Warlord88 writes "A Dutch court has sided with Apple and banned the sale of Samsung Galaxy smart phones in Europe — prompting Samsung to quickly change the phones in question. It's the latest salvo in the current war over mobile phone design and patents between various companies."Link to Original Source
Warlord88 writes "Can a regimen of no playdates, no TV, no computer games and hours of music practice create happy kids? And what happens when they fight back? Amy Chua, a professor of Law at Yale opens a can of worms by comparing Chinese parenting with Western parenting while narrating her own method of parenting."Link to Original Source
Warlord88 writes "Steven Benner give his take on the question "Who is a real programmer?" What do slashdotters think of the article and the question?"Link to Original Source
Warlord88 writes "Almost four in five people around the world believe that access to the internet is a fundamental right, a poll for the BBC World Service suggests. Countries such as Finland and Estonia have already ruled that access is a human right for their citizens. International bodies such as the UN are also pushing for universal net access.
The details of the poll can be found here"Link to Original Source
Warlord88 writes "The physicists at the University of Texas in Austin have developed the thinnest superconducting metal sheet of the world. The development of the thinnest superconducting sheet of lead with two atoms thick will help in the advancement of superconductor technologies. The superconductors have the unique ability to maintain an electrical current indefinitely with no power source. This technology is supposed to have wide applications and could help lead to new breakthroughs in electricity generation and computer processing speeds."Link to Original Source
Warlord88 writes "Four individuals were indicted by a federal grand jury in Missouri this week for spamming more than 2,000 colleges and universities across the US. The team first started on their scheme at the University of Missouri and then branched out, hitting up nearly every college and university in the country. As a result, the spammers and their company were all charged in a 51-count indictment that includes fraud in connection with computers, fraud in connection with e-mail, conspiracy, and violations of the CAN-SPAM Act.
In total, the defendants face over 50 charges stemming from their activities. The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation that would require the team to give up their $4.1 million in proceeds along with two residential properties in St. Louis, a property in Columbia, a 2001 BMW, and a 2002 Lexus."Link to Original Source
Warlord88 writes "In the early years of the new millennium, with CPU clock speeds finally accelerating past the 1 GHz mark, some folks (including Intel itself) predicted that the company's new NetBurst architecture would reach speeds of 10 GHz in the future. However, physics doesn't allow for exponential increases in clock rate without exponential increases in heat, and there were a number of other challenges to consider, such as manufacturing technology. Indeed, the fastest commercial CPUs have been hovering between 3 GHz and 4 GHz for a number of years now. The trouble with parallelism is that software has to be specifically written to run in multiple threads--it doesn't offer an immediate return on investment, like clock speed. Back in 2005, when the first dual-core CPUs were seeing the light of day, they didn't offer much in the way of tangible performance increases because there was so little desktop software available properly supporting them. In fact, most dual-core CPUs were slower than single-core CPUs in a great majority of tasks because single-core CPUs were available at higher clock speeds.
Which begs the question: how many CPU cores are right for me? Is a triple-core processor good enough for gaming, or should you splurge on a quad-core chip? Is a dual-core CPU good enough for the average user, or do more cores really make a difference? Which applications are optimized for multiple cores and which ones react only to specifications like frequency or cache size? Tomshardware runs a series of benchmark tests for various applications and comes to a conclusion"Link to Original Source
Warlord88 writes "Microsoft is trying to make it easier to sway users of Windows XP onto the latest version of its operating system.
For some time now, the company has been quietly building a "Windows XP mode" that uses virtualization to allow Windows 7 to easily run applications designed for Windows XP. According to sources familiar with the product, the application compatibility mode is built on the Virtual PC technology that Microsoft acquired in 2003, when it scooped up the assets of Connectix.
Late on Friday, Microsoft confirmed XP Mode in a blog posting.
"Windows XP Mode is specifically designed to help small businesses move to Windows 7," Microsoft's Scott Woodgate said in the blog. "Windows XP Mode provides you with the flexibility to run many older productivity applications on a Windows 7 based PC.""