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Windows 7 To Be Released Next Year? 561

KrispySausage writes "A recently-released roadmap for the next major Window release — Windows 7 — indicates that Microsoft is planning to release the new operating system in the second half of 2009, rather than the anticipated release date of some time in 2010. This quickly-approaching release date would seem to be at least partially verified by news of a milestone build available for review by an anonymous third party." We've previously discussed the upcoming new OS version, as well as its danger to Vista.

Microsoft Unveils Virtualization Strategy 141

billstewart writes "The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft will be announcing a virtualization strategy on Tuesday. Of course there's plenty of focus on the competition with VMware, including the obligatory reference to Microsoft's entry into the browser wars prior to cutting off Netscape's air supply. The pieces of the picture will include: an alliance with Citrix Systems, owners of XenSource; acquisition of privately held Calista Technologies of San Jose, which has software that speeds up the performance of applications running in a virtualized environment; and lower price for Windows Vista used on virtualized computers. Microsoft also reversed its earlier position and will now allow the Home Basic and Home Premium versions of Vista to run under virtualization. The company confirmed its plans to deliver its Hyper-V hypervisor within six months of the launch of Windows Server 2008 (betas available now), which is expected this quarter."

Comment rob pike said this too (Score 1) 676

After reading the article, I do think he has a point to some degree. I've seen comments on here that refer to Unix as like the wheel - Linux is simply polishing an already near-perfect idea. This can't be further from the truth. Look at what the article said -- he was disappointed that Stallman chose to pursue an open source version of an OS that was already at the time recognized as being not only old, but flawed. Age isn't the issue - it's idiotic to toss out an idea simply because of age. But flaws and technical reasons are definitely a cause to reconsider things, such as Unix. It would have been nice if he had chosen to open up a more revolutionary idea and push the field ahead instead of stalling it somewhere in the early 1970s. This isn't a unique sentiment. Rob Pike said a similar thing a few years ago at a talk in Utah (http://herpolhode.com/rob/utah2000.pdf) where he lamented that the fixation on Linux/Unix was leading many people to have blinders restricting them to thinking about the world in a very limited, closed-minded way. Rob happens to come from Bell labs where the original Unix creators realized that more was possible than what the Unix model provided, and they created Plan9 and Inferno. The open source model, while good for code freedom, seems to breed more than anything an irrational devotion to specific technologies simply because implementations of them exist for free. Why are people unwilling to consider that there could be better ways to do something, and that Unix/Linux is not the pinnacle of perfection in operating systems and software? I use Linux every day and enjoy it, but wouldn't blink an eye if something better came along and Linux got tossed off my machine.
Data Storage

Submission + - Mempile - Terabyte on a CD (tfot.info)

tfot writes: "YEARS AFTER THE cd a new optical-storage technology currently under development by an Israeli company will allow the equivalent of 250,000 high-quality MP3s or more than 115 DVD-quality movies or about 40 HD movies on a single CD-size medium. At 200 layers a disc, future versions of the technology will make it possible to store up to 5TB of data on one disc — the only question is, when will we find the time to watch all this content?"

Submission + - Another Ocean in Space?

Riding with Robots writes: "A new study concludes that the strange and intriguing water geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus may not result from pools of liquid water near the surface. However, the fractures they spew from might point to an entire ocean deep inside the icy moon. If confirmed, this would be at least the second world in the Solar System thought to have a hidden ocean beneath its surface."

Submission + - XM subscribers backlash since shock jock suspensio

Sirius Uplink writes: "Ever since Opie and Anthony were suspended for 30 days by XM, people are canceling and smashing their XM radios to protest the recent suspension. The topic that had them suspended was about a homeless man "raping" the Secretary of State. Other sites such as People Against Censorship are going further by staging protests outside of their studios in support."

Submission + - MPAA Fires Back at AACS Decryption Utility

RulerOf writes: The AACS Decryption utility released this past December known as BackupHDDVD originally authored by Muslix64 of the Doom9 forums has received its first official DMCA Takedown Notice. It has been widely speculated that the utility itself was not an infringing piece of software due to the fact that it is merely "a textbook implementation of AACS," written with the help of documents publicly available at the AACS LA's website, and that the AACS Volume Unique Keys that the end user isn't supposed to have access to are in fact the infringing content, but it appears that such is not the case. From the thread:

"...you must input keys and then it will decrypt the encrypted content. If this is the case, than according to the language of the DMCA it does sound like it is infringing. Section 1201(a) says that it is an infringement to "circumvent a technological measure." The phrase, "circumvent a technological measure" is defined as "descramb(ling) a scrambled work or decrypt(ing) an encrypted work, ... without the authority of the copyright owner." If BackupHDDVD does in fact decrypt encrypted content than per the DMCA it needs a license to do that.

Submission + - The Recording Industry's Failed Digital Strategy

An anonymous reader writes: The Toronto Star has a terrific article by Michael Geist on the recording industry's failed digital strategy. The article links together the misplaced reliance on DRM and the advocacy for copyright levies to demonstrate how the record labels got the Internet completely wrong.

Submission + - Firefox 3 to support offline apps

thinkingpen writes: Read/Write web is carrying an interesting story about Firefox 3. From the article — "An interesting tidbit came out of the recent Foo Camp New Zealand (which unfortunately I wasn't able to attend). Robert O'Callahan from Mozilla, who is based in NZ but drives the rendering engine of Mozilla/FireFox, spoke about how Firefox 3 will deliver support for offline applications. This is significant because you'll be able to use your web apps — like Gmail, Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Google Calendar, etc — in the browser even when offline. I deliberately mentioned all Google web apps there, because of course this plays right into Google's hands." Now thats web 3.0 ?

Submission + - Did D-Wave really demonstrate a quantum computer?

Qubert writes: Was D-Wave's quantum computer demo last week the real thing? Ars Technica takes a look inside the cold, black box and concludes that whatever was in there, it probably wasn't a 'pure' quantum computer: 'Jumping off the fence, we will say that we think D-Wave demonstrated a real device; however, we think their device is going to set off a debate in the physics community over where the boundary between classical and quantum computation is. At present, quantum computers are "globally phase coherent," which means that every qubit's state is entangled (and therefore correlated) with every other qubit... The D-wave system, however, is certainly not globally phase coherent, which raises the question of whether it is a quantum computer.'
User Journal

Journal Journal: [Cellular Automata] EXTREME geekiness 1

(For the reader who does not know what it is, a quick description: 'cellular automatons' use a grid (typically represented as a two-dimensional array when programmatically done) where each cell has a state (typically, alive or dead, or in some automatons, somewhere in between). In successive generations, the states of cells influence the states of neighboring cells. The most famous example of cellular automaton scheme is Conways G


Submission + - Ken Kennedy dies

leek writes: Ken Kennedy died of cancer yesterday. Here's what one of his closest students told me: "You probably remember Ken was in the hospital for the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, he passed away yesterday. Just a week ago I was corresponding with him about a technical issue through email, and it seemed he would come through this." Rice has posted a statement.

Submission + - Global Warming Deniers Speak Out

Attila writes: A respected climatologist speaks out about how the scientific findings of his committee were twisted for political purposes by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (part 5 of a series from admittedly conservative Canadian newspaper The National Post).
Operating Systems

Submission + - A Dad Seeking Vista Gets More Than He Asked For

An anonymous reader writes: My father heard about Vista coming on the news. Since he was interested in getting it, he asked me to obtain it and install it on his computer and he would give some cash in return. I told him I was going to do that, but instead I burned an Ubuntu CD and installed it. Later, when he came home from work, I showed him his new "Vista" install, complete with the latest Office and Solitaire. Well, it's been a few days since that and now he says Bill Gates is better than Steve Jobs and brags about how OS X on my iMac is obsolete compared to Vista on his PC. I will continue with the prank for some weeks, after which I'll tell him the truth and give him back his money.

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