Rolling out next generation's net

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Web

The body that oversees how the net works, grows and evolves says it has coped well with its growth in the last 10 years, but it is just the start.

Cannabis: Too much, too young?

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Over the past couple of years Jim van Os, a psychiatrist at the University of Maastricht who investigates the effect of marijuana on people's brains, and several others have been building the case that, for some teenagers, smoking cannabis leads to serious mental health problems in later life, including schizophrenia. Van Os claims that marijuana is responsible for up to 13 per cent of schizophrenia cases in the Netherlands. And with cannabis use among teenagers on the rise, the age at first use falling, and the strength of cannabis on the up, he says the figure can only increase.

Sony responds to PSP dead-pixel reports

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Gaming

SCEA downplays widespread reports of LCD screen problems, says warranty is still in effect and defective units can be exchanged.

HIGHlights of SXSW 2005

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Each year Austin, Texas hosts its annual SXSW (South by Southwest) Music Festival, drawing thousands of bands and music lovers from all over the world to come play, party and get their toke on. This year's line-up included both the well-known ganja-lovin' rockers from the 70s and 80s, as well as an onslaught of music that ought to be introduced to every stoner's collection.

Amazon knows what you want

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Web

Amazon.com Inc. has one potentially big advantage over its rival online retailers: It knows things about you that you may not know yourself.

Blockbuster withdraws Hollywood merger bid

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Movies

Blockbuster said yesterday that it has dropped its $991 million offer to acquire rival video-rental chain Hollywood Entertainment, which officially expired Thursday at midnight.

sex bots

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Sci/Tech

you’ll have to pardon me while i wax anthropomorhpic for a moment. why is it that robots, designed or imagined, always exist solely to fulfill a purpose or pleasure for human beings? don’t they have feelings too? maybe it’s about time we made some robots whose sole purpose is to hook up with other robots, get a little freaky, and make some robot progeny.

in this article we’ll be exploring robot love. i made a couple of simple lego mindstorms robots and programmed them to reproduce — i.e. they can swap code. effectively, two robots come together, trade their genome, die, and two new robots are born in their place.

Nude Pix Put Cops In a Fix

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Legal

Houston police officer Christopher Green, after arresting a woman on suspicion of drunken driving, allegedly downloaded sexually explicit pictures from her confiscated cell phone onto his PDA and then showed them to several colleagues.

Cheerleader sued firm over cameras in dressing room

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Sci/Tech
Legal

The company that manages the Gaylord Entertainment Center must disclose details of its deal to settle a lawsuit filed by former Nashville Kats cheerleaders who learned they had been secretly videotaped in their dressing room, a judge ruled yesterday.

Jury awards Lexar $465.4 million

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Hardware
Legal

A jury in California on Thursday ordered Toshiba and one of its U.S. subsidiaries to pay an $381.4 million in damages for breach of fiduciary duty and theft of trade secrets in the largest IP (intellectual property) verdict in California history and the third-largest IP verdict in the U.S.

Audiobook retailer Audible infringed on patent

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Software
Legal

Audible, based in Wayne, N.J., is the third company Digeo has sued alleging infringement on its patent, which was filed in 1996 and granted in 1998. Digeo has filed similar lawsuits against mobile-device software company PalmSource and digital music company MusicMatch.

Text message that cried wolf

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Legal

ARMED police stormed a youth hostel after schoolchildren sent text messages to their parents saying: "Hooded gunmen. Laura shot in leg."

Officers in flak jackets broke in at midnight after parents dialled 999. But the messages were a prank by British pupils on a trip to France.

Kmart acquires Sears

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Kmart chief Edward Lampert yesterday got 69 percent vote from his shareholders giving him the green signal for the $12.3bn acquisition of Sears Roebuck & Co. The merger is expected to halt further decline in sales of both the retail giants.

Fastest supercomputer gets faster

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Hardware

Blue Gene/L, the fastest supercomputer in the world, has broken its own speed record, reaching 135.5 teraflops - a trillion calculations a second.

Patent Claims Are a Red Herring, Microsoft Says

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Microsoft
Legal

Legal organizations scrutinizing the legitimacy of Microsoft Corp.'s patent on automatic IP address generation have an "anti-patent" agenda, according to Microsoft.

My workstation OS: PCLinuxOS Preview 8

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Linux
Reviews

I found the GNOME desktop more appealing than KDE until I found Mandrakelinux 10. Mandrake looked good to me, from its fonts to its slide bars. On the functional side, it had some wonderful system administration tools, graphical and centralized. But for some reason Mandrake 10 didn't find my home wireless network. That led me to search for alternatives. I discovered PCLinuxOS, a free LiveCD distribution originally based on Mandrake.

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U.S. Navy and OSSI Initiate Open Source CRADA Activities

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OSS

Government and industry representatives gathered on Tuesday, March 22, 2005, at Stennis Space Center to launch the second open source software research and development program between the U.S. Navy and the Open Source Software Institute ( OSSI ).

War of words over operating systems' safety

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Linux
Microsoft
Security

Doubts were cast this week over the security of three major software systems formerly regarded as safe havens from hacker attacks and viruses.

But experts argue that despite the new findings, these systems are still more secure than their Microsoft counterparts because hackers overwhelmingly target the Windows software.

Computer worm taxes Revenue Dept.

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A computer worm that infected Washington state Revenue Department's system caused some businesses to be charged twice for their taxes.

How to sell your self for a song

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The chance to win theatre tickets is enough to make people give away their identity, reveals a survey.

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