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+ - Simple file transformation tools, where are they? 2

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cs668
cs668 writes "There is a part of our business that does one time loads of data. It comes from the customers in varying formats and can be anywhere from 5,000 to 500,000 records. Our import processes use XML. Currently we are using Excel to transform the data from the customers format to our XML. It's the wrong tool for the job.

We are looking for a good data transformation tool that makes it easy to graphically define the transformation, allowing the input format to be easily defined and constraining the output to the XSD for our XML. Here is the problem, every tool we can find is geared at writing code, or the part of some massive ETL architecture intended to be the MOM of your entire enterprise. It seems like 10 years ago you could find nice tools for this, but all of the good ones have turned into massive piles of Enterprise level over complexity.

Can anyone recommend a simple tool that is suited for this type of one time data transformation?"
The Almighty Buck

+ - "Don't Copy 2" Video Aimed at Today's Yout-> 2

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palegray.net
palegray.net writes "The Software and Industry Association has released a sequel to the industry's original "Don't Copy that Floppy" video entitled "Don't Copy That 2". Intended to serve as a warning of the legal consequences of copyright infringement, the video attempts to appeal to today's youth. The video features a scene in which federal agents break down a teenage girl's house and arrest her mother."
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Software

+ - Backup Technology just radically changed->

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Rasch Young
Rasch Young writes "It is now possible to backup files online without actually uploading the data.

An unknown startup named Hybir has introduced a new online full backup service that leverages data in the cloud to perform full online backups. Data is identified at the client and de-duplication happens against the cloud.

Normally Data De-duplication and Private Key Encryption don't mix. Hybir has managed to solve that problem too. If you have Private Key Encryption turned on all data leaving your PC is private key encrypted while still leveraging data in the cloud for super fast full backups.

If that wasn't enough the Hybir technology also makes restores faster by identifying just the changed data and only restoring the data that is actually different.

Hybir Backup also has the ability to perform bare metal restores.

You can check out the screen casts here.

(Full Disclosure: I am a co-founder of Hybir and a daily slashdot reader since at least 1998)"

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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft: Easy CableCard, Copy Freely Fixed, More

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft announced today that it would be easy to add digital cable tuners (DCT) to Win 7 machines — so users and OEMs don't need to jump through hoops to add CableCards to their Windows Media Center PCs. Also: Microsoft is supporting Switched Digital Video through a Reverse Digital Channel, so cable channels won't drop off the map. And, Microsoft fixes the "copy freely" bug so that users can stream their digital video to other PCs on the network, as well as portable devices."
Operating Systems

+ - Linux kernel 2.6.31 released

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diegocgteleline.es
diegocgteleline.es writes "The Linux kernel v2.6.31 has been released. Besides the desktop improvements and USB 3.0 support mentioned some days ago, there is an equivalent of FUSE for character devices that can be used for proxying OSS sound through ALSA, new tools for using hardware performance counters, readahead improvements, ATI Radeon KMS, Intel's Wireless Multicomm 3200 support, gcov support, a memory checker and a memory leak detector, a reimplementation of inotify and dnotify on top of a new filesystem notification infrastructure, btrfs improvements, support for IEEE 802.15.4, IPv4 over Firewire, new drivers and small improvements. The full list of changes can be found here."

+ - Hubble is back in business->

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schleprock63
schleprock63 writes "After being "fixed up" the Hubble space telescope is back in business with spectacular pictures http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/09/hubble_gallery The telescope is 19 years old and has been updated with two new instruments: the Wide Field Camera 3 and Cosmic Origins Spectrograph.

Now if it could only take a picture of Big Foot, maybe NASA could afford to keep it up and running.

schleprock"

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Transportation

+ - EPA Stops States from Cutting Auto Emissions-> 1

Submitted by ahecht
ahecht (567934) writes "In response to the energy bill signed into law by President Bush on Wednesday, the EPA has denied California, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and 13 other states from setting their own stricter emissions requirements. While the Bush bill requires auto makers to meet 35mpg by 2020, the new California law would have required 43mpg for cars (and 27mpg for trucks and SUVs) by 2016. California has long been a leader in driving the automobile industry to improve mileage and emissions, and this was the first time they were refused permission to impose their own pollution rules. The decision, according to industry analysts cited in the article, appears to be a reward to the auto industry for dropping opposition to Bush's new energy bill."
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Security

+ - 10 Years of Nmap->

Submitted by J0hn5
J0hn5 (666) writes "To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this powerful tool, Nmap 4.50 has been released. It is the first stable release in more than a year and the first major release since 4.00 two years ago. Also, here's a quick look at Zenmap, Nmap's official GUI that is a multi-platform free and open source application which aims to make Nmap easy for beginners to use while providing advanced features for experienced Nmap users. Frequently used scans can be saved as profiles to make them easy to run repeatedly."
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Databases

+ - Amazon Launches SimpleDB Database Service->

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Dotnaught
Dotnaught writes "Amazon Web Services is getting a on-demand database called SimpleDB, upping the company's ante on its bet that it can sell on-demand computing. Adam Selipsky, VP of Product Management and Developer Relations describes it as a lightweight relational database that's ideal for storing metadata about objects or files such as those stored with Amazon's S3 service. Amazon's Alexa uses the service already. Sign-ups for the beta are being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis."
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Christmas Cheer

30 Years of LucasFilm Staff Christmas Cards 72

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the tis-the-season-to-blah-blah-blah dept.
An anonymous reader found that "For the last 30 years, Lucasfilm has created special holiday greeting cards for its employees and business partners. For the first time ever, we have compiled most of the Star Wars-themed Holiday Cards on one page." My favorite is 2005. That would make a cool poster or something.
Announcements

+ - CompUSA Liquidation Has Started->

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Kirk Yuhnke
Kirk Yuhnke writes "CompUSA has started liquidating all of it's merchandise. I just stopped at a CompUSA store in Salt Lake City and everything in the store is between 5% to 20% off (iPods not included.) Sure, not an amazing deal (yet) but you can get a discount on those products that aren't typically on sale. Items like video games (no, they didn't have any Wiis.) Personally I didn't see anything that I "had to buy" but it's probably worth a trip for most gadget heads. Anyone find any killer deals at their local CompUSA?"
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Software

+ - That Which We Call Free->

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L505
L505 writes "GNU and FSF (Free Software Foundation) founder Richard Stallman posted a message on OpenBSD mailing lists. The subject was "real men don't attack straw men", and the email suggested that some of his comments were being misrepresented. He says, "one question particularly relevant for this list is why I don't recommend OpenBSD. It is not about what the system allows. (Any general purpose system allows doing anything at all.) It is about what the system suggests to the user." He also said that he knew of no non-free software included in the base OpenBSD system, but claimed there was non-free software in the ports collection, "if a collection of software contains (or suggests installation of) some non-free program, I do not recommend it." http://kerneltrap.org/OpenBSD/That_Which_We_Call_Free"
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Robotics

+ - Robots that bounce in bed->

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nem75
nem75 writes "The NY Times has a review of British AI researcher David Levy's book "Love and Sex with Robots". He claims that within a span of about 50 years the day will come, when people could actually fall in love with life-like robots and want to live with them instead of a human mate. While this may seem far fetched at first, he has some pretty interesting views on this. Like the sexual part being the easyest thing, what with brothels exclusively offering life-like sex dolls already existing in Japan and South Korea. The case he builds goes much further though, and certainly provides food for thought."
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