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Comment: Re:It ain't the price (Score 1) 125

by Chewy509 (#46477939) Attached to: Microsoft Dumping License Fees For Windows Phone?

Just wondering if I could plug it into my Linux desktop, and copy files to/from easily or do I have to play for MS crapware to fully use.

IIRC, the Windows Phone MTP stack works really well with libmtp (the main MTP client stack in FOSS land), so for any modern distro it should be plug-n-play... (providing it uses a modern version of go-mtpfs, gMTP, gvfs-mtp or kio-mtp).
I personally have an Android phone (HTC Desire X), so can't provide first hand experience with WP and Linux, but the libmtp mailing list/bug list has very few reports for WP8 issues.

Disclaimer: I am the lead dev for gMTP.

+ - Slashdot's new interface could kill what keeps Slashdot relevant->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Technology Lab / Information Technology
Slashdot’s new interface could kill what keeps Slashdot relevant
Flashy revamp seeks to draw new faces to the community—at the cost of the old.

by Lee Hutchinson — Feb 12 2014, 6:55pm E

        Web Culture

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In the modern responsive Web Three Point Oh Internet, Slashdot stands like a thing frozen in time—it's a coelacanth stuck incongruously in an aquarium full of more colorful fish. The technology news aggregator site has been around since 1997, making it positively ancient as websites are reckoned. More importantly, Slashdot's long focus on open source technology news and topics has caused it to accrete a user base that tends to be extremely technical, extremely skilled, and extremely opinionated.

That user base is itself the main reason why Slashdot continues to thrive, even as its throwback interface makes it look to untrained eyes like a dated relic. Though the site is frequently a source of deep and rich commentary on topics, the barrier for new users to engage in the site's discussions is relatively high—certainly higher than, say, reddit (or even Ars). This doesn't cause much concern to the average Slashdot user, but tech job listing site Dice.com (which bought Slashdot in September 2012, along with Sourceforge and a number of other digital properties) appears to have decided it's time to drag Slashdot's interface into the 21st century in order to make things comfortable for everyone—old and new users alike."

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+ - How to Tell Your Client That His "Expert" is an Idiot

Submitted by Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler (16185) writes "It’s a danger for any consultant, and for most inter-departmental internal project staff: To get the work done, you need to work with someone else who supplies expertise you lack. But when the “expert” turns out to be the wrong person how do you tell the client (or boss) that you just can’t work with that individual? It’s possible to do so, but it does take a deft hand. Here's one set of instructions, but surely there are plenty more you could add."

+ - How to Beat Software Vendors' Sneaky Price Hikes

Submitted by snydeq
snydeq (1272828) writes "Between complex licensing and the cloud, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP have lots of ways to hike up prices. InfoWorld's Robert L. Scheier offers tips on how organizations can fight back against sneaky price increases. 'More vendors are building hidden price increases into complex new variations to on-site licensing models, as well as to their newer cloud and subscription offerings. Rather than having "clear-cut, outright, aggressive price increases," vendors are becoming "more subtle and devious," says Jeff Muscarella, executive vice president of the IT and Telecom Division at sourcing consultancy NPI.'"

+ - Microsoft Warns of Zero-Day Under Attack->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Microsoft released an advisory today warning users about a new zero-day under attack in targeted campaigns occurring in the Middle East and South Asia.

According to Microsoft, the vulnerability resides in the Microsoft Graphics component and impacts certain versions of Windows, Microsoft Office and Lync. The problem exists in the way specially-crafted TIFF images are handled. To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker would have to convince a user to preview or open a specially-crafted email message, open a malicious file or browse malicious Web content. If exploited successfully, the vulnerability can be used to remotely execute code.

The vulnerability affects Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 as well as Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista. Right now, Microsoft Word documents are the current vector for attack."

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Comment: Re:I'm ready to replace Make (Score 2) 179

by Chewy509 (#45086431) Attached to: GNU Make 4.0 Released

Both Ant and Maven can compile C/C++ code, either through native support or via plugins.

Ant: http://codemesh.com/products/junction/doc/ant_cpp.html
Maven: http://mojo.codehaus.org/maven-native/native-maven-plugin/ and http://blog.bigpixel.ro/2012/07/building-cc-applications-with-maven/

Mind you, we have so many build tools available, why not just pick one that suites you and your target environment? (eg make for C/C++, groovy/ivy/maven for Java, etc).
eg cmake and scons all are popular as well...

Comment: Major technical problems... (Score 1) 1191

by Chewy509 (#45010333) Attached to: Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

Only played with this quickly but:

1. The main page fails on the W3C HTML5 validator. Seriously, don't the devs run this first before pushing to production. (Or don't web developers actually do automated testing)?

2. Horribly broken with javascript off. (The "more comments" button takes you to the main page)? Yes, I browse /. with NoScript ON disabling javascript (It's not /. I'm worried about, but the adservers).

3. My screen reader can't read it. (It would appear that the new site has several issues, namely lack of any appreciation for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)) Which is a MASSIVE FAIL to anyone with a disability, especially for those that rely on screen readers or even screen magnifiers. The layout also breaks if you use large fonts as well. Oh, I'm not a citizen of the US, but aren't there federal guidelines for accessibility, and not following them gets your ass sued for discrimination?

4. As others have mentioned, the whitespace, the general lack of identity (it looks like a cheap blog) all have negative impacts as well.

Comment: Re:The specs... (Score 1) 155

by Chewy509 (#44494249) Attached to: First Laptop With Full-Sized Solar Panels Will Run On Ubuntu

CPU: Intel Atom D2500 1.86 GHz Duo Core, Intel 945GSE + ICH7M

Atom D25xx and D26xx being CedarView based CPUs all have PowerVR SGX545 based GPUs (aka GMA3600), so does this mean that PowerVR has developed a working Linux / X11 driver for the GPU, or have they simply disabled the PowerVR GPU and using the GPU from the 945GSE chipset?

Seems a waste on many levels to have disabled silicon on the CPU and using the GPU from the chipset...

IMHO, they would have been better off using the Atom N570, despite losing some clock speed, the N570 GPU is 100% supported by the Intel graphics drivers and works extremely well under Linux. (My N570 power netbook running Arch would easily get 7-8 hours with light coding / web browsing and 5-6 hours watching videos). Alternativeely one of the AMD APUs would also have been an excellent fit for what they are trying to do.

Comment: Old tenants (Score 2) 217

by Chewy509 (#43736571) Attached to: I typically receive X pieces of misdelivered (postal) mail ...

We've lived in our current place for about 3 years now, and we still get at least 1 piece of mail each month for old tenants who rented our place before us!

We've gotten everything from drivers license renewal notices, vehicle registration notices, taxation letters (Australian Tax Office), voting enrollment notices, even had debt collection letters and for a few weeks even phone calls from debt collectors! (They stopped once we advised the debt collector that the old person no longer lives at the address, we don't know them and we had forwarded the matter to the police as we constitute what they are doing to us is harassment - that was after daily calls for 3 weeks asking for the person at ungodly hours, eg calls at 6am, 9pm, 6pm. The police actually did follow the matter up and advised them to stop calling/contacting us once they verified our own claims. I asked for charges to be laid, but they would only do so if they called again once the police asked them to stop).

Mind, not as bad as my mother-in-law. She has received a Christmas card for the last 20 years for the person that lived in her house prior to her. And she and her husband bought their house 20 years ago!

Comment: Solaris 11 (Score 1) 413

by Chewy509 (#43565539) Attached to: My most frequent OS migration path?

Latest move was to Solaris 11... yes, yes, I know we all hate Oracle...

My migration path over the years has been:
DOS 3.3 -> 6.22 w/Windows 3.1
Windows 95 / OS/2 (dual boot)
Windows NT4 / Red Hat Linux
Windows 2000 / Red Hat Linux / Mandrake Linux (dual boot)
Windows XP x64 / Crux Linux / FreeBSD (dual boot)
FreeBSD / Arch Linux (dual boot)
OpenSolaris (back when it was still SXCE/SXDE)
Solaris 11 (Desktop) / Arch Linux (netbook)
    and have about 8 OSes in VMs currently for testing...

The above doesn't include all the others tested over time, eg BeOS, QNX, MenuetOS, a bunch of hobby stuff, etc.

Comment: Re:Compatible with Windows 7? (Score 1) 73

Actually it's probably not the CPU core, but the GPU included. The last Atoms to be produced (N570) had a GPU still largely based on the i945G chipset, and the other crop had a GPU done by PowerVR (no Linux support). Either way, great for 2D, no good for 3D. IIRC, the new Atoms will have a newer GPU core based on the same GPU core as SB? (could be horribly wrong, but it's a new GPU based on an existing Intel design).

Let's not forget most netbooks have a 1024x600 display, and MS mandated displays with at least a 768 pixel height for Metro applications. Mind you I have seen personally Win8 running on a netbook, but had problems with Metro because of the screen resolution. But in desktop mode it worked fine...

Anyway, Smells like someone is drinking too much Koolaid...

Comment: What about Verisign, Comodo, etc stop Certificates (Score 1) 507

by Chewy509 (#38566146) Attached to: Net Companies Consider the "Nuclear Option" To Combat SOPA

What about Verisign, Comodo, etc stop authenticating certificates, or even flagging certificates as fake or revoked?

Despite a few webpages going down, this will stop most e-commerce, online banking, etc, basically stopping the flow of MONEY via the Internet. This will bring worldwide attention to the issue, and possible get other governments involved.

Also could Verisign, etc be targeted by SOPA, as by issuing certifcates used for encryption could be used by pirates to hide their information transactions...

Also what would happen to sites like github, sourceforge, codeforge codeplex, etc, since they all host projects that could potentially be used by priates, crackers, etc... Could all our favourite opensource hosts become quiet?

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