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Submission + - CollabNet buys SourceForge Enterprise Edition

rca66 writes: Yesterday CollabNet and VA Software announced in a press release, that CollabNet will take over the SourceForge Enterprise Edition Business from VA Software. As part of this deal several employess from VA Sofware will change to CollabNet. CollabNet is specialized on the development of distributed applications and supports the Open Source project Subversion. VA Software will concentrate on the the online media of its subsidiary OSTG, which owns Slashdot, SourceForge, NewsForge, and Freshmeat.

Submission + - Ethanol-blended fuel doesn't help the environment

jon_anderson_ca writes: The CBC is reporting on an Environment Canada study that yielded surprising results: running your car with 10% ethanol fuel does not reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a statistically significant way.

So much for saving the atmosphere and keeping your SUV.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Income Gap Is Widening, Data Shows

gollum123 writes: "From the NYTimes Income inequality grew significantly in 2005, with the top 1 percent of Americans — those with incomes that year of more than $348,000 — receiving their largest share of national income since 1928, analysis of newly released tax data shows ( tml?em&ex=1175400000&en=5a2d017aeb4df8cf&ei=5087%0 A ). The top 10 percent, roughly those earning more than $100,000, also reached a level of income share not seen since before the Depression, while average incomes for those in the bottom 90 percent dipped slightly compared with the year before, dropping $172, or 0.6 percent. The new data also shows that the top 300,000 Americans collectively enjoyed almost as much income as the bottom 150 million Americans. Per person, the top group received 440 times as much as the average person in the bottom half earned, nearly doubling the gap from 1980. the analysis was based on preliminary data and that the highest-income Americans were more likely than others to file their returns late, so his data might understate the growth in inequality. for Americans in the middle, the share of income taken by federal taxes has been essentially unchanged across four decades. By comparison, it has fallen by half for those at the very top of the income ladder."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - PSP Firmware 3.30 Decrypted

Croakyvoice writes: Sony released a new firmware for the PSP version 3.30 2 days ago and it featured the ability to accomadate larger video files and improvements to load times for PS1 games on the PSP. Reported on several forums was that anyone with Dark Alex Custom Firmware was being blocked from upgrading, but already Team C+D have released a new version of psardumper that decrypts the latest 3.30 firmware. We should see a new downgrader and custom firmware to follow very soon.

Submission + - Building an energy efficient always-on PC?

An anonymous reader writes: Like many Slashdotters, I find it necessary to leave my home PC running 24/7, for things like web or ftp servers, bittorrent, or simply to make sure I don't miss any messages on IRC or my instant messaging client. It has been about 3 years since I built my current PC, and keeping it running all the time uses a lot of juice. With my next PC I would like to do what I can to keep the power-consumption to a minimum, without sacrificing processing power or other features. What should I look for when choosing components for my PC, and what other ways are there to keep the power consumption down?

Submission + - Steve Jobs vs. Texas Teachers Unions

John writes: In an appearance at an Austin, Texas summit on public education, Steve Jobs said that teachers unions are detrimental to public schools. He further argued that schools should be run more like businesses and that technology alone couldn't improve education, according to an AP story.

"What kind of person could you get to run a small business if you told them that when they came in they couldn't get rid of people that they thought weren't any good?", Jobs added.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Mac OS X Leopard Server

DECS writes: In Mac OS X Leopard Server, Apple sets out to improve upon the existing Tiger Server and fix a number of its limitations. Here's a look at some of the more interesting new features in Leopard Server — including its open source iCal Server based on Twisted.web2 and a Wiki Server which saves history using Subversion — and how its components integrate together to offer far more than a sum of its parts.
User Journal

Journal SPAM: UK: 439,000 requests to monitor people's phone calls

UK security and law enforcement agencies made nearly 439,000 requests to monitor people's phone calls, emails and post during a 15-month period, the spying watchdog has revealed.

But nearly 4,000 errors in requests were also reported within the same period between 1 January 2005 and 31 March 2006, according to a report from the Interceptions of Communications Commissioner (ICC).

Feed New Crackdown on Student Piracy (

The music industry redoubles its efforts to drop the hammer on college students who illegally download music, leaning on the universities for support. By the Associated Press.


Submission + - Windows Genuine Advantage Notification

ribman writes: Latest auto-update download from MS ... """ The Windows Genuine Advantage Notification tool notifies you if your copy of Windows is not genuine. If your system is found to be a non-genuine, the tool will help you obtain a licensed copy of Windows. More information for this update can be found at """

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