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Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Java DST Patch Breaks DST

Christopher_G_Lewis writes: "This is just coming out, but Sun's DST patch "may break backward compatibility for the Eastern, Hawaiian, and Mountain time zones, under certain circumstances." DST: Daylight Saving Time Changes (2007) There's a Sun alert, but only for subscribed members: Sun Alert 102836 for Java. The introduction of Olson Timezone (TZ) data, version 2005r or greater, may break backward compatibility for the Eastern, Hawaiian, and Mountain time zones, under certain circumstances. This issue is also outlined in Sun BugIDs 6466476 and 6530336, listed at: 6466476 6530336"
Power

Submission + - Linux & Open Source Greener Than Windows

eldavojohn writes: "A recent UK report is saying that Linux is greener than Windows upon deciding that Linux on a server will cause the machine to have a much longer life expectancy (up to twice) than the same machine running a Windows server. This, in turn, reduces the amount of e-waste that results from the operation of the machine. But the report doesn't stop there, it goes on to reason about open source in general: "One of the benefits frequently put forward for the use of open source software is the level of resources needed to support it. This means that for equivalent open source and Microsoft Windows systems, the open source will require less memory and a slower processor speed for the same functionality.""
The Internet

Submission + - Wikipedia May Require Proof of Credentials

narramissic writes: "According to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, a new policy is currently under discussion by the community of users who regularly write and maintain Wikipedia that would require contributors to the site who claim certain credentials to prove they really have them. The new policy comes after one of Wikipedia's most prolific and respected editors, who went by the pseudonym 'Essjay,' was found not to be the 'tenured professor of theology' he claimed to be but a run-of-the-mill 24 year-old from Kentucky. Said Wales, 'To discover that someone had been deceiving the community for a long time really was a bit of a blow to our trust. Wikipedia is built on the idea of trusting other people and people being honest and we find that in the most part everyone is, so it was a real disappointment.'"
Data Storage

Building an ODF Intranet Portal? 19

jeevesbond writes "I have been doing some feasibility work on creating a FLOSS Intranet Portal for ODF documents; the first task is to find existing projects that already provide some of the required functionality. The requirements are: version control — including diff and merge capabilities for ODF; integration with OpenOffice for check-in/out as a starting point; a Web-based CMS for group sharing of files (preferably one that can be extended to perform other tasks); and network authentication for the CMS (so users don't have to login twice). The eventual aim is to be able to bundle all this up in some way: 'apt-get odf-portal', for instance. Which FLOSS tools would you use for this job? How would you handle diffs and merges for ODF documents?"
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Linux on the 360

toothe writes: Felix Domke (tmbinc), known from the GameCube homebrew scene and the 'Console Hacking 2006' & 'Xbox and Xbox 360 Hacking' presentations at 23/22C3 posted diff-style kernel patches on ozlabs' linuxppc-dev mailinglist to add Xbox360 hardware support to the linux v2.6.20 kernel. He also talks about a 'linux loader' that will be released soon that will allow to (easily) exploit the Hypervisor Vulnerability (so I guess that means it'll only work on Xbox360 kernel 4532 or 4548, not with the new 4552) ... so we might soon be able to boot linux on a retail 360 :-) [QUOTE] This series of patches add support for the Xbox 360 gaming console. Note that these patches were written by different people, who want to remain anonymous. These drivers were written without hardware documentation being available. There are probably more than some rough edges. Please comment and/or provide patches. To actually run this, you need a special loader which exploits the recently announced vulnerability. This loader was developed separately and should be available soon. [/QUOTE] News-Source: ozlabs.org (via qj.net)and x-scene.com
Privacy

Submission + - RIAA Offensive Continues

Patrick Henry writes: The recording industry's assault on our free use of software has been well chronicled on this site. Today brings further evidence that the RIAA is continuing this offensive. The Washington Post is reporting that the copyright cartel is starting to pressure colleges and universities to do their dirty work.. This will cause a burden on higher education's resources (a cost borne by students, not the copyright holders) and have questionable efficacy. Further, Torrentfreak is reporting that this is already happening outside the US. Will there be a breaking point or will we just take this assault? Have (or will) the bastions of free speech yield to the mighty RIAA?
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Scientists make electric components from shells

Matthew Sparkes writes: "Microscopic glass skeletons of algae could be transformed into silicon for novel electronic applications. Each replica is converted from silica to semiconducting silicon, and since the algae, known as diatoms, come in a huge variety of forms, the converted shells could have various potential applications. These could range from making microscopic gas sensors, to creating new kinds of batteries. Diatom shells are about 10 micrometres across and come in a variety of shapes — resembling barrels, donuts, triangles, and stars — with regularly sized features of 10 nanometres or smaller."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Machine forms crockery as you need it

Matthew Sparkes writes: "The Dishmaker is a table top machine that makes dishes, plates and cups to order before every meal. Each piece of crockery takes about 1 minute to make from a flat disc of plastic — the machine heats it and then squashes it into shape. A similar process can return the objects back into discs for easy storage. The maker claims it will save on storage space — since you don't need to have all the cups needed for a drinks party and the plates and dishes needed for a dinner party."

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