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Social Networks

Submission + - Facebook under Fire over Breastfeeding Photos (breastfeeding123.com) 4

NewsCloud writes: "Facebook continues to struggle with when to enforce its own terms of service. While the 78,240 group members who want Facebook to shut down the F*** Islam group are still frustrated, those concerned with photos of breastfeeding mothers can rest more easily. The site has recently come under fire for removing pictures of breastfeeding mothers, and banning users on the grounds that they'd uploaded "obscene content" to their profiles. Says Facebook, "Photos containing an exposed breast do violate our Terms and are removed." In response, more than 33,431 concerned Facebook users have created the "Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!" group. Apparently, scantily clad college co-eds, fine and dandy."
Media

Submission + - FCC Gives Five Days Notice for Media Hearing (crosscut.com) 2

NewsCloud writes: "FCC chairman Kevin Martin moved forward his plan for public hearings on media consolidation rules as reported by Slashdot earlier by granting just five days notice for the hearing in Seattle tonight. Prior to serving as FCC chair, Martin was Deputy General Counsel to Bush-Cheney 2000 and the Bush-Cheney recount team in Florida."
Microsoft

Submission + - How Microsoft Knifed its CIO 1

theodp writes: "As the COO of the newly CIO-less Microsoft whoops it up in Dubai at the Microsoft Gulf 2007 CIO Summit, Valleywag hears rumors that Microsoft leaked news of CIO Stuart Scott's dismissal for an unspecified 'violation of company policies' as his family was grieving over his sister's death. An obituary notice seems to confirm that on the same day Scott's family attended a memorial service for his sister, Microsoft set an unusually public media blitz in motion in lieu of flowers. Could just be an unfortunate coincidence, although sympathy may not be a Microsoft core competency."
Intel

Submission + - Intel plans huge data centre consolidation

Stony Stevenson writes: Intel has expanded its green initiative with plans to consolidate its spread of IT centres into eight strategic locations over the next eight years. Intel is aiming to increase its use of virtualisation software to dramatically reduce the number of servers it uses, which currently stands at around 93,000. Intel hopes to complete the work by 2010, and claimed that the consolidation could result in savings of as much as $1.8bn over the next seven years.

"This initiative enables us to reduce costs, improve server and storage utilisation, create higher density and more energy-efficient data centres, and to keep pace with our rapid rate of innovation," said Brently Davis, manager of Intel's data centre efficiency initiative.
Programming

Submission + - Microsoft Windows PowerShell update (msdn.com) 1

Marco Shaw writes: "Microsoft just released a Windows PowerShell 2.0 CTP (Community Technology Preview) which provides insight into what is being worked on for the next release of their next-generation command line shell and scripting language. Three of the major new features are: *Compatibility with PowerShell 1.0 *PowerShell Remoting *Background Jobs To read more: http://blogs.msdn.com/powershell/archive/2007/11/06/what-s-new-in-ctp-of-powershell-2-0.aspx"
Spam

Submission + - Spammers Enlist the Aid of Virtual Strippers

Tha_Big_Guy23 writes: Spammers have a new way around captchas: A virtual stripper who is paid when you fork them over. The BBC is reporting that a Windows game shows a woman in "a state of undress" when a person correctly types in a Captcha. In the game, a woman named Melissa invites victims to decipher the text. After a bunch of Captchas you get your payoff and the malicious program gets its way around the Captcha system.
IBM

Submission + - Recycle Waste CPU Wafers into Solar Panels (statesman.com)

Luyseyal writes: "IBM has developed a process for scrubbing the data clean from waste silicon wafers, allowing the otherwise highly secret waste to be sold. The silicon quality usually necessary for solar production is very high and the cost of solar panels reflects it. Recycling this waste should help bring down the cost in the long run and add a new profit vector for chip manufacturers."
Security

Submission + - Holes in the Mac OS X Leopard firewall (heise-security.co.uk)

juct writes: "If you specify "Block all Incoming connections" in a firewall you expect, that it does simply that: deny access to all services. As heise Security reports Leopard's firewall does not. Even when connected to the internet, they were able to access the time server running on a MacBook. In a LAN based scenario the Netbios Naming Service was acessible despite of the Firewall settings. If you choose the more flexible Option to "Set access for specific services and applications" it was possible to start a simple backdoor with netcat that could be accessed from the Internet."
Microsoft

Submission + - OSI gives thumbs-up to 2 Microsoft licenses (arstechnica.com)

OSSes Ass writes: The Open Source initiative has officially approved two Microsoft Shared Source licenses, Microsoft Community (Ms-CL) and Microsoft Permissive (Ms-PL). Ars notes that this was not a surprising decision, given FSF Europe's support, but that significant roadblocks remain for Microsoft in the OSS arena. 'Although OSI validation of Microsoft's licenses is a very big win for Microsoft and the open-source software community, this victory is overshadowed by Microsoft's aggressive attitude towards open-source software. Certain vocal factions of the OSS community will express extreme distrust for Microsoft's open-source licenses, which will make it difficult for the company to build a bridge with the broader OSS community.'
Operating Systems

Submission + - 64-bit: More than just the RAM

An anonymous reader writes: In recent times, a lot of people have slagged off 64-bit operating systems, saying the only true benefit is addressing a true 4GB of RAM. Bit-tech decided to cut through the BS to look at the real pros and cons of a 64-bit OS environment. From the article: "Time and time again, self-proclaimed gurus determine that the only real difference between 32-bit computing and 64-bit computing is the memory limit. Are they right that RAM is a reason? Definitely — but that's missing about 99 percent of the true differences."
Caldera

Submission + - SCO Layoffs Begin 2

StevisF writes: ... SCO Group Inc. says it is planning to lay off 16 of its 123 employees and has asked a federal bankruptcy court to keep their identities secret because it fears they could be harassed.

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