Spinlock_1977 writes: "Since approximately 2:30 pm eastern time, http://www.nasa.gov/ has been unreachable, prompting speculation of a DOS attack from the Martians, perhaps in response to the Phoenix landing on their planet to bake many grams of soil. Perhaps the U.S. won't be greeted as "liberators" on Mars after all."
Spinlock_1977 writes: "Blacklight, the company mentioned previously on Slashdot here and here, is back in the news, claiming they're close to commercializing a power generation system capable of generating electricity for once cent per kilowatt-hour. They claim they'll have a commercial plant in operation in 2009, despite the fact most quantum physicists say the 'hydrino' that the process relies on doesn't and can't exist. A full read is here."
Spinlock_1977 writes: "The Inquirer (UK) is running an article on a recent public statement by McAfee effectively admitting they've stolen GPL-licensed code, and are now concerned that their products that include it could pose a liability. One could argue which demonstrates greater stupidity: Using GPL'd code without abiding by the terms of the GPL license, or admiting it publicly. Either way, McAffee's management could now face a litany of legal actions ranging from a GPL suit to a shareholder class-action-mismanagment-angst one. From the article:
"To the extent that we use 'open source' software, we face risks," McAfee stated.
McAfee explained: "Use of GPL software could subject certain portions of our proprietary software to the GPL requirements, which may have adverse effects on our sales of the products incorporating any such software."
That statement says several things. First, it reveals that McAfee does use at least some open source software derived code in its products. Second, it betrays that McAfee has misappropriated that open source software and thus is committing copyright infringement, because it doesn't distribute that open source software derivative source code."
Spinlock_1977 writes: "ComputerWorld is running a story about developers frustration with IE 7, and Microsoft's upcoming plans (or lack thereof) for it. From the article:
But the most pointed comment came from someone labeled only as dk. "You all continue to underestimate the dramatic spillover effect this poor developer experience has had and will continue to have on your other products and services. Let me drive this point home. I am a front-end programmer and a co-founder of a start-up. I can tell you categorically that my team won't download and play with Silverlight... won't build a Live widget... won't consider any Microsoft search or ad products in the future."
Spinlock_1977 writes: "I received a gift from a friend — a tea ball. It was made in China. And it's metallic. Home lead-testing kits seem to start at a hundred or two dollars and go up from there. I'm loathe to spend that much to test a five dollar item. Does the slashdot community have suggestions for how to test for lead at home, on the cheap?"
Spinlock_1977 writes: "In a world first, Sun will open-source its clustering code. Since the first clusters (IBM) to the generally agreed upon best (OpenVMS), clustering code has long been considered a Secret Sauce in large scale and high-availability computing installations. Does this move by Sun put pressure on other vendors such as Microsoft?
Spinlock_1977 writes: "We've all seen the MS bashing and inevitable "If Microsoft built cars..." analogies here on slashdot, but now The Register is running an article on Microsoft's latest hardware foray — a car whose media player accepts your voice commands.
From the article: "Microsoft is to work with Ford to supply voice-activated software that will allow drivers to make mobile calls or play songs stored on digital music players without taking their hands off the wheel."
This makes one hope they don't introduce Windows Genuine Advantage product activation scheme in vehicles, doesn't it?"