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Winning margin surprises Mancini

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says that the margin of his side’s win over Sunderland is a surprise.

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  • A Multitasking GUI, Circa 1982

    autospa points out a post (with video) showing off the multi-tasking abilities of the Blit terminal, developed in 1982 by Rob Pike and Bart Locanthi. Before Windows, before X, and before the Mac (but somewhat later than the Xerox Alto), the Blit terminal provided a multitasking, mouse-driven graphical interface; it took a Unix server on the other side to do the heavy lifting, though.

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  • itwbennett writes “The creators of ‘Zodiac Island’ say they lost an entire season of their syndicated children’s television show after a former employee at their Internet service provider wiped out more than 300GB of video files. eR1 World Network, the show’s creator, is suing the ISP, CyberLynk of Franklin, Wisconsin, and its former employee, Michael Jewson, for damages, saying CyberLynk should have done a better job of protecting its data.”

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  • Fifa & Uefa suspend Bosnia-Hercegovina

    Bosnia-Hercegovina are suspended from world football after refusing to comply to governing body Fifa’s regulations.

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  • Wikipedia Wants More Contributions From Academics

    holy_calamity writes “University professors don’t feel their role as intellectuals working for the public good extends to contributing to the world’s largest encyclopedia, the Guardian reports. Wikimedia foundation is currently surveying academics as part of a search for ways to encourage them to pitch in alongside anonymous civilians and raise quality. The main problem seems to be the academic ego: papers, talks and grant proposals build reputation Read the rest of this entry »




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  • Murray wants swift coach decision

    Andy Murray wants a new coach before the clay-court season, BBC Sport understands.

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  • Luton replace Money with Brabin

    Luton Town manager Richard Money leaves the club by mutual consent and is replaced by assistant boss Gary Brabin.

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  • Samsung Galaxy Ad Misleads With Fake Interviews

    unassimilatible writes “A Samsung ad campaign for the latest Galaxy Tab is misleading, to say the least. Actors pretending to be real people in fake interviews in a fake magazine misquoting a bad first-gen Galaxy tab review, are exposed — by the actual review writer. Netizens ‘are having fun pointing out other curious things about the interviews, such as the fact that “leading New York real-estate CEO Joseph Kolinski” raves about the 8.9-inch Read the rest of this entry »




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  • Scots call-up for Mackail-Smith

    Scotland coach Craig Levein gives Peterborough striker Craig Mackail-Smith a surprise call-up to the squad to face Brazil.

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  • Crowd-Sourced Radiation Maps In Asia and US

    kkleiner writes “In the past few weeks, several crowd-sourced radiation maps have arisen that attempt to give up to the minute looks at the threat level in the areas most likely to be affected by a catastrophe: Japan, Asia, and the US. These maps, available to the public for free online, are a timely example of how user-enabled systems are revolutionizing the way we solve problems. Tracking radiation levels is just the beginning. This is a preview Read the rest of this entry »




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