Sun Belittles Geronimo, Releases Java

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Software
OSS

Sun Microsystems has expressed "serious doubts" about the usefulness of the latest Apache Foundation project to create an open source implementation of the Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE).

Apple considers Intel for Macs - or not

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Mac

Apple Computer Inc. has been in talks that could lead to a decision soon to use Intel Corp. chips in its Macintosh computer line, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. But Apple said the news should be placed 'in the category of rumour and speculation'.

Open Source Accounting Options

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OSS

A new wave of freely available open source business applications is already being adopted by a significant number of small and mid-sized businesses. Among the open source applications turning up on small business desktops are word processing and spreadsheet applications like OpenOffice and accounting applications like GnuCash and Grisbi.

Apple sued for racial and sexual discrimination

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Mac

Ex-employee apparently didn't appreciate being called a "rather obese-sized black lesbian".

M$ Needs More than Tabbed Browsing for IE

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Microsoft

I am not saying that Microsoft is wrong in porting over features that have made other browsers a success, but what I really want to see in Internet Explorer is security and Microsoft's determination to continue to update Internet Explorer even if there's no "real" competition.

Analysts expect massive HP layoffs

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Hewlett-Packard is likely to lay off thousands more employees, financial analysts have projected after new chief executive Mark Hurd presented his inaugural assessment of quarterly earnings.

Ashes to ashes, brain to disk

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Sci/Tech

Death could become a thing of the past by the mid-21st century as computer technology becomes sophisticated enough for the contents of a brain to be "downloaded" on to a supercomputer, according to a leading British futurologist.

Phishers Learn to Exploit VeriSign

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Security

At least one Net scammer has co-opted the Web security-assurance company's seal of approval to offer a false impression of safety.

AMD releases a consumer electronics chip

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Hardware

First, Advanced Micro Devices went upmarket with the Opteron chip for servers. Now, it wants to go downscale into the consumer electronics market with a new line of Geode chips for gadgets.

Foresight Linux: A Short Overview

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Linux

I have been using Foresight Linux 0.8 for the last few days. Foresight is relatively new Linux distribution which tries to incorporate the latest technologies, such as Beagle, F-Spot, Howl and Hal. However, the most revolutionary feature of Foresight is Conary, the package manager.

British game makers saved by Sony

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Gaming

A team of British game makers, who lost their jobs just over six months ago, has landed a major deal with one of the biggest names in entertainment.

Here's how to handle common rudeness

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Misc

Q: What's happened to common courtesy? I'm a marketing consultant, and I've noticed increasing numbers of people don't return phone calls, expect my time for free and don't even show up for scheduled meetings. How do I handle such common rudeness?

Star Wars bootleggers face retribution

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Movies
Legal

Pirates peddling bootlegged copies of the just-released Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith will be tracked down and caught, Hollywood's chief lobbyist warned.

IBM Processors at Core of Xbox and Playstation 3

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Hardware

IBM has developed a revolutionary "Cell" processor in a joint venture with Sony and Toshiba. It has nine "brains," seven more than the dual-core processors being released by Intel and AMD, and will be featured in the PlayStation 3.

Products Placed Liberally in Video Games

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Gaming

The product placement - benign, interactive and sometimes aggressive - belongs to a growing push by advertisers to reach big-spending males from 18 to 34 who log long hours playing video games.

Five years after trial, can M$ stand up to Google?

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Microsoft

What I remember most about the Microsoft antitrust trial that I covered for Fortune magazine was how momentous it felt - surely, the antitrust trial of the century. The rest of Washington was obsessed with Monica Lewinsky. Not us. We pored through e-mail messages suggesting that Microsoft had wanted to "cut off Netscape's air supply"- Microsoft's efforts to crush Netscape was at the heart of the case - and wondered if U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson would have the nerve to break the giant in half.

Quake. Fleshed out. Up to date. Brutal.

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Gaming

Quake 4 Preview

This is no Doom III. There's no brooding tension. It immediately struck us as a brutal fusion of linear Call Of Duty wargame intensity set against the frenzied brown-tinged Quake backdrop that we all know and love. Now you actually have a name - Matthew Kane. All members of your squad have a personality as well," he adds. Quake. Fleshed out. Up to date. Brutal.

'Wave farm' project gets green light

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Sci/Tech

A pioneering commercial wave power plant, producing clean and renewable energy, is to go on line off Portugal in 2006, after a contract was signed this week, project partners announced Friday. The companies claimed the so-called "wave farm" will be the world's first such commercial operation.

E-mail retention a must after Morgan Stanley case

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Legal

The $1.45 billion judgment against Morgan Stanley for deceiving billionaire Ronald Perelman over a business deal has a lesson all companies should learn--keeping e-mails is now a must, experts say.

NWS Public Forecasts to be Gutted?

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Web
Legal

The National Weather Service web site, run by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, provides a wealth of weather, hydrological, and climatological data that has, historically, been freely available in many forms to anyone who wants to go through it. Senator Santorum, for reasons probably best attributed to his campaign contributors, apparently wants to end all that in favor of creating what looks to me like a government-sponsored monopoly for companies like Accuweather and The Weather Channel.

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