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+ - Google Mirror of Chess Endgame Tablebases->

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jshriverWVU
jshriverWVU writes "Seeking Googles help. There was a post a while back about Google offering to host "open source scientific data" for researchers. While the term is somewhat loose, I'm trying hard to promote and hope Google will promote mirroring the entire Chess endgame tablesbase set (3-4-5-6men) which runs about 1.5TB. This should be a drop in the bucket for Google, but for us chess researchers it's been a little rough. After Dr. Hyatts (main source ftp) lost it's array group of us researchers pooled together via management from Mr. Kirill Kryukov who setup a dedicated site and my own efforts to host data. While right now the entire dataset has been brought together beautifully via p2p sharing via edonkey. It would be very beneficial to have a single source mirror of the entire data set.

For my question, what do you all recommend for getting Googles attention? I've tried the various channels I've found via google (email) but no responses. If any research have been granted access to this wonderful project what did you do to get there?

The Chess community needs your help. There's at least 1 person in the world right now with the entire set who's willing to upload the dataset. Please bump this up. Perhaps a strong /. following will help the cause."

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Portables

+ - Dell Ubuntu not for Consumers

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jshriverWVU
jshriverWVU writes "Dell doesn't sell Ubuntu n-series machines to consumers only businesses. Having a new job and going to school part time I thought I'd vote with my wallet and went online to order a Dell notebook with Ubuntu. After a while of declining a ton of extras (even windows software) I finally get to the order form. Then proceed to checkout only to be asked for a business ID or tax ID to make the purchase. Being an individual I found no way around this so I called Dell sales directly to see if I could order it that way. After 15 minutes on the phone I am told that I can't get the laptop as an individual and they are only sold to businesses. So without a business ID I couldn't get one. WTF?"
Sci-Fi

+ - 360-degree Holographic Display->

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jshriverWVU
jshriverWVU writes "Researchers at USC have taken another step towards that holiest of sci-fi dreams: the 3D holographic display. Using a spinning mirror covered with a "holographic diffuser," a special DVI implementation, and a high-speed projector, the team's device can project a three-dimensional image that can be viewed from 360 degrees — regardless of the viewer's height and distance. That's impressive, but that spinning mirror looks pretty dangerous. Check a video of the system in action after the break."
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Sony

+ - Sony to release new PS2->

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jshriverWVU
jshriverWVU writes "In what might be a way to regain some turf in the console war Sony is releasing a revamped PS2 this winter season.

"Sony plans to attract casual and non-casual gamers with a Ceramic White limited edition of PlayStation 2, bundled with SingStar Pop, the second installment in the popular SingStar franchise. Of course, for wannabe artists that would be an incomplete package without the two high-quality USB microphones Sony plans to add to the promotional wrapping.""

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Wine

+ - Wine 0.9.44 released->

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jshriverWVU
jshriverWVU writes "This is release 0.9.44 of Wine, a free implementation of Windows on Unix. What's new in this release: — Better heuristics for making windows managed. — Automatic detection of timezone parameters. — Improvements to the builtin WordPad. — Better signatures support in crypt32. — Still more gdiplus functions. — Lots of bug fixes."
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X

+ - X-Video support->

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jshriverWVU
jshriverWVU writes "The open-source "Nouveau" NVIDIA driver now contains X-Video support for most NVIDIA GPUs.

"This is the 26th edition of the Nouveau Companion which provides an updated status on the Nouveau driver with the progress being made in the areas of X-Video, video overlays for the different NVIDIA GPU series, and renouveau-parse for parsing XML dumps.""

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Graphics

+ - ATI releases new drivers->

Submitted by jshriverWVU
jshriverWVU (810740) writes "ATI has released new linux drivers version 8.39.4 Some of the issues resolved are: * The kernel module build no longer fails on kernel version 2.6.22. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28556

* Starting AMD CCC-LE no longer fails with a floating-point exception when started in certain configurations. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28557

* When playing videos in I420 color format using the Xv extension and TexturedVideo (the default on R5xx), colors are no longer displayed incorrectly. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28558

* Running aticonfig — initial in X with the Vesa driver no longer segfaults resulting in the xorg.conf file not being available. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28559"

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Nintendo

+ - DLDI for Games N Music Released->

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jshriverWVU (810740) writes "Chishm the main developer of the dldi interface has released a driver for the Datel Games N Music device. Like other DS homebrew dev's I didnt want to buy a slot one card from some random place in Taiwan. The GnM, for better or worse, lets you play home brew on your DS and is available to anyone near a Best Buy. The only drawback till now is the lack of file system support. So if you needed to write or read files you were out of luck. Though with the new DLDI interface this is no longer a problem. This is great news as it'll open up the homebrew market even more for the DS as the average consumer can pick up this device and most homebrew will support it now."
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Media

+ - Vudu Casts Its Spell on Hollywood

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jshriverWVU (810740) writes "Vudu Box The Vudu box looks like a nifty new device for buying digital media and viewing it on your TV. Here is a snipet from the article: Vudu, if all goes as planned, hopes to turn America's televisions into limitless multiplexes, providing instant gratification for movie buffs. It has built a small Internet-ready movie box that connects to the television and allows couch potatoes to rent or buy any of the 5,000 films now in Vudu's growing collection. The box's biggest asset is raw speed: the company says the films will begin playing immediately after a customer makes a selection."

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