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The 10 biggest tech scandals of the decade

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techrepublic.com: Choosing the worst tech disgraces of the past 10 years isn’t easy, but CNET News recently took a crack at it. The incidents that made the cut involve sexual harassment, stripper-crazed CEOs, spies, congressional investigations, and even murder.

Red Hat buys community underprivileged a bike

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orange.mync.com (AP): Bikes cost money, and in today's economic environment parents are making tough decisions about what they can and can't afford for their children. That's where George knew Red Hat could step in and help.

Top 10 Most Hated Tech Mascots Ever

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informationweek.com: Mascots are marketing personified. When they're good, they're grrreat, as Tony the Tiger, one of the world's more successful mascots might say. When they're lame, uninspired, annoying or perplexing, they might end up on a list like this.

Earth's first all Klingon opera debuts

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theregister.co.uk: Earth has witnessed its first Klingon opera. On Friday in The Hague, Netherlands, the Terran Research Ensemble raised the curtain on "U," the first Earth opera performed entirely in Klingon.

11 infamous software bugs

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  • Epic failures: 11 infamous software bugs
  • A Look at Some of Our Favorite Hollywood Computers

When Javascript became the world's new CPU

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The computing world is always very unpredictable. That must be why there is a small number of people who make large amounts of money from it: they are in the right (unpredictable) place, at the right (unpredictable) time. Who would have ever guessed that Javascript, a simple scripting language initially thought as a simple means to make web pages “cooler”, would become… drum roll… the world’s new CPU? Read the full article at Free Software Magazine.

andLinux: Run Linux Applications Seamlessly In Windows

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andLinux is a complete Ubuntu Linux system running seamlessly in Windows 2000 based systems (2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7; 32-bit versions only).

1,000 year-old math problem solved

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computerworlduk.com: Mathematicians from North America, Europe, Australia and South America have resolved the first one trillion cases of an ancient mathematics problem.

10 habits of superstitious users

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blogs.techrepublic.com: For some users, the computer is unfathomable - leading them to make bizarre assumptions about technology and the effect of their own actions. Here are a few irrational beliefs such users develop.

Writing a book with the help of the Sakai free software community

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This article is about writing a book with the help of the free software community. The book in question is Sakai Courseware Management with the main authors being Alan Berg (Me myself and Sleepy and Michael Korcuska, the executive director of the Sakai Foundation. In reality, around forty community members delivered valuable content, which the authors distributed strategically throughout the book.

Read the full article at Free Software Magazine.

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