Extend writes: "The Ubuntu developers are moving quickly to bring you the latest and greatest software the Open Source Community has to offer. This is the Ubuntu 9.10 beta release, which brings a host of exciting new features like Linux kernel 2.6.31, Ext4 by default, GRUB 2 by default, New driver for Intel graphic cards and many other features."
MojoKid writes: "Intel has been rather successful at carving out a larger percentage of the netbook market
with their low power Atom processor. Moving forward, Intel's executives believe there's a good potential to increase Atom's traction in adjacent markets by targeting its low-cost, energy-efficient chips at various multifunctional consumer gadgets including smartphones and other portable devices that access the Internet.
Code-named Moorestown, a new version of the chip will offer a 50x power reduction at idle and reportedly will deliver enough horsepower to handle 720p video recording and 1080p quality playback.
It is with this upcoming chip, that
Intel will begin targeting the smartphone market In 2011. Intel
also plans to introduce an even smaller, less power hungry version of the chip known as Medfield,
which will be built on a 32nm process with a full solution comprising a PCB area of about half the size of a credit card." Link to Original Source
ravjen writes: "Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis AG said that they successfully produced a swine flu vaccine weeks ahead of their expectations. The vaccine was made in cells, rather than grown in eggs as is usually the case with vaccines."
dritan writes: While most of the transition to digital seems to have gone smoothly, those who use Windows Media Center saw their screens godark. Users from across the country are complaining that Media Center did not pick up changes to channel assignments that took place on Friday. Microsoft's implementation uses a static channel list that is distributed with the program guide to determine what frequency is assigned to each channel. Someone forgot to update those lists. Users either have to wait for Microsoft to fix the problem, or manually edit the configuration files.
Anonymous Coward writes: "In the last few days, YouTube have fixed the issue whereby HD videos
stream in lower quality than standard definition unless the HD
button is clicked.
Now, without clicking the HD button, HD streams in high quality and in the standard screen size.
The feature does not appear to work with existing HD content, only for newly uploaded files.
Example video here
No announcement regarding this major improvement appears to have been made by YouTube"
Riding with Robots writes "NASA reports that the Phoenix Mars Lander has detected snow falling from Martian clouds. According to the Canadian team running a weather experiment, a laser instrument designed to study how the atmosphere and surface interact on Mars has detected snow from clouds about 4 kilometers above the landing site. Data shows the snow vaporizing before reaching the surface, but one of the mission scientists said, 'We'll be looking for signs that the snow may even reach the ground.' Spacecraft soil experiments have also provided evidence of past interaction between minerals and liquid water."
from the what-if-I'm-offended-by-prudery? dept.
beadfulthings writes "In light of recent discussions about the Internet habits of the older generation, it's comforting to know that in North Carolina, up to 10,000 license plates containing the potentially offensive 3-letter WTF combination will be replaced by the Motor Vehicles division at no cost — if the owner of the vehicle finds the plates offensive. As reported on Winston-Salem's television station WXII, the MVD was alerted to the problem by an irate 60-year-old technology teacher who'd been clued in by her grandchildren. The article includes a helpful slide show of twenty Internet acronyms every parent should know. The article doesn't include any information on how you could actually apply for a WTF license plate."
Pugzly writes: As a follow up to the previously reported lawsuit of Whirlpool (popular Australian forum) founder Simon Wright by Accouting Software company 2clix. It appears that Whirlpool received a response from 2Clix solicitors Turnbull & Co, stating that it has received instructions to discontinue the case and that it will "attend to preparation of the Notice of Discontinuance".
In an article published in The Age, 2clix reportedly sent Whirlpool a letter stating (amongst other things) "Our intent was neither to damage Whirlpool or its freedom of speech, only to help our genuine clients and stop our competitors making untrue accusations,".
from the i'd-like-to-sue-a-bar-where-someone-was-mean-to-me dept.
Pugzly writes "In a recent announcement on the Whirlpool front page, it appears that accounting software maker 2clix is suing the founder of the forums as the founder "allowed statements 'relating to the Plaintiff and its software product that are both false and malicious' to be published on the Whirlpool forums."
Spudz0r writes: Simon Wright, Founder of Whirlpool, an Australian Broadband news & discussion forum, is being sued by 2Clix over allegations of
"False and Malicious" opinion posts made by some users made on the forums.
Whirlpool has for many years served the public as the premier source of information about Australian broadband. Its forums include lively discussions about most Australian ISPs, broadband plans, software and hardware. Thousands of users and visitors use Whirlpool every day.
Now that the news of 2Clix's lawsuit has gone public, many users have supported Simon with donations. The mainstream media in Australia have also picked up this story: