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6000-Year-Old Tomb Complex Discovered 83

Posted by samzenpus
from the nobody-knows-who-they-were-or-what-they-were-doing dept.
duh P3rf3ss3r writes "National Geographic reports that a 6000-year-old tomb complex on 200 hectares (500 acres) has been discovered on the Salisbury Plain just 24 km (15 miles) from Stonehenge. The site has come as a surprise to the archaeologists who had thought that the area had been studied in such depth that few discoveries of such magnitude remained. The site, fully 1000 years older than Stonehenge, has been called 'Britain's oldest architecture.'"

Comment: Re:The web (Score 1) 345

by dextromulous (#28271899) Attached to: AT&T Dropping Usenet Netnews; Low-Cost Alternatives?

I prefer hellanzb.

It is written in python. All you do it put an nzb in the directory that it is watching, wait a few hours, and you have all your data, par'ed, decoded, patched together, and unrared, sitting in the output folder.

If you have a network storage server, you can conveniently share the queue directory with samba or NFS, and centralize all your downloading.

It's also open source and you can use it over SSH, so you can have downloads ready for you when you get home from work!

Comment: Re:Can they not use... (Score 1) 379

by dextromulous (#27368393) Attached to: Are Long URLs Wasting Bandwidth?

Consider a page that is full of URLs. Think about how many URLs are transmitted to your computer right now just to load this page. I count 1295 right now, just in tags.

Personally, I'm not concerned, but if you want to see how many tags are in any page, paste this into your address bar and press Enter.

javascript:alert(document.getElementsByTagName("A").length)

I've only tried this in FF3, and of course URLs can be more places than in an href="" string of an tag...

Windows

+ - Get Your XP! Top-four Outline Cutoff Dates->

Submitted by
CWmike
CWmike writes "Three of the top four PC sellers worldwide plan to sell systems with Windows XP right up to the Microsoft-mandated deadline of June 30. Of the four, only Dell plans to call it quits before the last day of this month, on June 18. A clause in Microsoft's guidelines for OEMs lets computer makers install Windows XP Professional — but not Windows XP Home — on new when those machines are ordered with Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate. Dell was the first to say it would use the downgrade clause to offer buyers XP Professional pre-installed long after the June 30 deadline, but has not said how long it would offer the downgrade option. Not so with HP. 'HP has been offering business desktops, notebooks and workstations with the option to downgrade to Windows XP Pro from Vista since August 2007, and will continue to offer this option on its business systems through at least July 30, 2009,' said an HP spokesman. Lenovo: Jan. 31, 2009. Acer did not comment on how it will address downgrades. Smaller 'system builders' can still get their hands on XP past June 30 and Microsoft has also extended the availability of XP Home to a subset of computer manufacturers who are, or plan to, build small, cheap notebooks and desktops, such as the Asus Eee PC."
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Media

+ - Best Linux PVR and Media Player ?

Submitted by Ddalex
Ddalex (647089) writes "I'm looking for a small-factor low-power consumption device that will perform a double task : PVR and media player. I want to install it at my parent's (I've moved out of the basement), and it has to be remote-controllable through a network — ssh access would be ideal. The idea for the device is to run primarily as PVR, and to allow me to push media to it, so I can share pics and short movies I take. It's also important to be controllable by a standard infrared remote control, with menu-driven structure, for easy use by my folks.

Is there any ready-made device close to what I want, or should I start looking into building my own custom PC ? I already have a MythTV box for personal use, but I find it hard to use and control. The power consumption and noise of a full-blown PC are an issue, so I'd prefer something smaller (like a set-top box) with SSD storage."
Unix

+ - The BSD License->

Submitted by LicenseBicense
LicenseBicense (666) writes "KernelTrap has an interesting article about the BSD license, explained by OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt. In the article, de Raadt offers some history of the BSD license, looking at the original four clause license which included a requirement that anyone using the code include a statement in any advertising for their derived product. He also talks about Microsoft's usage of BSD code, "Microsoft, like everyone else, follows the license to a 'T'." The article then examines OpenBSD's current license, described as the functional equivalent of a two-clause BSD license 'with language 'made unnecessary by the Berne convention removed'."
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Security

+ - Bumping the Medeco Lock at DEFCON 2007->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Lock bumping became big news at last year's Defcon when 11-year-old Jennalynn showed an exceptional talent for being able to bump almost any lock set in front of her. This year she again shows her talent by bumping the Medeco M3 high security lock, a lock that is supposedly un-bumpable! Mark Weber Tobias and 12-year old Jennalynn talk about the Medeco lock and demonstrate bumping the lock in just a few minutes on camera."
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Linux Business

+ - Dell to offer more Linux PCs

Submitted by
head_dunce
head_dunce writes "According to this article, Mark Shuttleworth from the Ubuntu camp says Dell is seeing a demand for the Linux based PC and, "There are additional offerings in the pipeline."

I'm starting to see flashbacks of the days when Microsoft partnered up with IBM to gain control of the desktop market. Will other Linux flavors find there way to the likes of Lenovo or HP, etc, or will Ubuntu claim the desktop market working with other PC manufacturers?"
Operating Systems

+ - Historical Look At First Linux Kernel->

Submitted by LinuxFan
LinuxFan (666) writes "KernelTrap has a fascinating article about the first Linux kernel, version 0.01, complete with source code and photos of Linus Torvalds as a young man attending the University of Helsinki. Torvalds originally planned to call the kernel "Freax", and in his first announcement noted, "I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones." He also stressed that the kernel was very much tied to the i386 processor, "simply, I'd say that porting is impossible." Humble beginnings."
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BSD

OpenBSD Foundation Announced 151

Posted by samzenpus
from the check-it-out dept.
OpenBDSfan writes "KernelTrap is reporting on the creation of the OpenBSD Foundation, a Canadian not-for-profit corporation intended to support OpenBSD and related projects, including OpenSSH, OpenBGPD, OpenNTPD, and OpenCVS. The announcement explains, "the OpenBSD Foundation will initially concentrate on facilitating larger donations of equipment, funds, documentation and resources. Small scale donations should continue to be submitted through the existing mechanisms.""

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