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MPOW: Fear of Shooting Leads to UIC Building Evacuation

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 3/6/09 (11:18pm)
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It was a normal Friday afternoon. I heard a police siren outside. In fact, I heard a number of police sirens. I looked outside the window and more than half a dozen squad cars came to a screeching halt just outside.

Someone remarked that it might be a bank robbery from across the street. Then suddenly, one of the admin assistants came running in first telling us that someone was running around our building with a gun and that we should duck into one of the private offices for cover. Next came someone running in saying we should vacate the premises immediately.

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The Digital Life

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 2/15/08 (3:23pm)

1. Try to install Adobe Captivate on my new Mac Mini. (I've got an important 'sceencast' that's got to be done pronto.)

But Captivate only runs on a PC.

2. Load Captivate on my old Dell Notebook.

But it's too much for my old Dell Notebook. The thing keeps crashing.

3. Load Apple's Boot Camp on my new Mac Mini. With Boot Camp, you can run both Mac and Windows!

But Boot Camp only runs with Windows XP Service Pack 2 ('SP2'). My copy of XP (from my old Dell Notebook) is older than that.

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Total Bummer: Our Galaxy to Go Bust

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 5/20/07 (7:18pm)

As if we didn't have enough trouble:

Scientists think galactic mergers are one of the primary ways galaxies form. Like heated wax in a lava lamp, two small galaxies can come together to form one larger one, or a blob of gas and stars might pinch off during a particularly messy galactic smash-up and, over cosmic time, the result evolves into a diminutive dwarf galaxy.