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+ - Where Google is Bigger than Sex

Submitted by
ecacofonix
ecacofonix writes "If you thought however great Google is, it cannot be as popular as sex, think again. If you ever thought God could not be as popular as Paris Hilton, think again. Sure, God is not as popular as Google, but He is holding his own against the likes of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. What on earth are we talking about? About how popular words are, using Google Trends analysis. Read more from here "
Security

+ - Ethical Hacker Career Central

Submitted by ddonzal
ddonzal (943862) writes "The Ethical Hacker Network, a free online magazine for pen testers and security professionals, just launched Career Central. Not only can you ask for career advice in this growing field, but you can also post to the "Looking for Work" section or browse the "Looking to Hire" board. It's new, so there's not much yet. But I love the magazine, and the community has always been incredibly helpful to newbies and seasoned pros alike. http://www.ethicalhacker.net/component/option,com_ smf/Itemid,54/board,49.0/"
Software

+ - kqemu released under the GPLv2

Submitted by
Michael Opdenacker
Michael Opdenacker writes "Fabrice Bellard, the author of ffmeg/libavcodec and the qemu emulator, has released the 1.3.0pre10 version of the kqemu accelerator kernel module. This kernel module makes it possible to run the i386 and x86_64 system emulator at close-to-native speeds when running qemu on the same processor architecture. According to the NEWS page, it is now licensed by the GPLv2!

kqemu was first released under a proprietary license, but Fabrice promised it would make it free when a company funds his work. Though no company name was disclosed, Fabrice kept his promise. That's an event many people have been waiting for for a long time. Now, it is easy to run another operating system from Linux, with very good performance and only using Free Software! Time to sell WMware shares?"
Programming

+ - Reinventing the Source Code Search Engine

Submitted by
calum
calum writes "Too much time is wasted re-implementing code that someone else has already done, for the sole reason it is too difficult to find specific useful code. Previous source code search engine, such as google codesearch and koders, only considered individual files on there own, leading to poor quality results; making them only useful when the amount of time to re-implement was extremely high. Both newsforge and jaxmagazine are covering the launch of a new source code search engine, All The Code that is aiming to change all of this. By looking at code, not just on its own, but also how it is used, it is able to return more relevant results. For example, if there were two similar libraries both for binary trees, if one libraries was used more frequently it would have a higher ranking than the less used library. This seems like just what we need to unify the open-source community, leading to an actual common repository enabling projects to easily discover useful modules in each other, and ending the cycle of unnecessary reimplementing allowing us to focus on new, interesting problems."
Businesses

+ - 'Dumb Terminals' Can Be a Smart Move for Companies

Submitted by
Carl Bialik from WSJ
Carl Bialik from WSJ writes "More companies are forgoing desktop and laptop computers for dumb terminals — reversing a trend toward powerful individual machines that has been in motion for two decades, the Wall Street Journal reports. 'Because the terminals have no moving parts such as fans or hard drives that can break, the machines typically require less maintenance and last longer than PCs. Mark Margevicius, an analyst at research firm Gartner Inc., estimates companies can save 10% to 40% in computer-management costs when switching to terminals from desktops. In addition, the basic terminals appear to offer improved security. Because the systems are designed to keep data on a server, sensitive information isn't lost if a terminal gets lost, stolen or damaged. And if security programs or other applications need to be updated, the new software is installed on only the central servers, rather than on all the individual PCs scattered throughout a network.'"
Programming

+ - ScrabbleBot - New Leap in AI

Submitted by
weasel
weasel writes "A new Scrabble AI engine has just been polished; it actively tries to steal your potential words instead of just scoring for itself. How long until shooters and other video games build up the same level of nefariousness? Or is it a bit too frustrating to be considered a good gaming concept?"
Enlightenment

+ - Larry King Says He's Never Used The Internet

Submitted by corerunner
corerunner (971136) writes "From a story by NBC 10:

During a segment with guest Roseanne Barr this week, King and Barr got into a discussion about her blogs and her obsession with the Drudge Report, a widely popular Web news site.

When prodded by Barr, King said his wife loved the Internet, but he had no intention of trying to access it."
Quickies

+ - Sleep Disturbances associated with suicide

Submitted by brainvoid
brainvoid (1046974) writes "In the first known report of its kind, a study published in the January 1st issue of the journal SLEEP finds that sleep disturbances are common among suicide attempters, and that nightmares are associated with suicidality.
The study, conducted by Nisse Sjöström, RN, and colleagues of Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Göteborg, Sweden, focused on 165 patients between the ages of 18-68, who were admitted to medical units or psychiatric wards at Sahlgrenska after a suicide attempt. It was discovered that 89 percent of subjects reported some kind of sleep disturbance. The most common complaint was difficulties initiating sleep (73 percent), followed by difficulties maintaining sleep (69 percent), nightmares (66 percent) and early morning awakening (58 percent). Nightmares were associated with a five-fold increase in risk for high suicidality.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?ne wsid=59937"
KDE

A Sneak Preview of KDE 4 350

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the pretty-gooey dept.
An anonymous reader writes "In recent times, a lot of discussion has been generated about the state of KDE version 4.0 and as Linux users we are ever inquisitive about what the final user experience is going to be. This article throws light on some of the features that we can look forward to when KDE 4.0 is finally released some time this year. The article indicates that the most exciting fact about KDE 4.0 is going to be that it is developed using the Qt 4.0 library. This is significant because Qt 4.0 is released under a GPL license even for non-Unix platforms. So this clears the ideological path for KDE 4.0 to be ported to Windows and other non-Unix/X11 platforms."

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