Archive for October, 2007

2007/10/31 News On Laptops For Education

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Good Luck Mandriva as it is getting their os on the laptops of 17,000 children’s computers that is going nationwide in Nigeria:

News On Laptops For Education

Posted by kdawson on Tuesday October 30, @03:59PM
from the battle-of-the-cheap-and-rugged dept.


AdamWill notes a Mandriva press release with the news that the government of Nigeria has selected Intel-powered classmate PCs running Mandriva Linux for educational use in a nationwide pilot. About 17,000 machines will be involved at first. We can only wonder at the maneuvering and negotiations that went on with the OLPC project. The latter had its first announced order for 100,000 XO machines, from Uruguay, with a potential for 400,000 over time. The bigger news out of OLPC is that Microsoft is porting XP to the platform, and chairman Nicholas Negroponte says that’s fine with him: “It would be hard for OLPC to say it was ‘open’ and then be closed to Microsoft. Open means open.”


2007/10/31 Halloween!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

What do you expect if your a kid on the Halloween night? Candy ofcourse! so Have a happy and mostly scary Halloween night! More posts comeing later today!

No Post Yesterday (2007/10/30) Because Site was Down

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Sorry about yesterday since the site was done I had to get it back up and running.

2007/10/29 Wikipedia Begets Veropedia

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Wow the Veropedia is a profit organization while Wikipedia is a non-profit organization. Article from

Wikipedia Begets Veropedia

Posted by CmdrTaco on Monday October 29, @10:11AM
from the and–veropedia-begat-a-ham-sandwich dept.

The Internet

Ponca City, We Love You writes “October saw the launch of Veropedia, a collaborative effort to collect the best of Wikipedia’s content, clean it up, vet it, and save it in a quality stable version that cannot be edited. To qualify for inclusion in Veropedia, a Wikipedia article must contain no cleanup tags, no “citation needed” tags, no disambiguation links, no dead external links, and no fair use images after which candidates for inclusion are reviewed by recognized academics and experts. One big difference with Wikipedia is that Veropedia is registered as a for profit corporation and earns money from advertising on the site. Veropedia is supposed to help improve the quality of Wikipedia because contributors must improve an article on Wikipedia, fixing up all the flaws, until a quality version can be imported to Veropedia. To date Veropedia contains about 3,800 articles.”

2007/10/26 Nova Scotia to Build Space Tourist Launchpad

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Here is a cool story! article from

Nova Scotia to Build Space Tourist Launchpad

Posted by Zonk on Friday October 26, @04:15PM
from the going-up-eh dept.


Identity Missing writes “Lockheed Martin is planning on building a commercial spaceport in Nova Scotia Canada. The details are a bit shaky, but apparently the project is serious enough to attract 45 million dollars from the Federal government. The launch pad will specifically be built in Cape Breton, a mostly rural island characterized by low employment, thick colloquial accents, and kitchen fiddle parties. A PDF is available with pictures and a description of the planned orbital glider, the ‘Silver Dart,’ somewhat lacking the aesthetics of the X Prize winner.”


2007/10/24 Gen Y Tech Savvy, But Not Interested in a Career

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

What is this all about?: article from

Gen Y Tech Savvy, But Not Interested in a Career

Posted by CmdrTaco on Wednesday October 24, @10:41AM
from the why-when-i-was-that-age dept.

The Internet

jcatcw writes “Young people aren’t choosing computer science majors because they take technology for granted — it’s something to use not something to make a career. “By and large, this generation is very fluent with technology and with a networked world,” according to James Ware, executive producer at The Work Design Collaborative LLC, a Berkeley, Calif., consortium exploring workplace values and the future of the workforce. That future may be in managing technology, which requires skills today’s college students don’t have: writing, critical thinking, hard work and just plain showing up. One of their primary concerns is a flexible schedule and healthy work/life balance.”

2007/10/23 Shuttle Launches Despite Bad Weather

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Yeah the Rocket launched this morning despite bad weather. more from

Shuttle Launches Despite Bad Weather
New York Times – 3 hours ago
By JOHN SCHWARTZ The shuttle Discovery thundered off the pad to space this morning on a construction mission to the International Space Station that will bring the new “Harmony” module to the orbiting laboratory.
Shuttle Astronauts Launch on Ambitious Space Station Mission
Space Shuttle Discovery Blasts Off ABC News
Guardian Unlimited – Reuters – Wired News – Voice of America
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2007/10/23 Amazon Patents Including a String at End of a URL

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Wow Amazon is getting to many patents for things that anyone can now do. article from

Your Rights Online: Amazon Patents Including a String at End of a URL

Posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday October 23, @09:40AM
from the why-didn’t-i-think-of-that-oh-wait dept.

theodp writes “On Tuesday, Amazon search subsidiary was awarded U.S. patent no. 7,287,042 for ‘including a search string at the end of a URL without any special formatting.’ In the Summary of the Invention, it’s explained that ‘a user wishing to search for ‘San Francisco Hotels’ may do by simply accessing the URL www.domain_name/San Francisco Hotels, where domain_name is a domain name associated with the web site system.’ Here’s the flowchart that helped cinch the deal.”

2007/10/22 Internet Archive Challenges Google

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Is this really a good idea?  article from

Internet Archive Challenges Google

Posted by CmdrTaco on Monday October 22, @09:52AM
from the pistols-at-dawn dept.


richards1052 writes “The Internet Archive, whose main claim to fame is the Wayback Machine, designed to archive the internet’s web history, has created a new project: the Open Content Alliance. It’s purpose is to open the nation’s library collections to universal web search. A number of major library systems, including the Boston Public Library and Smithsonian, have refused to sign up with competing ventures by Microsoft and Google because they do not provide for universal access to digitized books. These commercial ventures prohibit books being accessed by competing search engines. So far, 80 libraries and research institutions have signed on with Open Content Alliance. They must pay for the scanning of their books while Google and Microsoft offset that cost for their participating institutions.”

Maybe others will come around in the future.


2007/10/21 Hellgate Beta’s In-Game Ads Raise Eyebrows

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Oh no a computer game with more In-Game Ads! article from

Your Rights Online: Hellgate Beta’s In-Game Ads Raise Eyebrows

Posted by Zonk on Sunday October 21, @02:29PM
from the use-the-coke-luke dept.


ari wins writes “ has up a post discussing the new EA/Flagship game Hellgate: London, and the in-game advertisements it includes to facilitate targeted marketing. Though ads in games aren’t exactly new, some Beta testers are objecting to their apparently off-putting presence. Users have also noted that accepting the game’s EULA means you submit to the collection of ‘technical and related information that identifies your computer, including without limitation your Internet Protocol address, operating system, application software and peripheral hardware’.”

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