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05-11-2008, 10:50:03

Bones Found Near Crash Site Confirmed Fossett's

Bones Found Near Crash Site Confirmed Fossett'sTrip6 writes "Bones found near the wreckage of the plane flown by Steve Fossett when he disappeared last fall have been confirmed to be Fossett's by DNA analysis. The NTSB is still investigating the crash. Fossett may have been sear...
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05-11-2008, 08:50:02

Microsoft Discontinues Windows 3.x

Microsoft Discontinues Windows 3.xrugatero writes "The BBC reports that, as of last Saturday, Microsoft is no longer issuing licenses for the 18-year-old Windows 3.x. Many here may well be surprised to learn that anyone still has use for the antiquated software, but it seems to ...
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05-11-2008, 06:50:04

New "MP3 100% Compatible" Logo For DRM-Free Music

New "MP3 100% Compatible" Logo For DRM-Free MusicSockatume writes "A coalition of seven UK digital music stores have created a logo for DRM-free, MP3 music. The 'MP3: 100% Compatible' logo allows the stores to emphasize the advantages of the format, namely that MP3 files will ru...
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05-11-2008, 04:50:03

FCC Approves Unlicensed Use of White-Space Spectrum

FCC Approves Unlicensed Use of White-Space Spectrumsidesh0w was one of a number of readers to alert us to the FCC's unanimous decision approving unlicensed devices to use the white spaces of the spectrum unused by television broadcasters, provided they take certain precautions n...
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05-11-2008, 00:50:02

Linux Supports More Devices Than Any Other OS

Linux Supports More Devices Than Any Other OSLinux Blog recommends an interview up on the O'Reilly site with Greg Kroah-Hartman, long-time Linux kernel hacker and the current Linux kernel maintainer for the USB driver core. He updates the free Linux driver program announced almo...
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04-11-2008, 22:50:09

Low-Bandwidth, Truly Remote Management?

Low-Bandwidth, Truly Remote Management?kaiser423 writes "I'm looking to integrate some highly critical solutions into what would essentially be a remote, moving datacenter. No operators will be allowed at the site, and we may be able to have a high-speed INMARSAT data link. As a...
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04-11-2008, 20:50:04

Rainforest Fungus Synthesizes Diesel

Rainforest Fungus Synthesizes DieselFluffeh alerts us to a report of a fungus that naturally produces diesel fuel, or something very close to it. "A fungus that lives inside trees in the Patagonian rain forest naturally makes a mix of hydrocarbons that bears a striking resemblan...
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04-11-2008, 18:50:23

Experimental Magnetic Shield Against Cosmic Rays

Experimental Magnetic Shield Against Cosmic Raysstiller writes "British scientists from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory have developed an experimental set-up in which a $20 magnet is used to deflect solar-wind-like radiation." Reader Dersaidin points out a slightly more enthu...
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04-11-2008, 16:50:44

Discuss the US Presidential Election

Discuss the US Presidential ElectionWe made it. It's election day. Tomorrow we'll know. So for today's election discussion story, I'm throwing it wide open: let's discuss the election itself. Who are your picks and why. And also what about your actual experience voting today? Di...
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04-11-2008, 14:50:35

Inventor Open Sources "TV-B-Gone," and Why

Inventor Open Sources "TV-B-Gone," and Whyptorrone writes "Inventor Mitch Altman explains why he open-sourced his TV-B-Gone kit, the original stealth keychain fob for defeating TVs in public places. The title of the article is 'Patent-B-Gone' and perhaps the most interesting fac...
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Slashdot
04-11-2008, 12:50:10

GFDL 1.3 Is Out, Allows Migration To CC

GFDL 1.3 Is Out, Allows Migration To CCDavid Gerard writes "Version 1.3 of the GNU Free Documentation License is out (FAQ). This license is little-used, except on the #8 site in the world: Wikipedia. And this version includes special provisions to re-license wiki-based content f...
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04-11-2008, 10:50:04

Portable Solar Power For Portable Hardware?

Portable Solar Power For Portable Hardware?Tjeerd writes "Because the 'green revolution' is accelerating, I felt it was time to get involved. Last week I started with buying a portable solar energy charger for my mobile phone. But soon I was thinking of also recharging my Asus E...
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04-11-2008, 06:50:02

The Laptop Celebrates Its 40th Year

The Laptop Celebrates Its 40th YearWired has an interview with Alan Kay on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the idea of the laptop computer. Kay's vision, which he dubbed the "Dynabook," was for a 2-pound, 1-Mpixel color computing device. "...the Dynabook was never built....
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04-11-2008, 04:50:03

AT&T Begins a Trial To Cap, Meter Internet Usage

AT&T Begins a Trial To Cap, Meter Internet UsageAn anonymous reader writes "On the heels of Comcast's decision to implement a 250-GB monthly cap, and Time Warner Cable's exploration of caps and overage fees, DSL Reports notes that AT&T is launching a metered billing tria...
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04-11-2008, 02:50:09

Amazon Launches "Frustration-Free Packaging"

Amazon Launches "Frustration-Free Packaging"mallumax notes Amazon's new Frustration-Free Packaging initiative. Over several years the retailer hopes to convince many of its suppliers to offer consumer-friendlier packaging. It's starting with just 19 products from Mattel, Fisher-...
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Slashdot
04-11-2008, 00:50:01

Wayland, a New X Server For Linux

Wayland, a New X Server For LinuxAn anonymous reader writes "Phoronix has a new article out on Wayland: A New X Server For Linux. One of Red Hat's engineers has started writing a new X11 server around today's needs and to eliminate the cruft that has been in this critical piece ...
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Slashdot
03-11-2008, 20:50:47

Air Force To Rewrite the Rules of the Internet

Air Force To Rewrite the Rules of the Internetmeridiangod writes "The Air Force is fed up with a seemingly endless barrage of attacks on its computer networks from stealthy adversaries whose motives and even locations are unclear. So now the service is looking to restore its adv...
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03-11-2008, 18:51:01

Programming .NET 3.5

Programming .NET 3.5lamaditx writes "The world of the .NET framework is taken to the next level by the release of .NET 3.5. The intended audience of this book are experienced .NET programmers. There are no sections that tell you details about C#, SQL servers or anything like tha...
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Slashdot
03-11-2008, 16:50:19

Video Games Linked To Child Aggression

Video Games Linked To Child Aggressionthe4thdimension writes "CNN is running a story this morning that explains new research showing a correlation between video games and aggression in children. The study monitored groups of US and Japanese children, asking them to rate their vi...
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03-11-2008, 14:50:02

How To Make Money With Free Software

How To Make Money With Free Softwarebmsleight writes "The Dutch Ministry of Finance organized an architecture competition to design not a building, but rather the new 5-Euro commemorative coin. The theme was 'Netherlands and Architecture'. The winning design was made 100% with f...
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03-11-2008, 12:50:02

In UK, 12M Taxpayers Lost With USB Stick

In UK, 12M Taxpayers Lost With USB StickAn anonymous reader tips a piece from the UK's Daily Mail that recounts another sad tale of the careless loss of massive amounts of private user data. "Ministers have been forced to order an emergency shutdown of a key Government computer ...
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Slashdot
03-11-2008, 10:50:11

Netflix Extends "Watch Instantly" To Mac Users

Netflix Extends "Watch Instantly" To Mac UsersCNet is reporting that Netflix has opened up its "Watch Instantly" feature to Mac users (here is Netflix's blog entry). They accomplished this by using Microsoft's Silverlight technology on both platforms, abandoning the Windows Medi...
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Slashdot
03-11-2008, 06:50:02

1/3 of Amphibians Dying Out

1/3 of Amphibians Dying OutDeath Metal sends in a Scientific American article reporting that 2,000 of 6,000 amphibian species are endangered worldwide. A combination of environmental assaults, including global warming, seems to be responsible. "... national parks and other areas...
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03-11-2008, 04:50:03

D.I.Y. Home Security

D.I.Y. Home Securitytheodp writes "The NYTimes reports that pre-wired home security installations by alarm companies are on the way out. Thanks to wireless window and door sensors and motion detectors, installing and maintaining one's own security system is becoming a do-it-your...
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Slashdot
03-11-2008, 02:50:03

Google Apps Gets a 99.9% Guarantee

Google Apps Gets a 99.9% GuaranteeDavid Gerard passes along a posting on Google's official blog announcing that they have extended the three-nines SLA for the Premier Edition of Google Apps from Gmail alone to also cover the Calendar, Docs, Sites, and Google Talk services. 99.9%...
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Slashdot
03-11-2008, 00:50:03

The Gym Arcade

The Gym Arcadetheodp writes "Cross Halo with an exercise bike, and you get Expresso Fitness' S3, which lets you blow away dragons by squeezing handlebar-mounted triggers as you pedal hard through the Chinese countryside. Portfolio notes that a new generation of Wii-like workouts...
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Slashdot
02-11-2008, 22:50:08

How We Used To Vote

How We Used To VoteMr. Slippery writes "Think hanging chads, illegal purges of the voter rolls, and insecure voting machines are bad? The New Yorker looks back at how we used to vote back in the good old days: 'A man carrying a musket rushed at him. Another threw a brick, knocki...
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Slashdot
02-11-2008, 20:50:04

Asus To Phase Out Sub-10" Eee PCs

Asus To Phase Out Sub-10" Eee PCsjeevesbond writes "The Register reports that Asus president Jerry Shen has revealed his company will be phasing out all sub-10" Eee PCs. According to Shen, the 'standard' netbook next year will be a 10" model with a hard drive running XP. Shen al...
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Slashdot
02-11-2008, 18:50:07

French Senate Passes Anti-Piracy Internet Cut-Off Law

French Senate Passes Anti-Piracy Internet Cut-Off LawAn anonymous reader writes "The French Senate has approved a three strikes law for Internet users who download copyrighted entertainment media without paying for it. If, after two warnings, a person continues to download pirat...
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Slashdot
02-11-2008, 16:50:19

How China Will Use Cyber Warfare To Leapfrog Foes

How China Will Use Cyber Warfare To Leapfrog FoesThe Walking Dude writes "A lengthy article published in Culture Mandala details how China is using cyber warfare (PDF) as an asymmetric means to obtain technology transfer and market dominance. Case studies of Estonia, Georgia, an...
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Slashdot
02-11-2008, 14:50:22

Windows 7 To Be 256-Core Aware

Windows 7 To Be 256-Core Awareunassimilatible writes "As new features of Windows 7 continue to trickle out, ZDNet is now reporting that it will scale to 256 processors. While one has to wonder, like with Vista, how many of the teased features will actually make it into the final...
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Slashdot
02-11-2008, 12:50:22

Silencing a Hard Drive Using Household Items

Silencing a Hard Drive Using Household ItemsReader Justblair recommends his blog entry detailing how he made a hard drive silencer for a pittance. "This article demonstrates a very easy-to-make hard drive silencer that not only outperforms most commercially available devices, bu...
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Slashdot
02-11-2008, 10:50:16

Memory Molecule Identified

Memory Molecule IdentifiedReader Ostracus informs us of research led by Michael Ehlers of Duke University that has identified a molecule, myosin Vb (five-b), that seems to be a critical component in the formation of memory. "A major puzzle for neurobiologists is how the brain ca...
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Slashdot
02-11-2008, 06:50:04

MBR Trojan Approaching the 3-Year Mark

MBR Trojan Approaching the 3-Year Markbl8n8r writes "Still going strong since February 2006, the 'Sinowal' Master Boot Record infector (also called 'Torpig' and 'Mebroot' by various anti-virus companies) has compromised more than half a million financial accounts. An HTML inject...
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Slashdot
02-11-2008, 04:50:05

Opera Mini Not Rejected From IPhone (Yet)

Opera Mini Not Rejected From IPhone (Yet)danaris writes in to inform us that John Gruber has done some digging on the reported rejection from the App Store of Opera Mini, and has written up his findings. Some choice excerpts: "My understanding, based on information from informed...
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Slashdot
02-11-2008, 02:50:05

How To Supplement Election Coverage?

How To Supplement Election Coverage?An anonymous reader asks "What information sources and social networking sites will you be using to supplement the election coverage on TV next Tuesday? I am ready with a big HDTV with Comcast, a Mac mini, and and an Xbox 360. I also have two ...
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Slashdot
02-11-2008, 00:50:03

Space Litter To Hit Earth Tomorrow

Space Litter To Hit Earth TomorrowA refrigerator-sized tank of toxic ammonia, tossed from the international space station last year, is expected to hit earth tomorrow afternoon or evening. The 1,400-pound object was deliberately jettisoned — by hand — from the ISS's ...
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Slashdot
01-11-2008, 22:50:36

More Sony Batteries Recalled

More Sony Batteries RecalledScott Hagerman passes along news of yet another recall of Sony laptop batteries. The batteries in question, manufactured in the same timeframe as those involved in the massive 2006 recall, are in laptops sold by HP, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, and Acer. Ne...
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Slashdot
01-11-2008, 20:50:16

Doom9 Researchers Break BD+

Doom9 Researchers Break BD+An anonymous reader writes "BD+, the Blu-ray copy protection system that was supposed to last 10 years, has now been solidly broken by a group of doom9 researchers. Earlier, BD+ had been broken by the commercial company SlySoft." Someone from SlySoft p...
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Slashdot
01-11-2008, 18:50:34

Fallout 3 Launches Amidst Controversy

Fallout 3 Launches Amidst ControversyEarlier this week, Bethesda released Fallout 3 after a long campaign of defending and protecting the game's reputation from claims that it contained inappropriate content. Ads for the game in Washington DC's subway system were pulled after th...
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Slashdot
01-11-2008, 16:50:11

German Foreign Ministry Migrates Desktops To OSS

German Foreign Ministry Migrates Desktops To OSSruphus13 writes "Here's another example of 'German Engineering' — The Foreign Ministry in Germany is migrating all of its 11,000 desktops to GNU/Linux and other open source applications. According to the article, 'this has dr...
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01-11-2008, 10:50:15

Private Firm Plots Robotic Lunar Exploration

Private Firm Plots Robotic Lunar ExplorationDeviceGuru writes "Astrobotic Technology has unveiled plans for a series of robotic expeditions to the Moon. The lunar rovers will explore high-interest areas of the Moon's surface and beam the data back to the Earth. The plan is to ac...
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Slashdot
01-11-2008, 08:50:04

HP Opens Up TouchSmart To Third-Party Developers

HP Opens Up TouchSmart To Third-Party DevelopersTheTieGuy writes "HP recently released their TouchSmart Application Development Guidelines to third party developers, allowing anyone to port and create touch-friendly applications that integrate and run within the TouchSmart Softw...
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Slashdot
01-11-2008, 06:50:03

Australia's ISPs Speak Out Against Filtering

Australia's ISPs Speak Out Against Filteringdaria42 writes "The leaders of three of Australia's largest internet service providers — Telstra Media's Justin Milne, iiNet's Michael Malone and Internode's Simon Hackett — have, in video interviews with ZDNet.com.au over ...
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Slashdot
01-11-2008, 04:50:02

Motorola Moving to Android, Windows Mobile for Smartphones

Motorola Moving to Android, Windows Mobile for SmartphonesnerdyH writes "Motorola will ditch its MotoMAGX Linux stack and UIQ Symbian stack in favor of Google's Android Linux/Java stack and Windows Mobile 6.5 and 7, it announced today. The news comes after five years selling mil...
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Slashdot
01-11-2008, 02:50:02

Magnetic Portals Connect Sun and Earth

Magnetic Portals Connect Sun and EarthMaxwellEdison writes "Scientists have discovered evidence of magnetic portals connecting the Earth and the Sun every 8 minutes. 'Several speakers at the Workshop have outlined how FTEs form: On the dayside of Earth (the side closest to the s...
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Slashdot
01-11-2008, 00:50:12

Windows Azure Offers Developers Iron-Clad Lock-in

Windows Azure Offers Developers Iron-Clad Lock-insnydeq writes "Microsoft's move to the cloud is certain to create a whole new kind of developer partner, Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister writes. But as much as Microsoft ISVs will likely go along with the shift to Windows Azure ...
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Slashdot
31-10-2008, 22:50:14

Apple Plans To Make Chips For Handhelds

Apple Plans To Make Chips For HandheldsPreedit writes "Apple plans to get into the business of designing microprocessors for handheld devices, according to legal papers that are part of a dispute between IBM and one of its top technology executives. IBM is suing Power chip exper...
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31-10-2008, 20:50:07

Tasks of a Free Software Legal Department

Tasks of a Free Software Legal DepartmentH4x0r Jim Duggan writes "For anyone curious about what the legal department in a free software organisation does, I spent some time with my co-worker in FSFE and have put a summary online with the status of the main projects: developing a...
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31-10-2008, 18:50:25

BBC Brings DRM-Free Content To Linux Users

BBC Brings DRM-Free Content To Linux Userseldavojohn writes "The BBC is planning to release some of its programmes to users of GNU & Linux. You won't see Doctor Who or Dragons' Den on there anytime soon, but they have been working with Canonical & Collabra on getting thi...
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