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+ - Council dumps Microsoft Windows XP for Google Chromebooks, saves £400,000->

Submitted by girlmad
girlmad (2404748) writes "Google has scored a major win on the back of Microsoft’s Windows XP support cut-off. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has begun moving all its employees over to Samsung Chromebooks and Chromeboxes ahead of the 8 April deadline. The council was previously running 3,500 Windows XP desktops and 800 XP laptops, and is currently in the process of retiring these in favour of around 2,000 Chromebooks and 300 Chromeboxes. It estimates the savings at around £400,000, no small change."
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+ - Siemens' tube of the future aims to ease sardine-like commutes->

Submitted by llebeel
llebeel (2761081) writes "London Underground's "next generation" tube train could to do away with sardine like commutes. The body is working with potential suppliers for these trains on a regular basis to work out what they will look like and how they will solve some of the overcrowding problems in the Tube network due to its ever growing number of passengers.

One contender in the bidding to provide that next gen train is German electronics firm Siemens, who has built a "tube train of the future" mock-up, the Inspiro metro train, which rests at the Crystal in the Royal Victoria Dock in East London. If London Underground choose the Inspiro, passenger numbers will be increased by around 10 percent."

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Comment: Re:2 Words (Score 1) 810

by janimal (#45501445) Attached to: Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

This is ridiculous. You might need more power to maintain speed, but peak power is consumed while accellerating, which cannot be brisk on snow or ice. And peak power is what we're talking about here; not cruising power.

You cannot use more peak power in the winter. Even on clear pavement, you get less traction with most tires, end of story.

+ - RIAA wants 21 sites shut down in piracy axe fall-> 1

Submitted by souperfly
souperfly (2436052) writes "The has a list of 21 sites that the RIAA is looking to get shutdown by ISPs this week. The list includes sites filestube, Bomb-Mp3, Mp3skull, Bitsnoop, Extratorrent, Torrenthound, Torrentreactor and Monova, and at least one ISP — Virgin Media in the UK — has confirmed the number of targetted sites.

Before it was thought that only six sites were lined up for a chop."

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+ - Microsoft warns Windows XP is six times less secure than Windows 8->

Submitted by TinTops
TinTops (2954063) writes "Businesses still running XP should switch to Windows 8 as soon as possible, as Microsoft details its own findings into the relative security of its operating systems:

"If you look at the infection rate on Windows systems you can see older versions are infected more than newer machines. Windows XP is six-times more likely to be infected than Windows 8, even though it has the same malware encounter rate," said Mike Reavey, GM of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, at the RSA Conference in Amsterdam.

He added: "The downward rate is a sign of secure development practices," he said. "In pretty much every service in Microsoft we have people devoted purely on security, focused on what's going on in the marketplace and what's needed to secure it.""

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Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 3, Insightful) 164

by janimal (#45172365) Attached to: Advances In Cinema Tech Overcoming a Strange Racial Divide

Agreed. Implying a racial bias here is a crock. If film is racially biased, so are our eyes. Specifically, when I'm driving at night in a certain predominantly indian country, the poor bastards on the side of the road wearing black with dark skin are friggn hard to see. Clearly this has to do with my eyes being biased against dark clothed and skinned poor people.

If you want to solve the dark skin problem in shooting pictures, you have to develop some fantastic dynamic range on your capture device. Modern DSLRs are better than film ever was, but you still should do a bit of post processing to bring out the shadows. Perhaps NOW is the time to "racially tune" photography, since it became at all possible.

Comment: Re:You've met many more than you know (Score 1) 668

by janimal (#45172199) Attached to: A Ray of Hope For Americans and Scientific Literacy?

Argument by innuendo right here.

Unfortunately, there will be supporters of all types for the party and SuperKendall's idea of who the tea party should be has been successfully hijacked by its enemies and tea partiers probably do include a lot of idiots by now both as supporters and as members. Sorry SuperKendall, but you have bigger hill to climb than you thought was possible.

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