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Son Sues Mother Over Facebook Posts 428

Most kids hate having their parents join in on a discussion on Facebook, but one 16-year-old in Arkansas hates it so much he has filed suit against his mother, charging her with harassment. From the article: "An Arkadelphia mother is charged with harassment for making entries on her son's Facebook page. Denise New's 16-year-old son filed charges against her last month and requested a no-contact order after he claims she posted slanderous entries about him on the social networking site. New says she was just trying to monitor what he was posting." Seems like he could just unfriend her.

First MySQL 5.5 Beta Released 95

joabj writes "While MySQL is the subject of much high-profile wrangling between the EU and Oracle (and the MySQL creator himself), the MySQL developers have been quietly moving the widely-used database software forward. The new beta version of MySQL, the first publicly available, features such improvements as near-asynchronous replication and more options for partitioning. A new release model has been enacted as well, bequeathing this version the title of 'MySQL Server 5.5.0-m2.' Downloads here."

Submission + - NYTimes on longetivity of inkjet prints (

Yet another Anonymous Coward writes: "It Isn't That Images Fade, It's That They Can Vanish" From the article: The life of color inkjet prints has also been hindered by the origins of the technology, which was mainly intended for printing things like pie charts, said Nils Miller, a scientist at Hewlett-Packard. "The initial emphasis was, how do we get bright colors on plain paper," Dr. Miller said. "Permanence was not really on the radar screen yet."

Submission + - The $200 Laptop - Asus - eee PC (

fatgadget writes: "Asus has announced the eee PC. 'eee' stands for 'Easy to learn, work, play'; 'Excellent internet experience' and 'Excellent mobile computing experience'. It is reported to have a battery life of 3 hours, and the base model will go one sale for about $200 (about £100) with the top model costing $500 (about £250), if the prices are right, this will be serious competition, for UMPC's and Palm's new Foleo. The eee features a 7 display and weighs just 0.8kg, with an Intel Mobile CPU, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Intel UMA graphics, and up to a 16GB Flash drive. It also features a webcam and intergrated speakers. For that price, its a bargain."
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Submission + - Is everything in controller?

scitex writes: Sales figures of the three main consoles in the time of writing this post were the following: Xbox 360 11 Millions, Wii 7.5 Millions and PS3 3 Millions. Obviously, taking into account market entry dates, Wii holds the bestselling position. If performance is not what drive these sales, what is? Is it the price, the games, the innovative controller, or a combination of these? In my opinion, the main driving force was the controller. But what puzzles me is why PC developers never came up with an innovative controller since it obviously pays off. In an attempt to find a controller that is inovative and PC-authentic the only thing I was able to find is a yet unreleased pinball game in which you can slam a region of your keyboard instead of pressing a single button (cool video with destroyed keyboard can be found here). Dare to smash expensive Wii controllers like those cheap keyboards? Will the Microsoft's rumored multi touch interface try to change this?

Submission + - Google: Attack code more likely on Microsoft IIS

maximus1 writes: Google's Anti-Malware research reports that web sites running Microsoft Corp.'s Web server software are twice as likely to be hosting malicious code as other Web sites. Geographically speaking, the survey also found that the malware server of choice varied from region to region. In China and South Korea, for example, the majority of malicious Web sites are running IIS. In the U.S., Russia, and Germany, however, Apache is the predominant malware server. The reason? A Google rep speculated that the servers in China and South Korea may be running pirated software and unable to get Microsoft's latest security updates.

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