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Comment Re:4 hours commuting a day... (Score 1) 375

>It's an AMD K6 with 6 gig hard drive and 96
> megabyte RAM.
> Is that enough room to run a dual 98/Linux OS?

I dual booted Win98/Linux with a Pentium 100Mhz with a 4 gig drive just fine back when I was first experimenting with Linux.

And recently I setup a old 486 Thinkpad with a 2 gig drive as Linux only - 2 gigs can feel pretty cramped nowadays, however.

So 3-4 gigs should feel pretty comfortable for a Linux Partition and Win98 can live on a gig easily (without apps, that is).

The Courts

Submission + - Patent Trolls File Suite on Redhat Linux

WillRobinson writes: Being reported over at Groklaw a patent holding company has filed suite against Redhat. Over multiple desktops patents. To us this is obvious, to the courts, well we will see, this may be what Ballmer was talking about in previously posted discussions here on Slashdot. IP Innovation LLC has just filed a patent infringement claim against Red Hat and Novell. It was filed October 9, case no. 2:2007cv00447, IP Innovation, LLC et al v. Red Hat Inc. et al, in Texas. Where else? The patent troll magnet state.

Submission + - Porn Industry gives users what they want to fight

An anonymous reader writes: In a novel form of piracy prevention the adult entertainment industry is giving user what they want. Live performances, user interaction and higher quality than can be found pirated. All of this available by subscription. From Cnet:"Like other online publishers, has had to puzzle out ways to deal with the perennial problem of copyright infringement on peer-to-peer networks and Usenet.'s solution is live shows."

Feed California's $1.4bn IT boondoggle (

More dollars than sense

California, with its booming computer industry and an economy that ranks among the world's top 10, has wasted almost $1.4bn over the past decade because it can't build a statewide network to administer child support payments.


Submission + - Open Source Enterprise Security Management

Andres Armeda writes: "Applied Watch Technologies( ) today released a new version of their robust management platform for open source Snort and other popular open source security IDS. The new version is named 4.0 Shaman and boasts a brand new user interface and various new features to aid analysts in securing their networks using a very powerful open source solution and alternative to expensive closed source applications for the enterprise."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - New WIFI Sharing Technology Developed

Iddo Genuth writes: "The German company Cuculus released the first details on its upcoming WIFI sharing technology. The company developed a software which splits a single wireless network (found on many homes these days) into two completely separated ones. After installing the software the user will maintain his private secured connection but add a second public network (a sort of personal hotspot)."
United States

Submission + - Dell Sneaking Keyloggers into their Laptops?

James Allanson writes: "Immagine that the government was listening in to your phone calls — you've heard about them bugging terrorists, but surely they wouldn't bother with you right? Wrong. This article (although old) shows that dell have been shipping laptops with keyloggers built in. Dell claim that "The intregrated service tag identifier is there for assisting customers in the event of lost or misplaced personal information." However the Department of Homeland Security says that information about the circuit is "... exempt from being disclosed under the FOIA [Freedom of Information Act]." Very fishy."
The Courts

Submission + - Kaleidescape Wins CSS Lawsuit Against the DVD-CCA

Timoteo47 writes: Kaleidescape ( has won the lawsuit brought against them by the DVD-CCA. Kaleidscape manufactures a DVD jukebox system that allows consumers to copy their DVDs to a hard drive, automatically catalog the DVD and play them back anytime. Kaleidescape was sued by the DVD-CCA, the organization that licenses CSS. The lawsuit went to trial last week and today the judge ruled that Kaliedescape "has been found 'in full compliance' with the DVD Copy Control Association's (DVD CCA) license to the Content Scramble System (CSS)." TWICE ( has the story on the lawsuit and Kaleidescape's victory. Congratulations to Mike Malcom and Kaleidescape!

Submission + - Student punished for spaghetti beliefs

Logicalmoron writes: A student has been suspended from school in America for coming to class dressed as a pirate. But the disciplinary action has provoked controversy — because the student says that the ban violates his rights, as the pirate costume is part of his religion. Bryan Killian says that he follows the Pastafarian religion, and that as a crucial part of his faith, he must wear 'full pirate regalia' as prescribed in the holy texts of Pastafarianism. The school, however, say that his pirate garb was disruptive. The school, in North Buncombe, North Carolina, remains adamant that their decision to suspend Killian for a day has nothing to do with his religion, and quite a lot to do with his repeated refusal to heed warnings against wearing pirate outfits. Full Story: le_id=43272&in_page_id=2

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