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Plasma in reactors echoes distribution of galaxies

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Sci/Tech

Nuclear fusion reactors could be used to study what the universe was like just after the big bang. So claims a physicist who noticed that the plasma created inside these reactors is distributed in a strikingly similar way to galaxies in today's universe.

AMD Details Early Quad-Core Plans

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Hardware

In a detailed briefing for analysts in New York on Friday, executives at Advanced Micro Devices painted the company as making "irreversible progress" into new architectures, specifically multicore microprocessors and 64-bit processing.

Burden is on us to protect our data

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Security

If you had to guess, how many companies would you say have enough of your personal data stored in various databases to make even a rookie crook ready for prime-time conning? Ten, perhaps? What about 50, 100 or 1,000? You probably don't know the answer, and that is exactly the problem.

Hard drives for 'terabyte lives'

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Hardware

As hunger for storage grows unabated, hard drive makers are continuing to push storage capacity up, while keeping physical size down.

PHP celebrates 10th birthday

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Software

It has been 10 years since Rasmus released the first version of PHP. PHP is an open-source programming language used by many dynamic websites.

Opera, Firefox squabble over best-browser claim

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Software

A Mozilla Foundation employee has lashed out at Opera Software for claiming it won a best-browser award, saying the award was actually won by open-source browser Firefox.

Two computers stolen with Motorola staff data

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Security

Two computers containing personal information on Motorola Inc. employees were stolen from the mobile phone maker's human resources services provider.

VeriSign Dot Net Contract Begins July 1

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Web

Owners of ".net" domain names could see lower prices when they renew, since VeriSign pledged fee reductions. VeriSign currently gets $6 annually for each ".com" and ".net" name, though it promised to settle for $4.25 in the new contract, 75 cents of which would go to ICANN.

The Power Of Us

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Sci/Tech

How can a tiny European upstart like Skype Technologies S.A. do a number on a trillion-dollar industry? By dialing up a vast, hidden resource: its own users. Behold the power of us. It's the force behind the collective clamor of Weblogs that felled CBS anchorman Dan Rather and rocked the media establishment. Global crowds of open-source Linux programmers are giving even mighty Microsoft Corp. fits. Mass collaboration on the Internet is shaking up business.

ATI Linux Display Driver v8.14.13

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Hardware
Reviews

Earlier in the day ATI released their new Catalyst 5.6 drivers. These new Windows drivers offer such new features as mobile support, an improved Catalyst Control Center (CCC), re-vamped Catalyst AI for gamers, and several other intuitive features. However, we wouldn't be bringing you this article if there wasn't anything to share about the Linux side of things. Today we have a look at the entirely new ATI Linux driver installer and ATI Control Panel.

M$, Universal and Fox see light in Halo

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Movies
Gaming

Microsoft and the Creative Artists Agency have reached a tentative agreement with Universal and Fox for the film rights to the Xbox video game "Halo."

M$ denies reports of amnesty for software piracy

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Microsoft

Microsoft Corp. today denied reports in the Asian press that it has reached an agreement with Indonesia to offer amnesty for illegal copies of Windows on government computers.

NASA space probe to slam into comet July 4

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Sci/Tech

NASA's Deep Impact probe is scheduled to lob a big copper "bullet" into a comet on July 4 to look into the heart of this remnant from the formation of our solar system, scientists said on Thursday.

LinuxWorld Summit New York City: A Wrap-Up Report

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Linux

Advances in open source, Linux in the enterprise and Microsoft on the outside looking in. On May 25-26, IDG World Expo held a first-of-its-kind LinuxWorld Summit in New York City with that sort of dynamic. And for those two days, the answer to the question was "business focus."

Sun chief 'doubtful' over M$ remedy

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Microsoft

The chief executive of Sun Microsystems said Thursday that he was "doubtful" that the new version of Windows software for the European market ordered as partial settlement of the Microsoft antitrust case would make a difference in the market for computer operating systems.

Developers get taste of Intel-based Macs

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Mac

In late-night sessions this week, Apple developers have been getting their first look at how much work they have ahead to convert their programs to run on Intel-based Macs.

Add-on PS3 HDD will run Linux

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Gaming

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.

Oversold Security Hype

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Security

A number of the most promoted security risks are nothing more than a load of hype, Gartner has said in an unexpected outbreak of sober assessment.

Unfazed, IBM pumps Power chip program

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Hardware

Fresh after getting publicly dumped by Apple Computer, IBM is taking new measures to spread its Power processors and make them a stronger competitor to Intel chips.

Big Business Talks Up Linux

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Linux

Citigroup looked at Linux as a way to get more use out of its mainframe platform by running many Linux virtual servers on one IBM box. But before adopting Linux, the company spent months working out legal issues related to a move to open source.

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