If I don't have anything better to do Saturday, I will be heading over to the Harvard Coop so I can look at their selection of interesting computer science books. Yes I will be writing down ISBNs and prices. I am trying to think of a proper response if I am asked to leave, but so far I haven't come up with anything better than "is this illegal?". I hope I don't get tasered.
Nom du Keyboard writes "An article in Computerworld posits that the reason Microsoft has flip-flopped on allowing all versions of Vista to be run in virtual machines, is that it breaks the Vista DRM beyond detection, or repair. So is every future advance in computer security and/or usability going to be held hostage to the gods of Hollywood and Digital Restrictions Management? 'Will encouraging consumer virtualization result in a major uptick in piracy? Not anytime soon, say analysts. One of the main obstacles is the massive size of VMs. Because they include the operating system, the simulated hardware, as well as the software and/or multimedia files, VMs can easily run in the tens of gigabytes, making them hard to exchange over the Internet. But DeGroot says that problem can be partly overcome with .zip and compression tools -- some, ironically, even supplied by Microsoft itself.'"
peter writes: "Apple has updated its MacBook Pro notebooks with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, memory up to 4GB, and high-speed graphics. Apple says the new MacBook Pro is available in 15-inch models with a new mercury-free, power-efficient LED-backlit display and a 17-inch model with an optional high-resolution display."
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qw0ntum writes: The BBC is reporting that the Cassini probe has potentially detected large bodies of liquid on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan. These areas, large enough to be called seas by Terran standards, are probably made up of liquid hydrocarbons such as methane and ethane. While these seas have only been found above 65 degrees latitude, river-like channels have been discovered at all latitudes of Titan's surface. Cassini will make a second fly-by of Titan in May, during which it will make a fly-over of one of these hydrocarbon seas.
An anonymous reader writes: Texas Instruments has just unveiled its next generation of graphing calculators the weekend with the TI-Nspire. TI calculators are famous not only in the educational arena but also with the hobbyist hacker crowd around the world because of the ease (or some would say complexity) of which it is to develop for them. The TI-Nspire comes in both CAS (computer aided algebra) and non CAS flavors, and as an added bonus, the non CAS models even includes a fully functioning TI-84+ compatibility mode using a replaceable TI-84+ keypad (which is sure to come as a delight to 84 hackers and gamers everywhere). It packs 20MB of storage and 16MB of memory, an ARM based processor, a 320x240 grayscale LCD, and a USB port. The TI-Nspire should be out in the fall to specific dealers, and in retail stores by early 2008, just in time for back to school in 2008.