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Comment Re:It is a good sign (Score 1) 168

You'll see this a lot more as companies try to save money - in a support environment, why buy multiple servers to mimic your customers? Create VMs and mimic your customer constraints in software. If they fork, create a new VM. Buying memory to run VM's is cheap compared to purchasing and supporting multiple hardware formats(and scales nicely as its not parallel processing)

The Environmental Impact of Google Searches 516

paleshadows writes "The Times Online reports that researchers claim that each query submitted to Google has a quantifiable impact. Specifically, two queries performed through a desktop computer generate about the same amount of carbon dioxide as boiling a cup of tea. From the article: 'While millions of people tap into Google without considering the environment, a typical search generates about 7g of CO2 [whereas] boiling a kettle generates about 15g [...] Google is secretive about its energy consumption and carbon footprint. It also refuses to divulge the locations of its data centers. However, with more than 200m Internet searches estimated daily, the electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions caused by computers and the Internet is provoking concern. A recent report [argues that] the global IT industry generate[s] as much greenhouse gas as the world's airlines — about 2% of global CO2 emissions.'" Google makes an interesting focus for such claims, but similar extrapolations have been done before about, for instance, the energy costs of sending a short email.

Is the Gaming PC Dead? 417

An anonymous reader writes "Rahul Sood, HP's CTO of gaming, argues that the days of a market that wants PCs running three $500 GPUs is history; he argues that it's really a tough or impossible sell. '... let's face it, high-end hardware has delivered diminishing returns in terms of value. This is why you don't see ridiculous offerings like Quad SLI and 2-kilowatt power supplies coming from our company.' But don't the ideas of customization and market pricing for components tend to undercut that? Is the gaming PC dead?"

Argentine Judges Disappear Celebrities From Internet 81

An anonymous reader writes "Since 2006, Internet users in Argentina have been blocked from searching for information about some of the country's most notable individuals. Over 100 people have successfully secured temporary restraining orders that direct Google and Yahoo! Argentina to scrub the results of search queries. The list of censorship-seeking celebrities includes judges, public officials, models and actors, as well as the world-cup soccer star and national team head coach Diego Maradona. Try it yourself — compare the results for a Yahoo! Argentina search for Diego Maradona (0 results) to a search at Yahoo! Mexico and Google Argentina (both with millions of results)."

Daylight Savings Time Increases Energy Use In Indiana 388

enbody writes "The Freakonomics Blog at reports on a study of Indiana energy use for daylight savings time showing an increase in energy use of 1%. 'The dataset consists of more than 7 million observations on monthly billing data for the vast majority of households in southern Indiana for three years. Our main finding is that — contrary to the policy's intent — D.S.T. increases residential electricity demand.'" Maybe that's just from millions of coffee makers being pressed into extra duty.
The Courts

Two New Class-Action Suits Against EA Over DRM 336

In September, we discussed a class-action suit filed against Electronic Arts over the DRM in Spore. Now, two new class-action suits have been filed that target the SecuROM software included in a free trial of the Spore Creature Creator (PDF) and in The Sims 2: Bon Voyage (PDF). If this sort of legal reprisal continues to catch on, EA could be seeing quite a few class-action suits in the future. One of the suits accuses: "The inclusion of undisclosed, secretly installed DRM protection measures with a program that was freely distributed constitutes a major violation of computer owners' absolute right to control what does and what does not get loaded onto their computers, and how their computers shall be used ... [SecuROM] cannot be completely uninstalled. Once installed it becomes a permanent part of the consumer's software portfolio ... EA's EULA for Spore Creature Creator Free Trial Edition makes utterly no mention of any Technical Protection Measures, DRM technology, or SecuROM whatsoever."

Comment Re:The UK only says "no never" (Score 1) 152

Its coming -its like the early days of dialup when you paid £15 month for 56K and were happy. Then came ISDN, ADSL and fibre and now £15 month can get you 8MB+ (if close to the right exchange). 3G in mertro areas, EDGE is being deployed, followed by HSDPA - as the rates increase the telco's will look for the differentiator and the prices will fall.
United States

Submission + - EPA likely to block tougher pollution standards

HairyNevus writes: "Starting with California, 11 other states have adopted tougher CO2 emission standards than the federal government regulates. The new state laws require automakers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 22% in 2012 and 30% in 2016. 2 days ago a Vermont court allowed this law to go into effect. However, the EPA requires that all states who set tougher standards than the government receive a waiver. This generally isn't a problem, the EPA has issued 40 waivers in the last 30 years, but state officials in Washington are now saying the EPA is likely to refuse a waiver. EPA Administrator Steve Johnson will make the final decision on the waiver by the end of this year, for California. Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he intends to sue if denied a waiver.

Isn't there an issue of state's rights somewhere here?"
Operating Systems

Submission + - Linux Day! (

land0 writes: "WE ARE LINUX! September 17th 1991 Linus Torvalds uploaded the Linux kernel 0.0.1 to the internet. He made the source code freely available to anyone interested in improving on it. Linux is turning 16 years old this year and boy has it grown up! This site was created as a place where you can personally thank Linus and all of the Linux Kernel developers. You can also take the time to share with the world how and why you started using your Linux based OS. On the 17th of September every year we will be challenging you to take Linux with you into your everyday life. Wear a shirt, slap a sticker on something, wear a hat or button. Hand out Live CD's with your favorite flavor of Linux on top! Let's take the time to show the people around us why GNU/Linux is Priceless!"

Submission + - German police arrest admin of Tor anonymity server (

An anonymous reader writes: In a recent blog posting, a German operator of a Tor anonymous proxy server revealed that he was arrested by German police officers at the end of July. Showing up at his house at midnight on a Sunday night, police cuffed and arrested him in front of his wife and seized his equipment. In a display of both bitter irony and incompetence, the police did not take or shut-down the Tor server responsible for the traffic they were interested in, which was located in a data center, over 500km away. In the last year, Germany has passed a draconian new anti-security research law and raided seven different data centers to seize Tor servers. While back in 2003, A German court ordered the developers of a different anonymity network to build a back-door into their system. CNET's article has the full details.
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - PC's 'Jade Empire' delivers solid game (

Raver32 writes: "It took almost two years but "Jade Empire" has finally made it from the Xbox to the PC. It's worth the wait for gamers who missed the original, but those familiar with the console version of BioWare's martial arts epic will wonder why there was such a long wait for so little extra content. The strong points of the original are intact in the PC version. Edmonton's BioWare have always had a knack for crafting games with engaging characters and epic storylines, and "Jade Empire" (rated M for mature) is no different. The characters and landscape are beautifully rendered, especially when played in a high resolution, and the characters and story are engrossing."

Submission + - Nintendo opens up the Wii (

Raver32 writes: "Nintendo Co. has opened its blockbuster Wii game system to independent video-game developers for the first time, the company announced Wednesday. Nintendo said it will let individuals and outside game studios create and sell downloadable Wii games with a tool called WiiWare. Gamers will be able to purchase the games through the console's Wii Shop channel starting in early 2008. Perrin Kaplan, a Nintendo spokeswoman, said the game-creation kit is designed for people with at least some knowledge of computer programming. Developers can start designing games using a PC but must complete them on the Wii console, Kaplan said. "Independent developers armed with small budgets and big ideas will be able to get their original games into the marketplace to see if we can find the next smash hit," said Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, in a statement."

Submission + - UK Announces Criminalisation of "Extreme Porn&

An anonymous reader writes: The UK Government has published plans to criminalise possession of "extreme pornography". The law would apply whether the images showed real or simulated violence, and would cover private images of acts between consenting partners. The law would also apply to screenshots taken from a legal film, if the screenshot was made for erotic purposes. The law forms part of the Criminal Justice and Immigration bill.

The bill has been promoted by groups such as mediawatch-uk. Backlash opposes the law. This bill follows from plans initially announced last August.

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