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Portables

Submission + - Dell Ubuntu not for Consumers

jshriverWVU writes: "Dell doesn't sell Ubuntu n-series machines to consumers only businesses. Having a new job and going to school part time I thought I'd vote with my wallet and went online to order a Dell notebook with Ubuntu. After a while of declining a ton of extras (even windows software) I finally get to the order form. Then proceed to checkout only to be asked for a business ID or tax ID to make the purchase. Being an individual I found no way around this so I called Dell sales directly to see if I could order it that way. After 15 minutes on the phone I am told that I can't get the laptop as an individual and they are only sold to businesses. So without a business ID I couldn't get one. WTF?"
Displays

Submission + - New failsafe graphics mode for Ubuntu (arstechnica.com)

ianare writes: Ubuntu Xorg maintainer Bryce Harrington recently demonstrated the BulletProof-X feature that is planned for inclusion in Ubuntu 7.10. It provides a failsafe mode which will ensure that users never have to manually configure their graphics hardware settings from the command line. If Xorg fails to start, the failsafe mode will initiate with minimalistic settings, low resolution, and a limited number of colors. The failsafe mode also automatically runs Ubuntu's new GTK-based display configuration utility so that users can easily test various display settings and choose a configuration that will work properly with their hardware. Features like BulletProof-X deliver tangible usability improvements that contribute to a more positive user experience.
Music

Submission + - Doom and Gloom for web radio (dailytech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: DailyTech posted interviews with the founder of Pandora and management from Proton Radio (and Proton Music) asking them what SoundExchange's latest rulings mean to them. A lot of net radio stations are dreading the upcoming changes in royalty rates, which are said to be around 400%... a number that would bankrupt most of the industry. An interesting read for anyone who uses online radio...
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - PC Gaming to meet it's Steamy Demise. (ethocybin.com)

Ethocybin writes: "I bought Lost Planet recently and I was informed by Steam that my CD-Key was already in use, so I contacted the seller for a replacement and he ignored me, I then contacted Steam so that they could "release" or "transfer" my CD-Key to my account (which it says on the steam powered website, that they can do) and it's been four days without any reply from Steam. I even provided pictures of the Game Manual with the CD-Key on the back as requested. I also tried phoning Capcom's technical support AND product support yet no answer from both their lines within working hours for four days. It just rings forever... So, what am I to do with this game? It's quickly become about as worthless as an AOL CD but my wallet still feels the burn of twenty pounds. My question is that, if they are to enforce such drastic and ridiculous measures of security, should they not also provide better customer support? It's a surprise to me Steam still have no Phone Support after their big global expansion marketing many third-party games."
Sci-Fi

Submission + - 360-degree Holographic Display (engadget.com)

jshriverWVU writes: "Researchers at USC have taken another step towards that holiest of sci-fi dreams: the 3D holographic display. Using a spinning mirror covered with a "holographic diffuser," a special DVI implementation, and a high-speed projector, the team's device can project a three-dimensional image that can be viewed from 360 degrees — regardless of the viewer's height and distance. That's impressive, but that spinning mirror looks pretty dangerous. Check a video of the system in action after the break."
AMD

Submission + - AMD announces 128-bit SSE5 extension (arstechnica.com)

jshriverWVU writes: "AMD is looking to repeat the market-leading success they had with x86-64 by introducing another major change to the venerable x86 ISA: a three-operand instruction format for vector instructions in the form of the newly announced "SSE5" extensions."
Sony

Submission + - Sony to release new PS2 (efluxmedia.com)

jshriverWVU writes: "In what might be a way to regain some turf in the console war Sony is releasing a revamped PS2 this winter season.

"Sony plans to attract casual and non-casual gamers with a Ceramic White limited edition of PlayStation 2, bundled with SingStar Pop, the second installment in the popular SingStar franchise. Of course, for wannabe artists that would be an incomplete package without the two high-quality USB microphones Sony plans to add to the promotional wrapping.""

NASA

Submission + - NASA Employees fight invasive background check (iht.com)

Electron Barrage writes: "Longtime JPL scientists, many of whom do not work on classified materials, including rover drivers and Apollo veterans, sued NASA, Caltech, and the Department of Commerce today to fight highly invasive background checks, which include financial information, any and all retail business transactions, and even sexual orientation."
Spam

Submission + - Spammers E360Inight and Linhard has a bad day

www.sorehands.com writes: "The infamous spammers, e360insight and David Linhardt, had a very bad day in Court today.

The 7th Circuit Court of appeals ruled against Linhardt. The appeals Court vacated, the $11M in damages and the injunction against Spamhaus, but left the default judgment in place. Not a complete win, but significant. Linhardt will have a difficult time on damages where Linhardt in the Spamhaus case said "e360 and I lost ..." but in my case against e360Insight and Linhardt Linhardt said, I personally didn't lose business but suffered those losses in my position as president and director.

Linhardt stuck his tail between his legs and ran in e360Insight and Linhardt v. Ferguson et al.. At the hearing on two of the motions to dismiss and motion for change of venue, Linhardt asked the Court to dismiss the case. Instead of facing the judge and being ordered to pay attorney fees and costs, Linhardt ran."
Wine

Submission + - Wine 0.9.44 released (winehq.org)

jshriverWVU writes: "This is release 0.9.44 of Wine, a free implementation of Windows on Unix. What's new in this release: — Better heuristics for making windows managed. — Automatic detection of timezone parameters. — Improvements to the builtin WordPad. — Better signatures support in crypt32. — Still more gdiplus functions. — Lots of bug fixes."
X

Submission + - X-Video support (phoronix.com)

jshriverWVU writes: "The open-source "Nouveau" NVIDIA driver now contains X-Video support for most NVIDIA GPUs.

"This is the 26th edition of the Nouveau Companion which provides an updated status on the Nouveau driver with the progress being made in the areas of X-Video, video overlays for the different NVIDIA GPU series, and renouveau-parse for parsing XML dumps.""

Graphics

Submission + - ATI releases new drivers (amd.com)

jshriverWVU writes: ATI has released new linux drivers version 8.39.4 Some of the issues resolved are: * The kernel module build no longer fails on kernel version 2.6.22. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28556

* Starting AMD CCC-LE no longer fails with a floating-point exception when started in certain configurations. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28557

* When playing videos in I420 color format using the Xv extension and TexturedVideo (the default on R5xx), colors are no longer displayed incorrectly. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28558

* Running aticonfig — initial in X with the Vesa driver no longer segfaults resulting in the xorg.conf file not being available. Further details can be found in topic number 737-28559

Businesses

$298 Wal-Mart PC Has OO.org, No Crapware 422

cristarol writes "Wal-Mart has begun selling a $298 PC (Everex IMPACT GC3502). It comes with Windows Vista Home Basic and OpenOffice.org 2.2, as well as a complete lack of crapware: 'Users accustomed to being bombarded with trialware offers and seeing their would-be pristine Windows desktops littered with shortcuts to AOL and other applications will likely be pleased at their absence from the GC3502.' The machine is targeted at the back-to-school market. The hardware is nothing to write home about: a 1.5GHz Via C7 with 1GB of RAM and integrated graphics, but as Ars points out, it should be more than capable of performing basic tasks." Dell sells a low-end PC through Wal-Mart for $200 more, and one assumes it is loaded with crapware. Anybody know for sure?
Nintendo

Submission + - DLDI for Games N Music Released (drunkencoders.com)

jshriverWVU writes: Chishm the main developer of the dldi interface has released a driver for the Datel Games N Music device. Like other DS homebrew dev's I didnt want to buy a slot one card from some random place in Taiwan. The GnM, for better or worse, lets you play home brew on your DS and is available to anyone near a Best Buy. The only drawback till now is the lack of file system support. So if you needed to write or read files you were out of luck. Though with the new DLDI interface this is no longer a problem. This is great news as it'll open up the homebrew market even more for the DS as the average consumer can pick up this device and most homebrew will support it now.

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