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Music

+ - Amazon now provides MP3 Downloader for Linux

Submitted by Ageing Metalhead
Ageing Metalhead (586837) writes "Looks like Amazon is trying to entice more people to its MP3 store by being Linux friendly.

Although the MAC and Windoze version of the Amazon MP3 Downloader have been around since the online shop started pushing MP3s, they now have a Linux MP3 Downloader available and packaged for

  • Ubuntu 7.10 "gutsy"
  • Debian 4 "etch"
  • Fedora 8
  • OpenSUSE 10.3


Linux MP3 Downloader Page"
OS X

+ - Collusion or Co-operation ZFS?

Submitted by Ageing Metalhead
Ageing Metalhead (586837) writes "With the announcement of Leopard supporting ZFS, is this a case of Apple following on from the best environment they can license for free, or collusion between Sun and Apple to take on the Microsoft with scalable storage? "We would not at all be surprised to see ZFS start to show up in other operating systems at some point in the not-too-distant future," Weinberg said.

Is Ubuntu or Redhat next to make ZFS the FS across all Unices?"
Patents

+ - USPTO Calls BS on 1-Click Patent Claims

Submitted by
theodp
theodp writes "Seeking to extend the reach of CEO Jeff Bezos' 1-Click patent, Amazon ran into a very unimpressed USPTO examiner who rejected all 75 of the e-tailer's new claims, repeatedly invoking terms like 'obvious' and 'old and well known' to dismiss the purported inventions. Amazon has taken the unusual step of requesting an Oral Appeal to plead its case and also canceled and refiled its 1-Click claims in a continuation application, not unlike a popular stalling tactic employed by skilled lawyers. As it touted the novelty of 1-Click to Congress (PDF) last fall, Amazon didn't mention the examiner's rejection as it insisted that 'still no [1-Click] prior art has surfaced' to a Committee whose members included Rick Boucher (VA) and Howard Berman (CA), recipients of campaign contributions from a PAC funded by Amazon execs and their families."
Enlightenment

+ - 7 Things the boss should know about telecommuting

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Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler writes "In this article, CIO.com presents input from several telecommuting IT professionals about the benefits the practice brings to the enterprise, processes that help remote workers interact with other team members, and the irritations that twist telecommuters' shorts in a knot. Here's what your employees truly want the boss to know about telecommuting. Two sidebars also discuss tips for telecommuters who don't want their careers to stall because they're "out of sight, out of mind," and the out of pocket expenses that the company and telecommuter need to divvy up (who pays for toner or the ISP?)."
PC Games (Games)

+ - Starcraft MMO confirmed by CVG Sources?

Submitted by
Quintessant
Quintessant writes "http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?i d=163207 CVG announces today that their sources have confirmed a Starcraft MMO. Now, this is unconfirmed by Blizzard as of yet, but I think we all saw it coming. Now, keeping this in mind, what do I see as coming next? Turf battles in Korea and China, with geeks and gamers battling it out for the dominance of available bandwidth. The apocalypse? No friends, we call this a zurg rush."
Microsoft

Why Doesn't Microsoft Have A Cult Religion? 535

Posted by Zonk
from the hats-would-be-really-weird-looking dept.
rs232 writes "'Apple has one. So does the Java community, Oracle, IBM, and Google. Lord knows anyone who uses Linux or free and open source software is dedicated to spreading the gospel of St. Linus Torvalds and St. Richard Stallman. But does anyone really worship the Gods of Redmond?' While many Microsoft employees are pumped to work there, article author Michael Singer explores why even enthusiastic Microsoft-watchers acknowledge that customers and product developers are unenthusiastic about the software giant. He theorizes that it comes down to passion: Microsoft lost that a long time ago, he says, and so passionate people gravitate to other projects and products."
Software

+ - Could we live without open source?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Of the 118,023,363 sites surveyed by NetCraft so far in the month of May, just over 70 million of them wouldn't work if open source software were to disappear. A Day Without Open Source gives several examples of what would break [and pokes fun at MSN]. However, this got me to thinking. The real question should be: Could we live without open source? All of the proprietary companies that bitch about open source should read this and think about how stupid some of the statements they make are."
NASA

Preventing Sick Spaceships 91

Posted by Zonk
from the that-is-not-a-pleasant-mental-image dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The official NASA home page has a writeup on one of the lesser-known dangers of living on a Space Station: space germs. 'Picture this: You're one of several astronauts homeward bound after a three-year mission to Mars. Halfway back from the Red Planet, your spacecraft starts suffering intermittent electrical outages. So you remove a little-used service panel to check some wiring. To your unbelieving eyes, floating in midair in the microgravity near the wiring is a shivering, shimmering globule of dirty water larger than a grapefruit. And on the wiring connectors are unmistakable flecks of mold.' The article goes on to describe the unlikely circumstances that form these micro-ecologies, and what astronauts do to deal with the situation."
The Internet

+ - CIRA Trashes ICANN Over Public Consultation

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Canadian Internet Registration Authority, which manages the dot-ca domain, has issued a rare public rebuke of ICANN, the Internet governance agency. Just days after ICANN issued a public consultation on its performance, CIRA responded by stating that "due to the poor design and implementation of this Request for Public Comments we, as most serious stakeholders should, see few — if any — advantages to contributing to this effort which cannot produce any usable results while potentially further alienating constituents.""
Programming

+ - Which is better, job title or experience?

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An anonymous reader writes "I am a developer with less than 2 years experience. Due to being at the right place at the right time I am the only developer for a start up that is getting bought by a multi-million dollar established company (we plan on hiring at least one more person to work under me soon). My current boss will become a VP/COO and his boss will be the owner of the company. I am well respected at my current company, but feel as if I am missing out on some good experience by not working with other developers. A friend of mine has recently contacted me about a job at the company he works at that is all developers (they do contract work) and wants me to interview there. Assuming money is not the issue which is better experience, being the lead software developer of a very small team, or being one of many developers?"

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