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Submission + - 10 Indispensible Network Admin Tools: for Linux an (

Esther Schindler writes: "Is it time to get the data center organized? Whether your shop is Linux or Windows-based, Tom Henderson has suggestions. For each OS, he shares 10 must-have tools — most of them free. You might know some of the tools he lists... but probably not all of them.

On the list... OpenLDAP for Windows, Nagios, Hamachi VPN... and, obviously, 17 more."

XBox (Games)

A Right To Bear Virtual Arms? 201

theodp writes "In the world of virtual goods, reports GeekWire's Todd Bishop, it looks like there's no such thing as a Second Amendment. According to a forum post by an Epic Games community manager, a new policy will remove 'gun-like' items from Microsoft's Xbox Live Avatar Marketplace on January 1. The policy reportedly applies to accessories for the avatars that represent Xbox Live users, not to games themselves, and owners of virtual weaponry like the Gears of War 3 Avatar Lancer purchased before the policy goes into effect will be permitted to continue to wield them."

Comment Re:I could care less: Opera64's out 4 Windows! (Score 1) 507

You're speaking of why a 64-bit system isn't needed at all, not why you wouldn't use a 64-bit browser. If someone is using a 64-bit system and has a valid need to do so, then one or two remaining 32-bit apps will indeed use more RAM for the 32-bit libs that are completely redundant save for the few apps that use them. Basically, if I have 1000 64-bit apps installed in a 64-bit system, it seems silly to keep 32-bit libraries around for one or two apps. Better to get rid of them as soon as a 64-bit version is available.

Now if you want to argue that (as you say) a 64-bit system isn't needed, that's really a separate discussion, and not one you can make without knowing the specific requirements of the user.

Comment Re:I could care less: Opera64's out 4 Windows! (Score 1) 507

On a pure 64-bit system, the memory you'll save by not having 32-bit libs loaded will eclipse any extra memory used because of longer pointers in 64-bit mode. As well, there's something annoying about having an *almost* fully 64-bit system with one or two apps holding it back. Perhaps it's an OCD thing or something :)
Data Storage

Discouraging Playstation Vita Details 275

itwbennett writes "Sony's new handheld gaming system, the Playstation Vita, launches in Japan in two weeks, and the latest report from Andriasang has some interesting details, including Sony's decision to go with proprietary memory cards. Sony says this is both for security reasons and to ensure a consistent experience for all users, but that 'doesn't explain why they're charging such enormous sums for these cards,' says blogger Peter Smith. 'The caveat here is that we haven't seen official pricing for the cards, but game retailer Gamestop lists them at $120 (!!) for a 32 GB card, $70 for a 16GB, $45 for 8 GB and $30 for a 4 GB.'"

Periodic Table To Welcome Two New Elements 157

adeelarshad82 writes "Chemistry's periodic table can soon welcome livermorium and flerovium, two newly named elements, which were announced Thursday (Dec. 1) by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. The new names will undergo a five-month public comment period before the official paperwork gets processed and they show up on the table. Three other new elements just recently finished this process, filling in the 110, 111 and 112 spots."

Submission + - Windows 8 Secure Boot Defeated ( 1

jhigh writes: "An Austrian security researcher will release the first "bootkit" for Windows 8 at MalCon in Mumbai. This exploit loads in the MBR and stays memory resident until Windows loads, resulting in root access to the system. This allegedly defeats the new secure boot features in Windows 8's bootloader."

Submission + - Erbium will boost fiber optics, solar cells, compu (

MrSeb writes: "It seems graphene, the single layer of carbon atoms that can supercharge computer chips, optical circuits, lithium-ion batteries, and solar power generation, might have a competitor: a rare earth element called erbium. Erbium salts, like graphene, have very desirable optical properties — and today’s discovery by researchers at Arizona State University is a new erbium compound that will allow photonic and material engineers to use up to 1,000 times more erbium in optical fiber, photonic switches, and solar power cells. Erbium has two very desirable properties: It emits photons at a 1500nm wavelength, which is often used for optical communications, making it an inline signal amplifier — and it also absorbs parts of the solar radiation spectrum that silicon otherwise ignores. Erbium salts are already used extensively, but too much and it degrades the quality of the fiber or solar panel. This new erbium crystal is a nanowire with a much slimmer profile, and thus more erbium can ultimately be packed into an optical fiber or switch. This means we might see more efficient solar panels — but also, the researchers seem confident that this new erbium compound will allow small, conventionally-fabricated silicon chips with integrated optical switches."

Net Neutrality and Carrier Incentives To Invest 170

An anonymous reader writes "In policy debates before Congress and the FCC, the big ISPs and wireless carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Cox, Sprint) argued that net neutrality rules would give them less incentive to upgrade their networks. The reality is just the opposite, says Infoworld's Bill Snyder, citing a game-theoretic work done by two researchers at the U. of Florida's business school. If carriers can charge premium prices for expedited service, they have an incentive not to invest. Hmm, this reminds me of the agriculture business, where prices are sometimes propped up by paying farmers not to grow crops."

Linux Kernel Power Bug Is Fixed 145

An anonymous reader writes "The Linux kernel power bug that caused high power usage for many Intel Linux systems has finally been addressed. Matthew Garrett of Red Hat has devised a solution for the ASPM Linux power problem by mimicking Microsoft Windows' power behavior in the Linux kernel. A patch is on LKML for this solution to finally restore the battery life under Linux."

Exploiting Network Captures For Truer Randomness 189

First time accepted submitter ronaldm writes "As a composer who uses computers for anything and everything from engraving to live performance projects, it's periodically of some concern that computers do exactly what they're supposed to do — what they're told. Introducing imperfections into music to make it sound more 'natural' is nothing new: yet it still troubles me that picking up random data from /dev/random to do this is well, cheating. It's not random. It bugs me. So, short of bringing in and using an atomic source, here's a way to embrace natural randomness — and bring your packet captures to life!"
GNU is Not Unix

Skein Hash... In Bash 90

First time accepted submitter Matt16060936 writes "...Last night (err.. 3am this morning) I finished an implementation of the Skein 512-512 hash algorithm (version 1.3). I'm a fan of Skein and hope it wins the SHA-3 competition next year. One of the nice things about Skein is how quickly it's been adopted by many platforms and implemented in many languages. To that end, I present Skein 512-512 implemented in Bash."

Patent Applications Hint Apple Wants To Eliminate Printer Drivers 323

An anonymous reader writes "Apple has filed two patent applications that describe an approach as well as file formats and APIs to eliminate the printer driver as a requirement for users to access a printer and print documents. If the company has its way, there will be three ways to access a printer in the future: The first will be via a conventional software driver. The second will be via a cloud service and the third will be via a driverless access method that supports 'universal' printing from any type device."

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