The 2005 Ig Nobel Prize Winners

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Misc

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."

Is Google taking over the universe?

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Web

Seemingly every week brings a new announcement from the Mountain View Googleplex, each one bigger than the last and each provoking wide-eyed speculation -- and confusion -- about the 7-year-old company's ambitions.

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OSS in the enterprise? Show me the money

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OSS

Eric Raymond's recent attack on a Microsoft recruiter has sharply divided the Linux community, with some applauding his bluntness and honesty, while others accused him of exaggerating his own achievements.

MVU to offer free courses in Linux OS Principles

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Linux

The University of Malta brings together 11 universities and institutions from across Europe and the Mediterranean region to provide high-quality online courses: LINUX Operating Systems Principles and Computer Integrated Manufacturing. And for a limited time, they're free.

Dutch police arrest suspected computer hackers

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Security

Dutch police have arrested three men suspected of stealing credit card and bank account data by hacking into over 100,000 personal computers worldwide, public prosecutors said on Saturday.

Breaking America's grip on the net

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Web

After troubled negotiations in Geneva, the US may be forced to relinquish control of the internet to a coalition of governments.

Over one hundred GNOME developers at summit

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Linux

Over one hundred people showed up for today's morning presentation, and nearly every one was a developer for GNOME or a related technology: X, Linux, or a desktop application.

Net blackout sparks talk of new rules

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Web

A feud between big network companies that has blacked out swaths of the Internet for thousands of people is prompting calls for government involvement, and may help trigger a rewrite of telecommunications laws affecting the Net.

Come on in the Water's Fine

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Linux
Reviews
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Ark Linux 2005.2 rc3 was released a day or two ago and offered the new KDE 3.5 beta2 packages. I was interested in taking a look. After some doing I have an Ark install and am suffering from mixed feelings.

Melinda Gates Leaves Bill for Linus: Penguins at 11!

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Misc

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?

GPX2 Linux PMP and Game Console

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Gaming

You are not into the mainstream Sony PSP and Nintendo DS portable game consoles? Then take a look at the new Gamepark GPX2 Linux powered portable game console.

In related news: World's first PSP Trojan

Linux "processor affinity" explained

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Linux

IBM's DeveloperWorks has published a story describing how the Linux 2.6 kernel supports "processor affinity" -- that is, ensuring that a particular process runs on a particular processor or set of processors within a multi-processor machine. Processor affinity can improve real-time performance, as well as cache hit-rates in complex calculations.

Shows Don't Have to Be Big to Be Useful

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Linux

Picture, if you will, the Ohio LinuxFest nestled snugly within the huge confines of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, all 750 guests, of the geek and nerd end of the spectrum, sharing the same convention center with, I kid you not, the Top Talent Star Model Search. It was like the worst cliché come to life.

Improved Thunderbird Still Fails Enterprise Test

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Software

Review: Beta 1.5 of the open-source Thunderbird e-mail client is looking a lot better, but it still lacks calendar functions.

SCO Loses Battle Against IBM In Linux Lawsuit

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Legal

Ruling from the bench, federal Magistrate Brooke Wells said SCO wasn't entitled to more memos, e-mails, programmer notes, work plans and strategy papers on IBM's conversion to Linux, the open-source system challenging Microsoft Corp.'s market dominance in network servers.

In related News: IBM drops patent claims against SCO

Real-world projects show Linux at work

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Linux

In the recent past, IT pros came to LinuxWorld Conference and Expo to hear if Linux worked in the enterprise. At this week's show, they're hearing about enterprise Linux at work. From keynotes to the exhibit floor, true tales of enterprise Linux implementations abound.

MySQL Storage Engines

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Software

In this article, we're not going to concentrate on the technical aspects of the different MySQL storage engines (although we will inevitably have to look at some of these elements), instead we will concentrate on how and where these different engines can be best employed. To achieve this, we'll have to look at some of the fundamental issues before moving on to the specifics of each engine type.

Reg readers take the Dell 'Open-source PC' challenge

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Hardware

In Redmond, Mikey Dell's plan didn't go over so well. Of all Microsoft's OEMs, Dell was the most favored - because it sold the most boxes. The word came down from the top. Dell would need to put on a tutu and twirl its way back to the all-Windows camp.

Firefox 1.5 Beta 2 Ready

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Software

Mozilla said the follow-up to September's Beta 1 includes improvements in the automatic update system, performance and site rendering enhancements, and fixes for several security problems.

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