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Submission + - OpenSolaris or FreeBSD?

Norsefire writes: I am in quite a predicament. I decided a while back to branch out and use a new operating system (currently running Debian), after a bit of searching (trying Gentoo, Gobo and Arch along the way) I decided to use something that isn't Linux. Long story, short: I narrowed the choice down to OpenSolaris and FreeBSD but now I'm stuck. OpenSolaris is commercially backed by Sun, has nice enterprisey tools in the default install and best of all, a mature implementation of ZFS. FreeBSD is backed by a foundation, has a minimal default install and a rather new (but recently improved in the 8.0 release) implementation of ZFS, however it offers the Ports Collection (I quite like the performance boost from compiling from source, no matter how small it might be) and a bigger community than OpenSolaris. That is just a very minimal mention of the differences, I would be interested to see what the Slashdot community thinks of these two operating systems.

Submission + - Scientist 100% confident of finding Higgs boson (

An anonymous reader writes: CNet has interviewed a particle physicist based at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN who gives some insight into what it's like to work there. The place smells of gamers and there's no chance of black holes wiping us out or time travel, plus he's convinced they will find the Higgs boson. All the scientist use Macs too, while computers in the control room are Linux-based.

Submission + - Fear Mongering Against the ACTA?

brit74 writes: The past few weeks have seen a lot of commentary on the ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement). But, other voices are accusing Geist of using "fear mongering and misinformation" to stir-up moral outrage against the ACTA. Similarly, Doctorow claims that, under the ACTA, "it would be impossible to run a service like Flickr or YouTube or Blogger", yet Google (owner of YouTube and Blogger) has had input on the document. Given that Geist and Doctorow have been in favor of legalized filesharing and against copyright, are we being strung along by voices trying to build opposition to copyright in general?

Submission + - Final piece of quantum simulation puzzle found (

An anonymous reader writes: A new paper on the physics preprint server today announced the development of a quantum version of the Metropolis algorithm. Richard Feynman's vision for quantum computers to solve arbitrary quantum simulation problems is the most important application of quantum computers, and this paper presents a final and crucial piece of the puzzle for theoretically enabling efficient quantum simulations. Until now it was unknown how to efficiently prepare a state with realistic starting conditions for a large physical system. The Quantum Metropolis Algorithm solves this problem using inspiration and ideas from the classical Metropolis algorithm that was invented in the 1940's to solve the same problem in classical simulation, and has become a crucial part of computational physics and statistics ever since.

Submission + - Backdoor worries with NSA's help on Windows 7 ( 2

CWmike writes: The National Security Agency (NSA) worked with Microsoft on the development of Windows 7, an agency official acknowledged yesterday before Congress. Alarmed? Same story with Vista. Marc Rotenberg, the executive director of the Electronics Privacy Information Center (EPIC), says the NSA's involvement with OS development goes back even farther. "This battle goes back to at least the crypto wars of the early '90s," said Rotenberg, who remembered testifying about the agency's role in private sector computer security standards in 1989. But the NSA's hands on Windows raises a red flag for Rotenberg, who heads the public interest research center. "When NSA offers to help the private sector on computer security, the obvious concern is that it will also build in backdoors that enables tracking users and intercepting user communications," Rotenberg said. "And private sector firms are reluctant to oppose these 'suggestions' since the US government is also their biggest customer and opposition to the NSA could mean to loss of sales." But Andrew Storms, the director of security operations at nCircle Security, didn't put much credence in the idea that Microsoft would allow the NSA to build a hidden entrance to Windows 7. "Would it be surprising to most people that there was a backdoor? No, not with the political agenda of prior administrations," said Storms. "My gut, though, tells me that Microsoft, as a business, would not want to do that, at least not in a secretive way."

Submission + - Red Hat's Virt Manager for Linux Requires Windows (

darthcamaro writes: You run an all Linux environment and have supported Red Hat's vision of Linux and open source. So you go to check out their new Virtualization Manager tool to continue the loyalty and Linux love right? WRONG. Red Hat wants you to buy Windows. No joke. The new Red Hat Enterprise Linux Virtualization Manager requires users to run Windows.

"The Windows Server could be running as a virtual server in RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux), but you would require a Windows machine for the management system," Andy Cathrow, product marketing manager for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, told "We spent a lot of time talking to customers to see what their view was on this and I think with the possible exception of Red Hat, everyone has some Windows in their datacenter."

Comment Re:2220? (Score 1) 600

Why would you think 2217 would be different than any other year?

Well, I for one was hoping that the MPAA and the money-grubbing, "milk it for all it's worth", "pander to the lowest common denominator" mentality for making movies that it supports would be gone by then.


We wishful thinkers can be even more naive than the conspiracy theorists sometimes....

Comment Question on Accessibility (Score 2, Interesting) 197

I was reading the accessibility page on and found this:

Pages have been designed to avoid a screen-flicker frequency greater than 2Hz and lower than 55 Hz.

So... what frequency does that leave? Could anyone tell me what I'm missing here?
I would think anything lower than 55Hz would also be lower than 2Hz, and anything greater than 2Hz would be greater than 55Hz, so.... I'm a little confused.
(And, yes, I did ask my friend Google, although if anyone could give me a gentle push toward a search term better than "Hertz", I'd be appreciative.)

Comment Strange (Score 1) 174

Palm is seeking to follow Apple's footsteps in gaining a reputation for inconsistent and spurious rejections and removals of iPhone and iPod Touch applications

So, instead of Apple being a jerk and rejecting iPhone apps, it's going to be Apple and Palm rejecting iPhone apps?
Huh.... I wonder how that will work out?

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