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Operating Systems

Converting Desktops to Thin Clients? 110

tfiedler asks: "I manage about 3500 desktop computers and was recently asked by my CIO to begin looking into thin client computing, something like WYSE terminals. I'd like to know, what are some good functional, and more importantly, manageable options to convert existing desktop computers into what would essentially be a Citrix terminal? I was thinking some brand of Linux that starts up an X11 session, starts the Citrix client and connects to our server farm. The user would see a Windows logon, our apps would function as normal and I'd get the benefit of performing a LOT LESS client-side maintenance. Any suggestions?"
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Dystopia Version 1: HL2 Mod Releases Full Version

ReK_42 writes: "After more than 3 years of work, the full release of the cyberpunk Half-Life 2 mod Dystopia has arrived. Some of you may remember playing the demo release last year. While gameplay is very similar, many details have been changed and much has been added. With 7 assault-style maps, version 1 offers many new experiences. Including a new for-fun game mode that manages to combine football and hydraulic fists, the map total becomes 11. I highly suggest you try out this mod, especially since it's free as long as you own a Source engine game such as CS:Source or HL2."

Does the Internet Need a Major Capacity Upgrade? 357

wiggles writes "According to the Chicago Tribune, the recent surge of video sites such as Youtube and Google video are pushing the limits of the Internet's bandwidth, or soon will be. Pieter Poll, chief technology officer at Qwest Communications, says that traffic volumes are growing faster than computing power, meaning that engineers can no longer count on newer, faster computers to keep ahead of their capacity demands. Further, a recent report from Deloitte Consulting raised the possibility that 2007 would see Internet demand exceed capacity. Admittedly, this seems a bit sensationalist, but are we headed for a massive slowdown of the whole internet?"

Submission + - Opera CTO hits back at Microsoft's standards push

Michael writes: "Opera CTO Håkon Wium Lie hit back today at Microsoft's push to fast track Office Open XML into an ISO standard in a blistering article on CNET. He also took a swipe at Open Document Format: "I'm no fan of either specification. Both are basically memory dumps with angle brackets around them. If forced to choose one, I'd pick the 700-page specification (ODF) over the 6,000-page specification (OOXML). But I think there is a better way.". The better way being the existing universally understood standards of HTML and CSS. Putting this to the test, Håkon has published a book using HTML and CSS."

Submission + - MP3 Patent Troubles

Vengance Daemon writes: "The New York Times and many other sources are reporting that Microsoft lost the patent case regarding "...the way the Windows Media Player software from Microsoft plays audio files using MP3..." They go on to say "If the ruling stands, Apple and hundreds of other companies that make products that play MP3 files, including portable players, computers and software, could also face demands to pay royalties to Alcatel."

At first glance, it appears that Fedora, and the other distributions that did not include MP3 capabilities in their products because of patent concerns were quite right. Ogg Vorbis works great for music, and many commercial players support it."

Submission + - With Google Apps, It's Game On

w1z4rd writes: "The Economic Time's reports that when Google released its Google Apps Premier Edition, it sent a clear message to Microsoft that the market for office software was up for grabs. What remains to be seen are how Microsoft will respond, whether users will adopt Google's offerings in significant enough numbers, and how the competitive landscape may unfold over the next few years."

Submission + - Duct tape & tranquilizers for pyschotic astron

An anonymous reader writes: .plan.ap/index.html "It turns out NASA has detailed, written procedures for dealing with a suicidal or psychotic astronaut in space. The documents, obtained this week by The Associated Press, say the astronaut's crewmates should bind his wrists and ankles with duct tape, tie him down with a bungee cord and inject him with tranquilizers if necessary." — CNN

Submission + - The United States is Insolvent

The True Messiah writes: "What the BIG Media is not telling you! Prepare to be shocked.

The US is insolvent. There is simply no way for our national bills to be paid under current levels of taxation and promised benefits. Our combined federal deficits now total more than 400% of GDP.

That is the conclusion of a recent Treasury/OMB report entitled Financial Report of the United States Government that was quietly slipped out on a Friday (12/15/06), deep in the holiday season, with little fanfare. Sometimes I wonder why the Treasury Department doesn't just pay somebody to come in at 4:30 am Christmas morning to release the report. Additionally, I've yet to read a single account of this report in any of the major news media outlets but that is another matter.

The Complete story."

Journal Journal: Microsoft Loses case Over Patents

The New York times has an article titled: MP3 Patents in Upheaval After Verdict. From the article:
Microsoft was ordered by a federal jury yesterday to pay $1.52 billion in a patent dispute over the MP3 format, the technology at the heart of the digital music boom. If upheld on appeal, it would be the largest patent judgment on record. The ruling, in Federal District Court in Sa

Submission + - March is Boycott the RIAA Month

A Name Similar to Di writes: Sick of the RIAA's actions against consumers, Gizmodo has declared March Boycott the RIAA month

Gizmodo is declaring the month of March Boycott the RIAA month. We want to get the word out to as many people as humanly possible that we can all send a message by refusing to buy any album put out by an RIAA label. Am I saying you should start pirating music? Not at all. You can continue to support the artists you enjoy and respect in a number of ways.

Feed Oscar's Overlooked Stars: Geeks (

Hollywood is rolling out the red carpet for Oscar on Saturday, but what about the real talent in Tinseltown: the geeks? Jason Silverman celebrates the scientific and technical awards.

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