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Programming

+ - Build a Wiki System with Rails

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An anonymous reader writes "Learn how to build a simple, file-based Wiki system using the Ruby on Rails web application framework. You won't believe how easy it is."
AMD

+ - Reviewed: Acer Ferrari 1000 notebook

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Oni
Oni writes ""Along with all the pens, caps, shirts, jackets, badges, napkins, sweets, key-rings and other accessories that you will find for the Ferrari brand, you can now complete your collection with a Ferrari laptop.""
Music

+ - Apple to play fairer with Fairplay?

Submitted by NewbieMonster
NewbieMonster (788156) writes "According to tech.co.uk (http://tinyurl.com/yd7ac9), Apple are preparing to license Fair Play to Made for iPod accessory manufacturers. They understand that Apple will also allow streaming of protected AAC content via USB. From the article: The expected announcements could signal a move on Apple's part to take some of the sting out of its Fairplay DRM which has come in for a great deal of criticism over recent months. It may also be a way of keeping Made For iPod makers onside, as the draw of the Microsoft Zune becomes stronger. Could this signal a move to allowing other music players to access and play ITMS content?"
PlayStation (Games)

+ - PlayStation 3 hits 2m mark

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "SCEI announced today that the PS3 has hit the 2,000,000 mark, with 1,000,000 now shipped in Japan. They'd already announced the passing of the 1,000,000 mark in North America, making the PS3 the fastest shipping PlayStation to date."
AMD/OSTG

Bundles featuring AMD chips with ATI graphics discounted

Submitted by OSTG Marketing
AMD has a special deal for you. They are offering bundles featuring AMD chips with ATI graphics at a discounted price. The strategy will help AMD sell more CPUs and graphic cards while giving consumers a price break. "This is the way to compete with Intel and Intel has been able to do this for years. Why not attack it where it hurts the most - right in its beloved platformace business? Centrino and Intel desktop platfor
Nintendo

+ - Pacific Design Introduces Nintendo® DS Li

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PR Results - Anthony Attalla
PR Results - Anthony Attalla writes "Affordable Style and Protection For Gamers On-The-Go Available Now at www.PacificDesign.com and Circuit City Stores Austin, Texas January 16, 2007 Pacific Design, a company know for colorful, functional iPod® cases and cutting edge laptop bags, announced today the retail availability of the DS Lite(TM) Street Pack and Street Case; two cases designed to carry and protect the popular Nintendo® hand-held gaming device. Pacific Design, who received various accolades when they entered the gaming market with their award-winning Sony® PSP(TM) Case, will accept online orders today at their new ecommerce enabled website, www.pacificdesign.com and Circuit City stores. DS Lite Street Pack, $19.95: Starting at just $19.95, the DS Lite Street Pack offers organization, protection and style for your DS Lite and accessories. With designs for both guys and girls, the Street Pack is stylish on the outside and incredibly functional on the inside — perfect for gamers "on-the-go". Each of the four eye-catching designs have a primary compartment that includes a protective sleeve for the DS Lite and dedicated slots for up to four extra games. Furthermore, the front zippered compartment holds an A/C adapter, earbuds, and any additional accessories, giving the user ample storage space while traveling. The easy-open/quick-close strap with magnetic closure provides added security to an already durable construction. The DS Lite Street Pack is available in four distinct color combinations such as faded green camouflage on canvas or skull and crossbones on denim with screen printed art; both feature distressed leather accents. Additional colors include blue or pink, which both feature cross stitched leather accents on nylon. All Street Packs feature a detachable wristlet carrying strap and offer proven durability through tested tough construction. DS Lite Street Case, $10.95: For a slimmer, yet equally as durable method for transporting your DS Lite, Pacific Design also introduces the Street Case, retailing for $10.95. This version of the DS Lite carrying case offers storage for two extra games in its back drop-pocket, all while protecting its contents with a sturdy nylon canvas construction. Girl gamers have their choice of a floral pink or pink camouflage design and can transport their Street Case with matching nylon canvas wrist straps. For the guys, a carabiner clip easily attaches the green camo or skull & crossbones case to a backpack or belt-loop. DS Lite Street Pack & Case Combos for just $21.95: For a limited time, customers who purchase a Faded Green Camo, Pink Cross Stitch or Skulls on Denim Street Pack on www.pacificdesign.com will get a Street Case for free-a $10.95 value. Visit http://go.reachmail.net/rmgo.asp?tid=415560&eid=1& sb_id=160346,160348 to purchase or for more information. About Pacific Design Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Pacific Design was founded in 1995 to raise the standard of products, and individualized client services, in the mobile technology carrying case market. Pacific Design excels at designing and manufacturing lifestyle bags that integrate fashion and style with thoughtful function and quality craftsmanship. As a result, Pacific Design has become one of the leading carrying case companies in the world. PacificDesign.com, the company's commerce-enabled website, just launched last month. Pacific Design, a privately-held firm, is a certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). For more information on Pacific Design or to purchase any of our products, visit http://go.reachmail.net/rmgo.asp?tid=415559&eid=1& sb_id=160346,160348 or call 888-797-8755. ### Nintendo® and DS Lite(TM) are registered trademarks of Nintendo of America, Inc. Media Contact: Anthony Attalla, Account Manager PR Results, Inc. 248.877.4786 Anthony@PR2inc.com"
The Internet

Journal: Commercials?

Journal by Grendly
Hi, (First time poster) I had a question, as of late started using opensourced stuff for just about everything. I learned about opensource from wikipedia's site, and the opensourcewindows site. I recently saw this video an ad for blender 3d, Now I don't have any programing skills, but I still want to contribute to open source, and was wondering does open source want commercials made for y
Politics

The Return of the Fairness Doctrine? 732

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from the no-fair dept.
Slithe writes "Last week at the National Conference for Media Reform, Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich (a long-shot candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination) stated that the Fairness Doctrine may be reinstated. Kucinich will be heading up a new House subcommittee that will focus on issues around the FCC. The Fairness Doctrine was an FCC regulation that required broadcast media to present controversial issues in an honest, equal, and balanced manner. The FCC repealed it in 1987 — Democrats at the time tried to forestall this move but were ultimately thwarted by a veto by President Ronald Reagan. Critics of the Fairness Doctrine have stated that it was only used to intimidate and silence political opposition. At the convention, Kucinich said, 'We know the media has become the servant of a very narrow corporate agenda. We are now in a position to move a progressive agenda to where it is visible.'" In the interest of fairness, here is a Republican, free-market perspective on the return of the Fairness Doctrine.
United States

+ - U.S. Senate experiments continue?

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David H. Marshall
David H. Marshall writes "1/16/07 The U.S. Senate's 50 years of "experiments...designed to harm" continue? In 2007 continued is the advancement of a proven Department Of Defense (DOD) Project 112 biological experiment?[2] This is the use of SHAD Research & Development (R&D) lessons learned during the "NATIONAL SECURITY MISSIONS" of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).[5] BARDA also does not have the DOD Project 112, Shipboard Hazard and Defense (SHAD) oversight and accountability for its biological experiments. They, as most DOD in the U.S. Senate Report [4], will be conducted on U.S. Civilians covered up by our nation's wars! Documented by the 13 years ago 1994 U.S. Senate Report is the conducted on "hundreds of thousands" 50 years of DOD, R&D "experiments that were designed to harm"![4] Its NOTES (No.'s 72, 167 & 169) cite, "The Nazi Doctors and the Nuremberg Code, Human Rights in Human Experimentation". Not addressed is their own Report's proven dereliction of duty, i.e., by the many conducted in direct disobedience of the DOD Secretary's 1953 order; "The Nazi Doctors" pages 343-345.[1] Noted was that lost veterans' rights be restored. This still has not been done!! The 12 July 1973 National Personnel Records Center fire destroyed "designed to harm" military service records. Congress's 1974 Privacy Act censored the names of all witnesses from surviving and future records. In 2007 there is the H. R. 4259, "To establish the Veterans' Right to Know Commission."[6] A proposal to now study the DOD's SHAD lack of oversight and "Right to Know" accountability? CRUCIAL TO THE "RIGHT TO KNOW" IS: The U.S. Senate's DOD military experiments demonstrate R&D protocol by all.[4] First, all prior R&D is reviewed. The resulting Scope of Work defines what each military and civilian research program is to accomplish. The where, how, when and who is involved is determined. Each conducted "to harm" research project's cause and effects are very closely followed and recorded. The subjects are observed during the experiments and the end results are the basis for subsequent actions. Then the needed from "to harm" protections are developed with applicable treatment for experienced injuries. This experiment revealing R&D information is not part of a subject's medical history. Therefore, unavailable for a past, present and future victim's diagnosis and treatment by Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) Physicians', the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Physicians' or for use during any VA and Judicial Branch processes! THIS WITHHELD CRUCIAL EVIDENCE MEANS THAT THE VICTIM AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL NEVER THE WISER BECOME! THEREBY, AN AFTER MILITARY SERVICE AND CIVILIAN "NATIONAL SECURITY MISSIONS" MISSED DISABILITY DIAGNOSIS. CREATED ARE INCREASED SERIOUS AND CHRONIC INJURIES! The 1987 U.S. SUPREME COURT in the 1953 disobedience STANLEY Case makes very clear that UNLESS CONGRESS CHANGES IT, BY REASON OF MILITARY SERVICE AFTERWARDS VETERAN'S LOST ARE PRIOR TO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.[3] The Senate Report documents many more"experiments that were designed to harm".[4] Most were also in direct disobedience of the DOD Secretary's 1953 order. All for the greater good, end justifies the means! The excuse for an in 2007 from 1944 ongoing 63 years of "hundreds of thousands" [4] JUSTICE AND TREATMENT DENIED! By BARDA "national security missions" on civilian U.S. Citizens to-date continued?[5] REFERENCES: [1] DOD Secretary's 26 February 1953 NO non-consensual, human experiments Memo pages 343-345. George J. Annas and Michael A. Grodin, The Nazi Doctors and the Nuremberg Code; Human Rights in Human Experimentation (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992). In REFERENCE [4] as NOTES 72, 167 & 169. [2] Starting in 1962 chemical and biological experiments. "Project 112 (Including Project SHAD) Home"; www1.va.gov/shad/ [3] U.S. SUPREME COURT, JUNE 25, 1987, U.S. V. STANLEY, 107 S. CT. 3054 (VOLUME 483 U.S., SECTION 669, PAGES 699 TO 710). In REFERENCE [4] cited in NOTE 169. [4] December 8, 1994 REPORT 103-97 "Is Military Research Hazardous to Veterans' Health? Lessons Spanning Half a Century." Hearings Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, 103rd Congress 2nd Session. With NOTES: 1 to 170. [5] Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Bill S. 3678 2006. [6] H. R. 4259 "To establish the Veterans' Right to Know Commission.""
The Internet

+ - VirtualCity Launches Street Level Images in Canada

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chris_toronto
chris_toronto writes "The Globe and Mail has an article, as well as the Montreal Gazette about VirtualCity, a website that has been capturing millions of street level photos tied to a map interface (ala A9.com style) throughout Toronto and Montreal. They've tied this together with a neat Ajax interface to explore these cities in detail. The images appear to be in Hi Def and I've seen one of the trucks on the road in Toronto, it looks like the torch has been passed on since A9 pulled BlockView off the market."
Data Storage

+ - Seagate claims 2.5" SCSI drive is world's fast

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theraindog
theraindog writes "Seagate has announced a 2.5" SCSI hard drive that spins at an astounding 15,000RPM. The Savvio 15K is the first 2.5" hard drive with a 15K-RPM spindle speed, but what's more interesting is that Seagate claims it's the fastest hard drive on the market. Indeed, the drive boasts an impressive 2.9ms seek time, which is more than half a millisecond quicker than that of comparable 3.5" SCSI drives. The Savvio 15K also features perpendicular recording technology and a claimed Mean Time Between Failures of 1.6 million hours."
Media

+ - Fairness Doctrine and net neutrality

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Matt S
Matt S writes "This weekend, Rep. Dennis Kucinich made clear that he considers the Fairness Doctrine and net neutrality to be two sides of the same coin: http://www.onlyrepublican.com/orinsf/2007/01/the_f airness_do.html. This connection was also supported by two current FCC commissioners. To me, this is a clear expansion of government into the realm of regulating speech. "Neutrality" and "fairness" are euphemisms for new rules, and those of us who value a free Internet should recognize them as such."

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