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Submission + - Don't eat the yellow snow...

Macgrrl writes: As reported in The Age newspaper today, Russian officials are investigating falls of orange and yellow snow in Siberia.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Release Date Announced 371

Croakyvoice writes "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, the seventh and final book in the best-selling series, has been scheduled for release at 12:01 a.m. on July 21, 2007, Scholastic announced today." A deluxe edition for collectors and enthusiasts is also planned with a simultaneous release.

Submission + - Next Generation of source code search engines

calumtdalek writes: The source code search engine market has seen quite a few developments in the recent past, with google launching its own source code search engine recently. Now another company, All The Code, is entering the competition, with a new way of ranking results. According to the faq, it "considers the relation between code" rather than the traditional single project view used by its predecessors like koders & google codesearch. I wonder if this technique will be adopted by the other industry players?

Submission + - Florida governor rejects touchscreen voting

An anonymous reader writes: Finally, the tide seems to be turning — Florida Governor Crist has come out with a $32M plan to replace all Florida touch screen voting machines with paper scanning devices. In our state, the touchscreens gave my wife and I two differing ballots — although we're pretty sure the precinct doesn't split along our bedroom. She got to write in both John Stewart and Steven Colbert, where I could only choose one of the two. The NYTimes (kiss of death required) has the story: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/01/us/01cnd-voting. html?hp&ex=1170392400&en=ef9e9773e1e66b0f&ei=5094& partner=homepage

Submission + - Zune Executive to Leave Microsoft

Divebus writes: REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — A Microsoft Corp. executive responsible for its newly launched Zune digital music player will leave the company. The software maker said the departure of Bryan Lee, a corporate vice president in Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices division, was for personal reasons and "absolutely not" related to sales of the music player, which came out in mid-November to soft reviews.

Right. Absolutely nothing to do with it. Never crossed their minds.

Submission + - New Yorker on Google Books

jefu writes: "The New Yorker (Feb 2) has a story on Google Books (an attempt to index every book around) and its legal problems involving copyright. Interestingly, the conclusion seems to be that Google might settle the lawsuits brought against it, and by doing so, make it more difficult for others who want to do similar things. One good quote : "The suits that are filed are a business negotiation that happens to be going on in the courts.""
Data Storage

Submission + - Collaboration Work with OpenOffice and MSOffice

An anonymous reader writes: If you ever searched for Open Source solution for collaboration work on office documents you should have a look at the (quite young) PengYou project. It provides a server side storage along with plugins for OpenOffice and MS-Office. The best is: it just works. Even the OOo integration is realized by packages, there is no need at all to recompile something from source. The website has more information, a first short review can be found here.
The Courts

Submission + - iPhone lawsuit deadline extended

AlHunt writes: "Cisco has extended the deadline for their trademark lawsuit against Apple and "will continue to discuss possible agreements before going to court""

Submission + - Largest profiting company ever bribes scientists.

An anonymous reader writes: Playfuls.com (http://www.playfuls.com/news_09_2799-ROUNDUP-Exxo nMobil-Posts-Record-2006-Profits.html) is reporting that the world's largest oil company, ExxonMobil, posted the largest profit EVER for a US company (39.5 Billion Dollars). In other news today, an oil company-funded lobbying organization tries to pay scientists $10,000 (http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,,2004 399,00.html) each to write papers discrediting today's climate report. Guess which oil company is the funder here? Next time you tank your car, choose wisely.

Submission + - Hackers can whisper into Vista's ear

w1z4rd writes: "IT Wire reports:

Faster than you can say "time to move to Linux" they've found a security flaw in Windows Vista, with hackers able to use voice recognition to hijack Vista PCs.

Microsoft has confessed that those with evil intent could whisper instructions, such as to delete files, to your computer using MP3 downloads or audio embedded in websites."

Submission + - Auto show tries to shut down parody site

Brave Howard writes: "News just came in that the a good for nothing car expo is trying to muzzle a group of cyclist-activists who parodied their site, falsely claiming that the activists violated their trademark.

This is the second attempt by a big company to censor, even shut down, their critics using these baseless copyright claims, the first being ABC's attempt to unplug autoshowshutdown.org. Luckily in both cases, EFF has come to the rescue."

Journal Journal: Processor market opportunity?

so, the whole home processor field is pretty much locked between AMD and Intel. how hard would it be to break into this market? Could I start by building processors in my garage? Or maybe, get somebody fresh out of the CPU making track of graduate school and team up for venture capital?

Ok. a bit tongue in cheek but it seems to me that there is an opportunity here.


Submission + - Continuous Data Protection Software for Linux?

Dan Whitier writes: "A company called Righteous Software recently announced it has released a continuous data protection product for Linux. According to the company's web site they claim they can efficiently store over 100 recovery points per day. The software takes point-in-time snapshots of Linux servers to a disk-based backup server over the network. Over 100 recovery points per day would be every 10 or 15 minutes. How is this possible? Does Linux support these types of advanced backup features? Their pricing looks very affordable. Is this too good to be true?"

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