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Comment: Re:Hmmm..... (Score 1) 339

by Mard (#22603606) Attached to: More Spacecraft Velocity Anomalies
Random out-the-ass idea, but being that most of these flight paths use the gravity of planets (ours and others) to sling them for fuel-free acceleration, is it possible that we've incorrectly measured the mass of a planet (or planets), or perhaps they have changed since the time they were measured for use in their calculations? A more massive planet would give a bigger gravity assist, would it not?
Announcements

Did We Really Need Seven New Wonders? 324

Posted by Zonk
from the i-miss-the-hanging-gardens dept.
freakxx writes "Seven new 'wonders of the world' have been announced today in a ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal. People throughout the world have voted actively to elect the new 7 out of 21 finalists. The final lineup is: Chichen Itza, Mexico; Christ Redeemer, Brazil; The Great Wall, China; Machu Picchu, Peru; Petra, Jordan; The Roman Colosseum, Italy; and The Taj Mahal, India. The Pyramids of Giza was the only candidate that used to be among the original seven wonders. Did we really need seven new wonders of the world? Why was this decided via a website poll (pdf) and SMS messages?"
Windows

Windows Vista - Still Fresh After 19 Months? 334

Posted by Zonk
from the long-term-houseguest dept.
MyStuff writes "ZDNet blog Hardware 2.0 looks at the effect of having used Windows Vista for over 18 months. It Windows Vista the indispensable upgrade that Microsoft wants you to think it is? Writer Kingsley-Hughes says 'Having been using Vista for over 18 months I believe that it's a huge improvement over XP and even though I still use XP I find that I miss many of the features that Vista offers.' Just the same, he goes on, 'I wouldn't call any of the changes earth-shattering. When I'm using XP systems I miss some of the features but not so much that they push me to upgrade any faster.' He then goes on to give a feature-by-feature breakdown of all of the improvements Vista has over XP, and what long-term use of these features can net." A possibly useful guide for gamers or administrators thinking about upgrading sometime soon.
User Journal

Journal: Interviews + unqualified applicants = AAAAAAAARGH!!!! 1

Journal by djh101010
OK so we're trying to staff up. This is good. Looking for strong Unix guys with a very well defined job description handed out to headhunters. The market is apparently tight. That, is _not_ good, at least from our perspective. Yesterday, I lost an hour or so of my life that I'll never get back. Let's see.
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Genes Linked to Teen Delinquency

Submitted by
sporkme
sporkme writes "An Australian study has found a link between antisocial behavior and specific genes, independent of parents' emotional influence.

"Our data shows that marital conflict is not a major culprit," said epidemiologist Nick Martin, from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. "Rows have often been blamed for ratbag behaviour but we've got no evidence to suggest that they are the problem." Researchers, including several from the US, studied 1,045 pairs of twins and their children to see whether the link between parental fighting and kids' conduct problems was genetic or environmental. They found that children of an identical twin had the same levels of behavioural problems regardless of whether it was their parent or their parent's identical sibling that had marital rows.
The study was published in the journal Child Development, which is available by subscription."
Music

+ - RIAA to Apple: Spread the DRM!

Submitted by Kalriath
Kalriath (849904) writes "Posted at The Register is the RIAA's official response to Steve Jobs open letter decrying DRM and asking the recording industry to seriously consider allowing DRM-free music. They have this to say about it:

The RIAA has seized on the weakest part of Steve Jobs' anti-DRM manifesto by banging on Apple to license its FairPlay technology to other companies.

"Apple's offer to license FairPlay to other technology companies is a welcome breakthrough and would be a real victory for fans, artists and labels," the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) said. "There have been many services seeking a licence to the Apple DRM. This would enable the interoperability that we have been urging for a very long time."
The section in question from Steves letter, which quite clearly states the problems with this approach reads:

The second alternative is for Apple to license its FairPlay DRM technology to current and future competitors with the goal of achieving interoperability between different company's players and music stores. On the surface, this seems like a good idea since it might offer customers increased choice now and in the future. And Apple might benefit by charging a small licensing fee for its FairPlay DRM.

However, when we look a bit deeper, problems begin to emerge. The most serious problem is that licensing a DRM involves disclosing some of its secrets to many people in many companies, and history tells us that inevitably these secrets will leak. The Internet has made such leaks far more damaging, since a single leak can be spread worldwide in less than a minute. Such leaks can rapidly result in software programs available as free downloads on the Internet which will disable the DRM protection so that formerly protected songs can be played on unauthorized players.
Jobs may be a smooth talker, but against such circular logic, even he can't win."
Microsoft

Microsoft Slugs Mac Users With Vista Tax 661

Posted by samzenpus
from the pay-up dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Mac users wanting to run Vista on their Macintosh, alongside Mac OS X programs, will have to buy an expensive version of Vista if they want to legally install it on their systems. The end-user license agreement for the cheaper versions of Vista (Home Basic and Home Premium) explicitly forbids the use of those versions on virtual machines (i.e., Macs pretending to be PCs)." Update: 02/08 17:50 GMT by KD : A number of readers have pointed out that the Vista EULA does not forbid installing it via Apple's Bootcamp; that is, the "tax" only applies to running Vista under virtualization.
Privacy

+ - Gmail becomes more widely available

Submitted by
jay2000
jay2000 writes "Google Inc.'s e-mail service is almost ready to accept all comers, nearly three years after the online search leader shook up the Internet by offering users an unprecedented amount of free storage and displaying ads based on the content of the correspondence. Effective Wednesday, the Mountain View-based company removed the invitation-only restrictions on its Gmail service in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Brazil. Google opened up the service last year in several other parts of the world, including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and Egypt. http://jayed.us/2007/02/07/gmail-becomes-more-wide ly-available/"
Software

+ - Vote on the next great Linux application

Submitted by
Morel
Morel writes "Linux Format Magazine and Novell have launched a very interesting competition called Make it With Mono. Basically, we are being given the opportunity to finally have that Linux aplication we've always wanted. From the competition description: "On this site you can submit a description for a program you'd love to use, and if other users rate it to the top, your program idea will be written in Mono!" Predictably, some of the apps submitted are too vague, too specific to appeal to a wide audience or replicate existing programs, but there are some absolute jewels, too. Slashdotters of the globe, let's stop our complaining and choose the next killer app!"
Announcements

+ - EMC announces VMware IPO

Submitted by VirtualizationDork
VirtualizationDork (666) writes "EMC announced that it plans to spin out approximately 10% of its share of VMware — one of virtualization's leading vendors — in an initial public offering (IPO) that should close this summer.

From the article:

"Speaking from VMware's headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman and CEO, said that "VMware's growth has been phenomenal," and that the IPO move was an attempt to "expose this value to EMC shareholders."

EMC purchased VMware in 2004 for $625 million. VMware reported revenues of $709 million in $2006, with Q4 revenue jumping 101% year-over-year. VMware is currently on a $900 million run rate."

Alex Barrett has the story at SearchServerVirtualization.com"
PC Games (Games)

+ - Valve Delays Half-Life 2 Black and Orange Again.

Submitted by Dr. Eggman
Dr. Eggman (932300) writes "In a move surpising very few, Valve Corporation has announced that for the second time, Half-Life 2 Black and Orange boxes have been delayed. The new date is set for "Fall 2007." The previous target date was "late summer." No reason has been given for the delay, but Valve has reaffirmed that this will be a simultaneous worldwide release on all previously announced platforms."
Sony

+ - EverQuest II's Station Exchange: Year One

Submitted by
njkid1
njkid1 writes "SOE developed Station Exchange as an alternative to third-party sources. While sanctioned and ultimately safer than such sources, SOE still came under flack for the experiment. Despite potential pitfalls, a report by White Paper shows success and $1.87 million worth of auctions. http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/feature/?id=1519 1&ncid=AOLGAM000500000000007"
The Courts

RIAA Victim Wins Attorney's Fees 171

Posted by samzenpus
from the fight-the-power dept.
VE3OGG writes "Debbie Foster, one of the many caught-up in the RIAA's drift-net attacks who was sued back in 2004 has recently seen yet another victory. After having the suit dropped against her "with prejudice" several months back, Foster filed a counter-claim, and has just been awarded "reasonable" attorney's fees. Could this, in conjunction with cases such as Santangelo, show a turning of the tide against the RIAA?"

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