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Submission + - Petition to pardon computer pioneer Alan Turing (bbc.co.uk)

unixcrab writes: An online petition calling for the government to posthumously pardon Alan Turing and quash his conviction for gross indecency has been launched.
The gay computer pioneer was convicted of the offence in 1952, when homosexuality was illegal in the UK.
Two years later, he died from cyanide poisoning, which an inquest ruled was suicide.
The e-petition said his treatment and death "remains a shame on the UK government and UK history".


Submission + - Windows 8 an "irrelevance" for PC users (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: "High-profile analyst firm IDC has labelled Windows 8 an "rrelevance" for PC users. As part of its predictions for 2012, IDC claims: "Windows 8 will be largely irrelevant to the users of traditional PCs. We expect effectively no upgrade activity from Windows 7 to Windows 8 in that form factor."

The scathing assessment will put further pressure on Microsoft to drop the Metro interface for users of traditional PCs. At the unveiling of Windows 8 earlier this year, Microsoft's director of Windows Experience, Jensen Harris, gave an indication of the company's attitude to the traditional PC desktop, stating that "every screen needs to be touch. A monitor without touch feels dead.”"


Submission + - Georgian Pensioner Disconnects Armenian Internet (bbc.co.uk)

unixcrab writes: An elderly woman in Georgia is facing a prison sentence after reportedly causing internet services in neighbouring Armenia to crash.

The country found itself offline for hours on 28 March after cables linking Georgia to Armenia were damaged.

A Georgian interior ministry spokesman said a 75-year-old woman had admitted damaging fibre-optic cables while scavenging for copper.

Comment Re:No boobs (Score 1, Insightful) 348

Nice rant, but you have it ass-backwards. The DUI app should not be removed/banned (free speech blah blah blah), but at the same time Apple should not be excluding apps that are subject to the same arguments about freedom of speech. Yet they do and their morality, if that is indeed the basis of their decision to not allow soft porn, comes across as more than a bit bent.

Comment No science? (Score 1) 542

Interesting the lack of scientific subjects amongst his claims. Yes, he mentions psychology but I'm talking about things like physics and mathematics which are not that easy to plagiarise or regurgitate from other sources without justification.

Submission + - Time travel discovery claimed (bbc.co.uk)

unixcrab writes: A Belfast film-maker has posted a video on the internet showing what he says could be evidence of time travelling.

George Clarke from east Belfast has been puzzled for more than a year by a scene in a film which appears to show a woman talking on a mobile phone.

The unusual thing is that the movie was made by Charlie Chaplin in 1928 — long before mobile phones were invented.

The video is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF8WF3vGUn8 and the interesting stuff starts at 2:40

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