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Submission + - DNF (srs) (

teknopurge writes: It's happened — 5.6.2011: Duke Nukem Forever will be released. We're still waiting to hear back on the cold-front blowing through hell. Satan is rumored to be displeased.

Google Found Guilty of Australian Privacy Breach 105

schliz writes "The Australian Privacy Commissioner has found Google guilty of breaching the country's Privacy Act when it collected unsecured WiFi payload data with its Street View vehicles. While the Commissioner could not penalize the company, Google agreed to publish an apology on its Australian blog, and work more closely with her during the next three years. Globally, Google is said to have collected some 600 GB of data transmitted over public WiFi networks. In May, the company put its high-definition Australian Street View plans on hold to audit its processes."

Submission + - Microsoft is hiring again: at $0.52/hr ( 2

teknopurge writes: I actually like most MS products, which is why I was shocked to stumble across this story. 'KYE recruits hundreds-even up to 1,000-"work study students" 16 and 17 years of age, who work 15-hour shifts, six and seven days a week. In 2007 and 2008, dozens of the work study students were reported to be just 14 and 15 years old. A typical shift is from 7:45 a.m. to 10:55 p.m. ....Along with the work study students-most of whom stay at the factory three months, though some remain six months or longer-KYE prefers to hire women 18 to 25 years of age, since they are easier to discipline and control' Now I'm all for a global economy and the re-balancing of markets that comes with it, but it seems that there is some serious normalization that needs to be done in these economic cycles. The trend has been to move toward cheap-labor centers for the past 10 years or so. When is the backlash in the markets going to take place?(wages increases abroad, better working conditions, near-shoring becuase the off-shore costs are rising, etc...)

Submission + - Supercar Offering "Several Years Between Charg (

sterlingda writes: "Shelby Super Cars (SSC) holds the world's record for speed for a production car via their Ultimate Aero which has a twin turbo V-8 that produces 1,183 horsepower, housed in a lightweight, aerodynamic body. Reminiscent of Tesla Motors, Inc, SSC is pursuing a 500 HP electric vehicle based on SSC's world record design, with the expectation that the EV will become the fastest in the world. The difference? According to a company press release, "The drive train under development will feature a revolutionary power source allowing for extended time between charging intervals with the possibility of several years between charging." This implies that the motor is harnessing a tremendous amount of environmental energy on-the-fly. The company is being very tight-lipped about this energy source. SSC expects to roll out the first prototype of this green vehicle in February 2009."

Submission + - UK Gov steal "free" Wordpress Theme (

The Open Sourcerer writes: "The Open Sourcerer investigates how the new website for Number 10 Downing Street is apparently in breach of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

Their new website is running on Wordpress and is based on a freely available theme called "NetWorker" from Anthony Baggett has confirmed he is the author of the theme and was not contacted by anyone regarding removing his attribution or changing the license from Creative Commons to Crown Copyright..."


Submission + - Company Sells Open-Source Software As Its Own ( 4

teknopurge writes: "After using the software for years I was shocked to find that one of my favorite open-source projects, Zabbix, had its code stolen, rebranded and sold for profit as Firescope. Touting thier product as "revolutionary", Firescope has apparently copied the Zabbix repository and themed the interface without adhering to the GPL that Zabbix is distributed with. Is this not the worst fear of every open source project?"

Submission + - Bigfoot may have been found. Maybe. We'll see.

laitcg writes: From
Two Northern California men and two Georgians say they've got a body, a photo and DNA evidence pertaining to the elusive forest-dwelling man-ape — and that they'll reveal all at a press conference in Palo Alto, Calif., on Friday.
"I think you'll find that this is the real deal," Robert Barrows of Redwood City, Calif., told the Bay City News local wire service.
Matthew Whitton, a cop in Clayton County, Ga., and his friend Rick Dyer, a former corrections officer, say they recently found the body in the woods of northern Georgia.
Veteran Bigfoot tracker Tom Biscardi said he's examined the body, and that scientists will get their chance soon.
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Submission + - Alltel dictates customers OS

Jewfro_Macabbi writes: Are you a Linux user considering Alltel's mobile broadband internet service? You may want to think again. After several month of poor service (constant dropped connections), and several months of filing complaints I canceled my mobile broadband service with Alltel. I find paying $59.99 per month for a service offering 50/50 reliability objectionable. In usual manner, I was accessed a $200 early termination fee. I did pay the fee, but I also filed a Better Business Bureau complaint. I consider Alltel broke the contract in failing to adequately provide the service. The most interesting thing, was Alltel's response:

"our records show that Ms. X is currently using an operating system named "Linux". Ms. X was advised that Alltel does not support this system. The operating system "Linux" caused Ms. X to lose her connection or reboot her computer."

I'd like to mention the company which manufacturers the wireless card sold by Alltel (Franklin Wireless CDU-550) makes an official Linux driver. My Linux computer has no issues with "rebooting", I believe that's a well known problem with other OS's. I'd also like to mention that my Windows XP computers had no better luck in maintaining an internet connection.

Submission + - Steve Fossett may have faked his own death (

GBC writes: "New claims are being made that Steve Fossett may have faked his own death. Fossett, the first man to fly non-stop round the earth in a hot air balloon, went missing last September when his final flight in a light plane over the Nevada desert went missing. His disappearance led to a massive search which has been covered previously on Slashdot — here, here, here and here. He was declared dead on 15 February 2008.

Lieutenant Colonel Cynthia Ryan of the US Civil Air Patrol, said "I've been doing this search and rescue for 14 years. Fossett should have been found. It's not like we didn't have our eyes open. We found six other planes while we were looking for him. We're pretty good at what we do."

Robert Davis, an investigator acting on behalf of insurers Lloyd's of London states "I discovered that there is absolutely no proof that Steve Fossett is actually dead. I'm not a conspiracy theorist, I'm a man who deals in facts, and I don't really care if he is alive or dead, it make no difference to me. What I am interested in is the truth — and a proper criminal investigation of this man's disappearance was never undertaken by law enforcement or officials in the state of Nevada." Of course, according to the article, Llyod's may have to make a £25m payout if Fossett is dead, so it is in their interests that he not be.

News Of The World lists some other revelations uncovered by the investigation including Fossett having mistresses, possible massive divorce payouts and not having any emergency kit with him on the flight — but it is News Of The World, so take that as you will.

What do you think — did he fake his own death or is it just that they haven't found the body yet?"


Submission + - Olympic site blighted by smog (

ubuntukitten writes: "The Beijing Olympics site is covered in smog just two weeks before the Olympics are due to start. Many national teams have had to desert the city to train, and the smog is so bad that it's impossible to see from the Olympic Village to the main stadium. Could it be that the Olympics will provide the environmental wake-up call green politicians have been calling for?"

Submission + - Google loses right to Gmail in Germany

praps writes: A three year trademark conflict has ended with Google withdrawing its use of the Gmail brand in Germany. On Friday, a plain text message appeared, stating "We can't provide service under the Gmail name in Germany... Bummer." But despite the climbdown, Google's Germany spokesman said on Monday that the action was being taken "even though we believe we're not legally obliged to do so".

Submission + - Possible cure for cancer in sight? (

Clanked writes: A US team has developed a new way to turn a patient's T-cells against a deadly, metastasised skin cancer. A 55-year old man who received the immune boost lives tumour-free, more than two years after treatment.
The team treated eight other melanoma patients, but they say it is too early to tell whether their tumours have vanished as well.
Other cancer experts say the results could pave the road for a cancer vaccine, but more proof with additional patients is needed.


Submission + - Yahoo email accounts attacked

An anonymous reader writes: Romanian's users of Y! accounts are facing attacks (i guess from a local groups of hackers). The attackers asked in return of the Y!account an amount of money (70 RON, about US$ 29,64 or 19,13Euro) and a prepaid telephone card (SIM). I was witness today to a such attack, when my friend lost his email accounts. The attacker changed the password of my friend's account and begun to send messages too all the contacts from the address book. We notified very quickly the abuse team from Y! about this attack.

Submission + - Traditional Herbal Medicine Kills Cancer Cells (

esocid writes: An herb used in traditional medicine by many Middle Eastern countries may help in the fight against pancreatic cancer, one of the most difficult cancers to treat. Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer at Jefferson in Philadelphia have found that thymoquinone, an extract of nigella sativa seed oil, blocked pancreatic cancer cell growth and killed the cells by enhancing the process of programmed cell death. While the studies are in the early stages, the findings suggest that thymoquinone could eventually have some use as a preventative strategy in patients who have gone through surgery and chemotherapy or in individuals who are at a high risk of developing cancer. Previous studies also have shown anticancer activity in prostate and colon cancers, as well as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Pancreatic cancer, the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in this country, takes some 34,000 lives a year. The disease frequently is detected after it has spread and only 4 percent of individuals with pancreatic cancer live for five years after diagnosis.

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