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Biotech

+ - 'Green funerals' feature biodegradable coffins->

Submitted by drewmoney
drewmoney (1133487) writes "CNN reports: Biodegradable coffins are part of a larger trend toward "natural" burials, which require no formaldehyde embalming, cement vaults, chemical lawn treatments or laminated caskets. Advocates say such burials are less damaging to the environment. Biodegradable containers cost from around $100 for a basic cardboard box up to more than $3,000 for a handcrafted, hand-painted model.

My only question is, do the cardboard boxes come in more than one color?"

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The Courts

+ - LANCOR v. OLPC Update->

Submitted by drewmoney
drewmoney (1133487) writes "According to an article on Groklaw: It's begun in a Nigerian court. LANCOR has actually done it. Guess what the Nigerian keyboard makers want from the One Laptop Per Child charitable organization trying to make the world a better place?

$20 million dollars in "damages", and an injunction blocking OLPC from distribution in Nigeria."

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The Internet

+ - Wikipedia's COO has a long, criminal record.

Submitted by heptapod
heptapod (243146) writes "The Washington Post is reporting that Wikipedia's former Chief Operating Officer Carolyn Bothwell Doran has an extensive criminal record which was elaborated upon by The Register that states her record includes convictions for passing bad checks, theft, petty larceny, additional DUIs, and unlawfully wounding her boyfriend with a gun shot to the chest. Wikimedia said it had no indication that Doran did anything improper with its money. However, the foundation's most recent audit is incomplete, though it had hoped to complete it months ago."
Government

+ - Convincing the Military to Embrace Open Source->

Submitted by drewmoney
drewmoney (1133487) writes "Misconceptions about open source software have made many U.S. Defense Department sectors reluctant to employ this technology. Although a 2003 department policy allows its use, many still believe that open source software poses an increased security risk to networks and that it is not supported as well as commercial products."
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Wii

+ - Nintendo Wii Fully Hacked at 24C3, runs Homebrew->

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cHALiTO
cHALiTO writes "From the site:
The guys over at 24C3 just demoed a Wii hack that is set to provide native Wii homebrew in the near future (not running in GC mode, and with full access to all the Wii hardware!)
They were able to find encryption and decryption keys by doing full memory dumps at runtime over a custom serial interface. Using these keys, they were able to create a Wii 'game' that ran their own code (their demo happened to show live sensor/Wiimote information, amongst a few other things).
Read here and watch video here."

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Networking

+ - Netgear introduces Linux based NAS devices->

Submitted by drewmoney
drewmoney (1133487) writes "A LinuxDevices.com article introduces several of Netgear's Linux based NAS devices. These come in a 1.5TB model, all the way up to a 4TB rackmount version. These are geared towards the professional home user, and small and medium businesses. Comes complete with the usual RAID features, file system access and a built in USB print server. All are controlled through a WebGUI and some even have SSH access."
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Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun will offer back-line support for OpenOffice->

Submitted by drewmoney
drewmoney (1133487) writes "Sun Microsystems on Monday plans to announce that it will provide support for the OpenOffice.org productivity software suite, citing a wave of momentum behind the open-source project.The support, which starts at US$20 per user per year, will be offered to companies that distribute OpenOffice.org, not directly to end-users, according to Mark Herring, senior director of marketing for StarOffice/OpenOffice.org and Network.com."
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Supercomputing

+ - World's Greenest Supercomputers->

Submitted by drewmoney
drewmoney (1133487) writes "Researchers at Virginia Tech have compiled a list of the world's greenest supercomputers. The Green500, ranks systems by their use of "FLOPS per watt". A Blue Gene from IBM tops the list with 357.23 megaflops per watt. Big Blue also snagged 9 of the top 10 spots. Maybe we should start calling them Big Green. Another noteworthy observation: the three fastest supercomputers in the world actually made the list.

Look at me, I'm green and speedy!"

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Linux Business

+ - Wal-Mart's $200 Linux PC Sells Out->

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hankmt
hankmt writes "About a week ago Wal-Mart began selling a $200 linux machine running on a 1.5 ghz Via C7 processor and 512 megs of RAM. While the specs are useless for vista, it works blazingly fast on Ubuntu with the Enlightenment Window Manager. The machine is now officially sold out of their online warehouses, and the product sales page at WalMart.com is full of glowing reviews from new and old linux users alike."
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IBM

+ - IBM Will Release i5 Blade

Submitted by drewmoney
drewmoney (1133487) writes "According to a story from the Inquirer, IBM is set to release i5 blades at the end of this month. Yep, that's right. AS/400 in a BladeCenter. Another article on SystemiNetwork makes mention of an i5 blade that plugs into a BladeCenter S, which is IBM's mini BladeCenter. A third article claims an email from an IBM PR rep, admits that the November 30 date is a typo, and that i5 blades for the JS22 won't be out until next year."

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