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Comment Re:Java / JVM Wins Again ... (Score 3, Funny) 157

Until recently I thought the same way, I would never endorse a solution that involves java. However
a recently came to the same realization that sun did when they created it. Java is a fantastic
way to over sell gobs of expensive hardware. I am a system administrator so the more hardware it takes to
run a solution the better off I am, more machines, more money and better job security. So I have now
fully jumped on the java bandwagon, java makes me smile.

Wireless Networking

Submission + - Researchers identify wi-fi dead zones cheaply (

schliz writes: A new technique by HP Labs and Rice University could lower the cost of identifying 'dead zones' in large wireless networks, iTnews reports. The technique enables Wi-Fi architects to test and refine their layouts before a network is deployed cheaply by focussing measurement efforts on 'trouble areas' that potentially could be dead zones.

Submission + - Security flaw in Yahoo mail exposes plaintext auth

holdenkarau writes: "Yahoo!'s acquisition of opensource mail client Zimbra has apparently brought some baggage to the mail team. The new Yahoo! desktop program transmits the authentication information in plain text. Ironically enough, the flaw was discovered during a Yahoo "hacku" day at the University of Waterloo (the only Canadian school part of the trip). Compared to the recent hoopla about gmail exposing the names associated with accounts, this seems down right scary. So if you have friends or relatives who might have installed Yahoo! desktop and value their e-mail accounts, now would be a good time to get them to change the password and switch back to the oh so retro web interface."

Submission + - Feedback request on new ADSL website.. (

adslgeek writes: "Hey there, I have started a new DSL modem and ISPs review site. Ultimately I want to have list all the key settings that you need to support (MTU, VPI VCI, and all that crap). And all the known DSL modem problems. What I have up is just a start, so feel free to mock my site, so I can work out what needs improving.. The thing I am fairly proud of is a DSL problem troubleshooter — in tests it was much smarter than a typical ISP helpdesk! ;-) Cheers, Aslan ( webmaster)"

Submission + - Musical Taste Linked to Personality

Hugh Pickens writes: "An extensive psychological survey of more than 36,000 music lovers confirms that our musical tastes really do reflect our personality. The research, by the department of psychology at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, asked people worldwide to describe their personality, and then to list their favorite musical genres and the results showed a distinct correlation between people's personality traits and the style of music they enjoy. One of the study's most interesting discoveries was the similarity between the personalities of fans of classical music and heavy metal who are creative and at ease but not outgoing. Fans of indie music were found to have low self-esteem and little motivation, but described themselves as creative. Rap enthusiasts, on the other hand, tend to think a lot of themselves and are extremely outgoing. Professor Adrian North, who led the study, said: "People often define their sense of identity through their musical taste, wearing particular clothes, going to certain pubs, and using certain types of slang. It's not so surprising that personality should also be related to musical preference.""
The Military

Submission + - Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Predicts Current Conflict

Slimee writes: It would appear that Tom Clancy saw it all coming 7 years ago. "The year is 2008, and the world teeters on the brink of war," begins the voice over in the game. "Radical ultranationalists have seized power in Moscow — their goal, the reestablishment of the old Soviet empire. Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan — one by one the nearby independent republics slip back into the Russian orbit. Russian tanks sit in the Caucasus Mountains and the Baltic forests, poised to strike to the south and east." In the game, Russia is also aiding rebel factions in Georgia, as it has bankrolled and armed South Ossetian forces in real life. The similarities between game and real life are truly eerie. The real question is, has Russia been plotting their takeover by playing Tom Clancy games?

Submission + - Physicists extend Moore's Law for tiny devices (

schliz writes: A small tweak on the surface of metal plates could reduce a quantum effect that stands in the way of tiny devices. The tweak reduces the effect of the quantum mechanical Casimir force, which causes metal plates placed infinitesimally close together to spontaneously attract each other.

Submission + - Google Homepage to Include a Stripped Gmail (

jimforcy writes: "This evening Google released a new feature for those using the Gmail Gadget on the Developer Sandbox version of Google Homepage. The updated look lists the most recent Gmail messages of the user. When an email is click on, users are presented with a stripped down version of Gmail that opens directly inside Google Homepage. Previously, users would be redirected to their actual Gmail account. The developer version of Google Homepage, which has been well documented on Slashdot, allows developers to experiment with the new Google Homepage before it is released to the public. This marks the first step towards using Google Homepage as an application platform and is the first major difference in usability between the Developer Sandbox version of Google Homepage and the current Google Homepage available to standard users."

Use the Force, Luke.