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+ - Best Buy acquires Speakeasy

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magneticstorm writes: "It looks like the folks from Best Buy have acquired the geek-centric ISP Speakeasy, in order to roll it into their Best Buy for Business subsidiary. Is this the end of Speakeasy, or just the beginning? Will they continue to uphold the reputation Speakeasy set for itself, or will it descend into mediocrity, not unlike Best Buy's Geek Squad?"

Inside Apple's Leopard Server OS 133

Posted by Zonk
from the nice-place-to-visit-wouldn't-want-to-live-there dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Mac expert John Welch, author of the widely read OS X versus Vista comparison, delves into Apple's Leopard Server OS. He and Information week have on offer a deep dive into what's known so far about OS X Server 10.5, which will be showcased at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Welch weighs in on Leopard's iCal, Wiki, file, Quicktime, and mail services, along with Xgrid 2, Open Directory 4, and 64-bit capabilities. What does it all add up to? His assessment: Apple probably isn't aiming at 'big' enterprises; just the same, Leopard Server is shaping up to be a great SMB (small and mid-sized business) product. Welch writes: 'For about a thousand bucks on existing hardware, or for the cost of an Xserve, you get a really solid server, able to support Web services, collaboration, groupware, IM, and file services. You can run it with its own directory service, or as part of an Active Directory implementation out of the box. It provides some features that due to pricing and/or setup requirements, have traditionally been reserved for big enterprises — in particular clustering of both email and calendaring servers.'"
The Courts

+ - School girls' science catches out GSK's Ribena

Submitted by anonymous_echidna
anonymous_echidna writes: The NZ herald reports that pharmaceutical and food company GlaxoSmithKline has been fined NZ$217,500 for breaches of the fair trading act, for falsely claiming vitamin C content that Ribena didn't have. The discrepancy came to light three years ago when two fourteen-year-old school girls conducted a science experiment to test the vitamin C content of various juice drinks, and found the vitamin C content of Ribena to be much lower than expected. Fobbed off by GSK, they continued to pursue the issue, finally alerting the Commerce Commission, leading to the action in the Aukland District Court.

Full story at: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/3/story.cfm?c_id =3&objectid=10431119

+ - The Greatest Game You Never Played

Submitted by Alan
Alan writes: FiringSquad has been running their "American Idol wannabe" contest for a little over a month now. Now that they've weeded out the dredge, there are actually some awesome entries now. One of the best from this round is an article on The Greatest Game You've Never Played: Allegiance R3 Release. Apparently, it's a game Microsoft released several years ago and *gasp* ultimately made open source. It's since been developed further into an incredibly user-centric game. Good read.

+ - Can spam be reduced by checking domain maturity?

Submitted by gmHumfrey
gmHumfrey writes: It seems to me that most of the URLs in spam email contain domains that were registered in less than 90 days. If the whois databases could be snapshotted, and released as a bulk download + incremental updates for anti-spam software, then a lot of spam (including the picture-spam that is becoming more frequent,where they still try to provide something for you to click on) could be eliminated before reaching the person's inbox. Not a solution, but it would help significantly reduce the amount of spam that is able to be sent. There would be workaround's for this eventually, such as using a redirector url which the antispam engine would have to fetch the url to see where it actually resolves to. What does the slashdot community think about this?

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. -- Isaac Asimov