wild_berry (448019) writes "After 2 years of preparation and 3 months of freeze time, the Debian project announced that Debian 6.0, aka 'Squeeze' has been released. New to The Universal Operating system is a FreeBSD kernel for the Debian/GNU userland, as well as a Linux kernel without firmware for easy redistribution. It brings long-term stabilized versions of the Linux Kernel (2.6.32), GCC (4.4.5), X.Org (7.5), GNOME (2.30), KDE (4.4.5) as well as XFCE 4.6 and LXDE 0.5.0. These come from the usual high-quality app repository which now counts 29,000 binary packages from 15,000 source code sets, across the now-standard 8 CPU architectures (i386, amd64, powerpc, sparc, mips / mipsel, ia64, s390 and armel)." Link to Original Source top
wild_berry (448019) writes "Andy Quested at the BBC Internet Blog has a detailed description of the BBC HD calibration tools available on the BBC HD Channel. There is a new BBC test picture, the descendant of many famous BBC test card images, and an Audio/Video synchronisation test. Both are fully explained so that you can get the best out of the BBC HD Channel when used with a Dolby Digital suround sound system. And, like most BBC transmissions not yet available abroad, expect to see it on your nearest Torrent site soon!" Link to Original Source top
K3ninho (448019) writes "Yahoo have revealed plans to provide an API to their search results to allow anyone to build an enterprise-level web search platform using the Yahoo! web data and additional processing rules. Vik Singh's blog post ("An insider's view of Boss") describes the initial pitch for the project: that the intent of the search user is captured using more than just one small letterbox on an otherwise blank page. Given that the Google web-crawled database coupled to Google results algorithms provide for a lot of the Google advertising money — and there are plans to allow people to make money from searches using BOSS — is this a radical change in the game by Yahoo! or have they conceded that the talent at Sunnyvale can't catch Google?" top
wild_berry (448019) writes "BBC Technology News is reporting that nVidia have previewed their Mobile Internet Device platform which will be officially unveiled at Computex in the next few days. The platform features CPU's named Tegra paired with nVidia chipset and graphics technology. Tegra is a system-on-a-chip featuring an ARM 11 core and nVidia's graphics technologies permitting 1080p HiDef television decode and OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics. Engadget's page has more details, such as the low expected price ($199-249), huge battery life (up to 130 hours audio/30 hours HD video) and enough graphics power to render Quake3 anti-aliased at 40FPS." Link to Original Source top
wild_berry (448019) writes "BBC News are reporting on the 2008 Electric Aircraft Symposium, where flying cars are proposed as a future means of everyday transportation. NASA's Mark Moore is quoted: "If such an aircraft can achieve greater efficiencies than being stuck in gridlock or even on commercial airlines then we will have something to get excited about." Larry Page of Google was at the event, so expect to see Flying Car (beta) on the Google homepage soon." Link to Original Source top
wild_berry (448019) writes "Iain McDonald records that Windows Server 2008 is to be "called SP1" (from his MSDN blog: Server 2008 is called SP1. Adventures in doing things right?). The label is intended to make it easier for MCSE's to know that their Windows Vista SP1 is on a par with Windows Server SP1. It's not only that: McDonald admits "in retrospect i (sic.) should just say its (sic.) called that so you don't have to wait for SP1 for it to be right like people have before. The first Service Pack for [Windows Server 2008] will be called SP2". I agree with Ars Technica that the improvements and real-world testing of a product with a service pack are what appeals to companies, not that it's got a magic 'SP1' sticker." top
wild_berry (448019) writes "Mark Hammill and George Lucas are working together again, and on Star Wars. Better than that, a Star Wars spoof. The London Times is reporting that the unusually-long 30-minute episode of Robot Chicken for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim grew from discussions about a Star Wars-themed Robot Chicken sketch on StarWars.com. Also, TheForce.net has more details of other cast members, including the unusual combination of Malcolm McDowell, Hulk Hogan and James Van Der Beek. There's no mention of the roles, so we can only hope for The Hulk voicing Greedo, perhaps slain by Malcolm McDowell's replicant Han Solo." top
wild_berry (448019) writes "The latest edition of Bob Cringely's column at pbs.org, entitled Shameless Self-Promotion: Bob's Disk Drive is up. He's talking about replacing the glass or metal platters in present hard disk drives with foil platters in order to save energy. Apparently, it's a technology that's been patented for years but the lack of a marketed product makes me suspicious: is it snake oil? And is Cringely just talking up some crazy futurology once again?" top
wild_berry (448019) writes "Ben Kuchera flew into Rockstar Games' New York office to spend a couple of hours with a game that is controversial simply because of its title (Bully) and the developers' past works, which include the Grand Theft Auto series. The write up allows the game to speak for itself amid the hype generated by litigation overlord Jack Thompson and others." top
wild_berry (448019) writes "The BBC reports that Universal Music has signed a deal to make its music available for a free and legally-licensed download. Available from a new music site called SpiralFrog, the deal will allow users in the USA and Canada to listen to Universal's music, which Reuters' news site reveals is paid for by targetted advertising, but no details of possible community or playlist sharing features of the SpiralFrog service. Is the immunity from litigation enough to make up for having targetted advertising on each page and not being able to write the music to CD or a portable player?"
There's been some fuss made over multiple submissions by people doing spamming links for Google pagerank (or something else that disgusts the general Slash Community, such as putting cats in glass jars and taking photos...).
This is my disclosure: I've submitted two articles today because I thought people would be interested. There aren't sites linked to my articles (save this explanation) and no advertisers benefit, save for those normally on Slashdot. And I'm sorry if that upsets you.