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Comment Odd version numbers (Score 3, Insightful) 378

My understanding is that the jump to 3.0 is simply that they no longer want to have the second digit even means stable and odd means unstable versioning any more. So rather than going to 2.7.0 and having everyone assume it's unstable or skipping 2.7.0 and going straight to 2.8.0 just to maintain an old and unused version system, they have went with 3.0.

Comment Re:Population density is a plausible cause. (Score 1) 274

The article says that the USA as a whole has a lower use of secured AP. So unless there are huge numbers of unsecured APs in the rural areas of America, the large cities (with their secured APs according to this theory) will swamp the results, yet that doesn't seem to have happened. Therefore I think population density isn't the major factor, and this is bore out by the fact that Sweden and Norway (countries with low density) can come higher than higher density countries.

The densities for the larger European countries are ordered: Netherlands, Belgium, UK, Germany. While those countries were high on the list, it cannot be all there is too it as Spain comes top.

Comment Spatial FTW! (Score 1) 311

I have to say I'm disappointed by this. I much prefer the simple interface of the spatial view.

Where was that file I was looking at earlier? Open folder, there is is exactly where it was the last time I was in this folder.

Oh well another simple interface lost to the bells and whistles brigade.

PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Sony gives away free HD-TVs at London PS3 launch

RogueyWon writes: "As reported by the BBC, Sony have accompanied the UK launch of the PS3 with a rather spectacular PR move, giving away free HD TVs to more than 100 gamers who had queued up for hours at the Virgin Megastore on London's Oxford Street. To top this off, Sony also paid for taxi rides home (hardly cheap in London), to avoid ugly scenes as the lucky customers carried their expensive toys across the city. The move, reported to have cost Sony £250,000, certainly seems to have gone down well with the beneficiaries. With a price-tag significantly higher in Europe than in the rest of the world, the coming weeks will tell whether other UK gamers will be as enthusiastic."
It's funny.  Laugh.

SETI Finally Finds Something 416

QuatumCrypto writes "SETI@home is a distributed processing client from UC Berkeley that installs on the volunteers' home computers and harnesses their processing power in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. So far nothing noteworthy has comeout of this massive project... that is until today! One of the volunteers was able to track down his wife's stolen laptop using the IP address that SETI@home client reports back to the server. After getting back the laptop his wife said, 'I always knew that a geek would make a great husband.'"

Creationism Museum To Open Next Summer 1570

Aloriel writes to point out a story in the Guardian (UK) about the opening next year of the first Creationism museum in Kentucky, just over the Ohio border. From the article: "The Creation Museum — motto: 'Prepare to Believe!' — will be the first institution in the world whose contents, with the exception of a few turtles swimming in an artificial pond, are entirely fake. It is dedicated to the proposition that the account of the creation of the world in the Book of Genesis is completely correct... The museum is costing $25 million and all but $3 million has already been raised from private donations." A lot of that money is going into the animatronic dinosaurs, which are pictured as coexisting with modern humans before the Fall. According to the article, up to 50 million Americans believe this. The museum has a Web presence in the Answersingenesis.org site.

High performance FFT on GPUs 274

A reader writes: "The UNC GAMMA group has recently released a high performance FFT library which can handle large 1-D FFTs. According to their webpage, the FFT library is able to achieve 4x higher computational performance on a $500 NVIDIA 7900 GPU than optimized Intel Math Kernel FFT routines running on high-end Intel and AMD CPUs costing $1500-$2000. The library is supported for both Linux and Windows platforms and is tested to work on many programmable GPUs. There is also a link to download the library freely for non-commerical use."

A Fresh Look at Vista's User Account Control 332

Art Grimm writes to mention a post at Ed Bott's Microsoft Report on ZDNet. There, he talks about Vista's User Account Control, and the issues he sees with the setup as it exists now. From the article: "The UAC prompts I depicted in the first post are those that appear when you install a program, when you run a program that requires access to sensitive locations, or when you configure a Windows setting that affects all users. But as many beta testers have discovered, UAC prompts can also show up when you perform seemingly innocent file operations on drives formatted using NTFS. In this post, I explain why these prompts appear and why some so-called Windows experts miss the obvious reason (and the obvious fix)."

What this country needs is a good five cent ANYTHING!