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Operating Systems

Submission + - ReactOS on Intel and PowerPC Mac

frik85 writes: "ReactOS is an open source implementation of a Windows XP/2003 compatible operating system. Today's interview features one of our network developer who also port ReactOS to PowerPC, Art Yerkes. ReactOS has run fine on Intel Macs for several weeks now. Beside other developers, Alex Ionescu fixed a lot of regressions lately. ReactOS 0.3.1 will be released soon, stay tuned. The website has been offline for two weeks due to a hardware problem. Everything is back online! Furthermore a new issue of the ReactOS Newsletter has been publish."
Slashdot.org

Submission + - Can Slashdot be Slashdotted?

Zekke writes: I was just wondering that since other sites get taken down by slashdotters does Slashdot.org ever get taken down by slashdotters? I think that makes sense...
Education

Submission + - 100 facts we didn't know last year

An anonymous reader writes: The BBC has a list of 100 things we didn't know last year. Among the many highlights:
27. Just one cow gives off enough harmful methane gas in a single day to fill around 400 litre bottles.
14. Online shoppers will only wait an average of four seconds for an internet page to load before giving up.
20. Sex workers in Roman times charged the equivalent price of eight glasses of red wine.
23. More than one in eight people in the United States show signs of addiction to the internet, says a study.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Organizing Linux programs in a new, logical way

Frosty Piss writes: "One of the things that drives Linux noobs crazy is the file system and how applications are installed within it. GoboLinux is a modular Linux distribution that organizes the programs in a new, logical way. Instead of having parts of a program thrown at /usr/bin, other parts at /etc and yet more parts thrown at /usr/share/something/or/another, each program gets its own directory tree, keeping them all neatly separated and allowing you to see everything that's installed in the system and which files belong to which programs in a simple and obvious way."
Software

Submission + - A medical open-source legal hell-hole

calcutta001 writes: To open-source or not to open-source was never in question as far as Steve Shreeve, founding CEO and largest shareholder of Medsphere Systems Corp., was concerned. So, this summer, Steve, self-proclaimed open-source software leader, and his twin-brother Scott, released the company's matured code on SourceForge under the GPL.

Their reward? They were then sued for $50 million by their company.

To be exact, they were hit by a $50 million, 12-count lawsuit charging them with misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, breach of duty of loyalty, violations of the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization) Act, commission of computer crimes, intentional interference with contract relations, unfair competition, and still more complaints by their company.

Follow the story here http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS7891815881.html
Programming

Submission + - Most important lines of code

r_accorsi writes: It is certainly true that world's basic infrastructures would collapse in case computers shutdown unexpectedly, thereby putting the whole humanity in danger, at least in certain regions. As computers are to-date responsible for keeping such services (and after all ourselves) alive, code is the ultimative matter. I would like to know which (classes of) lines of code are the key for our survival.
The Courts

Submission + - The Internet vs. The Outspoken Racist, round 1 &am

fullphaser writes: "It would seem that the internet has had a bit of a debacle with the politics of the world. Hal turner is the owner of an online radio show which advocates violence against non white ethnic groups. Apparently the internet and this political group have had a scuffle, and the internet "won" per say; Hal Turner announced at 9:41 pm est via a live broadcast that he was no longer able to maintain the show after numerous exchanges of threats by both sides and a large DOS attack against Turner's site. Anyway legal president etc? eh slashdot?"
Microsoft

Submission + - Windows Live Mail (beta) snubs Linux users

tuxtattoo writes: "So it would seem that Microsoft is once again snubbing Linux users. Using Firefox to use the beta version of Microsoft's Live Mail seems to work just fine in OSX or Windows. But, it seems the same version of Firefox on Linux only warrants the "Lite" (ie — stripped down and super lame) version. See this message when logging in using Firefox in Linux:

"This version works better with your browser. The full version of Mail runs on Internet Explorer 6.0 and higher (make sure you check the system requirements before you install it). The full version also works on Firefox 1.5."

Further tests verify this is indeed the case. By changing your Firefox user agent to say your OS is OSX or Windows the full functionality becomes available to you in Linux. Going the other way, making your user agent say you are using Linux even though you are in Windows or OSX will give you the lite version.

I know, I'm lame for even having a hotmail account. I guess I deserve it."
Networking

Submission + - Sniffing On Ethernet Undetected

produke writes: "Sniffing On Ethernet Undetected
An easy method to sniff or capture packets on a network without sending any packets, making yourself invisible. Talks about being able to sniff a password or two off the wire undetected.. Explains easily what worked, why, and also goes into discussion about it."
Enlightenment

Submission + - George Orwell Was Indeed Right

Dead_In_3_Days writes: In the realm of Holy Crap, I've just stumbled upon the most frightening/maddening piece of video I've ever seen. On Google Video, you'll find "America: Freedom to Fascism" from Aaron Russo, a bona fide Hollywood feature film producer. This is no sensationalist Michael Moore tripe, although it potentially had some of those elements. The film began with the premise of discovering the legality of the IRS. Through investigative discovery and interviews, it quickly expanded to how the American Banking Industry essentially took over the Government of the United States way back in 1913. Some of the testimony is downright hair raising and certainly eye opening. It also nicely fits some technical puzzle pieces together concerning the use of RFID chips, voting machine fraud, National IDs and where we're likely headed. Couple this with our increasing loss of rights, plus abuses of Special Interest groups customizing laws to criminalize American Citizens, it's now clear to me that we Americans had lost our Constitutional Democracy long ago... and The Planet will soon follow.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Human caught cheating in chess!

AP2005 writes: A day when humans should hang their heads in shame in front of their robot overlords. CNN reports that an Indian chess player was caught using a bluetooth headphone to communicate with his friends who relayed him moves decided by a computer.
Announcements

Submission + - Daylight Savings Time will change in 2007

An anonymous reader writes: The Miami Herald writes in a Question and Answer column that there will be a change in daylight savings time, starting in 2007. The change is one of many being made as a result of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 in an attempt to conserve energy around the nation.

From the Wikipedia article: "The bill amends the Uniform Time Act of 1966 by changing the start and end dates of daylight saving time starting in 2007. Clocks will be set ahead one hour on the second Sunday of March instead of the current first Sunday of April. Clocks will be set back one hour on the first Sunday in November, rather than the last Sunday of October. This will make electronic clocks that had pre-programmed dates for adjusting to daylight saving time obsolete and will require updates to computer operating systems. The date for the end of daylight saving time has the effect of increasing evening light on Halloween (October 31)."

Microsoft has apparently already released an update for this daylight savings time change and will include the change in the up-and-coming OS, Windows Vista.

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