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Submission + - Sam Adams vs Sam Adams 2

peacefinder writes: "Sam Adams recently announced he's running for Mayor of Portland, Oregon. A few of his fans registered a couple of websites on his behalf. The brewer of Samuel Adams beer noticed these new domains, and sent the registrants a Cease-and-Desist Letter claiming trademark infringement. Local bloggers are calling for a boycott of the beer, while another claims that — if there exists real confusion — Boston Brewing may be violating Oregon election law by continuing to sell its beer here. Can the Portland Beer Party be far behind?"
Power

Submission + - Honda Insight Battery Packs Still Going (freep.com)

MBCook writes: "The Detroit Free Press is running a piece about the 8th anniversary of the US release of the Honda Insight. Honda rated the battery pack to last 8-10 years, a number that we have now reached. Many people were worried that the battery packs, which cost $3000 to replace, wouldn't last very long. "Hybrids also held up well in J.D. Power and Associates' three-year durability survey, with about 10% fewer problems than gasoline-engine cars, said Joe Ivers, Power's executive director of quality and customer satisfaction." However, the cars have lost 6% more of their value than a comparable Civic."
Novell

With OES 2.0, Novell Moves NetWare To Linux 125

apokryphos writes "Novell's long journey from NetWare to Linux is finally complete, with Open Enterprise Server 2.0. Linux-Watch takes a look at the newly-released OES 2.0: 'Now, with OES 2.0, the NetWare operating system kernel, NetWare 6.5 SP7, is still there if you run it, but it runs on top of the Xen hypervisor. You can also run the NetWare services, or a para-virtualized instance of NetWare, on top of Xen with the SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server) 10 SP 1 kernel. So, if you're wedded to NetWare and its way of doing things, you don't have to wave good-bye to it.'"
United States

Submission + - San Jose Cops Unveil Interactive Crime Map (mercurynews.com)

Degrees writes: "The San Jose police department has unveiled new crime-mapping software on its web site that pinpoints crime data down to the city block. People can see the status of a report, such as whether an arrest was made or if an investigation is continuing or was dropped. And, with more detailed mapping, they also can zero in on an area as small as a one-mile radius of their home or school. CrimeReports.com takes you to the data — providing you register first.

The San Jose Police Department web site has a press release (in the form on a .pdf). It says that future upgrades include SMS alerting, allowing the SJPD to send alerts to specific neighborhoods if specifically requested by the department."

Biotech

Submission + - How caloric restriction makes you live longer (curingdeath.com)

prescribedgod writes: "Caloric restriction seems to have the ability to extend your life,though the mechanism that causes it has been elusive. Initial studies worked with holocaust survivors who seemed to live 30% longer than people who hadn't suffered prolonged famine. Now researchers have discovered the means by which your cells are cleaned and your life extended."
Robotics

Submission + - Software for reverse engineering the human brain (colorado.edu)

An anonymous reader writes: In his book, "The Singularity is Near", Ray Kurzweil says the future of artificial intelligence may be in reverse engineering the human brain. Now, scientists at the University of Colorado have released software, dubbed "Emergent," that is aimed at allowing you to do just that. Using the ODE library for realistic physics, you can construct a robot with a simulated brain in a simulated world with a simulated body. I've seen neural network software before, but seeing a robot with his brain hovering over his head in 3D was a bit..shocking to say the least. Especially in light of this recent Oxford paper which asks, "Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?." I was even able to "lesion" his brain and see his performance go down. Could this approach possibly bootstrap us into real artificial intelligence? Will these new simulated robotic overlords someday assimilate us?
Operating Systems

Submission + - Possible System Imaging Solutions?

grag writes: I work in a very lean IT department of a small game developer. Currently, we have a small testing lab our developers can use for compatibility testing. However, we will soon need to perform compatibility testing running 3d games on various language versions of MS Windows.

We will need a system where the developer can easily choose a desired language system image and restore a machine without the assistance of IT.

I've looked at Acronis Snap Deploy, but it will only load a Master image determined by the deployment server. I've also looked at using something with Ghost for Linux and a PXE server, but I'd first like to get some feedback from the Slashdot crowd to help point me in the right direction.

Has anyone deployed a setup that will allow a computer to PXE boot off a server and then present the user with a list of various system images to clone onto the hard drive?
Robotics

Submission + - Teens help Clovis police; build a robot camera (fresnobee.com)

Degrees writes: "From the Fresno Bee: Clovis police needed a camera to spy on SWAT scenes, and two high school students looking for a senior project were able to build just the thing. Brannon Vidmar, 18, and his friend Dennis Ngo, 17, built a remote-controlled device capable of seeing inside a home with a closed-circuit camera. One student's grandfather gave seed money for the project and Pelco offered camera equipment and expertise. The project cost between $25,000 and $30,000, money that Clovis taxpayers did not have to pay. The SWAT camera project is similar to a robot and trailer that Clovis police built in 2004 for disabling explosives."
Data Storage

Submission + - What OS/FS to use for 16TB storage array? 1TBx16!!

Dan Cabrera writes: "So I just took delivery of a large package (pickup truck bed sized box) labeled 'server' — turns out it's the one I've been waiting for a while from a client. We had some miscommunication and I assumed this was a 2-4, maybe 5TB system for use as a production content shared drive, but it turned into a real monster, SuperMicro SC-836 with HighPoint 2240 Controller and *16*x*1TB* Hitachi drives in a RAID5 array. It's got WinXP64 loaded, but there must be a better solution after reading of ZFS and related technology now available as open source, no? Looking forward to your comments and suggestions! I'll repost with some benchmarks as this puppy grows up (into the wee hours of the morning I'll work :) Happy SD'in! PS: Just need a large drive to save rendered projects to and backup music/other projects (This is for a world known DJ, so the each tour/show can involve a LOT of media!) ...and, how the heck am I gonna do off-site backup for this in event of disaster? Ay-yay-yi!"
United States

Submission + - Police adding roof-mounted license-plate readers (latimes.com) 2

Degrees writes: "New York's Long Beach Police Department is among a growing number of law enforcement agencies using the roof-mounted license-plate reader, the Mobile Plate Hunter. The infrared cameras, which work like supermarket scanners, can record the plates of moving or stopped cars. Mobile Plate Hunter is a product from Remington-Elsag Law Enforcement Systems, a partnership between U.S. gun manufacturer Remington and Italian postal-technology company Elsag. This technology is not new. From the Wired article: "This makes us more efficient than we've been in the past. We would never check 12,000 license plates the conventional way." How many people here welcome our new criminal-capturing robotic overlords?"
Networking

Submission + - New Marvell chipset gets a BitTorrent boost (newlaunches.com)

Degrees writes: "An important step in integrating the BitTorrent protocol for use in consumer electronic devices, Marvell has announced it's new 88F5182 system-on-chip (SoC). Marvell SoCs feature a CPU, peripherals, and controllers in a single integrated package. Additional features include a quality-of-service (QoS) architecture that prioritizes real-time audio and video traffic. BitTorrent Inc, has a press release. Will this promote or negate Network Neutrality plans?"
Programming

Submission + - Conversation between two chat-bots

Tabernaque86 writes: http://discovermagazine.com/2007/brain/i-chat-ther efore-i-am/article_print Apparently programmers left two chat-bots alone in a room. The only intervention was programming a bot to start a conversation with a question, the rest was up to the bots. There is a brief description in the article, followed by a handful of conversations between the two bots, ALICE and jabberwocky.
PHP

Submission + - A PHP IDE from CodeGear (formerly Borland)

An anonymous reader writes: CodeGear, the company formerly known as the Borland Developer Tools Group, announced today a new product called "Delphi for PHP." While it doesn't appear to have anything to do with the Delphi language, it does appear to be an integrated development environment that resembles the Delphi IDE, but using the PHP language and a visual web design framework called "VCL for PHP." At less than $300, if it's all they say it is, they could have something great on their hands. But what does it have to do with Delphi?
Security

Submission + - Shawn Carpenter vs. Sandia Corporation

wvpoochi writes: A jury awarded Shawn Carpenter, a former cyber security specialist at Sandia National Laboratories, approximately $4.6 million in damages today. Sandia management maintains that when employees step beyond clear boundaries in a national security setting there should be consequences. Sandia is considering whether or not to appeal. Here is some background info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawn_Carpenter
Software

Submission + - How much are the new DST rules costing you?

vanyel writes: As the new daylight savings time change date nears, we're having to go around and make sure all our computers and routers are updated with the new changes. It seems to me to be a lot of work for no good reason, and I'm wondering just how much our Posturing Leaders are costing us?

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