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Intel Says Farewell To PCI Bus
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '10 at 10:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's ok-fine-I-get-it-my-computer-is-old deptartment:
KingofGnG writes with this snippet from Sir Arthur's Den, which will make my desktop computer sad: "Soon another technology that in past years dominated the always changing universe of computer hardware will bite the dust. That's the decision by Intel, the merciless executioner of standards that the company itself imposes on the market. In upcoming months it will end official support for the PCI bus. Developed by the chipmaker in 1993, the PCI Local Bus standard was implemented on all motherboards for x86 and compatible platforms until 2004, the year it passed the baton to the younger and faster PCI Express technology."

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Make-A-Wish Builds A Millennium Falcon Fort For Boy
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '10 at 10:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's it's-fast-enough-for-you-old-man deptartment:
Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and a production crew from Little Mountain Productions, a 9-year-old is getting the best fort ever. The crew is making him a Star Wars-themed fort with a gigantic Millennium Falcon with solar-powered LED interior and exterior lighting to sit on top. No word on how fast it can make the Kessel run, but lets hope the kid gets a long trip.

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Petaflops? DARPA Seeks Quintillion-Flop Computers
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '10 at 10:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's that's-a-lotta-flops deptartment:
coondoggie writes "Not known for taking the demure route, researchers at DARPA this week announced a program aimed at building computers that exceed current peta-scale computers to achieve the mind-altering speed of one quintillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000) calculations per second. Dubbed extreme scale computing, such machines are needed, DARPA says, to 'meet the relentlessly increasing demands for greater performance, higher energy efficiency, ease of programmability, system dependability, and security.'"

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SketchUp 7.1 Architectural Visualization
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '10 at 09:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's read-all-about-it deptartment:
dango0 writes "SketchUp 7.1 for Architectural Visualization – Beginner's Guide is a detailed guide that will figuratively take you by the hand and teach you how to make stunning photorealistic and artistic visuals of your projects with free software and free resources that you can find all over the Internet." Read on for the rest of Dan's review.

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Woman Jailed For Starting Office Fire To Leave Work Early
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '10 at 08:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's take-this-job-and-spark-it deptartment:
40-year-old Michelle Perrino was sentenced to nine months in jail, followed by five years of probation for starting an office fire so she could get out of work early. From the article: "Pasco sheriff's investigators said Michelle Perrino, 40, started a fire at Bayonet Point Oxygen on May 12, 2009. Perrino drew suspicion when she mentioned the fire's origin — a filing cabinet — during an employee meeting. Employees had not been told where the fire started." I hope she had the good sense to start the fire on Friday so she could have a long weekend.

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Sunshine Writer Joins Logan's Run Remake
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '10 at 08:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's expect-nothing-get-something deptartment:
bowman9991 writes "Remember to check your palm to ensure that your crystal hasn't gone black. If it has, you better start running. The 1976 science fiction classic 'Logan's Run', starring Michael York, is being remade in 3D with British writer Alex Garland now onboard to write the screenplay. Garland's film 'Sunshine', directed by Danny Boyle, was one of the stand out science fiction films of the last decade and he wrote the screenplays for Leonardo DiCaprio's 'The Beach' (based on Garland's own novel) and the science fiction horror '28 Days Later' (a massive adrenaline rush of a movie). This should give first time director Carl Rinsch some great material to work with — a great premise meets a great writer."

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Fifth of Android Apps Expose Private Data
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '10 at 07:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's that's-why-i-only-use-lynx deptartment:
WrongSizeGlass writes "CNet is reporting that a fifth of Android apps expose private data. The Android market threat report details the security issues uncovered. Dozens of apps were found to have the same type of access to sensitive information as known spyware does, including access to the content of e-mails and text messages, phone call information, and device location. 5% of the apps were found to have the ability to make calls, and 2% can send text messages, without the mobile user doing anything."

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Is the CodePlex Foundation Truly Independent Now?
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '10 at 06:30 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's what-is-that-again deptartment:
Glyn Moody writes "Microsoft created its CodePlex, 'an online collaborative software development portal,' four years ago, as the latest in a string of attempts to play nicely with open source. Well, maybe not: Microsoft saw the open source software projects it hosted there as reflecting 'the open community-building spirit of Microsoft's Shared Source Initiative.' In September last year, it tried again, launching the CodePlex Foundation, 'a forum in which open source communities and the software development community can come together with the shared goal of increasing participation in open source community projects,' and not to be confused with CodePlex.com, 'a Microsoft owned and staffed forge that encourages the development of open source software based on Microsoft technology.' The only problem is that all the funding for the CodePlex Foundation still comes from Microsoft. But the new Technical Director of the CodePlex Foundation, Stephen Walli, thinks it can become truly independent of Microsoft, open to all companies to create open source software for any platform using only OSI-approved licenses. Will the CodePlex Foundation take its place alongside existing foundations addressing this sector, like Apache and Eclipse, but complementary to them? Or is it forever doomed to be ignored by the open source world because of its origins?"

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How HTML5 Will Change the Web
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '10 at 05:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's heard-this-before deptartment:
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner looks beyond the codec and plug-in wars to examine nine areas where HTML5 will have a significant impact on Web development. From enabling more interactive graphics, to tapping local file storage, to geolocation, HTML5 is rife with rich capabilities — and may even improve our ability to secure applications delivered via the Web, Wayner writes. But the most important impact of HTML5 will be its ability to simplify Web development itself: 'HTML5 offers one language (JavaScript), one data model (XML and DOM), and one set of layout rules (CSS) to bind text, audio, video, and graphics. The challenge of making something beautiful is still immense, but it's simpler to work with a unified standard.'"

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Developers Expect iOS and MacOS To Merge
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '10 at 05:15 AM
By AHuxley from Slashdot's i'm-sure-its-been-discussed deptartment:
AHuxley noticed the frightening little Ars story talking about a certain expectation that iOS and MacOS will merge, leading to a single DRM locked OS on your MacBook and your iPad. Certainly Apple would love a piece of every app sold. Now I'm sure that this has been discussed over there, but I wouldn't expect it any time soon.

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Coming Soon, Web Ads Tailored To Your Zip+4
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '10 at 04:30 AM
By kdawson from Slashdot's knows-when-you're-awake deptartment:
On the heels of Apple's intention to collect and sell detailed location data comes word that Juniper is putting together technology that will allow any ISP to present you to advertisers by your Zip+4. An anonymous reader sends this snip from Wired: "Your Internet service provider knows where you live, and soon, it will have a way to sell your zip code to advertisers so they can target ads by neighborhood. If your local pizza joint wants to find you, they will have a new way to do that. National advertisers will be able to market directly to neighborhoods with like characteristics across the whole country using demographic data they've been gathering for decades. ... Juniper Networks, which sells routers to ISPs, plans to start selling them add-on technology from digital marketer Feeva that affixes a tag inside the HTTP header, consisting of each user's 'zip+4' — a nine-digit zipcode that offers more accuracy than five-digit codes. Juniper hopes to sell the software to ISPs starting this summer, having announced a partnership with Feeva earlier this year."

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New Wii Menu Update Targets Homebrew Again
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '10 at 02:45 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's glad-to-know-you're-still-watching deptartment:
Nintendo has tried to block homebrew during firmware updates in the past, often unsuccessfully. Now, as they roll out version 4.3 of the Wii System Menu, stopping homebrew modifications once again seems to be their primary goal. From Nintendo's support site: "Because unauthorized channels or firmware may impair game play or the Wii console, updating to Wii Menu version 4.3 will check for and automatically remove such unauthorized files. Since it's hard to bill that as an upgrade, they vaguely add, "In addition, there are some behind the scenes enhancements that do not affect any prominently-used features or menus but will improve system performance."

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New Zealand U-Turns, Will Grant Software Patents
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '10 at 01:30 AM
By kdawson from Slashdot's go-back-you-are-going-wrong-way deptartment:
ciaran_o_riordan writes "Due to lobbying by a group called NZICT, New Zealand's parliament is now set to let go of its proposal to ban software patents. Patent attorney Steven Lundberg announced the details in a blog entry. This was quickly deleted, but not before it got stored in Google's cache. Here we can read that 'Hon Simon Power has asked MED [Ministry of Economic Development] to work with the Parliamentary Counsel's Office to redraft the section along the lines of the European Patent Convention.' Which is exactly the opposite of March's announcement that 'computer software should be excluded from patent protection as software patents can stifle innovation and competition, and can be granted for trivial or existing techniques.' The background to this case gives every reason to be hopeful, if computer users in New Zealand get active again."

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UK Video Game Tax Relief Cancelled
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '10 at 12:00 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's you-just-lost-the-angry-video-game-nerd-vote deptartment:
Stoobalou writes "UK game developers have just been dealt a financial blow by Chancellor George Osborne in his first budget, which sees the coalition government scrapping the video game tax relief plans promised by Labour. In his speech today, Osborne simply said the 'planned tax relief for the video games industry will be cancelled.' According to the government's budget report, the cancellation of video game tax relief will save the government £40 million in the 2011-2012 financial year, and a further £50 million in each subsequent year."

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Cheap ADSL Holds Up 802.11n Router Design
Posted by News Fetcher on June 22 '10 at 10:15 PM
By kdawson from Slashdot's wouldn't-mind-an-isp-price-plunge deptartment:
sholto writes "Ever wondered why you can't find the perfect 802.11n router? You know, the one with dual band, great range, USB print server and storage? Australian ISPs used to give away modem routers to consumers with expensive ADSL plans, but competition has forced them to drop the plans' prices so low they can't subsidize the boxes any more. D-Link Australia says R&D into N routers is now becalmed in a Catch-22."

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Is LGP Going the Way of Loki Software?
Posted by News Fetcher on June 22 '10 at 09:15 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's bad-news-bears deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "After the demise of Loki Software, Linux Game Publishing sprouted up in its place, and for the past nine years has ported a number of games to Linux. But LGP may now be sharing the same fate as Loki. Linux Game Publishing hasn't updated their blog or news pages in months, they've stopped responding to e-mails, and their only active ports are games they began work on in 2002/2003."

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Firefox 3.6.4 Released With Out-of-Process Plugins
Posted by News Fetcher on June 22 '10 at 07:15 PM
By kdawson from Slashdot's bye-bye-crash deptartment:
DragonHawk writes "Mozilla Firefox 3.6.4 went to general release today. The big new feature in this release is out-of-process plugins (OOPP). This means things like Flash, Java, QuickTime, etc., all run in separate processes. So when Flash decides to crash, it won't take your browser out with it. If Flash starts consuming all the CPU it can find, you can kill it without nuking your browser session. I've been using this feature since it was in the 'nightly build' stage, and it was still more stable than 3.6.3, just because Flash was isolated." And reader Trailrunner7 supplies another compelling reason to download 3.6.4: "Security researcher Michal Zalewski has identified a problem with the way Firefox handles links that are opened in a new browser window or tab, enabling attackers to inject arbitrary code into the new window or tab while still keeping a deceptive URL in the browser's address bar. The vulnerability, which Mozilla has fixed in version 3.6.4, has the effect of tricking users into thinking that they're visiting a legitimate site while instead sending arbitrary attacker-controlled code to their browsers."

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Might Shatner Boldly Lead Canada As Governor?
Posted by News Fetcher on June 22 '10 at 07:15 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's universal-healthcare-and-captain-kirk deptartment:
just fiddling around writes "Now that Michaëlle Jean is approaching the end of her customary five-year post as Governor General of Canada, the rumor mill has started on who Prime Minister Steven Harper will propose to the Queen in her stead. According to the CBC, the short list includes Captain Kirk, actor William Shatner. It seems that acting can lead to the highest offices in places other than California."

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Arrests For Selling Poison-Ware In Spain
Posted by News Fetcher on June 22 '10 at 05:15 PM
By kdawson from Slashdot's end-of-a-reign deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "Spain's FBI equivalent has arrested the management of a software company (Google translation; Spanish original) for selling custom software to small and medium-sized businesses with 'controlled errors' that resulted in the software bombing on a predetermined date. They would then charge for fixing the problem and press the client into buying a maintenance contract. Over 1,000 clients were affected."

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Google Voice Opens To All
Posted by News Fetcher on June 22 '10 at 04:45 PM
By kdawson from Slashdot's is-this-the-party-to-whom-i-am-speaking deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "Google Voice is now open to anyone in the US, removing the need to search for an invite. At the Google Voice site, anyone with a US IP address and a US phone number can sign up for an account. Non-US IPs are blocked, and non-US-based phone numbers are prevented from attaching to Google Voice (with the single odd exception of the 403 area code of southern Alberta." Good timing on the part of Frontier Communications Corp., which just filed a lawsuit claiming that the Google Voice feature connecting a user's home, work, and cell phone numbers to another number infringes one of their patents.

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