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Comment Re:Buying Windows does some good in the world! (Score 1) 451

Comment Re:Buying Windows does some good in the world! (Score 1) 451

"Capitalism" did not tank anything. I think you know that the US Government had a major role in creating and deepening the sub-prime mortgage crisis. HUD had for years prior been directing the GSEs to back sub-prime mortgages. Without this push there wouldn't have been nearly as many such loans made. The outcome of this policy is typical of central planning--start with a noble idea, in this case increasing home ownership, add bad planning and terrible execution and we're left with a horrible result.

Submission DARPA targets computing's Achilles Heel: Power->

coondoggie writes: "The power required to increase computing performance, especially in embedded or sensor systems has become a serious constraint and is restricting the potential of future systems.

Technologists from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are looking for an ambitious answer to the problem and will next month detail a new program it expects will develop power technologies that could bolster system power output from today's 1 GFLOPS/watt to 75 GFLOPS/watt."

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Submission Microsoft Wants OLPC's XO Redesigned For Windows

Preedit writes: There's an Infoweek story today that says Microsoft has asked Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child organization to redesign its Linux-based XO laptop so it can accommodate Windows XP. Specifically, Microsoft wants slots added so extra memory can be introduced to the system via an SD Card. The story notes that the XO was previously chided as unusable by Bill Gates, so this might be tacit admission that Microsoft and Intel's Classmate PC for emerging markets has failed to catch on.

Submission Sage wins Award for Free Mathematical Software

Ponca City, We Love You writes: "Since 2003, Cetril has organised the Trophées du Libre contest to reward innovative free software and this year Sage won first place in the Scientific Software category. Sage faced initial skepticism from the mathematics and education communities. "I've had a surprisingly large number of people tell me that something like Sage couldn't be done — that it just wasn't possible," said William Stein, lead developer of the tool. "I'm hearing that less now." The big commercial programs — Matlab, Maple, Mathematica and Magma — charge license fees. The Mathematica Web page, for example, charges $2,495 for a regular license. But the frustrations aren't only financial. Commercial programs don't always reveal how the calculations are performed. This means that other mathematicians can't scrutinize the code to see how a computer-based calculation arrived at a result. "Not being able to check the code of a computer-based calculation is like not publishing proofs for a mathematical theorem," Stein said. "It's ludicrous.""

Feed Engadget: Additional Automotive X-Prize details revealed->

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For a competition that still hasn't officially launched, the Automotive X-Prize has certainly been doing a pretty good job of making itself known, and we've now got yet more details on it courtesy of the folks at CNET. First up, it seems that the X-Prize Foundation will finally get official with the competition "sometime next year," although likely not before the New York Auto Show in the spring. Before that, however, the Foundation will be showing off some or all of the 43 contenders currently signed up at the Detroit Auto Show in January including, among others, Aptera's 300 mile-per-gallon car pictured above. What's more, given that the competition only seeks to find a car that gets 100 miles to the gallon, it would seem that Aptera would have a considerable advantage -- assuming it can actually back up its claims, that is. Hit up the read link below for a peek at some of the other competitors.

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Office Depot Featured Gadget: Xbox 360 Platinum System Packs the power to bring games to life!

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Feed Techdirt: YouTube Suspends Egyptian Anti-Torture Activist's Account->

YouTube is catching a lot of flack for suspending the account of an Egyptian activist who had captured evidence of police brutality on video and uploaded it to the site. YouTube's "community guidelines" state that "graphic or gratuitous violence is not allowed" on YouTube. Apparently, that includes graphic or gratuitous violence perpetrated by governments against innocent civilians. I have to say I don't understand why YouTube goes to so much trouble to censor "objectionable" content. If the goal is to keep such materials away from children, there are effective ways to do that without censoring the material altogether. Flickr, for example, permits pornographic photographs to be uploaded to its site, but it restricts access to them in various ways that helps prevent children from inadvertently stumbling across them. YouTube should be able to implement a similar system. Instead of deleting objectionable content, it should flag it as objectionable. Objectionable content might not show up on the home page or in the default search results. It might also require clicking through a warning page before viewing it. But it's hard to see what purpose is served by deleting the content entirely. The content will be posted somewhere else, where someone else will derive advertising revenue from it. And in the process, YouTube is inadvertently giving the impression that it is helping oppressive governments squelch criticism of their regimes.

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The life of a repo man is always intense.