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Anything else, off-topic, or stuff that's difficult to classify

Watching Porn /will/ make you go Blind

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Researchers have finally found evidence for what good Catholic boys have known all along - erotic images make you go blind.

Techies face off at Golden Penguin Bowl

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Pencil pushers and programmers from Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. faced off this week for the greatest of geek glories: the Golden Penguin Bowl.

Bush's EU man attacked for Microsoft links

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The Free Software Foundation Europe has criticised President Bush's decision to nominate a long-time ally of Microsoft as the US representative to the European Union.

Scientists to hunt for Atlantis

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AN American researcher on the trail of long-lost Atlantis says he will lead an expedition next year to prove the mythological civilisation lies in the watery deep between Cyprus and Syria.

King David's Palace Is Found

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Eilat Mazar uncovered a major public building from around the 10th century B.C., with pottery shards that date to the time of David and Solomon and a government seal of an official mentioned in the book of Jeremiah.

Hungry Google employees need new Executive Chefs

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Google today announced a worldwide search for two executive chefs with the experience to creatively manage the preparation of thousands of quality breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals each day at the company's Mountain View, Calif. headquarters.

Software pirates tap into technology

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Criminal gangs are increasing taking advantage of the internet to peddle counterfeit software, say experts.

Hackers Demonstrate Their Skills in Vegas

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Even the ATM machines were suspect at this year's Defcon conference, where hackers play intrusion games at the bleeding edge of computer security.

E-waste becoming a health hazard

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"E-trash" is creating an increasing health hazard across the nation, with the U.S. Senate trying to find a national solution.

Copyright Crackdown

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New technology on music CDs limits the number of copies you can make--and gets in the way of putting tunes on an IPod.

Emergency Alerts: Coming to Your Cell Phone?

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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.

Geeks Meet at 'What the Hack' Conference

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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."

Video game pirate headed to slammer

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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.

Things Don't ''Ad'' Up

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Simply removing the ads - regardless of the tool used - is only robbing the content provider by taking something that costs money and refusing to pay the price. It is immoral, and I'm not so sure it shouldn't be illegal too.

Change in daylight-saving time could confuse some programs

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A pending energy bill expected to soon gain approval from the U.S. Congress means some programmers will once again need to check over their software code for potential problems handling a calendar adjustment.

Canadian scientists test 'Bigfoot' hairs

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Scientists expect DNA test results this week from a tuft of hair that residents of Teslin, Yukon Territory, Canada, say come from a sasquatch, or Bigfoot.

Give Up Privacy to Skip Airport Security Lines?

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Attention frequent fliers: Your dream of bypassing long security lines may soon be a reality at airports across the country. But you will have to let the feds scan not only your background, but your iris too. And you'll have to give up prints of your index fingers.

After Announcing Huge Layoffs, HP Seeks 1,302 New Hires

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Engineers and programmers worried about impending layoffs at Hewlett-Packard, which announced on Tuesday that it plans to cut 14,500 jobs, might want to start sending their resumes around internally.

UK Police ask for tough new powers

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PM told of need for three-month detention of suspects and crackdown on websites, computers, and encryption keys.

Bush creates new post to fight global piracy

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President Bush has created a new senior-level position to fight global intellectual-property piracy and counterfeiting that cost American companies billions of dollars each year.

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