fyc writes "RMIT University in Australia has recently announced that one of its new buildings will use glass panels as a means of cooling and powering the building. The Design Hub will have a translucent "smart skin" of over 16,000 sandblasted glass cells — some of which will be able to capture sunlight as a power source — that can shield the building from the Sun and turn transparent when it comes in contact with water (so you can see out on those rainy days)." Link to Original Source top
fyc writes "BBC News carries a report of a large outbreak of Trojan media files making the rounds on P2P networks, particularly eDonkey and Limewire. The files, disguised in various languages as music tracks, movies and pr0n, are ASF files that instruct media players to download and install a codec that carries various adware, most of which plague the user's computer with pop-ups and the like. McAfee's Avert Labs blog has posted twonotices about the files, which have affected at least half a million Windows users." Link to Original Source top
fyc writes "Rand Simberg at Popular Mechanics has compared the rhetoric and the realities of the space policies of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain, especially in relation to future US manned spaceflight. In brief, McCain could freeze NASA's budget, Clinton could restrict Project Constellation to Earth-orbiting flights and Obama could increase the gap between the Shuttle and Constellation to a decade. From the article: "So perhaps the real question to ask McCain, Clinton and Obama is not what they're going to do for NASA, but whether they're going to come up with a more innovative federal space policy overall. Could America's future in space extend beyond simply giving NASA money to build its own rockets and send a few astronauts to the moon at billions of dollars per flight? Instead, could we encourage private enterprise to come up with solutions that enable far more pioneers to reach orbit?"" Link to Original Source top
fyc writes "It seems that the educational MMORPG NASA's proposing will no longer have a budget of $3 million. Instead, any prospective development partner is being asked to create and maintain the MMORPG for free under a "non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement". It won't be a one-sided agreement, though. From NASA's RFP: "In exchange for a collaborator's investment to create and manage a NASA-based MMO game for fun and to enhance STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics], NASA will consider negotiating brand placement, limited exclusivity and other opportunities."" Link to Original Source top
fyc writes "According to a presentation by Scott Johnson, ex-JotSpot executive and recent Google employee, the JotSpot wiki service acquired late last year by Google is to replace Google's own Pages service. The new service will be called as "Google Sites" and will launch next year. From the presentation: "Based on JotSpot collaboration tools, Sites will allow business to set up intranets, project management tracking, customer extranets, and any number of custom sites based on multi-user collaboration."" Link to Original Source top
Not only can you rediscover important documents that have been idling on your hard drive for years, but you can also search through emails saved in Gmail or other applications. All office files, including documents and slides created with OpenOffice.org can be easily found.
Cyvros writes "According to an article from seopher, getting a clean, Windows-free laptop from Acer may set you back more than the value of the OEM. Acer may charge you up to £50 more than the cost of the laptop (with Windows) so that you can send them the laptop, get them to remove the OS and pay you the value of the OEM and send it back to you. The only problem with this is that you pay for the shipping." top
Cyvros writes "Linux Today mentions two comments ( and ) by "jerryleecooper" at ZDNet about why Linux cannot possibly succeed against Windows.
The reason? Linux runs on Windows. Apparently. From his second post: "I hope you realise that windows is more than just Office ? Its a whole system that runs the computer from start to finish, and that is a very difficult thing to acheive. A lot of people dont realise this.... Its just not possible that a freeware like the Linux could be extended to the point where it runs the entire computer fron start to finish, without using some of the more critical parts of windows. Not possible."
Whoa. Could this mean... Linux is no more than Office?" top
Public outcry quickly followed since Microsoft had little if anything to do with the development of RSS. Dave Winer, the self-described inventor of RSS, lashed out via his blog claiming, "presumably they're eventually going to charge us to use it."
As an aside, it'll be interesting to watch just how Apple and the Linux/BSD crowd will react to this, especially if the patent is granted." top
Cyvros (962269) writes "Howdy. I'm Cyv and some people might know me from the myriad forums and rooms I'm a part of.
I really have no idea what to write in this entry, you see; I already have a blog called (and here comes the sad bit) Unisyc.2. To explain the name of the blog would mean three cups of coffee, four toilet breaks and a crash course in Advanced Doctor Who-Viewing, so I shan't subject you to it.
That is, of course, if anyone is actually reading this. Good grief, I hope you aren't...
And so a Double Rimmer salute to the great chaps and chapettes of/.
A quick talk about who I am. My name is Jordn, I live in Australia, I am in my third year at university and doing a double-degree (Arts and Science), hoping to eventually do Honours and a PhD in Astrophysics. After that, if I have enough time, energy and money, I hope I'll be able to head back to uni and do some computing (preferably logic and programming).
I like to think of myself as a geek, but I probably am not. I can't programme (apart from basic shell-scripting; HTML and XML don't really count as programming, do they?) and I can't install hardware. I also seriously stuffed up my dual-boot installation of Xubuntu and ended up having to reinstall XP for the second time in a week.
But my biggest tech-related ambition is to get myself some uber machine (preferably with fifteen terabytes of RAM and 120 terabytes of space to play around with, but I can't have everything) with SUSE Linux, Ubuntu, Windows Vienna (I think ahead) and, if there's space left over, maybe a little PCLinuxOS for the weekend.
I also admit to having a totally unreasonable obsession with Doctor Who that has consumed most of my life since I was about four years old. Time flies when you're trying to be a super Whovian."