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Calyx yields to MBO

Calyx, the Irish computer reseller, has agreed to a management buyout of the firm, led by chief executive Maurice Healy.
ElectricNews.net, 26 May 2007
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Opteron hero Newisys goes titsup

The start-up that ignited the Opteron revolution has collapsed. One-time server darling Newisys is officially closing up shop. Its parent company Sanmina SCI this month told the Texas Workforce Commission that 87 Newisys staff will be let go as the company winds down. Newisys, based in Austin, has been part of Sanmina since 2003.
Ashlee Vance, 26 May 2007
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Student lends an ear to Welsh-speaking dolphins

Dolphins living off the coast of Wales have their own distinct "dialect", a University of Wales student has discovered. As part of his master's thesis, Ronan Hickey analysed 1,882 whistles from dophins in Cardigan Bay and Ireland's Sannon Bay, Reuters reports. In the process, he found "32 different sound categories, of which eight were only produced by the Shannon animals". Simon Berrow from the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation, who oversaw Hickey's research, said the two separate environments "might have contributed to the mammals developing distinctive sets of vocalisations or dialects", adding: "The idea that the sounds are different is not a bad notion - you'd expect the information had to be different given the diversity of the areas where they reside." ®
Lester Haines, 26 May 2007
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IBM's AIX 6 drops 'L,' adds 'S'

Goodbye, AIX 5L Version 5.4. Hello, AIX 6 – soon shipping with less L and more S. Just a couple days after revealing its first Power6-based servers, IBM has handed customers an outline of the expected features in AIX 6 – or the operating system formerly known as AIX 5.4. The Unix OS, IBM confirmed this week, will enjoy a public beta in the third quarter and honest to god shipment in the fourth quarter. IBM apparently refuses to call AIX 6 by its given name and will introduce the software as AIX Version 6.1. Go figure.
Ashlee Vance, 26 May 2007