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Stranger Hits Man At His Own Funeral 7

Nicole Marie Loretta Leonard, 25, has been charged with disturbing a funeral and disorderly conduct. She danced in front of the service, waved a wand around the casket, opened the lid, laid her hands on the deceased's head and struck the body with a wand. Tammy Fausel said her family were shocked at what happened during her uncle's service. "Everybody was just kind of flabbergasted. They didn't know what was going on," she said. When police asked Nicole why she acted the way she did, she said, "she felt that it was the right thing to do at the time." That's right Nicole, go with your gut.

Comment Re:Three options (Score 1) 1032

You know as pet owner, rat owner.. I know rats as pets are great. But would never cuddle a wild rat!

You won't find many rat owners to disagree with the fact that yes their wild cousins are a plague and a pest. They are really successfull and..destructive.

Hell even as pet they are destructive..oh well.

I would say use steelwoll, yup already mentioned but if I noticed anything is that they don't like things that prick in their noses. Sensitive creatures

Comment Re:A big "duh" to the auto industry (Score 1) 1234

Well yeah I just read somewhere that GM is pumping money into their V6 factories because V8's might go out. Don't get me wrong but you might have noticed that those Japanese models mostly are having 3 or 4 Cylinders. Actually a 3 Cylinder might get you around pretty well, if not a bit on the whiny side motor sound being! A 4 Cylinder pretty much takes the cake! Of course America is different then Europe so there is space for improvements to make the cars more American ready. With that I mean that in Europe we take much more turns! That and in America it is more usual that shopping is done in larger amounts but less times a week!

Combined with the fact that many life in suburbs and for shopping have to drive quite a bit away. The slightly larger European cars will do just fine in America! So prepare to see allot of Four Cylinder cars!

America has allot of work ahead!

Submission + - Critical .mdb flaw Found - Microsoft may Never fix (beskerming.com) 4

SkiifGeek writes: "When independent security researcher cocoruder found a critical bug with the JET engine, via the .mdb (Access) file format, he reported it to Microsoft, but Microsoft's response came as a surprise to him — it appears that Microsoft are not inclined to fix a critical arbitrary code execution vulnerability with a data technology that is at the heart of a large number of essential business and hobby applications.

Where should vendors be required to draw the line when supporting deprecated file formats and technology? In this case, leaving a serious vulnerability active in a deprecated technology could have serious effects if an exploit were to target it, but it is a matter of finding the right balance of security and usability such that Microsoft's users are not exposed to too great a danger for continuing to use Microsoft products."

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - 10 Great Snake-Oil Gadgets (wired.com) 5

The Byelorussian Strikes Again writes: "Wired offers up 10 of the most awesome snake oil gadgets, from industrial cables sold as $200 ionized pain-relieving bracelets to a plastic chip that cures anything, improves gas mileage and cleans swimming pools. One truly sad development: the infamous $500 wooden volume knob is no longer on sale."

Submission + - Microsoft Demands Patent for Saying 'Goodbye' 7

theodp writes: "Demonstrating its commitment to high-quality U.S. patents, Microsoft has submitted a just-published patent application to the USPTO for Automatic Goodbye Messages. By automatically sending messages like 'Have a great afternoon!', 'Sorry, I have got to go!', 'Have a terrific day!', 'Ciao, Harry!', or even a simple 'Bye!' at the end of an IM session, Microsoft explains, one avoids insulting a converser with whom a conversation is ended. Hopefully the USPTO will give this one the quick buh-bye it deserves."
Internet Explorer

Submission + - AntiVirus Products fail to find Simple IE malware (beskerming.com) 4

SkiifGeek writes: "Didier Stevens recently took a closer look at some Internet Explorer malware that he had uncovered and found that most antivirus products that it was tested against (courtesy of VirusTotals) failed to identify the malware through one of the most basic and straight forward obfuscation techniques — the null-byte. With enough null-bytes between each character of code, it is possible to fool all antivirus products (though additional software will trap it), yet Internet Explorer was quite happy to render the code.

Whose responsibility is it to fix this behaviour? Both the antivirus / antimalware companies and Microsoft's IE team have something to answer for."

PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Crysis to Turn PC Gaming On Its End (pcper.com)

Vigile writes: "Pretty much anyone that plays PC games has been hearing about the upcoming Crysis title for some time and yesterday the single player PC demo was finally released! After being just about a month late, you can grab the 1.7GB at all the popular file hosting sites and gamers can get their hands on the most anticipated title of the year. It was expected that Crysis would set a new benchmark for image quality but the initial performance preview over at PC Perspective indicates it might be even more of a system crippler than initially thought. Even the best-in-class 8800 GTX has trouble at common resolutions like 1600x1200!!"

Submission + - UK Government rejects copyright term extension (culture.gov.uk) 1

e6003 writes: "The UK Government has responded to a report from the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee which (inter alia) had backed the extension of phonographic performance copyright from its present 50 years. The Government response [PDF document] notes (in response to paragraph 28 on page 15 of the PDF) that the Gowers Report considered the call for a term extension on economic and moral grounds but rejected all the arguments in favour of term extension, as did an EU Commission report. The Response concludes, "Taking account of the findings of these reports, which carefully considered the impact on the economy as a whole, and without further substantive evidence to the contrary, it does not seem appropriate for the Government to press the [European] Commission for action at this stage." Pleasingly, the Response also notes "The Government will undertake a public consultation this Autumn about making an exception to copyright legislation to allow format-shifting for private use." It's technically an infringement of copyright in the UK to rip CDs to your iPod and even the music industry has agreed something needs to be done about this."

Submission + - Burned by DRM and MLB (kousenit.com)

kousen writes: "Back in late 2004, I purchased and downloaded several Major League Baseball game files from mlb.com. The files all have a "wmv" extension. The first time they are played in Windows Media Player (the only media player supported at the time), they are supposed to access a site at MLB.com and acquire a license.

As you may have guessed, I recently tried to play one of those files, and the license site no longer exists. My "backup" of the licenses, acquired at the time, is on an old system I no longer use.

I tried calling the toll free number at MLB. Eventually a manager there told me I need to access their digital download service. He also admitted the service is not only not available, it has not been available all year. Even worse, he wasn't even sure whether or not it will ever be available again, though he suggested I keep checking.

So basically, I'm out of luck, unless someone here has any ideas how I can get around this idiotic DRM issue. Can anyone help me?"

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