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Staples To Offer 3D Printing Services

November 29th, 2012 11:07 admin View Comments

Businesses

An anonymous reader writes “Mcor and Staples announced today a deal in which Mcor will supply their paper-based 3D printers to Staples Copy Centers worldwide. Staples customers will be able to upload their 3D model and pick up the printed object at their local copy center. The rollout starts in The Netherlands and Belgium in 1Q 2013 and then opens up in other countries.”

Source: Staples To Offer 3D Printing Services

Ask Slashdot: Management Software For Small Independent ISP?

November 25th, 2012 11:13 admin View Comments

The Internet

First time accepted submitter Vorknkx writes “I work in a small ISP. Most of our customers have cable modems but some of them are using Canopy or Ubiquity products. To manage all that, we’re using a number of programs and solutions not necessarily made for such a task that are kept up to date simply using copy and paste. We have an Access database for all our internet customers, an Excel document for our wireless users, The Dude to monitor every user and a custom-made web application to monitor traffic. Needless to say, we’re starting to hit the limit and juggling between all these programs is a complete pain. Is there some kind of all-in-one solution that would allow us to eliminate all the copy and paste while keeping the same functionality?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Management Software For Small Independent ISP?

Media Center Key Accidentally Gives Pirates Free Windows 8 Pro License

November 21st, 2012 11:01 admin View Comments

Piracy

MrSeb writes “In an amusing twist that undoubtedly spells the end of some hapless manager’s career, Microsoft has accidentally gifted pirates with a free, fully-functioning Windows 8 license key. As you have probably surmised, this isn’t intentional — Microsoft hasn’t suddenly decided to give pirates an early Christmas present (though the $40 upgrade deal from Windows 8 Release Preview is something of a pirate amnesty). … The bug involves the Key Management Service, which is part of Microsoft’s Volume Licensing system. Pirates have already hacked the KMS to activate Windows 8 for 180 days — but this is just a partial activation. Now it turns out that the free Media Center Pack license keys that Microsoft is giving out until January 31 2013 can be used on a KMS-activated copy of Windows 8 to turn it into a fully licensed copy of Windows 8 Pro. “

Source: Media Center Key Accidentally Gives Pirates Free Windows 8 Pro License

Man Charged £2,000 For Medical Records Stored On Obsolete System

November 7th, 2012 11:40 admin View Comments

Medicine

An anonymous reader writes “In Britain, where it is custom and practice to charge around £10 for a copy of your medical results, a patient has discovered that his copy will cost him £2,000 because the records are stored on an obsolete system that the current IT systems cannot access. Can this be good for patient care if no-one can access records dating back from a previous filing system? Perhaps we need to require all current systems to store data in a way that is vendor independent, and DRM-free, too?”

Source: Man Charged £2,000 For Medical Records Stored On Obsolete System

Unredacted Documents In Apple/Samsung Case, No Evidence of ‘Copy’ Instruction

October 8th, 2012 10:50 admin View Comments

Patents

another random user writes Previously redacted documents presented in the Apple-Samsung case seem not to offer actual evidence that Samsung told its designers to copy the iPhone. Documents that have now been unredacted seem to show that there was never any ‘copy apple’ instruction. There was a push towards things that would be different, such as what is now seen in the Galaxy S3: ‘Our biggest asset is our screen. It is very important that we make screen size bigger, and in the future mobile phones will absorb even the function of e-books.’ Groklaw suggests, rather shockingly, that Apple’s lawyers might have been a little selective in how they presented some of this evidence to the court, by picking little parts of it that offered a different shade of nuance.”

Source: Unredacted Documents In Apple/Samsung Case, No Evidence of ‘Copy’ Instruction

Scientists Find Gene That Predicts Happiness In Women

August 29th, 2012 08:17 admin View Comments

Science

An anonymous reader writes “For reasons that scientists have not conclusively determined, women are happier than men. And now, researchers think that they may have pinpointed one of the reasons for that. They have found a gene in women that predicts the level of happiness in women. ‘After controlling for various factors, ranging from age and education to income, the researchers found that women with the low-expression type of MAOA were significantly happier than others. Compared to women with no copies of the low-expression version of the MAOA gene, women with one copy scored higher on the happiness scale and those with two copies increased their score even more. While a substantial number of men carried a copy of the “happy” version of the MAOA gene, they reported no more happiness than those without it.’”

Source: Scientists Find Gene That Predicts Happiness In Women

Japan: Police Arrest Journalists For Selling DVD-Backup Tools

July 22nd, 2012 07:29 admin View Comments

DRM

Modellismo writes “Last week four journalists from Sansai Books were arrested for selling, through the company website, a copy of a magazine published last year (with a free cover mounted disc) focused on how to backup/rip DVDs. They violated Japan’s Unfair Competition Prevention Law that recently has been revised to make illegal the sale of any DRM circumvention device or software. It’s interesting to note that Japanese cyber police could arrest the Amazon Japan CEO, too, as the online giant is selling a lot of magazines, books and software packages for DVD copy and ripping: exactly what put Sansai Books’ staff in trouble.”

Source: Japan: Police Arrest Journalists For Selling DVD-Backup Tools

How To Turn a Bookmarklet Into a Nice Firefox Button

May 8th, 2012 05:30 admin View Comments

If you use Pinterest or Instapaper, you probably click on their bookmarklets fairly often. Lots of popular browser-based applications have full-blown extensions with their own buttons, but some only have the bookmark option. Would you like to get those out of your bookmarks bar and onto your toolbar? Here’s a neat trick for Firefox users.

1. Install the Custom Buttons add-on

2. Add a new button from the View menu

There will now be an ‘Add new button…’ choice in your View menu.

3. Choose a name and an icon for your button

The add-on comes with a few colored stars, but you’ll probably want to use a nice 16×16 favicon for the service. You have to put the favicon in a permanent place on your computer. I created ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Button Icons, because I am a nerd, but you can put them wherever you want.

You can use getfavicon.org to grab them. Here are a few of our favorite Web apps without Firefox extensions that you might use for custom buttons:

4. Add your bookmarklet code

You’ll add the normal JavaScript for your bookmarklets to your button, but you have to wrap it like so:

loadURI("BOOKMARKLET-GOES-HERE");

Copy that text to a blank page, then go get your bookmarklet.

Here are links to where you can grab bookmarklets for those same four sites:

From those pages, you can get the JavaScript by right-clicking on the links to the bookmarklets you want and selecting “Copy Link Location.” Paste that into your button code inside the quotation marks. Then copy the whole thing to your clipboard.

Now go to the “Code” tab of the “Add New Button” window. This add-on’s UI is a little screwy, but it will work, I promise. Just paste your code into the “Code” tab and click OK.

5. Add your button to your toolbar

One copy of your button now lives in View > Toolbars > Customize… You can drag it from there onto any part of your browser toolbar.

Now your browser looks pretty and your bookmarks are clean!

If you are brave and want to actually write your own extension from scratch, here are the instructions. But the Custom Buttons trick works nicely and is friendly to normal people.

Image via Shutterstock

Source: How To Turn a Bookmarklet Into a Nice Firefox Button

The Avengers: Why Pirates Failed To Prevent a Box Office Record

May 8th, 2012 05:59 admin View Comments

Piracy

TheGift73 sends this excerpt from TorrentFreak: “Despite the widespread availability of pirated releases, The Avengers just scored a record-breaking $200 million opening weekend at the box office. While some are baffled to see that piracy failed to crush the movie’s profits, it’s really not that surprising. Claiming a camcorded copy of a movie seriously impacts box office attendance is the same as arguing that concert bootlegs stop people from seeing artists on stage. … Of all the people who downloaded a pirate copy of the film about 20% came from the U.S. This means that roughly 100,000 Americans have downloaded a copy online through BitTorrent. Now, IF all these people bought a movie ticket instead then box office revenue would be just 0.5% higher. Not much of an impact, and even less when you consider that these ‘pirates’ do not all count as a lost sale.”

Source: The Avengers: Why Pirates Failed To Prevent a Box Office Record

Iranian Military Says It’s Copying US Drone

April 22nd, 2012 04:26 admin View Comments

Government

New submitter skipkent writes “Iran’s military has started to build a copy of a U.S. surveillance drone captured last year after breaking the software encryption, Iranian media reported on Sunday. General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guards aerospace division, said engineers were in the final stages of decoding data from the Sentinel aircraft, which came down in December near the Afghan border, Mehr news agency reported.”

Source: Iranian Military Says It’s Copying US Drone

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