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Submission + - Psystar stops selling Mac clones with Apple's OS (

lugannerd writes: Computerworld — Mac clone maker Psystar has agreed to pay Apple nearly $2.7 million in a partial settlement approved by the federal judge who has overseen the 17-month case.

Psystar has also halted sales of Intel-based clones with Mac OS X preinstalled. Late Tuesday, its Web site showed all Mac clone models as "out of stock." The company's attorney confirmed that Psystar will no longer sell computers with Apple's operating system pre-loaded.

Submission + - Acer laptop "caught fire" (

Barence writes: A PC Pro reader has been left baffled after his daughter's Acer laptop inexplicably "caught fire". He sent the laptop back to Acer's repair centre for investigation. The company concluded that the damage to the Acer TravelMate 2400 had been caused by some external "direct heat source", and was his fault — a conclusion he vehemently denies. "There was no other electrical appliance switched on in the room or indeed anything else which could have caused a fire, such as a candle or cigarette. To our horror we saw the right-hand corner of the laptop screen turning black and the smell [of burning] increasing. I touched the circle of black and burnt my fingers. The silver on the lid of the laptop started turning brown and the silver surface began flaking with smoke coming out of it."

Submission + - FCC Wants Proposals To Manage White Space Database (

kdawson writes: A year after voting unanimously to open 'white space' frequencies for unlicensed use, the FCC has now issued a public notice seeking database proposals (PDF). Howard Feld explains in his blog posting: 'At last! We can get moving on this again, and hopefully move forward on the most promising "disruptive" technology currently in the hopper. And move we are, in a very peculiar fashion. Rather than resolve the outstanding questions about how the database provider will collect money, operate the database, or whether the database will be exclusive or non-exclusive, the Public Notice asks would-be database managers to submit proposals that would cover these issues. ... I label this approach "good, but weird."'

Submission + - Is $250K-a-Year for a Computer Consultant Normal? 1

theodp writes: "After expressing astonishment that little-known consulting firm Future Technology Associates — which has no offices and not much of a website — was on the verge of being handed a new $95 million contract by the New York City Department of Education, the NY Daily News' Juan Gonzalez follows up with a report that taxpayers shelled out an average of $250,000 last year for each of FTA's 63 computer geeks, which is equal to the salary of Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, the city's highest-paid executive. Several company employees received considerably more than Klein — state records indicate FTA's not-to-exceed-hourly-rates range from $104.90 to $409.11. DOE officials defended the price of FTA's consultants. 'Their rates are better than competitive,' said Photeine Anagnostopoulos, the DOE's chief operating officer, adding that in corporate America, a quarter million a year for a computer consultant is normal. Ms. Anagnostopoulos may not be concerned, but NYC taxpayers might find it interesting to know that in 2008, FTA declared fair wages for the 12 H-1B consultants it sought to place in Brooklyn would be somewhere between $48,152 and $69,576."

Submission + - Unix: the next games console? ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: According to the article, Unix is a good games console!? Apart from Linux, I don't know which systems have suitable drivers for decent games. And even then, isn't the wide range of specs of PCs wide enough for it to not be considered a console? So my question: if modern games (not the old Loki ones!) were ported to Linux, would you buy them?

Submission + - VideoLAN 1.0.0 Released! (

rift321 writes: VLC media player, which we all know for simplifying the playback of, well, pretty much any codec out there, has finally released version 1.0.0.

Here's a quick list of improvements:
  • Live recording
  • Instant pausing and Frame-by-Frame support
  • Finer speed controls
  • New HD codecs (AES3, Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD, Blu-Ray Linear PCM, Real Video 3.0 and 4.0, ...)
  • New formats (Raw Dirac, M2TS, ...) and major improvements in many formats...
  • New Dirac encoder and MP3 fixed-point encoder
  • Video scaling in fullscreen
  • RTSP Trickplay support
  • Zipped file playback
  • Customizable toolbars
  • Easier encoding GUI in Qt interface
  • Better integration in Gtk environments
  • MTP devices on linux
  • AirTunes streaming
  • New skin for the skins2 interface

Might be a good time to donate...

Submission + - Are IT professionals' relationships hellish? (

LSU_ADT_Geek writes: "Recently, I posed the following question to the CIO Forum on LinkedIn: What do you wish your spouse understood about your job?

A dozen IT executives and IT directors--11 men and one woman--responded to the question publicly in the forum or privately via e-mail. Only one respondent, Jim Weeks, answered, "Nothing. She knows it all." Weeks attributed his wife's understanding of his job to the fact that they work together at Greenwich Hospital--she as the telecom manager and he as the CIO--and that they collaborate on projects both at work and at home.

Most of the 11 other respondents' answers to my question expressed some frustration with their jobs or with their marriages, or both. (The one woman who responded to my question wrote about the guilt-trips her kids lay on her for having to work long hours.)"

Linux Business

Submission + - ASUS: Only 5% of Eee PCs use Linux (

porjo writes: APC quotes Gordon Kerr, group product manager for system products at ASUS, at a recent Sydney product launch saying "Linux accounts for about five per cent of our sales". While the Eee PC clearly has had great success with Linux to-date it appears that ASUS have teamed with Redmond both practically and philosophically. ASUS has come under fire this week for the It's Better With Windows web site, which features a video explaining why the Eee with Windows is a better choice since it doesn't involve "an unfamiliar environment".

Submission + - Pirates Bypass Kaspersky Blacklist Via Simple Hack (

iSlasher writes: "A simple overlook by leading security software vendor Kaspersky is letting pirates bypass Kaspersky key blacklist mechanism and update their pirated copies with ease without any restrictions, The simple registry hack changes Kaspersky product status from Release to Beta which makes users activate and update Kaspersky products as free beta versions while using stable final releases."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Let's nominate rtmpdump as "Best for Multimedi

An anonymous reader writes: Rtmpdump was a program to download flash video. The project was hosted on Sourceforge, but got removed after Adobe demanded to. The story has already been covered on Slashdot here and here.
Rtmpdump authors insist that:
  • DRM and mass-distribution are mutually exclusively incompatible. The more users access the content, the hire is the probability that DRM'll be circumvented.
  • The complexity of deployment of DRM increases the time-to-market of a solution, making it uncompetitive.
  • Adobe's solution only offered weak and unreliable protection, therefore it is not covered by DMCA.

They consider deleting the project a wrong decision. They say '...sourceforge should have told Adobe to piss off. If you agree that rtmpdump is an important project, help embarrass sourceforge by nominating rtmpdump as "Best Project for Multimedia"' Any person with a valid e-mail can nominate up to one project in each category. If you want to support rtmpdump this way, you still have time until May 29 4:00 PDT (11:00 GMT).

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