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Why 911 callers are left hanging

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Sci/Tech

Unlike traditional phone calls, VoIP calls do not need a dedicated phone line. Instead digitised voice data is broken up into packets and sent over a computer network in much the same way as an email, which allows a network to be used far more efficiently.

Doom 3 1.3.1302 Linux Performance

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Gaming

A few days ago, a new point release for Doom 3 was released along with an SDK (Software Development Kit) update. Among other things, there are some substantial improvements in the Linux update. Are there any performance benefits or losses from this latest patch?

Mighty Morphing Power Processors

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Hardware

IBM and others are racing to create chameleon chips that change to suit the job. Even by the standards of the Lone Star State, the claim by two Texas researchers can seem a trifle grandiose. "We're reinventing the computer."

“Sent off” for patent abuse.

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Legal

I suspect Microsoft’s idea of reform is a system where they get free run, but where people challenging their patents or people suing them for infringement don’t. Microsoft has patented 3000 “ideas” so far this year alone.

Gamers Get Off Their Butts at E3

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Gaming

There were some very interesting trends at the show. The most significant trend seems to be the incorporation of movement into gaming. Game companies, aware of the spreading size of their customers' rear ends, seem to be building more games that involve the player standing up and doing something.

Console Tidbits

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Gaming

Sony mulls outsourcing PSP manufacturing to Taiwan while M$ claims ~$300 Xbox 360 by Thanksgiving.

Open-Source GPL Rewrite on Fast Track?

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OSS

At a LinuxWorld panel, Eben Moglen, the legal counsel for the Free Software Foundation, said, "It won't be long before the first public draft of the GPL 3 will be out and it will include clauses on how to conduct patent defense."

Gentlemen, Start Your....Wireless Routers?—Tech at the Indy 500

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Sci/Tech

It's a big weekend here in Indianapolis. About this time each year, 33 men (and women) chase each other around the Brickyard in Indianapolis for about 3 hours while upwards of 250,000 of us get drunk and sunburned. The technology of racing has never been lost on me, but this year there are some interesting developments in extreme technology at the Indy 500. Here are a few highlights:

When a lawyer gets hit by spammers, expect a lawsuit

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Legal

In one of the few instances of an individual taking a spam fight to the courts, a New York lawyer has filed a lawsuit alleging that his e-mail address was hijacked and used to send messages promoting a company's stock.

Device drivers filled with flaws

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Security

The uneven skills of driver programmers have left a legion of holes in software that ships with Windows and Linux, security experts say.

RIAA Sues More Internet2 File Swappers

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Legal

The Recording Industry Association of America announced Thursday it has filed a second wave of copyright infringement lawsuits against students swapping files on the Internet2 network. The group added 20 new universities to its list of targets.

nokia 770 sdk

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Linux

not nearly enough noise has been made about how easy hacking this device is. underneath everything is a debian based system with a 2.6.11 kernel. debian is one of the largest binary distributions mainly because of its apt package management system. apt will make it really easy to get new software.

SEC gets a taste of its own medicine

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Security

Like a professor flunking part of his own test, the agency that grades corporate America on its accounting announced Thursday that it had three major flaws of its own in its internal systems for preventing financial fraud or mistakes.

Via touts low-cost chip

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Hardware

With its C7 processor, Via Technologies hopes to eliminate its performance credibility gap and allow notebook makers to come out with light notebooks for under $800.

Woman sues Yahoo over nude photos

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Web
Legal

A woman sued Yahoo for $3 million, alleging the Internet site failed to fulfill a promise to remove nude pictures of her from the Web.

Why RedHat Should Buy Trolltech

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Linux

This is surely going to be a controversial topic, but as the title of this blog makes obvious, I think RedHat executives should seriously consider buying Trolltech.

Intricate Tech Brings 'Madagascar' to Life

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Movies

The ability of animators to turn an imaginary world into reality for millions of movie-goers rests solidly on the shoulders of technological advances. If you can imagine it, then we can pretty much make it happen.

Terrorist link to copyright piracy alleged

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Misc

Counterfeit DVDs and cigarettes may be funding terrorists. Even though evidence is circumstantial, Congress is expected to consider new copyright legislation this year.

Google chief says M$ no competition

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Web

Software giant Microsoft has set out to topple search king Google, but to listen to Eric Schmidt you almost wouldn't think the two companies were rivals. "There's plenty of room for all the players."

Spam, spam everywhere -- How can we control it?

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Security

According to Phillip Laplante, associate professor of software engineering at Penn State Great Valley, the answer as to why spam is omnipresent is two-fold: it's easy to create and distribute, and it's economically advantageous for those who send it.

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Fedora and Red Hat: New F30 Builds, Flock Report, Servers and Package Management Domain Model

  • Ben Williams: F30-20190818 updated isos released.

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Review: AcademiX GNU/Linux 2.2

What sets AcademiX apart from other distributions is the EDU software manager. This package manager provides curated lists of educational software, which are grouped by subject and by age range. This package manager makes finding educational software really easy. There is software for astronomy, biology, geography, foreign languages, and many other subjects. While there are gaps in the availability of applications covering various subjects, that is a gap in the broader open source application ecosystem, not something specific to AcademiX. While some of the rough edges I noted with the installation process and the desktop customization make me a hesitant to recommend AcademiX to new Linux users, Educational Technology professionals should perhaps try out AcademiX just to use the EDU package manager to explore various open source applications. While installing and updating software was easy and basically the same experience as any other modern, Debian-based distribution, the fact that some of the packages come from servers in Romania means that some package downloads can be much slower than downloading from the world-wide network of Debian mirrors. For individual packages and small collections of packages this is not too noticeable, but it is still an issue. The frustrating part is the fact that the speeds are not consistent. Sometimes I was downloading at only 40kbps, but other times it was much faster. I experienced the same issue when trying to download the ISO. One download took about 20 minutes for the 1.7GB image but some other attempts took 4 hours. Final thoughts AcademiX GNU/Linux is an interesting distribution, but it has some rough edges that need to be cleaned up. Honestly, I really, really wanted to like this distribution (good distributions aimed at the educational market are always needed), but found it to be merely okay. AcademiX has a lot of potential, but it is just not there yet. DebianEdu/Skolelinux is far more polished while serving almost the exact same niche. However, if the AcademiX team cleans up some of the issues I noted above, especially the installer issues, I think future versions of AcademiX might turn out to be worthwhile. The EDU software installer is well organized and aids in discovering educational software, so that is one solid advantage AcademiX offers, but overall the distribution needs more work and polish before I could move it from "this distribution is okay" to "you should give this distribution a try". Read more

Security: ECB, Bluetooth and AppArmor Crash Course

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