shystershep writes: "Rumors have been floating around for years that Google was planning an OS to compete with Window. As of Tuesday night, it is official: "So today, we're announcing a new project that's a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be. Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010." It is separate from the Android mobile OS, will run on both x86 and ARM processors, and is aimed primarily at web use. Other than that, details are scarce."
shystershep writes: "The trust that manages the estate of J.R.R. Tolkein's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy is suing New Line Cinema, the Hollywood studio that obtained the rights to produce films based upon his works. It is seeking over $150 million for breach of contract, plus punitive damages and the revocation of the studio's right to make more Tolkien-based movies. The lawsuit cites the problems that Peter Jackson had getting paid, and accuses the studio, as he did, of "engaging in the infamous practice of 'Hollywood accounting.'""
shystershep writes: "The law California passed in 2005 requiring violent video games to be labeled and which barred their sale to minors has been ruled unconstitutional. Gov. Schwarzenegger says he will appeal the ruling."
shystershep writes: "Here's the deal: my current system is getting a bit long in the tooth, and I've upgraded it about all that I reasonably can. So I'm planning on building a box. It will of course have a 64-bit CPU (x64). My primary OS will be Linux, never mind the flavor. I will also be installing a version of Windows, however, to be used almost exclusively for gaming (yes, I know there are games that work under Linux, but I am also interested in games which do not). So my question is, which would it be better for me, Windows XP Pro x64 or Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit? They are roughly the same price to buy, and I don't see any advantage with going for the 'ultimate' edition. Which is better for performance? Application compatibility? Availability of drivers (keep in mind I'm building from scratch, and therefore can pick and choose hardware on this basis)? And what about a couple years down the road: will XP still be comparable, or would going with Vista be better for the continuing updates and increased focus on it?"