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German Foreign Office Going Back To Windows

vbraga writes “The German government has confirmed that the German Foreign Office is to switch back to Windows desktop systems. The Foreign Office started migrating its servers to Linux in 2001 and since 2005 has also used open source software such as Firefox, Thunderbird and OpenOffice on its desktop systems. The government’s response to the SPD’s question states that, although open source has demonstrated its worth, particularly on servers, the (more…)

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  • bizwriter writes “Bad enough that spammers are creating fake Facebook accounts that acquire connections with unsuspecting people, then inundate them with crap. Now, the US military wants software and services to manage upwards of 500 fake online personas designed to interact with social media, presumably including such sites as Facebook and Twitter.”

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  • USB Is the Devil’s Connection

    Jamie handed us Satan’s Data Connection. You see, sane and rational human being, the USB logo is actually in the shape of a trident, and the obvious action to Evangelical Christians in Brazil is to ban its use. Hopefully they don’t mispronounce SCSI and find themselves lusting after their PCs.

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  • Apple the No. 1 Danger To Net Freedom

    CWmike writes “Columbia law professor Tim Wu, who coined the term ‘net neutrality,’ now says that Apple is the company that most endangers the freedom of the Internet. Wu recently published the book The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, in which he details what he calls ‘information empires’ such as AT&T, NBC, Facebook, and Google. He told The New York Times, ‘It’s largely a story of the American affection for information monopolists (more…)

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  • Fedora Project Drops SQLNinja ‘Hacker’ Tool

    simonb writes, “In what can only be described as a fit of insanity, the Fedora Board have declared a ‘hacker tool’ not fit for entry into their software repositories. Today your SQL injection tools, tomorrow your nmap?” The Register links the Fedora board’s meeting minutes. From the story: “The move came on Monday in a unanimous vote by the Fedora Project’s board of directors rejecting a request that SQLNinja be added to the archive of open-source (more…)

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  • Edward Tufte’s Library Up For Auction

    px2 writes “I was poking around Christie’s auction house after taking a look at the Apple 1 when I came across this: Beautiful Evidence: The Library of Edward Tufte. He’s unloading everything from Galileo and Da Vinci firsts to a rotating Japanese astronomical text from 1801. I guess he didn’t conjure his ideas on information design from thin air.” Based on Christie’s estimates, the collection of 29 artifacts could fetch in excess of two and a quarter (more…)

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  • Dissecting the Neural Circuitry of Fear

    al0ha writes “Fear begins in your brain, and it is there — specifically in an almond-shaped structure called the amygdala — that it is controlled, processed, and let out of the gate to kick off the rest of the fear response. In this week’s issue of the journal Nature, a research team led by scientists at the California Institute of Technology has taken an important step toward understanding just how this kickoff occurs by beginning to (more…)

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  • JooJoo Tablet Dies, Fusion Garage Continues On

    vanstinator writes “Due to heavy competition from the iPad and a less-than-stellar entrance into the market, Fusion Garage today released a statement saying that the JooJoo tablet is no more.” Company founder Chandrashekar Rathakrishnan says that the company will move forward, but hasn’t provided much information about future products. According to Geek.com, “The JooJoo has had a short life and will be remembered more for the fighting it caused between (more…)

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  • Google Asks Users To Complain Against Facebook

    dkd903 writes “A kind of war has been going on recently between Facebook and Google over a contact export issue. First, Google blocked Facebook access to the Gmail contacts API. To this, Facebook responded back with a new method to get Gmail contacts of a user (the download contacts option). And now Google has slapped back again at Facebook and asks users indirectly to file a data protectionism complaint against Facebook. When a Facebook user clicks (more…)

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  • Toshiba Begins Selling MacBook Air SSD

    Lucas123 writes “Toshiba has made the solid state drive used in the new MacBook Air generally available for use by equipment manufacturers. At just 2.2mm thick, the company said the drive represents a new form factor that is about one-third the thickness of a thin hard disk drive and that is 42% smaller than even a mini-SATA SSD module. The new Blade X-gale SSD series has a maximum throughput of 220MB/sec. and can store up to 256GB of data.”

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