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+ - TerraServer rebuilt on Open Source

Submitted by SleptThroughClass
SleptThroughClass (1127287) writes "TerraServer.com has rebuilt their site with Open Source software. On HP ProLiant servers they're running customized MapServer software using data in PostgreSQL/PostGIS. This is the Aerial Images service which used to be part of a Windows NT/SQL Server project. The global-scale Aerial Images TerraServer.com is not to be confused with the several USA-focused Microsoft TerraServer-USA (et al) service names after their mutual project ended in 2000."
Microsoft

+ - Mr. Gates has left the building...

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Shouldn't /. change the Microsoft icon to something else
  • Chair throwing gorilla
  • Dancing gorilla
  • Borg gorilla
  • keep Gates of Borg
  • Borg Clippy
  • something else
"
Hardware Hacking

+ - Physicists Reach Theoretical Limit of Precision

Submitted by
Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "A team led by Geoff Pryde of Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, has managed to make a measurement on a quantum system at the greatest precision theoretically possible limited only by Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, the most fundamental and unavoidable source of 'fuzziness' in the quantum world. Pryde has demonstrated a way of reaching the Heisenberg limit of measurement precision by looking at photons traversing an interferometer's arms one at a time. The key is to avoid making measurements that determine which arm the photon is in, until the beams are recombined at the end allowing the shot noise to be more or less smoothed away. Pryde's method produces a much weaker light signal that would be hard to measure but the Australian team boosts it by looping the photons through the device many times while preserving their quantum state. Jonathan Dowling,a physicist at Louisiana State University confesses that he was very skeptical that it could be made to work when the team announced their plans at a conference at the start of the year. "I am now forced to eat my hat," Dowling says."
Unix

+ - Blog fundraising 100 OLPC laptops ->

Submitted by
alexandre van de sande
alexandre van de sande writes "http://www.olpcnews.com/laptops/xo1/olpc_news_100_laptop_fundraising_drive.html OLPC News, a blog dedicated to everything One Laptop per child had enough of waiting for the Negroponte organization to distribute the laptops to schools that actually had a curriculum or an implementation, and decided to take the matter on their own hands. They need 200 good geeks to donate a small amount of cash to fund a classroom full of students. They are also calling for schools around the world to apply to be the lucky ones."
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Oracle

+ - Over 1,500 Customers Using Oracle's Linux->

Submitted by kripkenstein
kripkenstein (913150) writes "Oracle has released a press release stating that in a short 9 months it has signed up over 1,500 paying customers to its Linux offering, Oracle Unbreakable Linux, which is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and has previously been covered on Slashdot.

Oracle's press release stresses Oracle's various contributions to FOSS. Given that Oracle is now the largest corporation selling and and contributing to Linux (in terms of overall revenue at least; not Linux-specific), the FOSS community's reaction to Oracle's Linux moves is becoming increasingly important. Will Oracle be welcomed, or scorned?"

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Linux Business

+ - Wal-Mart Plans to Restock Sold Out Linux PC->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Good news for folks who want to get their hands on the sold-out, Linux-based Everex gPC from Wal-Mart. InformationWeek is reporting that the company plans to restock the $199 gPC in its online store. The story adds that a Wal-Mart spokesman describes the gPC as "one of the top peforming desktop computers on Walmart.com over the last few weeks." Apparently, the gPC is also still available at some Wal-Mart brick-and-mortar stores, according to the story."
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Operating Systems

+ - Does everyone hate Vista?

Submitted by Pine Kernel
Pine Kernel (666) writes "Vista continues its impressive run of failing to wow PC users — according to a reader poll on silicon.com the vast majority of respondents would prefer anything but Vista on their hardware.

The poll has found Windows XP is whupping Vista's ass in terms of popularity, with almost half of poll-takers favouring it. Steve Jobs should also be smiling as the Mac OS X gets a hefty thumbs-up too. Even Linux beats Vista in the vote. Redmond get back to your photocopiers?"
The Courts

+ - Who is Matthew J. Oppenheim?

Submitted by scrantaj
scrantaj (1165731) writes "Over on http://recordingindustryvspeople.blogspot.com/ Ray Beckerman reports on a new sighting of Mr Oppenheim. "Today in a telephone conference, a voice intervened which was not that of any of the participating attorneys. It was that of the RIAA's "mystery man", Matthew Oppenheim, who was secretly lurking, unannounced, in the background. (One obvious practice tip: ask the RIAA's lawyer who is participating in the phone call. You may not get an honest answer, but at least you will have asked the question.)" Now it seems that very little is known about Mr Oppenheim other than that he is working on behalf of the RIAA in some capacity. There is not much about him available via google and nothing more recent than a reference to him leaving law firm Jenner and Block in Dec. 2006. Who is this mystery man, why is he never clearly identified in RIAA cases and just what is his involvement with them and with RIAA attorney Richard Gabriel? Can SlashDot readers shed any light on this shadowy legal figure?"
Space

+ - Strange new space weather phenomen discovered-> 1

Submitted by
kfz versicherung
kfz versicherung writes "Something strange is happening in the atmosphere above Africa and researchers have converged on Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss the phenomenon. Researchers liken the plumes to smoke billowing out of a factory smokestack — except instead of ordinary ash and dust, ion plumes are made of electrified gas floating so high above ground they come in contact with space itself. "The plumes appear during geomagnetic storms and they can interfere with satellite transmissions, airline navigation and radio communications," says Fuller-Rowell. Indeed, it is their effect on GPS signals that led to the discovery of plumes over North America just a few years ago."
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Security

+ - eVoting Election Error Manually Corrected->

Submitted by SvetBeard
SvetBeard (922070) writes "During the recent elections, Harris County, Texas officials failed to include a minor election on some ballots. The error was caught before election day, but it was too late to add the referendum to the eSlate voting system tally for some precincts. The mistake required election officials to access the "Adjustment" function of the system in order to manually enter the untabulated votes. Though the correction was made under careful supervision and manufacturer Hart InterCivic insists their product is secure, the ability to make such changes raises fundamental questions about the security of electronic voting particularly given the fact that researcher Dan Wallch has discovered flaws in the eSlate software."
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The Internet

+ - Piracy isn't THAT bad and they know it->

Submitted by
xxuaoxx
xxuaoxx writes "The guys over at Releaselog [rlslog.net] have gotten quite a story. It seems a while back, they posted a torrent link and review of an indie movie "Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earth". Shortly after that, the movie began to skyrocket. Their IMDB rating went through the roof. Curious as why, the producer sought out an answer. He found Releaselog. He then went on to write a letter to the staff at Releaselog, thanking them for what is turning out to be a blessing in disguise.

Full Article can be read here"

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Power

+ - Global Warming, Subsidies Fuel a Nuclear Renaissan

Submitted by Actual Reality
Actual Reality (965969) writes "It is ironic to me that much of the same sentiment that thwarted the Nulcear Power industry back in the 80's is paritally responsible for reviving it. Nuclear Power is very clean compared to any power source that burns fuel. According to the article: http://www.wired.com/techbiz/startups/news/2007/11/nuclear_economics , the US has missed several advancements in Nuclear Technology. We can only hope the environmentalists will not, again, try to stifle our progress."

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