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25-01-2009, 16:50:02

Obama To Launch Website For Tracking Tax Expenditures

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Obama To Launch Website For Tracking Tax Expendituresinternationalflight s tips news that Barack Obama, in his first weekly address as President, has mentioned plans to set up a website for tracking "how and where we spend ...
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25-01-2009, 14:50:07

Microsoft To Exit the Zune Business?

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Microsoft To Exit the Zune Business?thefickler writes "According to Microsoft's quarterly filings to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Zune platform experienced a revenue drop of 54 percent, or $100 million. This compares to relatively healthy sales of the iPod, which ...
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25-01-2009, 12:50:02

What, Me Worry? MAD Magazine Going Quarterly

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What, Me Worry? MAD Magazine Going Quarterlytheodp writes "MAD Magazine is about to put out its 500th issue, but starting with its April publication, the mag is cutting down to only four issues per year. The feedback we've gotten from readers,' quipped Editor John Ficarra, 'is t...
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25-01-2009, 08:50:02

National Censorship Plan Offensive, Says Aussie Shadow Minister

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National Censorship Plan Offensive, Says Aussie Shadow Ministerdownundarob writes "Senator Nick Minchin , the Australian Shadow Minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy, has written (or more likely a staffer has written) this interesting article on the Aust...
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25-01-2009, 04:50:03

After Monty Python Goes YouTube, Big Jump In DVD Sales

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After Monty Python Goes YouTube, Big Jump In DVD SalesAn anonymous reader writes "Apparently it with the release of all of Monty Python's material on YouTube, their sales have blown through the roof on Amazon.com. It is too bad there isn't any proper news article about this, but...
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25-01-2009, 02:50:01

New Connections For Stretchable, Twistable Electronics

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New Connections For Stretchable, Twistable Electronicstugfoigel writes "Jizhou Song, a professor in the University of Miami College of Engineering and his collaborators Professor John Rogers, at the University of Illinois and Professor Yonggang Huang, at Northwestern University ...
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25-01-2009, 00:50:02

Downadup Worm mdash; When Will the Next Shoe Drop?

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Downadup Worm mdash; When Will the Next Shoe Drop?alphadogg writes "The Downadup worm mdash; also called Conflicker mdash; has now infected an estimated 10 million PCs worldwide, and security experts say they expect to see a dangerous second-stage payload dropped soon. 'It has t...
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24-01-2009, 22:50:06

Mozilla Labs Wants To Monitor (Volunteers') Firefox Use

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Mozilla Labs Wants To Monitor (Volunteers') Firefox UseHowardd21 writes "PC World reports that Mozilla Labs wants 1% of its Firefox users to voluntarily provide information about how they use the browser, and their web browsing habits. This would be done through an add-on named ...
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24-01-2009, 20:50:04

Microsoft 'Vista Capable' Settlement Cost Could Be Over $8 Billion

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Microsoft 'Vista Capable' Settlement Cost Could Be Over $8 Billionbk- writes with news that documents from the "Vista Capable" class-action lawsuit against Microsoft indicate the software giant could be on the hook for as much as $8.52 billion in upgrade costs. "[University of W...
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24-01-2009, 18:50:04

BotPrize mdash; A Turing Test For Bots

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BotPrize mdash; A Turing Test For BotsPhilip Hingston writes "Computers can't play like people mdash; yet. An unusual kind of computer game bot-programming contest has just been held in Perth, Australia, as part of the IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Games. The ...
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24-01-2009, 16:50:05

NASA Releases Video Tour of the ISS

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NASA Releases Video Tour of the ISSMalvineous writes "Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke has recently filmed a high-definition 35-minute video tour aboard the International Space Station. For those who missed the HD broadcast on NASA TV, the video is available on YouTube. Due t...
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24-01-2009, 14:50:02

Senator Prods Microsoft On H-1B Visas After Layoff Plans

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Senator Prods Microsoft On H-1B Visas After Layoff PlansCWmike writes "US Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) told Microsoft this week that US citizens should get priority over H-1B visa holders as the software vendor moves forward on its plan to cut 5,000 jobs. 'These work visa prog...
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24-01-2009, 12:50:11

Texas Board of Education Supports Evolution

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Texas Board of Education Supports Evolutionsomanyrobots writes with this excerpt from the Dallas News: "In a major defeat for social conservatives, a sharply divided State Board of Education voted Thursday to abandon a longtime state requirement that high school science teachers...
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24-01-2009, 08:50:03

A Teacher Asking Students To Destroy Notes?

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A Teacher Asking Students To Destroy Notes?zwei2stein writes "I found this question with far-reaching implications in the off-topic section of a forum I frequent: 'My economics teacher is forcing us to give up all of our work for the semester. Every page of notes and paper must ...
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24-01-2009, 06:50:02

UK Judge Grants Extradition Review To Cracker Gary McKinnon

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UK Judge Grants Extradition Review To Cracker Gary McKinnonJobsEnding writes with this quote from IBTimes: "A British court ruled on Friday that a man who hacked into US military computers will be given permission for a judicial review against his extradition to the United State...
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24-01-2009, 04:50:02

Network Solutions Under Large-Scale DDoS Attack

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Network Solutions Under Large-Scale DDoS Attacknetizen writes "CircleID is reporting a large-scale DDoS attack affecting all of Network Solutions' name servers for the past 48 hours, potentially affecting millions of websites and emails around the world hosting their domain name...
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24-01-2009, 02:50:03

Scientists Teleport Information Between Ions a Meter Apart

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Scientists Teleport Information Between Ions a Meter Aparterickhill writes with word that scientists from the University of Maryland have successfully transferred information from one charged atom to another without having it cross the intervening space of about one meter. The a...
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24-01-2009, 00:50:02

Happy 25th, Macintosh!

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Happy 25th, Macintosh!bradgoodman writes to tell us that tomorrow will mark the 25th anniversary of the first Macintosh, debuting just 2 days after the famous Super Bowl XVIII commercial. "'The Macintosh demonstrated that it was possible and profitable to create a machine to be ...
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23-01-2009, 22:50:03

YouTube to Allow Self-Serve Ads for Major Media Players

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YouTube to Allow Self-Serve Ads for Major Media Playersthefickler writes to tell us that YouTube plans on raising revenue by allowing major media players to run their own ads on the video site for, not only their own content, but illegally uploaded content by other users. "The s...
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23-01-2009, 20:50:49

First Human Embryonic Stem Cell Study Approved

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First Human Embryonic Stem Cell Study Approveddogmatixpsych writes "The FDA recently approved a privately funded study where human embryonic stem cells will be transplanted into subjects with complete spinal cord injuries. All trials will be paid for and conducted by researchers...
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23-01-2009, 18:50:07

Russia To Develop a National Operating System

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Russia To Develop a National Operating SystemElektroschock writes "According to Russian media, the Russian Government is going to develop a National Operating System (Google translation; Russian original) to lower its dependencies on foreign software technology licensing. The Ru...
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23-01-2009, 16:50:02

Bugs In Microsoft Technical Documentation Rising

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Bugs In Microsoft Technical Documentation Risingsnydeq writes "The number of bugs in technical documentation for Microsoft communication protocols continues to grow, according to court documents filed for ongoing antitrust oversight of the company in the US. Problems with the te...
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23-01-2009, 14:50:02

Obama Staffers Followed Palin's Email Lead On Inauguration Day

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Obama Staffers Followed Palin's Email Lead On Inauguration Daytheodp writes "Using Yahoo's free e-mail service to conduct government business was good enough for Sarah Palin. And now the Washington Times reports that Obama staffers turned to Gmail on Inauguration Day to conduct ...
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23-01-2009, 10:50:04

UK Child Abuse Investigators Resent Being Charged For ISP Data

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UK Child Abuse Investigators Resent Being Charged For ISP Datank497 writes "In the UK, ISPs are charging a child protection agency for access to IP user details they need for their investigations into online-related abuse. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre has ...
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23-01-2009, 08:50:01

Efficiency Gains Could Prove Proposed Plasma Ban Shortsighted

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Efficiency Gains Could Prove Proposed Plasma Ban Shortsightedhihopes writes "As the EU calls for a ban on plasma TVs, a leading Harvey Norman executive said that the issue should be left to vendors, who at the recent CES Show in the USA showed an array of low-powered TV display ...
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23-01-2009, 06:50:02

Trojan Hides In Pirated Copies of Apple iWork '09

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Trojan Hides In Pirated Copies of Apple iWork '09CWmike writes "Pirated copies of Apple's new iWork '09 suite that are now available on file-sharing sites contain a Trojan horse that hijacks Macs and leaves them open to further attack, a security company said yesterday. The 'iSe...
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23-01-2009, 02:50:03

Windows 7 Taskbar Not So Similar To OS X Dock After All

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Windows 7 Taskbar Not So Similar To OS X Dock After Allcremou brulee writes "Redmond's photocopiers have been unusually busy for the last couple of years, with the result that Windows 7 copies a lots of Mac OS X features. First and foremost among these is the Dock, which has bee...
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23-01-2009, 00:50:03

Despite Gates' Prediction, Spam Far From a Thing of the Past

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Despite Gates' Prediction, Spam Far From a Thing of the PastSlatterz writes "Bill Gates declared in 2004 at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland that spam would be 'a thing of the past' within five years. However, Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, has wri...
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22-01-2009, 22:50:02

Ink Breakthrough Heralds Bendy PC Screens

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Ink Breakthrough Heralds Bendy PC ScreensAn anonymous reader writes "Researchers claim to have developed a type of soluble semiconductor ink which could help to make bendable computer screens a reality. Developed at Polyera and BASF Future Business, the ink carries an N-Type neg...
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22-01-2009, 20:50:13

Abobe To Open Real-Time Messaging Protocol

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Abobe To Open Real-Time Messaging Protocolsynodinos writes "Adobe has announced plans to publish the Real-Time Messaging Protocol specification, which is designed for high-performance transmission of audio, video, and data between Adobe Flash Platform technologies. This move tha...
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22-01-2009, 18:50:03

Red Hat Set To Surpass Sun In Market Capitalizatio

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Red Hat Set To Surpass Sun In Market Capitalizatiomytrip writes "In what may come to be seen as a deeply symbolic moment in the history of operating systems, Red Hat is on the verge of surpassing Sun Microsystems' market capitalization for the first time. Sun, perhaps unfairly, ...
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22-01-2009, 16:50:27

Layoffs at Microsoft, Intel and IBM

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Layoffs at Microsoft, Intel and IBMNormally I try to avoid posting straight business news, but I think that these 3 stories combine to something meaningful. Muleguy noted Microsoft is laying off 5,000, Mspangler reports that Intel is cutting 5-6k, while nonyabidness afraid4myjob...
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22-01-2009, 14:50:04

Obama Keeps His Blackberry (And Gets a Sectera)

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Obama Keeps His Blackberry (And Gets a Sectera)InternetVoting writes "After all the controversy surrounding Obama's Blackberry, word has come that he will get to keep it. Few details are available and neither the National Security Agency nor the White House are talking. The curr...
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22-01-2009, 12:50:02

The State of Video Game Regulation

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The State of Video Game RegulationGamasutra is running an in-depth look at the regulation of video games in the US and other countries. They discuss the reasons for such legislation, such as child protection and intellectual property restrictions, as well as what gamers can expe...
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22-01-2009, 08:50:02

Nano-motors For Microbots

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Nano-motors For MicrobotsSmivs writes "The BBC are reporting on the development of tiny motors the size of a grain of salt which could power surgical Microbots. Some surgical procedures are hindered by the size or inflexibility of current instruments. For example, the labyrinthi...
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22-01-2009, 06:50:03

Boat Moves Without an Engine Or Sails

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Boat Moves Without an Engine Or Sailscoondoggie writes "Researchers say technology they have developed would let boats or small aquatic robots glide through the water without the need for an engine, sails or paddles. A University of Pittsburgh research team has designed a propul...
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22-01-2009, 04:50:02

US-CERT Says Microsoft's Advice On Downadup Worm Bogus

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US-CERT Says Microsoft's Advice On Downadup Worm BogusCWmike writes "Microsoft's advice on disabling Windows' "Autorun" feature is flawed, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) said today, and it leaves users who rely on its guidelines to protect their PCs against...
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22-01-2009, 02:50:02

Oldest Weapons-grade Plutonium Found In Dump

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Oldest Weapons-grade Plutonium Found In DumpUrchin writes "Researchers have just identified the first batch of weapons-grade plutonium ever made. The batch was produced as part of the Manhattan Project, but predates Trinity mdash; the first nuclear weapon test mdash; by seven mo...
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22-01-2009, 00:50:03

Microsoft Donates Code To Apache's "Stonehenge" Project

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Microsoft Donates Code To Apache's "Stonehenge" Projectdp619 writes "Several months after joining the Apache Foundation, Microsoft has made its first code contribution to an Apache project. The project, known as Stonehenge, is made up of companies and developers seeking to test ...
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21-01-2009, 18:50:07

Battlestar Galactica's Last Days

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Battlestar Galactica's Last Daysbowman9991 writes "If your country was invaded and occupied by a foreign power, would you blow yourself up to fight back? If someone pointed a gun at your head and threatened to pull the trigger if you refused to sign a document you knew would lea...
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21-01-2009, 16:50:03

Is Microsoft Improving Its Image?

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Is Microsoft Improving Its Image?nk497 writes "Writer makes the case that Windows 7 is a turning point for Microsoft, and we all might start liking them soon... 'While it's not winning everyone over, there are real signs that Microsoft has taken criticisms on board where it matt...
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21-01-2009, 14:50:08

Details Emerge On the 2006 Hacking of Congress

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Details Emerge On the 2006 Hacking of CongressThe National Journal just published an article with details about the hacking of Congress in 2006, possibly by agents in China, though the attack's origin is uncertain. The article notes the difficult work of the House Information Sy...
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21-01-2009, 12:50:02

Pandora Trying Out Invasive Commercial Breaks

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Pandora Trying Out Invasive Commercial BreaksNathan Halverson writes "The popular online radio service Pandora.com has added brief commercial interruptions to its service. Pandora says this is a trial and is targeted to a subset of listeners at this point. In one case, a brief a...
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21-01-2009, 08:50:02

An Early Look At New Features In OpenOffice.org 3.1

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An Early Look At New Features In OpenOffice.org 3.1ahziem writes "With the final release two months away and an alpha version available, it's time to look at OpenOffice.org 3.1's new features: eye candy, better charts, replying to notes in the margin, overlining, macros in Base,...
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21-01-2009, 06:50:02

Seagate Firmware Update Bricks 500GB Barracudas

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Seagate Firmware Update Bricks 500GB BarracudasVoidsinger writes "The latest firmware updates to correct Seagate woes have created a new debacle. It seems from Seagate forums that there has yet to be a successful update of the 3500320AS models from SD15 to the new SD1A firmware....
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21-01-2009, 04:50:02

Energy Star Program Needs an Overhaul

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Energy Star Program Needs an OverhaulMartin Hellman writes " DeviceGuru.com ran my piece raising questions about the EPA's Energy Star program. For example, an Energy Star compliant TV that claims to draw 0.1 watts in sleep mode appears to do that mdash; but only seems to sleep ...
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21-01-2009, 02:50:06

Ubuntu Mobile Looks At Qt As GNOME Alternative

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Ubuntu Mobile Looks At Qt As GNOME AlternativeDerwent sends along a Computerworld piece which begins: "The Ubuntu Mobile operating system is undergoing its most radical change with a port to the ARM processor for Internet devices and netbooks, and may use Nokia's LGPL Qt develop...
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21-01-2009, 00:50:02

Possible Last-Minute Problems With Vista SP2

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Possible Last-Minute Problems With Vista SP2crazyeyes writes "It looks like Microsoft is facing problems with Windows Vista SP2. The final Service Pack for Vista and Server 2008 (before Windows 7 comes out) has been delayed. The folks who broke the launch details and dates of pr...
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20-01-2009, 22:50:02

Intel Testing Solar Power For Data Centers

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Intel Testing Solar Power For Data Centersmiller60 writes "Intel has installed solar panels at a New Mexico facility to test the potential for using photovoltaic solar power in data centers. Solar has proven impractical in data centers thus far for reasons of cost (too high) and...
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20-01-2009, 20:50:03

Can a Small Business Migrate Smoothly To OpenOffice.org v3?

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Can a Small Business Migrate Smoothly To OpenOffice.org v3?Pay The Piper writes "As an IT Support Technician in a small corporation, I've been tasked by one of my managers to determine the feasibility of transitioning our small 40 or 50 person office from Microsoft Office 2000 t...
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