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Submission + - Wind Power Takes Off in Texas

Hugh Pickens writes: "The NY Times has a good story on the growth of wind power in Texas where wind turbines as tall as 20 story buildings and blades longer than a football field already supply more than 3 percent of the state's electricity, enough to supply power to one million homes. T. Boone Pickens is spending $10 Billion to build the biggest wind farm in the world on 150,000-acres in Texas' Panhandle that will generate 4,000 megawatts. "I like wind because it's renewable and it's clean and you know you are not going to be dealing with a production decline curve," Pickens says. "Decline curves finally wore me out in the oil business." Although there has been some opposition to wind power in the state, Texans see the sleek new turbines as a welcome change in the landscape. "Texas has been looking at oil and gas rigs for 100 years, and frankly, wind turbines look a little nicer," said Jerry Patterson, the Texas land commissioner. The part of the United States with the highest wind potential is a corridor stretching north from Texas through the middle of the country but power is needed most in the dense cities of the coasts, and building new transmission lines over such long distances is certain to be expensive and controversial. "We need a national vision for transmission like we have with the national highway system," said wind advocate Robert Gramlich. "We have to get over the hump of having a patchwork of electric utility fiefdoms.""
United States

Submission + - Forensics Expert says Al-Qaeda Images Altered

WerewolfOfVulcan writes: Wired reports that researcher Neal Krawetz revealed some veeeeeery interesting things about the Al-Qaeda images that our government loves to show off.

From the article: "Krawetz was also able to determine that the writing on the banner behind al-Zawahiri's head was added to the image afterward. In the second picture above showing the results of the error level analysis, the light clusters on the image indicate areas of the image that were added or changed. The subtitles and logos in the upper right and lower left corners (IntelCenter is an organization that monitors terrorist activity and As-Sahab is the video production branch of al Qaeda) were all added at the same time, while the banner writing was added at a different time, likely around the same time that al-Zawahiri was added, Krawetz says." Why would Al-Qaeda add an IntelCenter logo to their video? Why would IntelCenter add an Al-Qaeda logo? Methinks we have bigger fish to fry than Gonzo and his fired attorneys... }:-) The article contains links to Krawetz's presentation and the source code he used to analyze the photos.

Submission + - Do Not Call Registry gets wake-up call (networkworld.com) 2

coondoggie writes: "If you signed up for the federal or your state's Do Not Call Registry a few years ago, you might want to thing about refreshing it. Pennsylvanians this week got a wake up call, so to speak from the state's Attorney General Tom Corbett who kicked off a public awareness campaign designed to remind people what many have forgotten or never knew — that the 2002 law set registrations to expire after five years. That is of course unless you want to start hearing from those telemarketers as you sit down to dinner. Corbett said about 2 million people signed up in the immediate aftermath of the law taking effect and those who do not act by Sept. 15 will have their numbers dropped from the registry on Nov. 1. The Pennsylvania action is a reminder that the National Do Not Call Registry has a five year life span as well. The Federal Trade Commission is set to being a nation campaign in Spring 2008 to remind all US citizens to refresh their federal Do Not Call Registry standing. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/18066"

Submission + - Controversy threatens 100G Ethernet work (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "A debate within the IEEE threatens to stall work on a 100Gbps Ethernet standard and the very existence of the working group defining it. Participants in the Higher Speed Study Group (HSSG) within the IEEE are divided on whether to include 40G Ethernet as part of their charter or stay the course with 100G. Proponents for 40G argue that it is a necessary, simple and cost-effective step that has broad market potential; opponents say it will unnecessarily bog down progress on 100G which, they claim, also has broad market potential addressing different applications — aggregation and long-haul vs. server interconnect. Seven months ago, HSSG's focus seemed like a done deal. But in January, 40G proponents became more vocal. Now, the integrity of HSSG itself is threatened by the row. The group's future hinges on a meeting next month in San Francisco where HSSG leaders will attempt to build consensus among members on the 40G/100G issue. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/061407-100g- standards-work.html"

Submission + - SDF Public Access Unix System Turns 20 (lonestar.org)

Eileen writes: Remember those days when you could get a free Unix shell account and learn all about the command line? You still can at the Super Dimension Fortress (SDF). SDF is celebrating its 20th birthday on June 16.

Full press release text:
The SDF Public Access UNIX System Celebrates 20 Years!

It was on June 16th, 1987 that the SDF-1 received its first caller at 300bps. This little Apple ][e BBS of the late 80s turned into a Public Access UNIX System with the demise of "killer.dallas.tx.us" during the "Operation Sundevil" raids. Since then it has grown to become the oldest and largest continually operating PUBNIX on the planet.

Over the years SDF has been a home to 2+ million people from all over the world and has been supported by donations and membership dues. SDFers pride themselves on the fact that theirs is one of the last bastions of "the real INTERNET", out of the reach and scope of the commercialism and advertising of the DOT COM entities. It is a proponent of SMTP greylisting as opposed to content filtering and offers that as an option to its members.

While access to basic services are free to everyone, lifetime membership can be obtained for a mere onetime donation of $36. And it is the members who decide which programs and features are available. The members communicate via a web free, google inaccessible, text bulletin board ('bboard') as well as an interactive chat ('com') where users battle each other in the integrated netris matches. The interface of these programs harks back to the days when TOPS-20 CMD J-SYS ruled the ARPANET.

SDF has also become home to well known hackers such as Bill Gosper, Tom Ellard (Severed Heads), Geoff Goodfellow, Carolyn Meinel and Ezra Buchla, son of the father of the Synthesizer. From this pool of talent you might expect more than just computing, and you'd be correct. An annual music compilation is published featuring original music ranging from electronic noise to improvised piano sonatinas. Gosper's puzzles which he has cut at his favorite laser shop are frequently given away as membership perks or through fundraising raffles.

There are always classes being taught on SDF as well, where instructors and students enjoy free access to the latest teaching and programming tools. Instructors manage their own classes in such a way as not to be encumbered by their own school's outdated utilities or computer security restrictions, which can hamper the learning process.

And where else would you expect to be able to locally dialup at 1200bps from just about anywhere in the USA and Canada with a Commodore 64 and get a login prompt? SDF! As well as direct login, SDF offers PPP and PPPoE via analogue dialup (1200bps — 56kbps), ISDN and DSL. Members also have access to the SDF VPN (Virtual Private Network) and Dynamic Domain Name Service.

One of the many interesting and esoteric aspects of life on the SDF-1 is GOPHER. All users have access to their own GOPHER space and a number of them continue to find it a useful way to share text and data. And if you don't want to relive that past, SDF's 'motd.org' project offers a collaboration amongst members to share source and security tweaks for the latest wikis, web forums, photo galleries and blogs.

SDF runs NetBSD on a cluster of 12 DEC alphas with 3 BGP'ed T1s linking it to the INTERNET. It is an annual supporter of the NetBSD foundation and the Computer History Museum (CA). One of its original incarnations, an AT&T 3B2/500, is displayed annually at the Vintage Computer Festival.


Submission + - Church of England Chastises Sony (physorg.com)

eldavojohn writes: "The game "Resistance: Fall of Man" has been called sick & sacreligious by the Church of England due to a point in the game in which rival gunmen kill hundreds inside Manchester cathedral. The Church of England said that Sony did not ask for permission to use the cathedral in their game and demanded an apology. The bishop of Manchester is quoted as saying, "It is well known that Manchester has a gun crime problem. For a global manufacturer to recreate one of our great cathedrals with photorealistic quality and then encourage people to have gunbattles in the building is beyond belief and highly irresponsible." A representative for Sony said a formal letter of apology will be sent Monday."

Submission + - iGoatse: The Goatse-themed iPod (gearfuse.com)

bob82 writes: "If you are as deep into internet culture as most people reading this, than you have probably seen the horrendous Goatse photo (let's just say it involves a man and his beloved anus). This imaginative, yet disturbing iPod case uses that cultural repulsion and creates the iGoatse. A Goatse theme for your iPod."
Linux Business

Submission + - Bank switches 12000 desktops to Linux (tectonic.co.za)

rpc1980 writes: "Following recent reports of a South African bank eyeing out Linux, Novell South Africa today issued a statement in which it said it had reached an agreement with First National Bank of South Africa to standardise the bank's 12 000 desktops in its 680 retail branches on Novell's Linux product."
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Emacs 22 released (gnu.org)

the Atomic Rabbit writes: After six years of development, version 22.1 of GNU Emacs has been released. Richard Stallman's release announcement can be viewed here. The complete list of changes in this major release are documented in the NEWS file, which contains more than five thousand lines; highlights include GTK+ support, enhanced mouse support, a new keyboard macro system, improved Unicode support, and new packages including a graphical user interface to GDB, Python mode, and the Tramp remote-file editing system. As usual, the Antinews section of the Emacs manual provides information on downgrading to Emacs 21 for the benefit of "those users who live backwards in time". The Emacs 22.1 source tarball can be downloaded from the GNU FTP site, or one of its mirrors. The difficulties encountered during the development of Emacs 22 have previously been discussed on Slashdot and lwn.net.

Submission + - Wiimote controlled SCM

An anonymous reader writes: So far we have seen PC games controlled by the "wiimote" (the wii remote), the wiimote emulating a PC mouse, playing drums and a huge amount of totally useless stuff.

But, what I've found today really goes further. Who would ever use a wiimote in his daily job?

Well, it seems these folks think someone is going to ever use a wii remote to control their "cool" (in their words, I would say pointless) version tree.

Here is the full story
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - LOLCODE: scripting code for a new generation

Tumbleweed writes: " LOLCODE is a new scripting language being designed to more closely match current trends in language grammar and syntax; LOLCODE will likely appeal to a new generation of web coders.

LOLCODE features keywords like these: can-has, gimmeh, hai, i-has-a, im-in-yr, im-outta-yr, kthxbye and
visible. My favourite example:

        YA RLY
                BTW this is true
                VISIBLE "BIG NUMBER!"
        NO WAI
                BTW this is false
                VISIBLE "LITTLE NUMBER!"
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Starcraft: Ghost pre-order on BestBuy.com

Van in SLO writes: In the midst of all of the interest in the announcement of Starcraft II and the general sentiments of dissatisfaction with Best Buy, it's interesting to note that a search of the BestBuy.com website reveals that they are still taking pre-orders for Starcraft: Ghost, a console game that Blizzard put on indefinite hold (and many believe effectively cancelled) over a year ago. The most interesting thing is the listed release date of 6/15/07. Is this just a lack of effort on the part of Best Buy, or are they trying to collect on a product that may never be delivered? I leave that for you to determine.

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