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+ - Meet BlackBerry Playbook, a tablet PC from RIM ->

Submitted by siliconbits
siliconbits writes: Today, at the BlackBerry Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, company President and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis kicked off the event with the widely-anticipated news: a tablet PC of its own. Called the BlackBerry Playbook. the device is a a “flash-loving,” “device-paring,” “enterprise ready” tablet with an uncompromised browsing experience on a 7-inch screen. It is 9.7 millimeters thick and features a high-res wide screen display that supports 1080p with HDMI and USB ports.
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Comment: Re:Was really useful, but buggy (Score 1) 148

by chetbox (#31285696) Attached to: Is Mozilla Ubiquity Dead?
Oh yes, I'm very much aware of this nifty feature (which Opera had many moons ago...). However I think the value of ubiquity came from the ability to subscribe to feeds of commands (potentially many from a single feed) that get regularly updated with new features. Oh yes, and it's *really* easy to create your own and make them as interactive as you like.

Comment: Was really useful, but buggy (Score 2, Informative) 148

by chetbox (#31279572) Attached to: Is Mozilla Ubiquity Dead?

Ha. I just went and read about this myself. Personally I found ubiquity really useful. I loved the way I could select a postcode, press a keyboard combo and then just type "map" to get an interactive Google Map. I especially liked the way I could subscribe to feeds of commands, most of which had a whole host of handy options. The natural language process part of it was simple, but easily good enough for the intended purpose.

The reason I stopped using it was because new versions weren't backwards compatible and cleaning up after an update became a bit of a mess. I don't know if others had the same experience?


+ - Microsoft deal to power Yahoo searches approved-> 1

Submitted by chetbox
chetbox writes: Microsoft and Yahoo have finally completed a 10-year deal in which Microsoft will use Bing to power Yahoo searches. Microsoft will retain 12% of revenue for the first 5 years. From the article:

The European Commission ruled that the deal "would not significantly impede effective competition". Under the deal, Yahoo's website will use Microsoft's Bing search engine, and the two firms will share the revenues. [...] In explaining its decision, the Commission said that taken together, Microsoft and Yahoo currently have less than 10% of the search engine market in Europe, with Google controlling 90%.

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+ - Suggestions for a Coax - Ethernet Solution? 2

Submitted by watanabe
watanabe writes: I just moved from a house with Cat5e wiring to a house with.. A whole bunch of coax cables. Like, my living room has five coax cables coming out of a hole in the wall. All of them go back up to my attic. The house is big, (and I like it, thank you), but I have realized that our digital usage pattern (media server + squeezeboxes + remote time machine backups to a linux box) will not work without wiring. I am currently bridging some old Linksys WRT54Gs to the right places, but of course, that slows everything down. This got me thinking: 100mb ethernet is four wires, yes? And I have four wires for every two coax cables. What about a two coax-head -> ethernet jack setup? Has anyone done this before? Searching online only gives me $100+ coaxethernet transceiver type boxes. At that price, a HomePNY system would make more sense. I'm willing to solder if I have to, but I first wanted to get advice and holes shot in my plan, if there are any.

+ - School spying on student webcams

Submitted by jargon82
jargon82 writes: A Pennsylvania high school is using laptops they issued to students to spy on them in homes and outside of school. According to a class action filling the webcams and microphones in these laptops could be remotely activated by school officials, and have been used in this role. One student was accused of "improper behavior in his home" and the school provided a photo taken via his laptop as proof.

Comment: Speech is more distracting (Score 1) 1019

by chetbox (#30412498) Attached to: Music While Programming?
I find that if people are talking, or if a phone rings, etc., I easily lose my train of thought. The worst thing is when people in the office are having a very loud teleconference. Music helps to drown it all out. Especially music I am familiar with. Personally I listen to Lemon Jelly, Death Cab for Cutie or anything tagged "Liquid Funk" on

I think there should be a new /. poll: "What genre of music do you listen to when coding?"

Comment: Re:Simply put (Score 1) 528

by chetbox (#30346236) Attached to: Will Tabbed Windows Be the Next Big Thing?
On one hand, I agree: The average desktop user doesn't want to spend there time organising how they are going to achieve the task at hand. They just want to get on with it.

On the other hand, users such as many of those in the open source desktop world are likely to spend a little more time thinking about how they can improve their productivity through streamlining their interactions with the desktop manager and will at least give it a go.

Personally I think it will be an effective way to context switch ones interface between tasks.
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Linux Kernel 2.6.32 Released 195

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the download-compile-reboot-repeat dept.
diegocg writes "Linus Torvalds has officially released the version 2.6.32 of the Linux kernel. New features include virtualization memory de-duplication, a rewrite of the writeback code faster and more scalable, many important Btrfs improvements and speedups, ATI R600/R700 3D and KMS support and other graphic improvements, a CFQ low latency mode, tracing improvements including a 'perf timechart' tool that tries to be a better bootchart, soft limits in the memory controller, support for the S+Core architecture, support for Intel Moorestown and its new firmware interface, run-time power management support, and many other improvements and new drivers. See the full changelog for more details."

Programmable Quantum Computer Created 132

Posted by Soulskill
from the four-out-of-five-ain't-bad dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A team at NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) used berylium ions, lasers and electrodes to develop a quantum system that performed 160 randomly chosen routines. Other quantum systems to date have only been able to perform single, prescribed tasks. Other researchers say the system could be scaled up. 'The researchers ran each program 900 times. On average, the quantum computer operated accurately 79 percent of the time, the team reported in their paper.'"

+ - What is your job title? 1

Submitted by chetbox
chetbox writes: I imagine a lot of the Slashdot crowd are software engineers, programmers or something along those lines, but what do you write on your CV/résumé and your email signature? Do you use the word "engineer", "programmer", "developer", "architect" or something else? What job title do you use? How do you make sure it describes your work and, more importantly, your worth without sounding pretentious?

I have my own projects which I plan, design and implement; I work on existing projects, mostly programming new features and tidying up; I also do some research and testing of new ideas, which may later turn into products. (None have yet: I haven't been working here long.) What could my job title be?

+ - Alabama Wages War Against the Perfect Weed

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pickens writes: "Hugh Pickens writes:

Dan Berry writes in the NY Times that the State of Alabama is spending millions of dollars in federal stimulus money to combat Cogongrass aka the killer weed, the weed from another continent, and the perfect weed, a weed that "evokes those old science-fiction movies in which clueless citizens ignore reports of an alien invasion." Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is considered one of the 10 worst weeds in the world. "It can take over fields and forests, ruining crops, destroying native plants, upsetting the ecosystem," writes Berry. "It is very difficult to kill. It burns extremely hot. And its serrated leaves and grainy composition mean that animals with even the most indiscriminate palates — goats, for example — say no thanks." Alabama's overall strategy is to draw a line across the state at Highway 80 and eradicate everything north of it then, in phases, to try to control it south but the weed is so resilient that you can't kill it with one application of herbicide but have to return several months later and do it again. "People think this is just a grass," says forester Stephen Pecot. "They don't understand that cogongrass can replace an entire ecosystem." Left unchecked, Pecot says "it could spread all the way to Michigan.""

Blessed be those who initiate lively discussions with the hopelessly mute, for they shall be known as Dentists.