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+ - 2011: The Year of the Linux Tablet?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "For what seems like forever, we’ve been hearing Linux fans proclaiming that the coming year will be the “Year of the Linux Desktop.” I don’t know if we’ll ever see the year of the Linux Desktop or not, but it looks like 2011 is going to be the year of the Linux Tablet. With new tablets being announced almost daily, 2011 should be an exciting year for Linux fans!"
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Programming

+ - Blurring Linux Development?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "According to Shuttleworth, the reasoning behind the inclusion of QT libraries in Ubuntu stems from their perceived "ease of use and integration advantages." I'll take his word for it until I can find glaring data to support a decent counter-argument, since I'm not a programmer myself.

But one thing I don't see being discussed is whether or not this is breaking a system that already works. Ubuntu was made successful with brown themes, the GNOME desktop and yes, lots of GTK applications. Do we really want QT being tossed into the mix?"

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Security

+ - Facebook: Tunisian Govt. tried country-wide hack->

Submitted by chicksdaddy
chicksdaddy (814965) writes "Facebook's security team has been saying for months that account integrity is a top priority, and that so-called "social authentication"- using your knowledge of your own network to help authenticate yourself — was their preferred method to secure account access. Now an exclusive report in The Atlantic says that the company employed social authentication earlier this month to secure the accounts of Tunisian protesters calling for the ouster of that country's ruthless dictator, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. According to the report, Facebook security engineers detected large scale efforts by Tunisian ISPs to intercept user logins to Facebook and to remove protest pages set up on the social network. They responded by forcing Tunisian users to connect through a secure HTTP server and required Tunisian users to complete social authentication challenges before accessing their accounts. The company's efforts seem to have worked — the protests succeeded in driving Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from the country on January 15. Vive la Facebook!"
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Government

+ - Rahm Emanuel Booted from Chicago Ballot->

Submitted by Suki I
Suki I (1546431) writes "Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has been ruled ineligible to run for Mayor of Chicago this election:

“We conclude that the candidate neither meets the the municipal code’s requirement that he have ‘resided’ in Chicago for the year preceding the election in which he seeks to participate nor falls within any exception to the requirement.”

Some cities actually require their politicians to live there before running for Mayor and other offices."
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Microsoft

+ - Italian consumer sues Microsoft about MS-Tax->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Italian consumer watchdog is suing Microsoft over the "Windows Tax". The class action case says Microsoft makes it too difficult for people who buy a computer with Microsoft software on it to remove that software and get their money back. In the past, they have already won a "pilot case" – against HP."
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The Internet

+ - Puppy cams threaten the Internet->

Submitted by stinkymountain
stinkymountain (962420) writes "Speaking at the 33rd annual Pacific Telecom Council meeting last week in Hawaii, Dr. Robert Pepper, Cisco vice president for global technology policy, presented findings from the company's Visual Networking Index, which showed that global IP traffic is expected to increase more than fourfold (4.3 times) from 2009 to 2014. In fact, global IP traffic is expected to reach 63.9 exabytes per month in 2014. This is equivalent to 766.8 exabytes per year — almost three-quarters of a zettabyte.The most surprising trend is that video traffic surpassed peer-to-peer volumes in 2010 for the first time.

An unexpected driver in this overall growth of Internet traffic is the surge in ambient video. This is so-called "puppy cam" traffic — fixed video sources featuring pets, so-called "nanny cam" child care and health monitoring video streams, and especially security camera applications.

``This a much bigger deal than anyone thought,'' said Pepper. He added that the popular Shiba Inu Puppy Cam site was said to have more Internet viewing hours than all of ESPN online video. In fact, of the top online video sites in Europe last year, "three of the top 20 are ambient video, and these didn't exist a year ago.""

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News

+ - Terrorists bomb Moscow Airport->

Submitted by jayme0227
jayme0227 (1558821) writes ""Terrorists detonated a bomb at Moscow's busiest airport on Monday, killing 35 people and wounding another 152, Russian authorities said.

President Dmitry Medvedev, who called the bombing a terrorist attack, ordered additional security at Moscow's other airports and transportation hubs, and Moscow police went on high alert in case of additional bombs.""

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Comment: Re:But its ok for Google? (Score 1) 299

by Algorithmnast (#34983760) Attached to: Domestic Use of Aerial Drones By Law Enforcement

They already do fly-overs in helicopters without the need for a search warrent.

IANAL - but it seems that if the US Supreme Court has declared that there's no problem with photographing you through your non-shuttered window, then you've no right to expect privacy in your non-opaque-domed swimming pool<humor>, You Perve</humor>.

+ - OpenGL 4.1 support available from ATI (for some)->

Submitted by aftertaf
aftertaf (1809860) writes "AMD announces they are to support OpenGL 4.1 for both Linux and Windows.
“AMD has a long tradition of supporting open industry standards, and with the announcement of support for OpenGL 4.1, we continue to demonstrate that commitment,” said Janet Matsuda, general manager, AMD professional graphics. “Maintaining OpenGL as a strong and viable graphics API is very important to AMD and we are proud to support the OpenGL development community.”

True, but only when it comes to happy owners of the most recent of their cards... "Full compatibility with the OpenGL 4.1 standard on AMD’s most recent graphics products including ATI FirePro V3800, ATI FirePro V4800, ATI FirePro V5800, ATI FirePro V7800, ATI FirePro V8800 and ATI FirePro V9800 and the AMD Radeon HD 6900 and AMD Radeon HD 6800 graphics cards""

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+ - Mobile phones blast into space->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers in the UK are sending an Android handset into space in order to test whether mobile phone chipsets are robust enough to be be used at the basis for controlling future space missions — greatly reducing the cost and weight of spacecraft electronics."
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