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The Military

Submission + - F-35 Fighter to use speech recognition 1

Gary writes: "The U.S. Air Force revealed that the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, which will be out in 2008, will be the first U.S. fighter to respond to voice commands. The Air Force Research Laboratory's Human Effectiveness Directorate has been deliberating on the idea for some time, and has even tried out different systems from a variety of companies. The system hooks on to the plane's onboard computer. It will be used to give commands for both communication and navigation. The requested data will then come up in the pilot's helmet display."
Software

Do "Illegal" Codecs Actually Scare Linux Users? 510

jammag writes "In this article, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes points out why he keeps giving money to Microsoft and Apple despite the clear advantages of Linux: the scary legalese dialogs you have to click through to install codecs for common multimedia formats. Quoting: 'Despite strong points that go far beyond price, Linux falls short when it comes to legally supporting file formats such as MP3, WMA/WMV and DVDs.' He talks about using Ubuntu and booting up Totem Movie Player, only to be confronted with a burst of legalese about what a hardened criminal he'll be if he uses Totem without a license. This problem is 'a deal breaker' for him."
Networking

Submission + - Pirate Bay Accused of Distributing Harry Potter (slyck.com)

An anonymous reader writes: "There's been one notable exception to the takedown frenzy occurring on the multitude of BitTorrent sites", Slyck.com writes. "That exception of course is the notable BitTorrent tracker The Pirate Bay. As a result of its renegade response, an overwhelming portion of the "blame" has been directed at The Pirate Bay, especially from the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.) In a press release issued today, the IFPI directly blamed The Pirate Bay not only for indexing the torrent, but for facilitating its distribution."
Power

Submission + - Eating beef 'is less green than driving' (telegraph.co.uk) 5

hhlost writes: "'Japanese scientists used a range of data to calculate the environmental impact of a single purchase of beef.' They concluded that '2.2lb of beef is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions which have the same effect as the carbon dioxide released by an ordinary car travelling at 50 miles per hour for 155 miles, a journey lasting three hours. The amount of energy consumed would light a 100-watt bulb for 20 days.'"
Upgrades

Submission + - Gigabyte N680SLI-DQ6 - A Mother Of A Motherboard (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "Motherboards manufacturers seem to get more exotic in their designs, with each new chipset release. HotHardware has an evaluation posted looking at the Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-DQ6; a product that seemingly out does every other current desktop motherboard in a number of key areas. The GA-N680SLI-DQ6 features four Gigabit LAN controllers, 10 SATA ports, a 12-phase power array, 100% solid-state capacitors, and a unique wrap-around, passive, cooling apparatus that cools both the top and underside of the chipset and CPU socket area. And because the board is based on NVIDIA's nForce 680i SLI chipset, it also has three full-length PCI Express x16 slots for multi-GPU support. It's a good overclocker and performed well throughout the benchmarks."
Announcements

Submission + - Ginormous is officially a word (fresnobee.com)

oatec writes: It's no longer slang, along with a list of 100 other words being added to Merriam-Webster. Can you hear a news anchor using "Ginormous" in a sentence and not being laughed off the set?
Databases

Submission + - Linux HR Management Systems

dgcrawford writes: "A growing, 100-person company I work for is looking to integrate a Human Resources Management System into their Linux computer base. Does anyone have experience with any products that fit this need? Does it interface well with payroll, applicant tracking, maybe even finance and stock or other non-monetary compensation? I realize most of you would look at this from an IT point of view, but how did the system work across fields? And how important/useful did you find this interoperability?"
Microsoft

Submission + - Anti MS OOXML campaign gathers pace (pcpro.co.uk)

pieterh writes: "PC Pro reports that "More than 20,000 people have put their names to a web petition opposing Microsoft's attempts to have its new Office file format accepted as an international standard." Microsoft insists that opposition to OOXML is "a blatant attempt to use the standards process to limit choice in the marketplace" and rejects the argument that because the ODF format has already been accepted as a standard, that precludes any alternative. Tom Robertson, Microsoft's GM for Interoperability & Standards says that it's important to recognise that ODF and Open XML were created with very different design goals: ODF is closely tied to OpenOffice and reflects the functionality in that product."
Privacy

Submission + - Is Your Inkjet Printer Spying on You? 1

ulysses38 writes: Seeing Yellow is a site that the good folks at the MIT Media Lab put up to inform consumers that printer manufacturers are embedding personal information in output from inkjet printers. Nope, I am not kidding.

From the site "When you print on a color laser printer, it's likely that you are also printing a pattern of invisible yellow dots. These marks exist to allow the printer companies and governments to track and identify you — presumably as a way to combat money counterfeiting. When one person asked his printer manufacturer about turning off the tracking dots, Secret Service agents showed up at his door several days later."
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft OOXML Maryland desires Input from YOU (groklaw.net)

WillRobinson writes: While there is more information at www.groklaw.net, the state of Maryland is requesting, and actually reading emails about Microsoft's OfficeOpen XML specification (now Ecma 376) being proposed as an addition to their list of usable "open standards". I'm hearing that they are reading the emails and will take them seriously. If this is an issue you care about, you need to let them know how you feel in polite and informative emails before July 20th, 2007. They have received only 50 email's to date. I am very sure the slashdot effect, will set a new record.
Sony

Submission + - Has Sony Lost The Plot With The PS3? (gadgettastic.com)

fatgadget writes: "What the hell are Sony up to now you may ask, first off they announced a price cut earlier this week with the PS3 in the US from $599 ( about £300)to $499 (about £250), they also announced that the US would be getting an 80GB model. Now they have decided that the 60GB model will be removed from the US, and they will only get the 80GB model, confused yet ? It gets worse, no 80GB PS3 for the UK, don't worry we are getting some '60GB starter pack', with no price drop, but you do get a few games and some Sixaxis controllers. The free games on offer are Resistance: Fall of Man, Motorstorm, Genji: Days of the Blade, Formula One Championship Edition and Ridge Racer . Oh and guess what the PS3 price will stay the same in the UK, that is a whole £125 more expensive than the US version with a smaller HD too, but don't forget we get free games! The PS3 has struggled to gain popularity amongst gamers due to its high price, and lack of any real blockbuster games."

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