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Submission + - The Amazon Fire Is the Dirtiest Smartphone

Jason Koebler writes: The biggest thing that sets the Amazon Fire Phone apart from its Android and Apple competitors probably isn't the clean interface or the unlimited photo storage—it's the dirty power behind it. When Fire users upload their photos and data to Amazon's cloud, they'll be creating a lot more pollution than iPhone owners, Greenpeace says.
Apple has made a commitment to running its iCloud on 100 percent clean energy. Amazon, meanwhile, operates the dirtiest servers of any major tech giant that operates its own servers—only 15 percent of its energy comes from clean sources, which is about the default national average.

Battlestar Galactica Props Are For Sale 65

will_die writes "The SciFi Channel's Battlestar Galactica will be holding multiple auctions to sell off props and costumes. The first auction will be Jan. 16-18, with a print and online catalogs coming out in December; the second will be in April, catalogs at a future date. The auction site is the Pasadena Convention Center but they will be offering Internet bidding, with live Internet broadcasting, and will handle world-wide shipping at extra cost. These auction are for the key items on the show such as Adama's lighter, Arrow of Athena, and maybe even a Viper. During the final ten weeks of the show they will be holding Internet auctions on items of lesser importance (and price). Until the auction begins, they are highlighting items as they catalog them and posting them on the website where you can subscribe to receive notifications by RSS feed or email. So far the posts have been interesting, with pictures of the items, screenshots of the item in the show, a history of the item, and how it was made."

Submission + - C-Block Bidding is NOT Over (

barbara_unsimplified writes: A new bidder has emerged for the most attractive group of frequencies that the government is auctioning off, the C Block, which would allow for nationwide wireless service. The bid emerged through features of the byzantine auction rules the government has created.
Data Storage

Submission + - The Fastest 1TB Drive To Date (

Lucas123 writes: "According to Computerworld's Bill O'Brien, Samsung's new 1TB Spinpoint F1 Series external hard drive beats the nearest competing high capacity drive by more 11% in data access time. Unfortunately, it also beat the other drives in formatting time when it took 37 hours to blank its bits with the latest rev of Windows Vista — a problem that was corrected only when the reviewer reverted to Windows XP. The drive also only uses three platters, "the obvious benefit is that there's slightly less of everything: power consumption, noise, vibration and the like.""
The Internet

Journal Journal: Giving up on Wikipedia 2

I'm giving up on Wikipedia today. Which means no more editing, and a lot less using it.

The reason is one word: Deletionism.

The details are three points:


Submission + - No FOSS please, we're Microsoft (

davidmwilliams writes: "Since early this decade, Microsoft has been promoting their software framework, the .NET platform and its associated libraries. Now up to incarnation v3.5, Windows developers worldwide have rejoiced at the framework source code finally being made available. Yet, does this reflect any trend towards open source by the Redmond giant? How generous is the license and importantly, does it benefit Linux in any way?"
Operating Systems

Submission + - where is linux?

deathguppie writes: "I am at a crossroads. I have been a Linux user since 1996. My first distro was Slackware, it literally took me a month to figure out how to connect to the internet through my 56k modem. I moved quickly trying to find the distro that would just work. I tried Red Hat linux.. then found the promised land in Mandrake. Mandrake was good to me for a few years. I had KDE that gave me all of the productivity I was looking for and each release was worth every bit of the $30 I spent on the box set.

Then right around 2002 it seemed to fall apart. Things didn't work. My usually robust and reliable distro failed me miserably and the answers for my problems were not forthcoming. I went back to slackware, courted Suse for a while, fell utterly short on what I needed with Debian and when fedora came out again couldn't meet my combination of hardware/software requirements.

Then I found Gentoo. It was a mess, it took forever to install, had a million broken packages and hardware drivers. Through it all it seemed to keep it's promise however. There was always a way to make it work. The years went by, and I could figure out almost any problem, even if it did take some effort. I found myself spending more time using applications than tweaking the system and fell in love with Blender, and the Gimp. Suddenly I wanted to work on projects that did not involve Linux so much but just used it the way it was intended to be used. As an operating system.

About a year ago Gentoo started to have problems. Ebuilds became dated more and more of them seemed to go into the package.mask file, and even more seemed to not build properly. Upgrades became a real mess. I don't know if it had anything to do with the hierarchy issues that the foundation faced, but I know that things just seemed to take more and more time to deal with. I needed something that would "just work".

Round about this time Dell computers decided to offer a Linux based desktop distro and through all of the hype they actually offered some systems that made some monetary sense. I made the jump and bought one. I had never used Ubuntu before and based on my experience with Debian in the past I knew that it at least had a very solid foundation.

It has been about 8 months since then. I must be honest, feisty fawn had it's own little issues but Gutsy Gibbon has been a binary base distro failure in my book. How many of you have had your Gnome desktop start losing it's widgets, and then start to degrade to nothing like it was a poltergeist?

I have. Some things work really well, like the initial setup. The nvidia drivers, and any dvd capable player seems to be strangled by political bias within the dev team, but that is not anywhere near the biggest issue. Things just don't work sometimes, and (besides office software) some of the most successful desktop Linux applications out there have only basic implementation, if any.

So I'm looking for a new distro. Something that will "just work". I need it because I'm tired of working so hard to get a system that will do what I need it to do.

Here is my list of requirements.
1. real time kernel: I need to be able use sound applications to their fullest, and I need my network and video drivers to work with it.
2. development environment: I work with game engines I need to be able to build source for any unsupported codec, or library at a whim. Jhashaka, Verse.. all the stuff a film/graphics person needs.
3. Support for proprietary or questionably legal software: I don't care about the politics.. no I really don't. I just want it to work.
4. support for odd hardware: I want to use the same system for all of my computers. I want it on my desktop, my laptop.. everything.
5. Easy Samba setup: ya, I can get it to work, but it's a pain, and I have several systems and os's to deal with, and I want fish (ssh), and ftp through a browser.

While I know this is near to impossible I'm thinking that the Slashdot crowd is as close to the know as anyone.. so what's your thought what would you use??"

Submission + - Software 'Bug' causes Boeing 777 crash? ( 1

John Murtari writes: "Most people have heard of the British Airways crash of a 777 that occurred seconds before landing. A Seattle Times article presents excellent detail and says investigators are trying to determine if the 'software functioned properly.'

I'm a former Air Force pilot and have a friend who is a Captain for United and happens to fly the 'triple 7'. He laughed as he told me, "simultaneous engine failure — they tell us that's impossible!" He explained the 777 does not have one master computer, instead different processors handle power control, avionics, and the engines. The separation of systems does allow for redundancy and reduced single point catastrophic failure. I asked him about how software upgrades are handled? He told me he was sure it occured, but no flight crew maintenance notification is made.

Difficult decision for Boeing and the airlines. Do you ground your fleet while you are looking for one of those nasty-intermittent-hard-to-reproduce software bugs we have all encountered in the past?"

Social Networks

Submission + - Wikipedia COO was a Convicted Felon (

An anonymous reader writes: The Register writes:

"For more than six months, beginning in January of this year, Wikipedia's million-dollar check book was balanced by a convicted felon. When Carolyn Bothwell Doran was hired as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Florida-based Wikimedia Foundation, she had a criminal record in three other states — Virginia, Maryland, and Texas — and she was still on parole for a DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol) hit and run that resulted in a fatality. Her record also included convictions for passing bad checks, theft, petty larceny, additional DUIs, and unlawfully wounding her boyfriend with a gun shot to the chest."


Submission + - FireWire spec to boost data speeds to 3.2 Gbps 1

Stony Stevenson writes: A new set of specs for data transfer technology will quadruple top speeds to 3.2 Gbps. Formally known as IEEE 1394, the technology is called FireWire by Apple and i.LINK by Sony. The new version is called S3200 and builds on the earlier specification approved by the IEEE, according to the trade association that is preparing to unveil the details this week. The technology will be able to use existing FireWire 800 cables and connectors while delivering a major boost in performance. "It will probably go into storage products first," said 1394 Trade Association spokesman Richard Davies in an e-mail Wednesday. "It should turn up in set-top boxes and maybe Blue-ray devices, too. It's too soon to tell how fast consumer electronics makers might adopt it."

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