kullnd writes "With the exception of a couple minor keyboard modifications and size, the look and feel of the ThinkPad T series has remained pretty much the same since it's introduction by IBM in 2000. According to some leaked specifications it looks like Lenovo is going to change that with the newest T430 and T530. Some of the major differences noted are: The famous ThinkPad 7 row keyboard is being replaced with a new 6 row "Precision keyboard" seen in their cheaper laptop models such as the ThinkPad Edge and Ideapad lines, they are possibly replacing the traditional ThinkLight with the option for a backlit keyboard. According to pictures at this site http://www.studententhinkpad.ch/product_info.php/info/p1098_Lenovo-ThinkPad-T430s---i5-3320M---8GB-RAM---180GB-SSD.html it also appears that the latch is missing, as well as the buttons for the touchpad. This laptop looks like an expensive version of the Edge. If these pictures look anything like what is actually released to continue the T series line, I will be one of the loyal ThinkPad customers that start looking elsewhere when it comes time to replace my T410/T510 systems." Link to Original Source top
kullnd writes "Yesterday, March 9th, President Obama signed an executive order removing the barriers to responsible scientific research involving human stem cells. It is believed that research involving embryonic and non-embryonic stem cells could lead to better understanding and treatment of many conditions and diseases.
This is sure to raise a lot of debate as many citizens take moral objection to this type of research, however the information that could be gained from this could save many lives and improve the life of many other people..
kullnd writes "While Microsoft has not been my favorite company for some time, I have never been one to blame them for making a buck when they can, until now.
While researching some options for an IT refresh for a company I excited about what seemed like the perfect solution for this particular company. I was going to recommend thin clients using virtual desktops Windows XP running on VMWare ESX servers.
It looked like a great plan, the testing was very promising, and then I realized that to license this 200 workstation solution I was going to have to pay an extra $40,000 in licensing fee's in adition to the standard OS Licenses!
VMWare is well aware of the damage caused by Microsoft and their licensing models and has published some white papers about the problem one of which can be found here and there is a discussion about this that can be found here.
Microsoft has determined that unless you are the one primary user of a Windwos XP instance, or unless you have a fully licensed copy of XP Pro for the local client (which a thin client would not), you must get a Remote Desktop License (RDL), which cost about $200 per user or device, to connect remotely to another Windows XP Machine. Spread that out over a corporate network and that number adds up very quickly.
To further limit and attempt to derail the work from companies such as VMWare, server software is licensed to run on one physical machine, whether it be running in a virutal environment or not, and the software can not be moved more than one time every 90 days. This completely negates technology that has been developed such as VMWare's VMotion which allows you to balance loads accross multiple physical servers or move virtual machines for maintenance etc. The only way around this is to license the software on all physical machines that it may be executed on.
All of this is very cost prohibitive for medium size companies that could really benifit from some of the breakthrough's that have been developed by 3rd party companies, and Microsoft should be ashamed."