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Submission + - Windows XP SP3 Leaked and Examined!

DCC writes: Those who are still hanging onto Windows XP (32-bit) will be heartened to know that the Service Pack 3 programme is chugging along nicely. In fact, Microsoft is scheduled to wrap up the Technical Beta and release Service Pack 3 for public beta testing within the next two weeks.

As Windows XP nears the end-of-life though, it is Microsoft's policy to release a final service pack to wrap up all those hot fixes and patches released over the past few years. A Sayonara Service Pack, in other words. What this means is a much easier patching process for those who still want to stick with Windows XP. Almost a thousand Windows XP updates in a single download. Read on as Tech ARP examine the secret details of the Windows XP Service Pack 3 programme.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - iPhone Unlocked! (

An anonymous reader writes: Only 74 days after its release, the iPhone has been unlocked, with a free, software-only solution from the iPhone Dev Team! Bravo Zulu — Job well done. Gentlemen, start your terminals!

Submission + - No Wuss LoseThosV3.06 Operating System released (

losethos writes: "LoseThos, a 64-bit, open source, free operating system has been improved with new compiler optimizations and an overhaul of the powerful document editor. LoseThos allows graphics, links and trees in source code and on the command line. Best command line on the planet with the command line fed straight into a C/C++ compiler, so you script in a flavor of C and it gets compiled. Way more powerful than the UNIX command line. It's like MATLAB in ways, except it's an operating system. LoseThos is lean and mean and not for wimps. Everything runs in kernel mode so there is no overhead to calling kernel routines... just don't be stupid. If you crash it, it boots in 2 seconds, so no big deal."

Submission + - Your Computer Dreams While You Sleep (

Veritas1980 writes: ""Electric Sheep is a free, open source screen saver run by thousands of people all over the world. It can be installed on any ordinary PC or Mac. When these computers "sleep", the screen saver comes on and the computers communicate with each other by the internet to share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as "sheep". The result is a collective "android dream", an homage to Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

Anyone watching one of these computers may vote for their favorite animations using the keyboard. The more popular sheep live longer and reproduce according to a genetic algorithm with mutation and cross-over. Hence the flock evolves to please its global audience. You can also design your own sheep and submit them to the gene pool."

I Like this idea and would be willing to bet a ton of you Slashdot Readers do as well. I can scarcely wait to see what sort of freakish thing my cobbled-together monstrosity creates."

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Google exec bashes neckties

MsManhattan writes: The necktie 'constricts circulation to the brain' and 'acts as decorative camouflage for the business suit, designed to shield the middle-aged male physique, with its shrinking shoulders and protruding paunch, from feeling sufficiently self-conscious to hit the gym,' wrote Google's global privacy counsel in a letter to the Financial Times. The exec, Peter Fleischer, was responding to an article in the paper's fashion section that advocated the tie as appropriate business attire. Fleischer suggested that the T-shirt is actually a better option in business, explaining: 'Wouldn't you like to know whether your business partners are fit? Why should you trust a man in business if he abuses his own body?' Casual attire, he added, could also lead to increased creativity.

Submission + - Dell crowdsources innovation

An anonymous reader writes: Last week, Dell launched 'IdeaStorm', a Digg-style customer feedback site which invites users to submit and vote on ways to improve the company's product line and service. Creating such a public and transparent feedback-loop is brave move by a company that is too often associated with exploding laptops and poor customer support. But, argues ZDNet's The Social Web, beyond generating some possitive PR, the pay-off could be signicant: "The 'IdeaStorm' Terms of Service makes it clear that Dell has the right to use any of the ideas "royalty-free" and without compensation. This is obviously a legal necessity, but effectively means that the company isn't just accepting feedback on its own ideas but is in fact crowdsourcing innovation — for little or no cost." Ideas submitted so far, include a Linux-based Dell, ditching software trials and add-ons, and offering a line of eco-friendly PCs. Is crowdsourcing a good strategy for Dell? And should other companies follow suit?

A Criticism of Race Portrayal in Games 141

Joystiq points out (and comments incitefully on) a two-part examination of African-American roles in videogames on the site Black Voice News. Series author Richard Jones takes the videogame industry to task for the numerous poor images that young black people have to compare themselves to. He singles out Carl Johnson, the protagonist of GTA: San Andreas as an example. Jones also acknowledges that 'the video game industry is all about money', pointing out the unfortunate lack of black designers and illustrators in the industry to sway the creative choices of publisheres and developers. He gives a call to arms to black players, saying they should focus some of their passion on the skills required to make games. They'd get rich, he says, and work to reverse some of the negative stereotypes that non-whites are subject to in games. The Opposable Thumbs blog takes a critical look at his argument, offering up another side to the story. While it's obvious that Mr. Jones doesn't have a great grasp on the games industry itself, he would seem to make a few valid points as well.

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