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Japanese Man Petitions to Marry Comic Book Wife Screenshot-sm 5

An extremely lonely Japanese man has started a campaign to allow marriages between humans and cartoon characters, saying he feels more at ease in the "two-dimensional world." "I am no longer interested in three dimensions. I would even like to become a resident of the two-dimensional world. However, that seems impossible with present-day technology. Therefore, at the very least, would it be possible to legally authorize marriage with a two-dimensional character?" he wrote. Hundreds of equally isolated people have joined his campaign so far.
Privacy

Journal Journal: Wikileaks posts Bill O'Reilly Web site data

After Bill O'Rielly's on-air anger with Wikileaks about posting Palin's private emails (provided by a computer cracker), it looks like someone has reportedly cracked his own site and posted username/passwords on Wikileaks. Smooth things over? No. But it should increase IT security budgets.
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Submission + - 3 AM Gril Now Supporting Obama (thenewstribune.com)

drDugan writes: "The Tacoma News Tribune and This is True are reporting that the slumbering girl in Clinton's "Who do you want answering the phone at 3 a.m.?" campaign ad is 17 now, plans to vote after she turns 18 (before the 2008 election), and lives in Washington State. Turns out that the girl, Casey Knowles, was filmed for stock footage 8 years ago, is a devoted Obama supporter and was a Democratic precinct captain at the Feb. 9 caucus. She said on CNN, "I think it would be wonderful if Barack Obama and I could get together and do a counter-ad"."
Businesses

Journal Journal: ask a subset of slashdot ... 23

A couple of years ago, I developed a web site for a client. Last year, when it came time to renew the domain, etc., they wanted to know if I could "sort of hold off on it for a few months ..." I explained that it doesn't work like that - if you don't renew before the due date, it goes into a "holding pen" for a while, at which point it costs a lot more to renew ... and if you wait too long, you lose the right to redeem it, and anyone can snap it up.

Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft to unveil virtualization strategy Tues

billstewart writes: The San Jose Mercury News reports that Microsoft will be announcing a virtualization strategy on Tuesday, including
  • an alliance with Citrix Systems (owners of XenSource),
  • acquisition of privately held Calista Technologies of San Jose, which has software that speeds up the performance of applications running in a virtualized environment, and
  • lower price for Windows Vista used on virtualized computers. (More at Bloomberg.)
The company confirmed its plans to deliver its Hyper-V hypervisor within six months of the launch of Windows Server 2008 (betas available now), which is expected this quarter. And of course there's hype about competing with VMware.
Security

Submission + - Is it legal to use shell commands through php? 2

An anonymous reader writes: In my college, there's a network for computer science students. That network provides services like email, homepage hosting, etc.
Once, I created a php script which simply translated browser requisitions to shell commands. I have tried a lot of commands through my browser, for example: 'cat /etc/passwd' and 'cat /proc/cpuinfo'.
There were no links to that page and, to enter a command, the user had to type it at the browser address bar.
As you see, I simply used the service I was allowed to use the way it was designed to be used (no exploits needed). But my homepage account was cancelled (in fact, I was threatened by the admins to go to prison for that script).
Do you think they should have punished me?
Government

Submission + - Icelandian calls White House, labelled a terrorist (go.com) 3

An anonymous reader writes: A 16-year-old boy in Iceland called a secret government phone number, which he thought was Bush's private number, and posed as the president of Iceland. After passing some impromptu security questions, such as President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson's birth date (which he answered with Wikipedia), Bush's secretary told him to expect a call back. Instead, police surrounded his house and interrogated him on where he got the number, threatening to put him on a no-fly list if he didn't tell. He claims he can't remember where he got the number, but says "I must have gotten it from a friend when I was about 11 or 12."
Space

Submission + - 'Deadly asteroid' is a spaceprobe (skymania.com)

suthers writes: "An alert over a close shave by a threatening asteroid has been called off after it was found to be a passing spaceprobe! The alarm was raised by the Minor Planet Center, the world's official HQ for logging newly discovered space rocks and checking for any "Near Earth Objects" that threaten a devastating impact. They failed to realise this was an expected flypast by a comet explorer called Rosetta. http://news.skymania.com/2007/11/deadly-asteroid-is-spaceprobe.html"
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Submission + - TechwareLabs Interviews The Devil (techwarelabs.com)

Godsmack74 writes: "We at Techwarelabs firmly believe that there is an evil ever present inside your technology but were never able to prove it . . . until now. We had the opportunity to sit down with the Devil himself who wanted to absolve himself of technologies gone wrong blamed on him. Our interview is shocking so prepare yourselves. In our Interview with the Devil you will find out what he believes he is responsible for and what he's not."
Power

Submission + - Atmospheric Cold Megawatts (coldenergy.com)

AJ Mexico writes: "They got a patent for this? Another source of free power — this one funnier that most. This sounds like a freshman dorm discussion that somehow got taken seriously. If you run a long pipe between two areas with different barometric pressure, you can get supersonic winds to blow through the pipe allowing the generation of megawatts of electricity. I hope someone warns the builders of other long-distance pipelines about this atmospheric hazard! How about just building the pipeline to the top of a mountain, or out into space? Then the pressure difference would be even greater! But, please, don't suck the entire atmosphere out into space."
User Journal

Journal Journal: The Importance Of Being Male When Drinking

Recently, we've had a rash of females getting pulled over for DUI after "just having two drinks with dinner". One was a GOP county councilmember who verbally tongue-lashed her husband (she was driving) for "letting her get into this mess" and called the cops names. The other was a Dem city council candidate in Seattle who at least apologized for it. Then there was an incumbent Dem city council member who got arrested on domestic violence charges (if the cops get called, at least one perso

Feed Engadget: Crook demands $185k in ranson for stolen cellphone (engadget.com)

Filed under: Cellphones

If a burglar with exquisite taste somehow managed to snag a million dollar Goldvish, asking for just $185,000 for its safe return wouldn't be too far-fetched. Apparently, the mobile in question wasn't of the princely variety, as this particular thief managed to lower his asking price to a rock-bottom $200. The suspect, known initially through police paperwork as "Baby Boy," was lured into a trap after police tagged along for the exchange and arrested him at gunpoint. When Mr. Boy (later found to be Randy-Jay Adolphos Jones, which is only slightly better) was questioned, he just couldn't put a finger on why he blurted out the $185k figure versus something more reasonable, but hey, not everyone can be right on top of current market conditions, right?

[Via The Raw Feed]

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Security

Submission + - Multiple security breaches on Ann Coulter's site (blorgable.com)

destinyland writes: "An unpatched security hole on the server for Ann Coulter's site let online pranksters break in and announce she was retiring. (They added that her eleven-year career was all a practical joke, and she's sorry if she offended anyone.) Eventually the site's sys-admins recognized the problem, and replaced the original content — but without patching the hole in their server. So soon their web page was replaced again, with another message. "Haha, did it again. Oh, those silly web admins... they just embarrass themselves.""

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