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Various news items of interest

QuakeCon 2005 open for business

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Gaming

Fans of id Software's classic first-person shooter series have made their annual pilgrimage to Texas to try their hands at tournaments, case modification contests, and the get the first look at Quake 4's multiplayer modes.

Scientific Imaging: The Art Of Data

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Sci/Tech

Thin orange and blue lines swirl above a surface of colored cones, outlining a hollow cylinder. Suddenly a cluster of red dots gathers in the middle of the cylinder, spinning around furiously and gathering force with each rotation.

Google's Boycott Misses the Mark

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Web

Google is all for googling, as long as you don't google a Google executive. The real loser is Google.

New Blank Keyboard for Geeks Only

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Hardware
Reviews

Typing on a Das Keyboard is a lot like typing on any other computer keyboard - except the keys are blank. Most people, especially those who rely on the slow but steady hunt-and-peck technique, might consider that a problem.

French students to get Linux CDs

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Linux

Linux Live CDs are to be distributed to thousands of secondary school students in a government-funded initiative.

KDE4 - understanding the buzz.

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KDE

There has been a great deal of buzz lately about KDE4 and especially Plasma. People are talking excitedly about what KDE4 will bring. Almost no progress has been made that's clear to the casual observer. So what really is happening?

Perens thumps OSDL patent pact

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OSS

The patent pool being built by the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) is useless in the defence against Microsoft, according to open source activist Bruce Perens speaking at the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco.

Ex-Worldcom financial chief gets 5 years

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Legal

Ex-WorldCom Inc. financial chief Scott Sullivan, the government's star witness at the trial of former Chief Executive Bernard Ebbers, was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison for assisting in the $11 billion business fraud at the company.

Quantum computer closer to development

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Hardware

Government physicists say they`ve used charged atoms to demonstrate a quantum physics version of computer memory lasting longer than 10 seconds.

Red Hat calls for patent truce

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Linux

Red Hat has called on Microsoft to promise publicly and in writing not to use software patents against users and individual developers of open source software.

Hackers bring OS X Intel to PCs - video

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Mac

Hackers have managed to crack Mac OS X for Intel to make it work on non-approved PC hardware. Macbidouille has even published a video clip showing the exploit.

Hot Coffee flushed with new patch

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Gaming

The blistering caused by the Hot Coffee drama in Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas may have caused irreparable damage to some virgin eyes, but a new patch from the controversial developer is hoping to ease some of the pain.

KDE 3.5 Alpha 1 Finally on FTP

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KDE

To begin the KDE 3.5 release cycle, I uploaded KDE 3.5 Alpha 1 to the FTP servers. We're facing some trouble that is typical for an Alpha release, but it also brings some nice KDE 3.5 features to your desktop.

Jury Deliberates in Computer Theft Trial

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Security

A federal jury began deliberations Wednesday in the trial of an accused computer data thief in one of the largest federal computer theft cases.

Solar system's first triple asteroid system found

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Sci/Tech

The solar system's first triple asteroid system has been found, boosting predictions that such systems result from collisions between asteroids.

Open source makes strides in federal arena

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OSS

A growing number of federal IT managers at U.S. civilian and defense agencies are choosing open-source Linux over proprietary Unix operating systems, according to a new survey from Larstan Business Reports.

Exclusive FPS First-Looks at QuakeCon

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Gaming

As well as showing the new QUAKE featuers, QuakeCon 2005 will also be the first to show DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil for the Xbox.

M$ Initially Released Corrupted IE Patch

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Microsoft

The glitch is an embarrassment for Microsoft. "I've never seen an update corrupted like this." This is exactly what it would look like if someone had compromised the patches.

Open source patent library launched

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OSS

The OSDL is to collate information on patents that have been donated to the open source community, but not everyone thinks it will be useful.

Mobile Spam: The Next Battleground?

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Security

At least one U.S. market survey suggests that unwanted mobile spam continues to afflict at least some handset owners, with as many as 10 percent of all U.S.-based mobile-phone subscribers having already received and been annoyed by SMS spam.

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