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Software

Submission + - Update for Microsoft Silverlight (KB2526954) (microsoft.com)

mim writes: "After receiving & installing an update notification from "Microsoft?" for KB2526954 my Vista laptop experienced a "black screen," & I needed to restore. MS does not have any information on their site about this "upgrade," although it appeared exactly similar to those recently. Can anyone shine some light on this "Silverlight" upgrade?"
GNOME

Submission + - ALS sufferer used legs to contribute last patch (gnome.org) 1

krkhan writes: "This is a little old but seeing as it didn't make it to /. at the time I think it deserves a headline now. Adrian Hands was suffering from ALS and had lost motor skills when he used his legs to type in Morse code and fix a 9 year old bug in Gnome. The patch was submitted three days before he passed away."

Submission + - "Superbug" Bacteria Found in Tap Water (nytimes.com)

ubermiester writes: "Bacteria containing an antibiotic-resistant “superbug” gene have been found in 2 of 51 tap water samples in New Delhi ... according to a report published Thursday in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases. ... A team from Cardiff University in Britain found the gene, NDM-1, in 11 different types of bacteria, including those that cause cholera and dysentery."
Security

Submission + - Why isn't more of the Web using HTTPS? (arstechnica.com) 1

JDRucker writes: "You wouldn't write your username and passwords on a postcard and mail it for the world to see, so why are you doing it online? Every time you log in to Twitter, Facebook or any other service that uses a plain HTTP connection that's essentially what you're doing."
Space

Submission + - Cosmonaut Crashed Into Earth 'Crying In Rage' (npr.org) 2

schwit1 writes: This extraordinarily intimate account of the 1967 death of a Russian cosmonaut appears in a new book, Starman, by Jamie Doran and Piers Bizony, to be published next month. The authors base their narrative principally on revelations from a KGB officer, Venymin Ivanovich Russayev, and previous reporting by Yaroslav Golovanov in Pravda. This version — if it's true — is beyond shocking.
Science

Submission + - Happy Birthday Albert Einstein 2

adeelarshad82 writes: Since we're celebrating things, let's not overlook Albert Einstein's 132nd birthday. We all the know the hair, his goofy sense of humor, the relationship between energy, mass, and light, plus it's safe to say that we all have a decent understanding of his theory of relativity. So to celebrate his birthday and get to know the man better, here are a few things we didn't know about him.

Submission + - NIST puts nail in the Mercury thermometer (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: The venerable Mercury thermometer has been on its way out for a number of years and the National Institute of Standards and Technology next month may give it a final push.

On March 1, NIST said it will no longer provide calibration services for mercury thermometers. The cessation of the mercury thermometer calibration program marks the end of an era at NIST, which has provided the service since the doors opened in 1901. In fact NIST itself at one point had a stockpile of more than 8,000 industrial-use mercury thermometers hidden away in drawers.

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