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At Least 32 Dead In Virginia Tech Shooting

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At least 32 people were killed and more than two dozen wounded at Virginia Tech university on Monday in the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history, media said.

Fox News, CNN and the student-run university newspaper gave the death toll as 32. Officials earlier said at least 22 people were killed.

The Daylight Saving change: no savings, no point

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The US government's plan to boost energy savings by moving Daylight Saving Time forward by three weeks was apparently a waste of time and effort, as the technological foibles Americans experienced failed to give way to any measurable energy savings.

ThinkGeek offers new selections in product line

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Does playing with your Wii make you tired? Do you long for the nostalgic 8-bit clothing days? Get a whole new meaning from snooze you lose. The Lonely Guy Dream Vacation Digital Photo Frame is the next best thing to actually going.

New products include:

* The ThinkGeek WiiHelm
* SnuzNLuz - Wifi Donation Alarm Clock
* Piranhaz - R/C Battle Fish

Larry Ellison becomes Chief Monk Officer

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Larry Ellison on Thursday came to the startling yet enlightening realization that he is not god. As a result, Oracle's CEO has gone totally monastic.

News.com's April 1 edition published

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To celebrate the first day of April, News.com has published a special 4/1 edition that has compiled some less-reported headlines on all things technology, from Wikipedia to Vista and the Department of Homeland Security.

Today's Headlines include:

  • Wikipedia founder's bold experiment

  • Dalai Lama exiled to Second Life
  • Homeland Security backs privacy plan

The Day Windows Killed Ubuntu

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While I am not much into April Fools' Day, what if Canonical was bought out by Microsoft thus forming Microsoft Windows-buntu? Or what if Microsoft paid QuinnStorm to stop developing Beryl? I have begun developing a list of things I would hate to hear on April Fool's Day as it relates to Linux.

- Ubuntu and Fedora Merge
- Red Hat Partners With Microsoft

Tux Droid... cool toy, or Tuxploitation?

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A Belgian firm is shipping a wireless robot shaped like Tux, the Linux mascot. The KYSOH (Keep Your Sense of Humor) "Tux Droid" itself does not run Linux, however, leading some early observers to question whether the gadget exploits the Tux form factor unfairly.

Has open source gone too far?

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I come in for criticism here when I write about the open source concept being extended into areas like politics and journalism.

It doesn't belong there, the critics charge. Where's the license agreement? You're rendering the concept meaningless.

OK, so how about cars? Or music?

Balancing discussion

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Recently the subject of mailing list discussion and offensiveness has erupted in the community. This has been triggered by a joke being sent to a list and the fallout that ensued after it. I am not going to comment on the specifics of that incident, but instead look at what I consider a critical issue here - the balance between political correctness and abusive discussion.

The origin of Unix

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Almost everyone thinks that Unix originated with Thomson, Ritchie, and others at Bell Labs in 1969/70, and that's correct but not true.

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