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Comment Re:They Did Not 'Look At The Options' (Score 1) 105

No no no! They didn't say Windows was the only vendor, but replacing Windows with another OS (Linux in this case) isn't feasible.

The cost to renew a contract with Microsoft is only the cost of the contract, the cost to change to Linux would be way higher, since you have to replace your whole application platform, teach the users how to use Linux and all the new apps, teach the techies the ins and outs of Linux etc. etc. etc.

This isn't so easy as just installing a new operation system and be done with it. That's why Windows is currently the only solution until they get the money to replace the whole platform. But try to explain that to the Bundesrat (the federal council of Switzerland) and the swiss parliament.

And btw, if you are Swiss and it means so much to you, you can always start an initiative, but I want to see how you explain the higher cost to the swiss people and why they sould bother.

In the end the Swiss government is right: At the moment there is no competitor, as bad as it is, and they won't be able to explain to anybody (except geeks of course) why they should spend so much more money. In the end I'm sure you could save money, but try to explain that to people who first plan to build two tunnels through the same mountain and in the middle decide to abandon one because "it's too expensive" (they soon *have* to finish the second one because traffic is so bad, but now it will cost way more).


Submission + - How do you find new non-RIAA music? 4

burgundysizzle writes: Hey this is /. (almost) everyone hates the RIAA and a lot of people say that they don't buy anything from the companies that are part of that trade group. What alternatives do you use or more importantly what methods do you use to discover alternative sources of music?

I use http://www.sellaband.com/ (some free legal music available) and http://www.amiestreet.com/ (new music is free and most music really cheap) to find new music, but I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting places to discover new music. Tell me about your experiences and any other interesting places you get new music from (that's inexpensive and legal).

Submission + - Fight Global Warming in a Practical way, Offset !

Omer Altay writes: "CO2Debt.com You can help reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by offsetting your carbon emissions. Offsetting is the process by which you pay an environmental organization to reduce the CO2 in the atmosphere by the amount that your day to day activities increase it, thus clearing your Carbon Debt and neutralizing your impact on the environment. It's about time that you become responsible for your actions, and help keep the environment clean."
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Submission + - South Africa to switch to open source

Tech writes: The Mail & Guardian is reporting that the South African government has approved a policy and strategy to implement free and open source software in government departments. A project office will be set up by April to ensure smooth implementation of Foss throughout the country.

Submission + - Multimaster replication for PostgreSQL on Windows

Hans-Juergen Schoenig writes: "Cybertec releases sync-multimaster replication for Windows
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Vienna: February 22nd 2007 — To satisfy the needs of countless PostgreSQL users
out there Cybertec has released the first synchronous-multimaster replication
solution for PostgreSQL which can be used on Windows and Linux. The system
scales to 128 nodes and provides superior performance on all platforms.

The new Windows version provides an easy to use installer and is based on a
totally reworked, multithreaded engine which provides perfect stability,
portability and excellent performance.

Enlarging the cluster is an easy task. Database nodes can be added and removed
on the fly providing the customer with perfect 24x7 availability.

Along with our clustering solution we provide 24x7 support including bugfixing
and performance tuning of your application.

About Cybertec:

Cybertec has provided PostgreSQL based solutions since June 2000. We are the
first vendor in Europe focusing entirely on PostgreSQL.

About the product:

For more information about multimaster replication check out

Contact us:

Cybertec Geschwinde & Schoenig GmbH
Schoengrabern 134
A-2020 Hollabrunn, Austria
Tel: +43 / 664 / 3933 974
Web: www.postgresql.at"

Submission + - Fran Allen becomes first woman to win Turing award

shoemortgage writes: "The Association for Computing Machinery, has named Frances E. Allen the recipient of the 2006 A.M. Turing Award for contributions that fundamentally improved the performance of computer programs in solving problems, and accelerated the use of high performance computing. This award marks the first time that a woman has received this honour."

Scientists Make Quantum Encryption Breakthrough 156

Madas writes "Scientists working in Cambridge have managed to make quantum encryption completely secure (registration required) by putting decoy pulses in the key transmission stream. According to the story this paves the way for safe, encrypted high-speed data links. Could this allow completely private transmission of data away from snooping eyes and ears? Or will it mean film studios can stop movies from being copied when traveling on the internet?"
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SETI Finally Finds Something 416

QuatumCrypto writes "SETI@home is a distributed processing client from UC Berkeley that installs on the volunteers' home computers and harnesses their processing power in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. So far nothing noteworthy has comeout of this massive project... that is until today! One of the volunteers was able to track down his wife's stolen laptop using the IP address that SETI@home client reports back to the server. After getting back the laptop his wife said, 'I always knew that a geek would make a great husband.'"

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