dteichman2 writes: "A study by McAfee (covered at PC World) states that searches for P2P clients and music downloads have a high chance of leading you into a spyware/adware/spam trap. McAfee found that these types of searches resulted in 35-50% 'risky' results. It does seem, however, that their study fails to consider search rankings.
Considering that the study was done by the sellers of popular anti-virus software, please add salt by taste. If you find yourself searching for things like 'music downloads,' 'screensavers,' 'bearshare,' 'Kazaa,' and 'Limewire,' this might be a good time to Get Firefox."
dteichman2 writes: While regulators investigate the Internet's impact on young people, China will not be licensing any new Internet cafes. Investigators will evaluate cafes and look for those that improperly rent out their licenses or fail to properly register the identities of customers. Government authorities worry that the Web may provide children with access to gambling sites, sexually explicit material, and violent video games. Chinese President Hu Jintao has ordered officials to clean up 'Internet culture.'
jbrodkin writes: "Google bought two companies this week, may soon buy a third, and that's not even including the pending DoubleClick acquisition. It's a continuation of a busy 12 months in which Google has agreed to 11 acquisitions of companies and technologies, several of which have bolstered the search engine leader in its competition with Microsoft.
Joel Adams writes: "Tim Brom and I recently completed Microwulf — a personal, portable Beowulf cluster measuring just 11" (W) x 12" (D) x 17" (H), making it small enough to sit on one's desk and be easily transported. The total cost of the system (using January 2007 prices) was $2470. The design consists of a "double-decker sandwich" of four MicroATX motherboards and AMD64 X2 CPUs, providing a total of 8 processing cores that communicate via Gigabit Ethernet. Software includes Ubuntu Linux, OpenMPI, MPICH, and assorted free high performance apps that run on top of MPI. The system is air-cooled and draws just 450 watts of power under load, so it can be plugged into a wall outlet.
Microwulf produces 26.25 Gflops of measured, double-precision performance on the standard supercomputing benchmark
(using Goto BLAS). That gives Microwulf a price/performance ratio of $94.10/Gflop, or less than $0.10/Mflop. These ratios reflect measured performance for double-precision floating point operations, not (sales hype) peak performance or (rarely used in high performance computing) single-precision floating point operations. Microwulf's power/performance ratio is a fairly efficient 17.14 watts/Gflop under load.
At this size and price, a person can afford to have a personal Beowulf cluster on his or her desk. For those who want to build one, the design details and pictures are available at the project website. The design is easily tweaked to incorporate quad-core and many-core CPUs, as they become available and affordable. It will be fun in the coming years to see how low people can drive the price/performance and power/performance ratios by building similar systems using these new CPUs. Microwulf costs under $0.10/Mflop; who will be the first to build a general purpose cluster for under $0.01/Mflop?"
IConrad01 writes: "The Dangers of Non-Secular Morality: an op/ed piece by a technophile libertarian (yours truly) that attempts to discuss (and document) precisely how it is that allowing religion to define morality is harmful to society as a whole, addressing some of the mechanisms with which it (religion) does so."
xaviel writes: From the post on http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=126404
"I guess its official now.
The new Processing Key was posted by BtCB on freedom to tinker about a week ago (release day +1).
45 5F E1 04 22 CA 29 C4 93 3F 95 05 2B 79 2A B2
Save it. Store it.
This opens up all newly released (and many to be released) HD DVD and Blu-ray discs. Wanna understand: go here.
PS. I strongly advise everybody who knows how it was retrieved not to talk about it publicly. — Btw: To get a VUK you first need to get the Volume ID of the disc (there are several ways). If you have that you can use aacskeys with this Volume ID as input. — "
dteichman2 writes: "According to the Firefox 3 Schedule (page down at time of writing, Google cache), the code was frozen last night and the official release announcement for Gran Paradiso alpha 5 will take place tomorrow. Of course, since the code's frozen, it's all ready to go for you bleeding-edgers (Mozilla pub FTP). At first glance, it seems relatively stable... just don't click an extension link twice."
dteichman2 writes: "It appears that UK schools are ignoring The Holocaust. A government-backed study, funded by the Department for Education and Skills, found that some teachers are reluctant to teach history lessons on The Holocaust for fear of offending Muslim students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial. As such, many schools are not covering the subject. Additionally, similar problems are being met with lessons on The Crusades because these lessons contradict teachings from local mosques.
Isn't there a law that requires UK schools to cover these topics? Should there be?"