emj writes: At the Linux Plumbers Conference Arjan van de Ven, Linux from Intel demonstrated a Linux system booting in five seconds. The hardware was an Asus EEE PC, which has solid-state storage, and the two developers beat the five second mark. They had to hold up the EEE PC for the audience, since the time required to finish booting was less than the time needed for the projector to sync. "Done booting means CPU and disk idle," Arjan said, but it did not include bringing up the network completly.
emj writes: "Who wouldn't want to be immersed in a 3D world, a gamer has actually has invented just this, jDome a 180 degree FOV screen. All you need is a semi-transparent back projected dome, and setting the in game field of view to 180. At a preorder cost of just $200, it is a lot of immersion per dollar, considering that a full VR-cube will cost you a million bucks. Watch the high res video of jDome or settle for the YouTube version on the home page."
emj writes: "Is it possible to upgrade the memory of an old laptop without getting a big heat output from the new memory modules? I recently added an old 256MB module to my laptop, but this increased the heat output and is making the fan run non stop. What should you look for in memory chips when you want low heat, low power and lots of RAM? (heat sinking is not an option)"
The map room writes: "I suppose a web-based standalone version of Google Sky was inevitable, once the Google Maps API supported it, and now it's here. Highlights include infrared, microwave and historical-map layers with opacity controls and a series of image collections from space telescopes linked from the bottom. There is a good review of it on Ogle Earth."
emj writes: Now there is an extension for Firefox that can upload files by using drag and drop, some sites e.g. Gmail you can now drop several files and they will directly be added to the upload form. The question is when this will become standard in all browsers considering the amount of people doing this the first time they try to attach a file.
emj writes: Craiglist offers an interesting approach to finding a life partner , summmary: "There is a sad truth to the world today. I am part of a dying breed of people known as "shell users."... Because there are fewer and fewer of us, I must help keep our lineage alive. I am looking for someone to help me do this. I need a woman (obviously) who is willing to raise a child with me in the method of Unix.".
emj writes: An LWN article talks aboutpatch by Miklos Szeredi enables an unprivileged user process to call the mount() system call and and have that call actually succeed. The setuid mount utility is no longer needed, giving users more flexibility in setting up their environments. One might well wonder why this change to mount() is called for, given that users have been able to do unprivileged mounts for years, but this lets people mount without editing fstab,