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Comment: IE8 is on top for 2 reasons.... (Score 1) 319

by Afrosheen (#30991614) Attached to: IE 8 Is Top Browser, Google Chrome Is Rising Fast

I'm surprised nobody has caught the obvious here, that IE8 is gaining ground thanks to a two-pronged strategy. The first is Microsoft pushing IE8 out forcefully to everyone via windows/microsoft update. Even on the server side of things. They rank it as a critical download rather than optional, so if you just have important updates turned on, it will show up all by itself eventually. The second is that Windows 7 and Server 2008 are both gaining momentum as people buy new stuff and companies begin to upgrade their infrastructures. It's a new year which means a new budget and money to spend on replacing dead or dying computers and servers.

All this results in IE8 gaining marketshare. It will end up capturing as much, if not more, of IE7's share over time. There may always be some old holdouts from companies running some crazy in-house web-based app that only works on IE6, but I'm sure there are still NT4 boxen humming away in some dusty server closets somewhere too.

My only beef with IE8 is how the rendering engine destroys some pages. Buttons don't appear, images and text gets cut off, and I'll be damned if the page printing feature doesn't still chop the sides off of pages rather than reformat them to fit the page for printing. MS releases "compatibility" updates for it nearly every week or two, just to get it to render as cleanly (which is relative at this point) as IE7. At many companies I take care of, I have intentionally disabled IE8 from WSUS and unchecked it from Windows Update using the "fuck you don't come back" button due to rendering problems that end up crippling some work-related sites.

Space shuttle crashes in Alabama->

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It was on a train at the time

A train carrying the solid rocket boosters used on space shuttles has crashed in Alabama, injuring six people. The accident happened when a bridge collapsed over boggy ground, according to reports. One of the people is reported to have been critically hurt.

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Maggots Rid Patients Of Antibiotic-resistant Infection, MRSA->

From feed by sdfeed
Medical researchers are ridding diabetic patients of the superbug MRSA -- by treating their foot ulcers with maggots. The scientists used green bottle fly larvae to treat 13 diabetic patients whose foot ulcers were contaminated with MRSA and found all but one were cured within a mean period of three weeks, much quicker than the 28-week duration for the conventional treatment.
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+ - Comodo Releases Free CentOS and Red Hat-based ZTL

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Yuvaraj writes: "Comodo Releases Free CentOS and Red Hat-based Versions of Zero Touch Linux (ZTL) Server Suite New version of 'all in one' Linux server infrastructure and configuration package expands the deployment options available to administrators.

Jersey City, NJ (May 3, 2007)Comodo, a global Certification Authority and leading provider of Identity and Trust Assurance Management solutions, announced today the launch of Red Hat- and CentOS-based versions of their back office server suite, Zero Touch Linux (ZTL). ZTL is a complete suite of Linux server applications centrally controlled by a user friendly web-based interface. The new versions compatible with Red Hat and CentOS, join the existing Trustix Secure Linux based version — providing administrators with greater flexibility and choice.

ZTL takes a 'best of breed' approach by offering administrators industry-leading server software pre-configured on a choice of Linux distributions. It is available free of charge and can be downloaded in ISO format from ZTL can be immediately installed on network servers and is ideal for small businesses looking to achieve an easy way to migrate to a Linux driven back office infrastructure.

A single installation of ZTL brings under one umbrella a File Server, Print Server, Domain Controller, DNS, Mail Server, Web Mail, Database Server, Web Server, Proxy Server, DHCP server, Content Filtering Server and a Firewall. The package overcomes the traditional difficulties of deploying a Linux infrastructure by reducing the setup of multiple server types to a one time installation and configuration.

Zero Touch Linux uses a familiar Windows style GUI instead of a command line interface to administer Linux based servers. One benefit of this is that companies may not have to re-train IT personnel and can continue to utilize their existing Windows trained staff to administer their server infrastructure. Features in brief:
  • Highly intuitive GUI — ZTL's point and click interface vastly simplifies administration of Linux servers
  • Ability to remotely install and configure Web, Mail, DNS, LAN, Database, Firewall and other server types
  • SSL secure, web based interface means ZTL can be used to administer Linux servers from Windows workstations and clients
  • Choice of Linux setups — the ZTL control panel and best of breed package selection is available as a pre-configured install with either Trustix Secure Linux, Red Hat or CentOS
  • One click upgrades of all server packages — ZTL intelligently updates all packages in a particular deployment with one click

"Many businesses are aware that Linux is the most stable, secure and cost effective server operating system available — but are often reluctant to migrate because they also perceive Linux as difficult to configure and use." commented Melih Abdulhayoglu, President and CEO Comodo, "Zero Touch Linux helps to ease this situation by providing a single clean install of an entire back office server infrastructure that is effortlessly managed through a central web interface."

Zero Touch Linux can be downloaded in ISO format with a free, lifetime license from the Comodo website at About Comodo

Comodo, through its group of Internet security companies, is a leading Certification Authority and global provider of Identity and Trust Assurance services on the Internet. Comodo secures and authenticates online transactions and communications for over 2,000,000 businesses and consumers. With a global presence Comodo offers businesses and consumers third-generation solutions for intelligent security and authentication technologies that create trust online. Comodo's technological expertise includes PKI digital certification, integrated authentication infrastructure services, regulatory compliance solutions, and digital e-commerce services.

The Comodo companies develop technologies that address critical authentication and security needs with proven and reliable solutions such as SSL certificates, Multi factor Authentication solutions, PCI compliancy services, Web Content authentication, Authentication email solutions, integrated Web hosting management solutions, infrastructure services, Desktop Security solutions, Code signing certification, digital e-commerce white list technologies, Two Factor identity assurance and vulnerability management solutions.

For additional information on Comodo — Creating Trust Online visit

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+ - Define: /etc

Submitted by ogar572
ogar572 writes: There has been an ongoing and heated debate around the office concerning the definition of what /etc means on *nix operating systems. One side says "et cetera" per Wikipedia. Another side says it means "extended tool chest" per this gnome mailing list entry or per this Norwegian article. Yet another side says neither, but he doesn't remember exactly what he heard in the past. All he remembers is that he was flamed when he called it "et cetera", but that "extended tool chest" didn't sound right either. So, what does it really mean?

+ - Blackberry-style smartphone runs Linux

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An anonymous reader writes: Looks like the Research-in-Motion (RIM) Blackberry and Palm Treo are no longer the only smartphones with full hardware keyboards and "push" email. Dutch consumer electronics giant Grundig has come out with a B700 mobile communicator, a quad-band EDGE phone with a nice sleek design and lots of Linux-based multimedia and messaging goodness.

+ - The world's most anti-reflective coating

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Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes: "Researchers from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have created a material that reflects virtually no light — or absorbs it like a black hole. They've built this new material by stacking layers of 'silica nanorods.' And they reached a refractive index of 1.05. This can be compared with 1.0 for air or 2.4 for diamonds. This coating, which is effective for all wavelengths, could be used for brighter light-emitting diodes (LEDs), more efficient solar cells, and new classes of 'smart' light sources that adjust to their environments. But don't expect to see your next glasses or the windshields of your cars protected with this coating: it's too sensitive to water and it would be destroyed by rain. Here is a link to more details and references about this anti-reflective coating."

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