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.

Sky News catches spamming violation

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Security

Some British companies are still willing to send out large numbers of unsolicited text messages -- despite such practices being illegal.

Computer viruses become hacker informants

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Security

An emerging breed of computer virus that keeps hackers informed about the latest weaknesses in computer networks has been discovered by security experts.

Free Software Foundation blasts M$

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Microsoft
OSS

'The proposal specifically precludes the information from being used in a Free Software implementation, such as the Samba workgroup server software,' Greve said. 'As Samba is the only remaining major competitor of Microsoft in this market, the Microsoft proposal translates to: Of course we will give you the specifications - unless you happen to be a serious competitor of ours, that is.'

Waiting To Be Fired

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Misc

NoMoreNicksLeft has written quite the amusing blog on his perils in his workplace and the circumstances leading to his dismissal. "The office that I work in is rather typical for a phone support operation, I help new customers set up their dialup or DSL service when I can, and I'm fairly good at that. The people I work with were cool, then things changed. We got a new supervisor."

Reminder about Linux and resumes

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Linux

There’s a lot of uncomfortable truth to the tired old joke about the guy with ten years of Solaris experience who got turned down for a job interview because he lacked experience with Unix.

Debian issues security updates

A configuration mistake in the new Debian Linux distribution has forced a fix less than 24 hours after the software was released.

Hollywood unions reach deal with video game makers

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Gaming

Hollywood actors unions have reached a contract deal with video game publishers, accepting higher pay instead of the profit-sharing they had demanded, the unions said Wednesday, removing the threat of a strike.

U.S. official edited warming, emission link-report

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Misc

A White House official who previously worked for the American Petroleum Institute has repeatedly edited government climate reports in a way that downplays links between greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

Oh nooo, Anne Bancroft dies aged 73

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Movies
Obits

THE showbusiness world has united in a final "Here's to you, Mrs Robinson" on the death of Anne Bancroft, who was immortalised on screen as the middle-aged seductress in The Graduate.

Plugging the mainframe brain drain

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Hardware

The mainframe is often viewed as a cobwebbed hunk of iron that's only good for housing legacy data. But in 2004, the year Big Iron turned 40, mainframe revenue actually grew by 44 percent compared with the year before. Without drastic measures, the mainframe and all the business-critical data it houses could someday become all but inaccessible.

Father, Sun, and Holy Ghost

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Misc

The Vatican has picked Sun Microsystems to implement secure messaging for connecting the various parts of the Catholic church's bureaucracy.

FBI counterpunches IT criticism

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Misc

Apparently stung by criticism of its IT projects old and new, the FBI today denied charges leveled in the press and by congressional investigators about the conduct of its Virtual Case File and Sentinel projects.

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