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Submission + - Chrome OS Was Originally Based On......Firefox? (

An anonymous reader writes: Former Google engineer Jeff Nelson has a blog post up that is generating lots of buzz due to the inside details it supplies about the origin of Google's Chrome OS platform.
Star Wars Prequels

Submission + - This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For (

fractalVisionz writes: The White House officially responded to the petition to secure resources and funding to begin Death Star construction by 2016, as previously covered by Slashdot. With costs estimated over $850,000,000,000,000,000 (that's quadrillion), and a firm policy stating "The Administration does not support blowing up planets" the US government will obviously pass. However, that is not to say that we do not already have a death star of our own, floating approximately 120 miles above the earth's surface.

The response ends in a call to those interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields of study:

If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star's power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.


New Law Will Require Camera Phones To "Click" 1235

An anonymous reader writes "A new bill is being introduced called the Camera Phone Predator Alert Act, which would require any mobile phone containing a digital camera to sound a tone whenever a photograph is taken with the phone's camera. It would also prohibit such a phone from being equipped with a means of disabling or silencing the tone."

Submission + - Buy the Milky Way Galaxy 1

fractalVisionz writes: In an attempt to replicate Lunar Embassy, an anonymous group called the Milky Way Team claims to have gained ownership rights to the Milky Way. With this possession, they are now auctioning it off on eBay. From the FAQ, 40% of all proceeds will go to charity, with possibly more if the price is right.

Currently there are 13 bids at a price of $224.72. Be the second to own the Milky Way today.
The Courts

Submission + - Hans Reiser Offers To Lead Cops to Nina's Body

An anonymous reader writes: According to anonymous reports from the prosecution, Hans Reiser is considering whether to reveal the location of his wife Nina's corpse, in the hopes that it will lighten his sentence. However, the likelihood of the deal still depends on whether an autopsy of Nina's body might reveal evidence of first degree murder, which would have the opposite effect as what he wants. The story is at Wired Blogs.

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