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Yet Another Perl Conference - Israel 38

Posted by timothy
from the if-you're-in-the-neighborhood dept.
Gabor Szabo writes "For anyone interested in Perl, Yet Another Perl Conference is coming to Haifa, Israel on May 11th. Registration is now open. Though the schedule is not final yet the list of presentations is already finished. There are going to be a quite some excellent presentations including Perl and .NET. This is a great way to get involved in the Perl community."

Are Printers What They Used To Be? 1025

Posted by Cliff
from the consumer-electronics-quality-control dept.
Fifster asks: "Has anyone noticed any trends in terms of printer quality nowadays? Perhaps it's just me being nostalgic, but I used to have an old HP Deskjet 500 maybe...ten years ago, and it worked for years. Sure, it wasn't colour, and it was noisy and somewhat slow, but it never died. After I decided to retire it and buy a fancy new colour printer with features I don't really need, I've gone through about a printer a year. I finally decided to get a Brother HL-1440 laser printer to avoid the cost of cartridges after my last HP died after I replaced an expensive cartridge. Has anyone else noticed this trend of poorer and poorer quality printers, at least in terms of life expectancy?"
Sun Microsystems

Sun May Use Opteron Chips 237

Posted by timothy
from the the-molten-core-is-pure-silicon dept.
Runnin_Rob writes "CNET is reporting that Sun is likely (not definite, but likely) to start using AMD's Opteron in the near future. The article also discusses how Linux is pushing for greater acceptability of Solaris x86 because 'All of the sudden it is OK to (put) something other than Windows.'"

Only Asteroid Visible to Naked Eye in Sky This Week 22

Posted by michael
from the it's-a-bird-it's-a-plane dept.
chuckpeters writes "Vesta, the only asteroid that can be seen by the naked eye will be visible over the next week. Vesta was the fourth asteroid to be discovered and is the second largest. It is in the constellation Virgo and has just passed opposition. Vesta has very large, circular crater near the asteroid's south pole that is so deep it exposes the mantle. The asteroid appears to have differentiated into layers like the planets."
United States

Oregon's Open Source Bill Passess Committee Hearing 28

Posted by timothy
from the betting-pool dept.
Cooper Stevenson writes "Oregon's Open Source Bill HB 2892 made it through the first General Government Committee hearing and is now scheduled for a work session. From here the committee will vote on the bill and, if it passes, will go to the Ways and Means Committee where it is expected to pass to the House floor for a vote. You may find the audio feed and the opponent's written testimony here. We are scanning and posting written testimony (especially the proponents for which there is plenty) as quickly as possible so check back in periodically."

Slashback: Taplight, Handheld, Samba 147

Posted by timothy
from the or-do-you-want-to-argue dept.
Slashback is packed tonight with updates and clarifications on several fronts: read on below for, among other things, BitTorrent download stats after the recent Red Hat 9 release, the BSA's questionable statistical methods when it comes to calculating incentives and losses in the source-secret software world, and (can you believe?) yet another way to assemble an eerie pulsing light fixture.

Fourth and Final 'Great Observatory' To Launch Soon 9

Posted by michael
from the covering-all-the-bases dept.
Uosdwis writes "The New York Times (FRYYY) has an article about SIRTF, the fourth and last 'Great Observatory'. It is a Space based Infra Red Telescope Facility which will extend the work of The Hubble telescope, The Compton Gamma Ray telescope and The Chandra X-Ray telescope. SIRTF is quite an amazing project using new ideas such as an Earth Trailing starting from an L1 orbit, and cooling only the intruments. Saved tax payers over $1 billion in redesigns. Check it out!"

A Title To Replace "Systems Administrator"? 709

Posted by timothy
from the bofh-wasn't-good-enough dept.
sjanich writes "A discussion has begun at SAGE on an updated title to replace "Systems Administrator". I figure more sysadmins are reading Slashdot than are reading SAGEwire. Rob Kolstad of SAGE wrote: 'What in the world do we call the collective group of those people who make computers work properly? I'm not talking about users, and I'm not talking about software developers. I am thinking of: system administrators, LAN administrators, network administrators (both kinds!), security administrators, e-mail administrators, desktop support groups, database administrators, and all the other kinds of support that keep the IT function of an institution running -- what is this huge group called?' My favorite options are "Computer Infrastructure Practitioner" or "Computer Infrastructure Specialist". The original discussion can be found here at SAGEwire."

Tons of new Mars Data 10

Posted by timothy
from the don't-worry-it's-on-freenet dept.
Bamf writes "In the past few days a lot of brand new Mars data was released. The Mars Global Surveyor Camera released 11,664 new images (123,800 released to date), and the THEMIS instrument aboard Odyssey released 8,761 new infrared and visible light images (20,010 released to date). For the short attention span crowd, there's new captioned images here and here. Last month, every superhero's favorite instrument, the Gamma Ray Spectrometer, released element maps of iron, potassium, thorium and silicon, as well as a map of polar hydrogen."
The Internet

Chinese Sites Band Together To Counter Google 305

Posted by timothy
from the capitalist-running-dogs dept.
egoff writes "The China Search Alliance is a coalition of over 200 Chinese internet portals that have joined together to try to capture the Chinese search market before Google can "invade." Started by, an official government portal, the CSA has now expanded to include mainly commercial, non-governmental, Chinese sites. According to Guangzhou-based New Express News, Google has already approached several Chinese firms about forming a partnership. Being that it started in the government, this looks like a tool for greater control while appearing to be in open competition with Google."
Wireless Networking

Intel Pushes 802.16a Wireless MAN Standard 135

Posted by michael
from the data-for-everyone dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The 802.16a standard, approved in January of this year, is a wireless metropolitan area network technology that will connect 802.11 hot spots to the Internet and provide a wireless extension to cable and DSL for last mile broadband access. It provides up to 50-kilometers of range and allows users to get broadband connectivity without needing a direct line of sight with the base station. The wireless broadband technology also provides shared data rates up to 70-Mbit/s."

Anti-Radiation Drug 27

Posted by michael
from the jump-on-the-homesec-gravy-train dept.
BravoFourEcho writes "The BBC has an article about a U.S. company that is producing a drug to mitigate some of the effects of radiation. Reminds me of Rad-X in the Fallout series of games."

It seems that more and more mathematicians are using a new, high level language named "research student".