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Sidekick iD finally launches->

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Filed under: Cellphones

Not that any secret tends to remain well kept in the gadget world these days, but we've finally got official confirmation on the Sidekick iD. This 5.1 x 2.5 x 0.9-inch bugger's gonna run you a cut-rate $99, and features replaceable, colored bumpers, and all the basics necessary to get going T-Mobile style (including myFaves). But if you want the full Sidekick experience (i.e. camera, Bluetooth), you're still gonna have to roll with the 3. Welcome, welcome, teenage wallet-prybar.

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Wireless Networking

+ - mobile service dies in SF and maybe elsewhere

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notoriou5 writes "At least 10 people on different mobile plans have reported that they can't make calls in the last hour. I dunno if this is a wide-spread problem, but seems worth investigating. I can't make or receive calls. The funny thing is that's it seems to be causing a panic. I suspected sun-spots at first, but now I think it's just some server thing. Anyone else experiencing this?"
AMD

AMD Donates Servers to Groklaw 64

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from the uncruel-twists-of-fate dept.
Core 2 Duo writes "Apparently, someone at AMD noticed that Groklaw has been having trouble running on the old IBM servers ibiblio uses, so they donated two powerful AMD Opteron servers to ibiblio specifically for Groklaw's use. Curiously, this means that Groklaw is no longer hosted by IBM's servers, but SCO's own investor relations website is."
Programming

+ - Rexx and what it means for AIX

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An anonymous reader writes "I'm an oldtimer mainframe programmer that used Rexx extensively from the mid 80s to the mid 90s for IBM at Santa Teresa Lab(now called Silicon Valley Lab). It literally changed my life once I learned it and got out of being an operations tape and disk monkey. Its nice to see Rexx continue to expand its capabilities and platform range. I think its a great programming language and lots of fun to code with"

Why Doesn't The Justice Department Want An Identity Thief To Tell His Story To C->

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In what world would it make sense for politicians determining policy on a scam to be barred from speaking to an expert on that exact scam? Apparently, the world known as Washington DC. The Senate Finance Committee is holding hearings on identity theft, and asked a convicted identity thief to testify about his crimes. That certainly seems like one good way to learn about what's going on in the identity theft world -- but the Justice Department tried to stop it, claiming that allowing him to testify would violate laws that don't allow prisoners to have "elevated status" and also that it could pose a security risk. Apparently the Justice Department believes that if no one can talk about identity theft, maybe it won't happen. The good news, though, is that a judge has ruled against the DOJ, allowing the guy to testify before the Senate Committee. Identity theft is a serious problem, and hiding those who can best educate people about the problem doesn't help solve it.
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Networking

+ - Akamai Goes P2P

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An anonymous reader writes "On Thursday the bandwidth behemoth [Akamai] purchased peer-to-peer service Red Swoosh, a small peer-to-peer software company, for about $15 million in stock. ... By adding Red Swoosh's technology to its data-moving arsenal, Akamai gains the ability to rapidly transfer files by piecing together bits of data distributed on clients' computers around the world, rather than merely shortcutting the files in one piece between Akamai's enormous servers. Purchasing Red Swoosh also silences critics who saw peer-to-peer clients as a growing competitor to the company's market dominance."

Cisco wireless products suffer multiple vulns->

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These bugs can bite

Cisco Systems is reporting multiple vulnerabilities in three popular wireless products that can unleash all kinds of nastiness, including denials of service, privilege escalation, information disclosure and the ability to gain full administrative access. The flaws reside in Cisco's Wireless Control System (WCS), Wireless LAN Controller and Lightweight Access Points.


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Media

+ - Writing CSS DVD's - without any special media!

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An anonymous reader writes "These guys (link: www.dtrltd.com) have just released a new drive, currently DVD based, but with HD-DVD and BluRay versions coming soon, that allow consumers the same flexibility as if they had a mastering station at home.
Their drive has the ability to create fully CSS compliant discs, using existing media. Sort of makes Qflix pointless as it proves what many have said that we never needed any "new special media" to write CSS. It is USB based, so it plugs into almost anything, game consoles included (the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii are mentioned by name.) They're placing it as an enabling technology for "Download-to-own" or "Download-to-rent" systems. Seems to be pretty flexible, reading between the lines, they also state that it can also write (therefore copy?) many of the current copy protection systems in use, as well."
Operating Systems

+ - Interview with Contiki Author Adam Dunkels

Submitted by lmt
lmt (1087445) writes "Will Backman of bsdtalk has made a podcast interview with Adam Dunkels, author of the uIP embedded TCP/IP stack, protothreads, and the Contiki operating system. The interview covers the current use of Contiki as an operating system for wireless low-power networked embedded systems, how the operating system has advanced from its first release for the Commodore 64 four years ago, and why the project is licensed under the BSD license."
Microsoft

+ - MS takes a page from the open-source playboook

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linumax
linumax writes "Officelabs is a new internal start-up that is attempting to use some of the methodologies of open-source software development to invigorate the company and generate excitement about new Microsoft products. Specifically, the people behind officelabs want to adopt the release early, release often approach that has worked well for open-source projects such as Linux and Firefox. The move echoes the announcements of Office Live and Windows Live, which both attempt to release lots of software on the web as often as possible."
Windows

+ - Windows Vista vs. Windows XP vs. Ubuntu Linux

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An anonymous reader writes "There's a new OS in town, but can it compare to our comfy slippers, or even the diamond in the rough? MS Windows XP Professional is still a very viable OS, and apparently, outperforms or maintains pace with Vista in almost every test we have run with current hardware in place. Vista has the advantage of utilizing the performance a newer setup offers, XP is falling behind in that it is not as efficient with multiple processors or large amounts of memory. Other then the new hardware advantages, does Vista bring that much over XP? http://www.viperlair.com/articles/editorials/vista /versus/"
Enlightenment

+ - The Lure of the Straight Razor

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DingleBerryMcGee
DingleBerryMcGee writes "It seems that the most common getup amongst the tech savvy is a black polo shirt accompanied with a pair of wrinkled khakis overloaded with PDAs, and phones at the waist. Another common theme is a semi-smooth shave accentuating a pallor only five consecutive days in an unlit room playing World of Warcraft can provide. The Montreal Gazette goes into some detail highlighting the growing trend of Straight Razor shaving. The author discusses the necessary equipment, as well as his own experience learning an art so contrarian to technological progress.

Some of the major benefits to a straight razor over modern 'pull and cut' cartridge razors or electric shavers are: decreased ingrown hairs, razor burn and acne, smoother shaves, and the "what are you crazy?" expression on people's faces when they find out you shave with a straight."
Security

+ - Botnet Stalkers Share Takedown Tactics at RSA

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An anonymous reader writes "From EWeek: A pair of security researchers speaking here at the ongoing RSA Conference Feb. 7 demonstrated their techniques for catching botnet operators who use secret legions of infected computers to distribute malware programs and violent political propaganda. Addressing a packed room of conference attendees, Chris Boyd, director of malware research at FaceTime Security Labs, and Wayne Porter, director of special research for the company, detailed their efforts to infiltrate the botnet community and find the people responsible for running underground networks believed to have harbored as many as 150,000 compromised computers. In the case of the other zombie net, run by a group identifying itself as the Q8Army, individuals used IM-borne adware programs to deliver malware rootkits that stole credit card information for the purpose of committing fraud. The programs also served up pop-ups that carried URLs of militant Arabic Web sites that endorse violent means for achieving "world domination," the researchers said."

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