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Antec Releases "Skeleton" PC Case 124

ThinSkin writes "It is appropriate to say that Antec was 'thinking outside the box' when the idea of the 'Skeleton' PC Case sprung to mind. The Antec Skeleton is an open-air PC case with a pair of shelves for the motherboard and other components — held up by arching arms. There are no side panels. This is ideal for the computer user who is constantly fidgeting with his PC parts, or someone who wants to show off his fancy components. Just have a compressed air can nearby. There is also a slideshow of Antec Skeleton images available."

Submission + - Prosper "P2P Lending - Web 2.0" Censors Di (

Greebo writes: "Prosper Marketplace Inc., aka Prosper, previously discussed here, is a nearly 2 year old Peer-to-Peer lending site that touts itself as a proponent of the "Web 2.0" concept "taking the systems that operate our markets and society out of the hands of the elites and putting them into the hands of the masses". Yet, while they profess to be leaders of the power to the people movement, they blatantly censor open discussion by the masses they claim to be empowering. This week they launched a new blog site which openly fools comment posters into thinking their comment has been accepted, by deceptively using cookies to fake submission acceptance.

What is Prosper? The concept is simple: Don't make borrowers go to banks for money — create a community network where individuals can get loans from individuals. Prosper serviced the loan and linked borrowers to lenders.

Obviously, a concept like this would be exploitable — but for two years, the lending and borrowing community at Prosper has diligently worked to make the Prosper concept work. Lenders and borrowers alike would discuss the loans available for bidding, offer advice to financially strapped borrowers on how to fix their finances and credit reports, and point out listings that were particularly good or bad looking. Most importantly, Lenders could get true numbers from other Lenders and see that the risk involved in Prosper was hardly as safe and secure as Prosper would have you believe.

For nearly two years, Prosper supported this discussion by allowing them to take place on their own forums. However, just after Thanksgiving, Prosper shut down the old forums (partial archive available here) and replaced them with fully moderated forums. At first, while under full moderation, Prosper allowed through most posts, whether pro- or con- Prosper. This didn't last long — pretty soon Prosper deleted anything remotely negative and stopped allowing most posts through. For a while, Prosper was even openly changing posts that pointed to an un-moderated off-site discussion forum to redirect back to their own site (a move which earned accusations of deliberate mis-representation of poster's remarks by Prosper). When called on it, they stopped the practice, and then deleted all posts referring to it from their site, as if it never happened.

This week, however, they've gone a step further in their efforts to keep the "peer" out of peer-to-peer lending. They opened a new" target="_blank">blog site to talk about how wonderful Prosper is, and they openly invite comments. When you post a comment, it LOOKS like your comment has been accepted. However, if you dig just a little, a review of your cookies will show that you have a new cookie for, and your comment is actually stored there. Delete the cookie, and your comment vanishes! It's another way to keep anything negative from getting posted, while ingeniously fooling the poster into thinking that Prosper is allowing their comments to be heard.

Relevant links: P2P "Web 2.0" so-called proponent — Open forum discussion of Prosper (registration required)"

The Internet

Finally We Get New Elements In HTML 5 378

An anonymous reader writes "Pure HTML enhancements hardly grew at all in the last eight years. Forward motion basically stopped in 1999 with HTML 4. Now the future looks bright. Recently, HTML has come back to life with HTML 5. Tons of new elements will be available for structure (article, nav, section, etc.), block semantic elements (aside, figure, dialog), and several other functions."

Submission + - Crash IE6 with Single line of Code 2

ashwanigl writes: "From I'm Mike: A Japanese blogger who goes by the name Hamachiya2 has discovered a single line of HTML and CSS that crashes IE 6. The line is: <style>{position:relative}</style><table><input></ table> click here to try it out. The code is rendered correctly in Firefox, Safari and Opera (didn't get a chance to try any other browsers, but presumably they work too). But in IE 6 it raises a fatal error in mshtml.dll. Here is the link to the main story."

Google Calls For More Limits On Microsoft 270

teh_commodore writes "Scientific American is reporting that Google is now asking a Federal judge to extend the government's anti-trust oversight of Microsoft, specifically with regard to desktop search software. Microsoft had already agreed to modify Vista to allow rival desktop search engines, but Google says that this remedy will come too late — specifically, after (most of) the anti-trust agreement expires in November. What makes this political maneuver interesting is that Google went over the heads of the Department of Justice and US state regulators, who had found Microsoft's compromise acceptable, to appeal directly to the Federal judge overseeing the anti-trust settlement." Update: 06/26 17:20 GMT by KD : The judge is unwilling to play along with Google; she said she will likely defer to an agreement on desktop search forged between Microsoft and the plaintiffs in the case: i.e. Justice and the states.

Mono Coders Hack Linux Silverlight in 21 Days 409

Etrigoth writes "After the recent announcement of Silverlight by Microsoft at their Mix event in Vegas, Miguel de Icaza galvanised his team of developers in the Mono group at Novell to create a Linux implementation, a so-called 'Moonlight'. Remarkably, they achieved this in 21 Days. Although they were first introduced to Silverlight at the Las Vegas Mix, de Icaza was invited by a representative of Microsoft France for a 10 minute demonstration at the Paris Re-Mix 07 keynote conference, should they have anything to show.
Joshua, a blogger for Microsoft has confirmed that the Mono team did not know anything about Silverlight 1.1 before its launch. Other members of this team have blogged about this incredible achievement, Moonlight hack-a-thon. It's worth noting from a developer perspective that Moonlight is not Mono and doesn't require Mono to work"
Operating Systems

Submission + - Inside ReactOS

Andareed writes: "Alex Ionescu, a lead developer of ReactOS (an open-source, source and binary compatible clone of Windows NT) recently gave a talk on the internals of ReactOS. In this talk, Ionescu also discusses how ReactOS is nearing complete kernel compatibility with Windows Server 2003. Interestingly, Ionescu hints that there are no plans for ReactOS once the kernel has been completed."

Submission + - Google Launches New Privacy Policy

* * Beatles-Beatles writes: "When we implement this policy change in the coming months, we will continue to keep server log data (so that we can improve Google's services and protect them from security and other abuses) — but will make this data much more anonymous, so that it can no longer be identified with individual users, after 18-24 months. s-to-further-improve-our.html"
Data Storage

Submission + - What do you do when you can't afford a SAN?

An anonymous reader writes: What's the next best solution to having a full SAN setup for central data storage? Setting up an enterprise level SAN is so expensive that the company I work for wants to know what other solutions there are to this situation. NAS is cool for at home, but would it work for a high trafficked website? I don't know of any self contained NAS solutions that offer data redundancy. The only way I can think of to get that would be to have an actual server with RAID set up on the disks. I have searched the web, reading white papers and other material, but I would like to hear from the horse's mouth what works best and is easiest to set up. One thing to keep in mind, and I know many /. readers will not like this but, we are in a Windows environment, and the gears that turn will not be able to change this.

Submission + - If you could do it all over, would you choose IT?

An anonymous reader writes: Given some of the complaints against IT and software as careers (long hours, offshoring, visa workers, ageism, boring projects, etc...), what would you do differently if you could do it all over again? Knowing what you know now, would you choose the same college major and the same career?
Book Reviews

SELinux by Example

Ravi writes "SELinux is a project started and actively maintained by the U.S Department of Defense to provide a Mandatory Access Controls mechanism in Linux. It had been a long standing grouse of Linux power users and system administrators over its lack of fine grained access control over various running processes as well as files in Linux. While Solaris touts its famous RBAC and Microsoft Windows has its own way of providing finer rights to its resources, Linux had to put up with the simple but crude user rights known in tech speak as discretionary access control to control user access of files. With SELinux project making great strides and now being bundled with many major Linux distributions, it is possible to effectively lock down a Linux system through judicious use of SELinux policies. SELinux implements a more flexible form of MAC called type enforcement and an optional form of multilevel security." Read the rest of Ravi's review.

Submission + - SETI@Home is now the World's Fastest Supercomputer

jemecki writes: I was looking through the distributed computing statistics at BOINCstats today and I noticed that SETI@Home distributed computing grid just passed 280 TeraFLOPS in computing power. The reason this is so remarkable is that the fastest supercomputer in the world Blue Gene/L ALSO operates at a sustained 280 TeraFLOPS. So while governments are busy using their supercomputers to model bombs and nuclear weapons, the geeks have put together the world's fastest computer and they're using it to look for aliens. Awesome.

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