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The Courts

Submission + - Bloggers Immune From Suits Against Commenters

An anonymous reader writes: Suppose a commenter posts a libelous comment here at Slashdot. Can Slashdot and its leadership be sued for defamation? A federal appeals court just held that no, they cannot. The court noted that a federal law was designed to ensure that "within broad limits, message board operators would not be held responsible for the postings made by others on that board," adding that, were the law otherwise, it would have a "obvious chilling effect" on blogger speech.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Dell may produce a linux machine for mass market

vorlich writes: "Network World reports that Dell receieved thousands of requests for Linux on Laptops. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/022207-dell- users-demand-linux-on.html In a Dell customers blog the top request was for Linux pre-installed on laptops and this may be part of the answer to a less than shining recent sales period. Dell says it is interested in the idea but that doesn't necessarily mean they will do it. It changed the blog site after it discovered that users were clicking multiple entries. http://www.dellideastorm.com/"
Announcements

Submission + - Bacteria could one day store data?

Vinit writes: "Japanese researchers has announced a new technology which utilizes bacteria as a long-term record medium of the data. The information is retained in the bacterium by inserting artificial DNA arrangement in genome DNA arrangement of the bacterium. Bacterias are very small in size and keep gene information for generations, so they can be used to store information for a longer period of time, compared to electronic or magnetic media including CD-ROM, flash memory and hard disc. The robustness of DNA data ensures the maintenance of archived information over hundreds to thousands of years, according to the researchers. http://www.pclaunches.com/other_stuff/bacteria_cou ld_one_day_store_data.php"
United States

How to Keep America Competitive 652

pkbarbiedoll writes to tell us that in a recent Washington Post article, Bill Gates takes another look at the current state of affairs in computer science and education. According to Gates: "This issue has reached a crisis point. Computer science employment is growing by nearly 100,000 jobs annually. But at the same time studies show that there is a dramatic decline in the number of students graduating with computer science degrees. The United States provides 65,000 temporary H-1B visas each year to make up this shortfall — not nearly enough to fill open technical positions. Permanent residency regulations compound this problem. Temporary employees wait five years or longer for a green card. During that time they can't change jobs, which limits their opportunities to contribute to their employer's success and overall economic growth."
HP

Could HP Beat Moore's Law? 176

John H. Doe writes "A number type of nano-scale architecture developed in the research labs of Hewlett-Packard could beat Moore's Law and advance the progress of of microprocessor development three generations in one hit. The new architecture uses a design technique that will enable chip makers to pack eight times as many transistors as is currently possible on a standard 45nm field programmable gate array (FPGA) chip.""
Television

Plasma or LCD? 356

WeeBit asks: "I saw a news article on why you should buy Plasma instead of LCD TV's. It just sparked my interest. Flat panel TV's have the market now, and our analog TV's are on their way out. I am sure many will be thinking of purchasing their new flat panel within the next couple years. Have you given this any thought? Panasonic, has been pushing ads that sell the consumer on the plasma TV's over the LCD's. Is this a good argument, or is it just hype? Which do you prefer Plasma or LCD? Why?"

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