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Opera promising to “reinvent the web” on June 16th

Opera promising to “reinvent the web” on June 16th

Uhhh...just like "Ginger" was supposed to revolutionize the world and it was just the Segway. A mysterious web page, called "Freedom" in its URL, has appeared on Opera's site making the rather bold claim that, "on June 16th at 9:00 a.m (CEDT), will reinvent the Web." This sounds like hyperbole, but it has got people all over the Internet [...]

WD drops 4TB whopper

WD drops 4TB whopper

Like Burger King, Western Digital believes in whoppers; it's just announced a 4TB capacity My Book external drive. Inside this My Book Studio Edition II is a pair of 2TB SATA drives with four interfaces to a host PC: eSATA and FireWire 800 for maximum performance, with FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 for more pedestrian and wide-ranging connectivity. [...]

FTC shuts allegedly rogue Internet provider down

FTC shuts allegedly rogue Internet provider down

The federal government has severed the Internet connection of a company accused of helping criminals serve up a "witches' brew" of nasty content online, from computer viruses to child pornography. It's likely to be just a short-lived victory in the fight against cybercrime, though, since bad guys are very good at getting back online [...]

Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology

Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology

In an unprecedented effort to crack down on self-serving edits, the Wikipedia supreme court has banned contributions from all IP addresses owned or operated by the Church of Scientology and its associates. Closing out the longest-running court case in Wikiland history, the site’s Arbitration Committee voted 10 to 0 (with one abstention) in [...]

Linux Unified Kernel aims to combine Linux and NT kernels

Linux Unified Kernel aims to combine Linux and NT kernels

There are several ways to run Windows programs on Linux (virtualisation, WINE) and vice-versa really isn't a problem either with Cygwin, or better yet, native ports thanks to the Windows variants of Gtk+ and Qt. Still, what if Windows support was built straight into the Linux kernel? Is something like that even possible? Sure it is, and the [...]

Has ASUS given up on Linux?

Has ASUS given up on Linux?

At today's ASUS product showcase in Sydney, a bunch of media representatives where given a taste of the company's latest and greatest notebooks, including the new range of Eee PC netbooks. The entire range was there, from ultra-portable, touch screen netbooks to high-end, quad core Lamborghinis (I'm not joking). Even Windows Vista was [...]

Minimum font size for credit card “fine print”

Minimum font size for credit card “fine print”

The new US credit-card bill specifies a minimum type-size and a list of approved fonts for the terms and conditions, to replace the mind-clouding teeny-weeny eye-strain-o-rama font that normally fills a Bible-sized tome that accompanies your standard credit card. Section 122 of the Truth in Lending Act (U.S.C. 1632) is amended by adding at the [...]

Linux group, Microsoft form unholy alliance against US lawyers

Linux group, Microsoft form unholy alliance against US lawyers

Microsoft and the Linux Foundation have penned a joint letter to the American Law Institute, in opposition to its proposal to create an implied warranty that software goods ship with “no material defects”. The odd coupling between the openista group and software multinational came about over a common beef the two parties had with the [...]

RHCE/RHCT Exam Changes

RHCE/RHCT Exam Changes

What is changing? Effective May 1, 2009, the RHCE exam will be a single section lasting 3.5 hours. Previously the exam consisted of two sections of 2.5 and 3.0 hours. The RHCT exam becomes a single section lasting 2.0 hours from its previous two section format lasting 1.0 hours and 2.0 hours respectively. How have the exams been made [...]

AT&T buying some Verizon assets for $2.35B

AT&T buying some Verizon assets for $2.35B

AT&T said Friday it will pay $2.35 billion in cash to buy wireless assets from Verizon Wireless in 18 states. The purchase covers licenses, network assets and 1.5 million Verizon subscribers who are primarily in rural areas in California, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, [...]

Prince William: I am Banksy

Prince William: I am Banksy

LONDON — Prince William has a confession to make. The prince, second in line to the British throne, jokingly told art lovers Monday he was the mysterious graffiti artist Banksy. The reclusive artist, who has covered London buildings with his artwork, avoids being photographed and has not confirmed his real name. Prince William got laughs [...]

Amazon unveils the big screened Kindle DX

Amazon unveils the big screened Kindle DX

Amazon's Kindle DX has a 9.7" e-ink display with 1200x824 pixels, 16 shades of gray, and faster page transitions. 10.4 inches long and 7.2 wide, it is 0.38 inches thick and retains the basic capabilities of the standard model: EVDO internet and the Amazon store. (more…)

College Student Shoots and Kills Home Invader

College Student Shoots and Kills Home Invader

It's one of those stories that occur every day, yet it gets very little attention from mainstream media. A college student used his own gun to protect his girlfriend from rape and possibly prevent the murder of his ten friends. I doubt you'll see this one on CNN. Bailey said he thought it was the end of his life and the lives of the 10 people [...]

Returning MySpace To Relevance

Returning MySpace To Relevance

He’s only been on the job for two weeks, but MySpace’s new CEO Owen Van Natta is already getting plenty of suggestions for how to “fix” the social network. Sure, MySpace has been generating revenue for longer than some of its rivals. But it is falling out of favor with both users and potential business partners: For example, MTV’s [...]

Linux Reaches 1% Usage Share

Linux Reaches 1% Usage Share

The April data is out for the Net Applications 'market share' survey of operating systems (more accurately referred to as a usage share). For the first time, Linux has reached 1%. This past month the Linux share increased by 0.12% which is well above the average monthly increase of 0.02%. Historically, the Net Applications estimate of market share [...]

Oracle says they are committed to keeping Java open and to not killing MySQL

Oracle says they are committed to keeping Java open and to not killing MySQL

President Charles Phillips and chief corporate architect Edward Screven have committed to keeping Java open and to not killing MySQL. They also mocked the idea Oracle would simply shut down or close off certain technologies and talked tough on Oracle's smarts as a hardware vendor. Oracle will not kill Java. If there is one company on this Earth [...]

“Four Corners” is off by 2.5 miles

“Four Corners” is off by 2.5 miles

Hard to believe it took them this long to figure it out? I wonder if they're going to move the site or keep it where it is and simply hope no one reads the article. SALT LAKE CITY - Tourists who think they're putting a hand or foot in each of four U.S. states at the Four Corners area are apparently missing the mark — by about 2.5 [...]

Pirate Bay judge had conflict of interest: Mistrial?

Pirate Bay judge had conflict of interest: Mistrial?

According to Swedish National Radio, the judge in the Pirate Bay trial is a board member for a copyright industry lobbying group, and this conflict of interest may result in a mistrial. The Swedish article has been translated into English on Freeform 101 by a Dane, and is a little rough: There are different types of ____ ('jäv', translation help [...]

Anonymous Declares War on Copyright Enforcers

Anon having driven the Church of Scientology into bankruptcy, has now declared war on the entertainment industry... apparently, they're upset that the record companies aren't suing enough P2P sites: (more…)

Listen to PA Gov. Ed Rendell argue why “no one should own assault weapons”

Gun and ammunition sales have been spiking, partly due to fears President Obama will reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons, but the weapons aren't practical for home protection, a state governor said. "It’s nuts for ordinary citizens to go out and buy assault weapons," Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., told CNBC. "Assault weapons are difficult to [...]

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