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Comment win 3x on Stress test machine in wafer fab (Score 3, Interesting) 384

I used to work at ON Semiconductor in Gresham OR, and they have win3x on a wafer stress testing machine as of 2008. Its an old machine, but still perfectly good because as the feature sizes get smaller with Photolithography, stress testing is the same (as far as testing the flatness of the surface). So yeah, there are still uses for that OS I suppose.
Censorship

Internet Censorship's First Death Sentence? 475

mrogers writes "A journalism student in Afghanistan has been sentenced to death by a Sharia court for downloading and sharing a report criticizing the treatment of women in some Islamic countries. The student was accused of blasphemy and tried without representation. According to Reporters Without Borders, sixty people are currently in jail worldwide for criticizing governments online, fifty of them in China, but this may be the first time someone has been sentenced to death for using the internet. Internet censorship is on the rise worldwide, according to The OpenNet Initiative."
Announcements

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."

Feed Science Daily: SETI@home Ramps Up To Analyze More Data In Search Of Extraterrestrial Intelligen (sciencedaily.com) 1

The longest-running search for radio signals from alien civilizations is getting a burst of new data from an upgraded Arecibo telescope, which means the SETI@home project needs more desktop computers to help crunch the data. The project already boasts the largest number of dedicated users: 170,000.
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.

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