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Submission + - Sun's Goal: No In-House Data Centers by 2015 (datacenterknowledge.com)

1sockchuck writes: "Sun Microsystems wants to cut its IT department's data center footprint in half within five years, and then eliminate in-house data centers completely shortly afterward. "Our goal is to reduce our entire data center presence by 2015," writes Sun data center architect Brian Cinque, who says Sun hopes to shift its in-house IT to a software as a service model. Sun will use virtualization and consolidation to reduce its data center space and energy usage by 50 percent by 2013, with a goal of moving it all online two years later. Sun's roadmap reflects the shift to utility computing discussed in Nicholas Carr's new book, which has been keenly debated this week."
Government

Submission + - Surprising grassroots opposition to OOXML growing (noooxml.org)

christian.einfeldt writes: "One might think that something as arcane as a data format standard would not generate international outcry, but more than 76,505 people in 45 languages have signed a petition to oppose Microsoft's bid to gain ISO status for its OOXML format, and the rate of new users is accelerating. The ISO vote on OOXML as a standard is coming on February 25-29, and all parties agree that the stakes are high. In September 2007, Doug Mahugh, Microsoft's Open XML evangelist, called ISO status the 'Gold Standard' and said that it was in Microsoft's commercial interest to expedite approval of OOXML as an ISO standard, and, in its haste, actually lost one country when Sweden withdrew its vote for OOXML due to admitted irregularities in the vote, and saw controversy in the votes of New Zealand and Hungary as well."
Spam

Submission + - Spammers Use Page Out of Slashdot Troll's Playbook (f-secure.com) 1

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "According to F-Secure, spammers are now using the Google luck search redirect trick to mask their spam URLs, just like Slashdot trolls do. The trick is to find some search for which you're the top result on Google, then craft a link to a Google search using the bntI parameter to convince Google that you just clicked "I'm feeling lucky" button. Thus, you end up being redirected to MyGoatseCity or a spammed viagra site, rather than seeing a Google search or whatever you were expecting. The only good news is that it's pretty easy to filter out emails containing the spam links with a simple regex like http:\/\/(\S*)google\.([^\\]+)\/search\?\S*\&bntI if you know how."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - iPhone Unlocked via Software

54mc writes: "In the latest in a series of iPhone unlocking stories, CNN reports that a group of anonymous hackers have successfully unlocked the iPhone via software. From the story: " 'It's completely software hacked,' Schulte said. 'There's no case opening required. It's not required to do any kind of disassembly.' It took Schulte about two minutes to unlock the iPhone." Could this be the beginning of the end of AT&T's monopoly on the so-called JesusPhone?"
Graphics

Submission + - AMD R6xx Image Quality Analyzed (beyond3d.com)

Steve Kerrison writes: "The most recent graphics chips to come off of AMD and Nvidia's production lines have added performance boosts and support for DirectX 10. But what about image quality? Beyond3D looks at the image quality features of the R6xx family of GPUs, where AMD has been adding a few tricks:

What follows is our look at AMD R6-series image quality as it stands, and it's one that focuses on the AA down-filter more than anything else. It's where AMD have changed the game the most, introducing forward-looking custom filters...
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