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PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - US Air Force Buying another 2200 PS3. 1

bleedingpegasus writes: US Air Force apparently buying another batch of PS3, 2200 to be exact. This is after a machine that under development by the Air Force, codenamed "Roadrunner" rumoured to have bought 300 PS3 (old-big version) only to be dismantled and its Cell processor combined to make some kind of neuromorphic brain for combining images to form higher resolution radar's results looks to be successful.

What tickles me most is not the idea behind it — but why Cell processor by Sony? And why not just buy the processor directly, won't that be any cheaper?

Submission + - FOSS Alternative to Exchange for Small Business (slashdot.org) 2

CelticWhisper writes: "I'm the one-man IT department for a small manufacturing company. Recently, our support company (who provided all our IT support until I was called in, and still helps out with application development, ERP, etc.) has been making rumblings about installing Exchange to move our E-mail system off of the dedicated appliance it's on now and onto a proper mail server. I'm hoping to avoid this, as I've seen Exchange used in the past and it caused the sysadmins at that place no shortage of problems. Additionally there are the obvious matters of licensing costs. Thing is, while I've been here a year and a half, I'm still not as well established as the support company is and so countermanding one of their suggestions, while by no means impossible, has to be a careful process and I need a solid plan of action. What I'm hoping to do is introduce a FOSS alternative to Exchange that has E-mail and shared calendars at a minimum, is easy to administer and maintain, and plays nice with as many E-mail clients as possible (or, if not, whose native client is at least marginally Outlook-like). This way I can say to the management that not only will there be an improvement to E-mail/collaboration software, it will be done with significantly smaller licensing fees, or none at all.

I can't stress enough, though, that it needs to be easy to administer. Easy. Easy easy easy. I am still a one-person department and my time is extremely limited most days. I do not have the luxury of R'ing TFM for too long to figure out a problem or how to do something, and calls to the support company (who tend to be Microsoft-centric) are $150/hour. I don't want to install this thing and then realize we're stranded.

So, to recap, I'm looking for a recommendation for a FOSS alternative to MS Exchange that's reliable and easy to setup and use, has shared calendars, and will cause minimal user annoyance if/when the users are moved off of Outlook. Bonus points if it runs on Windows servers but I can get a Linux server in here if need be. Also, I'll deal with office-politics issues myself as needed. I'd like to keep this article to the technology as much as possible."

Submission + - Password protected emails 1

DeanLearner writes: I've been asked to look into whether it's possible to password protect an email so that a password has to be entered to read the content. Ideally, the recipient (members of the public; so varying computer skills) will not have to modify their email client at all to perform this.

The most popular solution googling seems to show is, attach a password protected document and go from there, but I'd like to avoid this as it relies on the recipient having certain document reading software.

My suggested solution was to email them a link to our website, once the password (which is told over the phone) is correctly entered, the message is shown. But the powers that be are keen to avoid this if possible.

Personally, I can't see anything easier/quicker than my solution, but if anyone out there thinks otherwise, please let me know.
Apple

Submission + - GPU-Accelerated Flash for Smartphones and Windows (arstechnica.com)

N!NJA writes: from ArsTechnica:

[...] the update to the rather ubiquitous browser plugin will finally synchronize the Flash experience on all platforms with the exception of arguably one of the most successful smartphones: Apple's iPhone. [...] The company announced today that RIM is joining the project and will collaborate with Adobe to bring Flash Player 10.1 to its BlackBerry operating system. Adobe said that betas of Flash Player 10.1 will available for Windows Mobile and Palm's webOS later this year, and expects betas for Google Android and SymbianOS to be ready in early 2010. It will be optimized for netbooks and so-called "smartbooks" in addition to smartphone platforms, and will utilize GPU acceleration whenever possible.

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from The Register
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/17/flash_mobile_10_point_one_air_2_betas

Today, Adobe made Flash Player 10.1 and AIR 2.0 available for beta, but only for use on familiar old PCs, laptops and notebooks running Windows, Linux, or Mac. [...] Tom Barclay, Adobe Flash platform senior product marketing manager, said a lot of the work done tuning the player for mobile will also benefit developers and users of desktops. [...] A subset of Flash is already on mobile devices, but Flash Player 10.1 will bring the full player to Symbian S60, Google Android, Palm Web OS, and Windows Mobile 6.5. Apple's iPhone browser will not be supported, although developers will be able to build content using Creative Suite 5 and post applications to Apple's AppStore for download. [...] In lieu of mobile-operating support today, Barclay instead called out features in the Flash 10.1 and AIR 2.0 beta built for mobile but suited to PCs, notebooks and nethooks. These included H.264 hardware acceleration for video on chipsets that Barclay said is significant for netbooks, because it delivers smooth-quality video on relatively inexpensive machines without soaking up the battery life or CPU.

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from Adobe
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flashplayer/articles/fplayer10.1_hardware_acceleration.html

Hardware-accelerated H.264 decoding is supported on some video cards and drivers running on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Linux and Mac OS X hardware-accelerated decoding is not supported in this version. See the Flash Player 10.1 public beta release notes (http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashplayer10/releasenotes.pdf) for supported hardware and links to download supported drivers.

Intel

Submission + - OS X Update Officially Kills Intel Atom Support (osxdaily.com)

bonch writes: After apparently disabling and then re-enabling support for the Atom chipset in test builds of their 10.6.2 update, Apple has officially disabled support for the chipset in the final update released yesterday. This makes it impossible for OSX86 users to run 10.6.2 on their Atom-based netbooks until a modified kernel shows up. One important issue fixed in the update is a data deletion bug.
Portables

Submission + - How to overclock a netbook (yes, really) (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: The words 'overclocking' and 'netbook' appear in a sentence together about as often as Steve Ballmer is spotted at a Linux convention. Netbooks are all about portability over performance. Overclocking is all about pushing fast gear to its upper limits. Right? Actually, "people have been overclocking netbooks pretty much since Day One," says Brad Linder, who writes the Liliputing blog. It started with the very first Eee PC 701, which Asustek Computer "intentionally underclocked ... to improve battery life," said Linder. Frustrated hackers developed tools such as Eeectl and SetFSB to "right-clock" the Eee's CPU, he says. Quick to take a hint, Asus soon began shipping its own overclocking app, the Super Hybrid Engine, with every Eee. That let users boost the speed of most Eees by up to 10% while staying within warranty. And the newly released Asus 1101HA can be run up to 30% faster. MSI also enables its users to easily tune its Wind netbooks and make them as much as 24% faster. Then there are extreme modders like Team Australia. Using a dry-ice-filled pot to chill the exposed motherboard of an MSI Wind U100 netbook, they were able to push its Intel Atom N270 processor to 2.4 GHz, a 50% boost over its rated 1.6 GHz. But besides Asus and MSI, few other netbook makers officially endorse overclocking, much less bundle tools to enable it. Never fear: Eric Lai rounds up five (fairly) easy ways you can overclock your netbook at home.

Submission + - ABC Bans Al Gore TV Commercial (twilightearth.com) 1

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: ABC has refused to air a television commercial submitted by former Vice President of the United States Al Gore, which criticizes the manner in which big oil companies are using their money to unduly influence the United States Government. At my Twitter account, where I am known simply by my real name RayBeckerman, I have launched a campaign to make the commercial go "viral" using the Twitter "hashtag" #algoretv, so that the excellent commercial will receive more exposure for free than it would have received had ABC accepted payment. I would think that when a former Senator and United States Vice President talks about how certain large governments are improperly influencing government, people would want to hear what he has to say. Even if he didn't really invent the internet.
Cellphones

Submission + - Teen Hacks iPhone

RemoWilliams84 writes: "A New Jersey teenager has figured out how to make Apple's iPhone available on other wireless services besides AT&T, removing a major frustration for thousands of consumers." from on story on CNBC.
Privacy

Submission + - Snooping on keyboards through power sockets (bbc.co.uk)

vigmeister writes: "Supposedly, most keyboards wires are poorly shielded which enables keylogging by monitoring power outlets for electricity leaking to the ground wires. "Security researchers found that poor shielding on some keyboard cables means useful data can be leaked about each character typed. By analysing the information leaking onto power circuits, the researchers could see what a target was typing. The attack has been demonstrated to work at a distance of up to 15m, but refinement may mean it could work over much longer distances. "
They then go on to mention hotel rooms as an example of a susceptible location. Perhaps I should stop packing my desktop on those business trips. On a more serious note, seeing as I am using a wired keyboard to type this, I'm curious to know if using some variety of a wireless keyboard is more secure."

Censorship

Submission + - Australian Minister named Internet Villain of the (taragana.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Stephen Conroy has been named the Internet Villain of the Year at the 11th annual UK Internet Industry Awards for his for his Internet censorship plans. The award recognises individuals or organizations, who may have hampered the development or in a way disappointed the Internet industry — those whom the industry loves to hate, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Conroy was awarded as the Internet Villain 'for continuing to promote network-level blocking despite significant national and international opposition'.
Power

Submission + - Sleek Solar and Wind Powered Hybrid Street Lamps (inhabitat.com)

Mike writes: "Why choose between solar power and wind turbines when you can have both? That's the approach behind a recently unveiled hybrid wind/solar street lamp, which is completely powered by a 300W wind turbine and an 80W set of solar panels. These stylish street lamps are capable of operating completely off grid and can be easily scaled to accommodate a wide range of components (LED lights, solar panels, wind turbine, tower height, and battery storage) to suit various projects. Designer and manufacturer Urban Green Energy has announced that they just signed an agreement with an undisclosed city in China to outfit their streets with these new hybrid lamps."
The Internet

Submission + - EU publishers want a law to control online news ac (arstechnica.com)

suraj.sun writes: European publishers want a law to control online news access

A group of European publishers has signed a declaration that aims to see its draconian Automated Content Access Protocol forced on search engines and news aggregators by legislation.

A group of European publishers has recently released a declaration of principles, the "Hamburg Declaration," that amounts to a long-winded rant against the Internet for stealing their news. They want the government to step in and fix the situation by force of law.

Most of the statements in the relatively short declaration ( http://www.epceurope.org/presscentre/archive/International_publishers_demand_new_intellectual_property_rights.shtml ), which will surely take its place among thousands of other European declarations on intellectual property and other matters that have come out over the past few years, hinge on the idea that "universal access to news" does not equal "free." In this respect, the publishers want to maintain the democratic ideal of a "fourth estate" that provides news to an informed citizenry, while simultaneously restricting access to that news to those who can pay for it directly.

What sets this declaration apart from the other Hamburg declarations out there, or from the various Geneva declarations or Berlin declarations, is that this one is intended to give the publishers' favorite solution to the news-stealing problem, the Automated Content Access Protocol ( http://www.the-acap.org/ ), the force of law.

ARS Technica : http://arstechnica.com/media/news/2009/07/european-publishers-want-news-access-controls-legislated.ars

Operating Systems

Submission + - Is Google's Chrome OS a A Microsoft Killer? (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "Google's entry into the operating system market with its Chrome OS, announced late Tuesday, poses a long-term threat to Microsoft, analysts said today. And this is no distant threat as Google is said to be working with PC makers on Chrome OS already. 'Will Microsoft be worried? Microsoft will always be worried, whether it should or not,' said Michael Silver, Gartner's primary operating system analyst. 'Microsoft, after all, is one of the more paranoid companies around.' But he said of an imminent threat: 'It will take quite a long time for Google to become a competitor to Microsoft. In the enterprise, for example, over 70% of the applications used require Windows. And even at home, things like personal finance still require Windows. So, while I think this is a longer-term threat to Microsoft, it's definitely not in the short term.'"

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