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Comment: Re:Pre-empting the fanboy spin (Score 1, Flamebait) 623

by Ahlee (#23402700) Attached to: Running Mac OS X On Standard PCs
Indeed. You're not legal if you buy a copy of Leopard. It shouldn't let you sleep any better, as you're still breaking the law.

Yada yada mid size tower, yada yada I want to upgrade. Yada yada I can build XYZ for ABC less than what Apple charges.

Tough. At the end of the day to be legit you've gotta pony up the cash for the MacPro, accept the non-upgradability of the iMac or Mac Mini, or not run the software. /me waits for the obligatory "or buy a Mac laptop!" reply, so to reply to you before you reply: you missed the point. Entirely.

BioShock Review 439

Posted by Zonk
from the somewhere-across-the-sea-somewhere-waiting-for-me dept.
BioShock, the moody drama-driven FPS for the Xbox 360 and PC, was released last month to rave reviews from the major gaming news sites. Since then the internet has been ablaze with outcry about the game's high rating scores. It's hard to understand why. The work of Ken Levine and Irrational Games on the spiritual successor to System Shock 2 is sublime. It's incredibly atmospheric, the game's story is well written and compellingly told, and the first-person shooter gameplay is a respectable, tightly crafted experience. It's a really, really good game. I'll tell you now: it's a 5/5. So why all the angst? Why the backlash? Read on for my review of BioShock, and a few comments on the dangers of 'merely' being a good game.
Security

+ - Report for Britain's Security Vs Their Privacy

Submitted by
eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "There's a new report (pdf) out from The Royal Academy of Engineering that "identifies likely developments in information technology in the near future, considers their impact on the citizen, and makes recommendations on how to optimize their benefits to society." What's interesting about this report is that people have been lead to believe that security and privacy are related and one must be sacrificed for the other to be improved but the report claims that isn't necessarily true. A notable excerpt from the report: "Trust in the government is essential to democracy. Government use of surveillance and data collection technology, as well as the greater collection and storage of personal data by government, have the potential to decrease the level of democratic trust significantly. The extent of citizens' trust in the government to procure and manage new technologies successfully can be damaged if such projects fail." This report seems to present the possibility of maximizing what trade-offs may exist between the two but with the citizen in mind, not the government. Novel idea — maybe the British government should listen?"
Intel

Intel Next-Gen CPU Has Memory Controller and GPU 307

Posted by kdawson
from the mmmm-threads dept.
Many readers wrote in with news of Intel's revelations yesterday about its upcoming Penryn and Nehalem cores. Information has been trickling out about Penryn, but the big news concerns Nehalem — the "tock" to Penryn's "tick." Nehalem will be a scalable architecture with some products having on-board memory controller, "on-package" GPU, and up to 16 threads per chip. From Ars Technica's coverage: "...Intel's Pat Gelsinger also made a number of high-level disclosures about the successor to Penryn, the 45nm Nehalem core. Unlike Penryn, which is a shrink/derivative of Core 2 Duo (Merom), Nehalem is architected from the ground up for 45nm. This is a major new design, and Gelsinger revealed some truly tantalizing details about it. Nehalem has its roots in the four-issue Core 2 Duo architecture, but the direction that it will take Intel is apparent in Gelsinger's insistence that, 'we view Nehalem as the first true dynamically scalable microarchitecture.' What Gelsinger means by this is that Nehalem is not only designed to take Intel up to eight cores on a single die, but those cores are meant to be mixed and matched with varied amounts of cache and different features in order to produce processors that are tailored to specific market segments." More details, including Intel's slideware, appear at PC Perspectives and HotHardware.
Operating Systems

Virtualizing Cuts Web App Performance 43% 223

Posted by kdawson
from the price-to-pay dept.
czei writes "This just-released research report, Load Testing a Virtual Web Application, looks at the effects of virtualization on a typical ASP Web application, using VMWare on Linux to host a Windows OS and IIS web server. While virtualizing the server made it easier to manage, the number of users the virtualized Web app could handle dropped by 43%. The article also shows interesting graphs of how hyper-threading affected the performance of IIS." The report urges readers to take this research as a data point. No optimization was done on host or guest OS parameters.
Star Wars Prequels

+ - Star Wars stamps revealed, R2D2 mailboxes

Submitted by
Josh Fink
Josh Fink writes "In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars saga, the United Stated Postal Service has announced it will be releasing various packages of Star Wars related stamps and promotions. Among these promotions include deploying mailboxes that look like R2D2, and 41 cent stamps. You can also vote for your favorite Star Wars stamp over the USPS by visiting www.uspsjedimaster.com. I don't know about all of you, but I am rather happy to see that Jar-jar Binks is NOT an option here."
Wireless Networking

+ - Terahertz spectrum for wireless communication

Submitted by holy_calamity
holy_calamity (872269) writes "A first step to allowing wireless data transfer over a currently unused part of the electromagnetic spectrum are reported in New Scientist. Terahertz radiation exists between radio and infrared. A new filter created at the University of Utah can filter out particular frequencies, a prerequisite for using it for data. The abstract of the paper in the journal Nature is freely available."
Google

+ - Google Apps Brownouts

Submitted by LaughingCoder
LaughingCoder (914424) writes "According to an article on PC World at http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20070328/tc_pcworl d/130234&printer=1;_ylt=AqGYYKkLK4BaOrR8wAZBpFoRSL MF Google has been experiencing some outages with their online office suite Google Apps that have affected Premier (i.e. paying) customers. So far customers seem to be understanding, though slightly concerned that this may be a trend. At least one customer also expressed dismay at the level of support he received. It will be interesting to see how Google adapts to this new model where its users are paying customers who have higher expectations. When Gmail is unavailable to me (which has happened occasionally) I take it in stride since it's free. But if I was paying for it, and I bet my business on it, that would be a whole different ballgame and I would expect much better service."
Robotics

Cisco Develops Mobile Robots for Wireless Nets 51

Posted by samzenpus
from the can-you-follow-me-now dept.
coondoggie writes "Cisco has developed a set of small smart robots, which can act as wireless communications relays, that sense when a mobile user is moving out of service range, and can follow the user to maintain connectivity. According to Dave Buster, product marketing manager for the Cisco Global Government Solutions Group, the robots can follow a user almost anywhere to maintain connectivity. Published reports said the robots were part of Cisco's "Information on the move" initiative — a wide ranging plan to secure all things wireless. Whether or not the systems has an enterprise application, it is of interest to the military and initiatives such as the Army's Future Combat Systems which uses a variety of advanced systems to achieve battleground superiority."
Role Playing (Games)

+ - Jesus gets Second Life

Submitted by
anthraxus
anthraxus writes "Grand Rapids, MI March 27, 2007- On the heels of the sold-out Virtual Worlds Conference in NewYork City on March 28, LifeChurch.tv, in conjunction with XXXchurch.com, announces the launch of its virtual church in the 3-D virtual online world of Second Life. LifeChurch.tv, a multi-site church made up of over 20,000 people with eleven locations in major metropolitan areas across the country, gives Jesus Christ virtual life on Experience Island, 16 virtual acres in Second Life owned by LifeChurch.tv. "We're always at work to engage people right where they are. Church isn't about asking people to come to us; instead, we're called to go where the people are. Second Life represents a new frontier in that effort." says Bobby Gruenewald, Innovation Leader and Pastor with LifeChurch.TV. Featured on Experience Island is the largest anti-porn ministry in the country, XXXchurch.com. "There's no doubt we have to be here, Second Life is porn. They have rape clubs, porn islands and in Second Life you can have sex with minors with no consequences." says Craig Gross, founder and pastor of XXXchurch.com. Second Life residents who visit the virtual LifeChurch.tv campus on Experience Island will be able to attend live worship experiences, explore and experience the ever popular "My Secret" building and watch on-demand videos and message teachings throughout the week. Second Life, the Internet-based virtual world, enables its users to explore, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, and create and trade items and services from one another. In October 2006, Second Life reached the 1 million registered accounts mark and quickly grew to over 4 million registered accounts in February 2007. For more information about Experience Island, the virtual LifeChurch.tv campus or XXXChurch.com, write press@difted.com or call 310.270.3387"
KDE

+ - KDE 4.0 the holy grail of Desktops ?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "With KDE 4.0 being expected some time this year, expectation runs high in the linux/unix users camp and the media read a lot between the lines of what the KDE developers say and do. In some ways KDE will provide a standard as to how a desktop should look and behave. This interesting article wonders whether KDE 4.0 will become the complete desktop which will meet the needs of a wide cross section of computer users. One of the common complaints that some Linux users have over KDE is that it is too cluttered. And by addressing this need without putting off the power users, the KDE developers could make it an all in one Desktop. Keep in mind that KDE 4.0 is based on Qt 4.0 and so can be easily ported to Windows and other OSes too which makes this thought doubly relevant."
Intel

+ - Intel's Penryn & Nehalem Cores, Details Emerg

Submitted by Topchicken
Topchicken (666) writes "Roughly two years ago, Intel talked about their proposed "tick-tock" product strategy which entailed the shift to a new process technology followed by an enhanced or entirely new microarchitecture approximately every year. HotHardware has new details regarding 2007's "tick", the Penryn core, and next year's "tock", the Nehalem core, which also all ushers in significant changes with Intel's platform architecture as a whole. According to this new information, Nehalem can execute two threads per core and in some configurations will feature on-die memory controllers and an integrated graphics engine."
Privacy

+ - Can the web ruin your career?

Submitted by Batgirl
Batgirl (666) writes "Bloggers beware! Your next job could be over before it's even started — according to research reported on silicon.com, employers are increasingly searching cyberspace to dig the dirt on prospective job candidates.

From the article:
"Examples of online information that has been shown to create negative information include MySpace sites that reveal excessive drinking or disrespect for work. One survey respondent said their company rejected a candidate based on activities that "did not fit ethically" into the organisation.""
Sci-Fi

+ - Directing fluids with light

Submitted by
Matthew Sparkes
Matthew Sparkes writes "Scientists have found a way to direct liquid using only the force of light. The discovery could one day offer a new way to control the flow of fluids through extremely narrow channels in devices used for in biomedical analysis. A team of US and French scientists used a laser to produce a surprisingly long and steady jet of liquid in two fluids. With one fluid sitting on top of the other, the jet — about 10 microns wide — extended from the fluid above into the one below in the direction of the beam. When the direction of the beam was reversed, it just pushed the liquid below upwards slightly. It is the first time light has been used to affect the flow of a fluid in this way, the researchers believe."

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