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Submission + - Linux vs Windows Power Consumption (phoronix.com)

matelmaster writes: As a follow-up to their recent Linux Power Consumption review Phoronix published a short article comparing The power consumptions of Windows XP Sp2, Windows Vista, Fedora 8 Test 3 and Ubuntu 7.10. The test concludes that Ubuntu uses the most power while both idling and under normal usage, whereas Fedora and Windows XP seem to consume less.

Submission + - Asus Motherboard has Embedded Linux, 5 Second Boot (pcper.com)

Vigile writes: "A new motherboard from Asus, the P5E3 Deluxe WiFi has more options and features than you could probably ever use. Based on Intel's recently released X38 chipset, the board has three PCI Express x16 slots, runs on DDR3 memory up to 1600 MHz in speed, supports future 1600 MHz FSB Intel Core 2 processors and has not one, but two wireless 802.11b/g/n connections. But the most interesting feature might be the use of flash memory on the motherboard for an embedded Linux OS called SplashTop that offers up 5 second boot times to a web browser and Skype client."
Operating Systems

Submission + - A First Look at PC-BSD 1.4 (itauth.com)

achillean writes: Is BSD ready for prime-time? PC-BSD 1.4, a desktop-centered, FreeBSD based operating system has just been released and is looking to attract attention from the growing throngs of Linux users. But how well does it stack up to popular and easy to use Linux distributions like Ubuntu? Why should anyone care about BSD, isn't it dead? Read on for more about the latest release of this up-and-coming desktop BSD, including installation and desktop screenshots.

Submission + - Online Petition: Aliens, Contact Us Now! (alien-petition.org)

An anonymous reader writes: This online petition wants to convince extraterrestrial life to contact now officially human mankind. It is widely accepted by many scientists that extraterrestrial life exists. Also an increasing number of people made observations of extraterrestrial activities. But an official message from this form of life is still pending. This petition asks for participation worldwide and creates a nice map with the comments of its visitors from all over the world. The project seems to end on December 15th, 2007. On that day everybody is invited to report every unexplainable activity in their forum.
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Apple, AT&T sued over iPhone restrictions (msn.com)

Serzen writes: MSNBC may not be the most popular website for hordes of Slashdotters, but they are running a story about two new lawsuits filed against Apple and AT&T as a result of the use restrictions and recent updates to the iPhone's soft/firmware. From the article:

Two separate lawsuits were filed in San Jose on Oct. 5 — one in federal court and the other in state court and both seeking class-action status. Both cases accuse the companies of unfair business practices and violations of antitrust, telecommunications and warranty laws.
The suit also alleges that: "The companies are unlawfully restricting consumer choice by preventing users from 'unlocking' their iPhones, and Apple intentionally disabled unofficial third-party programs or rendered unlocked phones useless with its software update..."


Submission + - Laser radar remotely detects drunk drivers (auto.mail.ru)

AndreiVK writes: Here is an article in Russian (babel fish translates it tolerably well) that talks about new kind of radar detectors to hit highways early next year. Several hundred will be used to evaluate the technology. Mass production may begin in the same year. The laser radar can detect small amounts of alcohol vapors inside an automobile. This amount of alcohol vapor would appear if a person inside the car drank 1 liter of beer or one shot (100cc) of 40% vodka. The implication of this radar could be significant, specifically many people in Russia driving a car with open windows.

Submission + - Corrupting Free Society, One Child At A Time (functionalisminaction.com)

IConrad01 writes: "Functionalism In Action: Corrupting Free Society, One Child At A Time is a reluctant admission: why, despite being wrong on just about EVERYTHING, Bush has gotten SCHIP right.

For every sequence of events, there is always more than one perspective which can be had. Another way of putting that is to say that the truth has three 'sides': your side, his side, and fact. Today, I hope to take you on a little journey through the mind of someone who hates President Bush, but loves his vetoing of the SCHIP renewal bill.
I know, I know — it's hard to understand. How could someone want to make the children suffer, like that? How could I be such a heartless bastard? Am I truly so selfish that I'd rather have a few extra dollars than see the nation's poverty-stricken children have quality healthcare?

In a single word: No. No, I'm not that heartless — no I'm not that greedy, and no, I don't want to see the poor suffer. And yet, I still stand against the new SCHIP bill. I understand that for the majority of you reading this, this must seem somewhat confusing, if true — so either I'm a liar or I'm mislead. Right?

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