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Beer not fattening: official

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Misc

"Those of us who like a few pints already know that beer fights cancer and is an absolute life-saver in an avalanche emergency situation, but what about the apparently proven effect of ale on the old waistline, eh?

After all, anyone who has ever been on a package holiday to the Spanish costas can attest to the terrifying expansion of the British male's belly in response to a few hundred gallons of San Miguel...

Interesting Blog

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Security

Interesting Spam: Old school Ascii art making a comeback?

"Two days ago I got my first Ascii spam which is undoubtedly just another technique to get past email filters. The spam consists of the staples, forged To: and From: with the intended recipient on the BCC. Then it starts its HTML tags, and uses the PRE tags to format the Ascii text so that it views correctly in a variety of email clients."

Link with pictures.

Music piracy unit raids ISP in BitTorrent assault

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Legal

Australia's music industry piracy investigations unit has raided an Internet service provider in Perth in what it says is the first Australian assault on the use of BitTorrent technology for copyright infringement.

Computers are good for your health

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Misc

A report by Ross Koppel of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, told the Journal of the American Medical Association that using computers to prescribe drugs has helped doctors curb dangerous errors caused by messy handwriting and bureaucratic mishaps.

Rings computers ring the changes

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Hardware

"The computers that brought Gollum, the Balrog and Middle Earth to life are now available to work for hire.

The computers used to create special effects for the Lord of the Rings films are becoming an on-demand processing centre.

The cluster of 1,008 computers in New Zealand can now be hired on a per hour, per processor basis."

Novell's Linux desktop migration Phase 2

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SUSE

"The Waltham, Massachusetts-based software vendor's Linux desktop migration began in 2004 and overachieved on its phase-one goals, the company's chief information officer, Debra Anderson told ComputerWire.

"This year we're moving more aggressively," Anderson said. "We want to get 100% of Novell on a Linux desktop, including dual-boot, and the second part is to drive a single Linux image and have 80% by the end of the year turn off Windows.""

Asus to ship a Dual Geforce 6800 Ultra card?

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Hardware

Mammoth PCB for Mammoth Performance

"ENTHUSIAST website Xtremesystems has yet another exclusive after the Athlon 4200+, with a photo of an Asus card featuring two Dual Geforce 6800 Ultra on a huge blue PCB. It's not known whether the card will actually be shipped or if it is a demonstration card."

Tarantino 'to make Friday sequel'

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Movies

"Director Quentin Tarantino is in talks to write and direct a new instalment in the Friday the 13th horror franchise, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film-maker will reportedly meet executives from New Line Cinema this week to discuss the 12th film in the long-running 'stalk and slash' series."

eBay fraudster faces possible jail

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Legal

"A 17-year-old lad who admitted ripping off people by selling them non-existent goods via eBay could be jailed.

Judge Roderick Denyer told the teenager at a hearing at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday: "I take an extremely serious view of defrauding on the eBay and it clearly raises the possibility of a custodial sentence.""

When Will Ugly Computer Cases Disappear?

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Hardware

"A few years ago when companies began introducing their pre-modded computer cases, it is safe to say that the majority of the enthusiast community was quite excited to see something unique being brought to the market. These new cases were aimed at the person that did not possess the skills or have the time required to perform tedious case mods. Up until that point, all computer users had available were basic, bland beige (or similar "colored") cases to store their precious system components. These new cases brought along some attractive and interesting concepts and designs. Aluminum, instead of steel, and high quality construction became the norm. Gradually these wonderful designs began to change. Either the market became flooded with hundreds of pre-modded cases or the manufacturers started taking advantage of the community and began producing rather shameful, mostly steel cases, wrapped in monstrous looking plastic shells."

Elite computer pirates plead guilty to bootlegging

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Legal

"Three top members of a global computer piracy network admitted Thursday that they shuttled millions of dollars in computer games, movies and software around the world through a coded system of Web sites and chat rooms."

"The men pleaded guilty in U.S. District court to federal copyright charges, becoming the first Americans convicted in what the Justice Department said was the largest-ever investigation of software piracy."

Apache co-founder calls for "neutral" open source community work

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Software

"Speaking at the Evans Data developer conference in San Jose, California, Brian Behlendorf said that "good" open source software is more likely to result from projects that are not dominated by the interests of one group or person."

Longhorn and the Linux long-game

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Linux
Microsoft

"The next installment of Windows will act as the cornerstone in Microsoft's ongoing battle with IBM and Linux. When the next version of Microsoft's operating system eventually launches, it will be into an environment unlike any faced by its predecessors."

(Free) Apple Mac wins over Linux creator

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Linux
Mac

"Linux creator Linus Torvalds said on Wednesday that he's now running an Apple Macintosh as his main desktop, mainly for work reasons, although partly simply because he's a self-described "technology whore"."

Open source shields BitTorrent from legal attacks

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OSS

"The fact that Bram Cohen decided to make BitTorrent open source may be the biggest reason why the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) has not gone after it. If you read headlines all over the Internet you see that the MPAA launched a pretty heavy assault on some of the biggest BitTorrent sites like LokiTorrent but don't be confused, BitTorrent as a technology or Bram Cohen its author has not come to any harm legally. Also BitTorrent is often viewed as its own P2P network, which it is not."

IDC Says Linux Server Market Grew 36 Percent in Q4 2004

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Linux

"The growing adoption of Linux as a server platform is helping push the X86 server market to new heights and is similarly propping up the sales of non-X86 platforms that support Linux. According to market research from IDC, sales of X86 servers were up 14.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2004 to $6.3 billion as unit shipments increased by 16.8 percent to 1.6 million X86 units shipped. Interestingly, 25 percent of the X86 servers that shipped in the fourth quarter has 64-bit main memory support from either Intel or AMD."

Open source's open sore

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OSS

"In a case which, over the course of several years, has spiralled to encompass some of the biggest names in computing, a Utah federal court has finally ordered IBM to turn over the code-base of its AIX and Dynic operating systems for scrutiny by SCO, a relative software minnow."

Reefer Madness: the musical movie!

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Movies

"Hold on to your baggie, your bowl, and your DVD player - the madness is back!

Midnight classic Reefer Madness has been juiced up with dance routines, an all-star cast, a stirring Broadway score, mercilessly ironic song lyrics with a powerful political message, and best of all for the habitués of reefer dens around the world, a lot of laughs."

Link.

Hacking Google Print

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Software

"Many people are curious about the inner workings of Google, but they are mostly interested in keeping it a secret. So, any information we can glean comes from "black box" analysis. Recently, I wrote a short article that explains how I wrote some simple code that can instantly create PDFs of entire books from Google Print. Maybe some k5ers have more ideas on how to expand the concept, but, as you'll soon find out, I probably can't help in the efforts. Read on ..."

BBC investigates Doctor Who leak

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Misc

"The BBC is investigating how an episode of the new Doctor Who series ended up on the internet three weeks before the show is due to begin on BBC One. A show spokesperson said the leak was a "significant breach of copyright"."

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