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Operating Systems

Submission + - Windows XP SP3 Yields Performance Gains (osnews.com) 2

hairyfeet writes: "OSNews is reporting that after an abysmal showing by Vista SP1 in the latest benchmarks that, surprisingly, Windows XP SP3 showed a marked improvement over SP2, gaining around ten percent in performance in the benchmarks. Considering that Microsoft has kept pushing forward the end of life date on XP due to customer and PC manufacturer demand, one has to wonder how wise it is for them to release a service pack that makes the older XP even faster than it already was compared to Vista."
Sci-Fi

Deathbed Confession Says Aliens Were at Roswell 1267

xnuandax writes "The army's explanation of weather balloons in the Roswell, New Mexico incident 60 years ago has been dealt a serious public relations blow. Late Army Lt. Walter Haut had signed a sealed affidavit prior to his death last year asserting that he had witnessed the wreckage of an egg-shaped craft and its extraterrestrial crew while working at the Roswell Army Air Field. An article at News.com.au reviews how Haut had worked as public relations officer for the Roswell base and was involved in the original weather balloon explanation of events at the time. This recent evidence would seem to confirm speculation that egg-shaped saucers are notoriously difficult to fly safely at low altitude."
Space

Submission + - Deathbed confession swears by Roswell aliens (news.com.au)

hellbreaker writes: "Lieutenant Walter Haut, the public relations officer at Roswell base in 1947, died last year; but he left behind a sworn affidavit (to be opened in the event of his death) describing a spacecraft, and little green men that he himself witnessed. Okay, maybe not green, but this just brings the whole question back: what exactly happened there?"
Windows

Submission + - Best solution for remote software deployment?

DownTownMT writes: Hey Slashdotters. I work as a Windows administrator in a small company with roughly 180 WinXP/2000 and 30 Win98 machines. Our current method for installing Windows patches is WSUS which works great for the non-98 PC's. But for installing software such as Adobe, QuickTime and various other tools our only method is to rely on the end-user to install it themselves or have our staff walk to each machine and install the software there.
I'm looking to get some feedback/recommendations as to what other systems administrators are using whether it be SMS, Track-It Deploy, Zenworks or something else. Thanks in advance.
Robotics

Submission + - Vista Premium Ready Robot?

Marcus8675 writes: "The robotics revolution is upon us. With various vendors like Microsoft, Whitebox and iRobot providing new offerings in this field, the growth is tremendous. Now you can order, off the shelf, a mobile robot that can hold its own with a desktop system. An Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, 2 GIG DDR and a custom paint job (Base coat / clear coat Acura TSX Red with Cadillac CTS Silver accents) makes this a one of a kind robot of the future available today. Articles here and here show what has been called 'The lovechild of R2-D2 and Intel'."

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