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AMD switching to easy peel-off laptop stickers

AMD switching to easy peel-off laptop stickers

Here’s the scenario many of you will have experienced when buying a new laptop. You research the machine, see loads of promotional videos and images, and finally decide on that sexy model from company X. It arrives in the post, you unwrap it and open the lid. Your smile disappears as the inner case is plastered with a bunch of bright stickers [...]

Mainstream press throws Wikileaks under a bus in journalist shield debate

Mainstream press throws Wikileaks under a bus in journalist shield debate

A new proposed federal journalist shield law is under debate in the USA, which sounds like a great idea, except that the traditional press have agreed to amendments that would exempt Wikileaks from any protection for its confidential sources, on the grounds that Wikileaks isn't journalism... ORLY? More generally, Lucy Dalglish, executive [...]

Gunman at Discovery Channel headquarters

Gunman at Discovery Channel headquarters

A gunman has taken at least one hostage at Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. There's no official police statements about who the gunman is or what he wants, but there's a list of demands circulating on Twitter... said to be the gunman's manifesto. I'm not sure what the original source of this list is, yet, [...]

AMD discontinues ATI brand

AMD discontinues ATI brand

If you have any kind of sentimental attachment to the familiar, red-bordered ATI brand with its friendly curvy letters, then dig out your mourning gear. Yep, it turns out that all the rumors were 100% true. AMD is axing the ATI brand for good, and it's now official. AMD says the decision to drop the 25-year-old brand was made after polling a [...]

Blockbuster Plans Bankruptcy Filing Next Month

Blockbuster Plans Bankruptcy Filing Next Month

Blockbuster, the movie rental chain, is said to be readying a bankruptcy filing for mid-September, The Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday, citing people briefed on the matter. Blockbuster’s bottom line has suffered over the last several years as the rental movie marketplace has seen the rise of such competitors as Netflix and [...]

Lycos Is Still Around?

Lycos Is Still Around?

Lycos, the ill-fated operator of a search engine, Web portal and whatnot originally established in 1994 has a new owner – once again. India-based digital marketing solutions company Ybrant Digital has purchased Lycos from Korean Internet company Daum for a reported $36 million in a stock purchase agreement. Daum bought Lycos for $95.4 [...]

Former SF City sysadmin gets 4 year sentence for refusing to hand over passwords

Former SF City sysadmin gets 4 year sentence for refusing to hand over passwords

45-year-old Terry Childs, a former sysadmin for the city of San Francisco, was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for refusing to hand over administrative passwords to the city's FiberWAN network back in July 2008. A judge convicted Childs in April of violating state hacking laws. Although the city's network continued to run during the [...]

Linux is winning

Linux is winning

Good article, but to be honest, most people have no idea Android is based on Linux or is Open Source at all. So its not like the general public is choosing Linux over other platforms on purpose, its because to them Android can do more than the iPhone and iPad OS. As for the video codecs, its more nerd stuff that the general public wont care [...]

Craigslist: Site battles child sex ads

Craigslist: Site battles child sex ads

Typical, go after the easy target instead of the real problem. Do you think stopping a section of Craigslist will really help? One, they just move to another section, two, they go to other websites (there are tons if you take a look), and three, ignoring the real problem which truthfully would be requiring men and women to be certified [...]

Wikileaks posts “Insurance” file to website

Wikileaks posts “Insurance” file to website

I thought this stuff only happened in bad movies. The huge file, posted on the Afghan War page at the WikiLeaks site, is 1.4 GB and is encrypted with AES256. The file’s size dwarfs the size of all the other files on the page combined. The file has also been posted on a torrent download site as well. It’s not known what the file contains [...]

Amazon: We sell more books in Kindle format than hardcover.

Amazon: We sell more books in Kindle format than hardcover.

Amazon today released an announcement boasting that sales of the Kindle device have tripled since the unit price dropped from $259 to $189. And with that, a related piece of news. Founder Jeff Bezos... "While our hardcover sales continue to grow, the Kindle format has now overtaken the hardcover format. Amazon.com customers now purchase [...]

UK Officials: Dump Microsoft and Use Linux to Save Money

UK Officials: Dump Microsoft and Use Linux to Save Money

Although they say this every year or so, it never happens. It's just so they can get Microsoft to give them a nice fat discount when they need to upgrade. You could say that it's a cost-cutting measure in itself. "In terms of spending less, what about migrating the whole of government (the NHS, education etc.) from Microsoft products to Linux [...]

I’ve never been so pleased to watch a company (Blockbuster) die a slow, painful death

I’ve never been so pleased to watch a company (Blockbuster) die a slow, painful death

Remember when they made a big deal about the "end of late fees," and then it turned out if you were late they'd just charge you the price of the entire movie? I'm going to watch that business plow into the side of the mountain with a big smile on my face. Blockbuster was the national leader in the video rental business for nearly two decades. [...]

Apple to offer iPhone on the Verizon Wireless network

Apple to offer iPhone on the Verizon Wireless network

Bloomberg is reporting that Verizon will begin offering the iPhone in January. That's according to their two unnamed sources "familiar with the plans," although no more details were provided. It's in line, though, with the last several months of rumblings. The timing is notably slightly different from the WSJ's previous report of a [...]

Hope and Change!

Hope and Change!

From a BP gas station in Georgia:

Speed camera foe buys Tennessee city’s police website

Speed camera foe buys Tennessee city’s police website

Someone should buy bluffcitypolice.com just to thwart their next move. BLUFF CITY, Tenn. – After a Tennessee police department let its website expire, the site was snatched up by a new owner — a man who uses it to gripe about traffic cameras that issue speeding tickets. Computer network designer Brian McCrary says he discovered the Bluff [...]

Israel FAIL

Israel FAIL

For the love of god, I just don't know what Israel was thinking. I honestly think that Ehud Barak got up in the morning and said to himself: "hmm, Israel is suffering a PR crisis, I wonder how much physical force it will take this time to improve Israel's image..." In case you've been living under a rock... Cliffs can be found here and here. [...]

If Google told you to jump off a cliff, would you?

If Google told you to jump off a cliff, would you?

You know those warning labels on those chemical packets that come in new shoes  that say 'do not eat'?  Have you ever wondered why they have to print  something so stupidly obvious? Enter Lauren Rosenberg of Park City, Utah.  She used Google Maps on her Blackberry to get walking directions from one part of town to another.  Part of those [...]

Man arrested for shooting at car of iPhone thieves

Man arrested for shooting at car of iPhone thieves

Roger Witter, 48, was in an Oregon AT&T store when he saw two young men stealing iPhones. He chased them outside, pistol in hand, and fired shots at the car as it sped off. Witter told police he was trying to shoot out the car's tires. He was arrested and charged with "unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangerment disorderly conduct. and [...]

New NYC subway map comes out next month

New NYC subway map comes out next month

The New York City subway map is getting a makeover for the first time in over a decade. (more…)

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