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Submission + - Freenet 0.7.5 Announced

evanbd writes: After a year of development, the Freenet Project has announced version 0.7.5 of the Freenet anti-censorship software. Compared to 0.7, the new version offers significantly improved network performance, faster startup and reduced memory usage when uploading or downloading large files, enhancements to the user interface, and a new Windows installer. A new search function is also available, though it's still fairly limited. Downloads are available for Linux, OSX, and Windows. If you encounter any difficulties or bugs, help is available on IRC in #freenet at

Submission + - Learning to program 2

An anonymous reader writes: So one of my kids is 13, and is showing quite an interest in computers. Not explicitly invoked by me, I now know what a dumb subject computing is as a career :D I think thougth the time has come that he should start learning to program, and learn some of the basics that are all too often overlooked nowdays. But where do you start these days? I taught myself C with a copy of K&R and a compiler that fitted on a floppy, but it was really geeky stuff at that time just to get a computer to do anything. Nowdays where do you start? Like most kids of his age he does not even know what a command line prompt is. And everything has to be super flashy or they are just not interested. Anybody any suggestions for what toolchains could be suitable for getting a modern 13 year old on the trail?

Submission + - Microsoft earning only $15 per XP netbook (

christian.einfeldt writes: "The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft is earning only about $15.00 USD for each netbook sold with Microsoft Windows XP. The WSJ cites the proliferation of netbooks as a factor contributing to the 8% decline in Windows revenue for the quarter that ended in December, 2008. The netbook market segment poses an on-going problem for Microsoft, according to the WSJ, in light of the fact that Gartner, a market research firm, recently predicted unit sales of netbooks will grow nearly 80% this year to 21 million units, while overall PC sales decline a record 11.9%. Microsoft will respond by offering Microsoft Windows 7 Starter Edition, which features limited functionality such as limited customization and a cap of three applications running concurrently. Dell, meanwhile, has said recently that its sales of Linux-based netbooks constitute about one-third of its Inspiron Mini 9s, with return rates comparable to that of Inspiron Mini 9s netbooks running XP."

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