Open Source Unwrapped

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OSS

One of the most important aspects of open source is its power and potential. Whenever the best minds in an industry join forces to create value, the potential is enormous. This has happened with space, cancer research, and the initial Internet itself. There are also political ramifications behind the open source movement. One can draw parallels between the open source movement and the open systems movement of the late 1980s. The open systems movement was intended to loosen IBM's stranglehold on computing. Likewise, the open source movement may well have its roots in loosening Microsoft's grip on power.

Bionic suit offers wearers super-strength

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Sci/Tech

We can rebuild them, we have the technology... for less than $20000US.

Training a new breed of hacker

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Software

The traditional approach to fight hacking is to ban it. In Barcelona however, the war against the hackers has taken a new turn.

Tamil Nadu student bags IBM Linux prize

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Linux

Chennai, A Tamil Nadu student from India has been declared winner of IBM's Linux Scholar Challenge for 2004.

Gamers may get better explosions through science

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Gaming

To a physics fan like Manju Hegde, even today's best video games look fake. That's because game creators haven't taken the time to calculate the physics that govern the behavior of objects such as falling bricks.

"We think a game should be like the 'Star Trek' holodeck."

Microsoft warms up for patch Tuesday

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Microsoft
Security

Microsoft is to release a slew of new patches on 12 April as part of its monthly upgrade cycle, the company said in a posting on its website.

INTEL to launch dual-core Pentium 'next week'

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Hardware

Ha! /Now/ intel is suddenly gonna release their dual core chip much earlier than originally planned. I don't know what's funnier, the M$ vs Linux or the Intel vs. AMD.

"Intel may launch its upcoming dual-core Pentium processors and their supporting chipsets sooner than anticipated, with the products now set to debut this month, possibly as early as next week."

Who should maintain open source projects?

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OSS

Two different approaches to managing open source projects are emerging: one is community supported and developed, the other is commercial. Which will be around for the long haul?

theinquirer covers Mandrake Change

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MDV

theinquirer says, "Male duck to Italian car you know it makes sense." lol... anyway, here's their blurb.

AU Government to use open source to break lock-ins

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OSS

IT vendors pushing costly proprietary software lock-ins have been warned that feeding at the $4.2 billion IT trough of the Australian taxpayer is over and a strict and a new procurement diet for vendors will be personally enforced by the Special Minister of State, Senator Eric Abetz.

VCs Back Open-Source Upstarts

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OSS

Kim Polese has a history of spotting a hot tech market and getting venture capitalists to pony up the money to back her ideas. After making a tech-boom splash in the 1990s with Marimba Inc., Polese now has her sights set on an emerging area of the open-source software market that has investors dusting off their checkbooks.

Mills: Microsoft Is Just "Saber-Rattling"

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Linux
Microsoft

The IBM exec says Big Blue's collaboration software is the real deal, whereas Redmond's efforts don't even come close.

Eight new patches from Microsoft

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Microsoft
Security

Microsoft will release eight Patches For Windows, Office, Exchange, and MSN Messenger, at least half of which will be marked "critical."

Stolen computers contain data on 185,000 patients

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Security

A San Jose-based medical practice has notified about 185,000 current and former patients about the theft of their personal information contained on two computers stolen from its offices during a burglary March 28. The computers contained names, addresses, confidential medical information and Social Security numbers.

Maine man sentenced to 6 years for eBay scam

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Security

A 21-year-old man was sentenced to more than six years in prison and assessed $118,000 in restitution for perpetrating an extensive Internet fraud scheme, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Maine.

"We're glad he's going to jail," an Ebay spokesman said.

Taking the Plunge into Linux

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Linux

Matt Leppard of the Bangkok Post describes his journey to using Linux as an alternative to Windows or Mac. He says, "You're probably wondering why in the world I've chosen to use Linux. Well, first it was out of curiosity. Having seen it in action, I really wanted to try it. And now that I have, I'll stick with it."

MIT & Quanta to Team Up

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Hardware

Mark Jewell writes, "Quanta Computer Inc. and the Massachussets Institute of Technology said Friday they are teaming up on a $20 million, five-year project to get PCs, laptops, cell phones, and handhelds to work together seamlessly, intuitively and in sync."

First cell phone was a true 'brick'

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Sci/Tech

On this slow news day, Dave Carpenter looks back to 1983 when the ground breaking Motorola DynaTAC, $3,995 2-pound brick hit the market.

Krolopp, now 74 and retired, still gets a "warm fuzzy feeling" thinking about the DynaTAC and knowing that "a handful of us did something that was really significant."

Performance Tweaks & Tips

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Howtos

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.

Earth's oldest object on display

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Sci/Tech

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.

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