Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Has your system seemed to have slowed down lately or perhaps it never performed the way you thought it should. Do you ever exclaim, seems my friend's computer is much faster than mine... or the dreaded, my XP is faster than linux? Bite your tongue and check out a few things on your gentoo install.
I don my asbestos house robe and share a few things I've learned from my time with gentoo. Actually these principals can be applied to any linux installation, but I had gentoo in mind when writing them.
A tiny grain of crystal thought to the oldest object on Earth has gone on public display for one day only in the US state of Wisconsin. The zircon, found in Australia in 2001, led to a reappraisal of early Earth. It suggests the early Earth was much cooler than previously thought, meaning life-forming elements such as oceans were formed earlier too.
Sunday sniping Francis Ford Coppola is hopping mad at Paramount for turning his "Godfather" into a violent video game (due out October 2005).
The boredom was worse than reporter Jim Taricani expected during his four month home confinement sentence for protecting a source. Too much TV watching, house cleaning and reading left him looking for ways to kill time, and appreciating the freedom he'd taken for granted.
The newsman was sentenced in December after being found in criminal contempt for refusing to give up his source. Taricani is one of several journalists nationwide who have become locked in First Amendment battles with the government over confidential sources.
Lara Tusher was stuck.
After spending six years developing Velocity Art and Design into a successful home-furnishing retail presence in Seattle and on the Web, Tusher became so wrapped up in the daily details of her business that she couldn't turn her attention to the development of the company's marketing, Web site and catalog.
A coalition of news publishers and two Internet industry trade associations filed friend-of-the-court briefs yesterday in Apple v. Does, urging the California Court of Appeal to protect the confidential sources of journalists and defend email privacy. The news publishers argued that the trial court incorrectly allowed trade secret law to trump First Amendment rights.
In what could be an ominous sign for the U.S. tech industry, American universities slipped lower in an international programming contest.
Based on the analysis, experts found that the United States topped the Dirty Dozen chart once again, exporting an average of 35.70%, or more than one-third of the world's total volume of spam.
A stealth start-up in Athens, Ohio whose name is Spliced Networks LLC is on the threshold of announcing a new Linux distribution that its young CTO John Buswell describes as "unlike anything currently on the market." It will supposedly eliminate "bloated package management," allowing for upgrades or rollbacks in less than 30 seconds. To compete, Red Hat, Novell and Mandrakesoft would reportedly have to "completely re-engineer their solutions away from RPM and other package management systems."
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is expected to launch its new dual-core processing chips later this month, well ahead of schedule, a person briefed on the matter said on Friday.
Shares of AMD rose 90 cents, or 5.6 percent, to $17.09 on the New York Stock Exchange.
Two new top-level domains, .jobs and .travel, will soon come to the Internet after the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved the two domains on Friday.
Linux leader Linus Torvalds has begun looking for a new electronic home for his project's source code after a conflict involving the current management system, BitKeeper.
Doom 3 was like a brief honeymoon of really cool stuff, but the buzz wore off early, especially in the wake of Half-Life 2, CoD: United Offensive and Brothers in Arms. Yeah, it looks damn good. But can it hold a conversation? I'll get back to you on that. While the engine has few peers (of this generation, only the HL2 renderer is about as good), the AI turns out to be oversimplified, the gameplay dated and repetitive, and the environment just too damned dark. But hey, there's an expansion pack called Resurrection of Evil that adds more levels, a continuation of the story, a couple more weapons and several new monsters. For the grab-you-by-the-short-hairs MSRP of $34.99, it better be pretty good, right? After all, you can get a full retail game for that much, on sale brand new, or a few months old at regular price. Increased cost of development, you say? Come on, now. This is being built on top of existing code. Cry me a river!
German banks and insurance companies interested in implementing open-source Linux in their operations can click to a new portal for information about products, suppliers, applications and more.
A Virginia judge sentenced a spammer to nine years in prison Friday in the nation's first felony prosecution for sending junk e-mail, though the sentence was postponed while the case is appealed.