Aug 31

Maintaining journalistic integrity while handling human remains–Police reporter Steve Lannen quickly found himself in a predicament as a woman pleaded with him to take a man’s scalp to the coroner’s office. The coroner had refused to come out and pick it up so she had taken it upon herself to wrap the remains in a plastic bag.

Out-of-body, change of mind?–Neuroscientists have learned how to create the illusion of an out-of-body experience in ordinary people. Will virtual reality applications be developed, and how will the experience of “leaving our bodies” affect the way we view the world?

Mark Radcliffe and the rule of open-source law–Mark Radcliffe is finally getting some of the attention he deserves. Is it too much? I don’t think so, and here’s why.

Schools battle cell phones–The digital generation gap shows up in the attempt for schools to ban cell phones outright. Teens and parents are pushing back against the attempts to take away the phones they have come to depend on so much.

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‘Am I worried that the Java platform may not last forever…? No.’ That was the overriding message of a late-night post by Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz yesterday, in response to the welter of comments left on his blog after his announcement a week ago today of the SUNW-to-JAVA stock ticker switch that took effect on the NASDAQ already on Monday August 26.

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Aug 31

As it continues to build out its ‘unified communications’ offering, Microsoft has swooped to buy Parlano, the US-based company spun out of Swiss bank UBS to develop and market the MindAlign group chat application used by Deutsche Bank, Putnam Investments and others.

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Aug 30

Taking another quick look into the Citrix acquisition of XenSource, InformationWeek interviewed XenSource and Citrix representatives in a Q&A session - asking about how the acquisition affects the Citrix product lineup. Barron’s also posted a blog post about the topic with an interesting take from CRT Capital’s Ashok Kumar.   LISTEN!… READ MORE

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Aug 30

Drexel University, the University of Michigan and Florida State University plan to use more than $600,000 in grants to turn the Internet Public Library into a virtual teaching and learning laboratory for digital reference.

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Aug 30

A new beta of Parallels Desktop for Mac 3.0 provides tighter integration between Windows and the Mac OS X host. For example, the Mac OS X Desktop,… Read more at VMblog.com.

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The Virtual Machine Manager (virt-manager for short) is a desktop application for managing virtual machines. Since it uses libvirt, it is capable of… Read more at VMblog.com.

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Aug 30

Scalent Systems, the leading provider of server infrastructure repurposing software for large data centers, today announced that Scalent V/OE… Read more at VMblog.com.

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Aug 30

JackBe CTO John Crupi, IBM CTO for Emerging Internet Technologies David Boloker, Kapow Technologies Founder & CTO Stefan Andreasen, ITerating Executive Nicolas Vandenberghe, Roundarch RIA Practice Leader Charles Fiesel, Rubicon Consulting Founder Nilofer Merchant, Symantec Developer Rowan Trollope, and more. These are among the more than a dozen high-caliber speakers lined up by SYS-CON Events to speak in the Web 2.0 / Enterprise Mashups track at AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 West taking place next month at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA - one of just ten simultaneous content-rich tracks at biggest version yet of the world’s leading AJAX, Rich Internet Applications & Web 2.0 event.

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Aug 30

You’ve just finished writing your Ruby on Rails application, your test suite tests your models and controllers in depth, but you still can’t tell from your tests if your RJS responses are functioning properly, or if a Javascript error is happening in the browser, which means that your tests can still be improved. In this talk, the speaker will outline some options you have for testing your AJAX-powered Ruby on Rails application from both the client and server sides. The speaker will show examples illustrating how to test your RJS calls from the server-side with the use of some Rails plugins, and how to test the same calls in the client-side using with Selenium, a tool that allows you to write automated web application UI tests using any mainstream JavaScript-enabled browser.

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