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Cruising Without a Bruising

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Linux Journal's \"Señor Editor\" recounts the latest Geek Cruise's visits to resorts later trashed by Hurricane Wilma.

All US passports to use RFID within a year

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The State Department has been struggling with concerns over privacy and security in developing new passports. The struggle has ended, and by "October 2006, all U.S. passports will have embedded RFID.

How Much Trouble Is Novell in?

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Novell has had better days. Sources within Novell Inc. have confirmed that the company will lay off as much as 20 percent of its work force of 5,800 employees by year's end.

Inside account about how Sun got its start

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Andy Bechtolsheim recently spoke with Mercury News Staff Writer Therese Poletti. Here are edited excerpts of the interview:

Novell layoffs coming?

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Novell may lay off 10 to 15 percent of its staff as early as Monday, according to sources close to the company. It appears that one or more of the larger shareholders in the company are becoming worried about Novell's future.

Sun Spins Off Education Project as a Nonprofit

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Sun will announce Wednesday that it is spinning off its "No child left back" effort to create an online, open-source educational resource library as a nonprofit organization.

Senate Bill Sets Spring 2009 Demise for Analog Television

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Senate Commerce Committee staffers have drafted a bill setting April 7, 2009 as the date to end nationwide analog TV broadcasts and complete the switch to digital transmission. Bill Gates urged Congress to set a deadline quickly and argued it will be a boon to the economy.

The 2005 Ig Nobel Prize Winners

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Winners include a team who watched a glob of tar drip from a funnel for 80 years, a veterinarian for dog testicle replacement, and a team for their article on "Pressures Produced When Penguins Pooh."

Melinda Gates Leaves Bill for Linus: Penguins at 11!

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Now, I'm not going to mention any names, but a lot of folks have been reporting that Microsoft is "not going to release a version of its Office suite software for open-source rival Linux." Are we to start seeing reports of "dog bites man" and "sun rises in the East" next?

A challenge to Microsoft? Not this deal

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The Google/Sun deal came as a disappointment to John Rymer, industry analyst at Forrester Research in Cambridge.

''It was less than we all hoped for," Rymer said. ''I think is they failed to come to an agreement on some of the other things they were working on, that's why it was so quixotic today."

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