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Google

+ - Google Traffic Maps Now Live In 30 US Cities

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Unleashed2k
Unleashed2k writes "For more than 30 major U.S. cities, you can now see up-to-date traffic conditions to help you plan your schedule and route. If you're in San Francisco, New York , Chicago, Dallas, or any of the other cities we now include, just click on the traffic button to show current traffic speeds directly on the map. If your route shows red, you're looking at a stop-and-go commute; yellow, you could be a little late for dinner; green, you've got smooth sailing. Click here for more information"
Google

+ - Why Can Google Not Eat Its Dogfood

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An anonymous reader writes "Google seems to have serious problem with its AJAX product's line, and started GWT to help making a robust development platform. GWT, which moved to open source recently, seems to be not used at all inside Google applications, exception for Google Base and Checkout ?! Today article on AJAX Magazine explores why can Google not eat its Dogfood, while Yahoo and Microsoft do. From the article "If Google does not get GWT (or something else) to work for it, it is in a production trap, it cannot respond to changes fast enough and the web is all about change. In conclusion, it's clear that GWT as it stands is not enough, so what should Google do to save the situation? Go open source and hope somebody comes to its rescue...""
Software

+ - Complete Computing System in 20K lines of Code

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Ron Teitelbaum
Ron Teitelbaum writes "Viewpoints Research Institute work Steps Toward The Reinvention of Programming — A Compact And Practical Model of Personal Computing As A Self-Exploratorium has been picked up by the National Science Foundation and will be supported with a 5 year grant. Check out Ian Piumarta's, of Viewpoints Research Institute, Stanford University talk"
Unix

Define - /etc? 548

Posted by Cliff
from the place-where-config-files-go dept.
ogar572 asks: "There has been an ongoing and heated debate around the office concerning the definition of what /etc means on *nix operating systems. One side says "et cetera" per Wikipedia. Another side says it means 'extended tool chest' per this gnome mailing list entry or per this Norwegian article. Yet another side says neither, but he doesn't remember exactly what he heard in the past. All he remembers is that he was flamed when he called it 'et cetera', but that 'extended tool chest' didn't sound right either. So, what does it really mean?"
Privacy

DoJ Mulls Tracking Picture Uploads 169

Posted by Zonk
from the those-game-characters-swore-they'd-been-developed-18-years-ago dept.
Dominus Suus passed us a link to a C|Net article about a disturbing threat to privacy from the Justice Department. According to the article, a private meeting was held Wednesday between Justice officials and telecom industry representatives. With individuals from companies such as AOL and Comcast looking on, the officials continued overtures to increase data retention by ISPs on American citizens. This week, they were specifically looking to have records kept of photo uploads. In this way, and 'in case police determine the content is illegal and choose to investigate,' an easy trail from A to Z will be available. The article provides a good deal of background on the Bush Administration's history with data retention, with ties to events even older than the Bush presidency. "The Justice Department's request for information about compliance costs echoes a decade-ago debate over wiretapping digital telephones, which led to the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act. To reduce opposition by telephone companies, Congress set aside $500 million for reimbursement and the legislation easily cleared both chambers by voice votes. Once Internet providers come up with specific figures, privacy advocates worry, Congress will offer to write a generous check to cover all compliance costs and the process will repeat itself."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft kills off J# language

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twofish
twofish writes "Microsoft have announced that J#, its Java clone for .NET, and the Java Language Conversion Assistant will be discontinued and will not appear in the next version of Visual Studio. At the same time they have announced pans for a 64-bit version of the J# Redistributable this year."
Operating Systems

+ - Making NetBSD Multiboot-Compatible

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jmmv
jmmv writes "The Multiboot Specification defines a protocol between boot loaders and operating systems' kernels with the basic aim to allow any compliant boot loader to launch any compliant OS. This simplifies the boot loader's tasks by reducing the amount of knowledge it must have of foreign OSes and, as a side effect, it also removes the burden of writing a custom boot loader for each OS. A while ago I modified the NetBSD's kernel to support this specification, which means that the upcoming 4.0 release will be easier to boot on any dual-boot system with Linux installed (assuming it uses GRUB). I've written an article, titled Making NetBSD Multiboot-Compatible, that provides an introduction to The Multiboot Specification and outlines the steps I took to adapt the NetBSD's kernel to follow it. This can give you enough interest and clues to modify your favourite operating system to also support this protocol."

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