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Submission + - SPAM: Offshore Wind Farms

Travellers Spice writes: The Carbon Trust believes that offshore wind power has the potential to supply 25% of the UK’s electricity by 2020. To help make this happen, the Carbon Trust launched the Offshore Wind Accelerator, a ground-breaking research and development initiative.
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Submission + - Can Microsoft make Hotmail cool? ( 1

crimeandpunishment writes: With all the stories about changes and improvements in email services, one name has been conspicuously absent: Hotmail. But now Microsoft wants to change that. The company is making its biggest overhaul of Hotmail since buying the service 12 years ago. Microsoft hopes the changes...which include automatically sorting incoming email into categories and making it easier for both receiving and sending videos & photos....will help Hotmail pass Yahoo as the most popular web mail service in the U.S. Hotmail is number one worldwide.

Best Open Source Business Tools? 164

An anonymous reader writes "My wife and I started an S Corp in 2009 mainly to provide small scale consulting services for friends with small businesses of their own (we build them websites and do odd technical jobs). Now that the year is closing I'm giving thought to our corporate tax filings which will be due March 15th. I've scoured the web for free/open source legal templates for hiring contractors, issuing W-2s, keeping shareholder minute meetings, etc, but haven't been able to find any decent sources. It seems like this should be a priority of the open source community since reducing the cost of entry into small business could drive open source development. What are the best sources of open source legal templates, tax filing software, corporate compliance templates, etc?" What experiences have others had with open sources businesses and the best way to consolidate the necessary corporate mojo into a workable model?

Music By Natural Selection 164

maccallr writes "The DarwinTunes experiment needs you! Using an evolutionary algorithm and the ears of you the general public, we've been evolving a four bar loop that started out as pretty dismal primordial auditory soup and now after >27k ratings and 200 generations is sounding pretty good. Given that the only ingredients are sine waves, we're impressed. We got some coverage in the New Scientist CultureLab blog but now things have gone quiet and we'd really appreciate some Slashdotter idle time. We recently upped the maximum 'genome size' and we think that the music is already benefiting from the change."

Comment Re:Justifying piracy (Score 2, Informative) 793

It's a social contract where we all agree that in return for making something, we'll give you a bit of say in what happens to your work.

For most people there is absolutely no benefit received from work that is already completed and sold. If as an electrician I design and wire someone's electrical system I get paid once, there are no future payments if the house is sold or if guests come use the system I installed.

Comment How about holding the companies accountable? (Score 1) 29

Why isn't there legislation in place to hold the companies accountable for your data loss if they were not taking appropriate precautions against data loss or breech? As someone who has had data compromised twice in the last year (once through my mortgage company and once through my employer) I feel that being notified promptly is a good first step but making companies accountable for their inaction would be more apt to prevent these events in the first place.

Comment Re:operation of the air traffic control system (Score 1) 110

Physical Access to ATC facilities is tightly regulated, unless an employee set up the access point or allowed it to be set up this is very unlikely. Also, the FAA does periodically sweep facilities for wireless devices. That said the FAA administrative LANs are connected to the internet through various firewalls and proxy servers, so with some ingenuity and time someone could gain access. The real question is, what is the FAA going to do about the breech of their employees privacy and security?

Submission + - Mozilla patches critical security flaws (

cyberprophet writes: Mozilla has released updates to its popular Firefox browser, its Thunderbird e-mail client, and its SeaMonkey application suite, aiming to address highly critical security flaws that could expose users' sensitive information.
Some vulnerabilities have been reported in Mozilla Firefox, which can be exploited including:
-Errors in the layout and JavaScript engines can be exploited to corrupt memory and potentially execute arbitrary code.
-An error when processing the "persist" XUL attribute can be exploited to bypass cookie settings and uniquely identify a user in subsequent browsing sessions.
-Multiple errors can be exploited to bypass the same-origin policy, disclose sensitive information, and execute JavaScript code with chrome privileges.

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