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+ - Rubik's cube solved in just 26 moves

Submitted by thefickler
thefickler (1030556) writes "Researchers from Northeastern University in the US have managed to prove that the Rubik's cube can be solved in just 26 moves.

Computer science professor Gene Cooperman and graduate student Dan Kunkle were able to accomplish this new record through two primary techniques.They used 7 terabytes of distributed disk as an extension to RAM, in order to hold some large tables and developed a new, "faster faster" way of computing moves, and even whole groups of moves, by using mathematical group theory."
Censorship

+ - China won't license new Internet cafes->

Submitted by dteichman2
dteichman2 (841599) writes "While regulators investigate the Internet's impact on young people, China will not be licensing any new Internet cafes. Investigators will evaluate cafes and look for those that improperly rent out their licenses or fail to properly register the identities of customers. Government authorities worry that the Web may provide children with access to gambling sites, sexually explicit material, and violent video games. Chinese President Hu Jintao has ordered officials to clean up 'Internet culture.'"
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Software

+ - No software in Dell computers!

Submitted by power3d
power3d (928326) writes "Hi! Recently Dell started offering Desktops/Laptops with Linux (Ubuntu distro). Obviously, they charge for the installation, even if it's cheaper than Windows. Another problem is that, even for Ubuntu fans, there are many people that prefer to install their own Operating System and other Software. Currently Dell doesn't offer the option of "NO PRE-INSTALLED SOFTWARE". (neither other manufacturers) But Dell has a site where costumers can post their suggestions and Dell will apply those more voted. I've posted the suggestion of offering the option of offering computers without any software. I know that this won't mean anything without the votes of you guys. So I ask you please to go to http://www.ideastorm.com/article/show/67952/No_pre installed_software and make your vote. The registration is very simple. Don't need any confirmation mail or anything. It's made right there. Thank you :)"

Encrypt and Sign Gmail messages with FireGPG 206

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the can-you-spot-the-secret-message-in-this-dept-line dept.
Linux.com (Same owners as Slashdot) has a story up about FireGPG and says "Gmail may be an excellent Web-based email application, but there is no easy way to use it with privacy tools like GnuPG. The FireGPG extension for Firefox is designed to solve this problem. It integrates nicely into Gmail's interface and allows you...
Encrypt and sign Gmail messages with FireGPG
Patents

+ - 2008 Presidential Candidates and Tech Issues

Submitted by
Tokimasa
Tokimasa writes "Following last night's debate with the Democratic presidential hopefuls and tomorrow's debate with the Republican presidential candidates, I noticed that the questions addressed issues that affect the American people as a whole — education, health care, the "war on terror" and combating terrorism, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, China, jobs and the economy, gas prices, and energy.

But what about issues that are important to the technical savvy Americans, including those in technical industries? Issues such as intellectual property reform (especially copyrights and patents), funding for research and development (both private and government led), DMCA, and other topics that might be of interest to engineers and scientists? Why are these topics not discussed (or even mentioned) during a campaign?

Is there any material out there that discusses how each candidate stands on issues that are of interest to certain groups (in my case, engineers and those working in highly technical fields)?"
Music

+ - Lastfm bought by CBS->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Ah. another Web 2.0 company, lastfm, bought out by the corporate titans...so much for "user-community driven"??? Will any Web 2.0 startups be satisfied with middle-level community success, or do all Web 2.0 companies demand to be big players up there with MTV and Google, etc — can any real sense of web identity or community exist once companies target themselves towards every single web user, like myspace, as opposed to focusing on smaller audiences, like, perhaps, people who are satisfied with hearing more independent music and searching for things through word of mouth and not thorugh massive advertising campaigns? Does any of this matter? http://blog.last.fm/2007/05/30/lastfm-acquired-by- cbs"
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Announcements

+ - Stackable ARM Linux Computers Allow Rapid Devel.->

Submitted by Tarun Tuli
Tarun Tuli (666) writes "Virtual Cogs Embedded Systems Inc. have released their miniature stackable Linux single board computers based around the Freescale i.MX21 processor. This system allows users to custom tailor their design to particular peripherals they need quickly. By stacking multiple daughterboards together, a precise solution can be created. Currently, daughter boards available include a Camera COG (3MP colour CMOS camera), Multimedia COG (320x240 TFT Touchscreen LCD, Sound Card), Ethernet COG (10/100 Mbit networking) and Breakout COG (development tool with .1" IDC breakout of pass-thru bus, MiniSD card slot and RS-232). Many additional daughter boards are under development and to be released soon including a robot controller, power controller, GPS/Bluetooth/Wifi board and a plug-in FPGA solution. In addition, all these designs are "open" so that users can easily adopt and develop their own daughtercards using standard PCB manufacturers."
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Software

+ - Facebook: send facebook photos to any mobile phone

Submitted by
Steve Chen
Steve Chen writes "sms767 is tied into Facebook through the Facebook Platform launched yesterday at F8. It completes the round trip by allowing users to share Facebook photos with friends on mobile phones. Before sms767, Facebook users were only able to send photos from mobile phones to Facebook profiles. Now, with sms767, the round trip is complete. Users can use the services at http://www.sms767.com/ or find it in the application directory in Facebook. A login with Facebook is required."
Networking

+ - Non Tech don't understand time consuming IT duties

Submitted by
queen747
queen747 writes "Not a scoop but a frustration: Non tech folks don't understand just how time consuming IT really is. Network administration, computer support, database administation, system administration, and web administration. Is there a paper on this subject matter that can explain to non-tech folks, in real simple terms, that IT people really do deserve those handsome salaries? The job, depending of what you do, requires days, nights, weekends, holidays and overtime. It requires testing, debugging, backing-up, and on and on. All of this — TIME CONSUMING. Thank you."

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