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+ - All-electric Cri-Cri has maiden flight->

Submitted by rootnl
rootnl (644552) writes "The all electric Cri-Cri, jointly developed by EADS Innovation Works, Aero Composites Saintonge and the Green Cri-Cri Association, made its official maiden flight at Le Bourget airport near Paris on Thursday, Sept.

"The aerobatic plane incorporates numerous technologies such as lightweight composite structures that reduce the weight of the airframe and compensate for the additional weight of the batteries, four brushless electric motors with counter-rotating propellers that deliver propulsion without CO2 emissions and significantly lower noise compared to thermal propulsion, and high energy-density Lithium batteries."

Lets hope the it doesn't sound like its name."

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+ - Windows is 'collapsing,' Gartner analysts warn->

Submitted by rootnl
rootnl (644552) writes "In a presentation a Gartner-sponsored conference in Las Vegas, analysts Michael Silver and Neil MacDonald said Microsoft has not responded to the market, is overburdened by nearly two decades of legacy code and decisions, and faces serious competition on a whole host of fronts that will make Windows moot unless the software developer acts.

"For Microsoft, its ecosystem and its customers, the situation is untenable," said Silver and MacDonald in their prepared presentation, titled "Windows Is Collapsing: How What Comes Next Will Improve."

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+ - Dutchconsumer boycott against Windows Vista.

Submitted by rootnl
rootnl (644552) writes "Here in The Netherlands the Dutch Consumer bond is calling for a consumer boycott consumer boycott against Windows Vista.

The Dutch Consumer Bond (Consementenbond) is an organization that tests products for quality and safety. Recently they had an internet poll about the problems experienced with Windows Vista. About 4200 complaints were submitted of which 59% is software problems, 46% hardware peripheral problems, 34% complaints about bad performance and computer crashes, 17% about network problems, especially wireless networks and 12% complained about long startup times.

The results were publicly published and subsequently picked up by the press. Microsoft was not very happy about this and complained about the fact that they (Consementenbond) published the information instead of dealing directly with Microsoft.

Last Thursday, the two parties had a meeting to discuss the problems resulted from the poll. In the meeting, the Consumer bond insisted that Microsoft must help consumers having problems with Vista by offering Windows XP. Microsoft refused with a big no. Because of this, the Consumer bond is calling a consumer boycott against Windows Vista.

Microsoft Netherlands will issue a press statement today about the actions of the Consumer bond."

+ - SORBS, a public service, or just a scam.

Submitted by rootnl
rootnl (644552) writes "Recently I decided to upgrade my email server with better spam detection and decided to use SORBS blacklist. It is a very aggressive blacklist and could be deemed quite effective. However I discovered two totally legal servers beeing blocked by their Spam 'o Matic service. One a Google Gmail server,[] and the other a ISP called Orange,[]. Now normally one would think these providers would probably get themselves de-listed, but the process provided revolves around donating money. As I just happen to have a friend that is using the said ISP, I have to seriously reconsider using SORBS. What is your experience with SORBS? What will happen if somebody start to sabotage Gmail or any other mail service by forwarding spam to one of SORBS spamtrap servers? What would you suggest as better blacklist service?"

1 Angstrom: measure of computer anxiety = 1000 nail-bytes