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22-12-2008, 04:50:03

The Slow Bruteforce Botnet(s) May Be Learning

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The Slow Bruteforce Botnet(s) May Be Learningbadger.foo writes "We've seen stories about the slow bruteforcers mdash; we've discussed it here mdash; and based on the data, my colleague Egil M#246;ller was the first to suggest that since we know the attempts are coordinated, it i...
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22-12-2008, 02:50:01

US Government Responds Harshly To ICANN gTLD Plans

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US Government Responds Harshly To ICANN gTLD PlansICANN posted its proposal for expanding gTLDs late in October, and now the US government has issued its scathing response (PDF, 11 pp.), from the departments of Commerce and Justice. The initial criticism is that John Levine sent...
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22-12-2008, 00:50:01

Octopuses Have No Personalities and Enjoy HDTV

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Octopuses Have No Personalities and Enjoy HDTVWhiteox writes about an Australian researcher named Renata Pronk, who has discovered that octopuses prefer HDTV. She recruited 32 gloomy octopuses from the waters of Chowder Bay. Previously, researchers have reported little success w...
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21-12-2008, 22:50:04

Tools amp; Surprises For a Tech Book Author?

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Tools amp; Surprises For a Tech Book Author?Fubari writes "I have questions for those of you who have written books: what writing tools have you found helpful? I want to start my book off right (so I'm pretty sure I don't want to write it in MS Word). What has and has not worked...
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21-12-2008, 20:50:31

Using Speed Cameras To Send Tickets To Your Enemies

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Using Speed Cameras To Send Tickets To Your EnemiesHigh school students in Maryland are using speed cameras to get back at their perceived enemies, and even teachers. The students duplicate the victim's license plate on glossy paper using a laser printer, tape it over their own ...
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21-12-2008, 18:50:02

Denver Couple Unveils Homemade Service Robot

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Denver Couple Unveils Homemade Service RobotAn anonymous reader writes "Jim amp; Louise Gunderson, owners of a Denver-based computer software tool development company, have finally unveiled their autonomous robot, Basil. Basil is completely home built, runs Linux with some instr...
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21-12-2008, 16:50:02

NIST Announces Round 1 Candidates For SHA-3 Competition

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NIST Announces Round 1 Candidates For SHA-3 Competitionjd writes "NIST has announced the round 1 candidates for the Cryptographic Hash Algorithm Challenge. Of the 64 who submitted entries, 51 were accepted. Of those, in mere days, one has been definitely broken, and three others...
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21-12-2008, 14:50:02

Are Newspapers Doomed?

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Are Newspapers Doomed?Ponca City, We love you writes "James Surowiecki has an interesting article in the New Yorker that crystalizes the problems facing print newspapers today and explains why we may soon be seeing more major newspapers filing for bankruptcy, as the Tribune Comp...
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21-12-2008, 10:50:04

Abit To Close Its Doors Forever On Dec. 31, 2008

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Abit To Close Its Doors Forever On Dec. 31, 2008ki1obyte writes "Earlier this year the Taiwanese firm Abit, once a leading-edge maker of computer mainboards and other components, was slated to shut down motherboard production by the end of 2008 and focus on consumer electronics ...
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21-12-2008, 06:50:05

New Contest Will Seek the Best "I'm Linux" Video

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New Contest Will Seek the Best "I'm Linux" VideoLinuxScribe writes "From Apple's ubiquitous 'I'm a Mac,' to Jerry Seinfeld, to Microsoft's 'I'm a PC' retort, operating system commercials have been flooding the airways. Except that Linux is the one OS that has been notably absent...
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21-12-2008, 04:50:02

How To See In 3D On Your iPhone

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How To See In 3D On Your iPhonewaderoush writes "Some of the coolest media technologies predate the Web and the PC mdash; in fact, they predate the 20th century. My column in Xconomy explores the world of 19th-century stereoscopes and stereo views, which are the all-but-forgotte...
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21-12-2008, 02:50:06

Diskeeper Accused of Scientology Indoctrination

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Diskeeper Accused of Scientology Indoctrinationtouretzky writes "Two ex-employees have sued Diskeeper Corporation in Los Angeles Superior Court after being fired, alleging that the company makes Scientology training a mandatory condition of employment (complaint, PDF). Diskeeper...
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21-12-2008, 00:50:03

Scientists Hack Cellphone To Detect Diseases

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Scientists Hack Cellphone To Detect DiseasesDave Bullock (eecue) plugs his piece up at Wired on a cellphone modded into a portable blood tester. This could become a significant piece of medical technology. "A new MacGyver-esque cellphone hack could bring cheap, on-the-spot disea...
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20-12-2008, 22:50:23

Watergate "Deep Throat" Mark Felt Dead At 95

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Watergate "Deep Throat" Mark Felt Dead At 95Hugh Pickens writes "W. Mark Felt Sr., 95, associate director of the FBI during the Watergate scandal, better known as 'Deep Throat,' the most famous anonymous source in American history, died at his home in Santa Rosa, California. Fel...
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20-12-2008, 20:50:05

The Post-Bilski Era Gets Underway

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The Post-Bilski Era Gets Underwaybfwebster writes "A set of pharmaceutical process patents for 'evaluating and improving the safety of immunization schedules' (Classen v. Biogen et al.; see US Patents 6,420,139; 6,638,379; 5,728,385; 5,723,283) were held to be invalid due to unp...
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20-12-2008, 18:50:09

Is Finding Part Time Work In IT Unrealistic?

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Is Finding Part Time Work In IT Unrealistic?I like my current job writes "Having worked full-time in IT for the past 12 years, I would really like to work less and focus on other goals and priorities in my life. I asked my current employer and was shot down. It seems like everyo...
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20-12-2008, 16:50:03

RIAA Claim of Stopping Suits "Months" Ago Is False

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RIAA Claim of Stopping Suits "Months" Ago Is FalseNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "According to a report on Wired.com, the RIAA spokesman claimed that the RIAA has not filed any new lawsuits 'for months,' and according to the ...
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20-12-2008, 14:50:02

Court Allows Arkansas To Hide Wikipedia Edits

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Court Allows Arkansas To Hide Wikipedia Editsrheotaxis writes "A circuit judge in Arkansas will not order the state to reveal where its computers were used to edit Wikipedia articles about former governor Mike Huckabee while he was running for President. Two Associated Press jou...
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20-12-2008, 12:50:03

Nobel Jurors Facing Bribery Probe

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Nobel Jurors Facing Bribery ProbeRockDoctor writes "A report is circulating that in the run-up to the selection of prize-winners for 2006 and 2008, some members of the Nobel jury accepted an expenses-paid trip (or trips) to China to 'explain the selection process.' That's not, i...
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20-12-2008, 08:50:02

Lenovo's New ThinkPad Has 2 LCD Screens, Weighs 11 Pounds

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Lenovo's New ThinkPad Has 2 LCD Screens, Weighs 11 Poundsericatcw writes "With many users now used to having multiple monitors at home or work, you had to figure someone would try to offer a 'desktop replacement' laptop that offered the same. Lenovo is the first. Its new W700ds ...
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20-12-2008, 06:50:03

New York City Street Lights To Go LED

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New York City Street Lights To Go LEDeldavojohn writes "Wired has a short piece on NYC's new street light project. I don't think we need to belabor the many benefits that LEDs hold over traditional light bulbs, but the finishing touches are being addressed, and they will hopeful...
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20-12-2008, 04:50:02

EA Is Now Officially On Steam, emSpore/em Loses SecuROM

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EA Is Now Officially On Steam, emSpore/em Loses SecuROMTrevor DeRiza writes "Today, Valve and EA revealed that this week's earlier rumors were true: Spore (and other EA games) are coming to Steam. As of today, Spore, Spore Creepy amp; Cute Parts Pack, Warhammer Online, Mass Effe...
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20-12-2008, 02:50:01

Student Invention May Significantly Extend Mobile Device Battery Life

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Student Invention May Significantly Extend Mobile Device Battery Lifeimamac writes with this excerpt from news out of Carleton University: "Atif Shamim, an electronics PhD student at Carleton University, has built a prototype that extends the battery life of portable gadgets suc...
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20-12-2008, 00:50:02

Dubai Is Building a Refrigerated Beach

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Dubai Is Building a Refrigerated Beachdataxtream writes "The world's first refrigerated beach is to be built at a luxury hotel in Dubai, located along the southern coast of the Persian Gulf. The beach will include heat-absorbing pipes under the sand along with large wind blowers...
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19-12-2008, 22:50:01

A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Public

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A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made PublicSUNSTOP writes to tell that a relatively unknown Maryland scientist has proposed a public patent that he claims could combat global warming. The proposed plan would require massive amounts of water be sprayed into the air in an ef...
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19-12-2008, 20:50:02

Hacked Business Owner Stuck With $52k Phone Bill

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Hacked Business Owner Stuck With $52k Phone Billubercam writes "A Canadian business man is on the hook for a $52,000 phone bill after someone hacked into his voice mail system and found a way to dial out. The hacker racked up the charges with calls to Bulgaria. The business owne...
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19-12-2008, 18:50:13

CSIS Cybersecurity Commission Chairman Jim Langevin Answers Your Questions

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CSIS Cybersecurity Commission Chairman Jim Langevin Answers Your QuestionsLast week we solicited questions for US Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI), one of the chairs of the CSIS Cybersecurity Commission. Here are his answers mdash; along with contact information for him if you...
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19-12-2008, 16:50:03

Linux Compatibility With VR Goggles?

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Linux Compatibility With VR Goggles?WorldWarCheese writes "Many's the time I wish I had a little more mobility or comfort with my computer. Laptops are OK, but anyone interested can see right onto my screen; and a laptop doesn't quite have that 'cool' factor that VR goggles / he...
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19-12-2008, 14:50:02

RIAA To Stop Prosecuting Individual File Sharers

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RIAA To Stop Prosecuting Individual File Sharersdebatem1 writes "According to the Wall Street Journal, the RIAA has decided to abandon its current tactic of suing individuals for sharing copyrighted music. Ongoing lawsuits will be pursued to completion, but no new ones will be f...
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19-12-2008, 10:50:01

Simulations May Explain Loss of Beagle 2 Mars Probe

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Simulations May Explain Loss of Beagle 2 Mars Probechrb writes "Researchers at Queensland University have used computer simulations to calculate that the loss of the US$80 million British Beagle 2 Mars probe was due to a bad choice of spin rate during atmospheric entry, resultin...
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19-12-2008, 08:50:02

Brand Names Take On Generics In PSU Showdown

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Brand Names Take On Generics In PSU ShowdownThe Raindog writes "The power supply is perhaps the most overlooked element of a modern PC, and yet it's the one component that can irreparably damage the rest of a system. The market is littered with generic PSUs that are often much c...
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19-12-2008, 04:50:03

Majel Roddenberry Dies At 76

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Majel Roddenberry Dies At 76unassimilatible writes "If there was ever a sad day for nerds, it's today, as Majel Barrett-Rodenberry has passed away. The widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry is best remembered as the gorgeous Nurse Christine Chapel from the original series,...
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19-12-2008, 02:50:02

Researchers Create Graphite Memory 10 Atoms Thick

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Researchers Create Graphite Memory 10 Atoms ThickCWmike writes "Researchers at Rice University have demonstrated a new data storage medium made out of a layer of graphite only 10 atoms thick. The technology could potentially provide many times the capacity of current flash memor...
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19-12-2008, 00:50:02

Wireless Power Consortium Pushes For Standard

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Wireless Power Consortium Pushes For StandardSlatterz writes "We've already heard about wireless power before, but now we're a step closer to throwing away our power cables and chargers. A consortium of eight companies has launched an initiative to develop a wireless power stand...
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18-12-2008, 22:50:03

Indian GPS Cartographers Charged As Terrorists

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Indian GPS Cartographers Charged As Terroristschrb writes "Following on from the discussion about Apple disabling GPS in Egyptian iPhones, we have a new case of the conflict between the traditional secrecy of government, and the widening availability of cheap, accurate GPS devic...
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18-12-2008, 20:50:07

Study Says Cosmic Rays Do Not Explain Global Warming

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Study Says Cosmic Rays Do Not Explain Global Warmingflock2000 writes "A new study conducted by Norweigan researchers finds (again) that changes in cosmic rays most likely do not contribute to climate change. Previously, other researchers have claimed to have found a link between...
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18-12-2008, 18:50:04

2009, Year of the Linux Delusion

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2009, Year of the Linux Delusiongadgetopia writes "An article has come out claiming (yet again) that 2009 will be the year of Linux, and bases this prediction on the fact that low power ARM processors will be in netbooks which won't have enough power to run Windows, but then say...
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18-12-2008, 16:50:16

Personalized Spam Rising Sharply, Study Finds

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Personalized Spam Rising Sharply, Study Findsdesignperfection9 writes "A new study by Cisco Systems Inc. found an alarming increase in the amount of personalized spam, which online identity thieves create using stolen lists of e-mail addresses or other poached data about their v...
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18-12-2008, 14:50:14

IRS Doesn't Check Cyberaudit Logs

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IRS Doesn't Check Cyberaudit LogsAn anonymous reader writes "The US Internal Revenue Service's IT staff hasn't routinely checked its cybersecurity audit logs, according to a report released this week by the agency's inspector general's office. The report is not exactly flatterin...
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18-12-2008, 12:50:12

Console Makers Pushing For More Network Reliance

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Console Makers Pushing For More Network RelianceThere's a story on Joystiq about the convergence of games consoles and network play, suggesting that the industry is slowly moving away from physical media, preferring the control and simplicity of online distribution. The article ...
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18-12-2008, 10:50:05

British Royal Navy Submarines Now Run Windows

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British Royal Navy Submarines Now Run Windowsmeist3r writes "On his Government blog, Microsoft's Ian McKenzie announced today that the Royal Navy was ahead of schedule for switching their nuclear submarines to a customized Microsoft Windows solution dubbed 'Submarine Command Sys...
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18-12-2008, 08:50:03

Researchers Test Whether Sharks Enjoy Christmas Songs

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Researchers Test Whether Sharks Enjoy Christmas SongsScientists plan to test whether sharks enjoy listening to Christmas pop songs, after US research showed fish could recognize melody. Chris Brown, senior marine biologist at the Loch Lomond aquarium, said seasonal music would b...
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18-12-2008, 06:50:04

Scientists Find Hole In Earth's Magnetic Field

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Scientists Find Hole In Earth's Magnetic FieldVelorium writes "The Earth's magnetic field has been found to have two large holes that are making Earth's surface vulnerable to solar winds. Despite what scientists originally thought, these holes allow 20 times the normal amount of...
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18-12-2008, 04:50:03

What Restrictions Should Student Laptops Have?

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What Restrictions Should Student Laptops Have?An anonymous reader writes "We're a school district in the beginning phases of a laptop program which has the eventual goal of putting a Macbook in the hands of every student from 6th to 12th grade. The students will essentially own ...
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18-12-2008, 02:50:03

Start Saving To Buy Your Space Shuttle Now

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Start Saving To Buy Your Space Shuttle Nowstoolpigeon writes "With the retirement of the shuttle drawing near, NASA has begun to plan for museums that may want a used orbiter of their own. The Orlando Sentinel reports that NASA issued an RFI to U.S. educational institutions, sci...
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18-12-2008, 00:50:12

How To Build a Homebrew PS3 Cluster Supercomputer

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How To Build a Homebrew PS3 Cluster Supercomputereldavojohn writes "UMass Dartmouth Physics Professor Gaurav Khanna and UMass Dartmouth Principal Investigator Chris Poulin have created a step-by-step guide designed to show you how to build your own supercomputer for about $4,000...
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17-12-2008, 22:50:06

New Font Uses Holes To Cut Ink Use

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New Font Uses Holes To Cut Ink UseAn anonymous reader writes "A Dutch company has taken an open source Sans Serif font and added holes to it to try and save on printer ink costs. The Ecofont is claimed to save up to 20 percent of ink costs, but it allegedly took the firm a while...
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17-12-2008, 20:51:23

Novell Cancels BrainShare Conference

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Novell Cancels BrainShare ConferenceA.B. VerHausen writes "While OSCON and SCALE organizers ramp up plans for their events, Novel shuts down BrainShare after 20 years, citing travel costs and budget tightening as main concerns. 'Instead of the traditional in-person conference, N...
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17-12-2008, 18:50:08

Christmas Tree Made From 70 SCSI Hard Drives

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Christmas Tree Made From 70 SCSI Hard DrivesTrigger writes "At our work we were decomissioning six old HP/Compaq servers to clear up space for new servers and, naturally, each server had a fairly large raid array. Instead of formatting every hard drive (would have taken weeks pe...
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17-12-2008, 16:50:21

New York State Budget Relies On Entertainment Tax

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New York State Budget Relies On Entertainment Taxeiner writes "Facing a budget shortfall, New York State Governor David Paterson crafts a budget that taxes iPod music downloads and other 'digitally delivered entertainment services.' On the chopping block is $700 million in schoo...
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