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Intel

+ - SPAM: VLC media player now available for iPhone and iPod

Submitted by vrmediasg
vrmediasg (1629609) writes "VLC is one of the most popular media players for both Windows and Mac platforms, as it plays many multimedia file formats and streaming protocols. Some time back in September, VLC was successfully ported over to Apple's iPad. And now, the latest update brings support for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and the"
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Education

+ - Bees Beat Machines at 'Traveling Salesman' Problem->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "Recent research on bumble bees has proven that the tiny bee is better than computers at the traveling salesman problem. As bees visit flowers to collect nectar and pollen they discover other flowers en route in the wrong order. But they still manage to quickly learn and fly the optimally shortest path between flowers. Such a problem is NP-Hard and keeps our best machines thinking for days searching for a solution but researchers are quite interested how such a tiny insect can figure it out on the fly — especially given how important this problem is to networks and transportation. A testament to the power of even the smallest batch of neurons or simply evidence our algorithms need work?"
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Java

+ - Oracle Need A Clue As Brain Drain Accelerates-> 1

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The Contrarian
The Contrarian writes "Looks like Oracle is not suiting former Sun staff well, nor community members in the Java and OpenOffice.org communities. This weekend saw an unusually large number of rather public departures, with (among many others listed in the article) the VP running Solaris development quitting, the token academic on the JCP slamming the door behind him and top community leaders at OpenOffice.org nailing their resignations to the door after having the ex-Sun people slam the door in their face.

The best analysis comes from an unexpected place, with the marketing director of Eclipse — usually loyal defenders of their top-dollar-paying members — turning on Oracle and telling them to get a clue."

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IT

+ - 7 Programming Languages On The Rise->

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snydeq
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner reports on once niche programming languages gaining mind share among enterprise developers for their unique abilities to provide solutions to increasingly common problems. From Python to R to Erlang, each is being increasingly viewed as an essential tool for prototyping on the Web, hacking big data sets, providing quick predictive modeling, powering NoSQL experiments, and unlocking the massive parallelism of today's GPUs."
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Networking

Cisco Security System Shuts Out Third-Party Tools 37

Posted by Soulskill
from the trouble-versus-worth dept.
alphadogg writes "Cisco has finally publicly acknowledged it won't add support for new third-party devices to its security information and event monitoring appliance, ending months of speculation about the future of its Monitoring, Analysis and Response System. Some claim it's the beginning of the end for MARS as a multi-vendor SIEM device. 'MARS customers can expect non-Cisco network device data and signature updates to continue for currently supported third-party systems, but no new third-party devices will be added,' Cisco declared in a statement, noting that 'Cisco MARS continues to focus on supporting Cisco devices for threat identification and mitigation.' Cisco's SIEM competitors this week have eagerly grabbed at the topic of Cisco MARS freezing third-party support because of a Gartner research memo published Oct. 29 in which analyst Mark Nicolett stated, 'Cisco has quietly begun informing its customers of a decision to freeze support for most non-Cisco event sources with its [MARS].'"
Wii

+ - A look at the Japanese Wii virtual console

Submitted by RotoX
RotoX (666) writes "Somehow Siliconera has a Japanese Wii, a day before it launches in Japan. Their video of the Virtual Console shop shows a number of new games such as Gradius, Street Fighter II, Zelda III: A Link to the Past and Super Mario Brothers ready for download. It also looks like Virtual Console titles are slightly cheaper in Japan, Genesis games are 600 points opposed to 800 in North America."
Microsoft

+ - Opening Statements Begin in Microsoft-Iowa Case

Submitted by cc
cc (666) writes "The Des Moines Register is reporting that opening statements have started in the Microsoft-Iowa antitrust case. The Des Register reports that the Plaintiffs have shaped their case around nine stories involving competitors from IBM to Linux. Microsoft attorneys say Gates is expected to testify in January, and company CEO Steve Ballmer will likely appear in February. Both men are expected to be on the stand for about four days. Unlike previous antitrust cases against the software giant, the Iowa case is seeking additional damages for security vulnerabilities. Plaintiffs allege that Microsoft's bundling of IE with Windows caused harm to consumers by increasing the consumer's susceptibility to security breaches and bugs. The case is one of the largest antitrust cases in history, encompassing millions of documents and Microsoft's business practices during the last 20 years."
Music

+ - Compressed sound quality ruins young listeners

Submitted by mcguirez
mcguirez (524534) writes "This article [http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1201/p11s01-stct.ht ml] claims younger listeners get used to audio "quantity" not audio "quality" and don't realize what they're missing. The Consumer Electronics Association is starting a campaign to educate would-be audiophiles. It's claimed that is a side effect of 'in some cases stealing music!'"
Music

+ - Allofmp3 responds

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7macaw
7macaw writes "Allofmp3 has issued a statement regarding the WTO negotiations. "...we believe that the site cannot be forced to cease its activities due to Russia's entry to WTO unless Russian legislation undergoes significant changes." They also have a detailed review of not just Russian, but also American applicable laws."
Hardware Hacking

+ - How to silence loud servers?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I have two servers in the office, and they're unbelievably loud. One is a SunFire box and the other a SuperMicro dual Xeon. Between the fans and the screaming disks, they're so loud it's impossible to work in the same room with them. We've got limited space and no available closet, so I'm at a loss. Is there such a thing as a server muffler? What else can we do?"
Role Playing (Games)

IDG and Gen Con To Merge Events? 21

Posted by Zonk
from the two-gamey-nerd-tastes dept.
Gamespot reports that convention companies IDG and Gen Con LLC are talking about an event merge. IDG has already gotten the nod from the ESA for their 'GamePro Expo', and expects to attract no less than 25,000 gamers in October of next year. If Gen Con joins the fray, that will add table-top roleplaying, board games, and the like into the mix for some sort of nerdapalooza. From the article: "If the two events co-locate at the LACC, the current plan is to see Gen Con base its exhibits in the convention center's West Hall, with the IDG game event placing its exhibitors in both South Hall and the lower-level Kentia Hall. One impediment to the two groups linking up could be due to the current success IDG is having selling its upcoming game event into the industry. If it can sell out the LACC's nearly 550,000 square feet of expo space on its own, there may be no need nor reason to bring Gen Con into the mix." If this goes through, there would be no need for the Gen Con Indy event, which would only be held a few months before. I knew E3's demise was no good.
The Internet

+ - Net Neutrality

Submitted by Anonymous
Anonymous (666) writes "http://thinkprogress.org/2006/12/01/net-neutrality -champion-rep-ed-markey-d-ma/

Net Neutrality champion Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) has announced he will seek to chair the House Telecom and Internet Subcommittee next year. Art Brodsky says it's still "no slam dunk that Net Neutrality will be approved by the new Congress. But, the odds got better with Rep. Ed Markey's decision.""
Networking

+ - World's largest lan party

Submitted by DS
DS (666) writes "A representative from Guinness World Records attended this year's Dreamhack ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DreamHack ) winter in Sweden to hand out a certificate for the new world record of the largest lan party ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan_party ) with 7752 paying participants and 7788 computers connected to the network. Theres a clip at youtube showing the ceremony http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3QyD2dmv_M&eurl= . http://www.dreamhack.org/dhw06/en.100.html"
Software

+ - Openoffice.org contest breaks the MS myth

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An anonymous reader writes "OpenOffice.org has announced the winners of its Opendocument Format template contest sponsored by http://www.worldlabel.com./ The winning template "breaks the myth" of Openoffice.org not being able to do advanced editing like MS Word. The perpetual calender, 2nd place is excellent, actually brilliant. The Mapcharts Calc template, although 5th demonstrates how one can add innovative elements to OO.o and create very advanced ODF documents. View the winners: http://documentation.openoffice.org/contests/templ ate_clipart_2006/winners.html"

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