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Submission + - Canada Claims Quantum Leap

egyptiankarim writes: "From the article:
...it's been a holy grail in the arcane world of supercomputers — and a Canadian firm claims it will be unveiling one on Tuesday.

D-Wave Systems, Inc. is making some big claims about having developed a quantum computer. Though, I don't know how willing I am to believe the announcements seeing as how even the researcher from MIT they cite seems skeptical."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - SAP skills shortage driving up salaries

bednarz writes: "A shortage of skilled SAP workers is making it difficult for IT departments to fill open jobs and caused the average salary for certain high-level SAP professionals to rise 15.6% in the past year. Consulting firm Foote Partners says the average base salary for directors of SAP program management rose from $115,468 to $133,500 in the calendar year that just ended. This increase dwarfs the typical increases in IT salaries of 3% to 5% a year. Network World has the story: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/021207-sap-w orkers.html"
User Journal

Journal Journal: Dyslexia

Hello,
My name is Christopher Dale Church. I'm Dyslexic. I have gained some enlightenment concerning my learning disability. My intentions here are to utilize the results of these endeavors to enhance myself, also I want to share this all with you, the goal being, to stimulate a broader understanding of this issue, as well as, to educate and entertain you. This paper will serve as an introduction piece for, people needing to know more about me: profess

Graphics

Vista Not Playing Nice With FPS Games 437

PetManimal writes "Computerworld is reporting that gamers who have installed Vista are reporting problems with first person-shooter titles such as CounterStrike, Half-Life 2, Doom 3. and F.E.A.R. (Users have compiled lists of games with Vista issues.) The complaints, which have turned up on gamers' forums, cite crashes and low frame rates. Not surprisingly, the problems relate to graphics hardware and software: 'Experts blame still-flaky software drivers, Vista's complexity, and a dearth of new video cards optimized for Vista's new rendering technology, DirectX 10. That's despite promises from Microsoft that Vista is backwards-compatible with XP's graphic engine, DirectX 9, and that it will support existing games. Meanwhile, games written to take advantage of DirectX 10 have been slow to emerge. And one Nvidia executive predicts that gamers may not routinely see games optimized for DirectX 10 until mid-2008.'"
Biotech

Submission + - Bee Farmers Buzzing About Misfortunes

Da3vid writes: "Bees have been mysteriously disappearing. Beekeepers in 22 states report losses of up to 80 percent. Speculation is that mites or poor nectar has caused their demise, but scientists haven't reached any conclusions. One farmer estimates that he will lose $350,000 based only on his current losses. In only a matter of days, entire hives have been lost. Is this a problem we have already seen the effects of, or is it just developing?"
Education

Submission + - Building a silicon brain

prostoalex writes: "MIT Technology Review reports on Stanford scientists replicating the processes inside the human brain with silicon: "Kwabena Boahen, a neuroengineer at Stanford University, is planning the most ambitious neuromorphic project to date: creating a silicon model of the cortex. The first-generation design will be composed of a circuit board with 16 chips, each containing a 256-by-256 array of silicon neurons. Groups of neurons can be set to have different electrical properties, mimicking different types of cells in the cortex. Engineers can also program specific connections between the cells to model the architecture in different parts of the cortex.""
The Courts

Submission + - Julie Amero wrongly convicted? The spyware defense

Anonymous Howard writes: Substitute teacher Julie Amero faces up to 40 years in prison for exposing kids to porn using a classroom computer, but the facts strongly suggest that she was wrongfully convicted. Many issues remain, from the need for an independent computer forensics investigation and the presence of spyware and adware on the Windows 98 machine, to bad or incomplete legal work on both sides of this criminal case. It appears that spyware caused Julie Amero's conviction. She will be sentenced on March 2, 2007. This is a new development from the previously story on Slashdot.
Announcements

Submission + - GPL version of kqemu

An anonymous reader writes: I just noticed that kqemu has finally been released with a GPL license. This grants qemu full virtualization, even without a *really* new computer.
Television

Submission + - Azureus signs deal with Starz cable channel

An anonymous reader writes: TV industry claims peer to peer technology is going legit, with Azureus signing a deal with Starz cable channel to distribute movies online. Media executives estimate that peer-to-peer technology could save distributors 25 percent to 35 percent on bandwith costs. Films from Starz' library will be available, but mostly its just direct-to-video titles in the horror, comedy, anime and sci-fi genres. http://www.tvweek.com/article.cms?articleId=31489
Windows

Submission + - Vista's successor, Vienna, announced

pestilence669 writes: "Windows Vienna, Vista Successor, is due to be out in two years. So what will be the coolest new feature in Vienna?

According to Fathi, that's still being worked out. "We're going to look at a fundamental piece of enabling technology. Maybe its hypervisors, I don't know what it is," he said. "Maybe it's a new user interface paradigm for consumers."

— I don't know about you, but I'd prefer less crashing, more drivers, and better resource management."
Republicans

Submission + - Congress Wants ISPs to Log Your Online Life

walmartshopper67 writes: "Crooks and Liars is reporting that Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) has introduced a bill that would require ISPs to "record all users' surfing activity, IM conversations and email traffic indefinitely". The bill would impose heavy fines and jail time on ISPs that do not save the required information. Not that this will pass, but come on, how can anyone think this is a good idea?"
Data Storage

Submission + - How To Resize ext3 Partitions Without Losing Data

hausmasta writes: "This article is about resizing ext3 partitions without losing data. It shows how to shrink and enlarge existing ext3 partitions and how to merge two ext3 partitions. This can be quite useful if you do not use LVM and you realize that your existing partitioning does not meet your actual needs anymore.

http://www.howtoforge.com/linux_resizing_ext3_part itions"

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