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Networking

Submission + - Major french ISP enables native IPv6

varcher75 writes: French "low-cost" ISP Free threw a challenge in 2005: "If there's 10,000 subscribers ready to pay 1 euro for this IPV6 'gadget', I'll do it". Before long, there were far more than 10 thousand geeks ready to throw their money down the pot, but no more was heard on the subject for a while. However, earlier last month, registration of an IPv6 prefix appeared for Proxad, the holding controlling the ISP operation.

Today, Free launched officially its native IPv6 support in a press announce. While professional-oriented ISP Nerim offered native IPv6 in France much earlier, this is one of the first large consumer-oriented ISP to start the switchover process to the next generation of Internet Protocol.

The announce appear to be a bit premature, as the mentioned IPv6 switch doesn't appear yet on the management console, but it shouldn't be long before french geeks can start typing their favorite IPv6 blog address 2001:6f8:37a:1::1 by hand...
Patents

Submission + - Dell announces touchscreen and is immediately sued 3

goombah99 writes: Dell computer announced their foray into consumer touchscreen tablets using multitouch technology. And they are immediately sued in Texas by a company who's 1995 and 1997 patents cover "Portable computer with touch screen and computing system employing same". The claims seem to cover any toucscreen laptop or computing device. The Latitude XT's base price is $2,499, it has a 12.1-inch LED-backlit screen, a 1.06-gigahertz Intel Core 2 Solo processor, 1GB of memory, and a 40GB hard drive with Vista or XP. Battery life is said to be 5 hours and it weighs 3.5 pounds. The screen rotates from notebook with integral keyboard to tablet mode.
Movies

Submission + - Dragonlance Movie to be Released in January

Josh Fink writes: ""Many of us have grown up playing Dungeons and Dragons, some of us have read the numerous novels from the various worlds that exist within the rule sets. There have even been two huge disappointments of "movies" released with the namesake by Wizards of the Coast. However, now, there is an official release date for the Dragonlance Themed movie: January 15, 2008. It looks disappointing, being that the animation looks like it is from the early 1980's, and the only hype I have heard about it has been just www.dragonlance-movie.com. Being that I read these wonderful novels during high school and college, I am not really looking forward to this release, as it looks like a let down just like the D&D Movies. You can view all the product info here. Also with D&D 4th edition coming out, why would Wizards endorse such an endeavor into animation? At least it is direct to DVD, I would hate to see someone else lose their red hat over this in a nationwide theatrical release."
Cellphones

Submission + - 3G iPhone officially in works for 2008 (computerworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Apple Inc. will release a 3G version of the iPhone sometime next year that connects to the Internet at much faster speeds than the current model, AT&T Inc.'s CEO said yesterday, according to reports by Bloomberg.com. At a meeting of the Churchill Club in Santa Clara, Calif., on Wednesday, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said, "You'll have it next year," when asked when a 3G iPhone would appear. AT&T is the exclusive mobile carrier for the iPhone in the U.S.
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Accellerated X drivers coming for PS3 Linux (ps2dev.org)

t0qer writes: Over at the PS2dev forums a hacker named Ironpeter has successfully managed to bypass the PS3's Hypervisor to gain direct access to it's Nvidia RSX GPU.

This is s first step and far from a complete working driver, but it seems as word of this spreads, more people are helping with the effort to hunt down the Hypervisors Fifo/Push buffer. It won't be long before we're playing tux racer on the PS3 in it's full OpenGL glory.

Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - The first 3D game on the PC (before Carmack)? (google.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Who wrote the first 3D game for the PC? id Software takes credit for it, but this guy apparently published a more modern-looking 3D game one year before Carmack. The google video of Alpha Waves shows a game that was surprisingly advanced compared to other early 3D games like Elite or id's Hovertank 3D. Is this another case of the winner writing the history books?
Announcements

Submission + - Japanese high tech toilet makers aim for USA (japanesecustomer.com)

Peter Hanami writes: "Japanese high tech toilet makers are now aiming for the USA. The washlet may be soon become a household word in the USA. Japanese high tech toilets are a luxury item that once tried are hard to resist. A heated seat, a bidet, air freshner and some models even dry, meaning the user doesn't need to use toilet paper. A must have item in Asia, will Japanese high tech toilets find a place in the USA market?"
Media

Submission + - Wall Street Journal opens up for DIGG 1

alek writes: "The New York Times recently dropped the pay-for-Select program, leaving the Wall Street Journal as the last major media company to charge for online news using a subscriber based model. However, they announced today a partnership with Digg that not only put the blue icon on every article, but "users clicking on a Wall Street Journal article link on Digg will be able to read that article for free on WSJ.com." My guess is they are keying off the referer to allow you behind the subscriber pay-wall.

While the WSJ may eventually remove their subscriber-only status (as Murdoch has implied), this speaks to the power of Digg and social networks in general in terms of attracting eyeballs. So when will Slashdot get the same arrangement?!? ;-)"
OS X

Submission + - Darwin 9.0 Code Released (macnn.com)

mr100percent writes: MacNN reports that Apple has released the source code to Darwin 9.0, the backbone of OS X 10.5 Leopard. x86 and PPC versions are available. According to Apple's developer mailing list, some key drivers are missing however.
The Military

Submission + - DARPA looks to adaptive battlefield wireless nets (networkworld.com) 1

Anonymous Coward writes: "A new Department of Defense project is trying to use cutting-edge wireless research to create a tactical radio net that can adapt to keep soldiers linked with each other on the battlefield. Project WAND, for Wireless Adaptive Network Development, will exploit commercial radio components, rather than custom ones, and use a variety of software techniques and algorithms, many of them only just now emerging in mature form. These $500 walkie-talkie-size radios will form large-scale, peer-to-peer ad hoc nets, which can shift frequencies, sidestep interference, and handle a range of events that today completely disrupt wireless communications. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/110107-wand.html"
The Military

Submission + - Military to have Invisible Tanks by 2012 (news.com.au) 1

lewko writes: "New technology that can make tanks invisible has been unveiled by Britain's Ministry of Defence. In secret trials last week, the army said it had made a vehicle completely disappear and predicted an invisible tank would be ready for service by 2012. The new technology uses cameras and projectors to beam images of the surrounding landscape onto a tank."

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