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Submission + - Homeland Security Seizing Pirate Site Domains ( 2

Nocuous writes: The Department of Homeland Security is now seizing sites, using new powers granted by the Senate. Ironic, given the mission statement on the DHS' website about "preserving our freedoms"

"The U.S. government has launched a major crackdown on online copyright infringement, seizing dozens of sites linked to illegal file sharing and counterfeit goods. Torrent sites that link to illegal copies of music and movie files and sites that sell counterfeit goods were seized this week by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the Department of Homeland Security. Visitors to such sites as,, and found that their usual sites had been replaced by a message that said, "This domain name has been seized by ICE--Homeland Security Investigations, pursuant to a seizure warrant issued by a United States District Court." "My domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court!" the owner of Torrent-Finder told TorrentFreak, which listed more than 70 domains that were apparently part of the massive seizure. "


Submission + - Google OS Announced 12

shystershep writes: "Rumors have been floating around for years that Google was planning an OS to compete with Window. As of Tuesday night, it is official: "So today, we're announcing a new project that's a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be. Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010." It is separate from the Android mobile OS, will run on both x86 and ARM processors, and is aimed primarily at web use. Other than that, details are scarce."

Comment Bentonville? (Score 3, Insightful) 538

I wish they'd enlightened us as to some of their 'subjective' reasons for their choices. The Northwest Arkansas metro area (Fayetteville, Springdale, Bentonville & Rogers) regularly makes the top ten of 'best places to live' lists. It's not New York, if that's your thing, but then they listed Boston & SF, too, so WTF?

Submission + - The 64-bit Question: XP or Vista? 2

shystershep writes: "Here's the deal: my current system is getting a bit long in the tooth, and I've upgraded it about all that I reasonably can. So I'm planning on building a box. It will of course have a 64-bit CPU (x64). My primary OS will be Linux, never mind the flavor. I will also be installing a version of Windows, however, to be used almost exclusively for gaming (yes, I know there are games that work under Linux, but I am also interested in games which do not). So my question is, which would it be better for me, Windows XP Pro x64 or Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit? They are roughly the same price to buy, and I don't see any advantage with going for the 'ultimate' edition. Which is better for performance? Application compatibility? Availability of drivers (keep in mind I'm building from scratch, and therefore can pick and choose hardware on this basis)? And what about a couple years down the road: will XP still be comparable, or would going with Vista be better for the continuing updates and increased focus on it?"

Submission + - Google employee perks versus state prison perks

Wee writes: "Google recently topped Fortune's list of "100 Best Companies to Work For" partly due to its huge set of employee perks. But who really has the best perks: Google or your local state prison?

Mike Nicholson wrote a cleverly humorous article on Google employee perks compared to the stuff that prisoners are entitled to. The verdict? If you're really after perks, you should commit a major crime rather than work for Google."

Submission + - Florida congressional loser wants access to code

An anonymous reader writes: Florida congressional loser Christine Jennings (D) wants access to the source code of touch screen voters.

"... Her lawsuit says she must be allowed access to the secret inner workings of the touch-screen machines in order to find out if something did go wrong.

The manufacturer, Elections Systems and Software, does not want to disclose its trade-secret security systems, which are protected by Florida law. " ID=/20061219/CAPITOLNEWS06/61219007/1001/RSS

Submission + - Robot models itself and learns to walk

user24 writes: "Josh Bongard, Victor Zykov, and Hod Lipson of Cornell have created a self-modelling robot.
From TFA: "We have demonstrated how a physical robot can create an "internal model" of itself, and then use that model to generate successful motor patterns for locomotion, before and after damage. Most current robotic systems plan their behavior using a built-in mathematical model whose from is provided externally by engineers. Some robots can adapt without a model, but require many physical trials. Our result shows that a machine can adapt without being given a model and without extensive trials, by gradually developing an internal model of itself."
Watch the video here."

Submission + - Who are the world's geekiest girls?

ouijapod writes: CNET have made a list of history's most geeky girls. Most of us will be in agreement with the inclusion of Ada Byron, who wrote the first computer program, and Grace Hopper, who invented the first compiler (COBAL). But what about Paris Hilton, who comes in at number 10 on the list for "clutching her PSP" and "having her Blackberry hacked"? And Lisa Simpson at number 7 — it's funny, but weren't there enough real-life girl geeks to fill the list? Who are in Slashdot's list of top girl geeks?

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