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Intel Talks Hourglass Syndrome ''Computer Rage''

"As performance computer users, we hate to feel held back from accomplishing a task because our hardware is too slow. The little hourglass (or the spinning rainbow wheel) can sometime drive us insane when we perceive that we're able to work faster than our computers." | more

Hotmail Users Report Blank Inboxes

"The ring of the new year has come with an unpleasant surprise for some users of Microsoft's Hotmail service. According to multiple postings on Microsoft's official support forum for Windows Live, a number of users are reporting that their entire Hotmail accounts have been completely deleted without warning." | more

Man Quits Job; Now Makes Millions Fighting Spam

"We all hate spam. At one time or another, it feels like the bane of our existence. Most of us just hit the delete button (or first tag it as junk) and the move on with our lives. Not Daniel Balsam, though, who quit his day job to take on spammers full time. Balsam was working as a marketer eight years ago. After one too many pitches to enlarge one part of his body or another, he had enough. He quit his job and went to law school. Now he makes a living by suing companies that send him spam mail. Now he takes spammers to court in California.

Man punches teen for using iPhone during flight

"A 68-year old man on a Southwest Airlines flight for punching a 15 year old for using his iPhone during the plane's descent, ABC News is reporting. The 15-year old was listening to his music and playing games after flight attendants told the flight's passengers to turn off electronics during landing. The teen didn't respond, and the man, Russell E. Miller, punched him in the arm. Miller was reportedly arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and has been released from police custody." | more

Husband's E-mail Snooping May Lead to Five Years in Prison

"Walker suspected his wife of cheating, so he flipped through the book of passwords she conveniently kept next to the family's shared laptop, logged into her Gmail account and confirmed his suspicions. Now Oakland County prosecutors are charging him with felony computer misuse -- a charge usually reserved for identity thieves, hackers and trade secret embezzlers. He faces five years in prison." | more

CIA Launches WTF

""The director asked the task force to examine whether the latest release of WikiLeaks documents might affect the agency's foreign relationships or operations," CIA spokesman George Little said, according to the Washington Post. The CIA's Counterintelligence Center is leading the new task force, which is also made up of more than two dozen members from departments across the agency.

Internet porn could be blocked by British government

"In a recent interview with the Sunday Times, Ed Vaizey, the nation's minister for culture, communications and creative industries, said he may ask Internet service providers to cut off access to Internet pornography sites." | more

A history of computing flamewars—in handy graph form!

"Google's wonderful new Ngram Viewer allows Internet users to search a huge corpus of scanned books from 1800 to 2008, searching them by word and graphing the results over time. This is far more awesome than it sounds, because it allows us to chart the history of all sorts of things. And, of course, to settle bar bets. For instance: which is superior, Mac or PC? And how would we decide?

Google's Donating Money for Every Tab You Open

"Google has partnered with five charities for Chrome for Cause. These are The Nature Conservancy, Doctors without Borders, Charity: Water, Room to Read, and Un Techno para mi País. To contribute, all you have to do is download the Chrome for a Cause extension for Chrome and start opening tabs. Google is only running the program from December 15 through to December 19 and it's capped at $1 million so be sure to get moving on this as soon as possible for maximum warm and fuzzy feelings.

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