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Dell Rugged Laptops Not Quite Tough Enough 225

An anonymous reader writes "Trusted Reviews has put the new Dell XFR rugged laptop through the grinder and it hasn't fared as well as expected. Considering that these guys drove a car over a Panasonic Toughbook, they went pretty easy on the Dell, but it still couldn't take the punishment. It looks like Dell still has a way to go to steal the ball from Panasonic when it comes to all terrain computing."
The Media

Submission + - Micropayments for news: Holy grail or dangerous de (

newscloud writes: "Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab sounds off today on micropayments — on the side of dangerous delusions: 'What does it mean for journalism? It could mean charging for different platforms, for early alerts, for special members-only access to certain premium or value-added content. But I'm pretty sure of one thing: It doesn't mean charging people fractions of a cent to read a news story, no matter how sophisticated the process.' The article provides good context on the debate over micropayments from a 2003 piece by Clay Shirky, to recent pieces by Masnick, Outing and Reifman. Google's micropayment plans were recently covered by Slashdot."

Submission + - Bill Gates No Longer World's Richest Man (

Armadni General writes: "The Guardian (UK) is reporting that Mexican telecommunications tycoon Carlos Slim, after a surge in profits of his America Movil mobile phone service, has overtaken Bill Gates as the world's richest man. From the article, "this is estimated to have boosted his fortune to an estimated $67.8bn (£33.6bn) — equivalent to 8% of Mexico's gross domestic product — compared with $59.2bn for the Microsoft mogul, putting him in the lead by a decisive $8.6bn.""

Submission + - Thailand Opts Not to Sue Google

eldavojohn writes: "Last week, I submitted a story with an erroneous headline "Thailand Sues Google". Well, it looks like they've graciously forgave Google since the slanderous images of King-to-foot interaction have been taken down and decided not to sue the company for something a user did. Google's off the hook (unlike the Swiss man imprisoned 10 years for spray painting on the king's portrait) and their kowtowing letter reads: "We have the deepest respect for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. We likewise respect Thailand's law and tradition and hope that we will be able to reach a mutually acceptable resolution to the current controversy." I guess the shareholders have spoken, put profit before user rights!"

Submission + - Jack Valenti dead at 85

linuxwrangler writes: Jack Valenti, the son of Sicilian immigrants who started out sweeping theater floors, won the Distinguished Flying Cross, was in President Kennedy's motorcade when he was assassinated, created the modern movie rating system, and prior to retiring from the MPAA rose to become one of SlashDot's most hated is dead at age 85.

Submission + - Elderly people could be electronically tagged

petermp writes: Elderly people suffering from dementia could be electronically tagged.
UK Science minister Malcolm Wicks suggested that such tagging technology, which is already used to track convicted criminals on early release from prison, could also help a family caring for an elderly relative.
Full story: mentia_tag/
What is the next step ?

Submission + - Website system for K-12 school

Intelopment writes: "I'm trying to select a good content management system for a K-12 school website, and wanted to get suggestions. System should have the following properties:
— Idiot Proof (no HMTL skills exist at the school)
— The school staff needs to manage their own day-to-day content, although a knowledgable nerd (me) would be available for admin/setup/etc.
— Features can be limited, or quite rich, such as allowing teachers to define homework content for their students. (Optional)
— At a minimum, user managed content, but more user friendly than just a wiki.
— Willing to pay some money, but Open Source is important.
— Need the ability to provide surveys and feedback forms for parents.

I recall Apple having something like this in the past, but it doesn't seem to be available anymore."
Wireless Networking

Wireless Routers for Congested Areas? 138

An anonymous reader asks: "I have been living close to campus at UW Madison for the past six months or so and have come across a problem. We, along with everyone else in the area, have a wireless router, both a Belkin 54g and a Linksys WRT54G. We have Charter 3 Mbit down/.25 Mbit up cable and 6 guys in our apartment. Just on our block about 15-20 people have routers. We are constantly plagued with problems connecting to the wireless, staying connected, getting connected after rebooting, hibernating, and so forth. We have to reset the cable modem and the router many times a day to get everything rolling again. I am thinking that the router is the problem, because my dad always told me that's why they have twenty dollar routers up to thirty thousand dollar routers. What router can I purchase that will help my situation and will work well in a congested college area?"

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