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Scientific discoveries, technological developments, or gadgets

Alternatives to Skype beginning Jan 1, 2007

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My reasons are not the price. Yes, free is appealing and $14.95 / year is by no means a large expense to anyone. My main reason is that Skype does not use a standard protocol for its communication. There are many other SIP options available, most of which use an open communication protocol.

Also: A Free Telephone

IT in 2006: Google, Linux, Digg, Web-based Apps

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Most of the big tech stories of 2006 have already gotten far too much coverage. Does anyone not know that HP hit a serious bump in the road this year due to its snooping on employees and board members? Other stories – with far more long-term importance – have gotten much less ink.

Linux blasts off in U.S. tactical satellite

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Linux was shot into space Dec. 16, as part of a second-phase Air Force Research Laboratory program aimed at making space more "operationally responsive." The TacSat-2 (tactical satellite) program aims to create "micro satellites" that can be launched quickly and cheaply, to support tactical military operations.

VOIP on the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

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I ended my previous article (Linux on the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet) by saying that the release of the OS 2006 prepared the way for some serious VOIP work. The 770 can now make SIP-based VOIP phone calls and is more like what you'd expect from Nokia--a phone!

Combo TV/PC gadget runs SUSE Linux on P4

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Hong Kong based systems integrator Quataris has updated its all-in-one Pentium 4 based analog TV/PC design. The new Ottimo model, which features an innovative mechanical design, supports processors up to 2.8GHz, comes with 15-, 17-, or 19-inch screens, and is available pre-installed with SUSE Linux.

Treo vs. Blackberry: My comparison and verdict

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I've been a Treo user since the day the 600 was first released. But then my Treo was stolen last week at Borders in Palo Alto, and I had to quickly get a replacement. I went to the Cingular store in search of a 680 but, as Fabrizio notes, announcing a product's availability and its actual availability are two very different things with Palm. The sales representative at the Cingular store suggested that I might like the Blackberry 8700.

Quantum information teleported from light to matter

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Beaming people in Star Trek fashion is still in the realms of science fiction but physicists in Denmark have teleported information from light to matter bringing quantum communication and computing closer to reality.

The Moon in your hands

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NASA has a developed a virtual Moon, much like Google Earth, that lets users zoom around three-dimensional visualizations of the terrain. Declan Butler talks to Patrick Hogan, manager of NASA's World Wind project, about the software.

Pluto: And then there were eight

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Pluto has just been demoted. The celestial body, long known as one of the nine planets of the solar system, will now be considered a "dwarf planet," the General Assembly of the 2006 International Astronomical Union ruled in a vote Thursday in Prague, Czech Republic. Textbook makers grapple with Pluto demotion.

Upgrading Wi-Fi: What, When, and Why

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Wi-Fi (802.11x) networks have been around long enough that many businesses and home users run their own. The first widely deployed standard was 802.11b, while most new hardware uses 802.11g. The latest 802.11n hardware is just around the corner. If you run an existing wireless network, is it time to upgrade?

NASA can't find original tape of moon landing

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The U.S. government has misplaced the original recording of the first moon landing, including astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," a NASA spokesman said on Monday.

Big bang pushed back two billion years

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Our universe may be 15% larger and older than we thought, according to new measurements of the distance to a nearby galaxy. Recent estimates have put the age of the universe at 13.7 billion years, and the new research suggests it may actually be 15.8 billion years old.

Will Linux Rule The Digital Home?

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For consumer electronics industry, digital home is the next big pot of gold, a pot so big that it has everyone from Apple (AAPL) to Microsoft (MSFT) to Intel (INTC) licking their chops. But it is Linux could emerge as one of the biggest winners in this bonanza.

Open-Source Science

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Scientists from Sydney to San Francisco have created an online research collaboration to develop cures for tropical diseases, using the "open source" programming model that produced freeware like Linux and Firefox, the award-winning Web browser.

NASA's 3D Guide to the Galaxy

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Using "plug in free" X3D technology in Demicron's WireFusion, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's PlanetQuest web site is providing visitors with a unique opportunity to interactively explore the Milky Way galaxy.

Cracking the secret codes of Europe's Galileo satellite

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Members of Cornell's Global Positioning System (GPS) Laboratory have cracked the so-called pseudo random number (PRN) codes of Europe's first global navigation satellite, despite efforts to keep the codes secret.

Watch out an asteroid is coming

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AN ASTEROID half a mile across will have a close encounter with the Earth in the early hours of tomorrow morning when it buzzes past our planet at the same distance as the Moon's orbit.

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Computing History 1968-Present

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Here's a wonderful chart of some of the major milestones in computer history, including unix/linux, organized by years and technology/company. Interesting, informative and bookmarkable.

Sun to vanish: Total eclipse early on March 29

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Amateur and professional astronomers from around the world will soon be congregating in parts of Brazil, Africa, and western Asia, to view a total eclipse of the sun that will take place on Wednesday, March 29.

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