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Two monitors = 44 percent increase in productivity

Two monitors = 44 percent increase in productivity

Nothing in cube-farm corporate America seems quite so decadent as having two monitors on your desk. Who is this important person who needs to work on two screens at the same time? Must be some kind of bigshot, eh? Not so, posits the New York Times, which cites research that -- on certain text-editing tasks -- users were 44 percent faster using [...]

New SanDisk SSD G3 is as fast as a 40k rpm HDD

New SanDisk SSD G3 is as fast as a 40k rpm HDD

SanDisk today unveiled its third-generation family of solid-state drives (SSDs). Using multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory technology, SanDisk's G3 Series establishes new benchmarks in performance and price-performance leadership in the SSD industry. Designed as drop-in replacements for hard-disk drives (HDDs) in notebook PCs, the initial [...]

Time to Reboot America

Time to Reboot America

Landing at Kennedy Airport from Hong Kong was, as I’ve argued before, like going from the Jetsons to the Flintstones. I think a lot of our problems center around the fact that we worship our leaders and look to them for solutions just like the author did at the end. Hong Kong is full of people who find their own way and typically do so [...]

Linux Kernel 2.6.28 Released

Below is a message posted by Linus. As usual, Kernel Newbies has the changelog. Date Wed, 24 Dec 2008 15:52:49 -0800 (PST) From Linus Torvalds Subject Happy v2.6.28 It doesn't really matter what day it is, or what holiday (if any) you're celebrating, because even if you sit at home, alone in your dank basement, without any holidays or [...]

Flash 10 and WordPress File Upload Linux Problems

Flash 10 and WordPress File Upload Linux Problems

Well, Flash 10 is out with new features, security updates, and a fix for a Firefox video problem that I never noticed because it only affected Windows, and only sometimes. It seems a little less stable than version 9 on Linux, at least 64-bit (it’s kind of complicated, because they only have a 32-bit program, so you either need to run a [...]

UK, Australia, Pennsylvania Speed Traps Thwarted

UK, Australia, Pennsylvania Speed Traps Thwarted

Vigilantes have thwarted speed traps across three continents over the past two weeks. In south Essex, UK a speed camera located next to Canvey Fire Station was set alight with a gasoline-soaked tire. The £40,000 (US $60,000) device on Long Road in Canvey was destroyed, despite its proximity to firefighters who eventually managed to put out the [...]

Linus Torvalds’ old company Transmeta acquired

Linus Torvalds’ old company Transmeta acquired

Transmeta, once a sparkling startup that set out to beat Intel and AMD in mobile computing, announced that it will be acquired by Novafora. The company’s most famous employee, Linux inventor Linus Torvalds, kept the buzz and rumor mill about the company throughout its stealth phase alive and guaranteed a flashy technology announcement in early [...]

Boston College Will Stop Offering New Students E-Mail Accounts

Boston College Will Stop Offering New Students E-Mail Accounts

The student mailboxes are a pain in the ass. The students never delete anything and they use them as spam accounts when they sign up for "stuff" online. Their mailboxes sit out on the SAN and just take up space. Reverting to just forwarding email would lower overhead drastically. This seems like a really smart move for once. Many students don’t [...]

A vote for broadband in the “white spaces”

A vote for broadband in the “white spaces”

All eyes are on the presidential election today, but another important vote just took place at the Federal Communications Commission. By a vote of 5-0, the FCC formally agreed to open up the "white spaces" spectrum -- the unused airwaves between broadcast TV channels -- for wireless broadband service for the public. This is a clear victory for [...]

ICANN Targeting Notorious Domain Name Seller: EstDomains

ICANN Targeting Notorious Domain Name Seller: EstDomains

The net's authority over domain names is set to pull the plug on an Estonia-based seller of domain names that security researchers say has been a refuge for cyber-criminals for years. ICANN told the EstDomains on Tuesday that it was revoking its accreditation since it learned the company's president Vladimir Tsastin had been convicted in [...]

West Virginia “Vote Flipping” Caught on Tape

Video the Vote went to Jackson County, WV, in response to numerous reports of machine vote flipping. The local county clerk showed us the machines in question, but the demonstration left us with serious questions, as the machine continued to malfunction even after it was calibrated. (more…)

New Totem BBC plugin

New Totem BBC plugin

A while back, the BBC approached Canonical about providing seamless access to unencumbered BBC content for all Ubuntu users (in the UK and elsewhere). We agreed to approach this by way of a plugin for our primary media player, Totem, and asked Collabora Multimedia to do the plugin development work. (more…)

Hackers got into 18 computer servers at World Bank

Hackers got into 18 computer servers at World Bank

Cyberintruders used the Internet to crack into at least 18 computer servers at the World Bank Group last July. The intrusion, revealed Friday in a FoxNews.com story by veteran investigative reporter Richard Behar, underscores how relentlessly criminals probe corporate IT systems, especially banks, say tech-security experts. "The [...]

Over-surveilled Brits build giant picture of their leader out of CCTV cameras

Over-surveilled Brits build giant picture of their leader out of CCTV cameras

"I've just come back from Parliament Square in London, where about 30 of us have spent the morning building a giant picture of Prime Minister Gordon Brown out of photos of CCTV cameras and other surveillance state ephemera. Take a look at some of the photos of the day - it looks fantastic (and the great weather helped!) Today, to celebrate an [...]

So the kid that broke into Palin’s email is gonna get pwnt

So the kid that broke into Palin’s email is gonna get pwnt

WASHINGTON - A federal grand jury has indicted the son of a Democratic Tennessee state lawmaker in connection with the hacking of the e-mail account of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. David Kernell, 20, of Knoxville, Tenn., the son of state Rep. Mike Kernell, was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate [...]

The short and tormented life of computer genius Phil Katz

The short and tormented life of computer genius Phil Katz

Then he was found dead April 14, Phil Katz was slumped against a nightstand in a south side hotel, cradling an empty bottle of peppermint schnapps. The genius who built a multimillion-dollar software company known worldwide for its pioneering "zip" files had died of acute pancreatic bleeding caused by chronic alcoholism. He was alone, [...]

Network security alarm sounded by second-hand ebay sale

Network security alarm sounded by second-hand ebay sale

For less than a pound a security expert has got front-door access to a council's internal network. Andrew Mason from security firm Random Storm bought some network hardware from auction site eBay for 99p. When he switched it on and plugged it in, the device automatically connected to the internal network of Kirklees Council in West [...]

MySQL hacker needs $400K for his son’s bone-marrow transplant

MySQL hacker needs $400K for his son’s bone-marrow transplant

The MySQL community, who create, maintain and support the leading free SQL database -- are raising funds for Andrii Nikitin, a MySQL support engineer in Ukraine whose little boy, Ivan, needs a $400,000 bone-barrow transplant. "My family got bad news - doctors said allogenic bone marrow transplantation is the only chance for my son Ivan."8 months [...]

Kentucky Seizes 141 Gambling Domains

Kentucky Seizes 141 Gambling Domains

The commonwealth  of Kentucky issued a seizure order on September 18, ordering  141 domains be taken from their registrants. order-of-kentucky-seizure-of-domain-names (Adobe Acrobat Reader Required) “”The Domain names shall be immediately transferred by their respective registrars to an account of the Commonwealth of [...]

Porn Is Losing Its Steam

Porn Is Losing Its Steam

Internet porn is on the decline, and there's nothing Paris Hilton can do about it. That's the conclusion of two separate reports by researchers studying traffic among millions of users and Websites across the globe. The shift is a major one for content filtering systems and company policies, which have spent most of the last decade focused on [...]

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