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Hardware

+ - Linux-ready keyboard PC's under an inch thick->

Submitted by
walterbyrd
walterbyrd writes: "Cybernet announced a "zero footprint" computer built into a keyboard, featuring a dual-core Atom processor and a multi-touch trackpad. The Linux-ready ZPC-D45 is under one inch thick, but it provides features such as a CD/DVD drive, both VGA and HDMI outputs, stereo speakers, and dual Mini PCI Express slots, the company says."
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IT

+ - Why the Future of IT Rests on One Person->

Submitted by
snydeq
snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Bob Lewis offers a provocative post about the future of IT being tied to delivering 'luxury' in the form of tailored, feature-rich services supported by a single employee. These 'single-actor practices' — practices organized so that one employee, supported by technology, can do whatever needs to get done — will become more prevalent as the need to provide custom, personalized IT service grows. 'In the business-to-business world, the role is already well known — it's what account managers do. Account management is a single-actor practice because exposing a high-value client to anything else might easily lose the account,' Lewis writes. 'Which leaves quite a few unanswered questions: We know what IT looks like when we're supporting business processes, but support for single-actor practices is terra incognita.'"
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Comment: Toolbars (Score 1) 1 1

by Halborr (#36445718) Attached to: Avira Antivirus adding Toolbar and other
I hate toolbars. I didn't even know companies were still trying to push their toolbars onto you. Reminds me of IE6 and having 3 or 4 toolbars on the screen, to the point of having roughly half of your browser window (or more, depending on your resolution and monitor size) be filled up with the browser itself, instead of the webpage. It does sorta make me nostalgic for the late late 90's to early 2000's, though. Maybe because I was a little kid then. I still don't want toolbars.
Security

+ - Avira Antivirus adding Toolbar and other-> 1 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Avira Antivirus free edition has always had a popup for the pro version after each update. However things are going farther now: Avira SP2 will be offering the Web filter in the free version, however the catch is that you only get the web filter if you install the toolbar and make ask.com your default search engine. If you remove the toolbar you lose the web filter. Also the update popups will not include advertisements for UniBlue Registry Booster. Which is not recommended by many and can cause major issues on your machine.
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Japan

+ - Many Fukushima workers overexposed to radiation->

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mdsolar
mdsolar writes: "Six more employees of Tokyo Electric Power Co. working at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant were exposed to more radiation than allowed even under the relaxed limits put in place to deal with the critical accident.

In addition, 102 workers have been exposed to more radiation than allowed for nuclear power plant workers. Such workers are subsequently prohibited from working at nuclear power plants for up to five years under normal circumstances.

If more workers are discovered to have exceeded radiation exposure levels, TEPCO may face a serious shortage of workers even while the situation at the Fukushima plant is far from under control."

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+ - Righthaven loses->

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redwolfe7707
redwolfe7707 writes: "AP is reporting that the LasVegas Sun says that Righthaven:
LAS VEGAS — A federal judge in Nevada says a Las Vegas law firm targeting unauthorized content on the Internet cannot sue others over a news company's copyrights.
The Las Vegas Sun reported Tuesday the dismissal of a lawsuit by copyright enforcer Righthaven LLC against the website Democratic Underground.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Roger Hunt says copyright plaintiffs must control the rights to material in order to sue for copyright infringement."

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Games

+ - Steam Offering Free-to-Play Games-> 1 1

Submitted by donniebaseball23
donniebaseball23 writes: Valve's digital Steam service is going strong with 30 million active accounts and now the developer has further boosted its offerings by adding free-to-play titles, reports IndustryGamers. Steam is kicking off its support of the free-to-play model with five titles (which will include in-game Steam exclusives): Spiral Knights, Forsaken Worlds, Champions Online: Free for All, Global Agenda: Free Agent, and Alliance of Valliant Arms. Valve's support of free-to-play shows just how widely accepted it's become.
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Government

+ - Obama: "We don't have enough engineers'->

Submitted by dcblogs
dcblogs writes: President Obama wants to boost engineering graduation rates by 10,000 a year. In 2009, the U.S. produced 126,194 engineering graduates for bachelor's and master's degrees and for Ph.D.s. The U.S. had just over 1.9 million engineers in 2010. The unemployment rate in 2010 for all engineers was 4.5%. "We've made incredible progress on education, helping students to finance their college educations, but we still don't have enough engineers," said Obama. He's counting on the private sector to help expand the number of graduates.
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Apple

+ - Mac OS X Lion Has A Browser-Only Mode->

Submitted by dkd903
dkd903 writes: It turns out that there is a feature in OS X Lion which no one expected and was never announced at WWDC. The feature we are talking about is “Restart to Safari”. As you might have guessed from the name, this feature makes it possible to restart the Mac into just the Safari browser and nothing else.
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Google

+ - Why Doesn't 'Google Kids' Exist? 2 2

Submitted by theodp
theodp writes: Slate's Michael Agger wishes there was a website his 6-year-old son could visit on his own to watch amateur Star Wars Lego movies and other stuff he's curious about. 'But I don't leave him alone on YouTube,' he laments, 'because I never know if some strange-ass video will appear in the 'Related Videos' section.' The now defunct TotLoL was one such site, offering handpicked child-appropriate YouTube videos, at least until it was done in by a change in YouTube's Terms of Service. Agger suggests that Google should create Google Kids, a search engine that filters the Web for children. 'Think back to when you were a kid and your parents dropped you off at the library,' explains Agger. 'In the children's section, the only 'inappropriate' stuff to be found was Judy Blume's Forever, which someone's older sister had usually already checked out anyway. Similarly, Google Kids would be a sort of children's section of the Web, focused on providing high-quality results based on age.' In the meantime, Agger can always have his kids spend a little quality time with Michael Jackson over at AOL Kids.
Games

+ - JavaScript Gameboy Emulator, Redux-> 1 1

Submitted by Prosthetic_Lips
Prosthetic_Lips writes: Now we have a GameBoy Color emulator written in HTML5/JavaScript and it will run ROM images stored locally. What is amazing is that it runs the games at a playable speed.

Yes, this was first covered 6 months ago ( http://developers.slashdot.org/story/10/11/05/2334206/A-JavaScript-Gameboy-Emulator-Detailed-In-8-Parts ), but it seems like it is pretty complete at this point. You can load roms stored locally, and keep data using localStorage.

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+ - The Internet is killing local news, says the FCC->

Submitted by Art3x
Art3x writes: The rise of the Internet has led to a 'shortage of local, professional, accountability reporting' says a a 475-page report by the FCC, and the consequences could be 'more government waste, more local corruption,' 'less effective schools' and other problems. Even though there are more media choices today than ever, newspapers have been laying off reporters, leaving a gap that is yet to be filled.
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NASA

+ - Universe edge is home to 1M-mile-wide bubbles->

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes: "you could fly to the edge of our universe you'd find giant magnetic bubbles about 100 million miles wide.

That's what computer models digesting data from NASA's Voyager spacecraft, which are now close to 10 billion miles away from Earth, are suggesting as they try to figure out the information being beamed from the edge of our solar system."

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Supercomputing

+ - Do Supercomputers Still Matter?->

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Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler writes: "The innovations that are redefining the way businesses compute today were made feasible by supercomputers, the first platforms to enable parallel processing on a scale anywhere close to that of the cloud. Supercomputing would have been a lost art had it not been for the capability of everyday PC processors to be stacked together by the thousands — a technology for the high end made possible at the low end. But now, writes Scott Fulton in an exhaustive technical essay, a looming engineering bottleneck may have already rendered it technically and financially impossible for supercomputers to continue evolving at the current rate. Can the cloud go forward if the “grid” on which it’s based grinds to a halt?"
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