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Comment: Re:Everyone posting lives in Arizona (Score 3, Informative) 344

by cooley (#37971796) Attached to: Setting the various household clocks ...

Our Governor decided a couple of years ago that the only thing stopping Indiana from becoming a world financial powerhouse was the fact that we didn't do DST, and got state law changed. Changing the clocks still feels weird to me, but at least there's less explaining to do with my contacts outside of the state.

Data Storage

Windows 7 Hard Drive and SSD Performance Analyzed 248

Posted by timothy
from the but-compared-to-the-old-one dept.
bigwophh writes "Despite the fact that Windows 7 is based on many of the same core elements as Vista, Microsoft claims it is a different sort of animal and that it should be looked at in a fresh, new light, especially in terms of performance. With that in mind, this article looks at how various types of disks perform under Windows 7, both the traditional platter-based variety and newer solid state disks. Disk performance between Vista and Win7 is compared using a hard drive and an SSD. SSD performance with and without TRIM enabled is tested. Application performance is also tested on a variety of drives. Looking at the performance data, it seems MS has succeeded in improving Windows 7 disk performance, particularly with regard to solid state drives."
Music

+ - The New Da Vinci Code?->

Submitted by apok04
apok04 (630953) writes "For those that can't get enough Da Vinci conspiracy stories, Discovery News reports that Giovanni Maria Pala, an Italian musician and computer technician has discovered new meaning in Da Vinci's "The Last Supper". In a book (Google Translation) due to be released today in Italy, Pala describes how he discovered a "hymn to God" composed of the hands and bread loaves in the famous painting. When he first played the notes, they sounded terrible. It wasn't until he realized that they should be played right to left (a common Da Vinci writing style) that they sounded "like a requiem". In addition to the music, Pala found what appears to be a sentence written in ancient Hebrew: "bo nezer usbi," which means "with Him consecration and glory.""
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Sci-Fi

+ - Former Governor Hosts UFO Talks->

Submitted by loteck
loteck (533317) writes "From CNN: "Former Arizona Governor Fife Symington will be moderating a November 12 event at the National Press Club where he will discuss the Phoenix Lights incident. He says he will be joined by 14 former high-ranking military and government officials from seven countries who will share evidence from what they call their own UFO experiences and investigations."

Symington claims to have "witnessed a massive delta-shaped, craft silently navigate over Squaw Peak, a mountain range in Phoenix, Arizona" that was, according to him, witnessed by "hundreds if not thousands" of people in Arizona. There is no shortage of speculation on the Phoenix Lights incident online."

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The Courts

+ - RIAA wins sharing lawsuit, jury awards $222k->

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Kadin2048
Kadin2048 writes "Earlier today, a group of recording companies won the first file-sharing lawsuit to go before a jury. Jammie Thomas, of Brainerd, Michigan, was ordered to pay the companies $222,000 in damages for sharing 24 songs via the Kazaa network. The verdict creates an unfortunate precedent for future cases: the plaintiff did not have to prove that anyone ever downloaded the songs in question, only that they were 'made available' to the Internet generally. Also, they did not have to prove that Thomas ever had the Kazaa program installed on her computer — they only had to show that it was an IP address assigned to her that made the songs available. There is no word yet on whether she plans to appeal the decision."
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Portables

+ - 150 dollar laptop - true or scam?->

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An anonymous reader writes "Medison, a small Swedish PC company, claims they will sell a basic Linux-based laptop for only 150 US dollars. But the company has been called in question in blogs, forums, and news articles, because the computer shown on the company's web site seems very similar to a laptop from another producer. Two days ago Medison met the Swedish press to straighten things out."
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Media

+ - Will BBC Windows-only on-demand hurt Linux?

Submitted by startling
startling (717697) writes "The BBC has released its On-demand service that lets people watch TV shows after they have screened, but only on Windows. From the article: "Earlier this month BBC Future Media boss Ashley Highfield said the corporation was committed to rolling out the iPlayer on Windows PCs first of all, and then cable TV services, Apple Macs, and eventually Freeview boxes. But the BBC said it could not commit to a two-year deadline to achieve this goal, saying it was up to the third parties concerned."

So, no mention of Linux there. Would this stop many from considering a Linux-based PC? I can imagine the sales spiel: "Will you want to watch TV on your PC? Then you'll need a Microsoft Windows PC — it's the only one that works..."

Is this a case of the BBC abusing its monopoly position to help another monopoly: Microsoft? Having seen the recent BBC, ahem, "documentary" about Vista I was shocked as it looked to me like a half-hour long advert for Microsoft Vista."
Linux Business

+ - Main UK opposition party talking OSS

Submitted by
twofish
twofish writes "The user of open source software in European government got another boost recently when shadow Chancellor George Osborne told the Royal Society of Arts he wanted to create a level playing field for open source software in the UK. He has estimated that the British government could save more than £600 million a year if it used more open source software, according to this short article on the BBC website."
Microsoft

+ - Man sues MS after FBI uncovers smut surfing habits

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tech10171968
tech10171968 writes "A US man awaiting trial on firearms offences is suing Microsoft after FBI technicians found self-made sex videos and evidence that he frequented porn sites on his PC. Michael Alan Crooker, currently on remand in a Connecticut jail on charges of selling illegally modified firearms and possessing bomb-making equipment, is inflamed that security settings on his PC failed to prevent Federal agents from finding out about his smut-surfing habits."
Programming

+ - What are your free software classics?

Submitted by
Statecraftsman
Statecraftsman writes "In literature, the classics are well-known and widely studied. As a perpetually aspiring programmer, I wonder from which free software projects programmers have learned the most. What project's code do you most admire? If you were starting fresh today, what project would you use as a model of great design and implementation?"
Media

+ - Penny Arcade Creators Praised For Charity Role

Submitted by
McNally
McNally writes "Penny Arcade creators Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins and their alter-egos Gabe and Tycho were the subjects of a nice write-up today in the 12/27/06 edition of the New York Times (registration required) recognizing the substantial accomplishments of Child's Play, the gaming-focussed children's charity the two have organized and tirelessly promoted. Let's hope the additional recognition by the mainstream national media helps spread awareness of the good work they're doing beyond the tech and gaming communities."
Security

+ - Singularities and Nightmares: Our Possible Future

Submitted by Maria Williams
Maria Williams (959812) writes "InstaPundit says: "DAVID BRIN: SINGULARITIES AND NIGHTMARES: EXTREMES OF OPTIMISM AND PESSIMISM ABOUT THE HUMAN FUTURE : It's a must-read if you're interested in this stuff. And you should be."

David Brin discusses the dangers and benefits humanity will face as we move towards a technological singularity which may happen within one human generation. David has been both a NASA consultant and physics professor and is a well-known American author of science fiction."

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