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Open Source

Linux 2.6.37 Released 135

diegocg writes "Version 2.6.37 of the Linux kernel has been released. This version includes SMP scalability improvements for Ext4 and XFS, the removal of the Big Kernel Lock, support for per-cgroup IO throttling, a networking block device based on top of the Ceph clustered filesystem, several Btrfs improvements, more efficient static probes, perf support to probe modules, LZO compression in the hibernation image, PPP over IPv4 support, several networking microoptimizations and many other small changes, improvements and new drivers for devices like the Brocade BNA 10GB ethernet, Topcliff PCH gigabit, Atheros CARL9170, Atheros AR6003 and RealTek RTL8712U. The fanotify API has also been enabled. See the full changelog for more details."
Real Time Strategy (Games)

StarCraft II Closed Beta Begins 268

Blizzard announced today that the multiplayer beta test for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is now underway. The client downloader is available through for people who have received invites, and the system requirements have been posted as well. A list of known issues is up on the official forums. StarCraft II and the revamped are planned for release "in the first half of 2010."

Comment Re:Glasses breaks the deal for me (Score 3, Insightful) 143

I dunno, I wear sunglasses when driving, safety glasses at work, goggles when swimming, and plenty of people wear glasses when reading, if not all the time. I don't see how wearing glasses when watching TV is really any less convenient than all the other things I wear them for, if it means I get a 3D TV sooner, rather than later.

Plus, I already wear a silly headset when playing Xbox. You could pretty much put my head in a fishbowl if that made anything cooler, I'm not trying to impress anyone in my living room. -Taylor

Yeah, but I'm not usually trying to multitask while wearing swimming goggles, and eyeglasses don't get in the way of doing other things. Like most people, if I'm watching TV, I'm also doing other activities: cooking, browsing the Internet on my laptop, etc. So long as these 3D glasses interfere with my normal vision, they won't be a part of my entertainment system.

Comment Old Knowledge (Score 2, Interesting) 288

Right-ear advantage has been well-studied before (see Wikipedia's page on dichotic listening tests for details). I remember it being presented as fact in my intro linguistics course 10 years ago. I recall that class also noting, however, that people who learn tonal languages such as Mandarin as a first language have a left-ear advantage instead [citation needed].

Comment Re:Legalize it? (Score 1) 572

Calling it an herbal supplement seems disingenuous. Just because it grows in nature doesn't make it safe, nor smart to leave unregulated. Coca leaves, opium poppies, tobacco, a psilocybin mushrooms are not, by common usage, herbal remedies, and by extension, neither is marijuana. Herbal supplements face less stringent requirements because they are not drugs, nor are they (in general) precursors to drugs. I'm all for legalization, but I am also for measures of control and regulation, the same as tobacco and alcohol consumption. THC is a drug, one that significantly impairs judgment, and it deserves more respect than comparing it with placebos like Ginkgo biloba and echinacea.

Comment Re:159357 popular with lefties? (Score 2, Interesting) 299

I disagree. I'm left-handed, and my mouse is on the left side. My work (like most others, I'm guessing) has ambidextrous mice, and I use a Razer mouse at home. I just suffer when I find an ergonomic one in the wild, but that's no different than encountering any right-handed device, like can openers or power tools.

I've got a bad feeling about this.