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Submission + - General Strike: 9/11/07 (indybay.org)

mikelieman writes: "A general strike has been proposed for 9/11/07. No work, school or shopping. Even a low number of participants can make a difference. The event will show up on the radar of the Powers That Be."

Submission + - Microsoft releases Home Server to manufacturing

Van Cutter Romney writes: "After lengthy beta testing in which more than 100,000 users participated, Microsoft finally released Windows Home Server (WHS) to manufacturing. Products built on WHS could hit market as soon as September this year. Microsoft has released WHS directly to end users which means users will be able to use their old machines provided it satisfies the minimum hardware requirements."

Submission + - Jimmy Wales' Wikia Chooses Monetization Platform

KingAdrock writes: Wikia released a press release this morning announcing that they had choses LookSmart to provide the technology platform for their site monetization initiative. Wikia, started by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, is a wiki hosting service based on the MediaWiki platform.

The announcement also marks LookSmart's first foray into serving display advertising. Traditionally LookSmart's AdServer platform has been for text listings only. Also of note is that the platform will allow CPC, CPM, and CPA billing options for advertisers.

Submission + - The OpenGate, A GNU/Linux Computer For Dummies

An anonymous reader writes: Gran'pa and gran'ma now have their own custom made computer: a French ISP (Neuf Cegetel) has released a beta version of the OpenGate, a mini-PC specifically designed for its technophobic users. It uses the x86 plateform, integrates a modem-router to directly connect to an ADSL line, and runs most of the commonly used applications using a very simple interface — a new GNU/Linux distribution called EasyOS. An application form is online; selected beta-testers will receive it for free.

Submission + - Free energy - free water (israel21c.org)

yoshm writes: "A student at the Technion in Israel is making helium-inflatable solar cell balloons to collect solar energy cheaply as they float above your house. Same guy has developed a cheap passive tool to extract fresh water from the air based on ancient Nabatean techniques."

Submission + - Sophisticated Computer Crime Uncovered (reuters.com)

Ichabod writes: Sophisticated computer criminals stole data from UniSys, Booz Allen, L-3 Communications, Hewlett Packard and Hughes Network Systems. It sounds like they used a combination of social hacking, undetected low-profile malware (reportedly NTOS.exe), compromised Yahoo accounts to steal, encrypt and store sensitive data. An international investigation appears imminent. Yes, unfortunately Reuters calls the criminals "hackers" further blackening the once-revered title. http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN1 638118020070717

Submission + - Microsoft Makes Windows Users Lazy (osweekly.com)

slasher writes: "OSWeekly.com has a new article up that talks about how Microsoft makes Windows users lazy, lock them into its own platform and sway them away from learning new platforms. "At its core, I believe Microsoft has inadvertently created monsters with many of their core user base. Joe Public does not start off knowing how to keep themselves safe from malware and only about half of the typical users out there choose to use the knowledge that they have been provided with after a repair. So what happens when Vista (along with other OS') begin to show that as good as they may be, they're hardly bulletproof? It's going to happen, just wait. And when it does, we can thank companies that make being a moron point-and-click easy."
Operating Systems

Submission + - OpenMosix dies

paleshadows writes: OpenMosix dies. The MOSIX project (which more or less makes a Linux cluster resemble an SMP system) was started at the early 1980s and is still going strong. A few years ago it was GPLed for a short while, but in late 2001 it went proprietary again. Moshe Bar, a former student of Prof. Amnon Barak (which heads the MOSIX project) decided to keep the GPLed version alive, and dubbed it OpenMosix. The latter become quite popular and (according to its homepage) "enjoyed tens of thousands of installation". On July 15, 2007, Bar announced plans to end the OpenMosix project effective March 1, 2008, stating that "the increasing power and availability of low cost multi-core processors is rapidly making single-system image (SSI) clustering less of a factor in computing."
United States

Submission + - U.S. has lost ability to build its own roads

michaelmalak writes: "The land famous for its love of the automobile and construction of Interstates and other highways, with high-elevation tunnels, viaducts snaking through canyons, and water crossings of up to 20 miles is now outsourcing design and construction of its roads to Asia — not because it's cheaper, but because the U.S. has lost the expertise. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer regarding the newly opened span across the Tacoma Narrows, "the American steel industry had imploded, while steel-making — and the expertise needed to build suspension bridges — had moved to Asia" and "the detailed engineering and fieldwork and all the spinning and cable-wrapping equipment ... were provided by ... Japanese construction giants""
The Internet

Submission + - Couple Neglect Child for Internet

12AU7A writes: A couple who authorities say were so obsessed with the Internet and video games that they left their babies starving and suffering other health problems have pleaded guilty to child neglect. "Viloria said the Reno couple were too distracted by online video games, mainly the fantasy role-playing "Dungeons & Dragons" series, to give their children proper care."

Submission + - Microsoft Copy Protection Cracked Again (sfgate.com)

Arguendo writes: The FairUse4M program does it again by cracking — for the third time apparently — Microsoft's DRM scheme for mp3 files. From the article:

"The third version of FairUse4M has a simple drag-and-drop interface. PC users can turn the protected music files they bought online — either a la carte or as part of a subscription service like Napster — and turn them into DRM-free tunes that can be copied and shared at will, or turned into MP3 files that can play on any type of digital music player."

Microsoft appears resigned to the cat-and-mouse game:

"We knew at the start that no digital rights management technology is going to be impervious to circumvention," said Jonathan Usher, a director in Microsoft's consumer media technology group, in a phone interview.

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