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+ - Acer bosses: Windows 7 launches October 23rd, 2009

Submitted by Sockatume
Sockatume (732728) writes "On the 30th of April 2009, Acer's vice-president for Europe discussed a new product, launching this September, which would support Windows 7's touch features. Asked whether this confirmed the Windows 7 release date as September 2009, he coyly remarked that "when it's in store it won't have Windows 7 pre-loaded." Microsoft would probably prefer that he stopped there, but he added: "We won't be actually selling [Windows 7] a day before the 23rd October." Their Managing Director for the UK helpfully clarified that while their product will ship with Windows Vista at launch, because it is on sale less than 30 days before the Windows 7 release date, it will be eligable for the "upgrade program" to get a free upgrade to the new OS. Whoops."
Red Hat Software

+ - Linux in every seat on the Airbus 380->

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jpatokal
jpatokal writes "Singapore Airlines will be rolling out the A380 "superjumbo" on October 26th, and a surprise awaits in the seat of every passenger: their personal Linux PC, running Red Hat. In addition to running the in-flight entertainment, passengers can also use a full copy of StarOffice, and there's a USB slot for importing/exporting documents or plugging in your own keyboard/mouse. Screen size is 10.6" (1280x768) in economy, 15.4" in business and a whopping 23" in first class. The system is already available on their current B777-300ER planes and will also be outfitted on the upcoming B787 Dreamliners."
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Wine

+ - Wine 0.9.44 released->

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jshriverWVU
jshriverWVU writes "This is release 0.9.44 of Wine, a free implementation of Windows on Unix. What's new in this release: — Better heuristics for making windows managed. — Automatic detection of timezone parameters. — Improvements to the builtin WordPad. — Better signatures support in crypt32. — Still more gdiplus functions. — Lots of bug fixes."
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Media

+ - The power of LinuxMCE / Media & Entertainment->

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josecc
josecc writes "LinuxMCE is a free, open source add-on to Kubuntu including a 10' UI, complete whole-house media solution with pvr + distributed media, and the most advanced smarthome solution available. It is stable, easy to use, and requires no knowledge of Linux and only basic computer skills. http://linuxmce.org/ | http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Mirrors"
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Microsoft

+ - Judge overturns Microsoft $1.5billion verdict->

Submitted by popoutman
popoutman (189497) writes ""A US judge last night overturned a jury verdict ordering Microsoft to pay Alcatel-Lucent $1.5 billion for infringing on the French firm's patents. US Senior District Court Judge Rudi Brewster, who is handling a legal appeal of the jury trial's outcome, issued a written ruling in favour of Microsoft and against Lucent, according to court documents."

"In his ruling, Brewster concluded that the US software giant did not infringe on one of the patents and that Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft would need to join Alcatel-Lucent's infringement suit for it to be valid in court.""

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Programming

+ - Best IDE for C++? 2

Submitted by chibe
chibe (1139047) writes "I'm currently making my first steps in C++ and was wondering what IDE the C++ speaking part of the slashdot reader community would recommend. Asking C++ programmer friends resulted in a wide range of answers from "emacs forever" to "Anjuta rocks", so I'm not expecting to to find the ultimate answer here, but would like to get a feeling for what's on the market. So what are the strengths and weaknesses of your favourite IDE?"
Announcements

+ - iPhone unlocked for use on European carriers->

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fdmendez
fdmendez writes "Thanks to a Macedonian hacker and the iPhone hacking team at Hackint0sh, the Apple iPhone is now usable on the other side of the pond. All you need to unlock the iPhone for use with a European carrier is a SIM reader/writer, V1Comp SIM card, and a SilverCard smart card.

You'll need to download some software and go through a relatively lengthy modification process that'll probably void your warranty, but you don't have to crack open the phone. It's all software and SIM card related. The tutorial has been copied..."

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Spam

+ - "Viagra spam" emperor gets 30 years behin->

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juct
juct writes "A Federal Court in Minneapolis has sentenced Christopher William Smith, master spammer and web dealer in illegal pharmaceuticals, to 30 years in prison. But despite the CAN-Spam Act introduced in his honour, the charges did not include spamming. Arrested in September 2006, Smith apparently tampered with the prison phone system to evade automatic call recording, and then attempted to negotiate hits on the family of a witness in his trial and of his own wife. The unusually severe sentence is ascribed as much to Smith's general behaviour (absconding and making death threats) as to the specific offences with which he was charged. Strangely, despite the CAN-Spam Act, none of the charges related directly to his use of spam."
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Handhelds

+ - Half of European calls to be mobile by 2008->

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Tech.Luver
Tech.Luver writes "theRegister reports, " Mobile calls are replacing fixed-line usage across Europe, according to a new report from Analysys, but people aren't talking more, they're just using fixed-lines less. The change has been most stark in Finland, where 2006 saw another 10 per cent of calls migrate onto mobile networks; bringing the total to 74.6 per cent at the end of the year. Even in Germany, where fixed-lines still dominate, 24.3 per cent of calls originate on a mobile handset: a rise of 6% during 2006, which increased voice use of mobiles by 23%. ""
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Power

+ - U Delaware breaks solar power efficiency record-> 1

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mdsolar
mdsolar writes "Renewable Energy Access is reporting that a consortium led by researchers at the University of Delaware has achieved 42.8% efficiency with a silicon solar cell. The method uses lower concentration (factor of 20 magnification) than the previous record holder Boeing-Spectrolab made cell (40.7% efficiency) so that it may have a broader range of applications since tolerances for pointing the device will be larger. They are now partnering with DuPont to build engineering and manufacturing prototypes under DARPA's Very High Efficiency Solar Cell program which supports work towards achieving 50% efficiency. It is expected that these cells can help improve the military battery logistics pipeline, providing "soldiers with more power at reduced weight." They expect to be in production in 2010. On a roof, such cells would require less than half the surface area to produce the same amount of power as today's standard solar panels. This might leave room for panels to power plugin hybrids for cases where roof area is too limited to do this with standard panels."
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Sony

+ - Blue Blu-ray?

Submitted by TopSpin
TopSpin (753) writes "According to this story, at Japan's recent euphemistically named Adult Treasure Expo 2007, adult filmmakers said Sony had begun offering technical support — which was later confirmed by Sony PR, which stated that Sony would offer support to any filmmaker working on the format, no matter their industry. Apparently, Blu-ray is now the preferred media for Japanese porn."
NASA

+ - NASA building largest single-kernel Linux system

Submitted by wellingj
wellingj (1030460) writes "NASA and SGI are building a new Linux super computer that contains a total of 1024 Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 processors, resulting in 13.1 TFLOPs. This computer would rank as the 64th fastest computer. As some may know, 1024 cores is the current max for SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) support. SGI has therefor developed the necessary modifications and submitted them upstream."
Censorship

+ - Linus Torvalds Explains Scheduler Decision->

Submitted by Firedog
Firedog (666) writes "There's been a lot of recent debate over why Linus Torvalds chose the new CFS process scheduler written by Ingo Molnar over the SD process scheduler written by Con Kolivas, ranging from discussing the quality of the code to favoritism and outright conspiracy theories. KernelTrap is now reporting Linus Torvalds' official stance as to why he chose the code that he did. "People who think SD was 'perfect' were simply ignoring reality," Linus is quoted as saying, going on to explain that he selected the Completely Fair Scheduler because it had a maintainer who has proven himself willing and able to address problems as they are discovered. In the end, the relevance to normal Linux users is two part: one is the question as to whether or not the Linux development model is working, and the other is that with the recently released 2.6.23 kernel we should all notice an improved desktop experience."
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