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ATI sued for inflating its stock price

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Legal

ATI was sued two weeks ago because of false and misleading statements. The complaint charges ATI and certain of its officers and directors with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Leadtek 7800 GTX SLI

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Hardware
Reviews

NVIDIA’s new GeForce 7800 GTX is a very fast card. In fact, in some cases, it is as fast as having two GeForce 6800 Ultras in your machine. Considering how fast the card is alone, I was very curious how fast it would be in SLI-mode.

Creative wins MP3 player patent

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Hardware

One of Apple's main rivals, Creative Technology, has been awarded a patent for the interface used on many digital music players.

Zotob suspect linked to other viruses

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Security

One of the two men arrested this weekend over the Zotob worm could have authored as many as 20 other viruses, according to security specialists Sophos.

Hurricane Katrina overwhelms weather Web sites

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Web

Several U.S. Web sites, including Weather.com, became temporarily unavailable as hordes of people went online seeking emergency information and news on Hurricane Katrina, which battered the U.S. Gulf Coast.

GIMP is looking for Usability Experts

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Software

GIMP has joined the OpenUsability project. Here's a platform where Open Source developers and usability experts get together.We hope that this will help us to learn more about how GIMP is actually being used and how we can improve the user experience.

Samsung Releases World’s First 19” Laptop

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Hardware

With this laptop, Samsung is sticking its tongue out at Apple and going “Hah, ours is bigger!”

illwill sells Microsoft source code

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Microsoft

A Connecticut man known on the Internet as "illwill" pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court on Monday to charges relating to the theft of the source code to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating software.

Worry-Free DVD Burning

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Hardware
Reviews

The search for a truly universal DVD burner has finally ended, even as Blu-Ray and HD-DVD looms on the horizon. The brand new Sony DRU-810A can burn any DVD recordable format, and burn with alacrity.

What's in Steve Jobs' pocket?

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Mac

Apple Computer plans a major announcement next week in San Francisco, sparking speculation that the company that revolutionized digital music will unveil a video-playing iPod or an iTunes mobile phone.

Nexuiz v1.2 Screenshots

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Gaming

A new patch for the opensource 1st-person shooter is available. Improvements include support for CTF, Domination and Teamplay gamemodes, completely new Runematch gamemode, and two new maps. phoronix.com has some wonderful screenshots.

Microsoft liable for flaws?

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Microsoft

For starters, the heading of the passage last year was simply "Security." This year, the title is "Security vulnerabilities in our products could lead to reduced revenues or to liability claims."

Five reasons NOT to use Linux

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Humor

Linux isn't for everyone. Seriously. Here are my top five reasons why you shouldn't move to Linux...

aKademy Developers Conference Prepares for KDE 4

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KDE

The 2005 KDE aKademy continued today with the opening of the developer conference: two days of talks describing upcoming KDE technologies, giving programming tips and, of course, plenty of informal hacking and discussion sessions between the developers.

Firm Tests Gaming on Movie-Style Screens

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Sci/Tech

Ever wish you could experience the "holodeck," the 3-D virtual environment aboard the Starship Enterprise? There's a company that believes it's come close, letting video game players play with huge, high-definition screens that envelop the user.

Interview: Jay Klepacs, aLinux

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Linux

aLinux (formerly Peanut Linux) is an interesting distribution that has been getting increased coverage in recent weeks. Jay Klepacs, the founder and lead developer of aLinux, was kind enough to answer a few questions about aLinux - in his typical eccentric and verbose fashion.

At the Sounding Edge: Dave's Distractions

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Misc

It's hard to stay on track when so much great new Linux audio software and resources are being released. So here we go with Dave's Distractions for August 2005.

My Take On PocketLinux

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Linux
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Distribution release PocketLinux 1.2 was announced on Distrowatch last night and Tuxmachines was excited to try it out. However, that excitement didn't last long. Not only were the simplifications pointless as was the light version of KDE, ... well, read the rest to find out...

Linus Torvalds: Linux 2.6.13

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Linux

There it is.

We've hopefully fixed up all the problems that the longish -rc series showed, and it shouldn't be that painful. The changes since -rc7 are pretty small, full shortlog and diffstat of that appended.

Dell puts logo pressure on Microsoft, Intel

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Hardware

Dell is so fed up with all those stickers from Microsoft and Intel that it has to put on PCs it makes that it's stomping its mighty foot.

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