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Comment Re:No serial (Score 1) 135

I'm with you - I bought a 25yo steel Trek frame off of Craigslist only to find out (after repainting and rebuilding it) that it was one of several models that were built exclusively by Trek employees for themselves and therefore has no serial number. I got around this issue by posting pictures of it with my real name on and registering it on the local police bike registration site. Since I live in a large city, the bike shop I frequent maintains their own system of bike descriptions and serial numbers to track down stolen bikes.

Submission + - Anonymous takes down Egypt’s Government site (

TechieAlizay writes: So you thought that Anonymous, the group which stood behind Wikileaks and took down sites that stopped offering its services for the whistleblower would sit and do nothing regarding the ongoing anti-government protest in Egypt? It’s time to update your information as the Anonymous Gang have accepted the responsibility of taking down Egypt’s Government websites.

Microsoft Ready To Talk Windows On ARM 342

An anonymous reader writes "After many months of working in secret, Microsoft is nearly ready to start talking about its plans to bring Windows to ARM-based processors. However, while the company is set to discuss the effort at next month's Consumer Electronics Show, there is still a lot that must be done before such products can hit the market. Among the steps needed is for hardware makers to create ARM-compatible drivers, a time-consuming effort that explains in part why Microsoft is talking about the initiative well ahead of any products being ready. Meanwhile, Ubuntu is already starting to ship on some ARM devices and running on many others."
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Bank of America Buying Abusive Domain Names 249

Nite_Hawk writes "Bank of America has snapped up hundreds of abusive domain names for its senior executives and board members in what is being perceived as a defensive strategy against the future publication of damaging insider info from whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. According to Domain Name Wire, the US bank has been aggressively registering domain names including its board of directors' and senior executives' names followed by 'sucks' and 'blows.'"

Comment MacFail (Score 1) 715

Well, needless to say, my last computer was one of the very first run of Intel MacBooks and it was fraught with problems. The case was replaced first for cracking (outer), again for yellowing (inner), and third (outer) for a questionable 'repair' job by the local Apple store in which they just "shaved off" the offending area. Due to persistent screen flickering, two batteries and three logic boards were tried to no avail. Finally, after the optical drive died and the screen flickering and case cracking had yet to be resolved, the guys at the local Apple store advocated for me/got sick of me coming in so I got a free replacement. Ironically, my G4 Cube benefitted from another dying MacBook's optical drive and, after some tinkering, still works like a champ.

Comment ESTEEM (Score 1) 150

Notre Dame has a new 1-year masters program called ESTEEM combining science, entrepreneurship, and technology. I've had a couple of friends go through it with various science and engineering backgrounds and really enjoy it, though I can't give you much more advice than that. The website is .

Comment In Ecuador (Score 1) 920

El Hornero in Quito is fantastic, especially the corn and ham pizza - I've had pizza at most of the Chicago joints, across the east coast, and the vast majority of the rest of the Midwest and nothing compares. Then again, maybe I was just grateful to be eating again after recovering from food poisoning.

Comment Re:FIRST JLL (Score 2, Insightful) 136

Great call on FIRST - I was involved in their high school program for three years and I started a regular FLL program at my K-8 grade school. We had to start including younger students (3rd and 4th grade) than our 5th and 6th graders in the regular program because they were solving the proposed problems too quickly and efficiently. Even if you do not know what to do with the kits or how to write a line of code, FIRST and LEGO provide excellent resources, the latter of which are not limited to the annual games that FIRST develops.

Comment Disney World, anyone? (Score 1) 279

Disney has been using this stuff for a similar purpose for the past three years and they keep the information much longer than Heathrow's 24 hours (Disney officials state that the info is retained for as much as 30 days after the last use or expiration of a WDW ticket - your fingers aren't broken, I know you can do your own Google search to verify it). I guess if it speeds things up, and heaven only knows that Heathrow needs help in that area, then I have no problems with it.

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