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Handhelds

Journal Journal: Review: Ten Reasons Why I Hate My Palm LifeDrive

[EDIT: I added the word "Review" to the title so that it might have a better chance at showing up in search engines. I really want people to see how frustrating being a Palm customer is.]

Businesses

Submission + - Small Business Switches to Ubuntu

firenurse writes: "The Inquirer is running a story about how one small business switched to Ubuntu. The article can be found here http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=36 635

YOU NEVER QUITE wrap your head around how anti-consumer Microsoft's policies are until they bite you in the bum. Add in the customer antagonistic policies of its patsies, HP in this case, and vendors like Promise, and you have quite a recipe for pain. Guess what I did today?"
Networking

Submission + - The Problem With Driver-Loaded Firmware

Kadin2048 writes: "If you've gone to a big-box store and purchased a wireless card recently, you might have had some trouble getting it to work under Linux, or any non-Windows OS for that matter. One reason for this is that more and more manufacturers are producing hardware that are useless without proprietary firmware. While these new designs allow for lower parts counts and thus lower cost, it presents a serious problem for F/OSS software because it can sometimes guarantee no out-of-the-box compatibility. Jem Matzan has produced a detailed article, "The battle for wireless network drivers," on the subject, including interviews with manufacturers' representatives and OS developers, including Theo de Raadt. The bottom line? In general, Asian hardware manufacturers were far more responsive and liberal about firmware than U.S. manufacturers (Intel included). Look for more firmware issues in the future, as not only wireless hardware, but regular wired Ethernet cards, take the driver-loaded firmware approach."
Red Hat Software

Submission + - Fedora Legacy Shutting Down

An anonymous reader writes: From the fedora-legacy maillist: "In case any of you are not aware, the Fedora Legacy project is in the process of shutting down. The current model for supporting maintenance distributions is being re-examined. In the meantime, we are unable to extend support to older Fedora Core releases as we had planned. As of now, Fedora Core 4 and earlier distributions are no longer being maintained. Discussions last night on the #Fedora-Legacy channel have brought to light the fact that certain Fedora Legacy properties (servers) may be going away soon, such as the repository at and the build server. "
Printer

Submission + - Printers that don't use toner level chips?

xymog writes: "I'm increasingly seeing people with printers that stop working and provide a "toner out" message, even though the end user swears they are using a new cartridge. Though they are not using Lexmark printers, I am pretty sure they are using a printer and cartridge combination that uses so-called toner level chips. These are discussed in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexmark_Int'l_v._Stat ic_Control_Components. The chips allow manufacturers to lock users into using their cartridges, rather than using OEM or toner refill programs. Good for the manufacturer, bad for consumers and consumer choice. In my bumbling way I've tried locating more information, or even a list, of personal or small workgroup printers that use these manufacturer lock-in techniques, but wasn't able to find such a list. Any Slashdot readers have anecdotal suggestions or even a pretty-darn-sure list I could refer to?"
Microsoft

Submission + - DoD bans Outlook-on-the-Web and HTML email

oDDmON oUT writes: ""The Defense Department has banned the use of Outlook Web Access email and is blocking all HTML email, as it raises network security conditions from the normal Information Condition (Infocon) 5 to Infocon 4, indicating heightened vigilance in preparation for operations or exercises or increased monitoring of networks due to increased risk of attack, Federal Computer Week reports." MalwareHelp.org

Authorities concede that "the ban "will significantly impact the way we presently conduct business,"" ZDNet

We're one step closer to killing Incredimail."
United States

Submission + - Melting US Coins Now Illegal

superbrose writes: In addition to Iran's recent decision to drop the US dollar in favour of the euro, it looks like there's another good reason to get paranoid. The Funny Money Report writes that
The United States Mint has implemented regulations to limit the exportation, melting, or treatment of one-cent (penny) and 5-cent (nickel) United States coins, to safeguard against a potential shortage of these coins in circulation. The United States Mint is soliciting public comment on the interim rule, which is being published in the Federal Register.
Currently the face value of these coins is lower than the value of their metal content.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Which software RAID level?

An anonymous reader writes: It is now incredibly easy to setup a software raid on GNU/Linux. Distributions shipping with recent kernels offer many RAID level options: 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 with many per level options. Even though the installers makes it easy to setup the RAID, it is not so easy to decide what level to pick. Especially with 5, 6 and 10, there doesn't seem to be a clear winner. How do slashdotters decide which level to choose? Do you run benchmarks on each level? Is there a set of "official" benchmarks? How about disaster recovery?
Security

Submission + - Apple Quicktime virus on MySpace

Spiked_Three writes: In the "other vendors have viruses too" dept;

CNet is reporting that an Apple QuickTime flaw is being exploited to attack MySpace users. The attack works for users of Internet Explorer and Firefox, although it has already been disabled for Internet Explorer user. FireFox users are still at risk until Apple fixes QuickTime.
Software

Linux Overclocking Software 30

An anonymous reader writes to tell us Phoronix has posted an article that covers the basics of GPU and CPU overclocking utilities available for Linux. From the article: "In 2005 we had featured several articles on the state of NVIDIA graphics card overclocking under Linux. In early 2005 the only option for Linux users was NVClock. The open-source NVClock was started by Roderick Colenbrander in 2001 and since then has been evolving. However, coming out in June of 2005 from the NVIDIA camp was CoolBits support for their alternative operating system drivers."
Security

Submission + - The Case for OpenID

An anonymous reader writes: VeriSign and NetMesh are making the case for OpenID, the grass-roots, decentralized digital identity system already supported by LiveJournal, Six Apart, Technorati, VeriSign and many startups, reportedly growing 5% every single week. They say OpenID "is fundamentally different from other identity technologies" because it is a "fully decentralized system" and has a "much lighter cost structure" than any alternative, like Microsoft Passport, CardSpace or Liberty Alliance.

Time to remove username and password from your site and add OpenID libraries instead, so visitors can authenticate with their blog URL?
NASA

Submission + - NASA Plans a Permanent Base on the Moon

goldseries writes: "The LA times reports on NASA's plan to establish a permanent base on the moon with in two decades. The base would be occupied by an international group of scientists. Possible uses would include observatories on the dark side of the moon, and use as a way station on the way to Mars. This would be the realization of President Bush's Vision for Space Exploration which mandated a return to the moon by 2020. NASA plans to locate the base on either the north or south poll because those area are relatively unexplored, of a more moderate temperature that the hot bright side or freezing dark side, and may contain crystallized water due to high levels of hydrogen detected earlier. I for one will be interested to see this happen."

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