411 on 2005

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Mandriva, created in 1998, is a fast and stable binary based operating system. Their goal is to be the easiest to use distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system available. Mandriva 2005 is a milestone for MandrivaLinux as it's the first release under the new name. Featuring a 2.6.11.6 kernel, Firefox 1.0.2, The Gimp 2.2, GNOME 2.8.3, KDE 3.3, gcc 3.4.3, openoffice.org 1.1.4, Mandriva is striving to be the operating system of choice not only amongst Linux users, but computer users worldwide - both consumer and enterprise.

Phone-y downloads rack up $9,000 bill

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Seattle businessman Don Etsekson has his life wired. A simple cable allows him to synchronize computers at home, at the office and in his pocket every day like clockwork.

But an onslaught of illegal spam and unrequested downloads to his new "smart phone" racked up a $9,000 bill -- for being wireless.

Kernel Changes Draw Concern

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Linux

Members of the open-source community are expressing concern over rapid feature changes in the Linux 2.6 kernel, which they say are too focused on the desktop and could make the kernel too large. "We are pumping feature changes into the kernel at an enormous rate," said Andrew Morton.

AOL Monitor Accused of Luring 15-Year-Old

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Security

An Internet chat room monitor hired to keep children safe from sexual predators seduced a California girl online and was about to meet her for sex when he was found out by a co-worker, a lawsuit charges.

Risk-taking boys do not get the girls

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Misc

WHETHER it's driving too fast, bungee-jumping or reckless skateboarding, young men will try almost anything to be noticed by the opposite sex. But a study of attitudes to risk suggests that the only people impressed by their stunts are other men.

Masters Of Doom Casting Call

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Movies
Gaming

Since it was announced that Showtime would be producing a new bio-pic movie based on Masters of Doom, David Kushner's 2003 non-fictional account of the rise of id Software in general and its two well known founders, John Carmack and John Romero, in particular. The big question is: what actors should play these two roles in the movie?

Masters of Doom movie confirmed

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Gaming

Masters of Doom tells the story of John Carmack and John Romero, and how they came to create the Doom series and found id Software. The movie version will be shown on US pay cable channel Showtime.

Mandriva 2005 Errata Page

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Warly has established the errata page for Mandriva 2005. The only entry at this point contains a boot problem for the Elite K7S5A Motherboard. You might want to bookmark this page if you plan on installing and running this newest release.

The Cornerstone, Linux Gazette and Latin America

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Linux

While corporations overshadowed the Linux user groups in Boston's LinuxWorld exposition, everywhere else I have been has been almost the complete opposite. The real world is where the community is - the stone refused to build on in business is the head cornerstone of the Linux community. It's where so many of us live and breathe, yet in the media we read mainly about what what the large corporations are doing. While what these corporations do affects us, what we do also affects them and perhaps we need to remind ourselves and others what that means.

Battle Against Spam Shifts to Containment

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There's a new strategy in the spam battle: Call it containment. Filters for blocking junk e-mail from inboxes have improved to the point that doing much more will needlessly kill legitimate e-mail, said Carl Hutzler, America Online Inc.'s anti-spam coordinator. So e-mail gatekeepers are shifting gears. Now they're getting more aggressive at keeping spam from leaving their systems in the first place.

Virus writers have girlfriends - official

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The stereotype of virus writers as spotty nerds who can't pull is well wide of the mark. She found the type of person who causes the disruption that accompanies the release of malicious code varied considerably by age, education, income, interests and social skills.

Shh! Make your PC quiet as a mouse

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Hardware

We live in a world of PC noise pollution, but I'd never realized how bad it was until I bought my last computer. Like most, I'd assumed all PCs hummed and whined — the price we pay for the fans that keep all those hot new chips from frying.

New Quake 4 details emerge

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Gaming

Activision and Raven Software release new information and media on the long-awaited shooter. The update includes more details on the "Stroggs," the monstrous aliens that players originally encountered in 1997's Quake II.

Aqua Computer Premium water cooling kit

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Hardware
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Germany is arguably the country with the fastest and strongest growing water cooling products market on the planet. I do not know and can not possibly guess what caused this kind of growth, but it is most evident. I can think of at least 30 German water cooling product manufacturers in a single minute. one of the most reputable manufacturers in Germany for their quality and ease of use is Aqua Computer. Founded during the Spring of the year 2001, the company is dedicated to the research, assembly and manufacture of water cooling products. Their Aqua Premium kit is under the microscope today. Let us see what the Aqua Computer has to offer the hardware enthusiast.

UC Berkeley project to study 'digital kids'

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A University of California, Berkeley, professor is spearheading a team just awarded $3.3 million to study "digital kids."

"It will be exciting to investigate kids' innovative knowledge cultures, and how they learn using digital media, in order to think about the consequences for public education as 'digital kids' flow through the school system," said Peter Lyman, a professor at UC Berkeley's School of Information Management & Systems (SIMS) and one of three principal investigators for the project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Four Arrested in Game Piracy Sting

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Gaming

Four people have been arrested in New York on suspicion of distributing video game consoles that include pirated Nintendo gaming software, the Japanese company says.

Tomorrow's Net speeds could be up to 1,600 percent faster

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Web

If you think today's high-speed Internet connections are fast, wait until you see what cable operators plan.

The industry's standard-settings unit, CableLabs, plans this month to endorse technology that will let operators boost speeds 400 percent to 1,600 percent above current levels.

KDE Receives USENIX STUG Award

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Software

On Tuesday at the USENIX Annual Technical Conference, KDE founder Matthias Ettrich was awarded the Software Tools User Group award, shared jointly with Miguel de Icaza of GNOME. The award is in recognition of the impressive work of the Unix desktop projects over the last 9 years.

Drupal 4.6.0 released

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Drupal

After six months of development, the Drupal team is proud to announce the Drupal 4.6.0 release! Thanks to those who contributed to this release, either by contributing code, testing the release candidate, providing support or writing documentation.
The key changes since Drupal 4.5 include:

  • PHP5 support.

  • Better search usability, improved results and relevancy.
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