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Submission + - Microsoft releases SQL Server Preview for Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (

BrianFagioli writes: Microsoft is a big proponent of open source, something highlighted by its becoming a Linux Foundation Platinum Member earlier today. The company has been contributing to multiple projects, and back in March, it even announced it was bringing SQL Server to Linux-based operating systems.

Today, the Windows-maker follows through on its promise and delivers SQL Server Preview packaged for two of the most popular business-used Linux-based operating systems — Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). While it is not ready for prime-time, both administrators and developers that prefer those aforementioned operating systems can start testing now.

Submission + - Ohio's Trying To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again 1

cartechboy writes: Man the automotive dealer associations don't like Tesla. Remember that time the Ohio dealers attempted to block Tesla from selling its electric cars in in the Buckeye State. Now, it's happening again. The car dealers are once again pushing legislation that would keep Tesla from selling cars in Ohio. Senate Bill 260 would prohibit the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles from issuing car-dealer licenses to auto manufacturers. Since Tesla owns and operates its own network of "dealerships" (aka galleries), this would make it so the automaker couldn't acquire a car-dealer license. Section 11 of the bill lists "a manufacturer... applying for license to sell or lease new motor vehicles at retail" as one of the types of organization ineligible for a dealership license. On top of all this, the langauge isn't on the Senate floor as a standalone bill. No, it's inserted as an amendment to Senate Bill 137 which is an unrelated bill requiring Ohio drivers to move to the left while passing roadside maintenance vehicles. Is this yet another slimy tactic to try and undercut the new kid on the block?

Submission + - How to Tell Your Client That His "Expert" is an Idiot

Esther Schindler writes: It’s a danger for any consultant, and for most inter-departmental internal project staff: To get the work done, you need to work with someone else who supplies expertise you lack. But when the “expert” turns out to be the wrong person how do you tell the client (or boss) that you just can’t work with that individual? It’s possible to do so, but it does take a deft hand. Here's one set of instructions, but surely there are plenty more you could add.

Comment Re:Can't you simulate a chemistry set with softwar (Score 1) 446

My Physics Teacher my junior year of HS did something called "Bubbles of Death". He did it as an intro to what a chemical reaction can do (heat + natural gas + O2 = flame), and was notorious for making his bubble tower large enough to create a fairly large flame cloud. In my class it was big enough to push the door open, and leave a black mark on the ceiling. I believe he was banned from doing that as it was getting annoying to continually replace ceiling tiles.

Submission + - NASA creates an alien's eye view of solar system (

Flash Modin writes: Using the Discover supercomputer — which is capable of 67 trillion calculations per second — astronomers at NASA Goddard have created a series of images of what our solar system would look like to an alien astronomer at various points in time. Their simulations track the interactions of 75,000 dust grains in the Kuiper Belt, and show that while the planets would be too dim to detect directly, aliens could deduce the presence of Neptune from its effects on the icy region. Strikingly, the images resemble one taken by Hubble of the star Fomalhaut. NASA has put out a cute video to go with the announcement as well.

Comment Re:IE6 "Compatibility Mode?" (Score 1) 458

While that may be a problem, what IT staffers need to start doing is find ways to show that once security patches for windows XP and IE6 stop rolling in, that the opportunity cost to hold onto those websites and dealing with what users inevitably drag in is far greater then simply hiring a programmer to rework all those "must have" programs into something that's a bit more future proofed.

There is one downside, and that's when you run into a vendor that refuses to use anything newer, claiming that only that really old PoS will do the job they way that it's meant to be. That's the only situation I can see where IE6 will be forced to stay.

Enough with this good enough BS, Windows XP deserves a good burial, it's lived long enough.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 134

Good thing Blizzard is managed separately from Activision, huh? The two companies only share an owner, both are independent from each other (Thank God).

I know there's a few out there putting hate on Blizzard for the 3 part SC2 thing, but it has been mentioned before that they plan to price them as expansions, not full games. People get uppity over the smallest things...

Throttle Shared Users With OS X — Is It Possible? 403

whisper_jeff writes "I work in a design studio where the production director is also the owner's son (translation = he can do no wrong). He is fond of accessing a designer's computer via filesharing and working directly on files off of the designer's computers rather than transferring the files to his computer to work on them there. In so doing, he causes the designer's computer to grind to a near-halt as the harddrive is now tasked with his open/save requests along with whatever the designer is doing. Given that there is no way he's going to change his ways (since he doesn't see anything wrong with it...), I was wondering if there was a way to throttle a user's shared access to a computer (Mac OSX 10.5.8) so that his remote working would have minimal impact on our work. Google searches have revealed nothing helpful (maybe I should Bing it... :) so I was hoping someone with more technical expertise on Slashdot could offer a suggestion."

Submission + - New CoD Titles Announced; Ex-Devs Sue for Name (

eldavojohn writes: Activision has announced new Call of Duty titles while ex Infinity Ward Developer leads Jason West and Vince Zampella sue them for the rights to the name. According to Activision, 'The company intends to expand the Call of Duty brand with the same focus seen in its Blizzard Entertainment business unit. This will include a focus on high-margin digital online content and further[ing] the brand as the leading action entertainment franchise in new geographies, new genres and with new digital business models.' Ars opines that Activision is set to oversaturate the market with tons of CoD titles similar to how it expertly brought down Guitar Hero.
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StarCraft II Closed Beta Begins 268

Blizzard announced today that the multiplayer beta test for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is now underway. The client downloader is available through for people who have received invites, and the system requirements have been posted as well. A list of known issues is up on the official forums. StarCraft II and the revamped are planned for release "in the first half of 2010."

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