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Apache

Submission + - Apache support for Grand Central Dispatch (GCD) (osnews.com)

An anonymous reader writes: FreeBSD developer Robert Watson has announced an Apache GCD MPM that uses Apple's Grand Central Dispatch concurrent programming framework, and cites 1/4 the number of lines of code for threaded MPMs to accomplish the same goals. Currently, the MPM is being distributed on Mac OS X Forge, and runs on FreeBSD and Mac OS X. Apache developer Paul Querna has proposed merging it to the Apache trunk. There are also ongoing efforts to port libdispatch to Solaris and Linux, so hopefully it will work there soon as well!

Submission + - Apache support for Grand Central Dispatch (GCD) (macosforge.org)

An anonymous reader writes: FreeBSD developer Robert Watson has announced an Apache GCD MPM that uses Apple's Grand Central Dispatch (GCD) concurrent programming framework, and cites 1/4 the number of lines of code for threaded MPMs to accomplish the same goals. Currently, the MPM is being distributed on Mac OS X Forge, and runs on FreeBSD and Mac OS X. Apache developer Paul Querna has proposed merging it to the Apache trunk. There are also ongoing efforts to port libdispatch to Solaris and Linux, so hopefully it will work there soon as well!
X

Submission + - AMD releases initial GPU specs (lwn.net)

mrcgran writes: "LWN.NET's corbet is reporting today: "As noted by David Airlie, AMD has made an initial set of specifications for ATI graphics processors available. These are 2D specifications, so they are not all that is needed to write a complete graphics driver, but they are a good start.""
Power

Submission + - Salt water as fuel? (post-gazette.com) 1

axehind writes: For obvious reasons, scientists long have thought that salt water couldn't be burned.So when an Erie man announced he'd ignited salt water with the radio-frequency generator he'd invented, some thought it a was a hoax. John Kanzius, a Washington County native, tried to desalinate seawater with a generator he developed to treat cancer, and it caused a flash in the test tube. Maybe this has some potential to be the next fuel..
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Ebay seller sues Autodesk for $10 million dollars

jonniesmokes writes: Tim Vernor mostly sells comic books online, but when he found an old copy of Autocad R14 at a garage sale and tried to sell it on ebay, he incurred the wrath of Autodesk. They would like to make sure people buy new copies (at $4000 each) rather than get an old copy and so they use the DMCA to have ebay pull the listings. Tim decided, after getting kicked around by Autodesk, to kick back a little. Read about it here here and here.
The Courts

Submission + - Did SCO get lynched? (fortune.com)

dingbatdr writes: Roger Parloff argues that SCO got a raw deal. He says that Judge Kimball was out of line in making a summary judgement and should have let the case go to trial.
Microsoft

Submission + - Last days for pirated copies of Vista (redoracle.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Users who use pirated copies of Microsoft Windows Vista by this week will have new functionalities into thier operative systems. No start menu, no task bar, no desktop and a "nice" black image after a hour of browsing.
AMD

Submission + - AMD releases 900 pages of ATI GPU specs (x.org)

Mad Merlin writes: "AMD has just released over 900 pages worth of ATI GPU specifications for R500 and R600 series graphics cards. These specifications will greatly expediate development of quality open source drivers for these graphics cards, and AMD should be applauded for this effort. Additionally, AMD has also released fglrx 8.41.7 which brings support for the HD2000 series graphics cards, and also improves the 3D performance of the R300, R400 and R500 series by 50-90% in comparison to previous fglrx releases."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Official prototype of kilogram mysteriously losing (komotv.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The 118-year-old cylinder that is the international prototype for the metric mass, kept tightly under lock and key outside Paris, is mysteriously losing weight — if ever so slightly. Physicist Richard Davis of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Sevres, southwest of Paris, says the reference kilo appears to have lost 50 micrograms compared with the average of dozens of copies.
Security

Submission + - Senior FBI Leader Hired by Verizon

Anon writes: While it's now known that Verizon has been assisting the U.S. government in conducting warrantless surveillance today's announcement that Verizon Taps Senior FBI Leader as New Chief Security Officer makes one wonder how much closer this relationship can get. From the announcement:


Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) today named Michael A. Mason, currently the executive assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to be the company's new chief security officer. In his current position at the FBI, Mason is in charge of the Bureau's Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch — the largest unit in the FBI.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - NTP sues Verizon, AT&T, Sprint Nextel and T-Mo (networkworld.com)

Anonymous Coward writes: "Following its successful patent suit against Research in Motion, NTP has now set its sites on the major telcos. NTP, a patent holding company based in Arlington, Va., is suing Verizon, AT&T, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA for infringing on several of its patents, all of which are related to the delivery of e-mail to mobile devices. In their new round of suits, NTP is alleging that some of the telcos' new e-mail-to-mobile services, such as those delivered by the T-Mobile Wing and AT&T Xpress Mail, infringe upon their patent rights. NTP wants an injunction and is demanding unspecified damages. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/09120-ntp-sues-verizon-att-sprint-nextel-tmobile.html"
Upgrades

Submission + - 10 Plane Crashes That Changed Aviation (popularmechanics.com)

mattnyc99 writes: As horrifying (and voyeuristic) as they are, plane crashes have actually done a lot of good. There's only been one fatal crash in the U.S. in the past five years, and, in a follow-up to their safest seat on an airplane investigation, Popular Mechanics says that's because 10 accidents spurred new technology that keeps air travel safe and routine today.
Portables

Submission + - Do All Laptop Batteries Suck? 1

jon_anderson_ca writes: I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 with the (allegedly better-than-basic) 85 WHr battery. After a little over a year of using it, the battery is almost useless, and I'm not alone. Oh, and the battery's warranty is 12 months, of course.

My questions to Slashdot are: how do other laptop batteries fare these days? Do batteries last longer than 6-12 months on Apple, HP, even other Dell laptops? Is it just the Dell 85WHr 9-cell that's the problem? Why is it that battery life is so very short? Is there anything I can do about it (reconditioning or replacement)?

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