Samba 4.0 Released: the First Free Software Active Directory Compatible Server
Of course what you failed to mention is that Microsoft only did this because the European Commission forced them to:
December 20th 2007. Today the Protocol Freedom Information Foundation (PFIF), a non-profit organization created by the Software Freedom Law Center, signed an agreement with Microsoft to receive the protocol documentation needed to fully interoperate with the Microsoft Windows workgroup server products and to make them available to Free Software projects such as Samba. Microsoft was required to make this information available to competitors as part of the European Commission March 24th 2004 Decision in the antitrust lawsuit, after losing their appeal against that decision on September 17th 2007.
Have Walled Gardens Killed the Personal Computer?
The 1984 ad wasn't a warning, it was a promise.
Aleph One 1.0 Released
It certainly "worked", so well in fact that it was banned at my university because when we played doom we starved out all other network traffic. Didn't keep us from breaking into the comp sci labs at night to play it, though.
Usage Based Billing In Canada To Be Rescinded
The parent comment needs to be moderated up. Many people are actually thanking the Conservatives for backtracking on what is, essentially, their stated policy. With the upcoming election, they are just hedging their bets that they will win another minority or even (God help us) a majority, and if that happens rest assured this policy change will go through (as well as the DMCA style copyright law waiting in the wings now).
Microsoft Tips the Scale In Favor of HTML 5
"A patent pool is being assembled to go after Theora and other 'open source' codecs now." - Steve Jobs
Apple and Microsoft, working together against open source. How delicious.
Supreme Court Rolls Back Corporate Campaign Spending Limits
Non-American here, just wondering if this means foreign corporations can now open shell businesses in the US and spend billions of dollars to influence US elections to favour their own companies or countries? I guess in the past they would have had to convince actual US citizens (or pay lobbyists) to do the influencing for them, they can now do so pretty much directly without the middle man. Interesting.
Old-School Keyboard Makes Comeback of Sorts
I use a black Unicomp space saver 104 with the "Linux" layout model #UB40V46 with the control and escape keys placed where God intended them. I've tried a lot of other keyboards, and none of them have the heft or the solid feedback that the Model M style 'boards have. With this keyboard I can type faster and more accurately than with other keyboards. Also, there is simply nothing better than capping off a line of code than a nice, solid, CLUNK on the enter key. In this respect, the Unicomp's aren't quite as good as the true Model M's, but it's close enough for me.
Windows Breaks Into Supercomputer Top 10
What is most interesting to me is that in the case of HPC, the situation between Windows and Linux is reversed. Linux has overwhelming market share in HPC, compared to Windows status as a niche player (and that is being generous). Despite this fact, Microsoft regularly gets fawning coverage in the media for their HPC efforts, far more than they should be if you consider their marketshare. It's like PC Magazine going on and on about all the latest developments in the Linux desktop market.
'Super Steel' Sought For Fusion Reactors
I guess, as per usual most people haven't even RTFA. Here's an excerpt:
The principal scientist at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) said one of the first applications for these better performing metals would be in the wall linings of fusion reactors where temperatures would be in a similar range to those experienced in the Twin Towers' fires.
Surprise! It took a big bad nanny state government scientist to do this research. That sound you hear is ayn spinning in her grave. Maybe some government funded research lab will be able to figure out how to harness her spinning to power the grid.