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vivaoporto (1064484) writes "As the poll is closed and the votes are tallied, Time.com releases the result for its "World most influential person". The stunning result: moot. Ahead of heavy weights like Obama, Dalai Lama and Vladimir Puting, the founder and owner of the site the must not be named (Rules 1 and 2, respectively) was elected with 16,794,368 votes, an order of magnitude ahead of the second place.
The explanation for this unlikely turn of events is explained in a fine piece of investigative journalism called Inside the precision hack, that unveils the whole plot from the desire to give the victory to moot to the fine grained adjustment in the initial of the 21 most voted, in order to spell: "MARBLE CAKE ALSO THE GAME", an in joke in the inner circle of moot's creation." Link to Original Source top
Rory McInnes, the 18-year-old son, was inspired after watching a television program about Google Earth. Even though web surfers could view the image from satellites using the Google Earth software, Rory's parents were not aware of the painting until a pilot called The Sun newspaper, which then contacted Rory's father. Mr McInnes, 54, a company director, thought the newspaper was having a joke.
"When Rory gets home he will be given a scrubbing brush and white spirit and he can go and scrub it off" McInnes said of the punishment awaiting his son, who is currently in Brazil on a gap year." Link to Original Source top
The on-demand service allows Warner Bros. to avoid the risk of manufacturing too many copies of old or obscure titles and shipping them to retailers because customers directly order only the titles they want to buy. The consumer who visits the site initially will find 150 classic titles from Warner Bros. Pictures, MGM and RKO that each can be ordered either as a computer download ($14.95) or as a DVD ($19.95) that arrives in the mailbox approximately five days after purchase." top
Among its new features are an attempt to provide better standard compliance, greater control over whether to save or erase the browsing history (porn mode), the Smart Address bar (equivalent to Firefox Awesome Bar). But maybe the best new feature (for web developers, at least) is that it pushes Internet Explorer 6 even further down, freeing the world of that less capable, less secure and quirk prone browser." top
Web design em Portugal writes "According to Gizmodo, the 30GB model of the Microsoft music player Zune "began freezing at about midnight last night, becoming totally unresponsive and practically useless. (...) The evidence seems to point to a software glitch, but simple resets aren't providing any relief."
"Zune frozen", "reset zune" and "zune troubleshooting" are the top 3 Google Trends right now, what lends credibility that this is a widespread phenomenon." top
Webdesign em Portugal writes "Arstechnica reports that the Japanese Space Agency is now accepting proposals for a microprobe that will accompany the launch of their upcoming mission to Venus. They will provide a free ride on their rocket that will put your hardware on a trajectory towards Venus as long as you give them a probe that pass all of their requirements." top
vivaoporto writes "At the age of six months, most babies have barely learnt to sit up, let alone crawl, walk or talk. But, according to new research, they can already assess someone's intentions towards them, deciding who is a likely friend or enemy.
"By six months, babies have learnt quite a lot and they are taking things in," said Kiley Hamlin, lead author of the research. "We can't say that it is hard-wired (exists in a newborn baby) but we can say it is pre-linguistic and pre-explicit teaching," she told BBC News.
"The babies were sat on their parents' laps and shown a display representing a character trying to climb a hill. The climbing character, which had eyes to make it human-like, was either knocked down the hill by an unhelpful character (a toy of a different shape and color) or pushed up the hill by a helper cartoon figure (another shape and color)," the research noted." Link to Original Source top
vivaoporto writes "Film rental firm Blockbuster is to rent high-definition DVDs in the Blu-ray format only at 1,450 of its US stores.
The move is viewed as a blow for the rival Toshiba-backed HD DVD format — which has been battling against the Blu-ray format, supported by Sony.
The North American HD DVD Promotional Group said Blockbuster's move was short sighted, and had been prompted by the success of films released exclusively in the Blu-ray format in early 2007 such as Casino Royale and Spider Man." Link to Original Source top
vivaoporto writes "Reuters reports that Texas police arrested seven convicted sex offenders after MySpace handed over identity details about the former members of the Internet social network. The arrests, which occurred over a two-week period, come after authorities in several states asked MySpace to hand over information on convicted sex offenders. MySpace began working with authorities in May after tense negotiations over the legality of divulging its users' information. Most states require convicted sex offenders to register their contact information with local authorities after being released from prison. Lawmakers are now pushing for the registration of valid e-mail addresses as part of the requirement." Link to Original Source top
vivaoporto writes "The U.S. Department of Defense said it will block worldwide access to 13 websites including MySpace and YouTube Today from the unclassified defense Department Internet(NIPRNet), according to media reports.
The ban, which takes place immediately, actually was imposed in February and was not prompted by any event or study, according to Army Col. Gary Keck, a Defense Department spokesman. He confirmed that bandwidth was the issue and said the decision is "not about content."
The new policy takes effect as the military has, ironically, aggressively turned to YouTube as a means of broadcasting what it considers to be the more positive aspects of its work in Iraq and Afghanistan as a way of countering what it considers to be negative news coverage.
The sites blocked by the Defense Department: MySpace, YouTube, Metacafe, IFilm, StupidVideos, FileCabi, BlackPlanet, hi5, Photobucket, Pandora, MTV, 1.fm and Live365." top
vivaoporto writes "Employees at Google's New York offices can rest easier now that Kaiser, a 3-foot-long ball python, has been captured after disappearing from his tank on Sunday, a Google spokeswoman said yesterday.
"What you have heard is true and was not an April Fool's Day joke," spokeswoman Ellen West told PC Advisor's sister title Computerworld US. "One of our Googlers lost a pet python named Kaiser in our New York office over the weekend. We are pleased to report that Kaiser was located in the office last night, Monday, 2 April. Kaiser was taken home by his owner and is no longer in the building."
vivaoporto writes "Joshua Wolf, the freelance videographer (previously interviewed here on Slashdot) who served the longest prison term for a journalist refusing to testify to a grand jury is expected to be freed from federal prison. After reaching a deal with prosecutors, he could be freed as soon as today after posting online unaired videotape that he had refused to give federal authorities, said defense lawyer David Greene.
Under an agreement announced by Wolf's attorneys, he will not have to testify to the grand jury or identify any of the protesters shown in his video. More details here." top
vivaoporto (1064484) writes "Just a few short weeks after Marvel killed off Captain America, Newyorkbusiness.com reports that Marvel unveiled plans for a $1B theme park in Dubai. Marvel is building the part with help of a regional firm, Al Ahli Group, and negotiations have been underway for the past two years. Is it possible that Cap, an icon of Americana, was killed off so there would be no American overtones to the park? Let's face it — most of Marvel's other heros could appear on any national background with little change, but good old Captain America may just be too much for an international marketplace — especially in the Mideast today. Did our current involvement in the Mideast force Marvel to kill off Cap? What do/.ers think?"" top
vivaoporto writes "The Beta version of the popular Linux distribution, Ubuntu 7.04, was released today. Codenamed Feisty Fawn, the CD images can be downloaded from the Canonical Servers, and the final version is due to be released next month. Get it while it's hot! Read more about it on the official wiki" top
vivaoporto writes "As seen on Forbes, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times, the four broadcast conglomerates (Clear Channel Communications, CBS Radio, Entercom Communications and Citadel Broadcasting), which together own more than 1,500 stations, have agreed to pay hefty fines and to provide air time for local artists and independent record labels. as a settlement with the FCC. The radio chains, which didn't admit wrongdoing, are to pay a collective $12.5 million in fines and dedicate a total of 8,400 half-hour segments to independent music over the next three years. (Indie labels, for purposes of the settlement, are those not owned or controlled by one of the nation's four dominant music labels — Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and EMI Group)"