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DO NOT TRACK feature to be added to Firefox, and Google Chrome

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Last month, the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection proposed a "Do Not Track" tool to curb concerns over personalized or behavioral advertising. David Vladeck, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, told the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection last December that the practice of tracking consumers’ activities online to target advertising, known as behavioral advertising, holds value for consumers because it supports content and services on the Web and delivers more personalized ads, according to the FTC.

The FTC hoped the tool might be similar to the system that deterred telemarketers from causing so many headaches the "Do Not Call" registry, but offered very few technical details.

While the Do Not Call has been great for consumers the Do Not Track feature may be harder to implement. Unlike "Do Not Call," which relies on unique telephone numbers, "Do Not Track" could not depend on similar identifiers, as IP addresses are constantly changing. Google announced an extension called "Keep My Opt-Outs" for Chrome users "who aren't comfortable with personalization of the ads they see on the Web." Google wrote "We recognize that some users are uncomfortable with the personalization of ads that they see on the web and we offer many levels of control over this personalization. Two years ago we launched two ground-breaking innovations, the Ads Preferences Manager (http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/) and the industry’s first persistent cookie opt-out. Now we’re giving users who don’t want their ads personalized the same permanent, one-click control for advertising-related cookies across our industry," Advertisers may not be happy about this but many people find these tracking devices more than a little annoying.

We will see how well it really works when it comes out but you can be sure before to long there will be yet another way that they will find ways to track and annoy us.

Last Updated (Thursday, 27 January 2011 16:39)

 

Duke Nukem RELEASE DATE

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2K Games officially announced that the sequel to 3D Realms' classic game Duke Nukem 3D will hit retail shelves on May 3, 2011 here in the States, and then on May 6, 2011 internationally for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.

The press release says "Put on your shades and prepare to step into the boots of Duke Nukem, whose legend has reached epic proportions in the years since his last adventure...The alien hordes are invading and only Duke can save the world. Pig cops, alien shrink rays and enormous alien bosses can’t stop our hero from accomplishing his one and only goal: to save the world, save the babes and to be a bad-ass while doing it. The King arrives with an arsenal of over-the-top weapons, non-stop action, and unprecedented levels of interactivity. This game puts the pedal to the metal and tongue firmly in cheek. Shoot hoops, lift weights, read adult magazines, draw crude messages on whiteboards or ogle the many hot women that occupy Duke’s life - that is if you can pull yourself away long enough from destroying alien invaders." "Duke Nukem was and will forever be a gaming icon, and this is his legend."

Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software said "When I said goodbye to 3D Realms and the original Duke Nukem 3D team in 1997 and soon after founded Gearbox Software, I never in my wildest dreams imagined that a day like today would come,". "Today I am proud, humbled and even astounded to announce that the day is coming at last for all gamers to be a part of video game history: Duke Nukem Forever will launch worldwide this May!" Will be this: once it arrives, will the game live up to all the hype, or was the decade-plus wait just too long for the game to possibly succeed? See Video below to get a sneak pee!! (Get it....sneak peeee)

 

 

 

 

Last Updated (Sunday, 23 January 2011 16:08)

 

IE9 to require Windows 7 SP 1

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"Windows XP users are unable to install Internet Explorer 9, and now it looks like Windows 7 RTM users won't be able to either, at least once the final version hits the 'Net. When Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 9, Windows 7 users will need to have Service Pack 1 before they can install it, according to the Internet Explorer 9 Beta FAQ for IT Professionals. Microsoft did confirm, however, that IT pros will be able to add IE9 to existing Windows 7 images in order to streamline the deployment process"

 

Ubuntu 10.10 Will Support Gestures with Multi-touch

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Canonical and Mark Shuttleworth proudly announced a few minutes ago that the upcoming Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) operating system will have support for gestures, with multi-touch. This is possible via Ubuntu's uTouch 1.0 gesture and multi-touch stack. 

Now that the new Ubuntu installer has been released, it is time for another breathtaking feature to take the spotlight. Both developers and end-users will benefit from an end-to-end touch-screen framework in the upcoming Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) operating system.

With Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) various GTK applications will receive gesture-based scrolling support. Moreover, Evince, Ubuntu's document viewer, will be enhanced by Canonical to support richer interactions.

Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition will also feature a gesture-enabled Unity interface. Therefore, users with multi-touch pads or touch screens will get superior window management at their fingertips!

"You’ll need 4-finger touch or better to get the most out of it, and we’re currently targeting the Dell XT2 as a development environment so the lucky folks with that machine will get the best results today."

"By release, we expect you’ll be able to use it with a range of devices from major manufacturers, and with addons like Apple’s Magic Trackpad." - said Mark Shuttleworth on his personal blog.

For the new multi-touch technology, Canonical worked closely with the X.Org and Linux kernel communities, in order to add support for missing features or improve exiting drivers.

"It would be awesome to have touch-aware versions of all the major apps – browser, email, file management, chat, photo management and media playback – for 11.04, but that depends on you!" - said Mark Shuttleworth.

If you want to get involved, then you should know that Canonical's Multitouch code is published on Launchpad and it's released under the LGPLv3 and GPLv3 licenses.

Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) will be released in October 10th, 2010. It will be the 13th release of Ubuntu.

Don't forget to check our website regularly for more news about the upcoming features of Ubuntu 10.10.

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Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS Is Available for Download

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Dear Ubuntu 10.04 users, Robbie Williamson announced a few hours ago the first maintenance release of the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) operating system, which incorporates numerous security fixes and updates.

This first maintenance release brings to its dedicated users a lot of security updates and corrections, all with a single goal: to keep Ubuntu 10.04 LTS a stable and reliable Linux distribution!

Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS fixes some installation bugs, various upgrade issues, improves support for many hardware components, and fixes annoying desktop bugs.

The 10.04.1 release is available for Ubuntu desktop/server users, and Kubuntu desktop and netbook users (see download links at the end of the article).

Existing Ubuntu 10.04 LTS users do not need to download the ISO image(s) again. Just update your machine(s) and you'll have Ubuntu 10.04.1, with all the security updates and corrections!

For more details, you can check out http://www.ubuntu.com/usn, where you'll find a complete list of security updates for the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating system.

Ubuntu 10.04.1 (Lucid Lynx) is a Long Term Support (LTS) distribution, supported with maintenance updates and security fixes until April 2013 on desktops, and April 2015 on servers.

The next maintenance release, Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS, will be announced next year, on January 27th.

Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your desktop or server, with a fast and easy install, regular releases, a tight selection of excellent packages installed by default, every other package you can imagine available from the network and professional technical support from Canonical Ltd and hundreds of other companies around the world.

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Last Updated (Friday, 20 August 2010 08:20)

 

DDR4 Will Have Clock Speeds of Up to 4.2 GHz

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Currently, DDR3-SDRAM is the fastest type of memory on the market but it seems that JEDEC's efforts to increase performance while staying in the same electrical footprints may, in fact, yield a much more powerful memory than users might expect, even making speeds of over 2,500 MHz seem lackluster.

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Apparently, the target effective clock speeds of DDR4 will have 2,133 MHz as the lower limit, which is already higher than most DDR3 products currently on sale.

It is the top-most limit that will truly turn heads, if what Bill Gervasi, vice president of engineering at US Modular and a member of the JEDEC board of directors, reportedly said is to be trusted.

Apparently, DDR4 will actually go as high as 4,266 MHz, and one can only imagine what type of overclocking fits and performance levels will be possible with such resources.

For those interested in a reminder, the target clocks of DDR2-SDRAM were 400 to 1,066 MHz, whereas those for DDR3-SDRAM are 1,066-2,133 MHz.

Some players on the memory front do, of course, already deal in memory of higher frequencies, but those products are both expensive and, sadly, impractical for common end-users.

DDR4, on the other hand, should be more than able to keep up with the advancements on the CPU front, especially considering the electrical footprints. To be more specific, DDR4 will have voltages of 1.1-1.2 V.

There is, unfortunately, an apparent drawback to the new memory, in the way that every memory channel in DDR4 memory sub-systems will support just one memory module.

It seems that developers decided to trade the current multi-drop bonus for point-to-point technology. This, however, will hamper system builders' ability to provide high-end systems with sufficient amounts of gigabytes.

Thus, DRAM makers will have to use multi-layer techniques to boost the capacities of the memory chips themselves. The other solution is for special switches to be installed on mainboards, to let multiple modules work on the same channel.

The first samples of DDR4-SDRAM will start to ship next year, but mass production will only start in 2015.

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Tool to Delete Zero Length Files for Windows

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As people use there computer more and more every day, the computer will gather "junk" files, be it temporary files, zero length files, or whatever.  As someone that pratically lives in front of his PC, I know that I have a lot of zero length files.

Zero Length Files can be a very annoying thing, as how they have no real use at all.  Here is a tool for you to use to clean up your computer from zero length files.

The Easy way...    Just unzip the file to the root of your c: drive, and double-click it to start it.

The DOS way... Unzip the file to c:\windows\system32.  Now start up (run) cmd.exe.  Type in dzlf when your in the folder that you want to clean up.

Doing the app the easy way will clean your whole hard drive.  It might take a while, and you may see a message or such stating "Could Not Find...", but it is ok, just ignore those messages.

If you happen to have another hard drive you want cleaned, you can either do it the easy way again, just copy the app to the root of your next hard drive (say, D: or E:) and double click it again, or if your doing it the DOS way, from cmd.exe, change to the drive that you want changed, and then type in dzlf again.

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Last Updated (Monday, 19 July 2010 20:45)

 
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