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+ - Lenovo or Dell 3

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pabn1987
pabn1987 writes "Greetings again!

Just want to ask you guys out which would you prefer?

I'm planning to buy my first laptop and I have narrowed down my option to these two brands.

Lenovo "G" series and Dell Vostro

Which one would you get?

BTW.. I'll use it for work. Programming to be exact. The applications that I would be using are Visual Studio (any version), MS SQL (Any version), and other development tools. Which do you think should I get?

Thanks in advance.....

*respect the post.."

+ - Senate to Reconsider Wiretap Immunity->

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bughunter
bughunter writes "According to Wired Threat Level, "Lawmakers are considering key changes to the Patriot Act and other spy laws — proposals that could give new life to lawsuits accusing the nation's telecommunications companies of turning over Americans' electronic communications to the government without warrants. On Oct. 1, the Senate Judiciary Committee likely will consider revoking that immunity legislation as it works to revise the Patriot Act and other spy laws with radical changes that provide for more government transparency and more privacy protections." This is big. Now would be a great time to donate $20 to the EFF, since it appears they will be heading back to court on our behalf."
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+ - Conficker P2P implementation (including source) un

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "SRI published a new report on Conficker's P2P implementation:

        This report presents a reverse engineering of the obfuscated binary code image of the Conficker C peer-to-peer (P2P) service, captured on 5 March 2009 (UTC). The P2P service implements the functions necessary to bootstrap an infected host into the Conficker P2P network through scan-based peer discovery, and allows peers to share and spawn new binary logic directly into the currently running Conficker C process. Conficker's P2P logic and implementation are dissected and presented in source code form. The report documents its thread architecture, presents the P2P message structure and exchange protocol, and describes the major functional elements of this module."

+ - Phoenix Instant Boot BIOS Starts Windows 7 in 1 se-> 1

Submitted by
suraj.sun
suraj.sun writes "Phoenix is showing off a few interesting things at IDF, but the real standout is their new Instant Boot BIOS, a highly optimized UEFI implementation that can start loading an OS in just under a second.

Combined with Windows 7's optimized startup procedure, that means you're looking at incredibly short boot times — we saw a retrofitted Dell Adamo hit the Windows desktop in 20 seconds, while a Lenovo T400s with a fast SSD got there in under 10.

Engadget article : http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/24/video-phoenix-instant-boot-bios-starts-loading-windows-in-under/

Video : http://www.viddler.com/explore/engadget/videos/645/2.033/"

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Wireless Networking

+ - MIT microchip could restore vision one day->

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CWmike
CWmike writes "Researchers at MIT have developed a microchip that in the could, one day, enable blind people to regain some level of vision. Using wireless technology, eyeglasses equipped with a camera, and the chip, should be able to restore at least some vision to people who suffer from retinitis pigmentosa or age-related macular degeneration, two of the leading causes of blindness, the scientists say. The chip, which is designed to be attached to the eyeball, would pick up images sent from the camera and electrically stimulate the nerve cells that normally carry visual input from the retina to the brain. The chip is sealed in a titanium case to keep water from leaking in and damaging its circuitry. At this point, the technology is not expected to restore normal vision, but MIT said it should provide the ability to navigate around a room or walk down a sidewalk. "Anything that could help them see a little better and let them identify objects and move around a room would be an enormous help," said Shawn Kelly, a researcher in MIT's Research Laboratory for Electronics, in a statement. "If they can recognize faces of people in a room, that brings them into the social environment as opposed to sitting there waiting for someone to talk to them." ."
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+ - Canadian ISP's fight back (again)

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jenningsthecat
jenningsthecat writes "With the recent CRTC decision giving Canadian telcos such as Bell and Telus the legal right to deny third-party ISP's access to their infrastructure, smaller Canadian internet providers are again fighting for their lives, and are asking their customers for help. The ISP's are sending out e-mails asking people to go to http://www.competitivebroadband.com/ to send either a form letter or a personalized message to the Industry Minister, the Prime Minister, the Opposition Leader, and optionally the respondent's local Minister of Parliament.

If the CRTC's decision is not overturned, approximately 30 ISP's will likely be forced out of business. Competition in the ADSL market will be totally eliminated, and Canadians will have only two choices for wired Internet access: the local Cableco or the local Telco. Given that Canadian taxpayers have heavily subsidized the telcos in multiple ways for several decades, this decision to hand over exclusive control of the keys to the cookie jar hardly seems fair.

To all Canadian Slashdotters: If you are in favour of net neutrality and believe competition is a good thing, please click on the link above and make your views known to the powers-that-be."
Intel

+ - Intel ports Linux netbook OS to desktops->

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CWmike
CWmike writes "Intel has expanded the scope of Linux-based Moblin by porting the operating system from netbooks to mobile devices and desktops, where it could compete with Windows. The company introduced a beta version of Moblin 2.1 at the Intel Developer Forum being held in San Francisco. The new version of the OS now builds in capabilities like native touch-screen input and gesture support, new user interface features and support for more hardware drivers. It also includes incremental upgrades that expand the usability of the OS. Intel had to rethink the user interface of Moblin to fit the different screen sizes of handheld devices and nettops, said Amit Bapat, technical marketing engineer at Intel's open-source technology center. Older versions of Moblin were capable of filling up netbook screen sizes which have typically ranged from 7 inches to 12 inches. Moblin 2.1 will now work from small screens found on handhelds to the larger screens used with desktops, Bapat said. The development of Moblin is now being managed by the Linux Foundation, though it is heavily backed by Intel."
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Comment: Re:You're stuck. (Score 1) 640

by Reo Strong (#27210681) Attached to: Morality of Throttling a Local ISP?
It's not questionably legal. It is simply not illegal.

It is against the terms agreed upon when accepting RUS money from the FCC. This is where Comcast got into trouble. The RUS guidelines are vague, but the part I'm referring to has to do with not blocking any legal form of traffic from any legal device.

There were murmurings of legal recourse due to some states' laws that makes it illegal to pretend to be someone else on-line (and Comcast was forging packets), but I never heard how far that went. My guess is no-where.

Comment: Working for a WISP... (Score 1) 256

by Reo Strong (#26754863) Attached to: WISPS Mean Cable and DSL Aren't the Only Choices

Working for a WISP has been interesting (to say the least). We have to deal with direct competition from local cable/dsl providers, idiot customers who think it is "just like radio" (meaning AM/FM), and federal ISP regulations. But, there is a good community of WISPs who can definitely help to support each other. Part-15 is a great resource and so is WISPA.

Most of our customers are rural, we use 2.4GHz, 900MHz, and some of the 5GHz spectrum to provide service. Our rates are 1Mbps for $27.50/month, 2.5Mbps for $37.50/month, and 4Mbps for $45.95/month. We are cheaper than all of our competition (cable and dsl) and, have a much wider coverage area. One thing that a lot of our customers appreciate is that since we've never recieved money to help develople our network, thereare no taxes or extranious fees attached to the bill. We know when the cable company raises rate, we get an influx of people signing up for service.

I actually know the guy who makes up the Western part of the Nebraska map. The company that I work for makes up most of the central spot.

Patents

+ - Patent on method to develop synthetic life form.->

Submitted by rupert0
rupert0 (885882) writes "
Scientists working to build a life form from scratch have applied to patent the broad method they plan to use to create their "synthetic organism". The J Craig Venter Institute's US patent application claims exclusive ownership of a set of essential genes and a synthetic "free-living organism that can grow and replicate" made using those genes.
Microsoft is already proposing a strategic merge. :P"

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Sony

+ - Sony Encounter Resistance from Church over R:FoM

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Leigh Ramsden
Leigh Ramsden writes "The Church of England is considering legal action against entertainment firm Sony for featuring Manchester Cathedral in the violent PlayStation 3 video game Resistance: Fall of Man. The church have stated that Sony failed to get the appropriate permissions to use the location and were unaware of the light in which it would be depicted. The Bishop of Manchester, Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch was quoted as saying

"We are shocked to see a place of learning, prayer and heritage being presented to the youth market as a location where guns can be fired."

The full story can be found online at the BBC website"
Google

+ - Google Search Slowed Down by Vista

Submitted by Vengance Daemon
Vengance Daemon (946173) writes "The United States Justice Department has rejected an antitrust claim made by Google. A New York Times Article states that "...Google has accused Microsoft of designing its latest operating system, Vista, to discourage the use of Google's desktop search program." It then adds that a Justice Department "memo dismissing Google's claims, sent to state attorneys general around the nation, alarmed many of them...Some state officials said they believed that Google's complaint had merit...[and] the memo appears to have backfired. Prosecutors from several states said they intended to pursue the Google accusations with or without the federal government. In response, federal prosecutors are now discussing with the states whether the Justice Department will join them in pursuing the Google complaint." What an odd place to work the Justice Department must be these days."
AMD

+ - Diamond Multimedia Announces the World's First 1GB->

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Dampeal
Dampeal writes "(No Embargo PR) CHATSWORTH, CA — June 14, 2007 — Diamond Multimedia, a leading provider of multimedia products, announces the release of the unique all new Diamond Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB. With a unique combination of raw GPU power derived from the XBOX 360 Xenos GPU and 1GB of GDDR4 memory, the Diamond Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB sets the performance benchmark for its class. Read more HERE"
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Communications

+ - Fiber Backbone

Submitted by Abe460
Abe460 (1113501) writes "I live in the sticks and cannot get broadband by any means other than satellite. If this is my only option then I guess I'm limited. I'm pretty sure I already know the answer, but I must ask. Is there any way to get service from a fiber backbone without going through one of their POP locations. The reason for this question is the almost 2000ft of fiber buried under my property belonging to Wiltel. Even if I was to donate some property to an isp company to put in some kind of switch close enough to serve the area I would consider. Life without broadband is almost too much to handle."

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