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Comment: Re:Oh, yes, that's what we always say. (Score 1) 619

by LLuthor (#21407039) Attached to: 90% of IT Professionals Don't Want Vista
Are/Were you using Win2K on a laptop? How did you overcome the lack of ClearType? In my case, the hardware support and software support was present, and the system did everything I needed to, but the lack of ClearType made it rather unpleasant.

I managed to trim XP down to a reasonable 150MB (on CD) and 350MB (installed - minus the pagefile) using nlite and am back to Win2K levels of performance (higher even! :) and all the features I need are present. (Plus a lot more of my RAM is free for caches or firefox).
Programming

+ - No more re-codeing the wheel

Submitted by TaseyCheese
TaseyCheese (666) writes "It's always been a dream of programmers: stop reinventing the wheel. So much time is wasted re-implementing things that have already been solved, because it is too difficult to find the previous module. While previous source code search engines have promised to solve this problem, the quality of the results has traditionally been lower than necessary to make them time efficient. News forge has an atrcile on a solution thats still in the alpha stage (and presently only for Java), namely the fledgling source-code search engine Allthecode. Unlike previous generations of code search engines (such as google codesearch and koders), it actually considers how often code is used and the context in which it used, often leading to better results. This seems like just what we need to unify the open-source community, allowing projects to avoid unnecessarily duplicating work."
HP

+ - Pretexting Now Illegal

Submitted by
Investigative Lead
Investigative Lead writes "Pretexting, better known as lying, is now illegal thanks to a law signed by President Bush last week. While the new law doesn't address many of the other times private investigators may lie in order to gather private information, it at least stops them from gathering telephone records under false pretenses. The bill itself was introduced late last year, but only finally got the necessary support after the HP spying scandal broke, where they used PIs on their own board members in order to identify press leaks. Anyone trying some of those techniques now could end up with a maximum of 10 years in prison."
Portables

+ - Keep your laptop from hurting you

Submitted by
NewsCloud
NewsCloud writes "If you're like me, you spend a lot of time working on your laptop in chaotic ergonomic environs. I've made a list of five simple tips that helped me improve my laptop ergonomics to overcome some recent neck pain and headaches. The arrival of widescreen portables with shorter displays, like the MacBook, are just making these problems worse for people. As beautiful and compact as these devices are, it would be nice to see more industry attention to this issue (my post includes a few suggestions). Slashdot has touched on ergonomics before as well: OSHA Getting Tougher About Ergonomics , Input Solutions for Repetitive Stress Victims? , Making Modifications to Your Computer Workspace? and How Effective are Ergonomic Keyboards? ."
The Internet

+ - Google, Microsoft Escalate Data Center Battle

Submitted by
miller60
miller60 writes "The race by Microsoft and Google to build next-generation data centers is intensifying. On Thursday Microsoft announced a $550 million San Antonio project, only to have Google confirm plans for a $600 million site in North Carolina. It appears Google may just be getting started, as it is apparently planning two more enormous data centers in South Carolina, which may cost another $950 million. These "Death Star" data centers are emerging as a key assets in the competitive struggle between Microsoft and Google, which have both scaled up their spending (as previously discussed on Slashdot). Some pundits, like PBS' Robert X. Cringley, say the scope and cost of these projects reflect the immense scale of Google's ambitions."
AMD/OSTG

AMD begins to ship ATI Radeon Uber Edition bundle

Submitted by OSTG Marketing
AMD has 'limited release', 'uber' edition of their ATI Radeon bundle - X1950. It's comprised of overclocked graphics cards shipped in a lockable James Bond-style attaché case. "The "limited release" bundle comprises two X1950 XTX cards, and ATI "wide-area" mousemat and sticker, a "VIP customer care card", and a number certificate with former ATI CEO Dave Orton's signature printed on it. Apparently, he sig
Spam

+ - Spam is back, and worse than ever.

Submitted by
Ant
Ant writes "The Red Tape Chronicles reports that just last December (2006), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published an optimistic state-of-spam report. It cites research indicating spam had leveled off or even dropped during the previous year. It now appears spammers had simply gone back to the drawing board. There's more spam now than ever before. In fact, there's twice as much spam now as opposed to this time last year. And the messages themselves are causing more trouble. About half of all spam sent now is "image spam," containing server-clogging pictures that are up to 10 times the size of traditional text spam. And most image spam is stock-related, pump-and-dump scams which can harm investors who don't even use e-mail. About one-third of all spam is stock spam now. Seen on Digg."
Programming

+ - 53 CSS-Techniques You Couldn't Live Without

Submitted by
vitaly.friedman
vitaly.friedman writes "Cascading Style Sheets offer many advantages you don't have in table-layouts — i.e. a strict separation between layout, or design of the page, and the information, presented on the page. Over the last few years web-developers have developed many useful techniques, which can save you a lot of time — of course, if you are able to find them in time. This article lists 53 essential css-techniques, which will make your life easier. "Thanks to all developers who contributed to accessible and usable css-based design over the last few years. We really appreciate it.""
Software

+ - Language Tools

Submitted by creolophus
creolophus (1002714) writes "I am a college student and I am looking for language tools which will help me with my writing, by giving me useful feedback (on my grammar, usage, etc). I will be writing mostly English prose with very little technical content.

So far, I have been using only Microsoft Word's spelling and grammar checkers, and they don't provide any feedback.

Do you know (or) have you been using any such tools?"
Announcements

+ - Quantum Computer Demo in February

Submitted by fwburton
fwburton (167640) writes "D-Wave Systems has announced has announced that they will be demoing a 16-qubit adiabatic quantum computer in February. Their roadmap calls for a 1000-qubit by the end of 2008.

D-Wave Systems is planning to provide free access to one of their quantum computers in Q2/2007 for people who want to develop or port applications to the system."

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