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Supreme Court Declines Jack Thompson Appeal 100

eldavojohn writes "Jack Thompson was disbarred last year in Florida, putting a halt to annoying lawsuits targeting game makers and the constitutional rights of gamers. Well, he had appealed to the United States Supreme Court (scheduled to be heard last Friday) to get this overturned, but instead they declined to even hear his appeal. They wouldn't even give him the time to review his appeal, so it appears his disbarment for life stands. Florida had declined to file a response to Thompson's appeal, and it turns out they didn't need to. Sad day for Jack Thompson, but a great day for gamers everywhere." This comes shortly after Thompson was frustrated by the vetoing of some legislation he promoted in Utah.

Submission + - Open-source data analysis software R booming

sl70 writes: An article in today's New York Times touts the increasing importance of open-source data analysis software, R. R is an implementation of the S language developed at Bell Labs by John Chambers. There is also a high-priced, commercial implementation called S-Plus, but R is rapidly overshadowing it. From the article: Now R is surpassing what Mr. Chambers had imagined possible with S."The diversity and excitement around what all of these people are doing is great," Mr. Chambers said. The implication is the fact that R is open-source has led it to surpass its proprietary cousin.

I've been using R for years and am very happy for the recognition it's now receiving.

Submission + - Super Mega Zoom Hack for Google Maps

Criticker writes: "Select a location and switch to satellite view. Zoom in as far as you can, and click 'link to this page' at the top right. Now replace the 'z' parameter in the URL with a higher value, e.g. 20, 22, or 23, and wait. Some locations will now show more detailed imagery.

More Details, specific Urls and images: Link"

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