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Submission + - A Real World HTML 5 Benchmark ( 1

KidCompy writes: "The newest browsers boast huge performance improvements, but how much do you trust benchmarks trotted out to prove those claims? Do they reflect the real uses to which developers will put HTML 5 and JavaScript? We've extracted several benchmarks from our existing programs to measure actual versus theoretical performance."
PC Games (Games)

Minecraft Reaches Beta Status, Price Goes Up 279

Eric writes "After over a year of development, Minecraft has hit Beta status today. Minecraft was developed for about a week before its public release on May 17, 2009. With the new milestone, the price of the game has increased to €14.95; when Minecraft moves beyond beta status, it will sell for €20.00. The beta is more focused on polish and content. The aim is to add proper modding support via a stable API, some kind of non-intrusive narrative to help drive the game experience early on, and a late-game goal. Updates will be less frequent, so as to make sure stability is maintained thanks to more extended testing. Despite this, there have already been two beta releases: client and server Beta 1.0 followed quickly by client 1.0_01."

Submission + - Google Chrome OS Leaks (

selven writes: The browser for Google's upcoming Chrome operating system has been accidentally put up for download, and some people got it before it was taken down, and it is now freely available on the internet. The browser is a somewhat reskinned version of Chrome with some key new features — a clock and a (nonfunctional in the leaked build) wireless internet utility at the top right, suggesting that the browser will take up the entire screen in the OS.

If you are interested in trying out the browser, you can find it here, although only Debian and Ubuntu users can install the package.

The Internet

Submission + - W3C web standards

ve3oat writes: "Why doesn't the /. website conform to W3C standards? Given the level of enlightenment within the /. community, I would have expected that /. itself would strive to support such an obvious goal as web standards. Is it just that /. doesn't support the W3C and conforms instead to a different standard?"
Linux Business

Dell To Offer Open Source Bundles 84

ruphus13 writes "Dell has been offering Linux-based machines for a while, especially its Server-class machines. Now, Dell has decided that there are several open source applications that are ready for mainstream consumers. From the post, 'While we've all been speculating about whether Dell is working on Android netbooks, the computer hardware and software vendor was busy bundling open source applications to offer to small- and medium-sized business customers looking for low-cost alternatives to commercial software. The pre-configured "SMB-in-a-box" software is only available in the US for now, but Dell expects to launch a similar offering in Asia by the end of 2009... Although no specifics have been given about which apps are included in Dell's first bundle, it is aimed at the retail sector.' It is going to be interesting to see what Dell picks as the 'must-have' applications for the SMB market."

Electric Pool 3

I really mean no splashing this time.

Submission + - Dell's Android smartphone "coming next month&# (

Barence writes: "Dell is expected to launch its new smartphone as early as February. The device will run on either Google's Android or Windows Mobile, and will include a touchscreen similar to the iPhone's, according to reports. However, one person who might not welcome a call from Michael Dell is Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Dell boss was given a public dressing down by Putin after he patronisingly offered to help Russia's IT industry. "We don't need any help. We are not invalids," Putin snapped before offering a veiled insult to Dell's box-shifting business."

Comparison of Nine Ruby Implementations 75

An anonymous reader writes "Zen and the Art of Programming published a new version of The Great Ruby Shootout, which was aimed at testing the performances of multiple Ruby implementations. On the benchmark table this time around are Ruby 1.8 (on GNU/Linux and Windows), Ruby 1.9 (aka Yarv), Ruby Enterprise Edition (aka REE), JRuby 1.1.6RC1, Rubinius, MagLev, MacRuby 0.3 and IronRuby. The results of this comprehensive comparison show that for this set of benchmarks, Ruby 1.9.1 is almost 5 times faster than the notoriously slow Ruby 1.8. Is Ruby finally going to be acceptably fast?"

Submission + - Dell begins their largest layoff ever. 3

cyphercell writes: Dell has begun their largest series of layoffs ever. This morning at about 10:00am more than two hundred employees at Dell's Roseburg Oregon Call center found out that they no longer had jobs. Sparking what appears to be the beginning of year long run of layoffs for the company. 0802014

Refuting local suspicions of malice Dell spokesman David Frink states:

... the closure has nothing to do with a lawsuit filed by employees of the Roseburg center in February, claiming Dell violated federal and state wage and hour laws. 0213020

and later says

...plans to reduce employment worldwide by 10 percent at the end of May.

Their plans to reduce employment can be found here: /stories/technology/06/01/1dell.html

Here are some highlights:

Dell set to shed 8,800 workers...

Dell has 82,200 permanent workers, including 18,000 in Central Texas, and 5,300 temporary workers worldwide. The layoffs are expected to affect both groups...

In its last large-scale layoffs, Dell cut more than 5,000 jobs in Austin after the high-tech bust in 2001.

...many of the layoffs could come in Central Texas, where Dell is headquartered. In a March 29 report to clients, Goldman Sachs analysts said Dell might reduce the work force at its test and assembly facilities in the U.S. and Malaysia.

Submission + - Has Windows Data Execution Protection(DEP) helped?

An anonymous reader writes: It has been about two and half years since Microsoft shipped XP Service Pack 2, which enabled software DEP and also supported the NX-bit for hardware-enforced DEP.

The software-enforced DEP was well known in 2004 for being part of the reason that SP2 was slower than SP1, especially on cache-limited CPUs. I myself have begun turning DEP off in the BOOT.INI file on older systems.

The question: Has DEP ever stopped anything, or is it just more useless overhead? I note that I haven't seen Microsoft mention DEP in any recent advisories and Windows continues to be exploited(like last weeks ANI Cursor bug) by system-level holes that DEP was supposed to catch.

Submission + - Why do smart people disagree on peak oil so much?

Prof. Goose writes: ""There continues to be considerable disagreement on both the timing and the magnitude of Peak Oil, though last week's US GAO report(pdf) should be helpful in shrinking that gap. Part I of this 3 part series summarized some of the recent discussion of why some are very concerned about Peak Oil and others are relatively unconcerned. We also discussed why there needs to be a clear definition of Peak Oil so that policymakers discuss 'apples and apples'. This post will continue to examine areas of disagreement between the two camps, and will particularly focus on what I perceive to be the largest disconnect in energy, financial and government circles — that of the difference between gross and net production of finite sources."

Here's a link:"

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