Renaissance

September 29, 2006

Renaissance

In 2054, Paris is a labyrinth where all movement is monitored and recorded. Casting a shadow over everything is the city’s largest company, Avalon, which insinuates itself into every aspect of contemporary life to sell its primary export — youth and beauty. In this world of stark contrasts and rigid laws the populace is kept in line and accounted for.  Live forever… or die trying.

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VMware “Miles Ahead” of Microsoft Virtual Server

September 28, 2006

“Between Microsoft Virtual Server and [VMware] ESX, there’s no comparison,” said Chris Wolf, an independent consultant and author of Virtualization: From the Desktop to the Enterprise. “Bells and whistles-wise, ESX is still miles ahead of Virtual Server,” he said.

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All you need is ubuntu

September 28, 2006

Bill Clinton told the Labour conference to get into ubuntu. Eh? Ubuntu. That was what Bill Clinton told the Labour party conference it needed to remember this week. “Society is important because of Ubuntu.” But what is it? Left-leaning sudoku? U2’s latest album? Fish-friendly sushi? No, it’s a word describing an African worldview, which translates as “I am because you are,” and which means that individuals need other people to be fulfilled.

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No Longer No. 1, and No Wonder

September 27, 2006

On the surface, two studies out this week seem to raise warning flags about the competitiveness of the U.S. economy. One, the annual ranking from the World Economic Forum — the elite business organization that runs the annual winter schmooze-fest in Davos, Switzerland — finds that the United States has fallen from No. 1, a position it shared with Finland for most of a decade, to an unsettling sixth place.

Site – http://www.washingtonpost.com


Bush dismisses Clinton critique as “finger-pointing”

September 27, 2006

President Bush on Tuesday dismissed as “finger-pointing” criticism from his predecessor Bill Clinton of his counter-terrorism efforts in the months leading up to the September 11 attacks. Clinton, angrily defending his own administration’s attempts to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, had accused the Bush administration of doing far less to stop the al Qaeda leader before the 2001 hijack plane attacks.

Site – http://today.reuters.com

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What war with Iran would look like

September 27, 2006

The first message was routine enough: a “Prepare to Deploy Order” sent through Naval communications channels to a submarine, an Aegis-class cruiser, two minesweepers and two minehunters. The orders didn’t actually command the ships out of port; they just said be ready to move by October 1. A deployment of minesweepers to the east coast of Iran would seem to suggest that a much discussed, but until now largely theoretical, prospect has become real: that the U.S. may be preparing for war with Iran.

Site – http://www.cnn.com


Internet’s future in 2020 debated

September 27, 2006

The internet will be a thriving, low-cost network of billions of devices by 2020, says a major survey of leading technology thinkers.  The Pew report on the future internet surveyed 742 experts in the fields of computing, politics and business.  More than half of respondents had a positive vision of the net’s future but 46% had serious reservations.

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