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IBM

+ - How to prevent an x86-only world-> 1

Submitted by rbanffy
rbanffy (584143) writes "With the possible exception of ARM in the low-end, there is no viable alternative today to the x86 desktop (sorry for those who make PowerPC ATX mobos, but they are too expensive). If architectures such as POWER and SPARC are to survive, they need enthusiastic developer support. It's not the legacy apps you deploy on a box sitting on your company's data-center, but the cutting edge stuff you develop to solve your problem that fuels the next generation of computers and, unless you have a SPARC or a POWER on your desk, your cutting-edge program will only run on a processor reminiscent of a clunky, heavy and noisy IBM-PC 5150. That's not the right home for an application"
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+ - What we need to avoid an x86-only world->

Submitted by rbanffy
rbanffy (584143) writes "With the possible exception of ARM in the low-end, there is no viable alternative today to the x86 desktop (sorry for those who make PowerPC ATX mobos, but they are too expensive). If architectures such as POWER and SPARC are to survive, they need enthusiastic developer support. It's not the legacy apps you deploy on a box sitting on your company's data-center, but the cutting edge stuff you develop to solve your problem that fuels the next generation of computers and, unless you have a SPARC or a POWER on your desk, your cutting-edge program will only run on a processor reminiscent of a clunky, heavy and noisy IBM-PC 5150. That's not the right home for an application"
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft's Secret Newton Killer-> 1

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rbanffy
rbanffy writes "Through Gizmodo, Microsoft leaked today (http://gizmodo.com/5365299/courier-first-details-of-microsofts-secret-tablet) some information on its concept tablet computer. The timing seems rather precise in comparison to previous vaporware launches. I say it's fun to watch (http://www.dieblinkenlights.com/blog_en/a-bit-of-vaporware) them showing off non-products like that."
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United States

+ - Tom Wolfe blames computers for financial crisis->

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rbanffy
rbanffy writes "In an interview to the New York Observer, Tom Wolfe blamed computers for the current financial problems of overlending and bad mortgages. "The whole thing, starting with the subprime, is the fault of the computer." and he goes on to explain "I was just talking to a banker the other day, and not that long ago, 20 years ago, an investment banking house, let's say, Lehman Brothers, when it got a package of mortgages, they would go through every mortgage, every single one, and they'd throw out the ones that just seemed absurd, they just wouldn't accept them. Things used to arrive on paper. Today things arrive on a screen, and a screen is back lit, and one of the biggest pains in the neck is trying to read something dully written and complicated on a computer screen. It will drive you nuts--I mean, try it sometime. Now they say, 'Oh, to hell with it,' and they just accept the whole package. And if it hadn't been for that, they'd be going over each loan. What's happened is the backward march of technology."

And that's why e-paper and better displays are needed now to save the world from the overworked credit analysts..."

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Censorship

+ - Freedom of expression under attack in Brazil->

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rbanffy
rbanffy writes "From TFA: "Today twitter, the most used micro blog here in Brazil is under attack. One of our elections sections, in Ceara, has ruled that a fake political profile should be taken down by the service. (Politicians are forbidden to have any type of interaction on social media channels, like youtube, twitter, blogs or anything else). Nothing much wrong here, right? But instead of going after Evan Willians, the owner of twitter inc, the judge shut downshut down A BLOG by mistake , Twitter Brasil, created by fans of the service.""
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Space

+ - W32.Gammima.AG Virus Aboard the International Spac->

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rbanffy
rbanffy writes "NASA Discovers Computer W32.Gammima.AG Virus Aboard the International Space Station

From Wired (http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/08/the-it-security.html): "A computer virus was discovered aboard the International Space Station in June, NASA confirmed today. And as reported on our sister blog Threat Level, it isn't the first time that a worm has made it into orbit."

More info on http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewnews.html?id=1305"

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Operating Systems

+ - Interesting opinionated clash of OSs->

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rbanffy
rbanffy writes "Computerworld is running an interesting story at http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9075000 with 4 writers comparing Linux, Vista, OSX and XP and justifying their choices.

"Since the dawn of time — or, at least, the dawn of personal computers — the holy wars over desktop operating systems have raged, with each faction proclaiming the unrivaled superiority of its chosen OS and the vile loathsomeness of all others.

No matter how fierce the language or convincing the arguments, however, these battles began to seem somewhat irrelevant to regular working stiffs. While Mac OS, OS/2, Linux and many other desktop operating systems have all had their devotees over the years, the truth is that the majority of home and business users have simply used the current version of Windows as a matter of course.""

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Space

+ - Report Faults NASA on Equipment Losses->

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rbanffy
rbanffy writes "From TFA: "NASA has lost $94 million in office equipment over the past decade, looking the other way as employees give computers to spouses or claim missing laptops are lost in space, according to a Congressional report.

"These problems are deeply rooted in an agency culture that does not demand accountability," the Government Accountability Office said in a report released yesterday.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration noted the problem five years ago in its own study. Instead of tightening controls, it relaxed them, making $10,000 the minimum value for trackable items, instead of $5,000, the report said."

One employee said the notebook computer assigned to him was thrown out of the ISS, that, while not impossible, is quite fishy. I would love to read other lame excuses like this... Maybe something on the lines of "the green alien ate my car"."

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