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Turned off by PC-Turnoff Week

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Sci/Tech

PC-Turnoff Week, which begins Monday with the goal of persuading parents to drag their children off the computer for seven days, is the wrong answer to a serious problem.

Oops! Microsoft's Earth falls flat

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Microsoft

This week, poor Microsoft delivered a seminar in how not to launch a website. The release of their Virtual Earth site got the kind of word-of-mouth buzz that nobody wants: First, word went around that they were spiteful, but then they turned out to be merely incompetent.

Emergency Alerts: Coming to Your Cell Phone?

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Misc

Emergency alerts may soon be delivered by more than just your television set or old-fashioned radio: The federal government is considering alerting you via text message should a possible natural disaster or terrorist attack directly affect your area.

GTA sex scandal hits Australia

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Gaming

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, has effectively been banned in Australia because of hidden sex scenes.

M$ Still Targets Linux Users

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Linux
Microsoft

Despite some cooperative efforts, Microsoft is stepping up its efforts to coax customers to replace Linux with Windows, highlighting a new campaign aimed at specific kinds of server workloads.

Hackers Claim Crack of M$ Genuine Advantage Scan

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Microsoft

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday pushed its WGA program over the Internet, however, online enthusiast sites reported on Thursday that the verification method had been broken in 24 hours.

Kenosha Finds Big Savings in Linux

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Linux

Kenosha, a city of about 100,000, was on the bleeding edge when it began deploying Linux nearly a decade ago. The city had been a Unix shop, but as I.T. demands became more dynamic and more dependent on the Internet, Schall decided that instead of buying more Unix boxes, it was time to look at an inexpensive alternative.

Geeks Meet at 'What the Hack' Conference

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Misc

There are hundreds of tents on the hot and soggy campground, but this isn't your ordinary summertime outing, considering that it includes workshops with such titles as "Politics of Psychedelic Research" or "Fun and Mayhem with RFID."

Senate moves toward new data security rules

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Security

U.S. politicians signaled Thursday that they were eager to enact security breach and data safeguard laws, a move that indicates new federal regulations could reach President Bush's desk by the end of the year.

Physicist throws time-travel theories a curve

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Sci/Tech

The possibility of time travel has occupied the fantasies of philosophers, authors, children and directors. But to some physicists, it's more than pure fancy.

KDE 3.4.2 Release Announcement

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KDE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KDE Project Ships Second Translation and Service Release of the 3.4 Generation GNU/Linux - UNIX Desktop, Offering Enterprises and Governments a Compelling Free and Open Desktop Solution

Black Hat conference: Newest Stealth Rootkits

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Security

Just when anti-virus vendors think they have a bead on the threat from stealth rootkits, along comes word that a pair of researchers have discovered a new way to hide malicious programs.

The Heat Is On

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Hardware

Is the industry ready for RoHS, which is set to hit first with a July 1, 2006 deadline marked on supply-chain calendars? The answer, according to Fern Abrams, director of environmental policy at IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries, is a resounding “No.”

An Online Artist Challenges Obscenity Law

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Web

The case, filed in 2001 by Barbara Nitke, whose Web site includes pictures of sadomasochism and bondage, argues that the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which prohibits obscene material from being distributed on the Internet, is overly broad and violates the First Amendment.

FBI wants more subpoena power

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Security

FBI Director Robert Mueller said Wednesday that Congress should give the agency the power to issue its own subpoenas, instead of having to get approval for them from a court.

Microsoft, Google tangle in court

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Legal

Secret meetings, confidential messages and alleged exchanges with Bill Gates were brought out as ammunition yesterday in the legal battle over a former Microsoft executive's departure for search rival Google.

Video game pirate headed to slammer

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Misc

A Maryland man has been sentenced to four months behind bars for helping to organize a software and hardware piracy scheme out of a chain of video game stores.

Report says porn Web site numbers "exploding'

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Web

A report released Wednesday by a group of Democrats seeking a moral authority some say their party has lost says the number of pornographic Web pages has grown 3,000 percent since 1998 and federal laws must be changed to keep children away from them.

Black Hat conference: Cisco IOS often targeted by hackers

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Security

IT professionals constantly worry about the next computer virus or worm, but there is a greater threat that is often ignored - Cisco routers.

KDE Keeps Advancing

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KDE

While Microsoft beats the drum loudly for Vista, the K Desktop Environment open-source community has more quietly been improving its popular desktop interface.

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