tttonyyy writes "Following two incidents of "oscilloscopes burning at customer sites", Tektronix are warning that the Lithium-Ion battery TDS3BATB fitted to TDS3000 and TDS3000B oscilloscopes may overcharge and ignite, and possibly explode. Tektronix recommend that the battery should be removed from these products immediately, and are investigating the problem.
The Christian Alliance for Progress has been campaigning to get Wal-Mart and other retailers to take it off the shelves.
"It's essentially faith-based killing," said Tim Simpson of CAP. "The object of the game is to either kill or convert one's opponents inside the game." "Rather than seeking to close the gap between neighbours, as Jesus did in his ministry, the game's purpose is to drive a wedge between people, teaching teenagers that what God intends is for them to slaughter those who do not share their beliefs."
tttonyyy writes "Link to videos on YouTube, and you might find the full force of Fox's lawyers bearing down on you and your ISP. This is the position that Quicksilverscreen
finds itself in. Although no video material is hosted on the site, Fox have served takedown notices for linking to material that infringes on their intellectual property rights. It would be interesting to know if similar takedown notices have been served to the sites that hosted the videos." top
tttonyyy writes "The New Scientist reports that researchers in Japan have developed a tiny pump driven by living heart cells. The pump could be used as a medical implant or in chips for biological analysis. Rather than requiring electrical power, the pump needs a supply of nutrients for the rat heart muscle cells.
From the article: "The pump is made from a hollow sphere of flexible polymer with tubes connected to opposite sides. The sphere is coated with a sheet of cultured rat heart muscle cells and these cells drive the pump with pulsing contractions."" top
tttonyyy writes "For the hungry D&D player that wants to eat the D20 right after rolling it, this has got to be the ultimate food offering — a pecan pie based Cosahedron.
From the article: "Once the pies were cool, we re-attached the magnets. It is a little hard to describe accurately the sensation of wrestling with magnets that are incredibly small, incredibly powerful and covered with some combination of pie filling and rapidly hardening epoxy."" top
tttonyyy writes "Here's my dilemma. An ISP I was with nearly a decade ago still allows me to pick up pop3 mail from my old account. Recently it has come to my attention that they've got a new subscriber with the same name as myself, and given him my old e-mail address.
Either the pop3 server is allowing access to the mailbox with two different passwords (anyone here care to explain how that could happen?) or they issued the new subscriber with my old pop3 password, because I can still pick up my e-mail.
This is bad for many reasons — I can read his e-mail without him knowing. I can also potentially request passwords to any site he subscribes to online.
The reason I've not got straight on the phone to the ISP is simple — he can do the same with old accounts I've forgotten about. And, in fact, he has done, upon discovering that Amazon/MSN passport won't let him register with his email address because an account already existed. Fortunately no credit card details were on file at Amazon, not that they would still be valid if they were. I'd quite like to lurk in case some others I've forgotten about turn up.
I should point out here that the UK-based ISP in question is big, with nearly three million subscribers — so this must be happening to other people without them knowing. How many people discard their old ISP supplied e-mail addresses without thinking about them being re-issued? This is surely a very good reason to buy and maintain your own domain and hosting, as I do now.
Do I tell the ISP? Do I tell the new subscriber? Would I get into trouble for accessing my old pop3 account?
So, dear slashdotters, any advice would be greatly appreciated!" top
tttonyyy writes "Both The Times online and the BBC report a violent incident in which one chat room user tracked down another for an act of vengeance. Although the phrase "web rage" has been coined by the news agencies, this could easily apply to other communications mediums and is almost certainly not the first instance in which this situation has occurred. Does web rage even exist?" top
tttonyyy writes "After Microsoft was hit with fines for anti-competitive behaviour in 2004 and 2006, it seems that the launch of Vista may be delayed in Europe. Microsoft is blaming this delay on a lack of guidelines from the European Commission. The Commission denies causing any delay, declaring that the emphasis is not on them but on Microsoft to produce a product that conforms to the EU competition rules.
The New York Times reports"Delaying the introduction in Europe, [members of the European Parliament] said in a letter made public by Microsoft on Thursday, 'would put European companies at a competitive disadvantage with every other company around the world who does have access to these new technologies.'""