Saturday, November 28, 2009

Technology News (November 27, 2009)

  • Russia says bomb caused deadly train wreck

    November 28, 2009

    UGLOVKA, Russia (Reuters) - A bomb caused the derailment of a luxury express train that killed dozens and injured nearly 100, Russia's security agency said on Saturday, in the worst attack on the country's heartland in five years.
  • Government Delays New Ban On Internet Gambling

    November 28, 2009

    The Installer writes with this quote from the Associated Press: "The Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve are giving US financial institutions an additional six months to comply with regulations designed to ban Internet gambling. ... The delayed rules would curb online gambling by prohibiting financial institutions from accepting payments from credit cards, checks or electronic fund transfers to settle online wagers. The financial industry complained that the new rules would be difficult
  • Commonwealth backs $10 billion climate adaptation fund

    November 28, 2009

    PORT OF SPAIN (Reuters) - Commonwealth leaders will lobby for an international climate deal that includes $10 billion for next year to help poor and vulnerable states fight the effects of global warming, the Maldives president said on Saturday.
  • Afghan meeting to map path to security handovers

    November 28, 2009

    PORT OF SPAIN (Reuters) - A major international conference on Afghanistan, to be held in London in January, will aim to set the conditions for a gradual transfer of security responsibilities to Afghan control, Britain said on Saturday.
  • Nokia N900 Launch Delayed

    November 28, 2009

    High demand is forcing users to wait for the Maemo 5 handset.

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  • Exec says Nokia must speed up transformation: report (Reuters)

    November 28, 2009

    Reuters - Nokia needs to speedily boost its offering of mobile internet solutions, marketing head Anssi Vanjoki told a German magazine and did not rule out a sale of its core handset manufacturing business in the long term.
  • Exec says Nokia must speed up transformation: report

    November 28, 2009

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Nokia needs to speedily boost its offering of mobile internet solutions, marketing head Anssi Vanjoki told a German magazine and did not rule out a sale of its core handset manufacturing business in the long term.
  • GPS cell phone apps challenge standalone devices (AP)

    November 28, 2009

    AP - The growth of cell phones with global-positioning technology is making life uncertain for the makers of personal navigational devices that help drivers figure out where they are and where to go.
  • Colleges Struggling With the Digital Bathroom Wall

    November 28, 2009

    theodp writes "Back in the day, anonymous character assassination was confined to permanent marker scrawl in bathroom stalls. But now, thanks to sites like the student-run CollegeACB.com (ACB=Anonymous Confession Board), which can get hundreds of thousands of hits on a good day, TIME reports that anonymous slander is going viral on campus. Even the most elite universities — normally the land of the politically correct — have been struggling with the problem of anonymous gossip sites
  • Week in Tech: Large Hadron Collider working, Ubuntu matures

    November 28, 2009

    Version 5 of the popular Mac virtualization package, Parallels Desktop, has hit the streets, and Ars puts it through its paces. Gaming performance, Windows 7, content creation, Linux—it's all here, plus the inevitable comparisons to the most recent VMware Fusion release.

    After a series of complications and setbacks, the Large Hadron Collider sees its first particle-particle collisions after a weekend of furious activity. While these weren't at any significant energy, the

  • Windows 7 Sales Beat Mac OS X Market Share

    November 28, 2009

    Microsoft's newest OS entry jumps ahead of the Mac's market numbers, one tracking firm reports.

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  • Wikipedia Disputes Editor Exodus Claims

    November 28, 2009

    eldavojohn writes "The Wikimedia blog has a new post from Erik Moeller, deputy director of the Wikimedia Foundation, and Erik Zachte, a data analyst, to dispute recent reports about editors leaving Wikipedia (which we discussed on Wednesday). They offer these points to discredit the claims: 'The number of people reading Wikipedia continues to grow. In October, we had 344 million unique visitors from around the world, according to comScore Media Metrix, up 6% from September. Wikipedia is the fifth
  • Cargo plane crashes in Shanghai killing 3 U.S. crew

    November 28, 2009

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A Zimbabwean-registered cargo plane en route to Kyrgyzstan crashed on take-off in Shanghai on Saturday, killing three U.S. crew on board and triggering a fire, state media and a U.S. spokesman said.
  • Microsoft: Project Natal Could Replace Your TV Remote

    November 28, 2009

    SAN JOSE - It's entirely possible, and reasonable, that the controllerless Project Natal technology Microsoft is developing will replace a remote control on Xbox 360-powered TVs, Marc Whitten, the general manager responsible for Microsoft's Xbox Live service, told attendees at the Streaming Media West show.


  • Black Friday sales seen strong, but will it last?

    November 28, 2009

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. consumers turned out in strong numbers to hunt for holiday bargains on Black Friday, though many said they were spending selectively and industry executives questioned whether the momentum would last.
  • Black Friday shoppers tweet, friend and clip

    November 28, 2009

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Before deciding where to buy a laptop for his daughter on Black Friday, Nate Bryan was scouring the web for deals. But he was not just looking at retailers' websites.
  • Mobile Phone Documentaries to be Screened at Mumbai Film Fest

    November 28, 2009

    Filed under: News : Mobile Phones




    Documentary films shot on mobile phones, a growing genre, will debut at the 11th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival (MIFF) next February. Read more

  • OpenSolaris Or FreeBSD?

    November 28, 2009

    Norsefire writes "I am in quite a predicament. I decided a while back to branch out and use a new operating system (currently running Debian). After a bit of searching (trying Gentoo, Gobo and Arch along the way), I decided to use something that isn't Linux. Long story short: I narrowed the choices down to OpenSolaris and FreeBSD, but now I'm stuck. OpenSolaris is commercially backed by Sun, has nice enterprise-y tools in the default install, and best of all, a mature implementation of ZFS. FreeBSD
  • Activision Says ";Call of Duty"; Series Tops $3 Bln

    November 28, 2009

    Filed under: News : Games




    Activision Blizzard Inc said on Friday its "Call of Duty" video game franchise pushed past the $3 billion mark in global retail sales. Read more

  • Common lands

    November 28, 2009

    Why cyberspace should be a public space
  • Sympathy, and thanks, for Harry

    November 28, 2009

    Reading through the programmer's notes released as part of the Hadley leak had me squirming in sympathy with the writer(s). Data that's supposed to say one thing saying another, data with no referents, measures or provenance; bad code with magical jumps to right answers hard coded right in? been there - seen all that. What bothered me, however, was how this mess got so far out of hand: one mistake piled on another, one compromise after another, and another - why didn't this guy hang his employers
  • Dynamically Add Remove Elements using jQuery

    November 28, 2009

    Sample code snippet for Adding and Removing the Elements dynamically using jQuery


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  • Sandra Lite 2010 (16.10)

    November 27, 2009

    SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
  • Does Chrome OS mean anything for schools?

    November 27, 2009

    Readers who don't share my infatuation with all things GOOG will probably expect me to predict that netbooks running Chrome OS will dominate the educational space in a year and save schools and students countless dollars. Believe it or not, though, I don't think this is the case. At least, not exactly.
  • Energizer Bunnies: Turning Rabbits into Green Fuel

    November 27, 2009

    Facing a soaring rabbit population, Sweden comes up with a novel way of heating its homes
  • Will Dubai's Financial Problems Spread Around the Globe?

    November 27, 2009

    Dubai's government announced Thursday it would halt its debt repayments ahead of a $4 billion bill due in a couple of weeks. Is this the beginning of the next crisis? Maybe not
  • The Air France A380 Superjumbo Aircraft Takes Off

    November 27, 2009

    Air France inaugurates its A380 service to JFK, complete with six bars, an onboard art gallery and in-flight live music. But has the economic crisis made the Airbus superjumbo a white elephant?
  • Holiday Shopping: Will Spouses Spend Less on Each Other?

    November 27, 2009

    According to a consumer survey, spousal spending will fall sharply this holiday season. How the retailers are responding
  • British Airways and Iberia Merge, But Can They Lift Off?

    November 27, 2009

    The struggling British and Spanish carriers have joined forces to create Europe's third-largest airline. They still have a lot of obstacles to overcome before becoming profitable
  • Will the Housing Agency Need a Bailout?

    November 27, 2009

    The Federal Housing Administration backs nearly a third of all new mortgages. But its cash is dwindling, and its losses are mounting fast. Is another bailout in the cards?
  • Black Friday Shopping: Discounting but No Panic

    November 27, 2009

    As Black Friday draws closer, retailers are lean but shoppers remain tight-fisted. There will be price wars, but not the panic discounting of last year
  • Brown's Tobin Tax Idea to Levy Financial Transactions

    November 27, 2009

    British leader Gordon Brown has suggested the G-20 countries place a tax on foreign-exchange transactions to generate revenue, but he's finding little support for the idea
  • Health Care: Why Small Business Is Opposing Reform Bills

    November 27, 2009

    When it comes to finding quality, affordable health insurance, few have it worse than small-business owners and their workers shopping for coverage on the open market
  • Reliance Communications' New SMS Offers

    November 27, 2009

    Two new add-on tariff plans introduced
  • Gaming Roundup: Just Cause 2, Xbox Avatars

    November 27, 2009

    Take a sneak peak at the buzzing week in gaming
  • Black Friday for the U.S Air Force = 2200 PS3s

    November 27, 2009

    The Air Force is buying 2,200 PlayStation3s. They’ll use them to build a Linux supercomputer. Their current one, made of 336 of the old-style consoles at a cost of $118,000, has already been used for a few applications not currently available on the regular stand-alone, non-supercomputer PS3.


  • The high carbon-cost of search . . .

    November 27, 2009

    Search is really inefficient, there's a huge bandwidth cost as dozens of spiderbots create a search index.
  • AT&T has refurbished 16GB iPhone 3Gs for $49

    November 27, 2009

    Carrier is offering refurbished 16GB iPhone 3Gs for $49 and waiving the $35 activation fee.
  • Proper use of English could get a virus past security

    November 27, 2009

    Hackers could evade most existing antivirus protection by hiding malicious code within ordinary text, according to security researchers.


  • Making Money with Twitter

    November 27, 2009

    Twitter Japan (Digital Garage), which is already advertising supported, are experimenting with a pay per tweet model. Media.asia are reporting According to local reports, the plan will allow audiences to view some text on all tweets but will charge a fee to unlock access to certain images, external URLs and text. Users willing to pay to view the tweets can do so via a monthly subscription model, for which they can use a credit card to pay. They can otherwise buy a prepaid ticket with a credit card
  • Tips for safe online shopping

    November 27, 2009

    As the holiday season begins, Larry Magid offers some tips on safe holiday shopping.
  • Global scope of East Anglia hack of global warming docs

    November 27, 2009

    East Anglia hacker(s) used global path on global warming docs.
  • Apple Store fails the Nordstrom test

    November 27, 2009

    Analysts have hailed Apple as the "new" Nordstrom. However, you will need a receipt, hardcopy or email, to exchange a problem disc.
  • French minister wants Europe to take on Google

    November 27, 2009

    PARIS (Reuters) - European Union members want to create a joint project on the digitization of books, French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand said, challenging Google's plan to create a massive digital library.
  • Black Friday at Best Buy: What's the big deal?

    November 27, 2009

    An early morning visit to a Best Buy in Marin City, Calif., reveals no lines, no craziness, and some fairly sleepy Best Buy employees.