of your work? Rupert Goodwins describes his experience thus: 'So here's the funny thing. I've used Windows since 1.0. I've lived through the bad times of Windows/386 and ME, and the good times of NT 3.51 and 2K. I know XP if not backwards, then with a degree of familiarity that only middle-aged co-dependents can afford each other. Then how come I'm so much more at home with Ubuntu than Vista?'
The Internet

Submission + - Demoniod p2p Site Returns From The Dead (

Kaneda2112 writes: Demonoid is up and running after shutting itself down following a threat the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) to club it to death in the courts. This morning the site was up, but broken, apparently while it made repairs. It is still being hosted by a Canadian ISP, but is blocking all Canadian traffic to avoid trouble with the CRIA.

Submission + - See How AMD Cheats Investors & Buyers (

crazyeyes writes: "Here is a must-read for AMD and Intel fans alike. Flame-bait material for sure. Watch how AMD manipulates the benchmark data of the new Barcelona quad-core processor to fool buyers and investors. Read and laugh or weep. Quote from article -

The data was presented in the form of easy-to-understand charts. That's great for everyone, particularly investors who may not understand the technical information and data. However, those who look closely will see that the charts have been skewed to present a far more optimistic view of the processor than the data really suggests.

The most common (and easiest) way to skew data is to make the Y-axis start at a higher number. This has the effect of making any difference appear much larger than it really is. Let's take a look at the AMD charts for example.


Submission + - Google Apps Discriminates against "Stupid" (

GGCRabidGopher writes: Apparently when registering a new domain with Google Apps for your domain you cannot register a domain with the word Stupid in it. While any other offensive word or phrase seems to be OK, it rejects any domain containing the word "Stupid". When contacted Google simple replied with a link to Google Apps Support for their answer. Apparently domains with the word Nazi are OK, just not the word stupid.

Submission + - Journalist Test Drives The Pain Ray Gun (

Fantastic Lad writes: This machine has the ability to inflict limitless, unbearable pain. When turned on, Raytheon's 'Silent Guardian' emits an invisible, focused beam of radiation — similar to the microwaves in a domestic cooker — that are tuned to a precise frequency to stimulate human nerve endings. It can throw a wave of agony nearly half a mile. Because the beam penetrates skin only to a depth of 1/64th of an inch, it cannot, says Raytheon, cause visible, permanent injury. The demo model looks like a small speaker. (Image) With practical application is just around the corner, I wonder if anybody at that trade show was selling Faraday body suits. . ?
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Cellhut won't take back fraudulent iPhone ( 1

Count Scrofula writes: On Friday, Sept 7, I received a 4 Gb iPhone in the mail from that had been ordered using my stolen credit card number. Despite canceling the card and blocking payment, Cellhut refuses to accept return of the iPhone. The kicker? They are trying to charge me $660.
The Media

Submission + - High gas prices lower obesity. ( 1

klaasb writes: Higher U.S. gasoline prices may slim more than just wallets, according to a new study from Washington University in St. Louis.
Entitled "A Silver Lining? The Connection between Gas Prices and Obesity," the study found that an additional $1 per gallon in real gasoline prices would reduce U.S. obesity by 15 percent after five years.


Submission + - Getting hired with a criminal record.

24601 writes: Hello fellow Slashdot nerds. This is a very hard question to ask, but I figured you guys would probably have the best advice. I am finding myself in my young, soon to be post college career with a brand new criminal record. To make matter's worse, it's for a sex crime (was mislead by someone about their age. Nothing violent or involving children). Yes I will have to register, be on probation for quite a while, and currently reside in a certain very conservative state in the south famous for a certain cartoon mouse. I completely accept the stupidity of what I have done and very much want to grow and move on past it. I'm a graphical artist by trade, but with a lot of web design experience as well. Also have a good deal of IT experience, was thinking of getting a certification in something. What I want to know, however, is how hard is it to get a job in the tech industry with this kind of Scarlet Letter? I have every intention of being upfront and honest about my past with any potential employer, and making every effort to communicate my regret for my past, the fact that I'm not a threat to anyone, and my desire to prove myself. Are more technical employers willing to look past such things and give you a chance? Is there any advice people can give me on properly presenting this issue, and finding understanding employers? thanks!

Submission + - EU abandons plans to convert UK to metric

SeeSchloss writes: After years of trying to get Britain to switch to the metric system the EU has finally decided to give up the fight. Conversion was initially a precondition for UK's membership of the European Union, in 1973, and the deadline had been regularly extended since then. Should we add back the UK to the list of the three countries in the world which do not use the metric system (Myanmar, Liberia and the United States)? It looks like the more a country waits before switching to the metric system, the more difficult it is, most countries did it while their litteracy rate was low and avoided most of the problems the UK or the US would be facing now. Do you think it is realistic to expect the UK or the US to switch to the metric system now? Do you think such a conversion is even useful outside of technical fields (I hope we all agree that it is needed in space research, for example)?

Submission + - Burning Salt Water - Your next source of Hydrogen (

EskimoJoe writes: An Erie cancer researcher has found a way to burn salt water, a novel invention that is being touted by one chemist as the "most remarkable" water science discovery in a century. John Kanzius happened upon the discovery accidentally when he tried to desalinate seawater with a radio-frequency generator he developed to treat cancer. He discovered that as long as the salt water was exposed to the radio frequencies, it would burn. AP article at Yahoo.

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