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Submission + - Generating a CAPTCHA of your email address (

JohnGrahamCumming writes: "Web crawlers that search for email addresses on web sites are a big problem. My simple and free email image generator service generates a randomized image containing your email adddress. Simply copy and paste the relevant HTML to your web site to get a human-readable image that contains your email address but hides it from web crawlers."

Submission + - Should I consider something else than FORTRAN?

An anonymous reader writes: I'm about to start my PhD in solid state physics. Most of my work will revolve around numerical simulations of lattice systems — Monte Carlo simulations, density functional calculations [iterative solutions of differential equations], etc.
Almost all of the legacy code is written in FORTRAN(95), the systems available are quite ...diverse ( some old Alphas, Opterons, Power5). Furthermore, I want to be able to simply 'write down' my code (consisting mainly of matrix equations) without worrying (much) about operator precedence, pointers, whatever. So, the programming language should fulfil the following requirements:

1) speed
2) portability
3) easy parallelisation
4) sane, safe, easy syntax

FORTRAN claims all of the above with the possible exception of #4, though in my -limited- experience it's not as bad as the old stories tell if one can muster a bit of self-discipline. C fails -for all I know — on #3 and #4 (remember, matrix manipulation).
But of course, my knowledge is rather limited, especially considering other alternatives (assumed existing), so I thought I'd better ask.

Note that I do not care if the language will be regarded as a 'valuable asset' by future employers, as If I would consider a corporate job they'd better hire me for my brain and not for my toolbox.

Submission + - Microsoft agrees to change Vista desktop search

Cragien Boro writes: Microsoft agreed to make changes to the desktop search feature in Windows Vista in an effort to assuage Google and head off a further antitrust battle with U.S. regulators. In a filing made jointly with the Justice Department, Microsoft said it would change the search feature as part of the first service pack to Windows Vista. In the filing, Microsoft talked for the first time about when that service pack would arrive, saying a beta version will come by the end of the year. Under the agreement, Microsoft will create a mechanism whereby both computer makers and individuals will be able to choose a default desktop search program, much as they can choose a rival browser or media player, even though those technologies are built into Windows.

Submission + - Election Monitors Damning Report on E Voting

rimberg writes: The Open Rights Group (ORG) has just released its report into the May 2007 elections in Scotland and England. The report expresses deep concerns over the conduct of the 3 May elections in England and Scotland. Presenting the findings of their 25 strong team of officially accredited election observers, they state with regret that they are unable to express confidence in the results of the polls in those areas observed. This is not a declaration they take lightly but, despite having had accredited observers on location, having interviewed local authorities and having filed Freedom of Information requests, ORG is still not able to verify if votes were counted accurately and as voters intended. The report identifies problems with the procurement, planning, management and implementation of the systems concerned. But more fundamentally, given that problems were so widespread, the evidence supports the view the e-voting and e-counting technologies are not suitable for conducting statutory elections. (Give me a yell if you want me to write up a longer version of this, I was one of the observers so I can give lots more if you want.)

Submission + - Microsoft to change Vista on Google's complaint

Aditi.Tuteja writes: "Microsoft Corp. has agreed to modify Vista operating system in response to legal complaints that its desktop search function has brought disadvantage to Google and other potential competitors.

As of now no details are available on what changes Microsoft had agreed to make. Google said a feature built into Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system that allows users to search a computer’s hard drive did not leave room for competition from other desktop search applications. It is reported that Google claims that this feature violates the consent decree that monitors Microsoft’s conduct as part of its settlement with the U.S. government in its landmark antitrust case against the company."
Operating Systems

Submission + - EyeOS Review (

superduper writes: "Matt Hartley of takes a look at EyeOS and concludes, "At the end of the day, I believe EyeOS to be a mixed bag. Functional, unique, even engaging. But necessary or useful enough to draw a crowd of users? Well, they are still a ways off from this, and not simply because of the EyeOS development cycle either. I see the defining reason for users to jump onboard with a fully web-based OS still feeling too fuzzy to lend the idea much credence. Perhaps someday, this will change. Then again, the "need" is still a number of years off. In the meantime, I would pursue my Kiosk CD point in the meantime."

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