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+ - Pac-Man Found On Saturn Moon Mimas->

Submitted by hee gozer
hee gozer (1261036) writes "A heat map of Saturn's moon Mimas obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveals a hot region that gamers will instantly recognize as Pac-Man. Through an odd but completely natural turn of events, he's even eating a dot also known to astronomers as the Herschel Crater. The warm spot around Herschel makes sense because tall crater walls can trap heat inside the crater, but scientists were completely baffled by the sharp, V-shaped pattern."
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Google

+ - Google Chrome will include Adobe flash->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "From Tech Crunch:
The rumors were true: Adobe and Google are tightening their partnership. Adobe flash will be part of Google Chrome. Updates for the player will be included in future Chrome Updates. Adobe also says that it is working with Mozilla and Google and the “broader community” to create a new API for browser plugins. How will Apple respond?"

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Cellphones

+ - Review: HTC HD2

Submitted by adeelarshad82
adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes "The HTC HD2 is the most impressive T-Mobile smartphone tested to date, by a long shot. Pity about its clunky, dead-end Windows Mobile 6.5 OS. Windows Mobile 6.5 is a dead OS with poor task management, crappy built-in apps, uneven multimedia performance, and a clunky UI riddled with dialog boxes and error messages. But HTC patched most of these problems on the HD2, giving it slick apps, great multimedia, and a decent UI turning it into one striking phone. The extra-slim HD2 measures 4.74 by 2.64 by 0.43 inches (HWD) and weighs 5.54 ounces, making it a bit longer, wider, and thinner than the iPhone 3GS. The HD2 features soft-touch sides, a brushed aluminum back panel, and a 4.3-inch glass capacitive touch screen with 480-by-800-pixel resolution. HTC pre-installs a 16GB card, and there's also about 600MB of internal storage free on the device. Dialing numbers is simple. In portrait mode, the on-screen QWERTY keyboard felt just about wide enough for comfortable typing. The HD2 is a quad-band EDGE (850/1900/1800/1900 MHz) and dual-band HSDPA 7.2 (1700/2100 MHz) device with Wi-Fi. That means it hits T-Mobile and global 2G and 3G networks. Browsing the desktop Web with Opera Mobile 9.7 is a pleasure, showing highly accurate pages; the browser supports pinch zoom, but not Flash."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Releases Out-Of-Cycle IE Security Patch->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft released a cumulative security update which resolves nine privately reported vulnerabilities and one publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer.The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights."
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Comment: They call it DNS (Score 1) 688

by hee gozer (#29106871) Attached to: Suitable Naming Conventions For Workstations?

I'm actually quite surprised that in all of the replies here, no one has remembered the actual solution for keeping branch office, departement, floor, room number etc. with a machines name.

It's called a subdomain and it rather works somewhat like this: x.dept.city.company.tld, so you'd get e.g. 01.accounting.amsterdam.acme.com. You can let the workstation get its hostname and domain information through a rather useful system called DHCP. In most cases, this is already being used to configure IP addresses, and given these addresses can change, the odds are pretty high that you already HAVE a database of names which already HAS a key for each record.

You can make as many subdomains as you like, and you can even delegate them to the seperate branches, departements, your stepmother or whatever you like. This also makes the system work more distributed, like the Internet, so if one nameserver dies it can never take down the entire network. Cool, huh?

Comment: Warmboot faster under XP (Score 3, Informative) 262

by hee gozer (#27402461) Attached to: Ubuntu vs. Windows In OpenOffice.org Benchmark

I wonder if the faster warmboot times under XP are due to its prefetching functionality. Another benchmark with prefetching disabled could determine this. Maybe Ubuntu or other distributions can try adding prefetch functionality to their distributions and put Windows where it belongs, (at) last.

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