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+ - Best IT-infrastructure for a small company 2

Submitted by DiniZuli
DiniZuli writes: I've been imployed by a small NGO to remake their entire IT-infrastructure from scratch. It's a small company counting 20 employees. I would like to ask the /.-crowd and gather some experience and knowledge from you — what worked out best for you and why? I came up with a small list:
Are there any must have books on building the IT infrastructure?
New desktops: should it be laptops (with dockingstations), regular desktop machines or thin clients? A special brand? Ubuntu, Windows or?
Servers: We need a server for authentication and usermanagement. We also need an internal mediaserver (we have thousands of big image and videofiles, and the archive grows bigger every year). Finally we would like to have our webserver in house. Which hardware is good? Which setup, software and OS'es have worked the best for you?
Network: We are redoing everything: routers, schwitches, wireless, authentication — even the wiring. Which setup do you think is the best for a small company?
Which backup solutions do you use?
Since we are remaking everything, this list is not exhaustive, so feel free to comment on anything important not on the list.
First Person Shooters (Games)

F.E.A.R. 3 Announced For This Fall 53

Posted by Soulskill
from the creepy-psychic-girls-need-employment-too dept.
Warner Bros. has announced that the third game in the F.E.A.R. saga is in production and planned for release this fall. Unlike the first two games, F.E.A.R. 3 will not be developed by Monolith Productions, but by Day 1 Studios, who ported the original F.E.A.R. to the Xbox 360 and PS3. The new game is being developed for those two consoles and for Windows. "Day One is the studio behind MechAssault, MechAssault 2, and Fracture, so they've got all the mech and shooter experience one could hope for, but what about horror? Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has that covered as well, with famed horror director John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) and 30 Days of Night writer Steve Niles acting as consultants to enhance the game's scary bits. Alma returns for the third game, but her sons, Point Man and Paxton Fettel, are the stars, both featuring unique powers to help create what the developer is calling divergent co-op, where the characters' powers affect each player's game, and not just their own."

Students Failing Because of Poor Grammar 1343

Posted by timothy
from the end-thats-inn-kanada dept.
innocent_white_lamb writes "30% of freshman university students fail a 'simple English test' at Waterloo University (up from 25% a few years ago. Academic papers are riddled with 'cuz' (in place of 'because') and even include little emoticon faces. One professor says that students 'think commas are sort of like parmesan cheese that you sprinkle on your words.' At Simon Fraser University, 10% of students are not qualified to take the mandatory writing courses."

Alzheimer's Disease Possibly Linked To Sleep Deprivation 164

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the justification-for-more-sleep dept.
sonnejw0 writes "NewScientist is reporting a link between sleep deprivation and Alzheimer's Disease via an increased amyloid-beta plaque load thought responsible for a large part of the symptoms of the disease, in mice. Medication to abrogate insomnia reduced the plaque load. Also discussed is a recently discovered sleep cycle of amyloid-beta deposition in the brain, in which levels decrease while asleep. 'Holtzman also tried sending the mice to sleep with a drug that is being trialled for insomnia, called Almorexant. This reduced the amount of plaque-forming protein. He suggests that sleeping for longer could limit the formation of plaques, and perhaps block it altogether.'"

xkcd To Be Released In Book Form 198

Posted by kdawson
from the my-normal-approach-is-useless-here dept.
History's Coming To writes "xkcd creator Randall Munroe has revealed on his blag that the acclaimed stick-figure comic will be produced in real dead-tree book form. Fantastic news for all fans of comedy, maths, science, and relationship screw-ups — especially given that the book will be sold in aid of the charity 'Room To Read.' Rumors that the book contains a joke in the ISBN remain unconfirmed." The NY Times article that Munroe links (registration may be required) is from April of this year, and I am amazed that this community didn't note the story at that time. The book will be published by breadpig, which was created by Alexis Ohanian, one of the founders of reddit.

Star Trek Sequel Already Planned 213

Posted by kdawson
from the boldly-going-again dept.
bowman9991 writes "Paramount Pictures are so confident about the box office potential of the upcoming Star Trek reboot directed by J. J. Abrams that they're already working on a sequel. They've hired Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof to write the screenplay. We're looking at a possible 2011 release for the next Star Trek movie with the same cast. Now that they've committed themselves, let's hope it lives up to expectations."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Eric Raymond gets the clue stick from uber-hacker 11

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Eric Raymond recently wrote to defend open-source innovation against the vicious attacks of some rabid proprietary software zealot. The guy later complains that ESR quoted him out of context, and that he exaggerates the role hackers played in the development of the web, drawing a parallel with his own role in 3D games. ESR, apparently very unimpressed, misses the clue entirely and goes all nuclear on him: "You are articulating the assumptions of someone who is merely talented. I, on the other hand, have known geniuses [...] I may actually be one myself." End of story? Not quite, here is the kicker. The guy responds: "To the best of my knowledge, there are less than 30 people on this planet who can claim having designed a successful operating system entirely from scratch[...]. I'm one of them." It turns out that ESR's "victim", not content with having written one of the earliest 3D game, is also behind HP's Itanium virtualization technology...

+ - Is it possible to make a game with only 4KB?->

Submitted by
ArniArent writes: "A game programming competition, at (, has just started. This is the fifth time it's running and might be one of the largest game programming competition in the Java community, with over 50 games submitted each year! Everyone are allowed to submit their game, as long as it follows the simple rules; the game must be written in Java and final package 4KB max! You might ask, what can you do with only 4KB? Are these text based games? Amazingly they have managed to create very nice looking 2D and also 3D games that are fun to play. This might be a good start for anyone interested in learning game programming, and is also a good time consumer for anyone who got nothing better to do over the holidays! :) Check out for more information."
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+ - Electric vehicles to back up the power grid 1

Submitted by holy_calamity
holy_calamity writes: Researchers in Delaware are working with electricity grid giant PJM on a scheme to use the batteries of electric vehicles to backup the grid while parked. Cars typically spend 23 hours a day off the road. During that time electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles can soak up excess generated power or trickle juice into the grid to smooth out mis-matches between supply and demand. Just 100 electric vehicles running the vehicle-to-grid software like their current prototype can provide 1MW of storage. City officials in Austin, Texas are keen to try the idea.

+ - California Testers Find Flaws in Voting Machines-> 1

Submitted by quanticle
quanticle writes: According to Ars Technica, California testers have discovered severe flaws in the ES&S voting machines. The paper seals were easily bypassed, and the lock could be picked with a "common office implement". After cracking the physical security the device, the testers found it simple to reconfigure the BIOS to boot off external media. After booting a version of Linux, they found that critical system files were stored in plain text. They also found that the election management system that initializes the voting machines used unencrypted protocols to transmit the initialization data to the voting machines, allowing for a man-in-the-middle attack.

Altogether, it is a troubling report for a company already in hot water for selling uncertified equipment to counties.

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What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.