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Social Networks

Submission + - Konami Code Infects Facebook (

seventyf writes: Konami hack is back this time on Facebook, but instead of manifesting itself with everything sparkly and nice, the code now enables a far less exciting lens flare effect. Logon to facebook >> enter the famous Konami code on your keyboard (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, enter)

Submission + - Official Klingon Dictionary Software released! (

cleverbridge writes: "For immediate release Language software developer engaged by Simon & Schuster for launch of Star Trek-related iPhone Apps Ultralingua, Inc., based in Minneapolis, has just produced an electronic version of Simon & Schuster's popular Klingon Dictionary and Conversational Klingon (a recorded tutorial narrated by actor Michael Dorn, who was a featured character on multiple Star Trek® TV series). There is also a phrase book mimicking the common travelers' tool, although in this case the phrases are for use by "Terrans" (Earthlings) planning a visit to the fictional world of Kronos, where Klingons live and vice versa. Ultralingua has dominated iPhone®/iPod Touch® downloads of dictionary software with a combination of expertise in both linguistics and software development. Typical ratings of the applications are in the range of 4-5 stars out of 5 by users. The company was founded in 1997 and has since grown from a 2-person venture to employ more than a dozen contract and full time employees, primarily in the roles of lexicography & software development. Products include multi-lingual spelling and grammar checkers, travelers and business phrasebooks and a variety of other software facilitating language and translation. In addition to software for the iPhone®, Ultralingua produces applications for Macintosh, Windows and several smartphones, such as the Palm and Widows Mobile platforms (Blackberry coming soon). It's the iPhone®, however, with its popularity among students and travelers that has made the company boom. Expected release dates for the Klingon products are: May 4: The Klingon Language Suite for iPhone® & iPod Touch® May 12: The Klingon Dictionary for Macintosh Computers May 15: The Klingon Dictionary for Windows (XP & Vista)* * This is the debut for Ultralingua's most up-to-date Windows platform. More information is available regarding Ultralingua at and about Simon & Schuster at Media Contact:, 612.929.1400 ###"

Submission + - How to Protect Your Laptop Privacy? (

Jaxov writes: "Just consider a laptop which automatically locks itself and goes to power saving mode when you are at a certain distance from mobile, yes now this is possible using Phoenix Freeze which can lock your laptop when you are away with the help of your any blue-tooth enabled cellphone i-e iPhone or Blackberry. This will not only protect your privacy but also you will be able to save the battery of your laptop by switching to power-saving mode automatically."
Data Storage

Submission + - All Solid State Drives Suffer Performance Drop-off ( 1

Lucas123 writes: "The recent revelation that Intel's consumer X25-M solid state drive had a firmware bug that drastically affected its performance lead Computerworld to question whether all SSDs can suffer performance degradation due to fragmentation issues. It seems vendors are well aware that the specifications they list on drive packaging represent burst speeds when only sequential writes are being recorded, but after use performance drops markedly over time. The drives with better controllers tend to level out, but others appear to be able to suffer performance problems. Still not fully baked are benchmarking standards that are expected out later this year from several industry organizations that will eventually compel manufacturers to list actual performance with regard to sequential and random reads and writes as well as the drive's expected lifespan under typical conditions."

Comment Of course XP is outselling Linux... (Score 2, Informative) 497

In my country, only XP models are available. All the retail networks here buy them from one or two importers, who only provide XP models.
That way, they can charge for them almost as much as for real laptops.
Wasn't this clear from the beginning, when they only started offering XP as a choice? Soon you won't be able to run Linux on them at all, not without tricks like ndiswrapper at least...

Submission + - Space Station Gets Protective Shielding

solitas writes: Two Russian cosmonauts climbed out of the international space station Wednesday to install protective panels designed to shield the orbiting outpost from dangerous space debris... [while] The station's third occupant, U.S. astronaut Sunita Williams, remained inside.

An independent safety task force in February said that there was a 9 percent risk that the space station, once completed in 2010, could be hit with space debris severe enough to cause the loss of the outpost or crew members. That risk estimate was reduced to 5 percent if protective panels were installed on Russian portions of the space station.

Sections of the space station built by NASA and the Japanese and European space agencies were protected sufficiently against space debris, the task force said.

It's been 40-odd frickin' years since Star Trek and we still don't have forcefields. Apalling.
Linux Business

Submission + - Putting Together The Linux Office

somethinginmyeye writes: There's a lot of chatter about 2007 being the "Year of the Linux Desktop," but what about the "Linux Office"? The CRN Test Center took a crack at putting together an open-source environment for a small-business office. The verdict: Microsoft has a lot to worry about down the road, but in 2007, Linux is still lacking the driver support, ease of use and interoperability with mainstream, legacy software to make office migration pain-free.

Submission + - British police raid voucher seller

Gossi writes: "The Register reports a 25-year-old man has been arrested under the Fraud Act. His crime? "Advertising and selling vouchers through auction sites such as eBay and the website". Apparently the bust followed an investigation by global recording industry body IFPI and the BPI. What's interesting about the case is that it's now a criminal offence in the UK under Section 2 of the Fraud Act 2006 to sell music without authorisation, rather than it being a civil matter, and that law is being used to target sellers of vouchers."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Escort agency launches virgin service for geeks

6Yankee writes: A Dutch escort agency is offering a "virgin service" — and most of the customers work in IT. Says boss Zoe Vialet: "They are very sweet but are afraid of seeking contact with other people. They mean it very well but are very scared." In what might be considered a very cunning move, the three-hour-minimum appointment includes — a bath.

Submission + - Bill Gates blamed for Virginia Tech shooting

thefickler writes: US morals advocate and publicity hound Jack Thompson has suggested that Bill Gates and Microsoft are responsible for the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech. According to an early report in the Washington Post, the Virginia Tech shooter, Cho Seung-Hui, was a fan of violent video games, especially Counter-strike, which Microsoft publishes for the Xbox. The reference to Counter-strike and violent video games has now been removed from the report, but that hasn't stopped Thompson from lashing out at Gates.

Feed Open source protestor crashes Bill Gates' speech in China (

Filed under: Desktops, Laptops

We've certainly seen a variety of crashings go down on stage, but a determined protester and undeterred advocate for open source software rudely (albeit humorously) interrupted Bill Gates' speech at Peking University in Beijing, China. Gates, who was speaking on the topic of Innovation in China's future and receiving (yet another) honorary manager title, had his after-party all shook up by an off-kilter open source proponent who reportedly darted across the stage, "loudly shouted against Microsoft's monopoly," proudly displayed a sign of "Free software, open source," and was promptly "tackled by security and removed for questioning." It was suggested that the culprit may have been a member of the Linux Professional Institute, and while we're not exactly sure if Michael Dell would've shown any forgiveness, feel free click on through for a closeup of the sign and the unfortunate aftermath.

[Via SeattlePI, thanks Ralf]

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