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Programming

Stroustrup Says New C++ Standard Delayed Until 2010 Or Later 501

Posted by timothy
from the esperanto-wasn't-built-in-a-day dept.
wandazulu writes "At the end of an article written by the creator of C++, where he talks about removing a feature from the new C++ standard, he drops a bombshell: The new C++ standard (typically referred to as C++0x) has been delayed until 2010 or later. What does this mean? No new C++ features like threads, proper enum classes, or hash tables. C++0x is dead, long live C++1x!"
Sun Microsystems

Sun Kills Rock CPU, Says NYT Report 190

Posted by timothy
from the what-we-meant-was dept.
BBCWatcher writes "Despite Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's recent statement that his company will continue Sun's hardware business, it won't be with Sun processors (and associated engineering jobs). The New York Times reports that Sun has canceled its long-delayed Rock processor, the next generation SPARC CPU. Instead, the Times says Sun/Oracle will have to rely on Fujitsu for SPARCs (and Intel otherwise). Unfortunately Fujitsu is decreasing its R&D budget and is unprofitable at present. Sun's cancellation of Rock comes just after Intel announced yet another delay for Tukwila, the next generation Itanium, now pushed to 2010. HP is the sole major Itanium vendor. Primary beneficiaries of this CPU turmoil: IBM and Intel's Nehalem X86 CPU business."
Portables

Alienware Refusing Customers As Thieves 665

Posted by kdawson
from the please-just-take-my-money dept.
ChrisPaget writes "Thinking about buying Alienware (now owned by Dell)? Think again. After buying an almost-new Alienware laptop on eBay, I've spent the last week trying to get hold of a Smart Bay caddy to connect a second hard drive (about $150 for $5 of bent metal). Four different Alienware teams have refused to even give me a price on this accessory, instead accusing me of stealing the machine since I didn't buy it directly from their eBay store. They want me to persuade the eBay seller I did buy it from to add me as an authorized user of his Alienware account — they have no concept of 'ownership transfer' and instead assume that if you're not in their system, you must be a thief."
Operating Systems

+ - Why you can't buy a naked PC!

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ZDOne
ZDOne writes "Another great piece from ZDNet — this time looking at the issue of naked PCs. ZDNet UK phoned around all the major PC vendors and not one of them would sell a machine without Windows on it! http://news.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/0,1000000091,3928 6228,00.htm.

IT professionals are being forced to adopt Microsoft's operating systems — even if they tell their PC supplier they want a system free of Microsoft software.

ZDNet: I'm wondering whether you supply notebooks without Windows software.

Acer: I'm afraid not, no.

ZDNet:No? Nothing at all?

Acer: Although we can do the refund for the operating system as per the OEM licensing."

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.

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