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Comment Re:advice (Score 4, Informative) 185

As far as development tools, they're overwhelmingly Windows based.

The majority of Xilinx' tools are available in Linux versions. I actually really prefer the Linux versions as using them from command line is far easier under Linux than under Windows (provided you want to script your process instead of using the GUI, probably not as useful for someone just getting started). Also, AFAIK, the larger Xilinx FPGAs require the *nix tools for a guaranteed Map/PAR due to memory limits, etc. You can use the Win32 version, but once utilization gets high enough, the Win32 versions may not be able to completely PAR the design.



Submission + - Best Windows Error Ever May Rip Time-Space Continu (

stoolpigeon writes: "In what computer analysts and physicists all over the world have classified as "a clear and present danger to the survivability of the Human Race and the Universe as we know it," LA area-man and Gizmodo reader Kevin Barbee reports that his Windows Vista Problem Reporting has reported that it has stopped reporting."

Submission + - SPAM: Microsoft makes latest salvo in search engine war

alphadogg writes: Microsoft is set to release a pair of low-cost enterprise search products, a move one company official said comes at a time when the market in question is "at a tipping point." The products, Search Server 2008 and Search Server Express 2008, are based on technology pulled out of SharePoint Server 2007. Providing interested companies with cheaper entry into enterprise search is not a new idea. Google set the pace with its bargain-priced Mini and mid-level Search Appliance. And IBM late last year joined forces with Yahoo to produce a free search product, IBM Omnifind Yahoo Edition.
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The Courts

Submission + - School District Threatens Suit Over Parent's Blog

penguin_dance writes: A Texas School District is threatening to sue a parent over what it terms, "libelous material" or other "legally offensive" postings on her web site and are demanding their removal. Web site owner, Sandra Tetley, says they're just opinions. The legal firm sending the demand cited 16 items, half posted by Tetley, the rest by anonymous commentators to her blog. The alleged, libelous postings, "accuse Superintendent Lynne Cleveland, trustees and administrators of lying, manipulation, falsifying budget numbers, using their positions for 'personal gain,' violating the Open Meetings Act and spying on employees, among other things."

The problem for the district is that previous courts have ruled that governments can't sue for libel. So now, in a follow up story, the lawyers say, "the firm would file a suit on behalf of administrators in their official capacities and individual board members. The suit, however, would be funded from the district's budget." Tetley, so far hasn't backed down although she said, "she'll consult with her attorneys before deciding what, if anything, to delete."

What was that about "personal gain"?
United States

Submission + - Ron Paul Raised $4 Million Online (

BinaryPower writes: Yesterday was an exciting day to be a Ron Paul supporter. The online grassroots campaign "this November 5th" organized a $4.2 Million Money Bomb on the candidate running for president with over $4 million of which raised online. This surpassed the largest online fundraising in a single day to a primary candidate of $2.7 million. This goes to show the organizational power of the internet.

Submission + - Google adds IMAP support to Gmail

battery841 writes: I logged into my Gmail account and happened to go into the Settings section where I saw IMAP support was available. If it's not out to everyone yet, it should be out to everyone soon enough.
The Courts

Submission + - DHS to require government permission before flying (

destinyland writes: "The Department of Homeland Security quietly moves closer to an invasive "Secure Flights" proposal that requires government-issued credentials for all air travellers — and government permission for each flight! International "Advance Passenger Information System" rules were published Monday (effective February of 2008), making the U.S. version much more likely to pass. The proposed rules also let airlines retain the information obtained, even after it's been passed it on to the government. "The Identity Group" discovered that the U.S. government's travel dossier records include everything — the books travelers were carrying, the phone numbers of their friends, and even whether they asked for one bed or two in their hotel room."

Submission + - Music File-Sharing Site OiNK Shut Down

An anonymous reader writes: Forbes is reporting that fle-sharing Web site, described by the IFPI as the world's biggest source of pirated pre-release albums, now displays the following message: "This site has been closed as a result of a criminal investigation by IFPI [International Federation of the Phonographic Industry], BPI [British Phonographic Industry], Cleveland [U.K.] police and the Fiscal Investigation Unit of the Dutch police, into suspected illegal music distribution. A criminal investigation continues into the identities and activities of the site's users." The site had been the subject of a two-year investigation overseen by Interpol and known as "Operation Ark Royal." According to police, OiNK provided illegal downloads of pre-release music and media to its members, who'd joined the site on an invite-only basis and were asked to contribute donations via debit or credit card. That money, believed to be in the region of hundreds of thousands of pounds, is being tracked down by the IFPI and the BPI.

Submission + - European physicists take photo of neutrino

An anonymous reader writes: European physicists said Tuesday they had sent an elusive particle known as a neutrino on a 730-kilometer (456-mile) trip under the Earth's crust and taken a snapshot of the instant it slammed into lab detectors. In the October 2 event, a neutrino hit one of the 60,000 bricks that had been installed in San Grasso, leaving a tell-tale track of a muon on the film. The experiment is important, say the investigators, as it could help explain one of the biggest mysteries about the Universe — its missing mass. When scientists tot up the mass of all the visible matter in the Universe, they arrive at a total of just 10 percent of what they know to exist. For years, neutrinos were not thought to have any mass, although that theory has been challenged by experiments at Japan's SuperKamioKande lab, which suggested that they may have a mass, albeit a very tiny one.

Submission + - A Cost Analysis of Vista Content Protection (

Ant writes: "A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection is an article written by Peter Gutmann on digital rights managements (DRM) and side effects in Windows Vista. Its executive summary says: "Windows Vista includes an extensive reworking of core OS elements in order to provide content protection for so-called 'premium content', typically HD data from Blu-Ray and HD-DVD (high definition digital video disc) sources. Providing this protection incurs considerable costs in terms of system performance, system stability, technical support overhead, and hardware and software cost. These issues affect not only users of Vista but the entire PC/personal computer industry, since the effects of the protection measures extend to cover all hardware and software that will ever come into contact with Vista, even if it's not used directly with Vista (for example hardware in a Macintosh computer or on a Linux server). This document analyses the cost involved in Vista's content protection, and the collateral damage that this incurs throughout the computer industry." Seen in Sfranklin's /. comment."

Submission + - SANS reporting ssh brute force attacks ( 1

HangingChad writes: "Yesterday SANS highlighted 4 separate reports of an increase in ssh bruteforce attacks. From the article: "The port 22 graph supports this as there has been a large increase in the source hosts seen in ssh scans during this month." There is speculation that this is part of a distributed, coordinated attack. I'm getting hearsay reports from some of my admin buddies that they're seeing ssh dictionary attacks today. Anyone else experiencing unusual ssh traffic the last couple days?"
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Microsoft Investing More in Mac, Linux Platforms

Anonymous writes: Microsoft keeps investing time, money and resources in platforms that aren't Windows. There was all that hoo-hah from Ballmer about investing in Open Source companies, the Novell deal, and yesterday's TurboLinux "agreement." Also, Microsoft is out to hire a bunch of new people for its Mac Business Unit. If they put all that focus to work on Vista, maybe adoption rates would be just a tad better.
The Internet

Submission + - How SOA could change the way you buy electricity (

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL) decided to find out if information technology could be used to help ease demands on the nation's (often over-worked) power grids. So along with IBM, they built a demo network, called GridWise, that showed how an event-driven and service-oriented architecture can be used to build a near real-time power marketplace that effectively balances demand and supply and makes the power grid more resilient. During the yearlong DOE-sponsored demo, customers spent less money on power, while utilities easily accommodated spikes in demand without affecting service levels.

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