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Submission + - SCO Receives Nasdaq Notice Letter (cnn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: This somewhat amusing press release of sorts tells us one of those things we've all been waiting a while for. SCO(X) has announced that: that it received a Nasdaq Staff Determination letter on December 21, 2007 indicating that as a result of having filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel has determined to delist the company's securities from the Nasdaq Stock Market and will suspend trading of the securities effective at the open of business on Thursday, December 27, 2007. PJ at Groklaw has surmised that with effectively zero cash resources left, Novell doesn't stand to get much more than SCO's furniture, if even that. Ding dong, is the wicked witch finally dead yet?
Data Storage

Submission + - Top 10 data storage predictions for 2008 (computerworld.com)

Lucas123 writes: "IDC just released its predictions for 2008 with regards to data storage trends and its research shows, among other things, a greater adoption of online backup and archiving services (as evident in offerings from giants such as Google), the "prevalent" use of full-disk encryption in the data center, and mainstream adoption of solid-state disk drives due to falling prices. From the story: "There are very simple situations and application scenarios where solid-state disks will be worth the risk. It does promise some great potential benefit in terms of I/O ... [and] solid state will make a significant impact on reducing heat from spindle usage in server blade deployments and to boost functionality in mobile devices." According to IDC, storage capacity is exploding at a rate of almost 60% per year."

Submission + - Your Wii now plays NEOGEO games (videogamesblogger.com)

Wowzer writes: "NEOGEO games will now be appearing in the Wii Shop Channel for download. NEOGEO becomes the sixth platform represented in the Wii Shop Channel. The first NEOGEO games include three fighting games that are a mix of familiar franchises and cult classics. The arcade games are: Fatal Fury, World Heroes and Art of Fighting. Each costing 900, no not Dollars, Wii Points and that's $9."
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Apple Announces YouTube and 160G for Apple TV

Cygfrydd writes: "According to AppleInsider, Steve Jobs today announced, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal at the D: All Things Digital conference, that an upcoming software upgrade to the Apple TV will allow access to YouTube content and (finally!) will be soon offering the Apple TV with a 160GiB internal hard drive, increasing the device's ability to store content internally by a factor of 4."

Submission + - How an Email Rant Jolted a Big HMO

Radon360 writes: From the WSJ Article:

On a Friday morning last November, Justen Deal, a Kaiser Permanente employee, blasted an email throughout the giant health maintenance organization. His message charged that HealthConnect — the company's ambitious $4 billion project to convert paper files into electronic medical records — was a mess.

Mr. Deal signed the email. Before sending it, he says, he printed out a copy and handed it to his boss. Soon afterward, his office phone was ringing off the hook. IT staffers later arrived to seize his computers, and Mr. Deal was placed on paid leave from his $56,000-a-year job.

Despite Kaiser's efforts to squelch and downplay the incident, the email episode shows that, in the digital age, flicking away whistle-blowers isn't as easy as it once was.

Submission + - The Virtues of a Monoculture: Why Microsoft Wins

blackbearnh writes: "Why does Microsoft win the development environment war so often, when we all know it's a lifetime lock-in to Windows? Perhaps it's because the open source community offers too much choice, as this blog on the O'Reilly ONLamp site suggests. From the blog:

Microsoft offers the certainty of no choices. Choice isn't always good, and the open source community sometimes offers far too many ways to skin the same cat, choices that are born more out of pride, ego or stubbornness than a genuine need for two different paths. I won't point fingers, everyone knows examples.

Feed Xbox 360's Guitar Hero II axe: now shredding in OS X (engadget.com)

Filed under: Gaming, Peripherals

Ah, the sequence of events is nearly complete. First, we get the Xbox 360 axe rockin' on the console itself, and then comes the inevitable hacks to get it rollin' on Windows, and without further adu, we present the ability to melt those plastic frets on OS X. Thanks to an impressive development from TattieBogle (v0.5), a USB driver which purportedly "allows the use of wired Xbox 360 controllers via USB" on your OS X-based machine is finally available. Apparently, it actually works fairly well to boot, so if you've been pouting over your Mac not being able to enjoy the same face melting Guitar Hero II niceties as the other guys, be sure to hit the read link and get your download on.

[Via Joystiq]

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Submission + - Food Ingredients Rarely Checked

An anonymous reader writes: "The same food safety net that couldn't catch poisoned pet food ingredients from China has a much bigger hole. Billions of dollars' worth of foreign ingredients that Americans eat in everything from salad dressing to ice cream get a pass from overwhelmed inspectors, despite a rising tide of imports from countries with spotty records, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal trade and food data." http://www.theindychannel.com/health/12915716/deta il.html

Submission + - The 2007 Underhanded C Contest is Online

Xcott Craver writes: "The Third Annual Underhanded C Contest is underway. This is a contest to write innocent-looking C code that conceals malicious behavior — behavior that is not obvious under casual inspection of the source. This year's challenge is to write an encryption program that unnoticeably fails on about 1 percent of all files, suitable for an eavesdropper. The prize is a gift certificate to ThinkGeek.com."

Feed Sony's PSP price cut coming to Europe on May 4th (engadget.com)

Filed under: Gaming, Handhelds

C'mon, you did think that Sony whippersnapper that confirmed the US PSP price cut was holding back about Europe, didn't you? As these things tend to fall, Europe is getting similar treatment as the US (albeit in a slightly later fashion), as the price of the PlayStation Portable will soon be descending to £130 / €170 (between $231 and $260) across the lake. Additionally, several Platinum titles will be taking a nosedive right along with it, as Ridge Racer 2, Tekken, Killzone, LocoRoco, and Moto GP all sink to £14.99 ($30). Hold your horses before skipping out of work and ripping our your credit card, though, as the price drops aren't slated to take effect until May 4th -- but we'd still recommend keeping a close eye out, as we know all too well how those street dates can fall through hold up.

[Via Joystiq]

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Feed KEF's Muon speakers: 253 pounds of aluminum, no sense of decency (engadget.com)

Filed under: Home Entertainment

Catering to the highest of the high-end in speakers will grab the attention of both consumers and designers, and KEF has contracted Ross Lovegrove, who designed such throw-aways as the Walkman and the iMac, to create this spendy new "Muon" series of speakers. These curvy monsters are carved out of a six-foot block of solid aluminum using computer-aided manufacturing and take a week to create. The four-way, eight-speaker setups weigh 253 pounds each, and will retail for £70,000 ($140,500 USD). If you've got the pocketbook, better have your butler write out a check right quick, as the edition is limited to 100 pairs.

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Submission + - Jack Thompson rushed to judgement

Jamil Karim writes: "MSNBC has an interesting article criticizing Jack Thompson not only for blaming video games for the Virginia Tech massacre when "police hadn't even identified the gunman", but also attacking his argument:

"And for all of Thompson's claims that violent video games are the cause of school shootings, Sternheimer points out that before this week's Virginia Tech massacre, the most deadly school shooting in history took place at the University of Texas in Austin... in 1966. Not even "Pong" had been invented at that time.""

Submission + - Cable-Ready HDTV Tuners Come To The PC

MojoKid writes: Free to air HDTV can be brought in to a PC with any number of TV Tuner products currently on the market. However, tuner cards or external USB tuners that support local and non-subscription cable driven HDTV channels have been non-existent until the recent release of tuners like the 5th generation LG ATSC / NTSC chipset. The Autumnwave OnAir USB HDTV Creator is a new tuner that recently hit the street is capable of pulling in both analog (NTSC) and digital (ATSC) signal and Digital Cable (QAM 64/256) via direct cable connection. 1080i image quality with this product and a capable monitor is exceptional.

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