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+ - Jamie Zawinski Removes Last Linux Machine 1

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spoonyfork
spoonyfork writes "Announced along side the 5.03 release of XScreenSaver, Jamie Zawinski has finally given up on Linux completely at home and at work after a hardware failure on his headless mail server which was replaced with a Mac Mini. "So, if this release [of XScreenSaver] doesn't work on Linux... uh, that's why." He has already ditched a free/open platform before, but he seems a lot more calm this time. Previously."
Portables

+ - The next notebook battery? Lithium polymer

Submitted by Lewis Clarke
Lewis Clarke (666) writes "Looks like after the laptop battery fire fiasco, Sony would be changing its course to use an old technology for its future battery manufacturing. ZDNet reported on Sony Electronics President Stan Glasgow meeting with reporters, where he said that Notebook makers will "likely" soon choose to incorporate lithium polymer batteries (A battery technology that emerged nine years ago) over the current commonly used type, lithium ion batteries. Lithium polymer batteries use lithium as an active ingredient. Lithium is a volatile material, but the lithium in these batteries isn't packed into cells as it is in lithium ion batteries. Instead, it is contained in a polymer gel. These gel batteries can't provide the same sort of energy density as lithium ion batteries but its safe from internal short circuit that set off a chain reaction and start a fire."
Announcements

+ - Free Multilingual guide VoIP in developing regions

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Alberto Escudero
Alberto Escudero writes "The "VoIP-4D Primer" is a free guide available in four major languages (english, french, arabic and spanish) under Creative Commons. The booklet is an effort to disseminate the use of telephony over the Internet in developing regions.

The 40-page guide targets both technical and non-technical readers. The first part presents the essentials of telephony over the Internet. For those interested in the more technical details, hands-on guidelines and configuration files are included in the second part. The examples provide essential background to build your own low-cost telephony system.

More info, media coverage and free PDF downloads are available here: http://voip4d.it46.se/"
Linux Business

+ - Malaysian Open Source Procurement Policy Reversed

Submitted by
Ditesh
Ditesh writes "The Malaysian Open Source Masterplan, which favoured open source over proprietary public sector procurements when all other evaluations are equal, has been reversed to a purely "neutral technology platform" policy due to "negative reaction towards open source (from the IT market)". This comes after months of hard lobbying by Microsoft Malaysia. This reversal is certainly unfortunate, as the policy has helped raise comfort levels of other policy makers worldwide in pursuing similar goals. The Malaysian Open Source Alliance has published a position statement asking for clarification of the term "neutrality", and has received support from MNC's, local companies and free software developers in Malaysia."
Enlightenment

+ - Detecting Conflict-Of-Interest on the Semantic Web

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CexpTretical
CexpTretical writes "At the 15th International WWW Conference in Edinburgh Scotland, Refereed Track on Semantic Web accepted many thorough and interesting academic papers on semantic web research on subjects related to where the Web is in the Semantic Web? One such paper nominated for Best Paper Award, Semantic Analytics on Social Networks: Experiences in Addressing the Problem of Conflict of Interest Detection hits on the whole subject of validation and/or verification in the brave world of so called "Web 3.0" topologies/frameworks/architectures. The paper describes a "Semantic Web application that detects Conflict of Interest (COI) relationships"."
OS X

+ - Best Backup Solution For OS X?

Submitted by SpartanVII
SpartanVII (838669) writes "I purchased a Mac roughly two years ago and have made the switch with a fair amount of ease. However, one thing that has troubled me is how best to backup my important data to an external hard drive. Right now I have rigged up an Automator workflow that runs every night, but I have also seen software options like SuperDuper and Knox. Since the Automator workflow lacks much of the flexibility and features available with these apps, I am ready to try something else. What app have you come across that provides the best backup solution?"

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