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ne: 22-10-2008, 04:50:03

LucasArts, Bioware Announce Star Wars MMO

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LucasArts, Bioware Announce Star Wars MMOLucasArts and Bioware held a press conference today to confirm what has been suspected for a long time: they're working on a Star Wars MMO. It will be called Star Wars: The Old Republic, and it will be a continuation of the Knights of the...

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ne: 22-10-2008, 02:50:06

Why RAID 5 Stops Working In 2009

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Why RAID 5 Stops Working In 2009Lally Singh recommends a ZDNet piece predicting the imminent demise of RAID 5, noting that increasing storage and non-decreasing probability of disk failure will collide in a year or so. This reader adds, "Apparently, RAID 6 isn't far behind. I'll...

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ne: 22-10-2008, 00:50:03

Damning Report On Sequoia E-Voting Machine Security

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Damning Report On Sequoia E-Voting Machine SecurityTechDirt notes the publication of the New Jersey voting machine study, the attempted suppression of which we have been discussing for a while now. The paper that the Princeton and Lehigh University researchers are releasing, as ...

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ne: 21-10-2008, 22:50:09

Soaring, Cryptography, and Nuclear Weapons

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Soaring, Cryptography, and Nuclear WeaponsMartin Hellman sends in a pointer to his essay that uses analogies from cryptography and the sport of soaring in an attempt to draw people in to thinking about the risks of nuclear weapons. Quoting: "...I did a preliminary risk analysis ...

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ne: 21-10-2008, 20:50:29

An In-Depth Look At Seagate's 1.5TB Barracuda

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An In-Depth Look At Seagate's 1.5TB Barracudatheraindog writes "More than a year and a half after the first terabyte hard drives became widely available, Seagate has reached the next storage capacity milestone. With 1.5 terabytes, the latest Barracuda 7200.11 serves up 50% more ...

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ne: 21-10-2008, 18:50:13

Handling Caller ID Spoofing?

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Handling Caller ID Spoofing?An anonymous reader writes "A nice little old lady I know has had her number spoofed by some car warranty scammers. They're calling hundreds of potential victims per day pretending to use her phone number, and the angry ones call her back; some of the...

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ne: 21-10-2008, 16:50:09

Kentucky Judge Upholds State's Gambling-Domain Grab

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Kentucky Judge Upholds State's Gambling-Domain GrabJohnHegarty writes "A Kentucky judge has upheld that state's seizure of some of the world's most popular online casino domain names, ruling they constitute a "gambling device" that is subject to Kentucky's anti-gambling laws." W...

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ne: 21-10-2008, 14:50:03

Red Hat CEO Says Economic Crisis Favors Open Source

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Red Hat CEO Says Economic Crisis Favors Open Sourcearashtamere writes "Red Hat president and CEO Jim Whitehurst predicts the enterprise open source software business will emerge from the economic crisis stronger than the proprietary market. 'I've had a couple of conversations wi...

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ne: 21-10-2008, 12:50:08

Microsoft, Google Battle Over Energy Efficiency

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Microsoft, Google Battle Over Energy Efficiency1sockchuck writes "Microsoft and Google have opened a new front in their battle for global domination: data center energy efficiency. Just weeks after Google published data on the extreme efficiency of its previously secret data cen...

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ne: 21-10-2008, 10:50:12

Doing the Math On the New MacBook

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Doing the Math On the New MacBookTechnologizer writes "Apple's new MacBook is a significantly different machine than its predecessor — a slicker laptop at a higher price point. But does it carry a large price premium over similar Windows PCs? I did a painstaking spec-by-sp...

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ne: 21-10-2008, 06:50:02

The State of Piracy and DRM In PC Gaming

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The State of Piracy and DRM In PC GamingVideoGamer sat down with Randy Stude, president of the PC Gaming Alliance, to talk about the state of piracy and DRM in today's gaming industry. He suggests that many game studios have themselves to blame for leaks and pre-launch piracy by...

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ne: 21-10-2008, 04:50:03

Simulation of the Mars Science Laboratory Sky Crane

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Simulation of the Mars Science Laboratory Sky CraneAn anonymous reader points us to Gizmodo for a fascinating video of NASA's Sky Crane. "When I read that the UFO-looking Mars Science Laboratory's aeroshell would use a floating crane — called Sky Crane by NASA — to s...

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ne: 21-10-2008, 02:50:03

Recovering Moldy Electronics?

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Recovering Moldy Electronics?cookiej writes "We just completed having our basement gutted and our house decontaminated from mold. The finished basement is gone, my office floor has been removed as well as 24' of drywall around the base of the room. So, we had a full home theater...

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ne: 21-10-2008, 00:50:04

Company Announces $30,000 Prize For Solving iPhone Game

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Company Announces $30,000 Prize For Solving iPhone Gamedlpasco writes "Puzzllotto. The game, styled after titles such as Myst and Zork, will be available in the iPhone App Store later this week for $4.99. 10% of the sales revenue from the game will go to the Madagascar Fauna Gro...

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ne: 20-10-2008, 22:50:23

Researchers Discover The Most Creative Time of Day

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Researchers Discover The Most Creative Time of DayCreativity is least likely to strike in the afternoon, according to a survey that suggests office workers have little chance of solving problems after lunch. A poll of 1,426 people showed that a quarter of us stay up late when se...

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ne: 20-10-2008, 20:50:26

Interpol Pushing World Facial Recognition Database

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Interpol Pushing World Facial Recognition DatabaseThe Register is reporting that according to some reports, Interpol will soon be pushing for a world-wide facial recognition database at the borders of all member nations. "The UK already has airport gates equipped with such techn...

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ne: 20-10-2008, 18:50:19

Computers Causing 2nd Hump In Peak Power Demand

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Computers Causing 2nd Hump In Peak Power DemandHugh Pickens writes "Traditional peak power hours — the time during the day when power demand shoots up — run from 4 pm to 7 pm when air conditioning begins to ramp up and people start heading for malls and home but util...

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ne: 20-10-2008, 16:50:02

Many Universities Spending $100K/Year Enforcing P2P Rules

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Many Universities Spending $100K/Year Enforcing P2P RulesScott Jaschik writes "A new study documents just how much money colleges are spending on enforcing P2P rules through software license fees, hardware, and other costs. Many private universities are spending more than $100,0...

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ne: 20-10-2008, 14:50:27

DARPA Contract Hints At Real-Time Video Spying

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DARPA Contract Hints At Real-Time Video SpyingThe Washington Post has a story picking apart a DARPA contract document to assert that advanced video spying from the sky is on the way. The contract in question was awarded last month and involves indexing video feeds and matching f...

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ne: 20-10-2008, 10:50:03

Build a Cheap Media-Reading PC?

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Build a Cheap Media-Reading PC?tsm_sf writes "A recent Slashdot article got me thinking about dead and dying media. I'd like to build a cheap PC with the goal of being able to read as many old formats as possible. Size and power consumption would be design considerations; priori...

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ne: 20-10-2008, 06:50:03

Ext4 Advances As Interim Step To Btrfs

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Ext4 Advances As Interim Step To BtrfsHeise.de's Kernel Log has a look at the ext4 filesystem as Linus Torvalds has integrated a large collection of patches for it into the kernel main branch. "This signals that with the next kernel version 2.6.28, the successor to ext3 will fin...

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ne: 20-10-2008, 04:50:03

F-Secure Calls For "Internetpol" To Fight Crimeware

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F-Secure Calls For "Internetpol" To Fight CrimewareKingofGnG points out F-Secure's Q3 2008 security summary, in which its Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen proposes establishing an "Internetpol," an international organization empowered to target and root out cybercrime anywh...

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ne: 20-10-2008, 02:50:10

Canada Election Result Bad News For DMCA Opponents

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Canada Election Result Bad News For DMCA OpponentsAn anonymous reader writes "For those with a stake in the opposition of Jim Prentice's C-61, the Canadian DMCA, this previous week's election results will be displeasing. The Conservative Party, which promised to reintroduce the ...

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ne: 20-10-2008, 00:50:04

Record Label Infringes Own Copyright, Site Pulled

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Record Label Infringes Own Copyright, Site PulledAnonCow sends in a peculiar story from TorrentFreak, which describes the plight of a free-download music site that has been summarily evicted from the Internet for violating its own copyright. The problem seems to revolve around t...

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ne: 19-10-2008, 22:50:16

iGoogle Users Irate About Portal's Changes

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iGoogle Users Irate About Portal's Changesbhhenry sends in an InformationWeek report on a recent unannounced change in the iGoogle portal. Quoting: "Google insists that its revised iGoogle personalized home page generates better 'happiness metrics' than the old design, but a voc...

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ne: 19-10-2008, 20:50:08

Why Most Published Research Findings Are False

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Why Most Published Research Findings Are FalseHugh Pickens writes "Researchers have found that the winner's curse may apply to the publication of scientific papers and that incorrect findings are more likely end up in print than correct findings. Dr John Ioannidis bases his argu...

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ne: 19-10-2008, 18:50:12

Lawsuit Between Apple and Psystar Moves Toward Settlement

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Lawsuit Between Apple and Psystar Moves Toward SettlementAn anonymous reader writes "Psystar and Apple have agreed to alternative dispute resolution to keep the public eye away from their disagreements, and to reduce legal costs. This will eliminate any rulings that would set a ...

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ne: 19-10-2008, 16:50:03

Microsoft Patents the Censoring of Speech

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Microsoft Patents the Censoring of Speechtheodp writes "On Tuesday, the USPTO awarded Microsoft a patent for the Automatic Censorship of Audio Data for Broadcast, an invention that addresses 'producing censored speech that has been altered so that undesired words or phrases are ...

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ne: 19-10-2008, 14:50:05

eBay Makes Huge Gains In Parallel Efficiency

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eBay Makes Huge Gains In Parallel EfficiencyCurtMonash writes "Parallel Efficiency is a simple metric that divides the actual work your parallel CPUs do by the sum of their total capacity. If you can get your parallel efficiency up, it's like getting free servers, free floor spa...

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ne: 19-10-2008, 10:50:03

Bringing OSS Into a Closed Source Organization?

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Bringing OSS Into a Closed Source Organization?Piranhaa writes "At the major corporation I work for, there is currently a single person who decides what software to approve and disapprove within the organization. I've noticed that requests from users for open source Windows prog...

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ne: 19-10-2008, 06:50:02

Yahoo Changes User Profiles, To Massive Outrage

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Yahoo Changes User Profiles, To Massive OutrageWiseleo writes "Yahoo decided to massively screw up their entire userbase by changing all user profiles to blank . No warning, no automated way to get data back, and other unwanted changes. The blog has such choice quotes as 'We kno...

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ne: 19-10-2008, 04:50:12

Why the Kill Switch Makes Sense For Android

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Why the Kill Switch Makes Sense For AndroidTechnologizer writes "It came out this week that Google's Android phone OS, like the iPhone, has a kill switch that lets Android Market applications be disabled remotely. But it's a mistake to lump Google's implementation and Apple's to...

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ne: 19-10-2008, 02:50:02

Oz High Court Hears Landmark TV Guide Copyright Case

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Oz High Court Hears Landmark TV Guide Copyright Casehighways writes "It's rare that that a copyright case is heard in the Australian High Court, let alone a case heard by all seven sitting judges. At stake is a small company IceTV (which we discussed when it launched four years ...

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ne: 19-10-2008, 00:50:03

Al-Qaeda Web Sites Go Offline

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Al-Qaeda Web Sites Go Offlinethefickler writes "Four out of the five Al-Qaeda online forums have disappeared. The terrorist group used these forums to relay messages to its supporters. The four that have gone missing seem to have taken a hit back on September 10, the day before ...

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ne: 18-10-2008, 22:50:03

Tax Write-Offs For Free (As In Speech) Work?

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Tax Write-Offs For Free (As In Speech) Work?deuist writes "Several years ago I wrote a book called The Not So Short Introduction to Getting Into Medical School (PDF) and released it online under a Creative Commons license. I have been asked several times to publish the text so t...

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ne: 18-10-2008, 20:50:08

S3 Jumps On GPGPU Bandwagon

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S3 Jumps On GPGPU Bandwagonarcticstoat writes "It's sometimes easy to forget that the PC graphics market isn't owned by ATI and Nvidia, and the company that first gave us 3D acceleration, S3, is very much still around. So much so, in fact, that it's now even developed its own GP...

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ne: 18-10-2008, 18:50:18

Music Game Competition Heats Up

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Music Game Competition Heats UpWith Guitar Hero: World Tour set to launch on October 26th, Activision has released a list of downloadable content that will be immediately available. Activision has also apparently included a trailer for Guitar Hero: Metallica (which will arrive s...

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ne: 18-10-2008, 16:50:06

Linux As a Model For a New Government?

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Linux As a Model For a New Government?An anonymous reader writes "The hedge fund investor who prided himself on achieving 1000% returns, Andrew Lahde, wrote a goodbye letter to mark his departure from the financial world. In it, he suggests people think about building a new gove...

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ne: 18-10-2008, 14:50:09

Generic VMs Key To Future of Coding

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Generic VMs Key To Future of Codingsnydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister calls for generic VMs divorced from the syntactic details of specific languages in order to provide developers with some much-needed flexibility in the years ahead: 'Imagine being able to program...

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ne: 18-10-2008, 12:50:06

Researchers Build Logic Gates With RNA

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Researchers Build Logic Gates With RNAArs Technica reports on research out of Cal Tech where scientists were able to create logic gates out of RNA molecules. Thus far, they've demonstrated AND gates and OR gates, with work proceeding on more complicated systems. The work shows p...

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ne: 18-10-2008, 08:50:02

Opera Develops Search Engine For Web Developers

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Opera Develops Search Engine For Web Developersnk497 writes "The Metadata Analysis and Mining Application (MAMA) doesn't index content like a standard search engine, but looks at markup, style, scripting and the technology behind pages. Based on those existing MAMA-ed pages, 80....

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ne: 18-10-2008, 06:50:03

Lunar Spacecraft Compete For $2 Million NASA Prize

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Lunar Spacecraft Compete For $2 Million NASA Prizecoondoggie writes "Nine rocket-powered vehicles will compete for NASA's $2 million, 2008 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, Oct. 24-25. The goal is to accelerate development of commercial Lunar Landers capable of bringing p...

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ne: 18-10-2008, 04:50:01

Ballmer Admits Google Apps Are Biting Into MS Office

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Ballmer Admits Google Apps Are Biting Into MS Officetwitter points out coverage of a discussion between Steve Ballmer and two Gartner analysts in which the Microsoft CEO admits that Google Apps is enjoying an advantage over Office by users who want to share their documents. He p...

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ne: 18-10-2008, 02:50:02

RIAA Agrees To Take $200-Per-File In Texas Case

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RIAA Agrees To Take $200-Per-File In Texas CaseNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "In a San Antonio, Texas case, Maverick v. Harper, in which a young woman was accused of having committed copyright infringement at the age of 16, ...

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ne: 18-10-2008, 00:50:03

A Brief History of Features Apple Has Killed

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A Brief History of Features Apple Has KilledTechnologizer writes "Some folks are outraged over the lack of FireWire in the new MacBook released this week. But Apple wouldn't be Apple if it didn't move faster than any other computer company to kill technologies that may be past t...

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ne: 17-10-2008, 22:50:06

BSDanywhere Announces First Release

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BSDanywhere Announces First ReleaseThe call of ktulu writes "Good things come to those who wait. After eight months of work the relatively new project BSDanywhere has announced its first final release 4.3. BSDanywhere is a bootable Live-CD image based on OpenBSD. It consists of ...

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ne: 17-10-2008, 20:50:06

EFF Sues To Overturn Telcom Immunity

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EFF Sues To Overturn Telcom ImmunityMike writes "The title says it all — The EFF is suing to have the unconstitutional telecom immunity overturned. 'In a brief filed in the U.S. District Court [PDF] in San Francisco, EFF argues that the flawed FISA Amendments Act (FAA) vio...

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ne: 17-10-2008, 18:50:04

Mainframe OpenSolaris Now Available

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Mainframe OpenSolaris Now AvailableBBCWatcher writes "When Sun released Solaris to the open source community in the form of OpenSolaris, would anyone have guessed that it would soon wind up running on IBM System z mainframes? Amazingly, that milestone has now been achieved. Sine...

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ne: 17-10-2008, 16:50:35

Old Materials Resurface For "Prebiotic Soup"

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Old Materials Resurface For "Prebiotic Soup"AliasMarlowe writes "Stanley Miller performed the famous experiments in the 1950s showing that amino acids and other building blocks for biomolecules could be produced by passing lightning through a mix of simple hydrocarbons, water va...

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ne: 17-10-2008, 14:50:05

FBI Says Dark Market Sting Netted 56 Arrests

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FBI Says Dark Market Sting Netted 56 Arrestsnarramissic writes "A two-year undercover FBI sting operation targeting online 'carder' forums hosted on the DarkMarket.ws Web site has netted 56 arrests and prevented about $70 million in fraud losses, the FBI said Thursday. DarkMarke...