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Submission + - Hitachi Introduces World's 1st 500GB 2.5 Inch HDD (xuecast.com) 1

XueCast writes: "Today, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has just announced that they currently are preparing to release the world's first half Terabyte 2.5 inch Hard Disk Drive units in February 2008. The new 500GB HDD units will be released as a part of Hitachi's popular portable HDD family, the Travelstar. Hitachi will release two models of these new Travelstar HDD units, the 5K500 and the E5K500. Travelstar 5K500 HDD units will be released first in February and they will be cheaper but will have less features than their E5K500 counterparts, which will see the store shelves later in the mid 2008."
Space

Submission + - 500-fold growth in space comms squeezes SETI@home (networkworld.com) 3

coondoggie writes: "The longest-running search for radio signals from alien civilizations is receiving 500 times more data from an upgraded telescope and better frequency coverage than project planners anticipated, meaning the SETI@home project is in dire need of more desktop computers to help crunch the data. New, more sensitive receivers on the world's largest radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and better frequency coverage are generating 500 times more data for the project than before, project leaders said in a release. SETI@home software has been upgraded to deal with this new data as the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) enters a new era and offers a new opportunity for those who want to help find other civilizations in the universe. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/23469"
Data Storage

Submission + - Hitachi releases half-terabyte notebook drive (computerworld.com) 5

Lucas123 writes: "Hitachi has released its Travelstar 5K500 2.5-inch disk drive that has 500GB capacity and spins at 5,400 rpm with a 3Gbit/sec Serial Advanced Technology Attachment interface. At the same time, Asus announced a 1TB laptop that incorporates two 500GB drives. The Asus M70 will be launched at CES next week. It comes optionally equipped with a digital/analog TV tuner and video recording capability. The Hitachi will be available in February for about $350 for a 400GB version and about $400 for a 500GB version."
Music

Submission + - RIAA getting agressive (foxnews.com)

Agent__Smith writes: "According to Foxnews.com the RIAA may soon be going after users that are ripping any file from any CD. This applies even if you own the CD and are ripping one copy to your own computer for your own use on an iPod or other MP3 player... There is a case in Arizona right now testing the water for future cases... This could get ugly and very expensive. So much for fair use."
Microsoft

Submission + - Winutuxu - Is it Windows XP? is it Ubuntu?

LiquidNitrogen writes: Previously discussed on UbuntuForums, Winutuxu is now making rounds on the internet as a heavily cracked though full working copy of windows XP SP2 with Ubuntu Human Theme built right in the OS. Winutuxu also comes with a number of open source applications pre-installed. Check out some of the screenshots of Winutuxu.
Media

Submission + - RIAA Suing User for Copying CDs to Hard Drive 2

tigerhawkvok writes: "Everyone has some gripe about the the RIAA. Well, here's one that we can all partake in, more than usual: The RIAA has officially started suing people for copying CDs to their hard drive. Yes. You read that right. They want you to fill up your PMPs with just content downloaded from their label websites, Microsoft's marketplace, iTunes, or what have you. No CDs allowed.
No, this is not just the famous side-comment of "when an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." Copying a song you bought is "a nice way of saying 'steals just one copy' " as said by the Sony/BMG chick. This is an actual lawsuit.

This disgusting trend brought to your attention courtesy Engadget."
Censorship

Submission + - YouTube censoring atheists. (youtube.com)

Metaleks writes: 'Tis the season to be jolly. But all is not well. It would seem that YouTube is censoring those who lack Christmas spirit. One after another, atheists on YouTube are being removed from Top 100 lists, and having their channels stripped of any honours. To prove this wasn't some sort of YouTube glitch, one atheist went as far as creating another account. As soon as he was "discovered" of being an atheist his videos were stripped of any honours and his name taken off of the Top 100 lists. Why is YouTube censoring atheists?
Sci-Fi

Submission + - Star Trek: Of Gods And Men - Part1 Released (myspace.com) 1

stonedcat writes: "Star Trek: Of Gods and Men is a three-part unofficial Star Trek fan mini-series, part one (http://www.startrekofgodsandmen.com/) has been released today in flash format, higher quality versions should follow. Directed by Tim Russ (Tuvok from Voyager) and featuring several former cast members from various Star Trek series this mini-series should be a fresh look at the Trek universe especially with the lack of any Star Trek series or Movies on the horizon. This mini-series has been compared by fans to Duke Nukem Forever with its many delays and it was thought to never see the light of day. With this release we can be assured that the film is no longer vapor ware or a pipe dream."
Television

Submission + - New Star Trek 1

WED Fan writes: "The new fan/cast effort Star Trek: Of Gods and Men has debutted their first 26 minute act.

Many second line players have taken part along with a couple of fan film actors from Star Trek: The New Voyages. The story can be viewed as a sequel to the ST:TOS episode "Charlie X". The last two acts will "air" shortly.

The first 26 minutes shows much possibility, but also shows some of the problems with the fan film venue. Dialogue, which in Star Trek was already stilted, becomes even more stilted. Yet, the effort is credible."
The Courts

Submission + - RIAA protests Oregon AG discovery request (blogspot.com) 2

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The RIAA is apparently having an allergic reaction to the request by the State Attorney General of Oregon for information about the RIAA's investigative tactics, in Arista v. Does 1-17, the Portland, Oregon, case targeting students at the University of Oregon. See The Oregonian, December 1, 2007 ("UO suspects music industry of spying") and p2pnet, November 29, 2007 ("RIAA may be spying on students: Oregon AG"). Not only are the record companies opposing the request (pdf), they're asking the Judge not to even read it. (pdf)"
AMD

Submission + - Hidden problem on 790X chipset.

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that the new AMD/ATI 790X (NOT 790FX) chipset has data corruption issues much worse than the Opteron/Phenom cache bug. We bought several Gigabyte 790X boards from Newegg and other places. Running in both linux and windows xp/vista significant data corruption was experienced and we lost approximately 2 gigabytes worth of data (backed up luckily!) due to this corruption bug. it seems that when read/writing from memory and reading/writing from both IDE disks (master/slave), the bug is triggered with (according to memtest type software and some other homebrew stuff we cooked up) several hundred errors per million read/write cycles. No news sites have reported this and newegg quietly pulled the 790X boards from its websites. We were strongly urged not to report this and it appears that it is currently under wraps pending further investigation. This is with all 4 channels occupied (DDR2-1066) and a Phenom 9500 at stock with an HD3870 at stock sitting in the PCIe 2.0 mode. All our 790X boards have been returned under RMA and if you have one, caution and testing overnight is suggested before using it for business or personal use. 790X boards have only one PCIe 16 slot NOT two. If you have two then it is a 790FX board and unaffected by this bug.
Windows

Submission + - More evidence that XP is Vista's main competitor (computerworld.com) 3

Ian Lamont writes: "Computerworld is reporting that Windows XP Service Pack 3 runs MS Office 10% faster than XP SP2 — and is "considerably faster" than Vista SP1. XP SP3 isn't scheduled to be released until next year, but testers at Devil Mountain Software — the same company which found Vista SP 1 to be hardly any faster than the debut version of Vista — were able to run some benchmarking tests on a release candidate of XP SP3, says the report. While this may be great news for XP owners, it is a problem for Microsoft, which is having trouble convincing business users to migrate to Vista: 'Vista's biggest competition isn't Apple or Novell or Red Hat; it's Microsoft itself, it's XP, [Forrester Research analyst Benjamin Gray] said. So enamored of XP are businesses that Microsoft may feel obligated to extend the operating system's mainstream support past its current April 2009 expiration date. ... He attributed the lowered expectations to a lack of detailed information about Vista in 2006; too-high prices for PCs with 2GB of memory, which is essentially the minimum needed for Vista, according to company managers; and a larger-than-expected number of incompatible applications.'"
Google

Submission + - google censors "search" results (google.com)

An anonymous reader writes: If you search for "team snd" at google, you'll be presented with the following statement at the bottom of the results page:

In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at ChillingEffects.org.

yahoo on the other hand doesnt seem to filter its results

Biotech

Submission + - Global Warming caused by heat?

ecotretas writes: What if Global Warming comes from heat generated by our energy consumption? Most of the energy we use generates heat in the process. Just a few examples:

-When we drive a car, the air expelled is quite hot.
-When we take a bath, the hot water will finally get to the ocean.
-When we heat our houses, something is getting hotter.
-Our incandescent lights also get quite hot.
-Electrical power plants generate a lot of heat.
-Our air conditioners generate more heat than cold air.

I'm surprised I've never seen any citation to this before. Maybe someone can reference some study to me about it. All this heat seems very signficant to me. Has anybody quantified it?

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