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04-12-2008, 00:50:04

Technical Specs Released For Aussie Net Filtering

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Technical Specs Released For Aussie Net Filteringsmallkathryn writes "Technical specifications have just been released for the Australian net filtering trial. The trial, which aims to prove that ISP-level filtering is a viable way to stop 'unwanted content' from reaching users, ...
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Slashdot
03-12-2008, 22:51:34

Red Flag Linux Forced On Chinese Internet Cafes

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Red Flag Linux Forced On Chinese Internet Cafesiamhigh writes "Reports are popping up that Chinese Internet Cafes are being required to switch to Red Flag Linux. Red Flag is China's biggest Linux distro and recently received headlines for their Olympic Edition release. The regul...
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Slashdot
03-12-2008, 20:52:50

Apple Says Macs Are Safe, No Antivirus Needed

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Apple Says Macs Are Safe, No Antivirus Neededlobridge writes "Over the last two days multiple news feeds (and Slashdot) have been reporting that Apple has been quietly recommending antivirus software for their machines. It appears now that Apple has deleted an entry on their for...
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Slashdot
03-12-2008, 18:50:33

Battlestar Galactica Gets Spinoff Prequel Series

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Battlestar Galactica Gets Spinoff Prequel SeriesIt was recently announced that sci-fi remake series, Battlestar Galactica is getting a whole new spinoff prequel series called "Caprica". Signed on for twenty hours worth of finished product, including a two hour pilot, the new ser...
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Slashdot
03-12-2008, 16:50:42

Real World Benchmarks of Ext4

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Real World Benchmarks of Ext4Ashmash writes "Phoronix has put out a fresh series of benchmarks that show the real world performance of the Ext4 file-system. They ran 19 tests on Fedora 10 with changing out their primary partition to test Ext3, Ext4, Xfs, and ReiserFS. The Linux ...
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Slashdot
03-12-2008, 14:51:47

Visual Hallucinations Are a Normal Grief Reaction

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Visual Hallucinations Are a Normal Grief ReactionHugh Pickens writes "Vaughn Bell has written an interesting essay at Scientific American about grief hallucinations. This phenomenon is a normal reaction to bereavement that is rarely discussed, although researchers now know that ...
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Slashdot
03-12-2008, 12:50:03

Alien Comet May Have Infiltrated the Solar System

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Alien Comet May Have Infiltrated the Solar SystemNew Scientist has a piece about Comet Machholz 1, whose uncommon molecular composition suggests, but does not prove, that it may be an interloper from another star system. "Comet Machholz 1 isn't like other comets. David Schleiche...
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Slashdot
03-12-2008, 10:50:02

Measuring Engagement In Games

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Measuring Engagement In GamesGamasutra is running an article written by Tim Hong of EmSense in which he describes the research his company did into the physiological reactions various games engender in players. In addition to outward cues like breathing and movement, EmSense als...
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Slashdot
03-12-2008, 08:50:09

Guitarist Hopes To Play Again With The Help of Bionic Hand

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Guitarist Hopes To Play Again With The Help of Bionic HandDorian Cox, the 27-year-old guitarist of the indie band The Long Blondes, thought his guitar playing days were over after he suffered a stroke. He now has a glimmer of hope thanks to some neurological physiotherapy which ...
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Slashdot
03-12-2008, 06:50:06

The Backstory of the Kaminsky Bug

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The Backstory of the Kaminsky BugAnt recommends a Wired piece on the background story of the Kaminsky DNS bug and its (temporary) resolution, decreasing the odds of a successful breach from 1 in 2^16 to 1 in 2^32. We've discussed this uber-hole a number of times. Wired follows t...
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Slashdot
03-12-2008, 04:50:06

Losing My Software Rights?

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Losing My Software Rights?vintagepc writes "Having written a piece of software as part of my research employment, I now face (and will later face again, with other software I've developed), the issue of intellectual property rights. The legal department stated that if I was paid...
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Slashdot
03-12-2008, 02:50:03

"FOSS Business Model Broken" mdash; Former OSDL CEO

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"FOSS Business Model Broken" mdash; Former OSDL CEOliraz writes "Stuart Cohen, former CEO of Open Source Development Labs, has written an op-ed on BusinessWeek claiming that the traditional open source business model, which relies solely on support and service revenue streams, i...
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Slashdot
03-12-2008, 00:50:02

Mad Scientist Brings Back Dead With "Deanimation"

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Mad Scientist Brings Back Dead With "Deanimation"mattnyc99 writes "Esquire is running a a jaw-dropping profile of MacArthur genius Marc Roth in their annual Best and Brightest roundup, detailing how this gonzo DNA scientist (who also figured out how to diagnose lupus correctly) ...
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Slashdot
02-12-2008, 22:50:19

The Other Side of the Sprint Vs. Cogent Depeering

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The Other Side of the Sprint Vs. Cogent DepeeringSwoolley writes "A month back this community discussed the Sprint vs. Cogent depeering. Now a story I wrote for Forbes.com tells the inside story of the fight, based on the lawsuits the two companies filed against each other in Vi...
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Slashdot
02-12-2008, 20:50:12

Windows Drops Below 90% Market Share

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Windows Drops Below 90% Market Shareozmanjusri writes "Online market share of the dominant Windows operating system has taken its biggest monthly fall in years to drop below 90%, according to Net Applications Inc. Computerworld reports that Microsoft's flagship product has been ...
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Slashdot
02-12-2008, 18:50:34

European Police Plan To Remote-Search Hard Drives

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European Police Plan To Remote-Search Hard DrivesSmivs points out a blandly-worded story from the BBC with scary implications, excerpting "Remote searches of suspect computers will form part of an EU plan to tackle hi-tech crime. The five-year action plan will take steps to comb...
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Slashdot
02-12-2008, 16:50:24

Too Good To Ignore mdash; 6 Alternative Browsers

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Too Good To Ignore mdash; 6 Alternative Browsersbsk_cw writes "With the exception of Google's Chrome (which got attention because it was, after all, Google), most of the alternative browsers out there tend to get lost in the shuffle. Computerworld asked three of their writers to...
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Slashdot
02-12-2008, 14:50:02

US Has Been In Recession Since December 2007

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US Has Been In Recession Since December 2007The National Bureau of Economic Research said Monday that the US has been in a recession since December 2007. The NBER is a private, nonprofit research organization of academic economists who determine business cycles. The stock market...
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Slashdot
02-12-2008, 12:50:13

Reading Guide To AI Design amp; Neural Networks?

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Reading Guide To AI Design amp; Neural Networks?Raistlin84 writes "I'm a PhD student in theoretical physics who's recently gotten quite interested in AI design. During my high school days I spent most of my spare time coding various stuff, so I have a good working knowledge of s...
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Slashdot
02-12-2008, 10:50:01

45nm Opteron Performance, Power Efficiency Tested

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45nm Opteron Performance, Power Efficiency TestedAn anonymous reader writes "Now that Intel has unleashed its next-generation Core i7 processors, all eyes are turned to AMD and its incoming wave of 45nm CPUs. To get a feel for AMD's future competitiveness, The Tech Report has ta...
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Slashdot
02-12-2008, 08:50:02

Study Confirms That Cars Have Personalities

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Study Confirms That Cars Have PersonalitiesPonca City, We love you writes "A study has confirmed that many people see human facial features in the front ends of automobiles and ascribe various personality traits to cars. Forty study participants assessed cars based on a system k...
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Slashdot
02-12-2008, 04:50:05

New Massive Botnet Building On Windows Hole

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New Massive Botnet Building On Windows HoleCWmike writes "The worm exploiting a critical Windows bug that Microsoft patched with an emergency fix in late October is now being used to build a fast-growing botnet, said Ivan Macalintal, a senior research engineer with Trend Micro. ...
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Slashdot
02-12-2008, 02:50:02

French "Three Strikes" Law Gets New Life

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French "Three Strikes" Law Gets New LifeKjella writes "A little over a week ago we discussed the EU's forbidding of disconnecting users from the Internet. But even after having passed with an 88% approval in the European Parliament, and passing through the European Commission, i...
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Slashdot
02-12-2008, 00:50:04

Rumors Flying On $20 Billion Microsoft Offer For Yahoo

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Rumors Flying On $20 Billion Microsoft Offer For Yahoogadgetopia is one of many who wrote to tell us about the many rumors flying around that Microsoft may be aiming another deal at Yahoo, this time for $20 billion. The story was apparently originally broken by the UK-based site...
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Slashdot
01-12-2008, 22:50:16

Virtual Peace Sim Game Based On America's Army

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Virtual Peace Sim Game Based On America's Armyfortapocalypse writes "Duke University in collaboration with Virtual Heroes (who created America's Army) has produced a game called Virtual Peace, the intention of which is to help the gamer develop disaster relief and conflict resol...
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Slashdot
01-12-2008, 20:50:10

MySQL in a Nutshell

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MySQL in a Nutshellstoolpigeon writes "MySQL is frequently touted as the world's most widely used relational database management system. Many of the best known web applications and web sites use MySQL as their data repository. The popularity of MySQL has continued to grow while ...
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Slashdot
01-12-2008, 18:50:35

MySQL 5.1 Released, Not Quite Up To Par

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MySQL 5.1 Released, Not Quite Up To ParMad Merlin writes "It's no secret that MySQL 5.1 has been a long time in the making, with the first beta release being in Nov 2005, but MySQL 5.1.30 has finally been released as GA. MySQL users can expect new features such as table/index pa...
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Slashdot
01-12-2008, 16:50:03

Bittorrent To Cause Internet Meltdown

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Bittorrent To Cause Internet MeltdownGimble writes "Richard Bennett has an article at the Register claiming that a recent uTorrent decision to use UDP for file transfers to avoid ISP "traffic management" restrictions will cause a meltdown of the internet reducing everybody's ban...
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Slashdot
01-12-2008, 14:50:16

Acorns Disappear Across the Country

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Acorns Disappear Across the CountryHugh Pickens writes "Botanist Rod Simmons thought he was going crazy when couldn't find any acorns near his home in Arlington County, Virginia. 'I'm used to seeing so many acorns around and out in the field, it's something I just didn't believe...
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Slashdot
01-12-2008, 12:50:43

The Myth of Upgrade Inevitability Is Dead

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The Myth of Upgrade Inevitability Is DeadSeveral readers pointed out a ComputerWorld UK blog piece on the expanding ripples of the Vista fiasco. Glyn Moody quotes an earlier Inquirer piece about Vista, which he notes "has been memorably described as DRM masquerading as an operat...
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Slashdot
01-12-2008, 08:50:11

IT Job Without a Degree?

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IT Job Without a Degree?adh0c writes "I have been lurking Slashdot for some time now without registering and I don't think this question has been answered yet. Is it possible to get a good IT job (assuming that there is such a thing), preferably a sysadmin position, without havi...
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Slashdot
01-12-2008, 06:50:02

James Boyle's New Book Under CC License

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James Boyle's New Book Under CC LicenseAn anonymous reader writes "James Boyle has released his new book, The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind (Yale University Prses) under a Creative Commons License. It can be downloaded free or read online. There are chapters o...
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Slashdot
01-12-2008, 04:50:07

Florence Nightengale, Statistical Graphics Pioneer

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Florence Nightengale, Statistical Graphics PioneerScience News has a fascinating look at an under-appreciated corner of the career of Florence Nightengale mdash; as an innovator in the use of statistical graphics to argue for social change. Nightengale returned from the Crimean ...
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Slashdot
01-12-2008, 00:50:03

Groklaw Summarizes the Lori Drew Verdict

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Groklaw Summarizes the Lori Drew VerdictBootsy Collins writes "Last Wednesday, the Lori Drew 'cyberbullying' case ended in three misdemeanor convictions under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a 1986 US Federal law intended to address illegally accessing computer systems. The in...
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Slashdot
30-11-2008, 22:50:05

"Reality Mining" Resets the Privacy Debate

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"Reality Mining" Resets the Privacy DebateAn anonymous reader sends us to the NYTimes for a sobering look at the frontiers of "collective intelligence," also called in the article "reality mining." These techniques go several steps beyond the pedestrian version of "data mining" ...
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Slashdot
30-11-2008, 20:50:04

Solving the Knight's Tour Puzzle In 60 Lines of Python

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Solving the Knight's Tour Puzzle In 60 Lines of Pythonttsiod writes "When I was a kid, I used to play the Knight's Tour puzzle with pen and paper: you simply had to pass once from every square of a chess board, moving like a Knight. Nowadays, I no longer play chess; but somehow ...
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Slashdot
30-11-2008, 18:51:06

Should Taxpayers Back Cars Only the Rich Can Afford?

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Should Taxpayers Back Cars Only the Rich Can Afford?theodp writes "The NY Times questions the $400M in low-interest federal loans requested by Tesla Motors as part of the $25B loan package for the auto industry passed by Congress last year. 'The program is intended to encourage ...
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Slashdot
30-11-2008, 16:50:22

Linux Foundation Says All Major Distros Are IPv6 Compliant

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Linux Foundation Says All Major Distros Are IPv6 Compliantruphus13 points out news from the Linux Foundation, which announced that all major Linux distributions meet certification requirements for the US Department of Defense's IPv6 mandates. The announcement credits work done b...
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Slashdot
30-11-2008, 14:50:20

Diet of Fast Food and Candy May Cause Alzheimer's

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Diet of Fast Food and Candy May Cause Alzheimer'slurking_giant sends along a Reuters report on research out of Sweden indicating that a diet rich in fat, sugar, and cholesterol could increase the risk of Alzheimer's, at least in mice. "'On examining the brains of these mice, we ...
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Slashdot
30-11-2008, 12:50:03

Royal Society of Chemistry Slams UK Exam Standards

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Royal Society of Chemistry Slams UK Exam Standardscheesethegreat writes "The Royal Society of Chemistry has sharply criticized the 'catastrophically' falling standards for UK school exams in the sciences. The RSC had 1,300 highly achieving students take an exam made up of questi...
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Slashdot
30-11-2008, 10:50:15

MS Says Windows 7 Will Run DirectX 10 On the CPU

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MS Says Windows 7 Will Run DirectX 10 On the CPUarcticstoat writes "In what could be seen as an easy answer to the Vista-capable debacle, Microsoft has introduced a 'fully conformant software rasterizer' called WARP (Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform) 10, which does away w...
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Slashdot
30-11-2008, 06:50:01

Atheros Hardware Abstraction Layer Source Is Released

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Atheros Hardware Abstraction Layer Source Is Releasedchrb writes "With the recent discussion here on proprietary blobs in the Linux kernel, it's nice to see that today Sam Leffler has released the source for the Atheros Hardware Abstraction Layer under the ICS license, which is ...
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Slashdot
30-11-2008, 04:50:02

An Ethical Question Regarding Ebooks

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An Ethical Question Regarding Ebookstytso writes "Suppose there is a book that you want to read on your ebook reader, but it is out of print (so even if you purchase the dead-tree version of the book used, the author won't receive any royalties) and the publisher has refused to ...
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Slashdot
30-11-2008, 00:50:02

Google's Gatekeepers

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Google's Gatekeeperstheodp writes "With control of 63% of the world's Internet searches, as well as ownership of YouTube, the NY Times reports that Google is the most powerful and protean of the Internet gatekeepers, exerting enormous influence over who can find an audience on t...
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Slashdot
29-11-2008, 22:50:08

On the State of Linux File Systems

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On the State of Linux File Systemskev009 writes to recommend his editorial overbiew of the past, present and future of Linux file systems: ext2, ext3, ReiserFS, XFS, JFS, Reiser4, ext4, Btrfs, and Tux3. "In hindsight it seems somewhat tragic that JFS or even XFS didn't gain the ...
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Slashdot
29-11-2008, 20:50:04

The State of Open Source Hardware In 2008

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The State of Open Source Hardware In 2008ptorrone writes "MAKE Magazine has put together their 3rd annual 'State of Open Source Hardware 2008' mdash; in just a few years, the number of projects has grown from a small handful to an amazing 60+ offerings. Similar to open source so...
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Slashdot
29-11-2008, 18:51:16

"Cyber Monday" Expected To Draw Virtual Crowds

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"Cyber Monday" Expected To Draw Virtual CrowdsAnti-Globalism writes with this excerpt from PCWorld: "Last year, consumers spent $733 million on Cyber Monday, and it's expected to be even bigger this year. According to a survey by online shopping site Shopzilla for the National R...
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Slashdot
29-11-2008, 14:50:16

Linux Kernel Booting On the iPhone

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Linux Kernel Booting On the iPhonemhm was one of many readers to note that the Linux 2.6 kernel has been ported to the iPhone. "Planetbeing, one of the iPhone devteam members, has been working on porting Linux to the iPhone (along with a custom bootloader called OpeniBoot). Toda...
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Slashdot
29-11-2008, 12:50:06

An Optimized GUI Based On Users' Abilities

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An Optimized GUI Based On Users' AbilitiesOstracus writes "Researchers at the University of Washington have recently developed a system, which, for the first time, offers an instantly customizable approach to user interfaces. Each participant in the program is placed through a b...
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Slashdot
29-11-2008, 08:50:01

New Asimov Movies Coming

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New Asimov Movies Comingbowman9991 writes "Two big budget Isaac Asimov novel adaptations are on the way. New Line founders Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne are developing Asimov's 1951 novel Foundation, the first in Asimov's classic space opera saga, which has the potential to be as ...
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