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Submission + - Warner Brothers reports own site as illegal (

An anonymous reader writes: Film studio Warner Brothers has asked Google to remove its own website from search results, saying it violates copyright laws.
It also asked the search giant to remove links to legitimate movie streaming websites run by Amazon and Sky, as well as the film database IMDB.
The request was submitted on behalf of Warner Brothers by Vobile, a company that files hundreds of thousands of takedown requests every month.

Warner Brothers has yet to comment.

BBC News links to Warner Bros. is vigorously trying to prevent pirated content from showing up in search results, but in doing so the movie studio has shot itself in the foot. Recently, Warner asked Google to take down several of its own pages, claiming that they are copyright-infringing.

Submission + - 25 Awful Olympic Sports (

An anonymous reader writes: Suggested Olympic SportsSome of these Olympic Sports suggestions may be bias and piss you off — children under 13 should not watch this video without a parent consent. Please pledge to for a chance to attend Tokyo 2020!

Submission + - New heights of Republican Idiocy: Blame Mark-1 the Plumber (

hydrodog writes: A Texas plumber traded in his truck, which ends up in ISIS videos showing his logo and phone number. So he is getting hundreds of harrassing phone calls for "supporting ISIS" when what he did was give it to a dealer who didn't bother taking off his labels.

I would love to say this is out of character, but that wouldn't be true. I'm waiting for the Donald to declare him public enemy number 1.

Submission + - Global warming pause no longer valid - US Scientiests ( 1

Taco Cowboy writes:

The whole Global Warming debate is as confusing as ever

Researchers from the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say that there was no 'pause' in Global Warming

Dr Thomas Karl of NOAA point out that the warming rate over the past 15 years is "virtually identical" to the last century and updated observations show temperatures did not plateau

The idea of a global warming "hiatus" arose from questions over why the trend of warming temperatures appeared to be stalling recently compared to the later part of the 20th Century

The new analysis corrects for ocean observations made using different methods as well as including new data on surface temperatures

However Dr Peter Stott of the Met Office Hadley Centre said the results "still show the warming trend over the past 15 years has been slower than previous 15 year periods" and "global temperatures have not increased smoothly"

"This means natural variability in the climate system or other external factors has still had an influence and it's important we continue research to fully understand all the processes at work," he said

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), global average temperatures have increased by around 0.05C per decade in the period between 1998 and 2012


This compares with an average of 0.12 per decade between 1951 and 2012

On the other hand, the new analysis suggests a figure of 0.116 per decade for 2000-2014, compared with 0.113 for 1950-1999

Submission + - SPAM: Creepy Pick Up Lines

Pickupliness writes: In this post about Creepy Pick Up Lines you will discover the creepiest pick up lines ever, or even the worst pick up lines in the history based on many based on many things. These pick up lines are somehow not guaranteed as the others, they may not work with you unless you use them on stupid guys who are creepy as well.
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Submission + - The McAfee Guide to Uninstalling McAfee Software (

Shivantrill writes: John McAfee has released a video guide to uninstalling the software that bears his name. In every comment section for every article about John McAfee at least one person asks "how do I uninstall this crappy software". John McAfee has heard your cries and has produced a very NSFW video guide. Whatever you may personally think of Mr. McAfee, we all can agree that he has a sense of humor and is not above making fun of himself. This isn't a home made video either, it is production quality

Submission + - How Do You Stop Call Spam? ( 2

lenwood writes: "I've been getting unsolicited calls from the same company for the past 2+ years, "selling" a lower APR for my credit card. They're quick to hang up if I ask them to remove me from their calling list, so they've never heard me say that. They've called from literally dozens of numbers (and area codes), so call blocking is no use. I'm at my wit's end, how can I put a stop to this nonsense?"

Submission + - Top 5 reasons why the MS Kin failed (

An anonymous reader writes: Background: The Microsoft Kin (AKA Project Pink) was launched on May the 6th 2010 last year, it was estimated to have cost MS almost a billion dollars to develop and market, Microsoft announced two Kin models, both available online on May 6, 2010 and in stores on May 13, 2010 from Verizon Wireless USA.

  Less than a month and a half after launch Microsoft removed the Kin from the market (On June 30th to be exact), this has got to go down in history as one of the most disastrous and embarrassing, expensive product launches of all time.

“The Kin was a mistake from Day One,” Rob Enderle, principal analyst of Enderle Group

So what is / was the Kin? AKA the KIN, these ads should give you some idea of what the kin was and how Microsoft marketed it. Essentially the Kin One and Two were social networking phones for the young people..

Microsoft KIN savagely bad marketing campaign..

read on

Submission + - Microsoft hits petaflop, loses Top 5 spot to Linux (

jbrodkin writes: Microsoft says a Windows-based supercomputer has broken the petaflop speed barrier, but the achievement is not being recognized by the group that tracks the world's fastest supercomputers, because the same machine was able to achieve higher speeds using Linux. The Tokyo-based Tsubame 2.0 computer, which uses both Windows and Linux, was ranked fourth in the world in the latest Top 500 supercomputers list. While the computer broke a petaflop with both operating systems, it achieved a faster score with Linux, denying Microsoft its first official petaflop ranking.

Submission + - Finally, the jury rules against SCO (

rewt66 writes: SCO got the day in court that they've always claimed they wanted. And the jury ruled that the Unix copyrights did not transfer from Novell to SCO, so even if some SVRX code did get put in Linux (which I doubt), SCO doesn't own the copyrights to it.

Submission + - Vendors Duped by Fake Bridal Show (

VegetativeState writes: Someone set up a bogus website and created accounts on Twitter and Facebook, all to promote "The Boston 411 Bridal & Home Show 2010" (Bing cache,9828ac37).' The promotions claimed it would be held at the convention center March 5-7. An estimated 5,000 people paid at least $15 a person and that about 200 businesses also paid fees, ranging from $350 to $4,000. The payments were made through PayPal".

The Boston Police are trying to alert vendors before they fly into Boston with their booth setups this weekend, that there is no such show.

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