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Submission + - Ryzom releases native Linux client (ryzom.com) 1

biking42 writes: The MMORPG Ryzom, in addition to Open Sourcing the core server code last spring, has released a native Linux client. No more messing with Wine and settling with no sound or 3fps. You can also download the client source and compile it yourself. A dev Wiki and Forums can be found at: http://dev.ryzom.com/ for both the client AND core server source code.

In addition, for new game accounts they just went F2P. No store or micropayment items yet — just some restrictions on the free accounts. Read about it at the main site: http://www.ryzom.com/

Comment Re:Why do we need more efficiency (Score 2) 570

Some great points, however we don't even need greenhouses or irrigation to do this. Check out this story of the transformation of some of the most arid, salty and generally hard to farm land in Jordan that has been transformed into productive farmland that captures and stores its own water supply completely self sufficiently:
Greening the desert

Submission + - Is Google Poisoning PDF?

theodp writes: As much as Google is crying about Microsoft paying too much attention to the details of how its software works, one may wish that Google would learn to do the same. Especially in the case of Google Chrome's built-in PDF viewer, which the search giant imposed on users last year, quietly enabling it by default. Not everyone is thrilled with how things turned out. "I got the impression that this built-in PDF viewer was never user tested before it went live," says one unhappy camper. "I was very annoyed to find that google had hijacked my PDF settings and implemented their own viewer," complained another. "I am not able to save PDFs from my internet-banking site any more," laments a third. A "horrible piece of software," is another's take. If you can't live with acknowledged bugs and feature omissions while its engineers "try to make this better," a Googler suggests: "type 'chrome://plugins' into the address bar, find the 'Chrome PDF Viewer' and click 'Disable.'" How intuitive. So, unless some kind of licensing agreement was struck, or there's a private action underway, why isn't Adobe crying foul over this switcheroo, which is causing product confusion and support headaches?

Submission + - Estonia forms CyberSecurity masters programme (www.ttu.ee)

An anonymous reader writes: In 2007 Russian DDoS attacks attacked Estonia [http://arstechnica.com/security/news/2007/05/massive-ddos-attacks-target-estonia-russia-accused.ars] with cooperation between Tallinn University of Technology, University of Tartu and NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence has formed international Cyber Security masters study programme. Currently there studies students from Albania, China, Estonia, Georgia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Nepal, Russia, Tunisia and Turkey.

Submission + - Chrome 10 Beta Boosts JavaScript Speed By 64% (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "Google released the first beta of Chrome 10 on Thursday, and Computerworld found it to be 64% faster than its predecessor on Google's V8 JavaScript benchmarks. But in another JS benchmark — WebKit's widely-cited SunSpider — Chrome 10 beta was no faster than Chrome 9. Yesterday's Chrome 10 beta release was the first to feature 'Crankshaft,' a new optimization technology. Google engineers have previously explained why SunSpider scores for a Crankshaft-equipped Chrome show little, if any, improvement over other browsers. 'The idea [in Crankshaft] is to heavily optimize code that is frequently executed and not waste time optimizing code that is not,' said the engineers. 'Because of this, benchmarks that finish in just a few milliseconds, such as SunSpider, will show little improvement with Crankshaft. The more work an application does, the bigger the gains will be.' [Chrome 10 beta download here.]"

Submission + - How Well Will Linux Handle Future Multicores? (mit.edu)

eldavojohn writes: Multicore (think tens or hundreds of cores) will come at a price for current operating systems. A team at MIT found that as they approached 48 cores their operating system slowed down. After activating more and more cores in their simulation, a sort of memory leak occurred whereby data had to remain in memory as long as a core might need it in its calculations. But the good news is that in their paper (PDF), they showed that for at least several years Linux should be able to keep up with chip enhancements in the multicore realm. To handle multiple cores, Linux keeps a counter of which cores are working on the data. As a core starts to work on a piece of data, Linux increments the number. When the core is done, Linux decrements the number. As the core count approached 48, the amount of actual work decreased and Linux spent more time managing counters. But the team found that 'Slightly rewriting the Linux code so that each core kept a local count, which was only occasionally synchronized with those of the other cores, greatly improved the system's overall performance.' The researchers caution that as the number of cores skyrockets, operating systems will have to be completely redesigned to handle managing these cores and SMP. After reviewing the paper, one researcher is confident Linux will remain viable for five to eight years without need for a major redesign.

Comment Re:Why not build upon J2ME then? (Score 1) 341

This pretty much explains the reasons behind Google's decision to go with Dalvik (well, except the specifics of the failed negotiations over J2ME licensing).

In short J2ME as licensed by Sun/Oracle under the GPL has deliberately had the 'classpath exception' removed. Developers targeting a GPL J2ME are forced to release their code as GPL due to the linking with all of the GPL'd libraries. According to their plan this would make paid J2ME licensing under non-GPL license a the only option for mobile vendors. Sun specifically did this for J2ME and not J2EE or J2SE as this is where they saw the most licensing money.

All this talk of complete implementation getting a patent license is moot it seems. Google decided that the paid licensing from Sun was prohibitive for one reason or another and that forcing the GPL on Android app developers was unacceptable. So when they took the decision to clean-room a VM from scratch any efforts to make the implementation complete would not have been rewarded with a patent grant.

Comment Re:Yay you. (Score 1) 245

My 'works for me' attitude is only the equivalent of your 'they suck as it won't work for me' attitude. I was just making a counter example where the results from the open source radeon driver have been excellent.

I can't stand fanboism either, my emphasis on the word *Ubuntu* was meant to mean : 'hey, its been stable for me *even* on Ubuntu' who don't have the best record on QA and have a reputation for putting features before stability.

Anyway its a shame you've had such a nightmare with the radeon driver but don't paint the efforts being made by AMD as worthless for everyone from your bad experience with one mobile GPU, there's a lot of happy users out there too.

Comment Re:And they suck. (Score 1) 245

Mobility X1400 (r500) in Thinkpad T60 user here. Radeon has been working great for well over a year now and KMS seems totally solid now, laptop goes for up to week or more at a time between reboots (suspend to RAM every night). 2D compiz is superbly smooth, even Flash plays smoothly full screened at 1650x1050. And thats on 64-bit *Ubuntu*.

Comment Re:Here is your benefit (Score 3, Informative) 245

You are missing the fact that when AMD introduced their open source strategy, they had a huge backlog of 'IP' to trawl through and review before releasing the documentation. Things started slowly and the wait for my R500 based laptop GPU to reach a decent level of support felt like a long time.

But from what we are seeing now AMD have made steady gains and have reached a point where they are releasing an OSS *driver* (albeit an immature one) for their latest GPU series less than a year after the hardware was released. Being able to 'drop' support for the proprietary drivers on legacy hardware earlier (in favour of the OSS driver option) will free up more developers within AMD to work on drivers for the latest GPUs. As the OSS driver team become and more more integrated within the workflow of the company we can expect to see OSS driver code and documentation get closer and closer to the hardware releases.

In short it looks like things are paying off for AMD and the OSS driver strategy. Keep up the good work AMD!

Submission + - 'Killing in the Name' UK No. 1 thanks to Facebook (bbc.co.uk) 2

Josh04 writes: Due to a 900,000+ Facebook campaign, 90's rap metal group Rage Against the Machine are this year's Christmas number 1, beating out Simon Cowell's X-Factor contestant Joe McElderry to the top spot, making 'Killing in the Name' the first ever UK download-only Christmas number 1. The popular 90's rock song had support from celebrities and the BBC, who got in trouble earlier in the week for allowing five 'fucks' to slip through the censor on a live performance.

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