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Submission + - Did her MySpace photo derail teacher's career?

coondoggie writes: "This is one of those disturbing stories because really, it could happen to way too many people. According to the Smoking Gun site a woman in Pennsylvania is suing Millersville University claiming that her teaching career has been derailed by college administrators who unfairly disciplined her over a MySpace photo that shows her wearing a pirate hat and drinking from a plastic cup. The Photo was captioned: Drunken Pirate. Frankly the picture's description is worse than the picture if you ask me. http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1458 4"
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Submission + - Bush almost blows up the White House!

An anonymous reader writes: Source: The Detroit News URL Source: http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article? AID=/20070407/AUTO01/704070338/1148 Published: Apr 10, 2007 Credit Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally with saving the leader of the free world from self-immolation. Mulally told journalists at the New York auto show that he intervened to prevent President Bush from plugging an electrical cord into the hydrogen tank of Ford's hydrogen-electric plug-in hybrid at the White House last week. Ford wanted to give the Commander-in-Chief an actual demonstration of the innovative vehicle, so the automaker arranged for an electrical outlet to be installed on the South Lawn and ran a charging cord to the hybrid. However, as Mulally followed Bush out to the car, he noticed someone had left the cord lying at the rear of the vehicle, near the fuel tank. "I just thought, 'Oh my goodness!' So, I started walking faster, and the President walked faster and he got to the cord before I did. I violated all the protocols. I touched the President. I grabbed his arm and I moved him up to the front," Mulally said. "I wanted the president to make sure he plugged into the electricity, not into the hydrogen."

Feed NASA Telescope Finds Planets Thrive Around Stellar Twins (sciencedaily.com)

The double sunset that Luke Skywalker gazed upon in the film "Star Wars" might not be a fantasy. Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have observed that planetary systems -- dusty disks of asteroids, comets and possibly planets -- are at least as abundant in twin-star systems as they are in those, like our own, with only one star.

Submission + - Using Eyetracking to Design Websites

eldavojohn writes: "A recent study by one of world's best-known usability experts, Jakob Nielsen, has been done attempting to increase the effectiveness of article design through the use of eyetracking. The three important findings are 1) Rewrite + reformat = remember, 2) Precise and relevant editing = successful design & 3) Photos edited for relevance = photos viewed. Essentially the less time the reader spent having to focus on the article trying to understand it, the more the reader retained. There's also a popular image of men Vs women concentration on George Brett at the bottom of the report."

Submission + - ACCESS claims Zeta has no rights to BeOS

atezun writes: After continual unabated doubts of the legality of Zeta, (formerly distributed by Yellowtab and a short while by Magnussoft) ACCESS, formerly PalmSource and the current holder of BeOS's IP has claimed Bernd Korz, the lead developer of Zeta, has no rights to either develope or distribute BeOS.

From the article: http://www.bitsofnews.com/content/view/5498/44/

A comment was left on our article yesterday covering this development by David "Lefty" Schlesinger, the Director of Open Source Technologies at ACCESS Co., Ltd., saying in no uncertain terms that Zeta had no legal rights to distribute the BeOS software, much less open source any of it, as the rumours had it:

Zeta is not, nor has it ever been, a licensee of PalmSource (or ACCESS, the company which acquired PalmSource year before last) in any way, shape or form. If Zeta or magnussoft has claimed that they have a license with us, that's a complete falsehood.

As the legitimate owners of the intellectual property formerly belonging to Be, our position is that the product marketed by YellowTab and then by magnussoft represents a pirated version of BeOS, done without our permission or approval.

Magnussoft is thus in no position to open source anything, since their product, in its entirety, represents a derivative work of our intellectual property.

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