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Sci-Fi

Submission + - Star Trek: Of Gods And Men - Part1 Released (myspace.com) 1

stonedcat writes: "Star Trek: Of Gods and Men is a three-part unofficial Star Trek fan mini-series, part one (http://www.startrekofgodsandmen.com/) has been released today in flash format, higher quality versions should follow. Directed by Tim Russ (Tuvok from Voyager) and featuring several former cast members from various Star Trek series this mini-series should be a fresh look at the Trek universe especially with the lack of any Star Trek series or Movies on the horizon. This mini-series has been compared by fans to Duke Nukem Forever with its many delays and it was thought to never see the light of day. With this release we can be assured that the film is no longer vapor ware or a pipe dream."
Television

Submission + - New Star Trek 1

WED Fan writes: "The new fan/cast effort Star Trek: Of Gods and Men has debutted their first 26 minute act.

Many second line players have taken part along with a couple of fan film actors from Star Trek: The New Voyages. The story can be viewed as a sequel to the ST:TOS episode "Charlie X". The last two acts will "air" shortly.

The first 26 minutes shows much possibility, but also shows some of the problems with the fan film venue. Dialogue, which in Star Trek was already stilted, becomes even more stilted. Yet, the effort is credible."
The Courts

Submission + - RIAA protests Oregon AG discovery request (blogspot.com) 2

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The RIAA is apparently having an allergic reaction to the request by the State Attorney General of Oregon for information about the RIAA's investigative tactics, in Arista v. Does 1-17, the Portland, Oregon, case targeting students at the University of Oregon. See The Oregonian, December 1, 2007 ("UO suspects music industry of spying") and p2pnet, November 29, 2007 ("RIAA may be spying on students: Oregon AG"). Not only are the record companies opposing the request (pdf), they're asking the Judge not to even read it. (pdf)"
AMD

Submission + - Hidden problem on 790X chipset.

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that the new AMD/ATI 790X (NOT 790FX) chipset has data corruption issues much worse than the Opteron/Phenom cache bug. We bought several Gigabyte 790X boards from Newegg and other places. Running in both linux and windows xp/vista significant data corruption was experienced and we lost approximately 2 gigabytes worth of data (backed up luckily!) due to this corruption bug. it seems that when read/writing from memory and reading/writing from both IDE disks (master/slave), the bug is triggered with (according to memtest type software and some other homebrew stuff we cooked up) several hundred errors per million read/write cycles. No news sites have reported this and newegg quietly pulled the 790X boards from its websites. We were strongly urged not to report this and it appears that it is currently under wraps pending further investigation. This is with all 4 channels occupied (DDR2-1066) and a Phenom 9500 at stock with an HD3870 at stock sitting in the PCIe 2.0 mode. All our 790X boards have been returned under RMA and if you have one, caution and testing overnight is suggested before using it for business or personal use. 790X boards have only one PCIe 16 slot NOT two. If you have two then it is a 790FX board and unaffected by this bug.
Windows

Submission + - More evidence that XP is Vista's main competitor (computerworld.com) 3

Ian Lamont writes: "Computerworld is reporting that Windows XP Service Pack 3 runs MS Office 10% faster than XP SP2 — and is "considerably faster" than Vista SP1. XP SP3 isn't scheduled to be released until next year, but testers at Devil Mountain Software — the same company which found Vista SP 1 to be hardly any faster than the debut version of Vista — were able to run some benchmarking tests on a release candidate of XP SP3, says the report. While this may be great news for XP owners, it is a problem for Microsoft, which is having trouble convincing business users to migrate to Vista: 'Vista's biggest competition isn't Apple or Novell or Red Hat; it's Microsoft itself, it's XP, [Forrester Research analyst Benjamin Gray] said. So enamored of XP are businesses that Microsoft may feel obligated to extend the operating system's mainstream support past its current April 2009 expiration date. ... He attributed the lowered expectations to a lack of detailed information about Vista in 2006; too-high prices for PCs with 2GB of memory, which is essentially the minimum needed for Vista, according to company managers; and a larger-than-expected number of incompatible applications.'"
Google

Submission + - google censors "search" results (google.com)

An anonymous reader writes: If you search for "team snd" at google, you'll be presented with the following statement at the bottom of the results page:

In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at ChillingEffects.org.

yahoo on the other hand doesnt seem to filter its results

Biotech

Submission + - Global Warming caused by heat?

ecotretas writes: What if Global Warming comes from heat generated by our energy consumption? Most of the energy we use generates heat in the process. Just a few examples:

-When we drive a car, the air expelled is quite hot.
-When we take a bath, the hot water will finally get to the ocean.
-When we heat our houses, something is getting hotter.
-Our incandescent lights also get quite hot.
-Electrical power plants generate a lot of heat.
-Our air conditioners generate more heat than cold air.

I'm surprised I've never seen any citation to this before. Maybe someone can reference some study to me about it. All this heat seems very signficant to me. Has anybody quantified it?
OS X

Submission + - Leopard Hacked to Run on PCs

puterTerrorist writes: The OSx86 Scene forum is offering full instructions on how to install the newest Mac OS on Windows PCs.

The cat and mouse game between hackers and Apple takes another move, with news that Apple's new Leopard operating system has already been successfully installed on Windows PCs. The OSx86 Scene forum has released details of how Windows users can migrate to Apple's new OS, without investing in new hardware — even though installing Leopard on an PC may be counter to Apple's terms and conditions. Here is the story
Microsoft

Submission + - Device driver updates causing Vista to deactivate

**loki969** writes: James Bannan reports that something as simple as swapping the video card or updating a device driver can trigger a total Vista deactivation.

For example, if you install and activate Vista using some Microsoft drivers downloaded from Windows Update (which is a very common practice) but then discover that a manufacturer driver gives better functionality (as is often the case for audio, video, storage and network drivers) you are running the risk that the drivers use different reporting models and will register as a physical change.

Put simply, your copy of Windows will stop working with very little notice (three days) and your PC will go into "reduced functionality" mode, where you can't do anything but use the web browser for half an hour.
Robotics

Submission + - Cringely, the Luna-tic

An anonymous reader writes: Bob Cringely has thrown his hat into the race to the moon. Best wishes to him and "team Cringely".
Data Storage

Submission + - Would you buy a $2,400.00 80 gig Flash Hard Drive? (com.com)

PoconoPCDoctor writes: "Well, flash hard drives are coming. The question does not seem to be anymore about performance, as the new flash-based hard drives are speedy indeed. But at $30.00 bucks per gigabyte, the question for the average consumer or geek is — would you buy one?

from the TechRepublic article -

Utah-based start-up Fusion-io has just launched its first product, the ioDrive. It is a PCI Express-based flash storage card that can pack hundreds of gigabytes of flash storage into a single board, potentially replacing banks of high-performance hard drives.

According to the company, the ioDrive will be start at 80 GB and scale to 320 and 640 GB next year. Plans for a 12 TB card is also in the works by the end of 2008. Housing multiple cards in a single computer for extra performance and fault tolerance will also be possible.

Just how fast is the ioDrive? According to Fusion io's CTO, David Flynn, the card has 160 parallel pipelines that can read data at 800 megabytes per second and write at 640 MB/sec. In a benchmarking test with a worst case scenario of 4k blocks and eight simultaneous 1 GB read and write operations, the ioDrive clocked in at 100,000 operations per second.

"That would have just thrashed a regular hard drive," said Flynn.

Your wallet takes a thrashing as well!"

Censorship

Submission + - China's Latest Attempt to Silence Dissent (csmonitor.com)

eldavojohn writes: "It seems that recently China has put it's foot down on citizens opining on next month's 17th Communist Party Congress. And as a result has silence 18,401 sites. From the CSM article, 'But this campaign seems more indiscriminate. In recent weeks, police nationally have been shutting down Internet data centers (IDCs), the physical computers that private firms rent — from state-owned or private companies — to host websites offering interactive features, say industry insiders. "With the approach of the Party Congress, the government wants the Internet sphere silent, to keep people from discussing social problems," says Isaac Mao, one of China's first bloggers, who is now organizing a censorship monitoring project. "Shutting down IDCs is a quick and effective way of shutting down interactive sites."' The WSJ also reports that this has resulted in talent show-style sites and TV being restricted out of fear of off-topic conversations related to the government."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Masturbation! It's Doubly Good. 1

An anonymous reader writes: [From the grow-hair-on-your-palms-dept] Australian researchers suggest that "men could reduce their risk of developing prostate cancer through regular masturbation", as reported by the BBC. For people new to the game, Wikipedia has something to get you started. Let the fun begin.
Security

Submission + - MIT Student arrested at Airport for LED Art (google.com)

An anonymous reader writes: An MIT student was arrested today at Logan Airport because she "had a computer circuit board and wiring in plain view over a black hooded sweat shirt she was wearing" when talking to a staffer at an information booth. She was visiting the airport to greet an arriving friend. She was wearing the shirt at a Career Fair earlier to stand out, and apparently didn't change before entering the airport. The police believed the object was a bomb and she was surrounded by a group of officers with submachine guns. Didn't the city learn its lesson from the Aqua Teen Hunger Scare?

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