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Amiga

+ - Amiga in an FPGA released under GPL-> 2

Submitted by exolon42
exolon42 (1140715) writes "This is a mandatory read for every (former or current) Amiga hacker. You have to give it to the Dutch: tulips, cheese, and now a guy named Dennis has recreated the original Amiga chipset in a Xilinx Spartan-3 FPGA, and recently released all sources under the GPL to boot! This includes the design of a PCB containing the FPGA, the required MC68000 and normal PC-style hardware connectors so you can build your own. A thought-provoking fact is that the Verilog-sources for the recreated chips (Denise, Paula, Agnus etc.) are only around 500-1000 lines each... chips in the eighties didn't contain 1 billion transistors!"
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+ - Houston we've airconditioning problem!->

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Tech.Luver
Tech.Luver writes "FoxNews reports about a dude's innovative solution to his car's air problem, " Faced with exorbitant costs to fix a car air conditioner, Scott Dawson was literally left to his own devices. After finding out he would have to pay $1,200 to fix his car's AC, Dawson, 26, rigged a common household air conditioner to fit on top of his car. The crafty civil engineering graduate from the University of Houston cut a hole in the sunroof to allow the cool air to get in,MyFoxHouston reported. " Pics here: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/myfox/pages/News/Detai l?contentId=4012848&version=3&locale=EN-US&layoutC ode=PSTY&pageId=3.2.1"
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Mozilla

+ - First Tamarin vs. SpiderMonkey benchmarks->

Submitted by
mbarulli
mbarulli writes "Dan Smith, the Tamarin module owner, was kind enough to share with Clipperz the first official benchmarks of Tamarin vs. SpiderMonkey! These numbers are a very good indicator of the benefits that Tamarin could bring to Mozilla-based products. Dan says: "Performance will be greatly improved over current JavaScript implementations, especially for typed code. Tamarin does much better than SpiderMonkey in nearly all tests except some of the numeric tests where it is doing extra type conversions. But future optimizations will certainly address these situations too.""
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Networking

+ - Preparing 4 Digg / Slashdot Effect: Beyond Caching->

Submitted by
Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "When preparing for an onslaught of traffic to your web site, the smallest mistake can turn your servers one time chance for fame and fortune into an overly-expensive brick sitting in a collocation cabinet. A great example is MeetMoi.com that, when it was profiled on Fox News as an mobile dating service, was almost unreachable."
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Google

+ - Google Maps New Feature

Submitted by peaxie
peaxie (1121853) writes "Finally, Google Maps has a added a new feature that many of us have sure thought about. Now after mapping out the directions you can click anywhere on the map and drag the course and Google will automatically calculate the new distance and still show you how to get to the initial destination. It's a good feature and it will sure put the Google Maps above Expedia and Mapquest, isn't it already? Go check out the new feature at: http://maps.google.com/"
Communications

+ - Cash Machine turns 40 years old->

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01100111
01100111 writes "The world's first ATM was installed in a branch of Barclays in Enfield, north London, 40 years ago this week.

Inspiration had struck Mr Shepherd-Barron, now 82, while he was in the bath. The machine paid out a maximum of £10 a time." It struck me there must be a way I could get my own money, anywhere in the world or the UK. I hit upon the idea of a chocolate bar dispenser, but replacing chocolate with cash."

Plastic cards had not been invented, so Mr Shepherd-Barron's machine used cheques that were impregnated with carbon 14, a mildly radioactive substance. However, Mr Shepherd-Barron denies there were any health concerns: "I later worked out you would have to eat 136,000 such cheques for it to have any effect on you.""

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Portables (Apple)

+ - iphone not to be available for Alaskans

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Apparently, Alaskans wishing to use the "latest and greatest" release from Apple will be out of luck for perhaps as long as half a decade as AT&T cell phone service, which the iPhone uses, is not available in Alaska. As this article points out, there is a workaround for the Alaskan who absolutely has to have this technology, (which is not recommended by AT&T), but it could result in service cancellation."
Printer

+ - Which all-in-one inkjet printer is cheapest to use

Submitted by
Ray
Ray writes "A year or so ago I got my dad a new computer system that included a Canon PX-160 printer/scanner/copier to replace his aging Lexmark with similar capabilities. On my next visit I asked him how the new printer was working and he said the ink was killing him. The cartridges are expensive, they don't have much ink in them and there are no third party or refilled carts for it or apparently any other Canon. It looks like HP and Lexmark are the most likely to have (relatively) inexpensive supplies but what has your experience been with inkjet all-in-ones as far as TCO goes?"
Spam

+ - BlueSecurity - Round Two!

Submitted by
user24
user24 writes "We all remember the Blue Security DDOS attack, and now it looks like the same group of spammers who took them down are attacking several high-profile anti spam forums in a similar co-ordinated botnet DDOS.

zdnet has the scoop:

"The spammers behind last year's destruction of Blue Security are back with a vengeance, using a variant of the 'Storm Worm' malware to launch a sustained distributed denial-of-service attack against three anti-spam services.

SpamhausThe ongoing attacks, which use botnets of hijacked Windows computers, successfully shut down the Web servers that power the Spamhaus Project, URIBL (Realtime URI Blacklists) and SURBL (Spam URI Realtime Blocklists (SURBL)."

Check out the castlecops forum, where members of these antispam groups are picking over the details of the attack."
Security

+ - Personal Phishing Responsibility?->

Submitted by
kelvinn
kelvinn writes "Like many of you, I'm in IT. Over the years I have seen every type of phishing attempt there is, yet I'm still grappling with my personal responsibility when I detect an attempt. Two days ago I received a phishing attempt from "Amazon", and reported it via Firefox's anti-phishing feature. Additionally, I went the extra step and sent an email to the compromised site's owner, the ISP of the compromised site, and the University where the phishing site actually resided. To my dismay, and surprise, the only action was by the Firefox Team. So I present this question to the Slashdot community: what do you do when you get phished?"
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Privacy

+ - Google Maps Street View NOT invasion of privacy->

Submitted by
airshowfan
airshowfan writes "Applicable laws say that Google Maps Street View is NOT a violation of privacy. The most relevant law here is probably the one used by Jennifer Aniston to sue a paparazzo! It says that an invasion of privacy only occurs when someone looks into your window while using "enhancing devices" (telephoto lenses, binoculars, etc) and sees/takes a picture that is more detailed than what a passerby could see from the street with the naked eye. So as long as Google's images are not as sharp as what you could see as you walk past, Google should be ok. This article explains these issues of how private your home really is, and goes into issues of surveillance and sousveillance, of how much privacy one can expect while in a public place, and of how the information age is all about organizing the crumbs of information you leave behind. It is no longer reasonable to expect that your information trail cannot be easily organized, interpreted, and broadcast to the world."
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Hardware Hacking

+ - MGs Now Made in China->

Submitted by kernspaltung
kernspaltung (975145) writes "According to BCC News: "Nanjing Automobile has unveiled the first MG cars to be built in China. It bought the bankrupt UK firm MG Rover for £53m ($104m) in 2005." Also of interest is the hint that MGs will be available in the US again: "Nanjing Auto acquired MG Rover's assembly lines and engine technology. It plans to set up an assembly line in Oklahoma next year to supply the US market." Will the classic British sports car marque, now owned by a Chinese company and being manufactured in Oklahoma, mean anything to new car buyers?"
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