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Submission + - Where the heck is Etch?

sjvn writes: "The latest and greatest version of Debian, Etch, was supposed to be released on Dec. 4, 2006. Almost two months later, though, according to the Feb. 17th Release Critical Bug Report memo to the Debian Developers Announcement list, there are still 541 "release critical" bugs... What's happening here?"

Submission + - Ballmer hints at Xbox 360 price cuts

thefickler writes: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has strongly hinted that the company will look at cutting the price of its Xbox 360 in a recent financial analyst briefing in New York. Ballmer said that the company would review the price of the Xbox 360 to ensure that it remains competitive as well as profitable:

Submission + - Broken Daylight Savings Patch?

lys1123 writes: "Windows Update on our work computers automatically installed an update over the weekend and now the NUnit testing on our current project has gone from all green to all red. The reason? Our test data includes data that was inserted on 11/01/2005 and this is now being treated as Daylight Savings Time instead of Standard time. Has anyone else run into this problem? Have you found any fixes that actually work?"
The Courts

Submission + - In Alabama, Sex Toys are Just Like Prostitution

An anonymous reader writes: A federal appeals court has upheld an Alabama law banning the sale of sex toys against a claim that the law conflicted with the Supreme Court's prior holding that private sexuality is protected by the Constitution. The court reasoned that, because sex toys are bought and sold in "public" transactions, selling them is just like prostitution, and therefore it could be banned.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Man Wrestles Shark

john g the 4th writes: "In a stunning display of Alcohol vs. Common Sense an Australian fisherman took it upon himself to wrestle a shark after a good bit of drinking. From the article:

"He was just thrashing around in the water ... starting to turn around and try to bite me and I thought 'well, it's amazing what vodka does'," Kerkhof said.
The shark that Kerkhof decided to tangle with was a bronze whaler shark which is no push over. Kerkhof walked away unscathed, and a bit wiser."

Submission + - Data centers sucking down electricity bigtime

BobB writes: "Energy consumption in corporate data centers doubled between 2000 and 2005, due in large part to the spreading use of volume servers, according to a new report. The study, conducted by a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories and a consulting professor at Stanford University, found that servers and associated infrastructure, such as cooling and uninterruptible power supplies, in U.S. data centers consumed about 45 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2005, accounting for about 1.2% of the country's electricity consumption, roughly equal to the power drawn by the nation's color televisions. The electricity costs for the servers and associated infrastructure reached $2.7 billion. .html"

Submission + - AllOfMP3 payments cut off

cerberusss writes: "As of February 2007, the popular Russian music download site AllOfMP3 seems to be cut off from user payments. Whereas previously it was possible to buy gift certificates at XRost and then using these at AllOfMP3, the XRost payment provider displays the following message upon logging in:

As part of our ongoing effort to improve the payment platform, we will be performing a scheduled server maintenance. The payment option at our site will be restored in 48 hours.
However, the 48 hours have passed since long and it's not known when payments will be possible again. Did the RIAA finally get what they wanted?"

Submission + - MythTV better than Series 3?

gizmateer writes: "Does an open source solution like MythTV stand a chance against TiVo's Series 3?

According to this article MythTV actually has several features that a TiVo will never be able to compete with but is considerably harder for the non-geek to initially setup and then maintain. A huge ding against MythTV is the fact it does not support CableCARD like the Series 3. Since I'm OTA, that's not as big of a deal, but what are your thoughts? MythTV vs Series 3?"

Submission + - Study suggests US/UK are failing children

Brian Ribbon writes: "The BBC has a report regarding a study into child welfare by international charity Unicef, which reveals that the US and UK have the lowest levels of child welfare out of 21 countries studied. The study measured child welfare using six categories; family and peer relationships, material well-being, health and safety, behaviour and risks, and children's own sense of well-being (educational and subjective).

Is it a coincidence that the countries which have the most draconian legislation disguised as measures to protect children also have the lowest level of child welfare, or is the level of paranoia and hysteria in these countries actually harming children?"

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