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Submission + - Novell's SLED11 SP1 Review (

dhalley writes: Regardless of how you view Novell as a company, few would argue that their release of SLED10 back in July of 2006 was one of the most well engineered Linux Desktops ever released. It was the first release to include "3D Desktop Effects" thanks to David Reveman, a Novell Employee. It had the most comprehensive integration with Samba thanks to their Samba team, which, at the time, included Samba Superstar Jeremy Allison. It had one of the best and fastest implementations, thanks to the Novell team, which started the excellent development version, and many more features.

Submission + - Free clock democratises atomic accuracy (

schliz writes: A new, trial network of software-based clocks could give data centres and networks the accuracy of an atomic clock for free. The so-called RADclock analyses information from multiple computers across the internet by collecting the time from each machine's internal quartz clock, the time it takes for this information to be transmitted across the network, and comparing all the information collected to determine a time that is most likely to be accurate, so machines are calibrated across the network with up to microsecond accuracy — as good as that provided by a $50,000 atomic clock, researchers say.

Submission + - Ubuntu Linux for Windows Users (

mgpeter writes: "With the 10.04 version of Ubuntu Linux, there is now a way to install Ubuntu Linux onto a Windows Computer without having to repartition the hard drive. This feature alone has the potential of increasing the Linux User Base dramatically. No longer do you have to worry about "messing up your system" or try to figure out how to get rid of the Grub Boot loader and delete Linux Partitions. With using the Ubuntu Linux Windows Installer, if you don't like running Linux, you simply have to remove it from within Window's Add/Remove Programs Control Panel Applet (which only takes a few seconds to uninstall)."

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 180

However, they should have a "real investigation" to find out:

Why on earth did it rebound the way it did and remain stable the rest of the day ?

Why are their reports that traders were locked out their systems during the entire 10-15 minutes of the drop ?

What effects the "Working Group on Financial Markets" aka Plunge Protection Team have on the markets. This entity has absolutely no oversight and can pretty much manipulate the markets how it wishes. The "conspiracy theorist" in me think that they might have done this on purpose to send a message to certain Senators to drop support for the "Audit the Fed" Bill, which quite a few did shortly afterwards.

If it was caused by a typo, how can someone entering a "B"illion instead of a "M"illion cause this, normally wouldn't you have to enter 1,000,000,000 into the computer program instead of "Million" ? I guess unless they were using Microsoft Bob for Day Traders.

Anyway, that is my "Two Cents"


Submission + - Is Windows 7 Actually Faster Than Ubuntu 10.04? ( 1

mgpeter writes: While Linux has long been talked about as being a faster operating system than Microsoft Windows, in 2010 is this still the case? It seems every time we deliver new benchmarks of the EXT4 file-system it's actually getting slower, recent Linux kernel releases have not been delivering any major performance enhancements for desktop users, the open-source Linux graphics drivers are still no match to the proprietary drivers, and "bloated and huge" is how Linus Torvalds described the Linux kernel last year. This is all while Windows 7 was released last year, which many view as Microsoft's best operating system release to date. Even after using it a fair amount the past few months in preparation for this about-to-be-shared work, it is actually not too bad and is a huge improvement over Windows Vista, but is it really faster than Ubuntu Linux?

Submission + - An In-depth Look at Gentoo Linux (

dhalley writes: This is the first "review" of Gentoo Linux I have seen in recent times. Why don't other reviewers cover Gentoo Linux anymore ? Anyway, this article gives a good overview of how Portage works and even gives good advice and examples of how to configure Gentoo's USE Flags. It also gives compelling reasons why you may or may not want to give Gentoo Linux a try. Nice article, worth a read.
Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - Interview with Marc Laidlaw, writer at Valve (

themacgamer writes: In a recent interview Marc Laidlaw, a writer at Valve, presents an earnest, matter-of-fact perspective to the relationship between story design and gameplay, which seems flavored by his experiences from Half-Life 2 and which illuminates moments of not-so-quite-serendipity when story design, art, level, and gameplay coalesce.
Open Source

Submission + - PA-DSS and Opensource Applications (

ducomputergeek writes: Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) certification requirements is now 60 days away. After July 1st, 2010 merchants will be required to process credit card transactions with PA-DSS certified software or face fines and/or terminal of their merchant accounts by Visa. (Mastercard, Discover, Amex as well, but Visa is the one leading the charge). And from experience the author is dead on.

We forked an opensource Point-Of-Sale application because the original project flat out said they were not going to get PA-DSS certified and seemed to think that it some how did not apply to them. We currently going through the PA-DSS certification process. Technical changes to the software to meet PA-DSS needs were minimal. That only took a couple weeks. We are in month 5 of writing documentation and shortly going to have the on-site inspection.


Submission + - AMD's Leo six-core desktop platform analyzed

J. Dzhugashvili writes: Earlier this week, AMD introduced its new Leo enthusiast platform with six-core Phenom II processors starting at just $199. By now, reviews of not just the processors themselves, but also new motherboards based on the simultaneously launched AMD 890FX chipset have made their way onto the web. The verdict might surprise you. While Intel still wins from a power efficiency pesrpective, the new Phenom II X6s dethrone the famous Core i5-750 in value comparisons, and 890FX motherboards from Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI show AMD has a more compelling overall enthusiast platform than Intel. 890FX mobos don't just have more PCI Express lanes than their Intel X58 counterparts; they have built-in Serial ATA 6Gbps connectivity and excellent all-around performance, too. Could AMD be on its way to becoming an enthusiast darling at the high end once again?
The Internet

Submission + - HotelChatter's Annual Hotel WiFi Report 2010 (

Ant writes: "HotelChatter's Annual Hotel WiFi Report 2010 — "This year marks HotelChatter's sixth annual hotel wifi report. Over the years we've documented the progression of hotel WiFi, from blatant disregard, to price-gouging for WiFi access, and reliable WiFi for loyalty program members, through guests taking matters in to their own hands with wireless laptop/notebook cards and 3G access. A year ago, we thought guest demand for free, reliable, hotel WiFi might just go away, thanks to 3G.

Well guess what? The demand for hotel WiFi has not gone away, quite the opposite, a growing number of hotel guests not only demand the hotel they book have proper wireless access but most will consider *not* staying at a hotel that can't meet their basic access needs. That's right, WiFi is a make or break amenity for many hotel guests that can sway booking decisions — and that isn't going away..."

Seen on Boing Boing."


Submission + - All of Gopherspace Available for Download

An anonymous reader writes: Cory Doctorow tells us that in 2007, John Goerzen scraped every gopher site he could find (gopher was a menu-driven text-only precursor to the Web; I got my first online gig programming gopher sites). He saved 780,000 documents, totalling 40GB. Today, most of this is offline, so he's making the entire archive available as a .torrent file; the compressed data is only 15GB. Wanna host the entire history of a medium? Here's your chance!

Go get yourself a piece of pre-Internet history here!

Submission + - Japan hopes for humanoid robot on moon by 2015 (

JoshuaInNippon writes: A Japanese manufacturing cooperative named Astro-Technology SOHLA announced on April 27th that they are planning to create and send a two-legged humanoid robot to the moon, have it draw the Japanese flag on the surface, and hopefully then get it to return to the Earth, all by the year 2015. The group wants to inspire people, particularly in Japan, about space and generate confidence among SMEs to create low-cost space technology. While the idea may seem far-fetched to some, SOHLA had success in building a small low-cost satellite, named "Maido-1", which was launched into space aboard a Japanese H-IIA rocket in early 2009. The group also commented that they want to have their future humanoid robot hitch a ride to the moon with a surveying rover that JAXA is building.

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