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The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Richest 2% own half the world

kop writes: "The richest 2% of adults in the world own more than half of all household wealth, according to a new study by a United Nations research institute.
The survey is based on data for the year 2000. The authors say a more recent year would have involved more gaps in the data. As it is, many figures — especially for developing countries — have had to be estimated.

Nonetheless, the authors say it is the most comprehensive study of personal wealth ever undertaken."

Submission + - Why UI Design is Important in Enterprise Apps writes: "Network Performance Daily has a article by Russell Wilson on designing UI for business applications: "Having a well-thought out interface can save time, save frustration, and create emotional links to the product and draw the user back to it. Especially with enterprise apps, where vendors are tasked with reducing costs calculated by employee time on-task, the more that you can shorten the time it takes employees to do certain tasks by making them more intuitive and more efficient, the more you can save organizations in their total cost of ownership... A big piece of TCO is training time and the need for support — a useful, simple, unified user interface can reduce both. So then, why do many enterprise programs have poor user interfaces?""
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Warner CEO Admits His Kids Stole Music

IAmTheDave writes: "Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman admitted that he was fairly certain that one or more of his children had downloaded music illegally, but despite this direct admission of guilt, and without surprise, no lawsuits are pending. Bronfman insists that, with a fairly certain stern talking-to, his children have suffered the full consequences of their actions. "I explained to them what I believe is right, that the principle is that stealing music is stealing music. Frankly, right is right and wrong is wrong, particularly when a parent is talking to a child. A bright line around moral responsibility is very important. I can assure you they no longer do that." I wonder if all of the people currently being sued/extorted can now just admit that they "no longer do that.""

Submission + - NASA Wants Permanent Moonbase by 2024

quanticle writes: According to CNN, NASA wants to establish a permanent human presence on the moon by 2024. While NASA has stated intentions to establish such a base beforehand, this is the first proposed timetable I've heard so far.

NASA Associate Administrator Scott Horowitz said the goal is to conduct the first manned missions to the moon by 2020, starting with short stays by four-person crews that would establish the outpost.

He estimated that perhaps by 2024 there might be a continual presence on the surface, with crews rotating in and out, as is done with the international space station.
The Internet

Verisign Retains .com Control Until 2012 92

Several readers wrote to note that the U.S. Department of Commerce, in a controversial deal, has extended Verisign's control of the .com domain. Verisign got the right to raise prices in four of the six years of the contract, by up to 7% each time. From the article: "Verisign has control of .com and .net locked up for the next several years, but there will still be a modicum of oversight. [Commerce] retains final approval over any price hikes, and has said that any subsequent renewal of the contract will occur 'only if it concludes that the approval will serve the public interest in the continued security and stability of the Internet domain name system... and the provision of registry services at reasonable prices, terms and conditions.'"

Submission + - Linux Overclocking Software

An anonymous reader writes: Phoronix has posted an article that covers the basics of GPU and CPU overclocking utilities available for GNU/Linux. From the article: "In 2005 we had featured several articles on the state of NVIDIA graphics card overclocking under Linux. In early 2005 the only option for Linux users was NVClock. The open-source NVClock was started by Roderick Colenbrander in 2001 and since then has been evolving. However, coming out in June of 2005 from the NVIDIA camp was CoolBits support for their alternative operating system drivers."
Operating Systems

Submission + - Is XP-64 really worth it?

chip_whisperer writes: I used to be a big time custom desktop builder, making many working boxes per year, but I've been off the bandwagon for about four years now and am trying to get back into it now that Ars Technica has just released their recommendations. The standard seems to be heading towards 64 bit processors, but I'm wondering if you can/is it worth it to run a box on simply Windows XP or should I get XP-64? I've heard that driver support for 64 can be a hassle. Also, for you fellow Linux geeks, how are current distros doing in supporting 64 bit processors? (e.g. Suse, Ubuntu, etc.) Thanks for all your help!
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - Displaying game system on VGA monitor?

An anonymous reader writes: I'm in the process of building up a MythTv system, and am trying to use this system to replace the TV in my house with a monitor. My only challenge at this point is the game consoles. How can I display those on a VGA monitor? There a huge range of products out there to do this translation, ranging from a few bucks to a few hundred...but very little info about which ones of these work with Linux, or work at all (the cheaper ones, especially, probably use CPU emulation, which I'm leery of).

Has anyone out in greater Slashdot-land tried this and gotten it to work? General thoughts on what you'd use to get the consoles in your house to use your monitor instead of a TV?

Submission + - Open Source Spying

eldavojohn writes: "The New York Times is running a very lengthy but amazingly interesting article on the short history of open source software and information on the inside of the intelligence community. The article discusses the transformation of the intelligence community from fighting the Cold War with traditional information exchange to fighting terrorism today utilizing things like wikis & blogs. From the end of the article,
Today's spies exist in an age of constant information exchange, in which everyday citizens swap news, dial up satellite pictures of their houses and collaborate on distant Web sites with strangers. As John Arquilla told me, if the spies do not join the rest of the world, they risk growing to resemble the rigid, unchanging bureaucracy that they once confronted during the cold war. "Fifteen years ago we were fighting the Soviet Union," he said. "Who knew it would be replicated today in the intelligence community?"
You may recall that the CIA now has their own classified Wiki. I think it's interesting that the 9/11 Report recommended that United States agencies such as the DoD, CIA & FBI learn to share information more freely to overcome terrorism and now they're turning to internet community applications to accomplish that."

ASUS Integrates VOIP and PSTN Into Motherboards 101

yahyamf writes "ASUS recently announced that their TeleSky telecom adapter will now be included in two of their motherboards. The TeleSky converts an ordinary house phone into a multi-functional Skype phone. With one jack connected to the house phone and the other to the ground telephone line, the TeleSky can switch the house phone connection between the PSTN and VoIP networks. While it sounds interesting, how would this compare to the dedicated VOIP adapters available from SIPURA and others?"

How To Tell If Your Cell Phone Is Bugged 338

Lauren Weinstein writes to point us to his essay on the realities of using an idle cell phone as a bug, as a recent story indicated the FBI may have done in a Mafia case. From the essay: "There is no magic in cell phones. From a transmitting standpoint, they are either on or off... It is also true that some phones can be remotely programmed by the carrier to mask or otherwise change their display and other behaviors in ways that could be used to fool the unwary user. However, this level of remote programmability is another feature that is not universal... But remember — no magic! When cell phones are transmitting — even as bugs — certain things are going to happen every time that the alert phone user can often notice."

Software Used To Predict Who Might Kill 361

eldavojohn writes "Richard Berk, a University of Pennsylvania criminologist, has worked with authorities to develop a software tool that predicts who will commit homicide. I could not find any papers published on this topic by Berk, nor any site stating what specific Bayesian / decision tree algorithm / neural net is being implemented." From the article: "The tool works by plugging 30 to 40 variables into a computerized checklist, which in turn produces a score associated with future lethality. 'You can imagine the indicators that might incline someone toward violence: youth; having committed a serious crime at an early age; being a man rather than a woman, and so on. Each, by itself, probably isn't going to make a person pull the trigger. But put them all together and you've got a perfect storm of forces for violence,' Berk said. Asked which, if any, indicators stood out as reliable predicators of homicide, Berk pointed to one in particular: youthful exposure to violence." The software is to enter clinical trials next spring in the Philadelphia probation department. Its intent is to serve as a kind of triage: to let probation caseworkers concentrate most of their effort on the former offenders most likely to be most dangerous.

Submission + - Bjarne Stroustrup on The Problem with Programming

Hobart writes: "MIT's Technology Review has a Q&A with C++ inventor Bjarne Stroustrup. Highlights include Bjarne's answers on the tradeoffs involved in the design of C++, and how they apply today, and his thoughts on the solution to the problems. From the interview: "Software developers have become adept at the difficult art of building reasonably reliable systems out of unreliable parts. The snag is that often we do not know exactly how we did it""

Journal Journal: A true test for the Wii 7

My parents were over today to help us move some furniture around in preparation of babies "a" and "b" arriving soon. My son decided to turn on the Wii to show Pop pop and Grammy. At first, my parents were apprehensive about playing, but within an hour, they were both competitively playing the Bowling and Baseball games within Wii Sports. I showed them around the system a bit, but between working, we managed to all play Wii for about three hours apiece. My mom who is a pretty hard person t

Emulation (Games)

Submission + - Running Emulators on the Nintendo Wii Tutorial

Joan Cross writes: Wii-News have posted a tutorial on how to Run Homebrew on the Nintendo Wii, using an Action replay Disc, SD Card adapter and SD memory Card and an application called SD Load you can enjoy emulators for Snes, Genesis, GameBoy Advance, Gameboy Colour, PC Engine and Nes and also a port of Doom originally released for the Gamecube but playable on the Wii also.

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