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Submission + - Windows 7 networking changes (

davidstrom writes: Windows 7 has implemented a few new things when it comes to how PCs are networked. Reassuringly, it has kept a few old chestnuts that date back to Windows 98 for those of us that are slow to change.
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Therapists Log On To WoW To Counsel Addicts 187

eldavojohn writes "So, you can't find the time to leave the World of Warcraft to seek help for your World of Warcraft addiction? Sounds reasonable. Well, addiction therapists are coming to meet you so you don't have to quit playing as they counsel you and your addiction. From the leader of this initiative, Dr. Graham: 'We will be launching this project by the end of the year. I think it's already clear that psychiatrists will have to stay within the parameters of the game. They certainly wouldn't be wandering around the game in white coats and would have to use the same characters available to other players. Of course one problem we're going to have to overcome is that while a psychiatrist may excel in what they do in the real world, they're probably not going to be very good at playing World of Warcraft.' Send in the level 5 counselor and let the games begin!" What happens when the therapists become addicted?
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Zotero Lawsuit Dismissed 60

peretzpup writes "The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Thomson Reuters's lawsuit against George Mason University has been dismissed. Last fall the news organization had sued GMU's Center for History and New Media over supposed violations of the EndNote licensing agreement by the Zotero project, hosted at the university. Zotero, a Firefox plug-in designed to help scholars store and organize their online research, has seen millions of downloads. Zotero project co-director Sean Takats's announcement is pretty heartwarming. No comment as yet from Thomson Reuters."

Submission + - MySprint Internet Explorer Only 1

rickyrick74 writes: Sprint's MySprint site was down recently for a few days. Later, the Vice President Mike Cooley sent an email to customers explaining the issue, apologizing, assuring everything was working now, blah, blah. To my dismay, I tried to login as I had been trying for days and it still did not work! I had a sneaking suspicion and fired up Internet Explorer and it worked. I sent an irate email to customer service saying that everything was *not* okay because it did not work with Firefox. Here is an excerpt of the response I got.

"At this time, the MySprint website is not compatible with Mozilla Firefox, therefore, we cannot troubleshoot this concern. Our website is only compatible with the Internet Explorer web browser."

What??? I was floored. Does anyone else see a problem with this? Curious to see Slashdotters' feedback.

Submission + - Safari 4's Messy Trail (

Signum Ignitum writes: Safari 4 came with a slew of cool new features, but extensive data generation combined with poor cleanup make for a data trail that's a privacy nightmare. Hidden files with screenshots of your history, files that point back to webpages you've visited and cleared from your history, and thousands of XML files that track the changes in the pages in your Top Sites can add up to gigabytes of information you didn't know was kept about you.

Submission + - Microsoft blocks Messenger Live in Five Countries

Spooky McSpookster writes: Microsoft has turned off its Windows Live Messenger service for five countries: Cuba, Syria, Iran, Sudan, and North Korea. Users in these countries trying to log in get the following error: "810003c1: We were unable to sign you in to the .NET Messenger Service." Why now, since this flies in the face of the Obama administration's softening on Cuba? This isn't the first time the US Trade Embargo has had questionable outcomes. US-based Syrian political activist George Ajjan created a web site promoting democracy in Syria, only to find GoDaddy blocked anyone inside Syria from seeing it.

ArsTechnica argues "Messenger is a medium for communication, and the citizens of these countries should not be punished from such a basic tool because the US has problems with their governments policies." What does this say for the wisdom of non-US citizens relying on US companies for their business or communication? What about Microsoft's Product Validation or "Genuine DisAdvantage"?

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