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Submission + - Mysterious Bill Gates Recording Tracked Down

Mitchell Bogues writes: A 1-1/2 -hour recording of Bill Gates addressing a crowd of university students in the late '80s was recently found and digitised, and has been circulating the IRC channels for the past few weeks. While no one really seems to know exactly where the talk took place or who first put it online, the speech seems to have found a permanent home on the web page of the University of Waterloo CS Club.

The talk itself covers the past, present, and future of computing as of 1989. While the former two can be interesting to the high-tech historian, the real star is Bill Gates' prediction of computing yet to come. Like his legendary '640k' line, some of Gates' remarks are almost laughably off-mark ('OS/2 is the way of the future,' for one); and yet, by and large, he seems to have accurately prophesied an entire decade or two of soft- and hardware development. All in all, a fascinating talk from, it seems, one of the most powerful speakers in CS and IT.

Submission + - Revolutionary Memjet Printer full color A4 60ppm

An anonymous reader writes: An Australian company, Silverbrook Research (, has revealed working examples of their new printer technology, Memjet. These printers are capable of printing full color A4 pages at 60ppm. Video of the printers in action (printing up to 1m wide) is available at:
Silverbrook holds more than 1400 patents on printer technology and applies for more patents per year than any other company in Australia. It has operated in stealth mode for 13 years and now plans to licence its printer heads, control circuitry and reference designs to major printing companies worldwide. These printers will hopefully show up in stores in the next 12-18 months starting potentially from around $US199.

Submission + - Best Example of SCO's Absurd Claims

UnknowingFool writes: "Groklaw has posted IBM's explanation of SCO's claims about control of derivatives. For those who haven't been paying attention, SCO claims that IBM had no right to put their original code like JFS and RCU into Linux because IBM had access to and used SysV code, methods, and concepts in AIX and Dynix. For SCO, all of Dynix and AIX are derivatives and thus under the control of SCO regardless of who actually wrote the code. IBM's addendum illustrates that if the court accepts that argument, then SCO could claim that they own all internet devices like Blackberry's and satellites because TCP/IP (while developed independently by BSD) was included at one time in the past with AT&T Unix code."
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Submission + - Does Silicon Valley Need More H-1B Visas?

WSJdpatton writes: "Can the U.S. visa program accommodate Silicon Valley's need for more skilled foreign workers without crowding out Americans? Oracle executive Robert Hoffman, who heads a tech-lobbying group that includes Microsoft, Intel and Hewlett-Packard, and outsourcing critic and author Ron Hira, an engineer and a professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, debate the issue."

Submission + - Mozilla Desktop Environment

Andreas writes: "A discussion at list has given the birth to the idea of a Mozilla Desktop Environment. This sure sounds like a possibility for Mozilla as it already has many of the applications needed and the company is more than well familiar with XUL, which is a more than potent language to build a Desktop Environment upon. By building a desktop environment Mozilla doesn't have to worry about drivers (and such) and can choose from a variety of kernels, and still be in the center of attention. Mozilla has to expand some of the applications for this to work though, like adding local file management with Firefox."

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