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Submission + - 10 Ways IT Can Prepare For Recession #2 (cio.com)

Lucas123 writes: With the possibility of a follow-on recession in the air, Gartner Research is suggesting that IT leaders should prepare ahead of time by, among other things, doing more with less. Now, CIO magazine columnist Thomas Wailgum is offering a few of his own ideas for recession prep, like cutting out that excess spending on social activities at work, making a land grab for unpaid interns, and skipping that upgrade to Windows 7. Hey, XP's been working just fine, hasn't it?
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Professor Says UFO Studies Should Be Taught At Universities Screenshot-sm 311

New York anthropology professor Philip Haseley wants young people to get the best education possible, and part of that education, he says, should be about UFOs. Haseley thinks universities should offer classes on UFOs and other unexplained phenomena from space. "[A sighting] happens to millions of people [around the world]. It's about time we looked into this as a worthy area of study. It's important that the whole subject be brought out in the open and investigated," he said. I want to believe the truth is out there in 500 words or less.
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Jordanian Mayor Angry Over "Alien Invasion" Prank Screenshot-sm 217

krou writes "Jordanian mayor Mohammed Mleihan has taken a dim view of local newspaper Al-Ghad's April Fools prank, which saw a front page story claiming that 'flying saucers flown by 3m (10ft) creatures had landed in the desert town of Jafr.' The paper claimed that communication networks had gone down, and people were fleeing the area. The mayor called the local security authorities, who combed the area, but they were unable to find any evidence of the aliens. Mr Mleihan is now considering suing because of the distress it caused to residents: 'Students didn't go to school, their parents were frightened and I almost evacuated the town's 13,000 residents. People were scared that aliens would attack them.'" I guess they've never heard of Orson Welles in Jordan.
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Offline Book "Lending" Costs US Publishers Nearly $1 Trillion 494

An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from a tongue-in-cheek blog post which puts publisher worries about ebook piracy into perspective: "Hot on the heels of the story in Publisher's Weekly that 'publishers could be losing out on as much $3 billion to online book piracy' comes a sudden realization of a much larger threat to the viability of the book industry. Apparently, over 2 billion books were 'loaned' last year by a cabal of organizations found in nearly every American city and town. Using the same advanced projective mathematics used in the study cited by Publishers Weekly, Go To Hellman has computed that publishers could be losing sales opportunities totaling over $100 billion per year, losses which extend back to at least the year 2000. ... From what we've been able to piece together, the book 'lending' takes place in 'libraries.' On entering one of these dens, patrons may view a dazzling array of books, periodicals, even CDs and DVDs, all available to anyone willing to disclose valuable personal information in exchange for a 'card.' But there is an ominous silence pervading these ersatz sanctuaries, enforced by the stern demeanor of staff and the glares of other patrons. Although there's no admission charge and it doesn't cost anything to borrow a book, there's always the threat of an onerous overdue bill for the hapless borrower who forgets to continue the cycle of not paying for copyrighted material."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Modern Tech Versus the Past 219

CNETNate writes "Most of us assume modern life is the peak of human achievement, but is it really? CNET decided to take a look at the major technologies of the modern world and compare them to their closest equivalent of pre-digital mankind — Facebook vs. dinner parties, World of Warcraft vs. actual war craft, iPhones vs. hills on fire — and the results are surprising. And slightly dumb, so laugh."

Submission + - The 25 Funniest Vintage Tech Ads (itworld.com)

twailgum writes: Ads are kind of like your awkward teenage years. Think about it: When you're actually experiencing them, every second feels an angst-ridden eternity. Look back a couple decades later, though, and it's damn near impossible not to laugh. Now, we're not suggesting you go out and start bragging about that mullet you were sporting in the '80s. But with these antiquated ads we've found — with youthful Roger Moore, Elvira, the BeeGees endorsing tech products — you can revisit the comedy of bad choices without suffering a single ounce of personal humiliation. Nearly every one will make you wonder what the hell we all were thinking.
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What Does Google Suggest Suggest About Humanity? Screenshot-sm 513

CNETNate writes "You'll laugh, but mostly you'll cry. Some of the questions Google gets asked to deliver results for is beyond worrying. 'Can you put peroxide in your ear?', 'Why would a pregnancy test be negative?', and 'Why can't I own a Canadian?' being just a selection of the truly baffling — and disturbing — questions Google is regularly forced to answer."
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Submission + - Coming to a Mall Near You: The SAP Store? (cio.com)

twailgum writes: "First Apple hit the mall, then Microsoft recently announced it would follow. Now just imagine what an SAP Store might look like stuck between the Cinnabon and Victoria's Secret. Well, we did, and the experience that an SAP Store would deliver is severely lacking.

A customer glances around the austere concrete-and-glass store, which offers two unoccupied HP PCs (with labels that read "For Power Users Only") and display case after display case filled with shimmering CDs, with names such as: Business Suite, NetWeaver, BusinessObjects Edge, Business ByDesign, Crystal Reports, Service-Oriented Architecture and lots more.

Clearly, Apple has little to fear."

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6-Year-Old Says Grand Theft Auto Taught Him To Drive Screenshot-sm 504

nandemoari writes "A six-year-old who recently stole his parents' car and drove it into a utility pole has passed the buck onto a familiar scapegoat: the video game, Grand Theft Auto. Rockstar Games' controversial Grand Theft Auto video game has been criticized by parent groups and crusaders (or in the eyes of gamers, nincompoops) like former lawyer Jack Thompson for years (Thompson once tried to link the Virginia Tech slayings to late-night Counterstrike sessions. He's since been disbarred). However, not as of yet has anyone under the age of, oh, ten, blamed the game for a car theft."
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Submission + - 20 Crazy Things People Do to Get Wi-Fi (cio.com)

twailgum writes: "Results from a new survey show the unsafe, illegal and downright bizarre things people do for Wi-Fi and Internet access. Here are a couple of them:

"Had to climb on my mother's roof once. It was so fun. I actually saw a naked neighbor girl."

"I went up to the top of a mountain and worked for a week from a tent."

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Businesses

Submission + - 10 Tech Urban Legends Unmasked (cio.com)

twailgum writes: "Urban legends have been with us since human beings started sharing stories, and the world of information technology is not immune. We've had iPods as lightning rods, Microsoft's digital toilet (remember the iLoo?), virus-laden screen savers. From "IT Doesn't Matter," to the biggest misquote in IT history, CIO investigated 10 of the most infamous tech tales. For instance, on a purported 1954 prediction of what a home computer might look like in 2004:

E-mails with the purported mock-up started making the rounds in 2004. The image is doctored more times than Michael Jackson's nose.
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