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Windows

Submission + - Vista's RAM sweet spot: 4GB

jcatcw writes: David Short, an IBM consultant who works in the Global Services Divison and has been beta testing Vista for two years, says users should consider 4GB of RAM if they really want optimum Vista performance. With Vista's minimum requirement of 512MB of RAM, Vista will deliver performance that's 'sub-XP,' he says. (Dell and others recommend 2GB.) One reason: SuperFetch, which fetches applications and data, and feeds them into RAM to make them accessible more quickly. With more RAM, there's more caching.

Feed Feds Pull Traveler Help Site (wired.com)

Homeland Security pulls down a website link for travelers with watchlist problems after 27BStroke6 points out security flaws. But TSA won't say whether the site was legal. In 27B Stroke 6.


GNOME

Submission + - Linus fires latest shot in GNOME Wars

HellFeuer writes: Linus speaks out against GNOME again. When challenged to use GNOME for a month, he submitted patches to the GNOME project to prove his criticism is *constructive*, saying "The code is actually _cleaner_ after my patches, and the end result is more capable. We'll see what happens". However, he still didn't commit to actually using GNOME.
Where do you stand on Linus vs GNOME?
GNOME

Submission + - Linus calls GNOME "limiting"

lisah writes: "The flame wars between Linus Torvalds and the GNOME community continue to burn. Responding to Torvalds' recent claim that GNOME 'seems to be developed by interface Nazis' and that its developers believe their 'users are idiots,' a member of the Linux Foundation's Desktop Architects mailing list suggested that Torvalds use GNOME for a month before making such pronouncements. Torvalds, never one to back down from a challenge, simply turned around and submitted patches to GNOME and then told the list, '...let's see what happens to my patches. I guarantee you that they actually improve the code.' After lobbing that over the fence, Torvalds concluded his comments by saying, 'Now the question is, will people take the patches, or will they keep their heads up their arses and claim that configurability is bad, even when it makes things more logical, and code more readable.'"
Programming

Submission + - What does good ajax code look like?

b0wl0fud0n writes: I've been browsing through the web to look up good coding standards and guidelines for ajax, but I've been cluttered with returns of basic tutorials and examples. Enough with basic tutorials, where can I go to find in depth resources for large ajax web application development?
Space

Submission + - End of the World? Nah,.Only 3 Football Fields Wide

j2xs writes: "So a funny thing happened today as I was checking my web stats report. This company was surfing DataRush, so naturally I went out to take a look at 'em... then I found this quote regarding what the world can expect in 2036. Heck, forget that! Look what happens seven years earlier!

"Some believe that all of this is science fiction," Ailor stated, "but we know that an asteroid (Apophis) 300 meters in diameter, large enough to cause serious damage, will pass within 20,000 miles of Earth — closer than our weather satellites — in 2029, and an impact by the same asteroid in 2036 cannot be ruled out. This conference will help improve our readiness should we need to defend our planet in the future."

I for one, am hereby donating my software to the effort !! Hey Aerospace Corporate guy, uhhh, just TAKE the darn software and start modeling its trajectory!!
[nervous laugh turning to whimper...as the screen fades to black]"
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - Best games of the previous generation?

Hatta writes: I'm an avid gamer, but the hot new games never appealed to me. In fact, I'm perpetually a generation behind. I figure that games don't get any less fun because they're old. So with the recent release of the xbox 360, PS3, and Wii, it's about time for me to pick up a PS2 or XBOX. What games stand out as classics on each system? I'm particularly interested in RPGs, adventure games, platformers, and anything that's just too unique to miss.
Privacy

Submission + - Cops, FBI hates shared Wifi

PhilipMarlowe9000 writes: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/artic le/2007/02/10/AR2007021001457.html "We're not sure yet how to combat that," said Kevin R. West, a federal agent who oversees the computer crimes unit in North Carolina's State Bureau of Investigation. "Free wireless spots are everywhere, and it makes it easy for people . . . to sit there and do their nefarious acts. The fear is that if we talk about it, people will learn about it and say, 'I can go to a parking lot, and no one will catch me.' But we need to talk about it so that we can figure out how to solve it."
Graphics

Submission + - Sources for 3D graphics?

RedBear writes: "If you were looking for 3D graphics suitable for use with computerized carving machines or 3D printers, where would you go? The few sources I've seen online have a rather dismal selection of very unoriginal patterns (flowers, boats, deer? whoopety-doo) and are charging ridiculous prices, from $10-25 per graphic for even the simplest patterns like a circular rope border. Surely there are hundreds of thousands if not millions of non-copyrighted shapes, drawings, devices and carvings in this world that have been catalogued by various institutions (e.g. Egyption heiroglyphs, statues, carvings and stone writings from all over the ancient world, fascinating ancient devices like astrolabes, compasses and sundials, religious icons, all sorts of ancient buildings and monuments, etc.). Where are they? If nothing else are there any sources of hi-res photographs that could conceivably be converted for 3D use?

At least one software package I've seen can create 3D patterns from grayscale images. Are these sorts of graphics out there but only available to businesses who can afford to spend vast amounts of money to acquire them for commercial reproductions? What about all those computer reproductions they show on places like the History Channel, is all that stuff created from scratch or what? How would an individual who wanted to do for instance a reproduction in miniature of ancient Athens get access to the necessary data files to do it?

As a complementary question, if you were tasked with recording physical objects in 3D, how would you go about it, short of an MRI machine or 3D probe? What methods and software are out there for converting 2D images to 3D data? Is there some way to convert (for instance) stereoscopic image pairs into true 3D information? What other methods can be used to create detailed 3D patterns short of recreating objects from scratch with expensive CAD applications?"
United States

Journal Journal: George W.'s Palace On Schedule

The US is building the biggest embassy on Earth on the banks of the Tigris. Locals in Iraq are enraged as running water is still a problem and the electricity can't stay on, yet the $592 million embassy is on schedule. No Iraqis have been hired to help build it. The new US embassy may be bigger than anything Saddam Hussein ever built.

Media

Submission + - Nay on DRM: The Economist agrees with Jobs

redelm writes: The Economist, arguably the world leading business newspaper/magazine has picked up on Steve Jobs Appleblog for DRM-free Music. Also as discussed on /. This article agrees with Jobs and gives him much broader exposure beyond the technical community. Perhaps to influence some lego/politico decision makers who have no idea what DRM is!
Censorship

Submission + - Keith Henson: Out on Bail

Xetheriel Angelknight writes: "In follow-up to yesterdays news that Keith Henson had been arrested, He has now been released on bail. I was a former colleague of Keith's, and still a good friend of his. While he lived in Canada, I was witness to an incident with a private investigator that was hired by the Scientologists to follow him. Here is the official story on the Free Keith Henson blog. Here is more coverage of the story and details of the bail posting. If required, I'm available for interview on Keith's behalf, as I am in direct contact with him. I know Keith wants to get as much positive publicity on this issue as he can."
Censorship

Journal Journal: Wikipedia Censorcracy 7

Howard Tayler over at Schlock Mercenary writes about how Wikipedia editors are using "notability" or the lack there-of to delete webcomic articles they don't find worthy of their fine encyclopedic tradition. This personally touches a nerve, as I've seen articles that I read and updated deleted as spam (with claims that I'm being paid to post such articles), not notable (how great a catch-all is
NASA

Submission + - Use Mechanical Turk to help search for Jim Gray

An anonymous reader writes: NASA has posted thousands of images of the last known location of Jim Gray on Amazon's Mechanical Turk for review by humans. Please log in to Mechanical Turk using your Amazon username and help us search for our good friend!

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