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+ - $1.4m IBM Server Falls Off Truck-> 2

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mytrip writes "An IBM server worth $1.4 million was wrecked after it fell off a forklift during shipping. Now the customer is suing ... "As a result of the rocking motion, the base of the pallet and the crate broke and the crate fell onto the curb, damaging the server packed inside," the contractor states in papers filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va.

That would be federal contractor T.R. Systems, which claims that IBM is responsible for mispackaging the machine, and that Big Blue won't accept returns. This forced them to buy another one.

It certainly puts all those "Best Buy won't let me return a lemon laptop" stories in perspective, eh?"

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Emulation (Games)

+ - Gaming in Libraries->

Submitted by ftblguy
ftblguy (778923) writes "Believe it or not, gaming has been gaining momentum in library communities for a while now. From the Chicago Tribune: "'Gaming teaches how to evaluate information,' said Jenny Levine, Internet specialist for the American Library Association. 'It teaches how to handle large sets of data, filter results, navigate information. You take in a lot of real-time information, process it and strategize. These are the same skills that businesses need.'" iLibrarian has a quick guide to gaming in libraries that links to several resources on this topic: "We are seeing gaming presentations at library conferences such as ALA Annual and Computers in Libraries, as well as entire symposiums dedicated to the theme...""
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+ - 100 years of astronomical data to be digitized.

Submitted by Maximum Prophet
Maximum Prophet (716608) writes "Anyone with a spare $5,000,000, please contact the people in this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/10/science/10astro. html
Harvard has over 100 years of glass photographic plates taken from observatories all over the world. They've built a special scanner, but need funds to complete the project. Perhaps they should talk to Google?"

+ - Raised floor is dead->

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mstansberry writes "Blogger Chuck Goolsbee manages two data centers, one raised floor and one solid floor. In this post, Goolsbee explains why he will never go back to raised floors and makes the case for overhead distribution. From the article: To me raised floor stands as an echo of older days, when "The Data center" contained a handful of mainframes, a minicomputer or two, and men with white shirts and pocket protectors loading tapes and sitting at terminals. Entirely raised floor design just does not effectively scale to the density needs of a modern facility. The overall benefits of a solid floor have convinced me to never look back at raised floor except as nostalgia. I suspect that I am in the minority though, as so few people have had the opportunity to experience both options first-hand."
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+ - Hubble Spots Widespread Changes on Jupiter

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SeaDour writes "Recent images of Jupiter from the Hubble Space Telescope taken a little over two months apart are showing dramatic changes in the gas giant's overall appearance. 'Between March 25 and June 5, Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 captured entire bands of clouds changing color. Zones have darkened into belts and belts have lightened and transformed into zones. Cloud features have rapidly altered in shape and size.' These large-scale shifts in Jupiter's atmosphere have been noticed before in the 1980s and 90s, but never with such fine resolution. Astronomers do not yet have a solid explanation for the phenomenon."

+ - Recording all human knowledge->

Submitted by TENxOXR
TENxOXR (1044052) writes "UK science fiction writer Charles Stross, author of novels Accelerando and Singularity Sky, posits a future in which all human experience is recorded on devices the size of a grain of sand.

We've had agriculture for about 12,000 years, towns for eight to 10,000 years, and writing for about 5,000 years. But we're still living in the dark ages leading up to the dawn of history."

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+ - the evolution of interning->

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marcus sams
marcus sams writes "I'm sure this is a little more light hearted than the stuff you guys are used to reporting, but it's pretty cool. It seems like an evolution of some things that have come before it (Subserviant Chicken and maybe Justin.TV), but it does a lot of things those couldn't. First of all I've never seen something where you could interact in real time with another human. Plus the kid is really funny and makes for a truly entertaining experience. Like I said this isn't really programmer nerd stuff, but I thought you might enjoy it. -marcus"
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+ - New MMORPG Tries "Crowd Sourcing"

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KingSkippus writes "BBC news is reporting that publisher Acclaim Games is working with developer Dave Perry to develop Top Secret, a new MMORPG using 'crowd sourcing.' It will be a commercial game with a paid professional core team that works with a larger volunteer community to develop the code, stories, art, and audio in the game. Perry says, 'With 20,000 people signed up we are already the biggest development team in history. We will end up with 100,000 people on this team. If 1% is any good, we are good to go.' Could this be a missing link that brings us commercial-quality community-developed gaming?"
Classic Games (Games)

+ - Commodore Returns to PC Gaming

Submitted by XenoRyet
XenoRyet (824514) writes "Wired reports:

Commodore Gaming, a distant inheritor of an illustrious name in computing history, has announced that it will launch its gaming PCs at the forthcoming CeBit show in Hannover, Germany. Summoning the ghosts of of the last century's bestselling C64 and Amiga, the new machines hope to refresh the memories of thousands of 1980s gamers."

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