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Comment Re:No speed improvement for those on x86_64 (Score 3, Informative) 338 338

It's not in trunk yet, but we want to get it in as soon as possible. It's not trivial, but not terribly difficult either - someone just has to take the time to do it. Unfortunately getting 3.5 out in time was a much higher priority, we just couldn't block on x64. If you're interested, a tracking bug is here: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=489146
Security

AVG Fakes User Agent, Floods the Internet 928 928

Slimy anti-virus provider AVG is spamming the internet with deceptive traffic pretending to be Internet Explorer. Essentially, users of the software automatically pre-crawl search results, which is bad, but they do so with an intentionally generic user agent. This is flooding websites with meaningless traffic (on Slashdot, we're seeing them as like 6% of our page traffic now). Best of all, they change their UA to avoid being filtered by websites who are seeing massive increases in bandwidth from worthless robots.
Robotics

Submission + - Bird sized airplane opens intelligence options->

coondoggie writes: "Look up in the sky — it's a bird, it's a plane it's...both? Researchers today introduced a very cool micro-aircraft shaped like the swift — one of nature's most efficient flyers. The RoboSwift can sweep its wings back and forth, changing the shape and the wing's surface area. The idea is to make the aircraft fly more efficiently and agilely than fixed-wing aircraft. The micro — airplane is powered by a special propeller that folds during gliding to minimize air drag. RoboSwift steers by sweeping back one wing more than the other. The difference in wing position allows RoboSwift to make very sharp turns. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/17672"
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Data Storage

Submission + - Blackberry's new ultraconformist: The 8820->

Ztringz writes: "The soon-to-be-released Blackberry 8820 sports, among other things, a built-in GPS, Wi-Fi and UMA. It also features support for microSD/microSDHC cards up to 32 GB. We're still waiting for 8 GB to be released, but that doesn't matter. As quoted from technewsworld: "The 8820 is clearly a business-centric smartphone. RIM noted the unit's wireless platform allows the remote deployment of many business applications, including those for "CRM, sales force automation, field services, business intelligence, supply chain management and continuity of operations, as well as a broad range of industry-specific applications for sectors including health care, law enforcement, government, financial services, insurance, pharmaceutical, professional services, real estate, manufacturing, wholesale and retail." And this certainly corresponds to the media player improvements, right? I wonder if it will rival the Nokia N95's 5 megapixel camera, as well?"
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Power

Submission + - Paint-on Solar Panels->

LeadSongDog writes: "Someday homeowners will even be able to print sheets of these solar cells with inexpensive home-based inkjet printers. Consumers can then slap the finished product on a wall, roof or billboard to create their own power stations."

Guess I won't need that Mr. Fusion after all.

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Software

Submission + - Open-Xchange and Ubuntu woo small business->

coti.b writes: "Ease of use has changed the IT game for smaller businesses By Matthew Broersma, London | Thursday, July 19 2007 Open-Xchange has released an Outlook-compatible groupware server specifically designed for smaller businesses, and designed as a simple, open-source alternative to the likes of Microsoft Exchange. Open-Xchange Express Edition (OXEE) is the company's first product to move beyond Open-Xchange's roots with Suse Linux — it is built on top of Canonical's increasingly popular Ubuntu Linux. OXEE doesn't require an underlying operating system, turning a bare-metal system into an email and groupware server. The company designed OXEE for smaller businesses that might not have an IT department or any Linux expertise, so it installs through a simple interface. Features include synchronising public, private and shared folders, accepting or declining appointments through Outlook, and managing private appointments, tasks, contacts and "Free/Busy" status. It has an Ajax-based web interface that lets users access the server regardless of the platform they're on. Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth said Ubuntu's ease of use has changed the IT game for smaller businesses. "Integrated, ready-to-work software solutions like Open-Xchange Express Edition on Ubuntu make it easier for nontechnical SMEs to increase productivity and spur innovation while reducing their IT costs at the same time," he said in a statement."
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The Courts

Submission + - Infiltrating YouTube for the Public Interest->

Greg Beck writes: "Lawyers for the first time are using YouTube (along with a popular Internet meme-the dramatic chipmunk) to notify beneficiaries of a class action settlement that they may be entitled to a $100 refund from the maker of Paxil. http://newteevee.com/2007/07/18/paxil-chipmunk/"
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