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Data Storage

Farewell To the Floppy Disk 616

s31523 writes "Those of us who have been in the IT arena for a while remember installing our favorite OS, network client, power application, etc. by feeding the computer what seemed an endless supply of 5.25" soft floppy disks. We rejoiced when the hard 3.5" floppies came out, cutting our install media by 1/3. We practically did backflips when the data CD-ROM arrived and we declared: we will never need any other disk than this! It is with sadness that I report the beginning of the end for the floppy: computer giant PC World has announced it will no longer carry the floppy disk once current supplies run out."
United States

Submission + - Navy Releases Rail Gun Video

Blair (it is a guy's name) writes: The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Dahlgren, VA has released a video of their 8-megajoule test shot performed on the 2nd of October 2006. The video pops up when you load their homepage.
PC Games (Games)

Gamers React to Vista Launch 171

As cranky as IT folks are about having to roll out new Vista installs, support them, update them, etc, gamers are matching them in irritation. Ars Technica recommends you dual-boot XP and Vista if you want to keep gaming on your PC. Voodoo Extreme explores Vista's crappy audio setup, while Computer and VideoGames reports that some small developers think Vista will ruin PC gaming (a comment we've heard before). C&VG does have a slightly more hopeful article up too, talking about the future of Vista gaming and what the new OS could mean for games ... once all the kinks are worked out.

Submission + - Google's Bosworth: Why AJAX Failed, Then Succeeded

An anonymous reader writes: eWEEK has a story on a talk from former-Microsoft developer Adam Bosworth (now VP for Google) entitled "Physics, Speed and Psychology: What Works and What Doesn't in Software, and Why." Bosworth depicts issues with processing, broadband, natural language, human behavior, and dishes on Microsoft. From the article:
"'Back in '96-'97, me and a group of people... helped build stuff that these days is called AJAX,' Bosworth said. 'We sat down and took a hard look at what was going to happen with the Internet and we concluded, in the face of unyielding opposition and animosity from virtually every senior person at Microsoft, that the thick client was on its way out and it was going to be replaced by browser-based apps. Saying this at Microsoft back in '96 was roughly equivalent to wandering around in a fire wearing matches,' he said. 'But we concluded we should go and build this thing. And we put all this stuff together so people could build thin-client applications.'...
Drawing on the lessons he learned from the initial failure of AJAX, Bosworth admonished developers to think about user activity. 'Ask what the frequency is,' he said. 'Unless an app is used over and over each day, make it simple, even if more clicks [or] pages are required.' Also, 'Ask how long it takes to execute a requested task,' he said. 'If it takes more than 2 seconds, consider not providing the task or splitting it up into small, user-controlled tasks.' Moreover, 'sites where people don't go a lot don't need AJAX-style UIs [user interfaces],' Bosworth said. 'If we started building AJAX for AJAX's sake we wouldn't be doing our customers any favors.'"

Submission + - "Vista Capable" PC's are good for...

jetkins writes: According to Dell's web site, Vista Capable PC's are " Great for... Booting the Operating System, without running applications or games". Yeah, that's useful; I can almost taste the Vista advantage.

Submission + - search censorship

wtadams writes: Tony Snow used the term "global warming" in his January 18, 2007 press briefing. But this reference is not found if you use the search function (put the term in quotes; there are lots of hits on "global" and "warming"). The search box is in the upper right corner of the main page. Part of this January 18 briefing is indexed, since the search turns up "addiction to oil" in the same sentence as "global warming". But it does not find "greenhouse" or "climate change" in that same sentence. However, "climate change" is indexed in many other cases. It is as if someone took electronic white-out and made part of a sentence disappear from the search indexing process. "Global warming" is indexed by the search function only once: a memo that tries to cast doubt on human caused global warming. If you compare searches with advanced google searches limited to the domain, then you can find more examples of these curious omissions of "global warming" from the search function. The phrase "globe is warming" which was used by the President in one briefing is also not indexed by the search function. You can find it with the advance google search limited to The word "plame" and "joe wilson" seems to be uncensored. I did not find any other censored phrases in my limited testing.

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