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MS Releases Open Source Alternative To BigTable 163

gollito writes in with news that Microsoft has released an open source alternative to Google's BigTable file system, which is used on large distributed computer clusters. Matt Asay writes for CNet: "I also believe that Microsoft's fear-mongering around open source cost it years of productivity and quality gains that it could have been delivering to customers through open source. I hope that reign of ignorance is over."

EU Rejects Law To Cut Pirates Off From Their ISP 210

MJackson writes "Europe has rejected plans to allow ISPs to disconnect users suspected of involvement with illegal file-sharing. In its final vote, the European Parliament chose to retain amendment 46 (138) of the new Telecoms Package by a majority of 407 to 57. Amendment 46 states that restrictions to the fundamental rights and freedoms of Internet users can only be put in place after a decision by judicial authorities. However, network neutrality remains unprotected."

Comment Re:What about facts? (Score 1) 565

I don't know but I know for sure that every freaking website and magazine wrote up stuff when George published that they had only 71 tasks on list left to do.

Just an example:,7593.html

Last reported number was only 24 things are left to do. And that was on April 13th!!!

I'm pretty sure that Duke Nukem Forever has gone to GOLD!!! :)

And during the next few days I think we will hear more about the matter. But I am not going to buy this story until actual press release is sent out.

We should make a bet here. You will offer me free drinks, free women and free meals during the next weekend if I am correct.

If I'm wrong... well... I can always buy two bottles of Finnish Koskenkorva Viina or some cheap Russian Vodka if you like and then we can both have a blast off party for 3DRealms while sitting on cold bench at park and crying together...


Windows 7 "Not Much Faster" Than Vista 821

PLSQL Guy writes "Tests of the Windows 7 Release Candidate in a PC World Test Center found that while Windows 7 was slightly faster on our WorldBench 6 suite, the differences may be barely noticeable to users. The PCs tested were slightly faster when running Windows 7, but in no case was the overall improvement greater than 5 percent, considered to be a threshold for when an actual performance change is noticeable to the average user. One of the major complaints about Windows Vista was the fact that it was consistently slower than Windows XP. If Windows 7 can't significantly improve that situation, what chance does it have to convince people to move away from Windows XP?"

Comment Re:What about facts? (Score 1) 565

Note that website has not been closed. Forums and estore are both active and working. Also at least my web browser tells me that there is too much traffic in and that's why it cannot access it.

And I agree with dbcad7. Something fishy is going on. Especially with game which had only 24 tasks/objectives left to do last week before being 100% complete and ready to go to gold.

Comment What about facts? (Score 1) 565

1. Take-Two which has lots of money(tm) owns 3DRealms. Take-two did give lots of money to 3DRealms until the contract which made it that 3DRealms will make the game by themselfs and Take-Two will only publish that game after that. And they are not allowed to say anything about situation in 3DRealms. Why is that so?

2. DNF is at least 95% done atm. Why would they be showing stuff off if it wouldn't be? Besides Bloussard in his blog mentioned that the check list of undone/buggy stuff for DNF has/had only 24 objectives left. When bug smashing started it had literally thousands of objectives.

3. 3DRealms has survived this long without much help from anyone. Why now so suddenly would they be closing? Website closed? I think they are more likely to update it entirely. After all they have had it same at least 10 years.

4. News like "3drealms closed" is just the news we all probably have been waiting for these long years... Think about it. What would be the best way to shout out that Duke Nukem Forever has gone to gold? Of course it would be to give press release of 3DRealms shutting down!!!

I'd say that this is just a marketing trick and odd but kind of funny way to shout out that DNF has gone to gold!

First Person Shooters (Games)

Duke Nukem For Never 565

PLSQL Guy writes "Duke Nukem Forever developer 3D Realms is shutting down, according to Shacknews. They cite 'a reliable source close to the company,' who said the developer is finished and employees have already been let go. It looks like all of the Duke Nukem Forever jokes are turning into reality; DNF might turn out to be the ultimate vaporware after all." 3D Realms' webmaster, Joe Siegler, confirmed the closing, saying that he didn't know about it even a day beforehand. Apogee and Deep Silver, who are working on a different set of Duke Nukem games (referred to as the Duke Nukem Trilogy) say they are not affected by the problems at 3D Realms.
Linux Business

All of Vietnam's Government Computers To Use Linux, By Fiat 380

christian.einfeldt writes "The Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications has issued an administrative ruling increasing the use of Free Open Source Software products at state agencies, increasing the software's use both in the back office and on the desktop. According to the new rule, 100% of government servers must run Linux by June 30, 2009, and 70% of agencies must use, Mozilla Firefox, and Mozilla Thunderbird by the end of 2009. The regulation also sets benchmarks for training and proficiency in the software. Vietnam has a population of 86 million, 4 million larger than that of Germany, and is one of the world's fastest-growing economies."

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