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  • Why sweat? Tap nuclear power [for desalination]

    12/27/2007 7:55:08 PM PST · by grundle · 34 replies · 298+ views ^ | 12/26/07 | NOLAN HERTEL
    State governments looking for ways to cope with severe drought in the Southeast should consider using nuclear power to desalinate seawater. This is a safe and proven technology that the U.S. Navy has been using for more than a half-century to provide drinking water for the crews of its nuclear-powered submarines. Until a few years ago, the water debate here in Georgia was conducted in an almost surreal atmosphere. We appeared to have sufficient supplies of water to meet our needs, and most of us seemed to feel that this state of affairs would continue indefinitely. By definition, miracles do...
  • Add-on PlayStation 3 HDD will run Linux ~~ Hmmmm!!!

    06/10/2005 4:30:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 328+ views
    gamespot ^ | Friday, June 10, 2005 | staff
    Ken Kutaragi reveals the console's hard drive will use alternate OS, hints that it will ship separately and will come in more than one model. Since E3, Sony Computer Entertainment president Ken Kutaragi has been calling the PlayStation 3 an "entertainment supercomputer" rather than a gaming console. Now, he's revealed a new plan to make sure that it's acknowledged as one. In an interview with Impress PC Watch, Kutaragi disclosed that he plans to install the Linux operating system on the PS3's hard disc drive (HDD) so it will be recognized as a computer, rather than a mere console. But...
  • Nanoscale light tricks promise huge DVD storage

    06/03/2005 9:39:00 PM PDT · by phoenix0468 · 7 replies · 504+ views news service ^ | 18:07 26 May 2005 | Will Knight
    The tantalising prospect of DVDs capable of holding almost a terabyte of data - or several hundred movies - has been presented in a patent issued to US storage company Iomega. The US patent describes a disc that could store 40 to 100 times more information that a conventional DVD, using more nanometre-scale sloped ridges to diffract light. US patent number 6879556 - entitled "Method and Apparatus for Optical Data Storage" - was issued to Iomega on April 12 2005.
  • Hitachi To Produce 1 Terabyte Desktop Drives ...expected available late 2005.

    04/04/2005 9:25:04 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies · 673+ views
    WebProNews ^ | 2005-04-04 | WebProNews | Staff Writer |
    Hitachi's division of storage technologies, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, is expected to announce they will begin selling 1-terabyte desktop drives later this year. In order to increase storage capacities, HGST is employing perpendicular recording, which Macworld describes as: Perpendicular recording is perhaps the most significant near-term step in the evolution of hard-disk drive technology. The method is similar to the longitudinal recording used in today's drives in that it relies on magnetically charged particles for data storage. In today's drives, the north and south poles of the magnetic particles run parallel to the disc but in the new method they...
  • Hitachi claims new technology for 1TB disk drives ~~ ... it will introduce a 1 inch 20 GB drive.

    04/04/2005 7:38:52 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies · 445+ views ^ | 04.04.2005 - 15:12 | Autor: Redaktion
    Japan`s Hitachi will introduce its next-generation hard-disk drives attained by a innovative novel approach that packs the tiny magnetic ones and zeros that are the basis for digital storage technology even closer together.The innovative technology known as perpendicular recording because the tiny magnets that represent digits are placed upright, not end to end -- has been anticipated by the magnetic storage industry for more than 20 years. Hitachi announced today that it will produce 230 gbits per square inch meaning it will introduce a 1 inch 20 GB drive. While perpendicular recording has been talked about for years, Seagate, Toshiba...
  • A new potential source of fuel, buried deep underground ~ methane gas created in lab with rocks only

    10/10/2004 11:11:47 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 43 replies · 2,190+ views
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | Thu, Sep. 23, 2004 | BETSY MASON Knight Ridder Newspapers
    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - (KRT) - Scientists may have discovered a new source of fuel far below the Earth's surface. Fossil fuels get their name from the ancient plants and animals that decayed to form oil, gas and coal. But now scientists have created methane gas without any biological matter, suggesting that the fossil fuel supply may not be entirely dependent on fossils after all.The research opens up the possibility of a vast reservoir of methane gas more than 60 miles below the Earth's surface and could also help scientists hunting for signs of life on Mars and other planets."There...
  • Ok, maybe that was it? Bottlenecks! They just keep moving.

    10/05/2004 9:24:10 PM PDT · by John Robinson · 78 replies · 2,481+ views
    It's always something new with a complex system. We have frontends, backends and databases, not to mention ancillary services like DNS, mail, and internal gadgets. Something is bound to goober up. A few months ago we were hitting the limits of our database environment. I added hardware and all was good... well, too good. The backends couldn't keep up, so I added hardware (just this weekend!), and all was good... until tonight, when things were once again too good. This time the frontend went on strike, overwhelmed. A few years ago, when last looking at the scalability of our site,...
  • Open Source Myths

    07/26/2004 8:35:06 AM PDT · by GeorgiaFreeper · 103 replies · 1,416+ views
    Neil Gunton's Web Page ^ | 7/26/2004 | Neil Gunton / open_source_myths / Open Source Myths Thoughts on some frequently-stated dogma promoted by the Open Source community Copyright © 2004 by Neil Gunton Last updated: Mon Jul 26 08:43:56 2004 CDT This document collects some of my thoughts regarding some of the "conventional wisdom" that people seem to take as Gospel Truth about Open Source software (OSS) and software development in general. This is NOT intended to be "anti-OSS", but rather to generate real thought and discussion as opposed to the constant mindless re-iteration of the same old tired dogma. I fully realize that this will be controversial...
  • ASPs the next wave online

    07/21/2004 11:08:25 AM PDT · by solicitor77 · 9 replies · 752+ views
    CHICAGO, July 21 (UPI) -- Terrorists launch a chemical attack on the United States -- and the American military reacts in minutes, by means of a cutting-edge Internet application. In the middle of the night, fighter pilots are rousted out of bed by automated phone calls sent over the Internet. As each pilot picks up the receiver, his response is routed securely to an application service provider, which automatically begins the process of getting his warplane ready for flight -- before the pilot even arrives at the air station. "That's an early warning and call mechanism," said Peter Berghammer, chief...
  • Spanish simplify software searching

    07/20/2004 2:19:52 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 1 replies · 416+ views
    e4engineering ^ | 7/20/04
    Finding open source software on the Internet can often seem like searching for a needle in a haystack. But with the development of a new search engine called AMOS, finding code has just become easier. Aimed at programmers and system integrators, but with the potential to be used by a broader public, the AMOS system applies a simple ontology and a dictionary of potential search terms to find software code, packages of code and code artefacts rapidly and efficiently. 'There is so much open source code and program elements available today that people often don't know what's available or where...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • I really screwed up this time. Where did my WININET.DLL file go?

    07/07/2004 4:57:13 PM PDT · by Nita Nupress · 165 replies · 18,788+ views
    Computer Dummy | 7/7/04 | nita nupress
     Well, it's actually not my WININET.DLL file; it's my Dad's, which makes it even worse.  I'm on my computer right now because his won't reach the Internet.If you computer experts want to skip the first few (irrelevant) paragraphs about how it happened, you can get straight to the point by going directly to the Maintenance Done, Error Messages,  What I've Tried, and the My Bottomline Questions sections below.  Any help you can give me will be appreciated greatly.  I'm going to describe all the maintenance I did on his computer just in case you need it.  And in an effort...
  • Need Another Browser?

    07/05/2004 9:04:28 PM PDT · by South40 · 12 replies · 528+ views
    CBSNEWS ^ | July 5, 2004 | Larry Magid
    (CBS) Last week, there were two separate reported of flaws in Microsoft Internet Explorer that could jeopardize your security. One flaw made it possible for pop-up windows to install programs on your machine that could steal banking records. Another flaw, in both Explorer and a Microsoft web server program, made it possible for a hacker to implant malicious code in an otherwise legitimate Web site that could, once again, steal your data. Microsoft, of course, says it’s doing everything possible to eliminate these problems. As it has in the past, the company put out a fix that patches these particular...
  • Need Help: FR has become Norton Security Threat

    07/01/2004 9:36:01 AM PDT · by cgk · 45 replies · 1,182+ views
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  • Internet Attack Exploits Microsoft Software Flaws ( Internet Explorer vulnerable )

    06/25/2004 10:41:28 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 174 replies · 3,253+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jun 25, 2004 08:25 PM ET | Duncan Martell
        Internet Attack Exploits Microsoft Software Flaws Fri Jun 25, 2004 08:25 PM ET By Duncan Martell SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A potentially dangerous attack on personal computers by a virus designed to steal financial data and passwords from Web users rippled across the Internet on Friday, computer security experts said. The attack, which surfaced earlier this week and is known as the "Scob" outbreak, exploits a vulnerability in servers using Microsoft Corp.'s IIS software and has been called more dangerous than the recent "Sasser" and "Blaster" infections. The infected servers in turn exploit another vulnerability in Microsoft's...
  • One-of-a-Kind Database of World’s Petroleum Resources Now Available

    03/24/2004 4:10:50 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 3 replies · 310+ views
    One-of-a-Kind Database of World’s Petroleum Resources Now Available The USGS has completed and made public a database that has over 65,000 records containing the chemical analysis of crude oil, natural gas and rock samples from thousands of locations worldwide. This is the only database of its kind and for the first time it is now available to the public at USGS scientists use the information in the organic geochemistry database to assess domestic and world energy resources. The public will find the information helpful to better understand the geochemistry of many of the world’s major oil and gas...
  • Toshiba develops tiny fuel cell

    06/25/2004 5:53:36 AM PDT · by avg_freeper · 23 replies · 678+ views
    BBC News ^ | Thursday, 24 June, 2004
    A tiny prototype fuel cell the size of a thumb has been developed by Toshiba. The Japanese electronics giant said the methanol fuel cell could power a gadgets such as a digital music player for 20 hours. Fuel cells generate electrical power by catalysing substances such as hydrogen and methanol. Toshiba hopes that by 2005, the fuel cells could be used in handheld electronic devices instead of lithium-ion batteries. Size matters Fuel cells have been touted as a green power source for the future as they produce electricity by converting hydrogen and oxygen into water. Many companies are working on...
  • Wireless nanocrystals efficiently radiate visible light

    06/23/2004 3:37:36 AM PDT · by Moonman62 · 19 replies · 617+ views
    Eurekalert ^ | 06/22/04 | DOE/Sandia National Laboratories
    Marriage of quantum well, quantum dots could produce white light ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A wireless nanodevice that functions like a fluorescent light - but potentially far more efficiently - has been developed in a joint project between the National Nuclear Security Administration's Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories. The experimental success, reported in the June 10 issue of Nature, efficiently causes nanocrystals to emit light when placed on top of a nearby energy source, eliminating the need to put wires directly on the nanocrystals. The energy source is a so-called quantum well that emits energy at wavelengths most easily absorbable...
  • How to create CD of Windows updates (vs. doing direct live update) (vanity)

    06/09/2004 8:59:35 AM PDT · by rudy45 · 37 replies · 585+ views
    I am working with a client that has a LAN and high speed Internet connection in its central office. The client has several nearby "satellite" locations, each with one or two PCs, with only dialup Internet access. I am facing a challenge in keeping the remote PCs current with Windows updates. Trying to download them over a dialup connection will take HOURS. Here's what I would like to do instead: - At each PC, connect to Microsoft via dialup for a scan of needed updates - Record the list of updates - At central office, do download of updates and...
  • URI physics employee invents new antenna technology

    06/08/2004 7:53:01 PM PDT · by Denver Ditdat · 44 replies · 1,314+ views
    University of Rhode Island News Bureau ^ | June 2, 2004 | Jan Wenzel
    URI physics employee invents new antenna technology Media Contact: Jan Wenzel, 401-874-2116 KINGSTON, R.I. -- June 2, 2004 -- Rob Vincent, an employee in the University of Rhode Island's Physics Department, proves the adage that necessity is the mother of invention. An amateur radio operator since he was 14, Vincent has always lived in houses situated on small lots. Because he couldn’t erect a large antenna on a confined property, he has been continually challenged over the years to find a way to get better reception. "I was always tinkering in the basement. Thank goodness, my parents were tolerant. I...
  • Everything on my hard drive got destroyed

    05/28/2004 9:58:21 AM PDT · by dennisw · 134 replies · 7,184+ views
    May 28 2004
    60 gigabytes. Never had problems with it. Yesterday Windows XP froze a few times. Then the computer refused to boot up again. Boot sector wiped out? I can deal with that! I then installed this drive as a slave and it wasn't recognized... was invisible. With Partition Magic this hard drive shows up as 60 gig of (exact words) unallocated space. It had 3 partitions which are now all gone. I used the Western Digital Utilities and the hard drive checks out as being in good shape. No errors. I was using Norton Anti Virus. Using a firewall on a...
  • Man AdTI Hired to Compare Minix/Linux Found No Copied Code (SCO vs. IBM/Linux thread)

    05/28/2004 6:56:11 AM PDT · by shadowman99 · 93 replies · 1,277+ views
    Groklaw ^ | Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 05:01 PM EDT | Pamela Jones
    Man AdTI Hired to Compare Minix/Linux Found No Copied Code Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 05:01 PM EDT Andrew Tanenbaum has published the most remarkable email from the man hired by Ken Brown to do a line-by-line comparison of Minix and Linux, Alexey Toptygin, who summarizes his findings and posts them on the Internet: "Around the middle of April, I was contacted by a friend of mine who asked me if I wanted to do some code analysis on a consultancy basis for his boss, Ken Brown. I ended up doing about 10 hours of work, comparing early versions...
  • The way the music dies-CD rot renders compact discs unreadable, causing users to lose data

    05/23/2004 12:33:29 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 9 replies · 2,236+ views
    The way the music dies Tanyia Johnson and Steven Neuman Illustrators CD rot renders compact discs unreadable, causing users to lose data permanently By Steven Neuman News Reporter May 21, 2004 They were supposed to last for 100 years. They were supposed to become family heirlooms, allowing home movies and pictures to literally defy time and keep memories as fresh as the day they were made. But the compact disc, as it turns out, may not exactly last forever. In fact, some CDs undergo "CD rot," the slow, gradual destruction of the data they contain. In manufactured CDs, the...
  • Private spaceship sets altitude record

    05/13/2004 9:18:35 PM PDT · by Bobby777 · 39 replies · 601+ views
    CNN.Com / Science & Space ^ | Thursday, May 13, 2004 Posted: 10:13 PM EDT (0213 GMT) | From Dave Santucci, CNN
    Firm is competing for the $10 million X Prize Aircraft designer Burt Rutan and his firm Scaled Composites took a giant leap early Thursday toward becoming the first private company to send a person into space. Scaled Composites, funded by Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen, set a new civilian altitude record of 40 miles in a craft called SpaceShipOne during a test flight above California's Mojave Desert. The firm is one of 24 companies from several countries competing for the X Prize, which will go to the first privately funded group to send three people on a 62.5-mile-high suborbital...
  • Makers of white-box supercomputers hit their stride

    05/10/2004 9:46:46 AM PDT · by Leroy S. Mort · 100 replies · 419+ views
    CNET ^ | May 10, 2004 | Michael Kanellos
    Thunder, a supercomputer recently installed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is possibly the second-most powerful computing machine on the planet--and it was built by a company with about as many employees as a real estate office. California Digital, a 55-person company located on the outskirts of Silicon Valley, created Thunder from 1,024 four-processor Itanium 2 servers to perform a variety of tasks at the lab. Capable of churning 19.94 trillion operations per second, it would have ranked second in the Top 500 list of supercomputers published bi-annually by the University of Mannheim, the University of Tennessee and Lawrence Berkeley National...
  • Israeli-U.S. Laser Downs Long-Range Missile in Test

    05/07/2004 6:08:23 AM PDT · by veronica · 26 replies · 412+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5-6-04
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A laser beam under joint Israeli-U.S. development destroyed a long-range rocket for the first time in a test in the skies over the American Southwest, Israel's Defense Ministry said on Friday. Israel has sought an effective defense against ballistic missiles since 1991 when Iraq launched Scuds into the Jewish state during the first Gulf War. It has since developed the Arrow anti-ballistic missile with U.S. funding. "This is a significant step forward," a ministry spokesman said of the test on May 4 of the "Nautilus" Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser (MTHEL) held at the White Sands Missile...
  • Projected 'Average' Longhorn System Is A Whopper

    05/04/2004 5:34:43 PM PDT · by Dominic Harr · 38 replies · 278+ views
    greg_barton writes "At first I thought this was a joke, but this article from Microsoft Watch confirms it: 'Microsoft is expected to recommend that the 'average' Longhorn PC feature a dual-core CPU running at 4 to 6GHz; a minimum of 2 gigs of RAM; up to a terabyte of storage; a 1 Gbit, built-in, Ethernet-wired port and an 802.11g wireless link; and a graphics processor that runs three times faster than those on the market today.'"
  • Speed Bump - While Moore's Law Isn't About to be Repealed Soon

    05/04/2004 2:25:42 PM PDT · by tang-soo · 7 replies · 304+ views
    pbs online ^ | April 29, 2004 | Robert X. Cringely
    APRIL 29, 2004 Speed Bump While Moore's Law Isn't About to be Repealed Soon, We Might See It Slowing Down a Little By Robert X. Cringely The only certainty in the computer industry for the last 30 years has been Moore's Law, which says that computing power doubles every 18 months. From time to time, it looks like Gordon Moore is going to be repealed by some technical limitation, then clever engineers think of a dodge, and we're safe for a few more years. While Moore's Law probably won't go on forever, we are certainly safe through at least the...
  • Red Hat unveils Linux system for desktops

    05/04/2004 7:38:30 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 41 replies · 309+ views
    newsobserver ^ | May 4, 2004 | MATTHEW FORDAHL
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - In a sign that demand is growing for alternatives to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows software, Red Hat Inc. will release a version of the Linux operating system and other programs tailored for desktop computers in corporations, universities and government agencies. Red Hat Desktop, announced Tuesday in London, will be targeted at organizations that are looking to upgrade their PCs but don't want or need all the features that ship with the latest version of Windows, said Matthew Szulik, Red Hat's chief executive."These organizations now, for the very first time, have an alternative to the historical Microsoft-desktop...
  • Major vendors are positioning Linux as an alternative for high-end systems

    05/04/2004 7:31:00 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 2 replies · 251+ views
    usatoday ^ | 5/3/2004 | Michael Hardy
    The open-source Linux operating system is just one of several choices for desktop computers, enterprise servers and other common implementations. Sometimes it is chosen, but often it is not. But at the high end of the computational power range -- in supercomputers built by national laboratories, NASA or the Defense Department from clusters of processors -- Linux is rapidly gaining ground on Unix as the operating system of choice.
  • BASIC computer language turns 40

    05/01/2004 10:22:14 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 133 replies · 2,319+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | April 30, 2004 | J.M. Hirsch The Associated Press
    On May 1, 1964, the BASIC computer programing language was born and for the first time computers were taken out of the lab and brought into the community.     Forty years later pure BASIC -- Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code -- has all but disappeared, but its legacy lives on.     "This is the birth of personal computing," said Arthur Luehrmann, a former Dartmouth physics professor who is writing a book about BASIC's development at the university. "It was personal computing before people knew what personal computing was."     Paul Vick, a senior developer at Microsoft, said his company owes...
  • IBM to announce new computers with mainframe talents

    04/27/2004 11:52:11 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies · 313+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 28, 2004, 12:39AM | New York Times
    IBM plans today to announce new server computers that behave more like mainframes and are priced as low as $1,500.The servers will be able to run as many as 10 operating systems on a single machine. One processor can divvy up the workload — packing the capability of several machines into one — by building several virtual machines that run on the underlying hardware. It is a technology that has existed for decades in the mainframe market long ruled by IBM.The first of the server computers, which uses IBM's virtualization engine technology, will begin shipping next month, and the prices...
  • Material grabs more sun ( Potential efficiency increase in Solar Cells )

    04/23/2004 8:54:59 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies · 359+ views
    Technology Research News ^ | April 21/28, 2004 | Kimberly Patch,
    One way to make solar cells more efficient is to find a material that will capture energy from a large portion of the spectrum of sunlight -- from infrared to visible light to ultraviolet. Energy transfers from photons to a photovoltaic material when the material absorbs lightwaves that contain the same amount of energy as its bandgap. A bandgap is the energy required to push an electron from a material's valence band to the conduction band where electrons are free to flow. The trouble is, most photovoltaic materials absorb a relatively narrow range of light energy. The most efficient silicon...
  • Critical internet communication flaw revealed

    04/21/2004 9:38:57 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 12 replies · 355+ views
    newscientist ^ | April 21, 2004 | Will Knight
    A serious problem with the most commonly used internet communications protocol has been revealed by computer experts. Experts say the flaw in the Transmission Control Protocol (TPC) could be used to knock out many brands of router - the machines that direct traffic between computer networks on the internet.Details were revealed in an advisory issued by the UK government's National Infrastructure Security Co-Ordination Centre (NISCOC) on Tuesday. The advisory rates the issue as "critical" but states that different hardware and software will be affected to different degrees. Roger Cumming, director of NISCOC says exploitation of this vulnerability could affect the...
  • Gopher: Underground Technology

    04/21/2004 5:48:54 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 4 replies · 267+ views
    wired ^ | 12 april 2004 | Lore Sjöberg
    <p>Back in 1992, when "yahoo" was something cowboys yelled and "ebay" was just pig Latin, the University of Minnesota developed a new way of looking at data on the Internet. Their protocol, called "gopher" after the UMN mascot, allowed archivists to present the mishmash of information in a standard format, and enabled readers to navigate documents on a world of servers using a simple visual interface.</p>
  • Office Workers Willing To Leak Passwords for Chocolate

    04/20/2004 7:35:34 AM PDT · by NotQuiteCricket · 20 replies · 313+ views ^ | Updated Monday, April 19, 2004, 3:00 PM EDT | Mitch Wagner
    Almost three quarters of office workers in an impromptu man-on-the-street survey were willing to give up their passwords when offered the bribe of a chocolate bar. The organizers of the conference Infosecurity Europe 2004 plans to announce on Tuesday that they surveyed office workers at Liverpool Street Station in England, and found that 71 percent were willing to part with their password for a chocolate bar. The survey also found the majority of workers would take confidential information with them when they change jobs, and would not keep salary details confidential if they came across the details. Some 37 percent...
  • New honour for the web's inventor

    04/15/2004 6:46:12 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 13 replies · 262+ views
    bbc news ^ | 15 April, 2004
    The inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, has won a prestigious award which comes with a prize bag of one million euros (£671,000). The "Father of the Web" was named as the first winner of the Millennium Technology Prize by the Finnish Technology Award Foundation.In 1991, he came up with a system to organise, link and browse net pages which revolutionised the internet.The British scientist was knighted for his pioneering work in 2003.Modest manSir Tim created his hypertext program while he was at the particle physics institute, Cern, in Geneva. The computer code he came up with let...
  • Software warfare

    04/13/2004 9:46:01 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 4 replies · 342+ views
    the star ^ | Apr. 12, 2004 | TYLER HAMILTON
    Software warfare TECHNOLOGY REPORTER When Corel Corp. of Ottawa shipped its first and only Linux operating system back in 1999, it was in the unusual position of having an award-winning PC product that attracted more praise than purchase orders.Observers liked the idea of challenging Microsoft Corp. and the overwhelming dominance of its Windows desktop system, but many dismissed Corel's move as well-intentioned lunacy. The dominance of Windows left Linux challengers reluctant to enter the ring, let alone take a jab at the Redmond titan.No surprise, Corel threw in the towel in 2001 and sold off its Linux operations.Three years later,...
  • Lost Your Job Yet?

    04/12/2004 10:04:50 AM PDT · by Mini-14 · 202 replies · 876+ views
    Computerworld ^ | April 12, 2004 | John Pardon
    Frank Hayes' fears about techies bailing out of a declining American IT workforce are already being realized ["ITAA's Job Dream"]. I've done it. I concluded that IT is largely a dead-end career for Americans and opted out so that my wife could pursue advanced degrees in education and move up in a field that can't be so readily outsourced or filled by guest workers. I rebelled at my former employer's "wage compression," outsourcing and use of H-1B and L-1 visa holders. One year ago, I resigned my IT job at NCR Corp., a Fortune 500 company based in Dayton, Ohio,...
  • Refining Semiconductors, One Atom at a Time

    04/10/2004 12:28:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 379+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 8, 2004 | ANNE EISENBERG
    At the heart of semiconductor fabrication are crucial additives called dopants. These impurities change the electronic properties of silicon or other material to make the transistors and other components of a chip. Currently these dopants are added in bulk, their exact location usually no more a problem than the exact location of grains of baking soda or raisins stirred into cake batter. But as electronic devices shrink - and the hope is to get them down to the size of a molecule - serious problems with doping are expected. At that small a scale, the location of a needed doping...
  • New technology to help drowsy drivers

    04/09/2004 12:31:23 AM PDT · by endthematrix · 3 replies · 340+ views
    USA Today ^ | 4/8/04 | John Porretto, Associtated Press
    <p>Volvo is trying to retain its image as a leader in safety with new technology designed to help drowsy drivers. Volvo and its owner, Ford, released results of a study on the problem Wednesday at the New York Auto Show and announced plans for the technology to be included in Volvo cars and SUVs before the end of the decade. Because the features are still several years from being offered in cars for sale, Ford was cagey about details for competitive reasons. It described a few different products that had been developed and were being considered as options.</p>
  • Arrests key win for NSA hackers

    04/07/2004 9:22:14 AM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 26 replies · 703+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | Tuesday, Apr. 6, 2004 | DAVID AKIN
    A computer hacker who allowed himself to be publicly identified only as ''Mudhen'' once boasted at a Las Vegas conference that he could disable a Chinese satellite with nothing but his laptop computer and a cellphone. The others took him at his word, because Mudhen worked at the Puzzle Palace -- the nickname of the U.S. National Security Agency facility at Fort Meade, Md., which houses the world's most powerful and sophisticated electronic eavesdropping and anti-terrorism systems. It was these systems, plus an army of cryptographers, chaos theorists, mathematicians and computer scientists, that may have pulled in the first piece...
  • Wal-Mart Sells PCs With Sun's Java Desktop System

    03/31/2004 11:15:44 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 53 replies · 531+ views
    techweb ^ | March 31, 2004
    Sun has finally found an American partner for its Java Desktop System (JSD), the company's Linux-based alternative to Microsoft Windows: über-retailer Wal-Mart.Wal-Mart on Tuesday began selling low-cost Microtel PCs pre-loaded with JDS, offering several systems at prices ranging from $298 to $698.Java Desktop System, which runs on Linux, includes the Gnome desktop, StarOffice productivity suite, Mozilla Web browser, and the Evolution e-mail client, and is Sun's pitch as a replacement for Windows and Microsoft Office in both the consumer and enterprise arenas.On Tuesday, Sun said that it was seriously considering Wal-Mart as the sole PC supplier for JDS-equipped computers.To prove...
  • IBM seeks knockout blow in SCO case Legals experts see confidence in latest IBM filings

    03/31/2004 10:14:57 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies · 349+ views
    InfoWorld ^ | March 30, 2004 | Robert McMillan, IDG News Service
    A recent court filing from IBM Corp. appears to indicate a growing confidence on the part of the Armonk, New York, computing giant that it will prevail in its legal dispute with The SCO Group Inc., according to lawyers following the case.    ADVERTISEMENT    RELATED LINKS [an error occurred while processing this directive] In an amended counterclaim to SCO's lawsuit that was filed Friday, IBM asked the District Court for the District of Utah to enter a declaratory judgement in its favor. IBM asked the court to rule that it has not infringed on SCO's copyright and has not breached...
  • Seagate Unleashes Technology to Power 100+ Terabyte HDDs

    03/26/2004 11:10:59 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 467+ views
    XBitLabs ^ | 03/25/2004 | 07:49 AM | Anton Shilov
    Seagate Unleashes Technology to Power 100+ Terabyte HDDs HAMR from Seagate to Allow 100TB Storage Solutions by Anton Shilov03/25/2004 | 07:49 AM Seagate Technology on Thursday is presenting research findings pointing toward data storage densities of 50 terabits per square inch or more at the American Physical Society (APS) conference. The move could eventually enable astonishingly large storage products.At 50 terabits (Tb) per square inch densities, over 3.5 million high-resolution photos, 2800 audio CDs, 1600 hours of television, or the entire printed collection of the US Library of Congress could be stored onto recording media about the size of a single...
  • In Native Alaska, Nuclear Industry Pitches New 'Micro-Nuke'

    03/25/2004 4:33:40 PM PST · by Willie Green · 25 replies · 336+ views
    Pacific News Service ^ | March 25, 2004 | Eric Mack,
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Editor's Note: Far north in a mostly Native Alaskan town along the Yukon River, the Toshiba Corp. seeks to build a "super-safe" nuclear power plant. Residents, eager to lower costly power bills, are interested, but wary. GALENA, Alaska--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission hasn't issued a permit for a new commercial nuclear power plant in the United States since the late 1980s, when the technology topped the list of energy industry taboos following the infamous meltdown of the Chernobyl reactor in the U.S.S.R. But if Japan's Toshiba Corp. has its way, the prototype...
  • SCO's Suit: A Match Made in Redmond?

    03/12/2004 6:36:09 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 419+ views
    BusinessWeek ^ | MARCH 11, 2004 | Jim Kerstetter
    <p>SCO's Suit: A Match Made in Redmond?</p> <p>For months, rumors have swirled around the Web alleging that Microsoft helped finance a small Utah software company's suit against IBM and two corporations that use Linux software. BusinessWeek has learned that Microsoft ( ) did not put up the money, but did play matchmaker for SCO Group ( ) and BayStar Capital, a San Francisco hedge fund which made a $50 million investment in SCO last October.</p>
  • SCO's failing case against IBM

    03/10/2004 12:14:05 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 77 replies · 599+ views
    CNET ^ | March 9, 2004, 4:00 AM PT | Bruce Perens
    SCO suddenly isn't faring so well in its lawsuit against IBM. The company recently dropped claims that Big Blue had misappropriated its trade-secrets by placing them in Linux. This leaves the SCO argument resting upon two copyright infringement claims. When IBM began building the AIX Unix system, it purchased a license from AT&T, the company that created Unix. AT&T's Unix business was later sold to Novell, which subsequently sold part of that business to SCO. Get Up to Speed on...Open sourceGet the latest headlines andcompany-specific news in ourexpanded GUTS section. SCO subsequently contended that under the terms of the Unix...
  • Intel May Be Forced to Stop Selling Some Chips In China

    03/10/2004 10:53:29 AM PST · by at bay · 67 replies · 534+ views
    Wall Street Journal | 3-10-04 | Ramstad and Chen
    Intel Corp. said it could be forced to stop selling some computer chips in China this summer because it can't meet a deadline for compliance with a new Chinese government rule. Intel's announcement was the first concrete indication that trade in key products could be hurt by the Chinese rule, which requires that personal computers, mobile phones and other wireless-data products sold in China must use a unique security standard developed by Beijing, starting June 1. It raised the temperature further in the simmering trade dispute between China and high-tech manufacturers from the U.S. and elsewhere over the controversial rule....
  • Analysis: Microsoft, SCO have a lot more explaining to do

    03/08/2004 1:46:21 PM PST · by amigatec · 40 replies · 479+ views ^ | Monday March 08, 2004 - [ 03:40 PM GMT ] | Chris Preimesberger
    Analysis: Microsoft, SCO have a lot more explaining to do Monday March 08, 2004 - [ 03:40 PM GMT ] Topics: Legal , News and Trends By: Chris Preimesberger Whether or not Microsoft is secretly bankrolling the SCO Group for more than $100 million to attack Linux and the general open source community through questionable intellectual property lawsuits, NewsForge has learned that U.S. federal regulators may have begun investigating the relationship between the two companies -- and may also be looking closely at a number of other people and companies connected to them through stock or other business transactions. Although...