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Submission + - Global warming causes political instability (foreignpolicy.com)

anti-globalism writes: "As global warming raises pressures on governments, the less-organized among them are likely to start failing in a chain reaction that calls to mind the "domino theory" without an ideological component. The article brings up the point that as they fall, they are more likely to become repressive and pointless regimes. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_i d=3865&page=4"
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Infected quantum dots as memory devices

NSTipster writes: A story over on New Scientist Tech reveals that a new high-density type of memory could be made by attaching viruses to quantum dots. The research exploits the fact that some biological materials react to inorganic molecules. In this case, each hybrid unit can be operated as a memory device since its conductive states that can be switched between high and low, corresponding to a 1 and a 0, by applying a low voltage. In theory, this could lead to high-density storage, because each individual hybrid could be a single storage unit and millions would fit into a space just a few centimetres square.
Security

Submission + - Businesses should ban iPhone use say IT analysts (zdnet.co.uk)

ZDOne writes: "Ahead of all the iPhone hub-bub on Friday, analyst Gartner is warning companies to be ready for staff who want to use the Apple handset for work. The advice being given is basically don't let your users bring an iPhone anywhere near your corporate network — unless you have no choice. This is interesting because it raises questions on whether Apple has any designs on the corporate mobility market with the iPhone or is it purely a consumer device?"
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft launches new low-cost PC effort in India (com.com)

jeevesbond writes: "Beginning next month, Microsoft and its partners plan to start selling the IQ PC through computer retailers, bookshops and other stores in Bangalore and Pune, with plans to sell it throughout the country by November. The company expects the machines to start selling for 21,000 Indian rupees ($513), though it hopes to bring those prices down over time."
The Media

Submission + - Talking to Scoble gets a guy fired

netbuzz writes: "An interview subject on the ScobleShow — hosted by former Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble — has been fired for talking to the press without the permission of his company's public relations department. Certainly not a first, but it does open the door for a discussion about corporate communications and the press in an era of employee blogs and calls for more transparency. Scoble says one lesson he has taken from the episode is to be sure to ask interview subjects beforehand if they've received permission to talk. He won't find many journalists following that advice — and for good reason.

http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1693 4"
Programming

Submission + - under_score or camelCase?

duncanthrax writes: under_score or camelCase?

- under_score
- camelCase
- all_Of_The_Above
- noneoftheabove
The Gimp

Submission + - Bush's New US Attorney a Criminal?

VonGorfter writes: "There's only one thing worse than sacking an honest prosecutor. That's replacing an honest prosecutor with a criminal. There was one big hoohah in Washington yesterday as House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers pulled down the pants on George Bush's firing of US Attorneys to expose a scheme to punish prosecutors who wouldn't bend to political pressure.

But the Committee missed a big one: Timothy Griffin, Karl Rove's assistant, the President's pick as US Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Griffin, according to BBC Television, was the hidden hand behind a scheme to wipe out the voting rights of 70,000 citizens prior to the 2004 election. Read the full story, "Caging Lists: Great White Republicans Take Voters Captive" in Greg Palast's Armed Madhouse: Sordid Secrets and Strange Tales from a White House Gone Wild. The new edition, with a new chapter on Theft of the Election, will be released April 24th (by Penguin/Plume in paperback).

Catch our original BBC Television story here — on Palast's brand new YouTube channel


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Data Storage

Submission + - U. of Nebraska escapes Microsoft for JasperSoft

CoolAcid writes: "University of Nebraska's data warehousing expert, Amy Stephen, reports on how they made the switch from Microsoft's MSSql and Windows NT systems to The Open Source JasperSoft, coupled with a Joomla! front-end.


"Every step further into Microsoft necessitates removing freedom. By "freedom" I'm not talking about GPL freedom, but rather about freedom to use the best and breed reporting tool (JasperSoft, in this case, coupled with a Joomla! front-end), the best operating system, the best database, etc. It may well be that Microsoft has the best fit for some (perhaps many) of these needs in a given enterprise. But the odds of it offering the best solution for every need are long indeed.

Read more here at http://weblog.infoworld.com/openresource/archives/ 2007/03/university_of_n.html"
Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Sun Opens the Source to Project Darkstar

eldavojohn writes: "Sun at the Game Developers Conference that it is open sourcing it's Java based online game Project Darkstar. From an announcement, "In conjunction with the latest release of Project Darkstar, Sun also initiated the Darkstar Playground which will allow approved developers to gain access to server resources-provided and operated by Sun-to start developing their online games. Developers interested in participating in the Darkstar Playground are encouraged to visit Sun's booth or http://www.projectdarkstar.com/ to apply and learn more about the program. The playground will be live at JavaOne '07 in May.""

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