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Submission + - 'Killing in the Name' UK No. 1 thanks to Facebook (bbc.co.uk) 2

Josh04 writes: Due to a 900,000+ Facebook campaign, 90's rap metal group Rage Against the Machine are this year's Christmas number 1, beating out Simon Cowell's X-Factor contestant Joe McElderry to the top spot, making 'Killing in the Name' the first ever UK download-only Christmas number 1. The popular 90's rock song had support from celebrities and the BBC, who got in trouble earlier in the week for allowing five 'fucks' to slip through the censor on a live performance.

Submission + - salt water irrigation of normal farm crops (wired.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Instead of using desalination plants for farm irrigation or salt water tolerant crops, they use plastic pipes that let only clean water filter out while holding the salt and dirt within (to be flushed away later). This should be cheap enough for 3rd world use, thereby allowing all fresh water to be used for human and animal consumption only. Assuming the pipes are cheap enough, this will massively effect the cost and quality of life for most of humanity. http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2009-05/01/irrigation-system-can-grow-crops-with-salt-water.aspx

Submission + - SPAM: Researchers Teach Mice to Exhale Fat 1

destinyland writes: "UCLA researchers made a startling discovery: genetic alterations enable mice to convert fat into carbon dioxide. Mammals digest fats differently than bacteria — so researchers introduced bacteria genes into mouse livers, and "the excess fat was literally released into thin air." (One researcher calls it "an unconventional idea which we borrowed from plants and bacteria.") The research potentially could help treat serious medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease — and of course, obesity."
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Submission + - Company Sells Open-Source Software As Its Own (zabbix.com) 4

teknopurge writes: "After using the software for years I was shocked to find that one of my favorite open-source projects, Zabbix, had its code stolen, rebranded and sold for profit as Firescope. Touting thier product as "revolutionary", Firescope has apparently copied the Zabbix repository and themed the interface without adhering to the GPL that Zabbix is distributed with. Is this not the worst fear of every open source project?"

Submission + - Microsoft blows cover on iPhone-esque device (gearfuse.com)

bob82 writes: "When you develop a product with a large group of companies, sometimes it is hard to keep everybody's mouth shut. During the WM6 Japanese Edition press conference this morning, Microsoft was a bit too excited with what they've been working on with Sharp and Willcom. So here it goes, up on the screen for the gasping fans, people who have been following the viral marketing teaser site. This is just one day before the official announcement."

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