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Submission + - FAQ: How the IE ballot screen works (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: After an 11-month legal face-off, Microsoft and European antitrust officials signed off yesterday on the ballot screen concept that will give Windows users a chance to download rivals' browsers. But now that the battle's over and the ink has dried, it's time to look closely. Some FAQ examples: What's Microsoft promised? How will it work? How many browsers will be on the ballot? Who decides which browsers? Who will see it? Gregg Keizer delved into the agreement to provide the answers.

Submission + - University of Antwerp unveils "cheap" Fastra 2 (ua.ac.be)

NaughtyNimitz writes: The University of Antwerp, Belgium, revealed the next generation in desktop-sized supercomputer: the Fastra II, which uses CentOS (Linux) instead of Windows XP 64, is build around an ASUS P6T7 WS motherboard and boasts 7 (seven) graphic cards (ASUS ENGTX295 and ASUS ENGTX275) resulting in 13 usable GPU-cores. The total price tag for such a machine is below 6000 EURO.
The main purposes of building such machine, is to have more computational in order to analyse tomographic data. Although the system is not up and running yet (unlike like it's predecessor FASTRA 1), the team can count on, amongst others, ASUS itself to tackle surfacing problems..

Debian

FreeNAS Switching From FreeBSD To Debian Linux 206

dnaumov writes "FreeNAS, a popular, free NAS solution, is moving away from using FreeBSD as its underlying core OS and switching to Debian Linux. Version 0.8 of FreeNAS as well as all further releases are going to be based on Linux, while the FreeBSD-based 0.7 branch of FreeNAS is going into maintenance-only mode, according to main developer Volker Theile. A discussion about the switch, including comments from the developers, can be found on the FreeNAS SourceForge discussion forum. Some users applaud the change, which promises improved hardware compatibility, while others voice concerns regarding the future of their existing setups and lack of ZFS support in Linux."
Hardware

Submission + - Servers from dense arrays of low-power processors

derGoldstein writes: Slashdot has previously followed attempts to create server architectures from netbook processors, specifically the FAWN project. Now that Cortex-A8 based systems are available on SODIMM modules, will new attempts be made at creating very dense arrays of systems for application where fast, concurrent data retrieval is important — primarily web servers?

Comment They should talk to IBM (Score 1) 155

Google and the kernel developers should talk to IBM and ask for publishing the scheduler used in OS/2 v2 and up which in turn was a makeover of a mainframe scheduler. It would certainly solve a large part of their current problems.

Linux

Submission + - ARM Linux Shipped With Dell's New Latitude Z (hexus.net)

unts writes: "Dell's new Latitude Z series of laptops feature a separate ARM-based CPU subsystem containing a MobileLinux installation. Dell says the system boots in 2 seconds and comes with Firefox installed. They significant news here is that Dell has opted to include a distinct set of hardware to run its instant-on solution — one using ARM's IP. If this optional extra proves popular, then it could assist ARM and its licensees in competition with Intel, and indeed Linux in its battle with Microsoft. HEXUS.channel reports that Dell isn't likely to make this a one-off, either:

We asked the big question: is Dell thinking of offering ARM-only products in future? "It's not in our short-term plans — we will probably have a mix," [Bohar] said. "You can use it for single tasks, but it's not really powerful enough to multitask."

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Social Networks

Submission + - SPAM: Facebook CAPTCHA no match for spyware attack

alphadogg writes: "Hackers have found a way to create automated Facebook pages and are using them to spread spyware to unsuspecting users, says antivirus and Internet security firm AVG Technologies. In a blog entry [spam URL stripped] posted Thursday morning, Research Chief Roger Thompson said that AVG's LinkScanner users had started detecting some "rogue spyware attacks" that were coming from Facebook pages. When AVG started looking at the pages, it noticed that the Facebook profiles featured pictures of the same woman and merely had different names to differentiate them. Each page had a link to a supposed video that would infect user computers with spyware if clicked. Thompson says that there are likely untold numbers of such rogue Facebook profiles on the Web right now, meaning that the hackers have somehow found a way to bypass Facebook's CAPTCHA system that requires users to retype a series of letters to activate an account.

The Facebook spyware attack coincides with an FBI warning released today [spam URL stripped] saying that cybercriminals are increasingly using social networking websites such as Facebook to launch attacks."

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Feed Turkey Lifts YouTube Ban (wired.com)

An official for Turk Telekom says the court is lifting the block on YouTube, imposed because of videos insulting to the founder of modern Turkey. By the Associated Press.


Security

Submission + - A more secure OS X before Leopard

Sebastiaan de With writes: "I've made a how-to from tips by Jay Beale on the last DEFCON Security conference and some own security tweaks to improve the overall security of your OS X. Make sure some default settings that can allow for vulnerabilities are set properly, and tune your firewall rules. A more advanced follow-up is coming soon."

Feed Dream Casting Watchmen (wired.com)

The graphic novel that changed comics forever may enter production this summer. But who's in the picture? That's up to you. Post your dream -- or nightmare -- cast on Underwire.


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