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Comment Re:Think Different! (Score 1) 696

Think Different, eh?

Linux is doing something radically different from Windows. It provides source code. That is a huge difference! Sure, it only benefits highly technical users, but the onflow of that, benefits every Linux user.

Do you remember the bad old days of Windows 95? To get USB connectivity, you had to upgrade to Windows 98. Microsoft would not add USB functionality to 95; they wanted you to upgrade for it.

This does not happen with Linux. You can just pop in a new kernel, and any new devices that the kernel supports, are now yours to play with. No need to do a full operating system upgrade. The worst case is you have to install extra support tools. Device drivers are added because the Linux source code is freely available, and there's always a programmer somewhere in the world that wants that itch scratched.


Vendor Pentagon, Intel Want One Set of Classification Standards

Intel is joining the Pentagon and U.S. Defense and intelligence leaders in an initiative to establish one set of classification standards . The initiative will "allow agencies to skip the sometimes-lengthy process used to assign an official classification designation to intelligence data that another agency has already evaluated." "But before the new classification policy is adopted, the defense and Intel communiti

Submission + - PS3 European Launch 23 March, $835

Andy_R writes: Sony have finally committed themselves to a European launch date for the PS3, after disappointing European fans by not having the promised worldwide simultanious launch, then missing the lucrative Christmas period. The BBC are reporting that the console will arrive on the 23rd of March. We'll only be getting the 60Gb version at first, and it will be priced at 599 Euros or 425 pounds in Britain. At today's exchange rates, that's a wallet-busting $835.99!
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Submission + - A Blogger gets an "Un-Cease and disist" no

AlphaLop writes: A blogger who wrote a somewhat Derogatory article about the online "Game" Second Life and created a link on his blog inviting lawsuits got an unexpected response from Linden Lab...

Too bad the RIAA and MPAA don't think this way.... http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070124/ap_on_hi_te/se cond_life_parody Sorry for not embedding the link but I don't know HTML yet.
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Submission + - Canadians Without A Country

Chabil Ha' writes: Ever woken up in the morning, only to be told that your no longer a citizen of your birth country? Many applying for a Canadian passport have been informed their chance to remain a citizen expired years ago because of an obscure provision in the Citizenship Act, a little-known law that applied between 1947 and 1977. Canadians without status would have to apply to become landed immigrants — a process that takes three years or more.

"I mean, it just defies logic. The system doesn't make any sense, so it's critical that we have a citizenship act that is in compliance with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the generosity of what Canadians believe."
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Submission + - Where to go after a lifetime in the IT field?

Pikoro writes: "I have been working in the IT field for the past 20 years or so, and after getting hired by the largest financial company in the world, I thought I might have finally found a place to retire from.

However, after working here for about 6 months, I find myself, not exactly burnt out, but longing for a complete career field change.

It's not that doing IT related tasks aren't fun anymore, but they have become more "work" than "play" over the last few years.

Since all of my experience has been IT related, I'm not sure where I could go from here.

What would slashdot readers consider doing for a living after being in a single field for so long?"

Submission + - "Psychic" cryptographer claims prize

Harry_the_psychic writes: According to this post, University of Pennsylvania cryptographer Matt Blaze solved one of James Randi's million dollar psychic challenges through some not-so-psychic code breaking (it turned out to involve a simple homemade code based on an ISBN number). Aside from being a good lesson in why you shouldn't invent your own crypto, Blaze makes an interesting connection between debunking psychics and electronic voting, and explains why cryptograpy may not be a good solution to either problem.

Submission + - This is what happens when you don't RTFA

SQLGuru writes: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070124/sc_nm/germs_sp onges_dc_3

People who read the article the other day that talked about how 2 minutes in the microwave would kill 99% of the bacteria on the sponge were complaining that they tried it and it ruined their microwave. Apparently, reading the whole article should have clued them in that the sponge needed to be wet. It isn't just Slashdot where people don't RTFA.

Submission + - New Cisco Vulnerability Announced

cybrzndane writes: There is a new Cisco IOS vulnerability out which allows remote code execution. All devices running Cisco IOS are affected. For the full Cisco Security Advisory, go to http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/products_secur ity_advisory09186a00807cb157.shtml

A total of 3 advisories were released today. For a full list of security advisories, go to

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/products_secur ity_advisories_listing.html

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