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HP TouchPad To Be Liquidated At Fire Sale Prices 368

Posted by Soulskill
from the impulse-windfall dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "According to an article by Tony Bradley, news is spreading quickly online that HP is going to clear out its vast TouchPad inventory by dropping the price to an offer you can't refuse. Rumor has it that beginning Saturday the 16Gb TouchPad will be $99, and the 32Gb TouchPad will be a measly $149. 'It is actually a fairly capable tablet. It's just not an iPad 2,' writes Bradley. 'For $500 it was a joke. For $300 it was still a shady deal. For $99 it's a steal.' HP has learned the hard way, and quickly pulled the plug on its tablet, proving that HP never had a solid tablet or mobile strategy and that it was really just looking for an excuse to get out. 'The reality is that my Best Buy is swimming in unsold HP TouchPad inventory,' adds Bradley. 'I went out tonight and picked mine up at the regular $400 price to beat the rush. Situations like this are why they invented price matching. I can just go back with my receipt once the fire sale starts and get the price adjusted and the difference refunded.'"

Comment: Re:What's the URL of the example site for the book (Score 2, Interesting) 35

by AlistairGroves (#32324612) Attached to: Drupal 6 Attachment Views
From a bit of digging around I assume it is this site: http://guildbuildersinc.com.nyud.net/ (coral cache) or guildbuildersinc.com Although you can't really see much on there without logging in. I'd be interested to hear views of anyone else that has seen the book, as the only review on Amazon is by the same person as on here.
Space

NASA Contest To Name ISS Module 197

Posted by samzenpus
from the name-that-space dept.
Solarch writes "NASA is holding a contest to name ISS Node 3. Being a Browncoat myself, I should hope that the choice of names would be obvious. As of the 7:30 PM EST on 2/25, the name Serenity has over 80% of the vote. From the site: 'Node 3 will connect to the port side of the Unity Node and will provide room for many of the station's life support systems, in the form of eight refrigerator-sized racks. After Node 3 is installed, the station's crew will transfer over many of the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) currently stored in various places around the station.'"

Comment: Whole Drive Encryption and Deploying Images (Score 1) 625

by AlistairGroves (#26530007) Attached to: Single Drive Wipe Protects Data
The issue with this is it makes deploying disk images across a network a lot more hassle, rather than just being the size of the data it's the size of the whole partition. Does anyone have a solution to this? Trying to maintain a network with windows (mostly XP) and Linux machines, and standardised images make this a lot easier.
Security

New Massive Botnet Building On Windows Hole 223

Posted by kdawson
from the so-patch-it-already dept.
CWmike writes "The worm exploiting a critical Windows bug that Microsoft patched with an emergency fix in late October is now being used to build a fast-growing botnet, said Ivan Macalintal, a senior research engineer with Trend Micro. Dubbed 'Downad.a' by Trend (and 'Conficker.a' by Microsoft and 'Downadup' by Symantec), the worm is a key component in a massive new botnet that a new criminal element, not associated with McColo, is creating. 'We think 500,000 is a ballpark figure,' said Macalintal when asked the size of the new botnet. 'That's not as large as some, such as [the] Kraken [botnet], or Storm earlier, but it's... starting to grow.'"
Software

+ - Writing documentation and user guides

Submitted by Alistair
Alistair (546420) writes "What editors do people personally find most usable for writing manuals and user guides? Both in terms of speed to work in, and in terms of creating nicely structured documents that are neatly formatted. Do you just use a normal word processor such as OO or word? Or do you use more structured editors such as XMLmind or Framemaker?

I'm keen to hear people's experiences and opinions about what works best for them when it comes to producing neat user guides in the minimum of time that they can update easily, embed/link images, reshuffle content, generate tables of contents and page links etc and export to PDF and HTML. Is it really worth paying the extra for something like Framemaker? Like most people I don't have much time to write documentation in, so I'd like to make it as productive as possible."
Software

+ - South Africa's ambiguous standards position->

Submitted by
Vhata
Vhata writes "Although South Africa has appealed the OOXML standard and would appear to be standards-conscious, van Wyk writes that: "[...]South Africa's Competition Commission is contributing to the lack of competition in the software industry." The commission's website was generated for a "Microsoft-only audience" with the website's menu only functional in Internet Explorer and many documents only available in Microsoft Word format. van Wyk's article resignedly reads: "Perhaps in future the importance of non-restrictive business practices will be apparent to all — especially to statutory bodies who need to investigate such matters.""
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Music

+ - Senators want Justice Department to sue P2P pirate->

Submitted by
blast3r
blast3r writes "News.com published a story that two senators, a Democrat and a Republican, introduced a bill on Wednesday that would unleash the world's largest law firm on Internet pirates. It would authorize the Justice Department to file civil lawsuits against people engaged in peer-to-peer copyright infringement — with the proceeds going to the company or person who owns the copyright."
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Security

+ - Russian Business Network goes *POOF* ->

Submitted by
koaschten
koaschten writes "The Trendmicro blog at http://blog.trendmicro.com/rbn-goes-poof/ reports, the Russian Business Network, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Business_Network , known for offering Bullet Proof Domains, spreading the Storm Worm and similar activities, has been taken offline. Seems like most known Autonomous Systems were dropped from the Routing Tables (RBN-AS, SBT-AS, MICRONNET-AS, OINVEST-AS, AKIMON-AS, CONNCETCOM-AS and NEVSKCC-AS)."
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Announcements

+ - Crater From 1908 Tunguska Blast Found

Submitted by MaineCoasts
MaineCoasts (666) writes "A team of scientists from the Marine Science Institute in Bologna claims to have found the crater left by the aerial blast of a NEO in 1908 in the Tunguska region of Siberia. The blast flattened 770 square miles (2,000 square kilometers) of forest but to date, no remains or crater have been found. This has left open the question of what kind of object made the impact. The team believes that, contrary to previous studies, nearby Lake Cheko is only one century old and "If the body was an asteroid, a surviving fragment may be buried beneath the lake. If it was a comet, its chemical signature should be found in the deepest layers of sediments." The team's findings are based on a 1999 expedition to Tunguska and appeared in the August issue of the journal Terra Nova."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Project Alternative OpenProj Reviewed->

Submitted by sober
sober (666) writes "MadPenguin.org has reviewed an open source alternative to Microsoft Project, OpenProj. The author concludes, "If this software is given any amount of time or support to reach full maturity, it would definitely be a solid competitor against Microsoft's Project. The only downside I have seen thus far with regard to its localized installation is that it is Java-based in design. This means instant alienation from those who do not enjoy using what Java provides. Personally, I found that the application runs great, does exactly what it advertises and costs nothing for the localized version."
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United States

NID Admits ATT/Verizon Help With Wiretaps 299

Posted by samzenpus
from the they-can-hear-you-now dept.
Unlikely_Hero writes "National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell has confirmed in an interview with the El Paso Times that AT&T and Verizon have both been helping the Bush Administration conduct wiretaps. He also claims that only 100 Americans are under surveilance, that it takes 200 hours to assemble a FISA warrant on a telephone number and suggests that companies like AT&T and Verizon that "cooperate" with the Administration should be granted immunity from the lawsuits they currently face regarding the issue."

You know, the difference between this company and the Titanic is that the Titanic had paying customers.

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